2. This is the Book;
in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah.
3. Who believe in the
Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided
4. And who believe in
the Revelation sent to thee, and sent before thy time, and (in their
hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter.
5. They are on (true)
guidance, from their Lord, and it is these who will prosper.
6. As to those who reject
Faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn them or do not warn
them; they will not believe.
7. Allah hath set a seal
on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a veil;
great is the penalty they (incur).
8. Of the people there
are some who say: "We believe in Allah and the Last Day;" but they
do not (really) believe.
9. Fain would they deceive
Allah and those who believe, but they only deceive themselves, and
realise (it) not!
10. In their hearts
is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease: And grievous
is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (to themselves).
11. When it is said
to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say: "Why, we only
Want to make peace!"
12. Of a surety, they
are the ones who make mischief, but they realise (it) not.
13. When it is said
to them: "Believe as the others believe:" They say: "Shall we believe
as the fools believe?" Nay, of a surety they are the fools, but
they do not know.
14. When they meet those
who believe, they say: "We believe;" but when they are alone with
their evil ones, they say: "We are really with you: We (were) only
15. Allah will throw
back their mockery on them, and give them rope in their trespasses;
so they will wander like blind ones (To and fro).
16. These are they who
have bartered Guidance for error: But their traffic is profitless,
and they have lost true direction,
17. Their similitude
is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around
him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness.
So they could not see.
18. Deaf, dumb, and
blind, they will not return (to the path).
19. Or (another similitude)
is that of a rain-laden cloud from the sky: In it are zones of darkness,
and thunder and lightning: They press their fingers in their ears
to keep out the stunning thunder-clap, the while they are in terror
of death. But Allah is ever round the rejecters of Faith!
20. The lightning all
but snatches away their sight; every time the light (Helps) them,
they walk therein, and when the darkness grows on them, they stand
still. And if Allah willed, He could take away their faculty of
hearing and seeing; for Allah hath power over all things.
21. O ye people! Adore
your Guardian-Lord, who created you and those who came before you,
that ye may have the chance to learn righteousness;
22. Who has made the
earth your couch, and the heavens your canopy; and sent down rain
from the heavens; and brought forth therewith Fruits for your sustenance;
then set not up rivals unto Allah when ye know (the truth).
23. And if ye are in
doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant,
then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers
(If there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true.
24. But if ye cannot-
and of a surety ye cannot- then fear the Fire whose fuel is men
and stones,- which is prepared for those who reject Faith.
25. But give glad tidings
to those who believe and work righteousness, that their portion
is Gardens, beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with
fruits therefrom, they say: "Why, this is what we were fed with
before," for they are given things in similitude; and they have
therein companions pure (and holy); and they abide therein (for
26. Allah disdains not
to use the similitude of things, lowest as well as highest. Those
who believe know that it is truth from their Lord; but those who
reject Faith say: "What means Allah by this similitude?" By it He
causes many to stray, and many He leads into the right path; but
He causes not to stray, except those who forsake (the path),-
27. Those who break
Allah.s Covenant after it is ratified, and who sunder what Allah
Has ordered to be joined, and do mischief on earth: These cause
loss (only) to themselves.
28. How can ye reject
the faith in Allah.- seeing that ye were without life, and He gave
you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you
to life; and again to Him will ye return.
29. It is He Who hath
created for you all things that are on earth; Moreover His design
comprehended the heavens, for He gave order and perfection to the
seven firmaments; and of all things He hath perfect knowledge.
30. Behold, thy Lord
said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They
said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein
and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify
Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not."
31. And He taught Adam
the nature of all things; then He placed them before the angels,
and said: "Tell me the nature of these if ye are right."
32. They said: "Glory
to Thee, of knowledge We have none, save what Thou Hast taught us:
In truth it is Thou Who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom."
33. He said: "O Adam!
Tell them their natures." When he had told them, Allah said: "Did
I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and
I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?"
34. And behold, We said
to the angels: "Bow down to Adam" and they bowed down. Not so Iblis:
he refused and was haughty: He was of those who reject Faith.
35. We said: "O Adam!
dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden; and eat of the bountiful
things therein as (where and when) ye will; but approach not this
tree, or ye run into harm and transgression."
36. Then did Satan make
them slip from the (garden), and get them out of the state (of felicity)
in which they had been. We said: "Get ye down, all (ye people),
with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling-place
and your means of livelihood - for a time."
37. Then learnt Adam
from his Lord words of inspiration, and his Lord Turned towards
him; for He is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.
38. We said: "Get ye
down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance
from me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear,
nor shall they grieve.
39. "But those who reject
Faith and belie Our Signs, they shall be companions of the Fire;
they shall abide therein."
40. O Children of Israel!
call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and
fulfil your covenant with Me as I fulfil My Covenant with you, and
fear none but Me.
41. And believe in what
I reveal, confirming the revelation which is with you, and be not
the first to reject Faith therein, nor sell My Signs for a small
price; and fear Me, and Me alone.
42. And cover not Truth
with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is).
