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ⅬⅤ, 51-69.
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the chapter of the merciful.

Then which of your Lord’s bounties will ye twain deny ?
In each are, of every fruit, two kinds.
Then which of your Lord’s bounties will ye twain deny ?
Reclining on beds the linings of which are of brocade, and the fruit of the two gardens within reach to cull.
55 Then which of your Lord’s bounties will ye twain deny ?
Therein are maids of modest glances whom no man nor ginn has deflowered before.
Then which of your Lord’s bounties will ye twain deny ?
As though they were rubies and pearls.
Then which of your Lord’s bounties will ye twain deny ?
60 Is the reward of goodness aught but goodness ?
Then which of your Lord’s bounties will ye twain deny ?
And besides these, are gardens twain[1],
Then which of your Lord’s bounties will be twain deny ?
With dark green foliage.
65 Then which of your Lord’s bounties will ye twain deny ?
In each two gushing springs.
Then which of your Lord’s bounties will ye twain deny ?
In each fruit and palms and pomegranates.
Then which of your Lord’s bounties will ye twain deny ?

  1. For the inferior inhabitants of Paradise.