and female, from a clot when it is emitted ; and that for Him is the next production; and that he enriches and gives possession; 50 and that He is the Lord of the Dog-star, and that He it was who destroyed ʿÂd of yore, and Thamûd, and left none of them ; and the people of Noah before them, — verily, they were most unjust and outrageous !
And the overthrown (cities) He threw down; 55 and there covered them what did cover them !
Which then of your Lord’s benefits do ye dispute ?
This is a warner, one of the warners of yore !
The approaching day approaches ; there is none to discover it but God.
At this new discourse then do ye wonder ? 60 and do ye laugh and not weep ? and ye divert yourselves the while !
But adore God and serve (Him).
The Chapter of the Moon.
In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.
The Hour draws nigh, and the moon is split
- I. e. the resurrection.
- Sirius, or the Dog-star, was an object of worship amongst the ancient Arabs.
- Sodom, Gomorrah, &c.
- At this verse the Qurâis, who were present at the first reading of this chapter when their gods were spoken well of, fell down adoring with Mohammed. See Introduction, p. ⅹⅹⅻ.