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1 . By the Sky and the Night-Visitant (therein);-

2 . And what will explain to thee what the Night-Visitant is?-

3 . (It is) the Star of piercing brightness;-

4 . There is no soul but has a protector over it.

5 . Now let man but think from what he is created!

6 . He is created from a drop emitted-

7 . Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs:

8 . Surely (Allah) is able to bring him back (to life)!

9 . The Day that (all) things secret will be tested,

10 . (Man) will have no power, and no helper.

11 . By the Firmament which returns (in its round),

12 . And by the Earth which opens out (for the gushing of springs or the sprouting of vegetation),-

13 . Behold this is the Word that distinguishes (Good from Evil):

14 . It is not a thing for amusement.

15 . As for them, they are but plotting a scheme,

16 . And I am planning a scheme.

17 . Therefore grant a delay to the Unbelievers: Give respite to them gently (for awhile).