43. And be steadfast
in prayer; practise regular charity; and bow down your heads with
those who bow down (in worship).
44. Do ye enjoin right
conduct on the people, and forget (To practise it) yourselves, and
yet ye study the Scripture? Will ye not understand?
45. Nay, seek ((Allah)'s)
help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except
to those who bring a lowly spirit,-
46. Who bear in mind
the certainty that they are to meet their Lord, and that they are
to return to Him.
47. Children of Israel!
call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and
that I preferred you to all other (for My Message).
48. Then guard yourselves
against a day when one soul shall not avail another nor shall intercession
be accepted for her, nor shall compensation be taken from her, nor
shall anyone be helped (from outside).
49. And remember, We
delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: They set you hard tasks
and punishments, slaughtered your sons and let your women-folk live;
therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord.
50. And remember We
divided the sea for you and saved you and drowned Pharaoh's people
within your very sight.
51. And remember We
appointed forty nights for Moses, and in his absence ye took the
calf (for worship), and ye did grievous wrong.
52. Even then We did
forgive you; there was a chance for you to be grateful.
53. And remember We
gave Moses the Scripture and the Criterion (Between right and wrong):
There was a chance for you to be guided aright.
54. And remember Moses
said to his people: "O my people! Ye have indeed wronged yourselves
by your worship of the calf: So turn (in repentance) to your Maker,
and slay yourselves (the wrong-doers); that will be better for you
in the sight of your Maker." Then He turned towards you (in forgiveness):
For He is Oft- Returning, Most Merciful.
55. And remember ye
said: "O Moses! We shall never believe in thee until we see Allah
manifestly," but ye were dazed with thunder and lighting even as
ye looked on.
56. Then We raised you
up after your death: Ye had the chance to be grateful.
57. And We gave you
the shade of clouds and sent down to you Manna and quails, saying:
"Eat of the good things We have provided for you:" (But they rebelled);
to us they did no harm, but they harmed their own souls.
58. And remember We
said: "Enter this town, and eat of the plenty therein as ye wish;
but enter the gate with humility, in posture and in words, and We
shall forgive you your faults and increase (the portion of) those
who do good."
59. But the transgressors
changed the word from that which had been given them; so We sent
on the transgressors a plague from heaven, for that they infringed
(Our command) repeatedly.
60. And remember Moses
prayed for water for his people; We said: "Strike the rock with
thy staff." Then gushed forth therefrom twelve springs. Each group
knew its own place for water. So eat and drink of the sustenance
provided by Allah, and do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the)
61. And remember ye
said: "O Moses! we cannot endure one kind of food (always); so beseech
thy Lord for us to produce for us of what the earth groweth, -its
pot-herbs, and cucumbers, Its garlic, lentils, and onions." He said:
"Will ye exchange the better for the worse? Go ye down to any town,
and ye shall find what ye want!" They were covered with humiliation
and misery; they drew on themselves the wrath of Allah. This because
they went on rejecting the Signs of Allah and slaying His Messengers
without just cause. This because they rebelled and went on transgressing.
62. Those who believe
(in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and
the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the
Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their
Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
63. And remember We
took your covenant and We raised above you (The towering height)
of Mount (Sinai) : (Saying): "Hold firmly to what We have given
you and bring (ever) to remembrance what is therein: Perchance ye
may fear Allah."
64. But ye turned back
thereafter: Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allah to
you, ye had surely been among the lost.
65. And well ye knew
those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath:
We said to them: "Be ye apes, despised and rejected."
66. So We made it an
example to their own time and to their posterity, and a lesson to
those who fear Allah.
67. And remember Moses
said to his people: "(Allah) commands that ye sacrifice a heifer."
They said: "Makest thou a laughing-stock of us?" He said: "(Allah)
save me from being an ignorant (fool)!"
68. They said: "Beseech
on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us what (heifer) it is!"
He said; "He says: The heifer should be neither too old nor too
young, but of middling age. Now do what ye are commanded!"
69. They said: "Beseech
on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us Her colour." He said:
"He says: A fawn-coloured heifer, pure and rich in tone, the admiration
70. They said: "Beseech
on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us what she is: To us are
all heifers alike: We wish indeed for guidance, if Allah wills."
71. He said: "He says:
A heifer not trained to till the soil or water the fields; sound
and without blemish." They said: "Now hast thou brought the truth."
Then they offered her in sacrifice, but not with good-will.
72. Remember ye slew
a man and fell into a dispute among yourselves as to the crime:
But Allah was to bring forth what ye did hide.
73. So We said: "Strike
the (body) with a piece of the (heifer)." Thus Allah bringeth the
dead to life and showeth you His Signs: Perchance ye may understand.
74. Thenceforth were
your hearts hardened: They became like a rock and even worse in
hardness. For among rocks there are some from which rivers gush
forth; others there are which when split asunder send forth water;
and others which sink for fear of Allah. And Allah is not unmindful
of what ye do.
75. Can ye (o ye men
of Faith) entertain the hope that they will believe in you?- Seeing
that a party of them heard the Word of Allah, and perverted it knowingly
after they understood it.
