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Ⅼ, 15-30.
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the chapter of q.

soul whispers ; for we are nigher to him than his jugular vein !

When the two meeters meet[1], sitting the one on the right and the other on the left, not a word does he utter, but a watcher is by him ready !

And the agony of death shall come in truth ! — ‘ that is what thou didst shun !’

And the trumpet shall be blown! — that is the threatened day!

20 And every soul shall come — with it a driver and a witness!

‘ Thou wert heedless of this, and we withdrew thy veil from thee, and to-day is thine eyesight keen[2]!’

And his mate shall say, ‘ This is what is ready for me (to attest).

‘ Throw into hell every stubborn misbeliever[3]! — who forbids good, a transgressor, a doubter! 25 who sets other gods with God— rand throw him, ye twain, into fierce torment!’

His mate shall say, ‘ Our Lord! I seduced him not, but he was in a remote error.’

He shall say, i Wrangle not before me ; for I sent the threat to you before. The sentence is not changed with me, nor am I unjust to my servants.

On the day we will say to hell, ‘ Art thou full ?’ and it will say, ‘ Are there any more ?’

30 And Paradise shall be brought near to the pious, — not far off.


  1. The two recording angels, who accompany every man and note down his every word and action.
  2. These words are supposed to be addressed by the ‘ driver ’ to the unbelieving soul.
  3. These words are spoken by God.

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