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Chapter 96:
Al-'Alaq — The Clot:

Revealed at Makkah: 19 verses

English Translation of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

96:1 Read in the name of thy Lord Who creates —

96:2 Creates man from a clot,

96:3 Read and thy Lord is most Generous,

96:4 Who taught by the pen,

96:5 Taught man what he knew not.

96:6 Nay, man is surely inordinate,

96:7 Because he looks upon himself as self-sufficient.

96:8 Surely to thy Lord is the return.

96:9 Hast thou seen him who forbids

96:10 A servant when he prays?

96:11 Seest thou if he is on the right way,

96:12 Or enjoins observance of duty?

96:13 Seest thou if he denies and turns away?

96:14 Knows he not that Allah sees?

96:15 Nay, if he desist not, We will seize him by the forelock —

96:16 A lying, sinful forelock!

96:17 Then let him summon his council,

96:18 We will summon the braves of the army.

96:19 Nay! Obey him not, but prostrate thyself, and draw nigh (to Allah).

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