76. Behold! when they
meet the men of Faith, they say: "We believe": But when they meet
each other in private, they say: "Shall you tell them what Allah
hath revealed to you, that they may engage you in argument about
it before your Lord?"- Do ye not understand (their aim)?
77. Know they not that
Allah knoweth what they conceal and what they reveal?
78. And there are among
them illiterates, who know not the Book, but (see therein their
own) desires, and they do nothing but conjecture.
79. Then woe to those
who write the Book with their own hands, and then say:"This is from
Allah," to traffic with it for miserable price!- Woe to them for
what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.
80. And they say: "The
Fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days:" Say: "Have
ye taken a promise from Allah, for He never breaks His promise?
or is it that ye say of Allah what ye do not know?"
81. Nay, those who seek
gain in evil, and are girt round by their sins,- they are companions
of the Fire: Therein shall they abide (For ever).
82. But those who have
faith and work righteousness, they are companions of the Garden:
Therein shall they abide (For ever).
83. And remember We
took a covenant from the Children of Israel (to this effect): Worship
none but Allah. treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and
orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast
in prayer; and practise regular charity. Then did ye turn back,
except a few among you, and ye backslide (even now).
84. And remember We
took your covenant (to this effect): Shed no blood amongst you,
nor turn out your own people from your homes: and this ye solemnly
ratified, and to this ye can bear witness.
85. After this it is
ye, the same people, who slay among yourselves, and banish a party
of you from their homes; assist (Their enemies) against them, in
guilt and rancour; and if they come to you as captives, ye ransom
them, though it was not lawful for you to banish them. Then is it
only a part of the Book that ye believe in, and do ye reject the
rest? but what is the reward for those among you who behave like
this but disgrace in this life?- and on the Day of Judgment they
shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not
unmindful of what ye do.
86. These are the people
who buy the life of this world at the price of the Hereafter: their
penalty shall not be lightened nor shall they be helped.
87. We gave Moses the
Book and followed him up with a succession of apostles; We gave
Jesus the son of Mary Clear (Signs) and strengthened him with the
holy spirit. Is it that whenever there comes to you an apostle with
what ye yourselves desire not, ye are puffed up with pride?- Some
ye called impostors, and others ye slay!
88. They say, "Our hearts
are the wrappings (which preserve Allah.s Word: we need no more)."
Nay, Allah.s curse is on them for their blasphemy: Little is it
89. And when there comes
to them a Book from Allah, confirming what is with them,- although
from of old they had prayed for victory against those without Faith,-
when there comes to them that which they (should) have recognised,
they refuse to believe in it but the curse of Allah is on those
90. Miserable is the
price for which they have sold their souls, in that they deny (the
revelation) which Allah has sent down, in insolent envy that Allah
of His Grace should send it to any of His servants He pleases: Thus
have they drawn on themselves Wrath upon Wrath. And humiliating
is the punishment of those who reject Faith.
91. When it is said
to them, "Believe in what Allah Hath sent down, "they say, "We believe
in what was sent down to us:" yet they reject all besides, even
if it be Truth confirming what is with them. Say: "Why then have
ye slain the prophets of Allah in times gone by, if ye did indeed
92. There came to you
Moses with clear (Signs); yet ye worshipped the calf (Even) after
that, and ye did behave wrongfully.
93. And remember We
took your covenant and We raised above you (the towering height)
of Mount (Sinai): (Saying): "Hold firmly to what We have given you,
and hearken (to the Law)": They said:" We hear, and we disobey:"
And they had to drink into their hearts (of the taint) of the calf
because of their Faithlessness. Say: "Vile indeed are the behests
of your Faith if ye have any faith!"
94. Say: "If the last
Home, with Allah, be for you specially, and not for anyone else,
then seek ye for death, if ye are sincere."
95. But they will never
seek for death, on account of the (sins) which their hands have
sent on before them. and Allah is well-acquainted with the wrong-doers.
96. Thou wilt indeed
find them, of all people, most greedy of life,-even more than the
idolaters: Each one of them wishes He could be given a life of a
thousand years: But the grant of such life will not save him from
(due) punishment. For Allah sees well all that they do.
97. Say: Whoever is
an enemy to Gabriel-for he brings down the (revelation) to thy heart
by Allah.s will, a confirmation of what went before, and guidance
and glad tidings for those who believe,-
98. Whoever is an enemy
to Allah and His angels and apostles, to Gabriel and Michael,- Lo!
Allah is an enemy to those who reject Faith.
99. We have sent down
to thee Manifest Signs (ayat); and none reject them but those who
100. Is it not (the
case) that every time they make a covenant, some party among them
throw it aside?- Nay, Most of them are faithless.
101. And when there
came to them an apostle from Allah, confirming what was with them,
a party of the people of the Book threw away the Book of Allah behind
their backs, as if (it had been something) they did not know!
