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The Koran Interpreted Translation by A.J. Arberry

108 ABUNDANCE (1 – 3)

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

108. Abundance (1 – 3)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Surely We have given thee abundance; so pray unto thy Lord and sacrifice. Surely he that hates thee, he is the one cut off.

When the Prophet lost his last son, an opponent who hated him taunted him with being ‘cut off’ without posterity. This Meccan sura comes to reassure the Prophet and as a retort to his enemy.

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

1We have truly given abundancea The word kawthar, ‘abundance’, is also interpreted here as referring to a specific river in Paradise. to you [Prophet]—2so pray to your Lord and make your sacrifice to Him alone—3it is the one who hates you who has been cut off.

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a The word kawthar, ‘abundance’, is also interpreted here as referring to a specific river in Paradise.

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