17.41 . We verily have displayed ( Our warnings ) in this Quran that they may take heed , but it increaseth them in naught save aversion .
17.42 . Say ( O Muhammad , to the disbelievers ) : If there were other gods along with Him , as they say , then had they sought a way against the Lord of the Throne .
17.43 . Glorified is He , and High Exalted above what they say!
17.44 . The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein praise Him , and there is not a thing but hymneth his praise ; but ye understand not their praise . Lo! He is ever Clement , Forgiving .
17.45 . And when thou recitest the Quran We place between thee , and those who believe not in the Hereafter a hidden barrier ;
17.46 . And We place upon their hearts veils lest they should understand it , and in their ears a deafness ; and when thou makest mention of thy Lord alone in the Quran , they turn their backs in aversion .
17.47 . We are best aware of what they wish to hear when they give ear to thee and when they take secret counsel , when the evil doers say : Ye follow but a man bewitched .
17.48 . See what similitudes they coin for thee , and thus are all astray , and cannot find a road!
17.49 . And they say : When we are bones and fragments , shall we , forsooth , be raised up as a new creation?
17.50 . Say : Be ye stones or iron
17.51 . Or some created thing that is yet greater in your thoughts! Then they will say : Who shall bring us back ( to life ) . Say : He who created you at the first . Then will they shake their heads at thee , and say : When will it be? Say : It will perhaps be soon ;
17.52 . A day when He will call you and ye will answer with His praise , and ye will think that ye have tarried but a little while .
17.53 . Tell My bondmen to speak that which is kindlier . Lo! the devil soweth discord among them . Lo! the devil is for man an open foe .
17.54 . Your Lord is best aware of you . If He will , He will have mercy on you , or if He will , He will punish you . We have not sent thee ( O Muhammad ) as a warden over them .
17.55 . And thy Lord is best aware of all who are in the heavens and the earth . And we preferred some of the Prophets above others , and unto David We gave the Psalms .
17.56 . Say : Cry unto those ( saints and angels ) whom ye assume ( to be gods ) beside Him , yet they have no power to rid you of misfortune nor to change .
17.57 . Those unto whom they cry seek the way of approach to their Lord , which of them shall be the nearest ; they hope for His mercy and they fear His doom . Lo! the doom of thy Lord is to be shunned .
17.58 . There is not a township but We shall destroy it ere the Day of Resurrection , or punish it with dire punishment . That is set forth in the Book ( of Our decrees ) .
17.59 . Naught hindereth Us from sending portents save that the folk of old denied them . And We gave Thamud the she camel a clear portent but they did wrong in respect of her . We send not portents save to warn .
17.60 . And ( it was a warning ) when We told thee : Lo! thy Lord encompasseth mankind , and We appointed the vision which We showed thee as an ordeal for mankind , and ( likewise ) the Accursed Tree in the Quran . We warn them , but it increaseth them in naught save gross impiety .
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