Mircea Eliade "From Primitives to Zen": MUHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF GOD


('Qur'an,' XLVIII, 30-3)


Muhammad is the Messenger of God,

and those who are with him are hard

against the unbelievers, merciful

one to another. Thou seest them

bowing, prostrating, seeking bounty

from God and good pleasure. Their

mark is on their faces, the trace of

prostration. That is their likeness

in the Torah, and their likeness

in the Gospel: as a seed that puts

forth its shoot, and strengthens it,

and it grows stout and rises straight

upon its stalk, pleasing the sowers,

that through them He may enrage

the unbelievers. God has promised

those of them who believe and do deeds

of righteousness forgiveness

and a mighty wage.


Translation by A. J. Arberry

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