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ash-Shams (The Sun)
as rendered by Muhammad Asad
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Muhammad Asad rendition of Surah The Sun(ash-Shams)
91:1 CONSIDER the sun and its radiant brightness,
91:2 and the moon as it reflects the sun!
91:3 Consider the day as it reveals the world,
91:4 and the night as it veils it darkly!
91:5 Consider the sky and its wondrous make,
91:6 and the earth and all its expanse!
91:7 Consider the human self, and how it is formed in accordance with what it is meant to be,
91:8 and how it is imbued with moral failings as well as with consciousness of God!
91:9 To a happy state shall indeed attain he who causes this [self] to grow in purity,
91:10 and truly lost is he who buries it [in darkness].
91:11 TO [THIS] TRUTH gave the lie, in their overweening arrogance, [the tribe of] Thamud,
91:12 when that most hapless wretch from among them rushed forward [to commit his evil deed],
91:13 although God's apostle had told them, "It is a she-camel belonging to God, so let her drink [and do her no harm]!"
91:14 But they gave him the lie, and cruelly slaughtered her - whereupon their Sustainer visited them with utter destruction for this their sin, destroying them all alike:
91:15 for none [of them] had any fear of what might befall them.


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