Verse 21:1

اِقۡتَرَبَ لِلنَّاسِ حِسَابُهُمۡ وَهُمۡ فِىۡ غَفۡلَةٍ مُّعۡرِضُوۡنَ​ۚ‏

Closer draws to people the time of their reckoning, and yet they turn away stubbornly heedless of it.

Verse 21:2

مَا يَاۡتِيۡهِمۡ مِّنۡ ذِكۡرٍ مِّنۡ رَّبِّہِمۡ مُّحۡدَثٍ اِلَّا اسۡتَمَعُوۡهُ وَهُمۡ يَلۡعَبُوۡنَۙ‏

Whenever a new reminder comes to them from their Lord, they listen to it with playful amusement. [26:5]

Verse 21:3

لَاهِيَةً قُلُوۡبُهُمۡ​ ؕ وَاَسَرُّوا النَّجۡوَى​ۖ الَّذِيۡنَ ظَلَمُوۡا ​ۖ  هَلۡ هٰذَاۤ اِلَّا بَشَرٌ مِّثۡلُكُمۡ​ ۚ اَفَتَاۡتُوۡنَ السِّحۡرَ وَاَنۡتُمۡ تُبۡصِرُوۡنَ‏ 

With their hearts preoccupied with fleeting delights, the wrongdoers confer secretly, 'Is he not just a human being like you? Will you yield to his spellbinding eloquence with your eyes open?'

Verse 21:4

قٰلَ رَبِّىۡ يَعۡلَمُ الۡقَوۡلَ فِى السَّمَآءِ وَالۡاَرۡضِ​ وَهُوَ السَّمِيۡعُ الۡعَلِيۡمُ‏

The Prophet said, 'My Lord knows every word that is spoken in the High and the Low. He is the Hearer, the Knower.'

Verse 21:5

بَلۡ قَالُوۡۤا اَضۡغَاثُ اَحۡلَامٍۢ بَلِ افۡتَـرٰٮهُ بَلۡ هُوَ شَاعِرٌ ​ ۖۚ فَلۡيَاۡتِنَا بِاٰيَةٍ كَمَاۤ اُرۡسِلَ الۡاَوَّلُوۡنَ‏

Nay,' they say, 'Muddled dreams! Nay, he has but invented it! Nay, he is but a poet! Let him then bring us a miracle (as we have heard), like the ones that were given to Prophets of old!'

Verse 21:6

مَاۤ اٰمَنَتۡ قَبۡلَهُمۡ مِّنۡ قَرۡيَةٍ اَهۡلَـكۡنٰهَا​ۚ اَفَهُمۡ يُؤۡمِنُوۡنَ‏ 

Not one of the communities before them that We (Our law) destroyed, would ever believe (in their Messengers). Will these, then, believe?

Verse 21:7

وَمَاۤ اَرۡسَلۡنَا قَبۡلَكَ اِلَّا رِجَالًا نُّوۡحِىۡۤ اِلَيۡهِمۡ​ فَسۡـــَٔلُوۡۤا اَهۡلَ الذِّكۡرِ اِنۡ كُنۡتُمۡ لَا تَعۡلَمُوۡنَ‏

For, before you We sent none but men to whom We granted revelation. So, (tell the deniers), 'Ask the followers of previous reminders if you know not.' [12:109, 16:43]

Verse 21:8

وَمَا جَعَلۡنٰهُمۡ جَسَدًا لَّا يَاۡكُلُوۡنَ الطَّعَامَ وَمَا كَانُوۡا خٰلِدِيۡنَ‏ 

We did not give them bodies that would not require food, nor were they immortal.

Verse 21:9

ثُمَّ صَدَقۡنٰهُمُ الۡوَعۡدَ فَاَنۡجَيۡنٰهُمۡ وَمَنۡ نَّشَآءُ وَاَهۡلَكۡنَا الۡمُسۡرِفِيۡنَ‏

We always fulfilled Our promise to them. We saved them and all those who were worthy to be saved according to Our law and We destroyed those who had wasted their own 'Self.'

Verse 21:10

لَقَدۡ اَنۡزَلۡنَاۤ اِلَيۡكُمۡ كِتٰبًا فِيۡهِ ذِكۡرُكُمۡ​ؕ اَفَلَا تَعۡقِلُوۡنَ‏ 

O Mankind! Now We have revealed to you a Book that is all about you and it will give you eminence. Will you not, then, use reason? [21:24, 23:70, 43:43-44]

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