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ⅬⅢ, 46-ⅬⅣ, 1.
the qurʼân.

and female, from a clot when it is emitted ; and that for Him is the next production[1]; and that he enriches and gives possession; 50 and that He is the Lord of the Dog-star[2], 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)[3] 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)[4].

The Chapter of the Moon.

(ⅬⅣ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

The Hour draws nigh, and the moon is split

  1. I. e. the resurrection.
  2. Sirius, or the Dog-star, was an object of worship amongst the ancient Arabs.
  3. Sodom, Gomorrah, &c.
  4. 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.