ENTITLED, THE STAR WHICH APPEARETH BY NIGHT;
REVEALED AT MECCA.
IN THE NAME OF THE MOST MERCIFUL GOD.
By the heaven, and that which appeareth by night: but what shall cause
thee to understand what that which appeareth by night is? it is the star
of piercing brightness: every soul hath a guardian set over it. Let a man
consider, therefore, of what he is created. He is created of seed poured
forth, issuing from the loins, and the breast-bones. Verily God is able
to restore him to life, the day whereon all secret thoughts and actions
shall be examined into; and he shall have no power to defend himself, nor
any protector. By the heaven which returneth the rain; and by the earth
which openeth to let forth vegetables and springs: verily this is a discourse
distinguishing good from evil; and it is not composed with lightness. Verily
the infidels are laying a plot to frustrate my designs: but I will lay
a plot for their ruin. Wherefore, O prophet, bear with the unbelievers;
let them alone a while.