Edward Palmer, The Qur’ân (1880)

The Qur’ân.

His wealth shall not avail him, nor what he has earned!

He shall broil in a fire that flames1, and his wife carrying faggots! – [5] on her neck a cord of palm fibres.

The Chapter of Unity2.

(CXII. Place of origin doubtful.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

Say, ‘He is God alone!
God the Eternal!
He begets not and is not begotten!
Nor is there like unto Him any one!’

The Chapter of the Daybreak.

(CXIII. Place of origin doubtful.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

Say, ‘I sek refuge in the Lord of of the daybreak, from the evil of what He has breated; and from the evil of the night when it cometh on3; and from the evil of the blowers upon knots4; [5] and from he evil of the envious when he envies.’

was the nickname of ‘Abd el ’Huzzâ, uncle of Mohammed, and a bitter opponent of Islâm.

1 A pun upon his name.

2 The chapter is generally known in Arabic by the name of El I‘hlâs, ‘cleaning oneself,’ i.e. of belief in any but one God.

3 Or, according to a traditional explanation given by the prophet to ‘Âyeshah, ‘the moon when it is eclipsed.’

4 Witches who make knots in string and blow upon them, uttering at the same time some magical formula and the name of the persons they wish to injure.

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Edward Palmer, The Qur’ân, Oxford, Clarendon Press, Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 06 Oct. 2022: http://quran-archive.org/explorer/edward-palmer/1880?page=732