The Chapter of Gilding.
In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.
ʿH. M. By the perspicuous Book, verily, we have made it an Arabic Qurʼân ; haply ye will have some sense. And it is in the Mother of the Book with us, — high and wise. Shall we then push aside from you the Reminder, because ye are a people who are extravagant ?
5 How many prophets have we sent amongst those of yore ? and there never came to them a prophet but they did mock at him ; then we destroyed them — more valiant than these; and the example of those of yore passed away.
And if thou shouldst ask them who created the heavens and the earth, they will surely say, ‘ The mighty, the knowing One created them,’ who made for you the earth a couch and placed for you therein roads, haply ye may be guided : 10 and who sent down from the heaven water in due measure; and we raised up thereby a dead country ; thus shall ye too be brought forth; and who has created all species; and has made for you the ships and the cattle whereon to ride that ye may settle yourselves on their backs ; then remember the favour of your Lord when ye settled thereon, and say, ‘ Celebrated be the praises of Him who hath subjected this to us ! We could not have got this ourselves ; and, verily, unto our Lord shall we return !’
- See Part Ⅰ, p. 2, note 2.
- I. e. the Meccans.