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87:1  Extol the name of your Lord, the Highest,
87:2  who has created and given proportion,
87:3  who has directed and guided,
87:4  who has brought forth pasture
87:5  and turned it into brown straw.
87:6  We will make you recite so you will not forget
87:7  except what God wills. For God knows the apparent and the concealed.
87:8  And We ease you into what is most easy:
87:9  so remind, if reminder avails.
87:10  The God-fearing will be reminded,
87:11  but the most wretched will tum aside,
87:12  those who enter the greatest fire,
87:13  where they neither die nor live.
87:14  Happy are those who have purified themselves
87:15  and remember the name of their Lord and pray.
87:16  But you prefer the life of the world,
87:17  though the Hereafter is better and more lasting.
87:18  This is, in fact, in the books of the ancients,
87:19  the books of Abraham and Moses.