102. They followed
what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power of Solomon:
the blasphemers Were, not Solomon, but the evil ones, teaching men
Magic, and such things as came down at babylon to the angels Harut
and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (Such things) without
saying: "We are only for trial; so do not blaspheme." They learned
from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they
could not thus harm anyone except by Allah.s permission. And they
learned what harmed them, not what profited them. And they knew
that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness
of the Hereafter. And vile was the price for which they did sell
their souls, if they but knew!
103. If they had kept
their Faith and guarded themselves from evil, far better had been
the reward from their Lord, if they but knew!
104. O ye of Faith!
Say not (to the Messenger. words of ambiguous import, but words
of respect; and hearken (to him): To those without Faith is a grievous
105. It is never the
wish of those without Faith among the People of the Book, nor of
the Pagans, that anything good should come down to you from your
Lord. But Allah will choose for His special Mercy whom He will -
for Allah is Lord of grace abounding.
106. None of Our revelations
do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something
better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all
107. Knowest thou not
that to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth?
And besides Him ye have neither patron nor helper.
108. Would ye question
your Messenger as Moses was questioned of old? but whoever changeth
from Faith to Unbelief, Hath strayed without doubt from the even
109. Quite a number
of the People of the Book wish they could Turn you (people) back
to infidelity after ye have believed, from selfish envy, after the
Truth hath become Manifest unto them: But forgive and overlook,
Till Allah accomplish His purpose; for Allah Hath power over all
110. And be steadfast
in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good ye send forth
for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah. for Allah
sees Well all that ye do.
111. And they say:
"None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian." Those
are their (vain) desires. Say: "Produce your proof if ye are truthful."
112. Nay,-whoever submits
His whole self to Allah and is a doer of good,- He will get his
reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
113. The Jews say:
"The Christians have naught (to stand) upon; and the Christians
say: "The Jews have naught (To stand) upon." Yet they (Profess to)
study the (same) Book. Like unto their word is what those say who
know not; but Allah will judge between them in their quarrel on
the Day of Judgment.
114. And who is more
unjust than he who forbids that in places for the worship of Allah,
Allah.s name should be celebrated?-whose zeal is (in fact) to ruin
them? It was not fitting that such should themselves enter them
except in fear. For them there is nothing but disgrace in this world,
and in the world to come, an exceeding torment.
115. To Allah belong
the east and the West: Whithersoever ye turn, there is the presence
of Allah. For Allah is all-Pervading, all-Knowing.
116. They say: "(Allah)
hath begotten a son" :Glory be to Him.-Nay, to Him belongs all that
is in the heavens and on earth: everything renders worship to Him.
117. To Him is due
the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: When He decreeth
a matter, He saith to it: "Be," and it is.
118. Say those without
knowledge: "Why speaketh not Allah unto us? or why cometh not unto
us a Sign?" So said the people before them words of similar import.
Their hearts are alike. We have indeed made clear the Signs unto
any people who hold firmly to Faith (in their hearts).
119. Verily We have
sent thee in truth as a bearer of glad tidings and a warner: But
of thee no question shall be asked of the Companions of the Blazing
120. Never will the
Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow
their form of religion. Say: "The Guidance of Allah,-that is the
(only) Guidance." Wert thou to follow their desires after the knowledge
which hath reached thee, then wouldst thou find neither Protector
nor helper against Allah.
121. Those to whom
We have sent the Book study it as it should be studied: They are
the ones that believe therein: Those who reject faith therein,-
the loss is their own.
122. O Children of
Israel! call to mind the special favour which I bestowed upon you,
and that I preferred you to all others (for My Message).
123. Then guard yourselves
against a-Day when one soul shall not avail another, nor shall compensation
be accepted from her nor shall intercession profit her nor shall
anyone be helped (from outside).
124. And remember that
Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands, which he fulfilled:
He said: "I will make thee an Imam to the Nations." He pleaded:
"And also (Imams) from my offspring!" He answered: "But My Promise
is not within the reach of evil-doers."
125. Remember We made
the House a place of assembly for men and a place of safety; and
take ye the station of Abraham as a place of prayer; and We covenanted
with Abraham and Isma'il, that they should sanctify My House for
those who compass it round, or use it as a retreat, or bow, or prostrate
themselves (therein in prayer).
126. And remember Abraham
said: "My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its people with
fruits,-such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day." He said:
"(Yea), and such as reject Faith,-for a while will I grant them
their pleasure, but will soon drive them to the torment of Fire,-
an evil destination (indeed)!"
127. And remember Abraham
and Isma'il raised the foundations of the House (With this prayer):
"Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: For Thou art the All-Hearing,
128. "Our Lord! make
of us Muslims, bowing to Thy (Will), and of our progeny a people
Muslim, bowing to Thy (will); and show us our place for the celebration
of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning,
129. "Our Lord! send
amongst them an Messenger of their own, who shall rehearse Thy Signs
to them and instruct them in scripture and wisdom, and sanctify
them: For Thou art the Exalted in Might, the Wise."
130. And who turns
away from the religion of Abraham but such as debase their souls
with folly? Him We chose and rendered pure in this world: And he
will be in the Hereafter in the ranks of the Righteous.
131. Behold! his Lord
said to him: "Bow (thy will to Me):" He said: "I bow (my will) to
the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe."
