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53 THE STAR (1 – 25)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

By the Star when it plunges, your comrade is not astray, neither errs, nor speaks he out of caprice. This is naught but a revelation revealed, 5taught him by one terrible in power, very strong; he stood poised, being on the higher horizon, then drew near and suspended hung, two bows’-length away, or nearer, 10then revealed to his servant that he revealed. His heart lies not of what he saw; what, will you dispute with him what he sees?

Indeed, he saw him another time by the Lote-Tree of the Boundary 15nigh which is the Garden of the Refuge, when there covered the Lote-Tree that which covered; his eye swerved not, nor swept astray. Indeed, he saw one of the greatest signs of his Lord.

Have you considered El-Lat and El-‘Uzza 20and Manat the third, the other? What, have you males, and He females? That were indeed an unjust division. They are naught but names yourselves have named, and your fathers; God has sent down no authority touching them. They follow only surmise, and what the souls desire; and yet guidance has come to them from their Lord. Or shall man have whatever he fancies? 25And to God belongs the First and the Last.

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