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The Stars (Al-Najm)
62 verses, revealed in Mecca after Absoluteness (Al-Ikhlaas) before He Frowned ('Abasa)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
CONSIDER this unfolding [of God's message,] as it comes down from on high! (1) Your Companion is neither astray nor being misled. (2) Nor doth he speak of (his own) desire. (3) This is naught but a revelation revealed, (4) Taught to him by one intense in strength - (5) Of might, he (Gabriel) stood firm (6) being on the higher horizon. (7) Then he approached and came closer, (8) And was at a distance of two bow lengths or nearer. (9) then revealed to his servant that he revealed. (10) His (Muhammad's) heart did not lie to him about what his eyes had seen. (11) What, will you dispute with him about what he sees! (12) He certainly saw him (Gabriel) during his other ascent (13) Nigh unto the lote-tree at the boundary. (14) Nigh unto which is the Garden of Abode. (15) When that which covers covered the lote-tree; (16) The sight did not shift, nor did it cross the limits. (17) He certainly saw the greatest (signs) of the existence of his Lord. (18) (Among the idols) have you considered allat and al'uzza, (19) And Manat, the third - the other one? (20) Are yours the males and His the females? (21) That indeed is an unfair division -- (22) These are nothing but names that you and your forefathers have invented, for which Allah has sent down no authority. They are merely following their conjectures and their carnal desires although guidance has come to them from their Lord. (23) Or shall man have whatever he fancies? (24) But unto Allah belongeth the after (life), and the former. (25)
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