91 The Sun
Ash-Shams: Makki
In the name of Allah, most benevolent, ever-merciful.
I CALL TO witness the sun and his early morning splendour,
2. And the moon as she follows in his wake,
3. The day when it reveals his radiance,
4. The night when it covers him over, 5. The heavens and its architecture,
6. The earth and its spreading out,
7. The soul and how it was integrated
8. And given the faculty of knowing what is disruptive and what is intrinsic to
9. He who nourishes it will surely be successful,
10. And he who confines it will surely come to grief.
11. The Thamud denied (the truth) in their perverseness
12. When among them the great wretch arose,
13. And the apostle of God had to tell them: “This is God’s she-camel, let her
14. But they called him a liar and hamstrung her. So God obliterated them for
their crime, and (destroyed) all of them alike.
15. He does not fear the consequence.


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