The Prophets
Surah
Al-Anbya
21
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˹The time of˺ people’s judgment has drawn near, yet they are heedlessly turning away.

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

[The time of] their account has approached for the people, while they are in heedlessness turning away.

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Whatever new reminder comes to them from their Lord, they only listen to it jokingly,

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

No mention [i.e., revelation] comes to them anew from their Lord except that they listen to it while they are at play

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with their hearts ˹totally˺ distracted. The evildoers would converse secretly, ˹saying,˺ “Is this ˹one˺ not human like yourselves? Would you fall for ˹this˺ witchcraft, even though you can ˹clearly˺ see?”

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

With their hearts distracted. And those who do wrong conceal their private conversation, [saying], "Is this [Prophet] except a human being like you? So would you approach magic while you are aware [of it]?"

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The Prophet responded, “My Lord ˹fully˺ knows every word spoken in the heavens and the earth. For He is the All-Hearing, All-Knowing.”

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

He [the Prophet (ﷺ)] said, "My Lord knows whatever is said throughout the heaven and earth, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing."

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Yet they say, “This ˹Quran˺ is a set of confused dreams! No, he has fabricated it! No, he must be a poet! So let him bring us a ˹tangible˺ sign like those ˹prophets˺ sent before.”

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

But they say, "[The revelation is but] a mixture of false dreams; rather, he has invented it; rather, he is a poet. So let him bring us a sign just as the previous [messengers] were sent [with miracles]."

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Not a ˹single˺ society We destroyed before them ever believed ˹after receiving the signs˺. Will these ˹pagans˺ then believe?

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Not a [single] city which We destroyed believed before them,1 so will they believe?

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We did not send ˹messengers˺ before you ˹O Prophet˺ except mere men inspired by Us. If you ˹polytheists˺ do not know ˹this already˺, then ask those who have knowledge ˹of the Scriptures˺.

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

And We sent not before you, [O Muḥammad], except men to whom We revealed [the message], so ask the people of the message [i.e., former scriptures] if you do not know.

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We did not give those messengers ˹supernatural˺ bodies that did not need food, nor were they immortal.

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

And We did not make them [i.e., the prophets] forms not eating food,1 nor were they immortal [on earth].

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Then We fulfilled Our promise to them, saving them along with whoever We willed and destroying the transgressors.

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Then1 We fulfilled for them the promise, and We saved them and whom We willed and destroyed the transgressors.

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We have surely revealed to you a Book, in which there is glory for you. Will you not then understand?

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

We have certainly sent down to you a Book [i.e., the Qur’ān] in which is your mention.1 Then will you not reason?

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