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ⅩⅫ, 75-ⅩⅩⅢ, 14.
the chapter of the believers.

before them and what is behind them; and unto God affairs return.

O ye who believe ! bow down and adore, and serve your Lord, and do well, haply ye may prosper ; and fight strenuously for God, as is His due. He has elected you, and has not put upon you any hindrance by your religion, — the faith of your father Abraham. He has named you Muslims before and in this (book), that the Apostle may be a witness against you, and that ye may be witnesses against men.

Be ye then steadfast in prayer, and give alms, and hold fast by God; He is your sovereign, and an excellent sovereign, and an excellent help !

The Chapter of Believers.

(ⅩⅩⅢ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

Prosperous are the believers who in their prayers are humble, and who from vain talk turn aside, and who in almsgiving are active. 5 And who guard their private parts — except for their wives or what their right hands possess for then, verily, they are not to be blamed ; — but whoso craves aught beyond that, they are the transgressors — and who observe their trusts and covenants, and who guard well their prayers : 10 these are the heirs who shall inherit Paradise ; they shall dwell therein for aye !

We have created man from an extract of clay ; then we made him a clot in a sure depository ; then