Sûrah XCVI
THE CLOT
"Teacheth man that which he knew not."

96
THE LUMP

in her throat, the sob that Zahra swallows lest betray her lapse in loyalty to the woman who, like her, had joined the ranks of fedayeen, prepared to sacrifice life itself in praise of Allah, pledged her troth to kill and be killed, who, like her, embraced the sword, believed Belief, accepted Faith as irrefutable when endorsed by Al-Qurân, and who, like her, renounced the flesh... yet, unlike her, epitomized...