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Indeed, We have tested those ˹Meccans˺ as We tested the owners of the garden—when they swore they would surely harvest ˹all˺ its fruit in the early morning,
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leaving no thought for Allah’s Will.1
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Then it was struck by a torment from your Lord while they slept,
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so it was reduced to ashes.
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Then by daybreak they called out to each other,
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˹saying,˺ “Go early to your harvest, if you want to pick ˹all˺ the fruit.”
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So they went off, whispering to one another,
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“Do not let any poor person enter your garden today.”
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And they proceeded early, totally fixated on their purpose.
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But when they saw it ˹devastated˺, they cried, “We must have lost ˹our˺ way!
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In fact, we have been deprived ˹of our livelihood˺.”
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The most sensible of them said, “Did I not urge you to say, ‘Allah willing.’?”
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They replied, “Glory be to our Lord! We have truly been wrongdoers.”
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Then they turned on each other, throwing blame.
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They said, “Woe to us! We have certainly been transgressors.
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We trust our Lord will give us a better garden than this, ˹for˺ we are indeed turning to our Lord with hope.”1
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That is the ˹way of Our˺ punishment ˹in this world˺. But the punishment of the Hereafter is certainly far worse, if only they knew.1 

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