ENTITLED, THE NIGHT; REVEALED AT MECCA.
IN THE NAME ON THE MOST MERCIFUL GOD.
By the night, when it covereth all things with darkness; by the day, when
it shineth forth; by him who hath created the male and the female: verily
your endeavor is different. Now whoso is obedient, and feareth God, and
professeth the truth of that faith which is most excellent; unto him will
we facilitate the way to happiness, but whoso shall be covetous, and shall
be wholly taken up with this world, and shall deny the truth of that which
is most excellent; unto him will we facilitate the way to misery; and his
riches shall not profit him, when he shall fall headlong into hell. Verily
unto us appertaineth the direction of mankind: and ours is the life to
come and the present life. Wherefore I threaten you with fire which burneth
fiercely, which none shall enter to be burned except the most wretched;
who shall have disbelieved, and turned back. But he who strictly bewareth
idolatry and rebellion, shall be removed far from the same; who giveth
his substance in alms, and by whom no benefit is bestowed on any, that
may be recompensed, but who bestoweth the same for the sake of his Lord,
the most High; and hereafter he shall be well satisfied with his reward.