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ⅬⅩⅩ, 36-ⅬⅩⅪ, 4.
the qurʼân.

What ails the misbelievers that they hurry on before thee, crowding together on the right and on the left[1]? Does every man of them wish to enter the garden of pleasure ?

Nay, we created them of what they know ! 40 And I need not swear by the Lord of the easts and the wests[2]; verily, we are able to change them for others better, nor are we prevented !

So leave them to plunge in discussion, and to play until they meet that day of theirs which they are threatened with, the day when they shall come forth in haste from the graves, as though they flock to a standard ! with their looks abashed ; meanness shall cover them ! That is the day which they were promised !

The Chapter of Noah.

(ⅬⅩⅪ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

Verily, we sent Noah to his people, ' Warn thy people before there come to them a grievous torment ! '

Said he, * O my people ! verily, I am to you an obvious warner, that ye serve God and fear Him and obey me. He will pardon you your sins, and will defer you unto an appointed time ; verily, God’s

  1. Cf. pp. 262, 263.
  2. I. e. of the east and the west ; or of the arious points of the horizon at which the sun rises and sets in the course of the year.