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The Qur'ân, part II (Sacred Books of the East volume 9), Palmer edition [1880]; at


(LXXXV. Mecca.)

IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God.
By the heaven with its zodiacal signs 2!
And the promised day!
And the witness and the witnessed 3!
The fellows of the pit were slain;
[5] And the fire with its kindling,
When they sat over it
And witnessed the while what they were doing with
  those who believed 4.

p. 327

And they took not vengeance on them save for
  their belief in God,
The mighty, the praiseworthy,
Whose is the kingdoms of the heavens
  and the earth;
For God is witness over all!

[10] Verily, those who make trial of the believers, men and women, and then do not repent, for them is the torment of hell, and for them is the torment of the burning!

Verily, those who believe and act aright, for them are gardens beneath which rivers flow,--that is the great bliss!

Verily, the violence of thy Lord is keen!

Verily, He produces and returns, and He is the forgiving, the loving, [15] the Lord of the glorious throne; the doer of what He will!

Has there come to thee the story of the hosts of Pharaoh and Thamûd?

Nay, those who misbelieve do say it is a lie; [20] but God is behind them--encompassing!

Nay, it is a glorious Qur’ân in a preserved tablet 1.


326:2 Literally, 'towers.'

326:3 Various interpretations are given of these words, the most probable perhaps being that 'the witness' is Mohammed, and 'the witnessed' the faith.

326:4 Alluding to the persecution of the Christians at Negrân by p. 327 DHu ’n Navvâs, king of Yemen, who had embraced the Jewish religion, and who commanded all his subjects who would not do the same to be flung into a pit filled with fire, and burnt to death.

327:1 See Part I, p. 2, note 2.

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