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   Chapters from the Koran.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Mecca Suras
The Chapter of the Land
  IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God.  1
  I need not swear by the Lord of this land, 1 and thou a dweller in this land! 2  2
  Nor by the begetter and what he begets!  3
  We have surely created man in trouble.  4
  Does he think that none can do aught against him?  5
  He says, ‘I have wasted wealth in plenty;’ does he think that no one sees him?  6
  Have we not made for him two eyes and a tongue, and two lips? and guided him in the two highways? but he will not attempt the steep!  7
  And what shall make thee know what the steep is? It is freeing captives, or feeding on the day of famine, an orphan who is akin, or a poor man who lies in the dust; and again (it is) to be of these who believe and encourage each other to patience, and encourage each other to mercy,—these are the fellows of the right!  8
  But those who disbelieve in our signs, they are the fellows of the left, for them is fire that closes in!  9
Note 1. I. e. the sacred territory of Mecca. [back]
Note 2. Or, ‘art at liberty to act as thou pleasest.’ [back]


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