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

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Dahr, or Time, or Insān, or Man.

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

1. Has there not been
Over Man a long period
Of Time, when he was
Nothing—(not even) mentioned?

2. Verily We created
Man from a drop
Of mingled sperm,
In order to try him:
So We gave him (the gifts).
Of Hearing and Sight.

3. We showed him, the Way:
Whether he be grateful
Or ungrateful (rests
On his will).

4. For the Rejecters
We have prepared

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Chains, Yokes, and
A Blazing Fire.

5. As to the Righteous,
They shall drink
Of a Cup (of Wine)
Mixed with Kāfūr,—

6. A Fountain where
The Devotees of God
Do drink, making it
Flow in unstinted abundance.

7. They perform (their) vows,
And they fear a Day
Whose evil flies far and wide.

8. And they feed, for the love
Of God, the indigent,
The orphan, and the captive,—

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9. (Saying), "We feed you
For the sake of God alone:
No reward do we desire
From you, nor thanks.

10. "We only fear a Day
Of distressful Wrath
From the side of our Lord."

11. But God will deliver
Them from the evil
Of that Day, and will
Shed over them a Light
Of Beauty and
A (blissful) Joy.

12. And because they were
Patient and constant, He will
Reward them with a Garden
And (garments of) silk.

13. Reclining in the (Garden)
On raised thrones,
They will see there neither
The sun's (excessive heat)
Nor (the moon's) excessive cold.

14. And the shades of the (Garden)
Will come low over them,
And the bunches (of fruit),
There, will hang low
In humility.

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15. And amongst them will be
Passed round vessels of silver
And goblets of crystal,—

16. Crystal-clear, made of silver:
They will determine
The measure thereof
(According to their wishes).

17. And they will be given
To drink there of a Cup
(Of Wine) mixed
With Zanjaḅīl,—

18. A fountain there,
Called Salsabīl.

19. And round about them
Will (serve) youths
Of perpetual (freshness):
If thou seest them,
Thou wouldst think them
Scattered Pearls.

20. And when thou lookest,
It is there thou wilt see

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A Bliss and
A Realm Magnificent.

21. Upon them will be
Green Garments of fine silk
And heavy brocade,
And they will be adorned
With Bracelets of silver;
And their Lord will
Give to them to drink
Of a Wine
Pure and Holy.

22. "Verily this is a Reward
For you, and your Endeavour
Is accepted and recognised."


23. It is We Who
Have sent down the Qur-ān
To thee by stages.

24. Therefore be patient
With constancy to the Command
Of thy Lord, and hearken not
To the sinner or the ingrate
Among them.

25. And celebrate the name

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Of thy Lord morning
And evening,

26. And part of the night,
Prostrate thyself to Him;
And glorify Him
A long night through.

27. As to these, they love
The fleeting life,
And put away behind them
A Day (that will be) hard.

28. It is We Who created
Them, and We have made
Their joints strong;
But, when We will,
We can substitute
The like of them
By a complete change.

29. This is an admonition:
Whosoever will, let him
Take a (straight) Path
To his Lord.

30. But ye will not,
Except as God wills;

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For God is full of
Knowledge and Wisdom.

31. He will admit
To His Mercy Whom He will;
But the wrong-doers,—
For them has He prepared
A grievous Penalty.

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