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ⅩⅩⅫ, 26-ⅩⅩⅩⅢ, 4.

over their dwellings! verily, in that are signs : do they not then hear?

Have they not seen that we drive the water to the sterile land, and bring forth thereby corn from which their cattle and themselves do eat? do they not then see?

And they say, 'When shall this decision come if ye do tell the truth?' Say, 'On the day of the decision their faith shall not profit those who misbelieved, nor shall they be respited;' 30 turn then from them and wait; verily, they are waiting too!

The Chapter of the Confederates[1].

(ⅩⅩⅩⅢ. Medînah.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

O thou prophet! fear God and obey not the misbelievers and hypocrites; verily, God is ever knowing, wise!

But follow what thou art inspired with from thy Lord; verily, God of what you do is ever well aware. And rely upon God, for God is guardian enough.

God has not made for any man two hearts in his inside; nor has He made your wives, — whom you back away from, — your real mothers[2]; nor has He

  1. When this sûrah was written Medînah was besieged by a confederation of the Jewish tribes with the Arabs of Mecca, Negd and Tehâmah, at the instigation of the Jewish tribe of Nadhîr, whom Mohammed had expelled from Mecca the year before. The event took place in the fifth year of the Higrah.
  2. The Arabs were in the habit of divorcing their wives on certain occasions with the words, ' Thy back is to me as my