96. The Leech-like Clot (Al-álaq)
Verses one through
five are the first revealed verses of the Holy Qurán. Revealed before the
Hijrah. This chapter has 19 verses.
In the Name of Allah,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created -
man, out of a leech-like clot:
Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful,-
4. He Who
taught (the use of) the Pen,-
man that which he knew not.
but man doth transgress all bounds,
7. In that
he looketh upon himself as self-sufficient.
to thy Lord is the return (of all).
thou one who forbids -
votary when he (turns) to pray?
thou if he is on (the road of) Guidance?-
thou if he denies (Truth) and turns away?
Knoweth he not that Allah doth see?
him beware! If he desist not, We will drag him by the forelock,-
lying, sinful forelock!
let him call (for help) to his council (of comrades):
will call on the angels of punishment (to deal with him)!
heed him not: but prostrate in adoration, and bring thyself the closer to