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

p. 1091

p. 1092


Sajda, or Adoration.

In the name of God, Most Gracious,
Most Merciful

1. A. L. M.

2. (This is) the revelation
Of the Book in which
There is no doubt,—
From the Lord of the Worlds.

3. Or do they say,
"He has forged it"?
Nay, it is the Truth
From thy Lord, that thou
Mayest admonish a people
To whom no warner
Has come before thee:
In order that they
May receive guidance.

4. It is God Who has
Created the heavens
And the earth, and all
Between them, in six Days,

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And is firmly established
On the Throne (of authority):
Ye have none, besides Him,
To protect or intercede (for you):
Will ye not then
Receive admonition?

5. He rules (all) affairs
From the heavens
To the earth: in the end
Will (all affairs) go up
To Him, on a Day,
The space whereof will be
(As) a thousand years
Of your reckoning.

6. Such is He, the Knower
Of all things, hidden
And open, the Exalted
(In power), the Merciful;—

7. He Who has made
Everything which He has created
Most Good: He began
The creation of man
With (nothing more than) clay,

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8. And made his progeny
From a quintessence
Of the nature of
A fluid despised:

9. But He fashioned him
In due proportion, and breathed
Into him something of
His spirit. And He gave
You (the faculties of) hearing
And sight and feeling
(And understanding):
Little thanks do ye give!

10. And they say: "What!
When we lie, hidden
And lost, in the earth,
Shall we indeed be
In a Creation renewed?
Nay, they deny the Meeting
With their Lord!"

11. Say: "The Angel of Death,
Put in charge of you,
Will (duly) take your souls:
Then shall ye be brought
Back to your Lord."

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12. If only thou couldst see
When the guilty ones
Will bend low their heads
Before their Lord, (saying:)
"Our Lord! We have seen
And we have heard:
Now then send us back
(To the world): we will
Work righteousness: for we
Do indeed (now) believe."

13. If We had so willed,
We could certainly have brought
Every soul its true guidance:
But the Word from Me
Will come true, "I will
Fill Hell with Jinns
And men all together."

14. "Taste ye then—for ye
Forgot the Meeting
Of this Day of yours,
And We too will
Forget you—taste ye
The Penalty of Eternity
For your (evil) deeds!"

15. Only those believe
In Our Signs, who, when

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They are recited to them,
Fall down in adoration,
And celebrate the praises
Of their Lord, nor are they
(Ever) puffed up with pride.

16. Their limbs do forsake
Their beds of sleep, the while
They call on their Lord,
In Fear and Hope:
And they spend (in charity)
Out of the sustenance which
We have bestowed on them.

17. Now no person knows
What delights of the eye
Are kept hidden (in reserve)
For them—as a reward
For their (good) Deeds.

18. Is then the man
Who believes no better
Than the man who is
Rebellious and wicked?
Not equal are they.

19. For those who believe
And do righteous deeds,
Are Gardens as hospitable
Homes, for their (good) deeds.

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20. As to those who are
Rebellious and wicked, their abode
Will be the Fire: every time
They wish to get away
Therefrom, they will be forced
Thereinto, and it will be said
To them: "Taste ye
The Penalty of the Fire,
The which ye were wont
To reject as false."

21. And indeed We will make
Them taste of the Penalty
Of this (life) prior to
The supreme Penalty, in order
That they may (repent and) return.

22. And who does more wrong
Than one to whom are recited
The Signs of his Lord,
And who then turns away
Therefrom? Verily from those
Who transgress We shall exact
(Due) Retribution.


23. We did indeed aforetime
Give the Book to Moses:

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Be not then in doubt
Of its reaching (thee):
And We made it
A guide to the Children
Of Israel.

24. And We appointed, from among
Them, Leaders, giving guidance
Under Our command, so long
As they persevered with patience
And continued to have faith
In Our Signs.

25. Verily thy Lord will judge
Between them on the Day
Of Judgment, in the matters
Wherein they differ
(among themselves)

26. Does it not teach them
A lesson, how many generations
We destroyed before them,
In whose dwellings they
(Now) go to and fro?
Verily in that are Signs:
Do they not then listen?

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27. And do they not see
That We do drive Rain
To parched soil (bare
Of herbage), and produce therewith
Crops, providing food
For their cattle and themselves?
Have they not the vision?

28. They say: "When will
This Decision be, if ye
Are telling the truth?"

29. Say: "On the Day
Of Decision, no profit
Will it he to Unbelievers
If they (then) believe!
Nor Will they he granted
A respite."

30. So turn away from them,
And wait: they too
Are waiting.

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