132. And this was the
legacy that Abraham left to his sons, and so did Jacob; "Oh my sons!
Allah hath chosen the Faith for you; then die not except in the
Faith of Islam."
133. Were ye witnesses
when death appeared before Jacob? Behold, he said to his sons: "What
will ye worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship Thy Allah
and the Allah of thy fathers, of Abraham, Isma'il and Isaac,- the
one (True) Allah. To Him we bow (in Islam)."
134. That was a people
that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did,
and ye of what ye do! Of their merits there is no question in your
135. They say: "Become
Jews or Christians if ye would be guided (To salvation)." Say thou:
"Nay! (I would rather) the Religion of Abraham the True, and he
joined not gods with Allah."
136. Say ye: "We believe
in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il,
Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus,
and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference
between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam)."
137. So if they believe
as ye believe, they are indeed on the right path; but if they turn
back, it is they who are in schism; but Allah will suffice thee
as against them, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
138. (Our religion
is) the Baptism of Allah. And who can baptize better than Allah.
And it is He Whom we worship.
139. Say: Will ye dispute
with us about Allah, seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; that
we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that We
are sincere (in our faith) in Him?
140. Or do ye say that
Abraham, Isma'il Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes were Jews or Christians?
Say: Do ye know better than Allah. Ah! who is more unjust than those
who conceal the testimony they have from Allah. but Allah is not
unmindful of what ye do!
141. That was a people
that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did,
and ye of what ye do! Of their merits there is no question in your
142. The fools among
the people will say: "What hath turned them from the Qibla to which
they were used?" Say: To Allah belong both east and West: He guideth
whom He will to a Way that is straight.
143. Thus, have We
made of you an Ummat justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses
over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves; and
We appointed the Qibla to which thou wast used, only to test those
who followed the Messenger from those who would turn on their heels
(From the Faith). Indeed it was (A change) momentous, except to
those guided by Allah. And never would Allah Make your faith of
no effect. For Allah is to all people Most surely full of kindness,
144. We see the turning
of thy face (for guidance to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee
to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction
of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction.
The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their
Lord. Nor is Allah unmindful of what they do.
145. Even if thou wert
to bring to the people of the Book all the Signs (together), they
would not follow Thy Qibla; nor art thou going to follow their Qibla;
nor indeed will they follow each other's Qibla. If thou after the
knowledge hath reached thee, Wert to follow their (vain) desires,-then
wert thou Indeed (clearly) in the wrong.
146. The people of
the Book know this as they know their own sons; but some of them
conceal the truth which they themselves know.
147. The Truth is from
thy Lord; so be not at all in doubt.
148. To each is a goal
to which Allah turns him; then strive together (as in a race) Towards
all that is good. Wheresoever ye are, Allah will bring you Together.
For Allah Hath power over all things.
149. From whencesoever
Thou startest forth, turn Thy face in the direction of the sacred
Mosque; that is indeed the truth from the Lord. And Allah is not
unmindful of what ye do.
150. So from whencesoever
Thou startest forth, turn Thy face in the direction of the sacred
Mosque; and wheresoever ye are, Turn your face thither: that there
be no ground of dispute against you among the people, except those
of them that are bent on wickedness; so fear them not, but fear
Me; and that I may complete My favours on you, and ye May (consent
to) be guided;
151. A similar (favour
have ye already received) in that We have sent among you an Messenger
of your own, rehearsing to you Our Signs, and sanctifying you, and
instructing you in Scripture and Wisdom, and in new knowledge.
152. Then do ye remember
Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and reject not Faith.
153. O ye who believe!
seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for Allah is with
those who patiently persevere.
154. And say not of
those who are slain in the way of Allah. "They are dead." Nay, they
are living, though ye perceive (it) not.
155. Be sure we shall
test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or
lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those
who patiently persevere,
156. Who say, when
afflicted with calamity: "To Allah We belong, and to Him is our
157. They are those
on whom (Descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are
the ones that receive guidance.
158. Behold! Safa and
Marwa are among the Symbols of Allah. So if those who visit the
House in the Season or at other times, should compass them round,
it is no sin in them. And if any one obeyeth his own impulse to
good,- be sure that Allah is He Who recogniseth and knoweth.
159. Those who conceal
the clear (Signs) We have sent down, and the Guidance, after We
have made it clear for the people in the Book,-on them shall be
Allah.s curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse,-
160. Except those who
repent and make amends and openly declare (the Truth): To them I
turn; for I am Oft-returning, Most Merciful.
161. Those who reject
Faith, and die rejecting,- on them is Allah.s curse, and the curse
of angels, and of all mankind;
162. They will abide
therein: Their penalty will not be lightened, nor will respite be
163. And your Allah
is One Allah. There is no god but He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
164. Behold! in the
creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the
night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean
for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah Sends down from
the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that
is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the
earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they Trail
like their slaves between the sky and the earth;- (Here) indeed
are Signs for a people that are wise.
