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(1) Say, [O Muḥammad], "It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, 'Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur’ān [i. e., recitation].
(2) It guides to the right course, and we have believed in it. And we will never associate with our Lord anyone.
(3) And [it teaches] that exalted is the nobleness of our Lord; He has not taken a wife or a son
(4) And that our foolish one [i. e., Iblees][1766] has been saying about Allāh an excessive transgression.
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[1766]- A plural form may also be understood, i. e., "the foolish ones among us."
(5) And we had thought that mankind and the jinn would never speak about Allāh a lie.
(6) And there were men from mankind who sought refuge in men from the jinn, so they [only] increased them in burden [i. e., sin].
(7) And they had thought, as you thought, that Allāh would never send anyone [as a messenger].
(8) And we have sought [to reach] the heaven but found it filled with powerful guards and burning flames.
(9) And we used to sit therein in positions for hearing, [1767] but whoever listens now will find a burning flame lying in wait for him.
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[1767]- Before the prophethood of Muḥammad (ﷺ) the jinn used to collect information by eavesdropping on the angels and then pass it on to fortunetellers and soothsayers.
(10) And we do not know [therefore] whether evil is intended for those on earth or whether their Lord intends for them a right course.
(11) And among us are the righteous, and among us are [others] not so; we were [of] divided ways. [1768]
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[1768]- In opinion, belief and religious practice.
(12) And we have become certain that we will never cause failure to Allāh upon earth, nor can we escape Him by flight.
(13) And when we heard the guidance [i. e., the Qur’ān], we believed in it. And whoever believes in his Lord will not fear deprivation or burden. [1769]
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[1769]- In regard to his account in the Hereafter. Nothing of his good will be diminished, nor will the evil of another be placed upon him.
(14) And among us are Muslims [in submission to Allāh], and among us are the unjust. [1770] And whoever has become Muslim - those have sought out the right course.
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[1770]- i. e., those who deviate from the truth and act tyrannically.
(15) But as for the unjust, they will be, for Hell, firewood.'
(16) And [Allāh revealed] that if they had remained straight on the way, We would have given them abundant rain [i. e., provision].
(17) So We might test them therein. And whoever turns away from the remembrance of his Lord[1771] He will put into arduous punishment.
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[1771]- i. e., refuses obedience to Him.
(18) And [He revealed] that the masjids[1772] are for Allāh, so do not invoke[1773] with Allāh anyone.
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[1772]- The term "masjid" here includes every place of worship or the earth in general.
[1773]- Or "worship."
(19) And that when the Servant [i. e., Prophet] of Allāh stood up supplicating Him, they almost became about him a compacted mass."[1774]
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[1774]- Crowding on top of each other in the manner of locusts in order to hear him (ﷺ). "They" may refer to the jinn or to the disbelievers among the Arabs.
(20) Say, [O Muḥammad], "I only invoke my Lord and do not associate with Him anyone."
(21) Say, "Indeed, I do not possess for you [the power of] harm or right direction."
(22) Say, "Indeed, there will never protect me from Allāh anyone [if I should disobey], nor will I find in other than Him a refuge.
(23) But [I have for you] only notification from Allāh, and His messages." And whoever disobeys Allāh and His Messenger - then indeed, for him is the fire of Hell; they will abide therein forever.
(24) [The disbelievers continue] until, when they see that which they are promised, then they will know who is weaker in helpers and less in number.
(25) Say, "I do not know if what you are promised is near or if my Lord will grant for it a [long] period."
(26) [He is] Knower of the unseen, and He does not disclose His [knowledge of the] unseen to anyone
(27) Except whom He has approved of messengers, and indeed, He sends before him [i. e., each messenger] and behind him observers[1775]
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[1775]- Guardian angels to protect the messenger and the message.
(28) That he [i. e., Muḥammad (ﷺ)] may know[1776] that they have conveyed the messages of their Lord; and He has encompassed whatever is with them and has enumerated all things in number.
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[1776]- This phrase may also be read: "So He [i. e., Allāh] may make evident."
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