Verse 21:11

وَكَمۡ قَصَمۡنَا مِنۡ قَرۡيَةٍ كَانَتۡ ظَالِمَةً وَّاَنۡشَاۡنَا بَعۡدَهَا قَوۡمًا اٰخَرِيۡنَ‏

How many were the communities that We dashed into fragments because they were unjust and We replaced them with other peoples! [Zaalim = Wrongdoer = One who displaces something from its rightful place = Unjust = Oppressor = Violator of human rights = One who chooses to do wrong]

Verse 21:12

فَلَمَّاۤ اَحَسُّوۡا بَاۡسَنَاۤ اِذَا هُمۡ مِّنۡهَا يَرۡكُضُوۡنَؕ‏

And as soon as they began feeling Our Mighty requital, they tried to flee from it. [7:182, 16:26]

Verse 21:13

لَا تَرۡكُضُوۡا وَ ارۡجِعُوۡۤا اِلٰى مَاۤ اُتۡرِفۡتُمۡ فِيۡهِ وَمَسٰكِنِكُمۡ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تُسۡــَٔلُوۡنَ‏

(It was said) 'Flee not, but return to the good things of life you were given, and to your mansions, in order that you may be called to account' (from whose blood and sweat you amassed this wealth and luxury and built these monuments 102:8).

Verse 21:14

قَالُوۡا يٰوَيۡلَنَاۤ اِنَّا كُنَّا ظٰلِمِيۡنَ‏

They said, 'Ah, woe to us! We did wrong others and ourselves.'

Verse 21:15

فَمَا زَالَتۡ تِّلۡكَ دَعۡوٰٮهُمۡ حَتّٰى جَعَلۡنٰهُمۡ حَصِيۡدًا خٰمِدِيۡنَ‏ 

And that cry of theirs did not cease until We made them as the stubble of a reaped field, silent as ashes. [36:28]

Verse 21:16

وَمَا خَلَقۡنَا السَّمَآءَ وَالۡاَرۡضَ وَمَا بَيۡنَهُمَا لٰعِبِيۡنَ‏

We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in mere play, or without purpose. [11:7, 45:22, 53:31]

Verse 21:17

لَوۡ اَرَدۡنَاۤ اَنۡ نَّـتَّخِذَ لَهۡوًا لَّا تَّخَذۡنٰهُ مِنۡ لَّدُنَّاۤ  ۖ  اِنۡ كُنَّا فٰعِلِيۡنَ‏

Had We willed to find a pastime, We could have produced it from Our Presence, if such had been Our will at all!

Verse 21:18

بَلۡ نَـقۡذِفُ بِالۡحَـقِّ عَلَى الۡبَاطِلِ فَيَدۡمَغُهٗ فَاِذَا هُوَ زَاهِقٌ​ ؕ وَلَـكُمُ الۡوَيۡلُ مِمَّا تَصِفُوۡنَ‏

Nay, We hurl the truth against falsehood and it crushes the latter, and falsehood has to vanish. Ah! There is destruction for you who forge false dogmas. [Some people conjecture that the Universe is a dream, a play or a mere shadow of the World of Ideas. But God has designed it such that the truth advances and falsehood vanishes]

Verse 21:19

وَلَهٗ مَنۡ فِى السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالۡاَرۡضِ​ؕ وَمَنۡ عِنۡدَهٗ لَا يَسۡتَكۡبِرُوۡنَ عَنۡ عِبَادَتِهٖ وَلَا يَسۡتَحۡسِرُوۡنَ​ۚ‏

Unto Him belongs whoever is in the heavens and earth. All creation dwells in His Dominion and none is ever too proud to obey His laws, nor do they get tired.

Verse 21:20

يُسَبِّحُوۡنَ الَّيۡلَ وَالنَّهَارَ لَا يَفۡتُرُوۡنَ‏

They (extol His glory and) strive night and day towards the fulfillment of His Plan and do not pause.

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