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The Koran Interpreted Translation by A.J. Arberry

53 THE STAR (33 – 56)

The Qurʾan Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

53. The Star (33 – 55)

Those who avoid the heinous sins and indecencies, save lesser offences— surely thy Lord is wide in His forgiveness.

Very well He knows you, when He produced you from the earth, and when you were yet unborn in your mothers’ wombs; therefore hold not yourselves purified; God knows very well him who is godfearing.

Hast thou considered him who turns his back 35and gives a little, and then grudgingly? Does he possess the knowledge of the Unseen, and therefore he sees? Or has he not been told of what is in the scrolls of Moses, and Abraham, he who paid his debt in full? That no soul laden bears the load of another, 40and that a man shall have to his account only as he has laboured, and that his labouring shall surely be seen, then he shall be recompensed for it with the fullest recompense, and that the final end is unto thy Lord, 45and that it is He who makes to laugh, and that makes to weep, and that it is He who makes to die, and that makes to live, and that He Himself created the two kinds, male and female, of a sperm-drop, when it was cast forth, and that upon Him rests the second growth, and that it is He who gives wealth and riches, 50and that it is He who is the Lord of Sirius, and that He destroyed Ad, the ancient, and Thamood, and He did not spare them, and the people of Noah before—certainly they did exceeding evil, and were insolent— 55and the Subverted City He also overthrew, so that there covered it that which covered. Then which of thy Lord's bounties disputest thou?

33[Prophet], consider that man who turned away: 34he only gave a little and then he stopped.35Does he have knowledge of the Unseen? Can he see [the Hereafter]? 36Has he not been told what was written in the Scriptures of Moses 37and of Abraham, who fulfilled his duty: 38that no soul shall bear the burden of another; 39that man will only have what he has worked towards; 40that his labour will be seen 41and that in the end he will be repaid in full for it;42that the final goal is your Lord;43that it is He who makes people laugh and weep; 44that it is He who gives death and life; 45that He Himself created the two sexes, male and female, 46from an ejected drop of sperm; 47that He will undertake the second Creation; 48that it is He who gives wealth and possessions; 49that He is the Lord of Sirius;c The star worshipped by the pagan Arabs. 50that it was He who destroyed, in their entirety, ancient ‘Ad 51and Thamud, 52and before them the people of Noah who were even more unjust and insolent; 53that it was He who brought down the ruined cities 54and enveloped them in the punishment He ordained for them? 55Which then of your Lord's blessings do youd The man who turned away (verse 33). deny?

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c The star worshipped by the pagan Arabs.

d The man who turned away (verse 33).

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