Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)
which of the two groups
better reckoned the period they had stayed.
13 We relate to you their account in truth.
They were indeed youths who had faith in their Lord,
and We had enhanced them in guidance,
14 and fortified their hearts,
when they stood up and said,
‘Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth.
We will never invoke any god besides Him,
for then we shall certainly have said an atrocious lie.
15 These — our people —
have taken gods besides Him.
Why do they not bring
any clear authority touching them?
So who is a greater wrongdoer
than he who fabricates a lie against Allah?
16 When you have dissociated yourselves from them
and from what they worship except Allah,
then take refuge in the Cave.
Your Lord will unfold His mercy for you,
and He will help you on
to ease in your affair.’
17 You may see the sun, when it rises,
slanting toward the right of their cave,
and, when it sets,
cut across them towards the left,
while they are in a cavern within it.
That is one of Allah’s signs.
Whomever Allah guides is rightly guided,
and whomever He leads astray,