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The Meaning of the Glorious Qur'ân, by M.M. Pickthall, at

96. al-`Alaq: The Clot

1 Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth,

2 Createth man from a clot.

3 Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous,

4 Who teacheth by the pen,

5 Teacheth man that which he knew not.

6 Nay, but verily man is rebellious

7 That he thinketh himself independent!

8 Lo! unto thy Lord is the return.

9 Hast thou seen him who dissuadeth

10 A slave when he prayeth ?

11 Hast thou seen if he relieth on the guidance (of Allah)

12 Or enjoineth piety ?

13 Hast thou seen if he denieth (Allah's guidance) and is froward ?

14 Is he then unaware that Allah seeth ?

15 Nay, but if he cease not We will seize him by the forelock -

16 The lying, sinful forelock -

17 Then let him call upon his henchmen!

18 We will call the guards of hell.

19 Nay, Obey not thou him. But prostrate thyself, and draw near (unto Allah).

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