Fazlollah Nikayin, The Quran; The First Poetic Translation (2000)

Sura 111

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

1. The arms1 of Abu Lahab2 shall be broken,
Himself he shall expire,

2. By his own wealth and all his gains forsaken,

3. Soon shall he burn inside a flaming Fire,

4. With him his wife,3 the one with fire-wood laden,

5. Around her neck, a rope of palm-leaf fibre!

1. Or 'hands', signifying power, might, authority.

2. The holy Prophet's paternal uncle, a wealthy, ruthless arch-enemy, the nick­-name means 'father of flames'.

3. An unbelieving, spiteful woman, often wearing a highly priced necklace.

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Fazlollah Nikayin, The Quran; The First Poetic Translation, The Ultimate Book, Inc. Skokie, Illinois, USA, Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 07 Oct. 2022: http://quran-archive.org/explorer/fazlollah-nikayin/2000?page=1094