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ⅬⅩⅪ, 24-ⅬⅩⅫ, 5.
the qurʼân.

(Mohammed) wilt only increase the unjust in their error — 25 because of their sins they were drowned and made to enter into the fire, and they found no helpers against God !

And Noah said, ‘ My Lord ! leave not upon the earth one dweller of the misbelievers. Verily, Thou, if Thou shouldst leave them, they will lead astray Thy servants, and they will only bear for children sinners and misbelievers. My Lord ! pardon me and my two parents, and whomsoever enters my house believing, and (pardon) the believers men and women — but Thou shalt only increase the unjust in loss.’

The Chapter of the Ginn.

(ⅬⅩⅫ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

Say, ‘ I have been inspired that there listened a company of the ginn[1], and they said, “ We have heard a marvellous Qurʼân that guides to the right direction ; and we believe therein, and we join no one with our Lord, for, verily, He — may the majesty of our Lord be exalted ! — has taken to Himself neither consort nor son.

‘“ And, verily, a fool among us spake against God wide of the mark !

‘“5And we thought that men and ginn would never speak a lie against God.

  1. See Introduction, pp. ⅹⅲ-ⅹⅳ. The occasion of Mohammed’s preaching to the ginn was on his returning from his unsuccessful errand to Taʼif ; see Introduction, p. ⅹⅹⅹ.