Draws near for mankind their reckoning, while they turn away in heedlessness.
Comes not unto them an admonition (a chapter of the Quran) from their Lord as a recent revelation but they listen to it while they play,
With their hearts occupied (with evil things) those who do wrong, conceal their private counsels, (saying):"Is this (Muhammad SAW) more than a human being like you? Will you submit to magic while you see it?"
He (Muhammad SAW) said:"My Lord knows (every) word (spoken) in the heavens and on earth. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower."
Nay, they say:"These (revelations of the Quran which are inspired to Muhammad SAW) are mixed up false dreams! Nay, he has invented it! Nay, he is a poet! Let him then bring us an Ayah (sign as a proof) like the ones (Prophets) that were sent before (with signs)!"
Not one of the towns (populations), of those which We destroyed, believed before them (though We sent them signs), will they then believe?
And We sent not before you (O Muhammad SAW) but men to whom We inspired, so ask the people of the Reminder [Scriptures - the Taurat (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel)] if you do not know.
And We did not create them (the Messengers, with) bodies that ate not food, nor were they immortals,
Then We fulfilled to them the promise, and We saved them and those whom We willed, but We destroyed Al-Musrifun (i.e. extravagants in oppression, polytheism and in sin).
Indeed, We have sent down for you (O mankind) a Book, (the Quran) in which there is Dhikrukum, (your Reminder or an honour for you i.e. honour for the one who follows the teaching of the Quran and acts on its orders). Will you not then understand?
How many a town (community), that were wrong-doers, have We destroyed, and raised up after them another people!
Then, when they perceived (saw) Our Torment (coming), behold, they (tried to) flee from it.
Flee not, but return to that wherein you lived a luxurious life, and to your homes, in order that you may be questioned.
They cried:"Woe to us! Certainly! We have been Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, etc.)."
And that cry of theirs ceased not, till We made them as a field that is reaped, extinct (dead).
We created not the heavens and the earth and all that is between them for a (mere) play .
Had We intended to take a pastime (i.e. a wife or a son, etc.), We could surely have taken it from Us, if We were going to do (that).
Nay, We fling (send down) the truth (this Quran) against the falsehood (disbelief), so it destroys it, and behold, it (falsehood) is vanished. And woe to you for that (lie) which you ascribe (to Us) (against Allah by uttering that Allah has a wife and a son).
To Him belongs whosoever is in the heavens and on earth. And those who are near Him (i.e. the angels) are not too proud to worship Him, nor are they weary (of His worship).
They (i.e. the angels) glorify His Praises night and day, (and) they never slacken (to do so).