The Holy Qu'ran
Translation by Abdullah Yousuf Ali


Al-Alaq ; The Embryo

Surah 96 (Chapter 96); 19 Verses

Makki ; Revealed at Mecca

1. Proclaim! (or Read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher Who created

2. Created man out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood:

3. Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful

4. He Who taught (the use of) the Pen

5. Taught man that which he knew not.

6. Nay but man doth transgress all bounds

7. In that he looketh upon himself as self-sufficient.

8. Verily to thy Lord is the return (of all).

9. Seest thou one who forbids.

10. A votary when he (turns) to pray?

11. Seest thou if He is on (the road of) Guidance?

12. Or enjoins Righteousness?

13. Seest thou if he denies (Truth) and turns away?

14. Knoweth he not that Allah doth see?

15. Let him beware! If he desist not We will drag him by the forelock

16. A lying sinful forelock!

17. Then let him call (for help) to his council (of comrades):

18. We will call on the angels of punishment (to deal with him)!

19. Nay heed him not: but bow down in adoration and bring thyself the closer (to Allah)!

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