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Nor say, ‘It was our forefathers who had associated others ˹with Allah in worship˺ and we, as their descendants, followed in their footsteps. Will you then destroy us for the falsehood they invented?’”
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This is how We make our signs clear, so perhaps they will return ˹to the Right Path˺.
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And relate to them ˹O Prophet˺ the story of the one to whom We gave Our signs, but he abandoned them, so Satan took hold of him, and he became a deviant.1
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If We had willed, We would have elevated him with Our signs, but he clung to this life—following his evil desires. His example is that of a dog: if you chase it away, it pants, and if you leave it, it ˹still˺ pants. This is the example of the people who deny Our signs.1 So narrate ˹to them˺ stories ˹of the past˺, so perhaps they will reflect.
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What an evil example of those who denied Our signs! They ˹only˺ wronged their own souls.
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Whoever Allah guides is truly guided. And whoever He leaves to stray, they are the ˹true˺ losers.

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