This shall be your recompense. Your efforts shall meet with thanks.
We ourselves have sent down to thee the Koran as a missive from on high.
Await then with patience the judgments of thy Lord, and obey not the wicked among them and the unbelieving:
And make mention of the name of thy Lord at morn, at even,
And at night. Adore him, and praise him the livelong night.
But these men love the fleeting present, and leave behind them the heavy day of doom.
Ourselves have we created them, and strengthened their joints; and when we please, with others like unto themselves will we replace them.
This truly is a warning: And whoso willeth, taketh the way to his Lord;
But will it ye shall not, unless God will it, for God is Knowing, Wise.
He causeth whom He will to enter into his mercy. But for the evil doers, He hath made ready an afflictive chastisement.
1 When in the womb.
2 With (the water of) Kafoor. Lane.
3 Desire no recompense from you.
SURA XLIV.-SMOKE [LIII.]
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Ha. Mim.1 By this clear Book!
See! on a blessed night2 have we sent it down, for we would warn mankind:
On the night wherein all things are disposed in wisdom,3
By virtue of our behest. Lo! we have ever sent forth Apostles,
A mercy from thy Lord: he truly heareth and knoweth all things-
Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth and of all that is between them,-if ye be firm in faith-
There is no God but He!-He maketh alive and killeth!-Your Lord and the Lord of your sires of old!
Yet with doubts do they disport them.
But mark them on the day when the Heaven shall give out a palpable smoke,
Which shall enshroud mankind: this will be an afflictive torment.
They will cry, “Our Lord! relieve us from this torment: see! we are believers.”
But how did warning avail them, when an undoubted apostle had come to them;
And they turned their backs on him, and said, “Taught by others, possessed?”
Were we to relieve you from the plague even a little, ye would certainly relapse.4
On the day when we shall fiercely put forth our great fierceness, we will surely take vengeance on them!
Of old, before their time, had we proved the people of Pharaoh, when a noble apostle presented himself to them.
“Send away with me,” cried he, “the servants of God; for I am an apostle worthy of all credit:
And exalt not yourselves against God, for I come to you with undoubted power;
And I take refuge with Him who is my Lord and your Lord, that ye stone me not: