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Ⅴ, 117-Ⅵ, 3.
the chapter of cattle.

Thou shouldst punish them, verily, they are Thy servants; if Thou shouldst forgive them, verily, Thou art the mighty and the wise. God said, ‘This is the day when their confession shall profit the confessors, for them are gardens beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever and for aye.’

God is well pleased with them, and they well pleased with Him ; that is the mighty happiness.

120 God's is the kingdom of the heavens, and the earth, and all that is therein, and He is mighty over all.

The Chapter of Cattle[1].

(Ⅵ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God!

Praise belongs to God who created the heavens and the earth, and brought into being the darkness and the light[2]. Yet do those who misbelieve hold Him to have peers.

He it is who created you from clay; then He decreed a term, — a term[3] ordained with Him. And yet ye doubt thereof.

He is God in the heavens and the earth. He knows your secret conduct and your plain, and He knows what ye earn[4].

  1. So called from the mention which it contains of the superstitious customs of the Arabs with regard to their cattle.
  2. Said to be a protest against the dualistic doctrine that Light and Darkness were two co-eternal principles.
  3. I.e. a term for your life and another for your resurrection.
  4. By good or evil works.

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