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The Holy Quran, tr. by Yusuf Ali, [1934], at

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Sūra LXXX.

’Abasa, or He Frowned.

In the name of God, Most Gracious,
Most Merciful.

1. (The Prophet) frowned
And turned away,

2. Because there came to him
The blind man (interrupting).

3. But what could tell thee
But that perchance he might
Grow (in spiritual understanding)?—

4. Or that he might receive
Admonition, and the teaching
Might profit him?

5. As to one who regards
Himself as self-sufficient,

6. To him dost thou attend;

7. Though it is no blame
To thee if he grow not
(In spiritual understanding).

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8. But as to him who came
To thee striving earnestly,

9. And with fear
(In his heart),

10. Of him wast thou unmindful.

11. By no means
(Should it be so)!
For it is indeed
A Message of instruction:

12. Therefore let whoso will,
Keep it in remembrance.

13. (It is) in Books
Held (greatly) in honour,

14. Exalted (in dignity),
Kept pure and holy,

15. (Written) by the hands
Of scribes—

16. Honourable and
Pious and Just.

17. Woe to man!
What hath made him
Reject God:

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18. From what stuff
Hath He created him?

19. From a sperm-drop:
He hath created him, and then
Mouldeth him in due proportions;

20. Then doth He make
His path smooth for him;

21. Then He causeth him to die,
And putteth him in his Grave;

22. Then, when it is
His Will, He will
Raise him up (again).

23. By no means hath he
Fulfilled what God
Hath commanded him.

24. Then let man look
At his Food,
(And how We provide it):

25. For that We pour forth
Water in abundance,

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26. And We split the earth
In fragments,

27. And produce therein Corn,

28. And Grapes and nutritious Plants,

29. And Olives and Dates,

30. And enclosed Gardens,
Dense with lofty trees,

31. And Fruits and Fodder,—

32. For use and convenience
To you and your cattle.

33. At length, when there
Comes the Deafening Noise,—

34. That Day shall a man
Flee from his own brother,

35. And from his mother
And his father,

36. And from his wife
And his children.

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37. Each one of them,
That Day, will have
Enough concern (of his own)
To make him indifferent
To the others,

38. Some Faces that Day
Will be beaming,

39. Laughing, rejoicing.

40. And other faces that Day
Will be dust-stained;

41. Blackness will cover them:

42. Such will be
The Rejecters of God,
The Doers of Iniquity.

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Next: Sūra LXXXI. Takwīr, or the Folding Up.