165. Yet there are
men who take (for worship) others besides Allah, as equal (with
Allah.: They love them as they should love Allah. But those of Faith
are overflowing in their love for Allah. If only the unrighteous
could see, behold, they would see the penalty: that to Allah belongs
all power, and Allah will strongly enforce the penalty.
166. Then would those
who are followed clear themselves of those who follow (them) : They
would see the penalty, and all relations between them would be cut
167. And those who
followed would say: "If only We had one more chance, We would clear
ourselves of them, as they have cleared themselves of us." Thus
will Allah show them (The fruits of) their deeds as (nothing but)
regrets. Nor will there be a way for them out of the Fire.
168. O ye people! Eat
of what is on earth, Lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps
of the evil one, for he is to you an avowed enemy.
169. For he commands
you what is evil and shameful, and that ye should say of Allah that
of which ye have no knowledge.
170. When it is said
to them: "Follow what Allah hath revealed:" They say: "Nay! we shall
follow the ways of our fathers." What! even though their fathers
Were void of wisdom and guidance?
171. The parable of
those who reject Faith is as if one were to shout Like a goat-herd,
to things that listen to nothing but calls and cries: Deaf, dumb,
and blind, they are void of wisdom.
172. O ye who believe!
Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful
to Allah, if it is Him ye worship.
173. He hath only forbidden
you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which
any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one
is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing
due limits,- then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most
174. Those who conceal
Allah.s revelations in the Book, and purchase for them a miserable
profit,- they swallow into themselves naught but Fire; Allah will
not address them on the Day of Resurrection. Nor purify them: Grievous
will be their penalty.
175. They are the ones
who buy Error in place of Guidance and Torment in place of Forgiveness.
Ah! what boldness (They show) for the Fire!
176. (Their doom is)
because Allah sent down the Book in truth but those who seek causes
of dispute in the Book are in a schism Far (from the purpose).
177. It is not righteousness
that ye turn your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness-
to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book,
and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for
Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer,
for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast
in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts
which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering)
and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the
people of truth, the Allah.fearing.
178. O ye who believe!
the law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the
free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman.
But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant
any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude,
this is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever
exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty.
179. In the Law of
Equality there is (saving of) Life to you, o ye men of understanding;
that ye may restrain yourselves.
180. It is prescribed,
when death approaches any of you, if he leave any goods that he
make a bequest to parents and next of kin, according to reasonable
usage; this is due from the Allah.fearing.
181. If anyone changes
the bequest after hearing it, the guilt shall be on those who make
the change. For Allah hears and knows (All things).
182. But if anyone
fears partiality or wrong-doing on the part of the testator, and
makes peace between (The parties concerned), there is no wrong in
him: For Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
183. O ye who believe!
Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before
you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,-
184. (Fasting) for
a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey,
the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those
who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that
is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,-
it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if
ye only knew.
185. Ramadhan is the
(month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind,
also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and
wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during
that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or
on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days
later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to
put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period,
and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall
186. When My servants
ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to
the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also,
with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may
walk in the right way.
187. Permitted to you,
on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are
your garments and ye are their garments. Allah knoweth what ye used
to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave
you; so now associate with them, and seek what Allah Hath ordained
for you, and eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear
to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast Till
the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye
are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) Allah.
Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs
to men: that they may learn self-restraint.
188. And do not eat
up your property among yourselves for vanities, nor use it as bait
for the judges, with intent that ye may eat up wrongfully and knowingly
a little of (other) people's property.
189. They ask thee
concerning the New Moons. Say: They are but signs to mark fixed
periods of time in (the affairs of) men, and for Pilgrimage. It
is no virtue if ye enter your houses from the back: It is virtue
if ye fear Allah. Enter houses through the proper doors: And fear
Allah. That ye may prosper.
190. Fight in the cause
of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for
Allah loveth not transgressors.
191. And slay them
wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned
you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but
fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you
there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those
who suppress faith.
192. But if they cease,
Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
193. And fight them
on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail
justice and faith in Allah. but if they cease, Let there be no hostility
except to those who practise oppression.
194. The prohibited
month for the prohibited month,- and so for all things prohibited,-
there is the law of equality. If then any one transgresses the prohibition
against you, Transgress ye likewise against him. But fear Allah,
and know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves.
195. And spend of your
substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute
to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do
196. And complete the
Hajj or 'umra in the service of Allah. But if ye are prevented (From
completing it), send an offering for sacrifice, such as ye may find,
and do not shave your heads until the offering reaches the place
of sacrifice. And if any of you is ill, or has an ailment in his
scalp, (Necessitating shaving), (He should) in compensation either
fast, or feed the poor, or offer sacrifice; and when ye are in peaceful
conditions (again), if any one wishes to continue the 'umra on to
the hajj, He must make an offering, such as he can afford, but if
he cannot afford it, He should fast three days during the hajj and
seven days on his return, Making ten days in all. This is for those
whose household is not in (the precincts of) the Sacred Mosque.
And fear Allah, and know that Allah Is strict in punishment.
197. For Hajj are the
months well known. If any one undertakes that duty therein, Let
there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling in the Hajj.
