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al-Insan (Man)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah Man(al-Insan)
76:1 Doth not a long time pass over MAN, during which he is a thing unremembered?
76:2 We have created man from the union of the sexes that we might prove him; and hearing, seeing, have we made him:
76:3 In a right way have we guided him, be he thankful or ungrateful.
76:4 For the Infidels we have got ready chains and collars and flaming fire.
76:5 But a wine cup tempered at the camphor fountain the just shall quaff:
76:6 Fount whence the servants of God shall drink, and guide by channels from place to place;
76:7 They who fulfilled their vows, and feared the day whose woes will spread far and wide;
76:8 Who though longing for it themselves, bestowed their food on the poor and the orphan and the captive:
76:9 "We feed you for the sake of God: we seek from you neither recompense nor thanks:
76:10 A stern and calamitous day dread we from our Lord."
76:11 From the evil therefore of that day hath God delivered them and cast on them brightness of face and joy:
76:12 And hath rewarded their constancy, with Paradise and silken robes:
76:13 Reclining therein on bridal couches, nought shall they know of sun or piercing cold:
76:14 Its shades shall be close over them, and low shall its fruits hang down:
76:15 And vessels of silver and goblets like flagons shall be borne round among them:
76:16 Flagons of silver whose measure themselves shall mete.
76:17 And there shall they be given to drink of the cup tempered with zendjebil (ginger)
76:18 From the fount therein whose name is Selsebil (the softly flowing).
76:19 Aye-blooming youths go round among them. When thou lookest at them thou wouldest deem them scattered pearls;
76:20 And when thou seest this, thou wilt see delights and a vast kingdom:
76:21 Their clothing green silk robes and rich brocade: with silver bracelets shall they be adorned; and drink of a pure beverage shall their Lord give them.
76:22 This shall be your recompense. Your efforts shall meet with thanks.
76:23 We ourselves have sent down to thee the Koran as a missive from on high.
76:24 Await then with patience the judgments of thy Lord, and obey not the wicked among them and the unbelieving:
76:25 And make mention of the name of thy Lord at morn, at even,
76:26 And at night. Adore him, and praise him the livelong night.
76:27 But these men love the fleeting present, and leave behind them the heavy day of doom.
76:28 Ourselves have we created them, and strengthened their joints; and when we please, with others like unto themselves will we replace them.
76:29 This truly is a warning: And whoso willeth, taketh the way to his Lord;
76:30 But will it ye shall not, unless God will it, for God is Knowing, Wise.
76:31 He causeth whom He will to enter into his mercy. But for the evil doers, He hath made ready an afflictive chastisement.


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