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CHAPTER XCIV.: ENTITLED SURAT AL INSHIRÁH (HAVE WE NOT OPENED?). Revealed at Makkah. - Mohammed, The Quran, vol. 4 
A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran: Comprising Sale’s Translation and preliminary Discourse, with Additional Notes and Emendations (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, and Co., 1896). 4 vols.
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ENTITLED SURAT AL INSHIRÁH (HAVE WE NOT OPENED?).
Like the preceding chapter, this one is addressed to Muhammad himself. It was probably intended to express the encouragement he received from the sense of God’s presence with him.
Probable Date of the Revelations.
Since this chapter seems to be closely connected with the one preceding, it is obviously of about the same date.
IN THE NAME OF THE MOST MERCIFUL GOD.
∥ (1) Have we not opened thy breast; (2) and eased thee of thy burden, (3) which galled thy back; (4) and raised thy reputation for thee? (5) Verily a difficulty shall be attended with ease. (6) Verily a difficulty shall be attended with ease. (7) When thou shalt have ended thy preaching; labour to serve God in return for his favours: (8) and make thy supplication unto thy Lord.
[(1) ]Opened thy breast. “By disposing and enlarging it to receive the truth, and wisdom, and prophecy; or, by freeing thee from uneasiness and ignorance? This passage is thought to intimate the opening of Muhammad’s heart, in his infancy, or when he took his journey to heaven, by the Angel Gabriel, who, having wrung out the black drop, or seed of original sin, washed and cleansed the same, and filled it with wisdom and faith; but some think it relates to the occasion of the preceding chapter.”—Sale, Baidháwí, Yahya.
[(2) ]Thy burden, i.e., “of thy sins committed before thy mission; or of thy ignorance and trouble of mind.”—Sale.
[(7) ]When thou shalt have ended, or, “When thou shalt have finished thy prayer, labour in preaching the faith.”—Sale, Baidháwi.