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READ1 in the name of thy Sustainer, who has created -
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created man out of a germ-cell!2
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Read - for thy Sustainer is the Most Bountiful One
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who has taught [man] the use of the pen -
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taught man what he did not know!3
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Nay, verily, man becomes grossly overweening
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whenever he believes himself to be self-sufficient:
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for, behold, unto thy Sustainer all must return.4
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HAST THOU ever considered him who tries to prevent
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a servant [of God] from praying?5
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Hast thou considered whether he is on the right way,
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or is concerned with God-consciousness?6
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Hast thou considered whether he may [not] be giving the lie to the truth and turning his back [upon it]?7
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Does he, then, not know that God sees [all]?
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Nay, if he desist not, We shall most surely drag him down upon his forehead -8
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the lying, rebellious, forehead! -
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and then let him summon [to his aid] the counsels of his own [spurious] wisdom,9
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[the while] We shall summon the forces of heavenly chastisement!
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Nay, pay thou no heed to him, but prostrate thyself [before God] and draw close [unto Him]!