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22. Sayaqooloona thalathatun rabiAAuhum kalbuhum wayaqooloona khamsatun

sadisuhum kalbuhum rajman bi


lghaybi wayaqooloona sabAAatun wathaminuhum

kalbuhum qul rabbee aAAlamu biAAiddatihim ma yaAAlamuhum illa qaleelun fala

tumari feehim illa miraan


ahiran wala tastafti feehim minhum ahada


22. (Some) say they were three, the dog being the fourth among them; (others) say they

were five, the dog being the sixth,- doubtfully guessing at the unknown; (yet others) say

they were seven, the dog being the eighth. Say thou: "My Lord knoweth best their

number; It is but few that know their (real case)." Enter not, therefore, into controversies

concerning them, except on a matter that is clear, nor consult any of them about (the

affair of) the Sleepers.

Section 4 (23-31)

23. Wala taqoolanna lishay-in innee faAAilun thalika ghada


23. Nor say of anything, "I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow"-