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1 . By the Star when it goes down,-

2 . Your Companion is neither astray nor being misled.

3 . Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) Desire.

4 . It is no less than inspiration sent down to him:

5 . He was taught by one Mighty in Power,

6 . Endued with Wisdom: for he appeared (in stately form);

7 . While he was in the highest part of the horizon:

8 . Then he approached and came closer,

9 . And was at a distance of but two bow-lengths or (even) nearer;

10 . So did (Allah) convey the inspiration to His Servant- (conveyed) what He (meant) to convey.

11 . The (Prophet´s) (mind and) heart in no way falsified that which he saw.

12 . Will ye then dispute with him concerning what he saw?

13 . For indeed he saw him at a second descent,

14 . Near the Lote-tree beyond which none may pass:

15 . Near it is the Garden of Abode.

16 . Behold, the Lote-tree was shrouded (in mystery unspeakable!)

17 . (His) sight never swerved, nor did it go wrong!

18 . For truly did he see, of the Signs of his Lord, the Greatest!

19 . Have ye seen Lat. and ´Uzza,

20 . And another, the third (goddess), Manat?

21 . What! for you the male sex, and for Him, the female?

22 . Behold, such would be indeed a division most unfair!

23 . These are nothing but names which ye have devised,- ye and your fathers,- for which Allah has sent down no authority (whatever). They follow nothing but conjecture and what their own souls desire!- Even though there has already come to them Guidance from their Lord!

24 . Nay, shall man have (just) anything he hankers after?

25 . But it is to Allah that the End and the Beginning (of all things) belong.

26 . How many-so-ever be the angels in the heavens, their intercession will avail nothing except after Allah has given leave for whom He pleases and that he is acceptable to Him.

27 . Those who believe not in the Hereafter, name the angels with female names.

28 . But they have no knowledge therein. They follow nothing but conjecture; and conjecture avails nothing against Truth.

29 . Therefore shun those who turn away from Our Message and desire nothing but the life of this world.

30 . That is as far as knowledge will reach them. Verily thy Lord knoweth best those who stray from His Path, and He knoweth best those who receive guidance.

31 . Yea, to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: so that He rewards those who do evil, according to their deeds, and He rewards those who do good, with what is best.

32 . Those who avoid great sins and shameful deeds, only (falling into) small faults,- verily thy Lord is ample in forgiveness. He knows you well when He brings you out of the earth, And when ye are hidden in your mothers´ wombs. Therefore justify not yourselves: He knows best who it is that guards against evil.

33 . Seest thou one who turns back,

34 . Gives a little, then hardens (his heart)?

35 . What! Has he knowledge of the Unseen so that he can see?

36 . Nay, is he not acquainted with what is in the Books of Moses-

37 . And of Abraham who fulfilled his engagements?-

38 . Namely, that no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another;

39 . That man can have nothing but what he strives for;

40 . That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight:

41 . Then will he be rewarded with a reward complete;

42 . That to thy Lord is the final Goal;

43 . That it is He Who granteth Laughter and Tears;

44 . That it is He Who granteth Death and Life;

45 . That He did create in pairs,- male and female,

46 . From a seed when lodged (in its place);

47 . That He hath promised a Second Creation (Raising of the Dead);

48 . That it is He Who giveth wealth and satisfaction;

49 . That He is the Lord of Sirius (the Mighty Star);

50 . And that it is He Who destroyed the (powerful) ancient ´Ad (people),

51 . And the Thamud nor gave them a lease of perpetual life.

52 . And before them, the people of Noah, for that they were (all) most unjust and most insolent transgressors,

53 . And He destroyed the Overthrown Cities (of Sodom and Gomorrah).

54 . So that (ruins unknown) have covered them up.

55 . Then which of the gifts of thy Lord, (O man,) wilt thou dispute about?

56 . This is a Warner, of the (series of) Warners of old!

57 . The (Judgment) ever approaching draws nigh:

58 . No (soul) but Allah can lay it bare.

59 . Do ye then wonder at this recital?

60 . And will ye laugh and not weep,-

61 . Wasting your time in vanities?

62 . But fall ye down in prostration to Allah, and adore (Him)!