And whatever good ye do, (be sure) Allah knoweth it. And take a
provision (With you) for the journey, but the best of provisions
is right conduct. So fear Me, o ye that are wise.
198. It is no crime
in you if ye seek of the bounty of your Lord (during pilgrimage).
Then when ye pour down from (Mount) Arafat, celebrate the praises
of Allah at the Sacred Monument, and celebrate His praises as He
has directed you, even though, before this, ye went astray.
199. Then pass on at
a quick pace from the place whence it is usual for the multitude
so to do, and ask for Allah.s forgiveness. For Allah is Oft-forgiving,
200. So when ye have
accomplished your holy rites, celebrate the praises of Allah, as
ye used to celebrate the praises of your fathers,- yea, with far
more Heart and soul. There are men who say: "Our Lord! Give us (Thy
bounties) in this world!" but they will have no portion in the Hereafter.
201. And there are
men who say: "Our Lord! Give us good in this world and good in the
Hereafter, and defend us from the torment of the Fire!"
202. To these will
be allotted what they have earned; and Allah is quick in account.
203. Celebrate the
praises of Allah during the Appointed Days. But if any one hastens
to leave in two days, there is no blame on him, and if any one stays
on, there is no blame on him, if his aim is to do right. Then fear
Allah, and know that ye will surely be gathered unto Him.
204. There is the type
of man whose speech about this world's life May dazzle thee, and
he calls Allah to witness about what is in his heart; yet is he
the most contentious of enemies.
205. When he turns
his back, His aim everywhere is to spread mischief through the earth
and destroy crops and cattle. But Allah loveth not mischief.
206. When it is said
to him, "Fear Allah., He is led by arrogance to (more) crime. Enough
for him is Hell;-An evil bed indeed (To lie on)!
207. And there is the
type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah. And
Allah is full of kindness to (His) devotees.
208. O ye who believe!
Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of
the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy.
209. If ye backslide
after the clear (Signs) have come to you, then know that Allah is
Exalted in Power, Wise.
210. Will they wait
until Allah comes to them in canopies of clouds, with angels (in
His train) and the question is (thus) settled? but to Allah do all
questions go back (for decision).
211. Ask the Children
of Israel how many clear (Signs) We have sent them. But if any one,
after Allah.s favour has come to him, substitutes (something else),
Allah is strict in punishment.
212. The life of this
world is alluring to those who reject faith, and they scoff at those
who believe. But the righteous will be above them on the Day of
Resurrection; for Allah bestows His abundance without measure on
whom He will.
213. Mankind was one
single nation, and Allah sent Messengers with glad tidings and warnings;
and with them He sent the Book in truth, to judge between people
in matters wherein they differed; but the People of the Book, after
the clear Signs came to them, did not differ among themselves, except
through selfish contumacy. Allah by His Grace Guided the believers
to the Truth, concerning that wherein they differed. For Allah guided
whom He will to a path that is straight.
214. Or do ye think
that ye shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such (trials)
as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering
and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger
and those of faith who were with him cried: "When (will come) the
help of Allah." Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near!
215. They ask thee
what they should spend (In charity). Say: Whatever ye spend that
is good, is for parents and kindred and orphans and those in want
and for wayfarers. And whatever ye do that is good, -(Allah) knoweth
216. Fighting is prescribed
for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a
thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad
for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.
217. They ask thee
concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month. Say: "Fighting therein
is a grave (offence); but graver is it in the sight of Allah to
prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access
to the Sacred Mosque, and drive out its members." Tumult and oppression
are worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until
they turn you back from your faith if they can. And if any of you
Turn back from their faith and die in unbelief, their works will
bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be companions
of the Fire and will abide therein.
218. Those who believed
and those who suffered exile and fought (and strove and struggled)
in the path of Allah,- they have the hope of the Mercy of Allah.
And Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
219. They ask thee
concerning wine and gambling. Say: "In them is great sin, and some
profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit." They ask
thee how much they are to spend; Say: "What is beyond your needs."
Thus doth Allah Make clear to you His Signs: In order that ye may
220. (Their bearings)
on this life and the Hereafter. They ask thee concerning orphans.
Say: "The best thing to do is what is for their good; if ye mix
their affairs with yours, they are your brethren; but Allah knows
the man who means mischief from the man who means good. And if Allah
had wished, He could have put you into difficulties: He is indeed
Exalted in Power, Wise."
221. Do not marry unbelieving
women (idolaters), until they believe: A slave woman who believes
is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she allures you.
Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: A man
slave who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he
allures you. Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the Fire. But Allah
beckons by His Grace to the Garden (of bliss) and forgiveness, and
makes His Signs clear to mankind: That they may celebrate His praise.
222. They ask thee
concerning women's courses. Say: They are a hurt and a pollution:
So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them
until they are clean. But when they have purified themselves, ye
may approach them in any manner, time, or place ordained for you
by Allah. For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He
loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.
223. Your wives are
as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will;
but do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah.
And know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give (these)
good tidings to those who believe.
