Mircea Eliade "From Primitives to Zen":
ALLAH 'IS THE FIRST AND THE LAST'

THE CREATOR, MAKER AND SHAPER. . . HE HAS KNOWLEDGE OF EVERYTHING


('Qur'an.' LVII, 1-5;LVIII, .7-8, LIX, 23-5)


In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

All that is in the heavens and the earth magnifies God;
He is the All-mighty, the All-wise.
To Him belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth;
He gives life, and He makes to die, and He is powerful
Over everything.
He is the First and the Last, the Outward and the Inward;
He has knowledge of everything.
It is He that created the heavens and the earth in six days
then seated Himself upon the Throne.
He knows what penetrates into the earth
and what comes forth from it,
what comes down from heaven, and what goes up into it.
He is with you wherever you are; and God sees
the things you do.
To Him belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth;
and unto Him all matters are returned,
He makes the night to enter into the day
and makes the day to enter into the night..
He knows the thoughts within the breasts. (LVII, 1-5-)

Hast thou not seen that God knows whatsoever is in
the heavens, and whatsoever is in the earth? Three
men conspire not secretly together, but He is the
fourth of them, neither five men, but He is the
sixth of them, neither fewer than that, neither
more, but He is with them, whoever they may be;
then He shall tell them what they have done, on the
Day of Resurrection. Surely God has knowledge
of everything. (LIV 7-8)

He is God;
There is no god but He.
He is the knower of the Unseen and the Visible;
He is the All-merciful, the All-compassionate.

He is God;
There is no god but He.
He is the King, the All-holy, the All-peaceable,
the All-faithful, the All-preserver,
the All-mighty, the All-compeller,
the All-sublime.
Glory be to God, above that they associate!

He is, God;
the Creator, the Maker, the Shaper.
To Him belong the Names Most Beautiful.
All that is in the heavens and the earth magnifies Him;
He is the All-mighty, the All-wise. (LIX, 23-5-)


Translation by A. J Arberry

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