017 - Soorah al-Israa. - (The Journey by Night) - [Makkee]
[017:050] Say (O Muhammad [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam]): "Be you stones or iron,"
[017:051] "Or some created thing that is yet greater (or harder) in your breasts (thoughts to be resurrected, even then you shall be resurrected)." Then, they will say: "Who shall bring us back (to life)?" Say: "He Who created you first!" Then, they will shake their heads at you and say: "When will that be?" Say: "Perhaps it is near!"
[017:052] On the Day when He will call you, and you will answer (His Call) with (words of) His praise and obedience, and you will think that you have stayed (in this world) but a little while!
[017:053] And say to My slaves (i.e. the true believers of Islāmic Monotheism) that they should (only) say those words that are the best. (Because) Shaitān (Satan) verily, sows a state of conflict and disagreements among them. Surely, Shaitān (Satan) is to man a plain enemy.
[017:054] Your Lord knows you best; if He wills, He will have mercy on you, or if He wills, He will punish you. And We have not sent you (O Muhammad [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam]) as a guardian over them.
[017:055] And your Lord knows best all who are in the heavens and the earth. And indeed, We have preferred some of the Prophets to others, and to Dawūd (David) We gave the Zabūr (Psalms).
[017:056] Say (O Muhammad [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam]): "Call upon those besides Him whom you pretend [to be gods like angels, 'Īsā (Jesus), 'Uzair (Ezra) and others]. They have neither the power to remove the adversity from you nor even to shift it from you to another person."
[017:057] Those whom they call upon [like 'Īsā (Jesus) son of Maryam (Mary), 'Uzair (Ezra), angels and others] desire (for themselves) means of access to their Lord (Allāh), as to which of them should be the nearest; and they ['Īsā (Jesus), 'Uzair (Ezra), angels and others] hope for His Mercy and fear His torment. Verily, the torment of your Lord is (something) to be afraid of!
[017:058] And there is not a town (population) but We shall destroy it before the Day of Resurrection, or punish it with a severe torment. That is written in the Book (of Our Decrees)
(V.17:58) It is said by 'Abdullāh bin Mas'ūd [radhi-yAllāhu 'anhu]: "If the people of a town indulge in illegal sexual intercourse and practise Ribā (usury of all kinds), Allāh permits its destruction." (Tafsīr Al-Qurtubī)