I call to witness the sun and its light and heat,
And the moon when it borrows light from it (- the sun),
And the day when it reveals its (- the sun´s) glory,
And the night when it draws a veil over it,
And the heaven and That (Great Omnifice Divinity) Who made it,
And the earth and That (Great Being) Who expanded it,
And the (human) soul and That (Mighty Lord) Who made it perfect,
Then He revealed to it (- the soul, the ways of) its evil and its righteousness,
(All these are cited to witness that) one who purifies it (- his soul), certainly succeeds,
And he indeed is ruined who corrupts it.
(The tribe of) Thamûd belied (Sâlih,) because of their rebelliousness.
(It was) when the wretched-most among them arose,
And Allâh´s Messenger said to them, `(Do not interfere with) the she-camel (- a symbol appointed by the command) of Allâh and (do not obstruct) her (from) watering.´
But they belied (and disobeyed) him and hamstrung her. Then their Lord destroyed them completely for their sin, so much so that He leveled them (all to the ground).
And He did not care at all for their end (as to what an utterly miserable state they were reduced).