Except to that Apostle who pleaseth Him; and before him and behind him He maketh a guard to march:
That He may know if his Apostles have verily delivered the messages of their Lord: and He embraceth in his knowledge all their ways, and taketh count of all that concerneth them.
1 This interview with the Djinn took place at Nakhla, probably the “Wady Mohram” of Burckhardt, midway between Mecca and Taef, when Muhammad was driven from Mecca. A.D. 620.
SURA LXVII.-THE KINGDOM [LXIII.]
Mecca.- 30 Verses
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Blessed be He is whose hand is the kingdom! and over all things is He potent:
Who hath created death and life to prove which of you will be most righteous in deed; and He is the Mighty, the Forgiving!
Who hath created seven Heavens one above another: No defect canst thou see in the creation of the God of Mercy: Repeat the gaze: seest thou a single flaw?
Then twice more repeat the gaze: thy gaze shall return to thee dulled and weary.
Moreover we have decked the lowest heaven with lights, and have placed them there to be hurled at the Satans, for whom we have prepared the torment of the flaming fire.
And for those who believe not in their Lord is the torment of Hell; and horrid the journey thither!
When they shall be thrown into it, they shall hear it braying:1 and it shall boil-
Almost shall it burst for fury. So oft as a crowd shall be thrown into it, its keepers shall ask them, “Came not the warner to you?”
They shall say, Yes! there came to us one charged with warnings; but we treated him as a liar, and said, “Nothing hath God sent down: ye are in nothing but a vast delusion.”
And they shall say, “Had we but hearkened or understood, we had not been among the dwellers in the flames;”
And their sin shall they acknowledge: but, “Avaunt, ye dwellers in the flame.”
But pardon and a great reward for those who fear their Lord in secret!
Be your converse hidden or open, He truly knoweth the inmost recess of your breasts!
What! shall He not know who hath created? for He is the Subtil,2 the Cognizant.
It is He who hath made the earth level for you: traverse then its broad sides, and eat of what He hath provided.-Unto Him shall be the resurrection.
What! are ye sure that He who is in Heaven will not cleave the Earth beneath you? And lo, it shall quake.
Or are ye sure that He who is in Heaven will not send against you a stone-charged whirlwind? Then shall ye know what my warning meant!
And verily, those who flourish before you treated their prophets as liars: and how grievous my wrath!
Behold they not the birds over their heads, outstretching and drawing in their wings? None, save the God of Mercy, upholdeth them: for he regardeth all things.