CONSIDER the heavens and that which comes in the night! 1
And what could make thee conceive what it is that comes in the night?
It is the star that pierces through [life's] darkness:
[for] no human being has ever been left unguarded. 2
LET MAN, then, observe out of what he has been created:
he has been created out of a seminal fluid
issuing from between the loins [of man] and the pelvic arch [of woman]. 3
Now, verily, He [who thus creates man in the first instance] is well able to bring him back [to life]
on the Day when all secrets will be laid bare,
and [man] will have neither strength nor helper!
Consider 4 the heavens, ever-revolving,
and the earth, bursting forth with plants!
BEHOLD, this [divine writ] is indeed a word that cuts between truth and falsehood, 5
and is no idle tale.
Behold, they [who refuse to accept it] devise marry a false argument 6 [to disprove its truth];
but I shall bring all their scheming to nought. 7
Let, then, the deniers of the truth have their will: let them have their will for a little while!