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XXIII, U6-XXIV, 6. THE CHAPTER OF LIGHT. 73 whoso calls upon another god with God has no proof of it, but, verily, his account is with his Lord ; verily, the misbelievers shall not prosper. And say, ' Lord, pardon and be merciful, for Thou art the best of the merciful ones ! ' The Chapter of Light. (XXIV. Medlnah.) In the name of the merciful and compassionate God. A chapter which we have sent down and deter- mined, and have sent down therein manifest signs ; haply ye may be mindful. The whore and the whoremonger. Scourge each of them with a hundred stripes, and do not let pity for them take hold of you in God's religion, if ye believe in God and the last day; and let a party of the believers witness their torment. And the whoremonger shall marry none but a whore or an idolatress; and the whore shall none marry but an adulterer or an idolater; God has prohibited this to the believers ; but those who cast (imputa- tions) on chaste women and then do not bring four witnesses, scourge them with eighty stripes, and do not receive any testimony of theirs ever, for these are the workers of abomination. [5] Ex- cept such as repent after that and act aright, for, verily, God is forgiving and compassionate. And those who cast (imputation) on their wives and have no witnesses except themselves, then the testimony of one of them shall be to testify four