45 Preface وَإِذا قَرَأتَ القُرآنَ جَعَلنا بَينَكَ وَبَينَ الَّذينَ لا يُؤمِنونَ بِالآخِرَةِ حِجابًا مَستورًاYusuf AliWhen thou dost recite the Qur-ān, We put, between thee and those who believe not in the Hereafter, a veil invisible:1Veil invisible. Some Commentators understand mastur here as equivalent to satir. a veil that makes invisible, a thick or dark veil. But I think that the meaning of mastur (in the passive voice) as “hidden or invisible” is more consonant with the whole passage. If all nature, external and within ourselves, declares God’s glory, those unfortunates who cut themselves off from their better nature are isolated from the true servants of God and the revelation of God, because (1) they are unfit for being in their company, and (2) because the servants of God and the revelation of God must be protected from the pain which blasphemy or rebellion must cause to their unsullied nature. The veil is none the less real even though it is invisible. (R).