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ⅬⅩⅩⅢ, 20-ⅬⅩⅩⅣ, 9.

20 Verily, thy Lord knows that thou dost stand up to pray nearly two-thirds of the night, or the half of it or the third of it, as do part of those who are with thee; for God measures the night and the day; He knows that ye cannot calculate it, and He turns relentant towards you.

So read what is easy of the Qurʼân. He knows that there will be of you some who are sick and others who beat about in the earth craving the grace of God, and others who are fighting in the cause of God. Then read what is easy of it and be steadfast in prayer, and give alms, and lend to God a goodly loan, for what ye send forward for yourselves of good ye will find it with God. It is better and a greater hire; and ask ye pardon of God: verily, God is forgiving, merciful!

The Chapter of the 'Covered'[1].

(ⅬⅩⅩⅣ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

O thou who art covered! rise up and warn!

And thy Lord magnify!

5 And thy garments purify!

And abomination shun!

And grant not favours to gain increase!

And for thy Lord await!

And when the trump is blown, — for that day is a

  1. The first five verses of this chapter form the second revelation by the angel Gabriel in person, and the first after the Fatrah, or period of 'Intermission.' See Introduction, p. ⅹⅻ.