The Koran
(The Creator, or the Angels)
Chapter 10

Sura XXXV:
Praise be to God, Maker of the Heavens and of the Earth! Who employeth the ANGELS as envoys, having two and three and four pairs of wings: He addeth to his creature what He will! Truly God hath power over all things.

The Mercy which God layeth open for man no one can withhold; and what He withholdeth, none can afterwards send forth And He is the Mighty, the Wise.

O men! bear in mind the favour of God towards you. Is there a creator other than God who nourisheth you out of heaven and earth? There is no God but He! How then are ye turned aside from Him?

If they treat thee as an impostor, then before thee have apostles been treated as impostors-- but to God shall all things return.

O men! verily the promise of God is true: let not then the present life deceive you with vain hopes: and let not the Deceiver deceive you as to God.

Yes, Satan is your foe. For a foe then hold him. He summoneth his followers only to become inmates of the flame.

The unbelievers,- for them a terrible punishment! - But believers and doers of good works, for them is mercy, and a great reward!

Shall he, the evil of whose deeds are so tricked out to him that he deemeth them good, be treated like him who seeth things aright? Verily God misleadeth whom He will, and guideth whom He will. Spend not thy soul in sighs for them: verily God knoweth their doings.

It is God who sendeth forth the winds which raise the clouds aloft; then drive We them on to some land dead from drought, and give life thereby to the earth after its death. So shall be the Resurrection.

If any one desireth greatness, greatness is wholly with God. The good word riseth up to Him, and the righteous deed doth He exalt. But a severe punishment awaiteth the plotters of evil things; and the plots of such will be in vain.

Moreover God created you of dust-then of the germs of life - then made you two sexes and no female conceiveth or bringeth forth without his knowledge; and the aged ageth not, nor is aught minished from man's age, but in accordance with the Book. An easy thing truly is this to God.

Nor are the two seas alike: the one is fresh, sweet, pleasant for drink, and the other salt, bitter; yet from both ye eat fresh fish, and take forth for yourselves ornaments to wear; and thou seest the ships cleaving the waters that ye may go in quest of his bounties: and haply ye will be thankful.

He causeth the night to enter in upon the day, and the day to enter in upon the night; and He hath given laws to the sun and to the moon, so that each journeyeth to its appointed goal: This is God your Lord: All power is his: but the gods whom ye call on beside Him have no power over the husk of a date-stone!

The Koran, Translated by J.M. Rodwell.


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