Asad - Sura: 91. Ash-Shams - The Sun

  1. CONSIDER the sun and its radiant brightness,

  2. and the moon as it reflects the sun! 1 

  3. Consider the day as it reveals the world, 2 

  4. and the night as it veils it darkly!

  5. Consider the sky and its wondrous make, 3 

  6. and the earth and all its expanse!

  7. Consider the human self, 4  and how it is formed in accordance with what it is meant to be, 5 

  8. and how it is imbued with moral failings as well as with consciousness of God! 6 

  9. To a happy state shall indeed attain he who causes this [self] to grow in purity,

  10. and truly lost is he who buries it [in darkness].

  11. TO [THIS] TRUTH gave the lie, in their overweening arrogance, [the tribe of] Thamud, 7 

  12. when that most hapless wretch from among them rushed forward [to commit his evil deed],

  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]!" 8 

  14. But they gave him the lie, and cruelly slaughtered her 9  - whereupon their Sustainer visited them with utter destruction for this their sin, destroying them all alike:

  15. for none [of them] had any fear of what might befall them. 10 


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