Sacred Books of the East eBook

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In the Name of the Most Merciful God,

A.L.M.  There is no doubt in this book; it is a direction to the pious, who believe in the mysteries of faith, who observe the appointed times of prayer, and distribute alms out of what we have bestowed on them; and who believe in that revelation, which hath been sent down unto thee, and that which hath been sent down unto the prophets before thee, and have firm assurance in the life to come:  these are directed by their Lord, and they shall prosper.  As for the unbelievers, it will be equal to them whether thou admonish them, or do not admonish them; they will not believe.  God hath sealed up their hearts and their hearing; a dimness covereth their sight, and they shall suffer a grievous punishment.  There are some who say, We believe in God and the last day, but are not really believers; they seek to deceive God, and those who do believe, but they deceive themselves only, and are not sensible thereof.  There is an infirmity in their hearts, and God hath increased that infirmity; and they shall suffer a most painful punishment because they have disbelieved.  When one saith unto them, Act not corruptly in the earth, they reply, Verily, we are men of integrity.  Are not they themselves corrupt doers? but they are not sensible thereof.  And when one saith unto them, Believe ye as others believe; they answer, Shall we believe as fools believe?  Are not they themselves fools? but they know it not.  When they meet those who believe, they say, We do believe:  but when they retire privately to their devils, they say, We really hold with you, and only mock at those people:  God shall mock at them, and continue them in their impiety; they shall wander in confusion.  These are the men who have purchased error at the price of true direction:  but their traffic hath not been gainful, neither have they been rightly directed.  They are like unto one who kindleth a fire, and when it hath enlightened all around him, God taketh away their light and leaveth them in darkness, they shall not see; they are deaf, dumb, and blind, therefore will they not repent.  Or like a stormy cloud from heaven, fraught with darkness, thunder, and lightning, they put their fingers in their ears, because of the noise of the thunder, for fear of death; God encompasseth the infidels:  the lightning wanteth but little of taking away their sight; so often as it enlighteneth them, they walk therein, but when darkness cometh on them, they stand still; and if God so pleased, He would certainly deprive them of their hearing and their sight, for God is almighty.  O men of Mecca! serve your Lord who hath created you, and those who have been before you:  peradventure ye will fear him; who hath spread the earth as a bed for you, and the heaven as a covering, and hath caused water to descend from heaven, and thereby produced fruits for your sustenance.  Set not up therefore any equals unto God, against your own knowledge.  If ye be in doubt concerning that revelation which we have

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