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The chiefs among them went forth saying, “Carry on, and stand firm in devotion to your gods. Certainly this is just a scheme ˹for power˺.1
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We have never heard of this in the previous faith.1 This is nothing but a fabrication.
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Has the Reminder been revealed ˹only˺ to him out of ˹all of˺ us?” In fact, they are ˹only˺ in doubt of My ˹revealed˺ Reminder.1 In fact, ˹they do so because˺ they have not yet tasted My punishment.
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Or ˹is it because˺ they possess the treasuries of the mercy of your Lord—the Almighty, the Giver ˹of all bounties˺.
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Or ˹is it because˺ the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and everything in between belongs to them? Let them then climb their way ˹to heaven, if their claim is true˺.
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This is just another ˹enemy˺ force bound for defeat out there.1
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Before them, the people of Noah denied ˹the truth˺, as did ’Âd, Pharaoh of the mighty structures,1
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Thamûd, the people of Lot, and the residents of the Forest.1 These were ˹all˺ enemy forces.
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Each rejected their messenger, so My punishment was justified.
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These ˹pagans˺ are awaiting nothing but a single Blast that cannot be stopped.
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They say ˹mockingly˺, “Our Lord! Hasten for us our share ˹of the punishment˺ before the Day of Reckoning.”
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