Marmaduke Pickthall, The Meaning of The Glorious Koran. An Explanatory Translation (1930)
Al-Falaq, “The Daybreak,” takes its name from a word in the first verse. This and the following Sûrah are prayers for protection, this one being for protection from fears proceeding from the unknown. The two Sûrahs are known as Al-Mu‘awwadhateyn, the two cries for refuge and protection.
An early Meccan Sûrah.
1. Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the Daybreak
2. From the evil of that which He created;
3. From the evil of the darkness when it is intense,
4. And from the evil of malignant witchcraft,1
5. And from the evil of the envier when he envieth.
1 Lit. “from the evil of blowers (feminine) upon knots,” it having been a common form of witchcraft in Arabia for women to tie knots in a cord and blow upon them with an imprecation.