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And We protected it from every accursed devil,
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except the one eavesdropping, who is then pursued by a visible flare.1
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As for the earth, We spread it out and placed upon it firm mountains, and caused everything to grow there in perfect balance.
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And We made in it means of sustenance for you and others, who you do not provide for.
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There is not any means ˹of sustenance˺ whose reserves We do not hold, only bringing it forth in precise measure.
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We send fertilizing winds, and bring down rain from the sky for you to drink. It is not you who hold its reserves.
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Surely it is We Who give life and cause death. And We are the ˹Eternal˺ Successor.1
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We certainly know those who have gone before you and those who will come after ˹you˺.
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Surely your Lord ˹alone˺ will gather them together ˹for judgment˺. He is truly All-Wise, All-Knowing.
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Indeed, We created man from sounding clay moulded from black mud.
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As for the jinn, We created them earlier from smokeless fire.
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˹Remember, O  Prophet˺ when your Lord said to the angels, “I am going to create a human being from sounding clay moulded from black mud.1
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So when I have fashioned him and had a spirit of My Own ˹creation˺ breathed into him, fall down in prostration to him.”
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So the angels prostrated all together—
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but not Iblîs,1 who refused to prostrate with the others.

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