Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 2)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)



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246                        ALBERUNTS INDIA.

The rainbow (lit. bow of Kuzah) is the bow of
Indra, as our common people consider it as the bow of
Conclusion. We think now that what we have related in this
book will be sufficient for any one who wants to con¬
verse with the Hindus, and to discuss with them
questions of religion, science, or literature, on the very
basis of their own civilisation. Therefore we shall
finish this treatise, which has already, both by its length
and breadth, wearied the reader. We ask God to
pardon us for every statement of ours which is not
true. We ask Him to help us that we may adhere to
that which yields Him satisfaction. We ask Him to
lead us to a proper insight into the nature of that which
is false and idle, that we may sift it so as to distinguish
the chaff from the wheat. All good comes from Him,
and it is He who is clement towards His slaves. Praise
be to God, the Lord of the worlds, and His blessings be
upon the prophet Muhammad and his whole family!
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