Chapters from the Koran.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.
The Chapter of the Star
By the star when it falls, your comrade errs not, nor is he deluded! nor speaks he out of lust! It is but an inspiration inspired! One mighty in power taught him, endowed with sound understanding and appeared, he being in the loftiest tract.
Then drew he near and hovered o’er! until he was two bows length off or nigher still! Then he inspired his servant what he inspired him; the heart belies not what he saw! What, will ye dispute with him on what he saw?
And he saw him another time, by the lote tree none may pass; near which is the garden of the Abode! When there covered the
Have ye considered Allât and Al ’Huzzâ, and Manât the other third? Shall there be male offspring for Him and female for you? That were an unfair division! They are but names which ye have named, ye and your fathers! God has sent down no authority for them! They do but follow suspicion and what their souls lust after!—And yet there has come to them guidance from their Lord.
Shall man have what he desires? But God’s is the hereafter and the present!
How many an angel in the heaven!—their intercession avails not at all, save after God has given permission to whomsoever He will and is pleased with!
Verily, those who believe not in the hereafter do surely name the angels with female names!—but they have no knowledge thereof; they do but follow suspicion, and, verily, suspicion shall not avail against the truth at all!
But turn aside from him who turns his back upon our remembrance and desires naught but this world’s life! This is their sum of knowledge; verily, thy Lord knows best who has erred from His way, and He knows best who is guided!
God’s is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth, that He may reward those who do evil for what they have done; and may reward those who do good with good! those who shun great sins and iniquities,—all but venial faults,—verily, thy Lord is of ample forgiveness; He knows best about you, when He produced you from the earth, and when ye were embryos in the wombs of your mothers.
Make not yourselves out, then, to be pure; He knows best who it is that fears.
Hast thou considered him who turns his back? who gives but little and then stops? Has he then the knowledge of the unseen, so that he can see?
And the overthrown (cities) He threw down; and there covered them what did cover them!
Which then of your Lord’s benefits do ye dispute?
This is a warner, one of the warners of yore!
The approaching day approaches; there is none to discover it but God.
At this new discourse then do ye wonder? and do ye laugh and not weep? and ye divert yourselves the while!
But adore God and serve (Him).