ENTITLED, THE FOLDING UP; REVEALED AT MECCA.
IN THE NAME OF THE MOST MERCIFUL GOD.
When the sun shall be folded up; and when the stars shall fall; and when
the mountains shall be made to pass away; and when the camels ten months
gone with young shall be neglected; and when the wild beasts shall be gathered
together; and when the seas shall boil; and when the souls shall be joined
again to their bodies; and when the girl who hath been buried alive shall
be asked for what crime she was put to death; and when the books shall
be laid open; and when the heaven shall be removed; and when hell shall
burn fiercely; and when paradise shall be brought near: every soul shall
know what it hath wrought. Verily I swear by the stars which are retrograde,
which move swiftly, and which hide themselves; and by the night, when it
cometh on; and by the morning, when it appeareth; that these are the words
of an honorable messenger, endued with strength, of established dignity
in the sight of the possessor of the throne, obeyed by the angels under
his authority, and faithful: and your companion Mohammed is not distracted.
He had already seen him in the clear horizon: and he suspected not the
secrets revealed unto him. Neither are these the words of an accursed devil.
Whither, therefore, are ye going? This is no other than an admonition unto
all creatures; unto him among you who shall be willing to walk uprightly;
but ye shall not will, unless God willeth, the Lord of all creatures.