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

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Sūra LXI.

Ṣaff, or Battle Array.

In the name of God, Most Gracious,
Most Merciful.

1. Whatever is
In the heavens and
On earth, let it declare
The Praises and Glory
Of God: for He is
The Exalted in Might,
The Wise.

2. O ye who believe!
Why say ye that
Which ye do not?

3. Grievously odious is it
In the sight of God
That ye say that
Which ye do not.

4. Truly God loves those
Who fight in His Cause
In battle array, as if
They were a solid
Cemented structure.

5. And remember, Moses said
To his people: "O my people!

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Why do ye vex and insult
Me, though ye know
That I am the apostle
Of God (sent) to you?"
Then when they went wrong,
God let their hearts go wrong.
For God guides not those
Who are rebellious transgressors.

6. And remember, Jesus,
The son of Mary, said:
"O Children of Israel!
I am the apostle of God
(Sent) to you, confirming
The Law (which came)
Before me, and giving
Glad Tidings of an Apostle
To come after me,
Whose name shall be Aḥmad."
But when he came to them
With Clear Signs,
They said, "This is
Evident sorcery!"

7. Who doth greater wrong
Than one who invents

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Falsehood against God,
Even as he is being invited
To Islām? And God
Guides not those
Who do wrong.

8. Their intention is
To extinguish God's Light
(By blowing) with their mouths:
But God will complete
(The revelation of) His Light,
Even though the Unbelievers
May detest (it).

9. It is He Who has sent
His Apostle with Guidance
And the Religion of Truth,
That he may proclaim it
Over all religion,
Even though the Pagans
May detest (it).


10. O ye who believe!
Shall I lead you
To a bargain that will
Save you from
A grievous Penalty?—

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11. That ye believe in God
And His Apostle, and that
Ye strive (your utmost)
In the Cause of God,
With your property
And your persons:
That will be best for you,
If ye but knew!

12. He will forgive you
Your sins, and admit you
To Gardens beneath which
Rivers flow, and to beautiful
Mansions in Gardens
Of Eternity: that is indeed
The supreme Achievement.

13. And another (favour
Will He bestow), which ye
Do love,—help from God
And a speedy victory.
So give the Glad Tidings
To the Believers.

14. O ye who believe!
Be ye helpers of God:
As said Jesus the son of Mary
To the Disciples, "Who will be
My helpers to (the work
Of) God?" Said the Disciples,

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"We are God's helpers!"
Then a portion of the Children
Of Israel believed, and
A portion disbelieved:
But We gave power
To those who believed,
Against their enemies,
And they became
The ones that prevailed.

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Next: Sūra LXII. Jumu‘a, or the Assembly (Friday) Prayer