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This is simply the tradition of our predecessors.
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And we will never be punished.”
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So they rejected him, and ˹so˺ We destroyed them. Surely in this is a sign. Yet most of them would not believe.
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And your Lord is certainly the Almighty, Most Merciful.
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The people of Thamûd rejected the messengers
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when their brother Ṣâliḥ said to them, “Will you not fear ˹Allah˺?
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I am truly a trustworthy messenger to you.
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So fear Allah, and obey me.
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I do not ask you for any reward for this ˹message˺. My reward is only from the Lord of all worlds.
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Do you think you will be ˹forever˺ left secure in what you have here:
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amid gardens and springs,
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and ˹various˺ crops, and palm trees ˹loaded˺ with tender fruit;
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to carve homes in the mountains with great skill?
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So fear Allah, and obey me.
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And do not follow the command of the transgressors,
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who spread corruption throughout the land, never setting things right.”
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They replied, “You are simply bewitched!
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You are only a human being like us, so bring forth a sign if what you say is true.”
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Ṣâliḥ said, “Here is a camel. She will have her turn to drink as you have yours, each on an appointed day.
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And do not ever touch her with harm, or you will be overtaken by the torment of a tremendous day.”
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But they killed her, becoming regretful.
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So the punishment overtook them. Surely in this is a sign. Yet most of them would not believe.
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And your Lord is certainly the Almighty, Most Merciful.
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