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1 . Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created-

2 . Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood:

3 . Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful,-

4 . He Who taught (the use of) the pen,-

5 . Taught man that which he knew not.

6 . Day, but man doth transgress all bounds,

7 . In that he looketh upon himself as self-sufficient.

8 . Verily, to thy Lord is the return (of all).

9 . Seest thou one who forbids-

10 . A votary when he (turns) to pray?

11 . Seest thou if he is on (the road of) Guidance?-

12 . Or enjoins Righteousness?

13 . Seest thou if he denies (Truth) and turns away?

14 . Knoweth he not that Allah doth see?

15 . Let him beware! If he desist not, We will drag him by the forelock,-

16 . A lying, sinful forelock!

17 . Then, let him call (for help) to his council (of comrades):

18 . We will call on the angels of punishment (to deal with him)!

19 . Day, heed him not: But bow down in adoration, and bring thyself the closer (to Allah)!