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ⅬⅩⅥ, 9-ⅬⅩⅦ, 4.
the qurʼân.

O thou prophet ! fight strenuously against the misbelievers and hypocrites and be stern towards them ; for their resort is hell, and an evil journey shall it be !

10 God strikes out a parable to those who misbelieve : the wife of Noah and the wife of Lot ; they were under two of our righteous servants, but they betrayed them : and they availed them nothing against God ; and it was said, ‘ Enter the fire with those who enter.’

And God strikes out a parable for those who believe : the wife of Pharaoh, when she said, ‘ My Lord, build for me a house with Thee in Paradise, and save me from Pharaoh and his works, and save me from the unjust people !’

And Mary, daughter of Imrân, who guarded her private parts, and we breathed therein of our spirit and she verified the words of her Lord and His books, and was of the devout.

The Chapter of the Kingdom.

(ⅬⅩⅦ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

Blessed be He in whose hand is the kingdom, for He is mighty over all !

Who created death and life, to try you, which of you does best ; for He is the mighty, the forgiving !

Who created seven heavens in stories ; thou canst not see any discordance in the creation of the Merciful !

Why, look again ! canst thou see a flaw ? Then