The Koran (Al-Qur'an) eBook

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It is not for man that God should speak with him but by vision, or from behind a veil: 

Or, He sendeth a messenger to reveal, by his permission, what He will:  for He is Exalted, Wise!

Thus have we sent the Spirit (Gabriel10) to thee with a revelation, by our command.  Thou knewest not, ere this, what “the Book” was, or what the faith.  But we have ordained it for a light:  by it will we guide whom we please of our servants.  And thou shalt surely guide into the right way,

The way of God, whose is all that the Heaven and the Earth contain.  Shall not all things return to God?


1 See Sura lxviii. 1, p. 32.

2 Mecca.

3 Jews and Christians.

4 Or, nachdem ihm (Mohamed) die Lehre geworden.  Ullm.  Postquam responsum fuit illi (id est, Mahumeto de Religione manifestanda).  Mar.

5 The law contained in the Koran.

6 Isai. v. 19.

7 Comp.  Gal. vi. 7, 8.

8 That is, deprive thee of the Prophetic mission; or, fortify thee with patience against the calumny of forging lies of God.  Thus Mar.  If this latter interpretation be adopted, the remainder of the verse must be rendered:  And God will abolish the lie and, etc.

9 Lit. he will increase them.  Comp.  Ps. cxv. 14.

10 Thus Beidhawi.


Mecca.-109 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

ELIF.  LamRa.1 These are the signs of the wise Book!

A matter of wonderment is it to the men of Mecca, that to a person among themselves We revealed, “Bear warnings to the people:  and, to those who believe, bear the good tidings that they shall have with their Lord the precedence merited by their sincerity.”  The unbelievers say, “Verily this is a manifest sorcerer.”

Verily your Lord is God who hath made the Heavens and the Earth in six days-then mounted his throne to rule all things:  None can intercede with him till after his permission:  This is God your Lord:  therefore serve him:  Will ye not reflect?

Unto Him shall ye return, all together:  the promise of God is sure:  He produceth a creature, then causeth it to return again-that he may reward those who believe and do the things that are right, with equity:  but as for the infidels!-for them the draught that boileth and an afflictive torment-because they have not believed.

It is He who hath appointed the sun for brightness, and the moon for a light, and hath ordained her stations that ye may learn the number of years and the reckoning of time.  God hath not created all this but for the truth.2 He maketh his signs clear to those who understand.

Verily, in the alternations of night and of day, and in all that God hath created in the Heavens and in the Earth are signs to those who fear Him.

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