[Shakir 96:1] Read in the name of your Lord Who created.
[Shakir 96:2] He created man from a clot.
[Shakir 96:3] Read and your Lord is Most Honorable,
[Shakir 96:4] Who taught (to write) with the pen
[Shakir 96:5] Taught man what he knew not.
[Shakir 96:6] Nay! man is most surely inordinate,
[Shakir 96:7] Because he sees himself free from want.
[Shakir 96:8] Surely to your Lord is the return.
[Shakir 96:9] Have you seen him who forbids
[Shakir 96:10] A servant when he prays?
[Shakir 96:11] Have you considered if he were on the right way,
[Shakir 96:12] Or enjoined guarding (against evil)?
[Shakir 96:13] Have you considered if he gives the lie to the truth and turns (his) back?
[Shakir 96:14] Does he not know that Allah does see?
[Shakir 96:15] Nay! if he desist not, We would certainly smite his forehead,
[Shakir 96:16] A lying, sinful forehead.
[Shakir 96:17] Then let him summon his council,
[Shakir 96:18] We too would summon the braves of the army.
[Shakir 96:19] Nay! obey him not, and make obeisance and draw nigh (to Allah).