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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

26. The Poets (210 – 227)

210It was not the jinnc Cf. 72: 8–9; 37: 7–10. who brought down this Qurʾan: 211it is neither in their interests nor in their power,212indeed they are prevented from overhearing it. 213So [Prophet] do not invoke any gods beside God, or you will incur punishment. 214Warn your nearest kinsfolk 215and lower your wing tenderly over the believers who follow you. 216If they disobey you, say, ‘I bear no responsibility for your actions.’ 217Put your trust in the Almighty, the Merciful, 218who sees you when you stand up [for prayer]219and sees your movements among the worshippers: 220He is the All Hearing, the All Knowing. 221Shall I tell you who the jinn come down to?222They come down to every lying sinner 223who readily lends an ear to them, and most of them are liars: 224only those who are lost in error follow the poets.a The Meccans dismissed the Qurʾan as poetry. After the Prophet moved to Medina, the Meccans commissioned poets to satirize the Muslims, and some Muslim poets counter-attacked. 225Do you not see how they rove aimlessly in every valley; 226how they say what they do not do?b Poets used to boast and exaggerate in their praise-poems and satires.227Not so those [poets] who believe, do good deeds, remember God often, and defend themselves after they have been wronged. The evildoers will find out what they will return to.

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c Cf. 72: 8–9; 37: 7–10.

a The Meccans dismissed the Qurʾan as poetry. After the Prophet moved to Medina, the Meccans commissioned poets to satirize the Muslims, and some Muslim poets counter-attacked.

b Poets used to boast and exaggerate in their praise-poems and satires.

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