96:1. Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created-
96:2. Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood:
96:3. Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful,-
96:4. He Who taught (the use of) the pen,-
96:5. Taught man that which he knew not.
96:6. Day, but man doth transgress all bounds,
96:7. In that he looketh upon himself as self-sufficient.
96:8. Verily, to thy Lord is the return (of all).
96:9. Seest thou one who forbids-
96:10. A votary when he (turns) to pray?
96:11. Seest thou if he is on (the road of) Guidance?-
96:12. Or enjoins Righteousness?
96:13. Seest thou if he denies (Truth) and turns away?
96:14. Knoweth he not that God doth see?
96:15. Let him beware! If he desist not, We will drag him by the forelock,-
96:16. A lying, sinful forelock!
96:17. Then, let him call (for help) to his council (of comrades):
96:18. We will call on the angels of punishment (to deal with him)!
96:19. Day, heed him not: But bow down in adoration, and bring thyself the closer (to God)!