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The Koran

be to God! and high let him be exalted above those whom they associate with him.

And thy Lord knoweth what their breasts conceal and what they bring to light.

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And He is God! There is no god but He! His, all praise in this life and in the next, and His the power supreme,[1] and to Him shall ye be brought back!

Say: What think ye? If God should enshroud you with a long night until the day of resurrection, what god beside God would bring you light? Will ye not then hearken?

Say: What think ye? If God should make it one long day for you until the day of resurrection, what god but God could bring you the night in which to take your rest? Will ye not then see?

Of His mercy he hath made for you the night that ye may take your rest in it; and the day that ye may seek what ye need out of his bounteous supplies, and that ye may give thanks.

One day God will call to them and say, “Where are my companions as ye supposed them?

And we will bring up a witness out of every nation and say, “Bring your proofs.” And they shall know that the truth is with God alone, and the gods of their own devising shall desert them.

Now Korah[2] was of the people of Moses: but he behaved haughtily toward them; for we had given him such treasure that its keys would have burdened a company of men of strength. When his people said to him, “Exult not, for God loveth not those who exult;

But seek, by means of what God hath given thee, to attain the future Mansion; and neglect not thy part in this world, but be bounteous to others as God hath been bounteous to thee, and seek not to commit excesses on the earth; for God loveth not those who commit excesses:”

He said, “It hath been given me only on account of the knowledge that is in me.” Did he not know that God had destroyed before him generations that were mightier than he

  1. Potestas judiciaria. Mar. Richteramt. Ullm.
  2. Ar. Karun. “Joseph concealed three treasures in Egypt, one of which became known to Korah . . . the keys of Korah's treasure chambers were a burden for 300 white mules." Midr. Jalkut on Eccl. v. 12, “Riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt,”—which may have furnished Muhammad with the nucleus of this story. Compare also Tract. Psachim, fol. 119 a.