In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

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)!