224. And make not Allah.s
(name) an excuse in your oaths against doing good, or acting rightly,
or making peace between persons; for Allah is One Who heareth and
knoweth all things.
225. Allah will not
call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the
intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.
226. For those who
take an oath for abstention from their wives, a waiting for four
months is ordained; if then they return, Allah is Oft-forgiving,
227. But if their intention
is firm for divorce, Allah heareth and knoweth all things.
228. Divorced women
shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor
is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs,
if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands
have the better right to take them back in that period, if they
wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to
the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men
have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Exalted in
229. A divorce is only
permissible twice: after that, the parties should either hold Together
on equitable terms, or separate with kindness. It is not lawful
for you, (Men), to take back any of your gifts (from your wives),
except when both parties fear that they would be unable to keep
the limits ordained by Allah. If ye (judges) do indeed fear that
they would be unable to keep the limits ordained by Allah, there
is no blame on either of them if she give something for her freedom.
These are the limits ordained by Allah. so do not transgress them
if any do transgress the limits ordained by Allah, such persons
wrong (Themselves as well as others).
230. So if a husband
divorces his wife (irrevocably), He cannot, after that, re-marry
her until after she has married another husband and He has divorced
her. In that case there is no blame on either of them if they re-unite,
provided they feel that they can keep the limits ordained by Allah.
Such are the limits ordained by Allah, which He makes plain to those
231. When ye divorce
women, and they fulfil the term of their ('Iddat), either take them
back on equitable terms or set them free on equitable terms; but
do not take them back to injure them, (or) to take undue advantage;
if any one does that; He wrongs his own soul. Do not treat Allah.s
Signs as a jest, but solemnly rehearse Allah.s favours on you, and
the fact that He sent down to you the Book and Wisdom, for your
instruction. And fear Allah, and know that Allah is well acquainted
with all things.
232. When ye divorce
women, and they fulfil the term of their ('Iddat), do not prevent
them from marrying their (former) husbands, if they mutually agree
on equitable terms. This instruction is for all amongst you, who
believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is (the course Making for)
most virtue and purity amongst you and Allah knows, and ye know
233. The mothers shall
give such to their offspring for two whole years, if the father
desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their
food and clothing on equitable terms. No soul shall have a burden
laid on it greater than it can bear. No mother shall be Treated
unfairly on account of her child. Nor father on account of his child,
an heir shall be chargeable in the same way. If they both decide
on weaning, by mutual consent, and after due consultation, there
is no blame on them. If ye decide on a foster-mother for your offspring,
there is no blame on you, provided ye pay (the mother) what ye offered,
on equitable terms. But fear Allah and know that Allah sees well
what ye do.
234. If any of you
die and leave widows behind, they shall wait concerning themselves
four months and ten days: When they have fulfilled their term, there
is no blame on you if they dispose of themselves in a just and reasonable
manner. And Allah is well acquainted with what ye do.
235. There is no blame
on you if ye make an offer of betrothal or hold it in your hearts.
Allah knows that ye cherish them in your hearts: But do not make
a secret contract with them except in terms Honourable, nor resolve
on the tie of marriage till the term prescribed is fulfilled. And
know that Allah Knoweth what is in your hearts, and take heed of
Him; and know that Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.
236. There is no blame
on you if ye divorce women before consummation or the fixation of
their dower; but bestow on them (A suitable gift), the wealthy according
to his means, and the poor according to his means;- A gift of a
reasonable amount is due from those who wish to do the right thing.
237. And if ye divorce
them before consummation, but after the fixation of a dower for
them, then the half of the dower (Is due to them), unless they remit
it or (the man's half) is remitted by him in whose hands is the
marriage tie; and the remission (of the man's half) is the nearest
to righteousness. And do not forget Liberality between yourselves.
For Allah sees well all that ye do.
238. Guard strictly
your (habit of) prayers, especially the Middle Prayer; and stand
before Allah in a devout (frame of mind).
239. If ye fear (an
enemy), pray on foot, or riding, (as may be most convenient), but
when ye are in security, celebrate Allah.s praises in the manner
He has taught you, which ye knew not (before).
240. Those of you who
die and leave widows should bequeath for their widows a year's maintenance
and residence; but if they leave (The residence), there is no blame
on you for what they do with themselves, provided it is reasonable.
And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.
241. For divorced women
Maintenance (should be provided) on a reasonable (scale). This is
a duty on the righteous.
242. Thus doth Allah
Make clear His Signs to you: In order that ye may understand.
243. Didst thou not
Turn by vision to those who abandoned their homes, though they were
thousands (In number), for fear of death? Allah said to them: "Die":
Then He restored them to life. For Allah is full of bounty to mankind,
but Most of them are ungrateful.
244. Then fight in
the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all
245. Who is he that
will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double unto
his credit and multiply many times? It is Allah that giveth (you)
Want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return.
246. Hast thou not
Turned thy vision to the Chiefs of the Children of Israel after
(the time of) Moses? they said to a prophet (That was) among them:
"Appoint for us a king, that we May fight in the cause of Allah."
He said: "Is it not possible, if ye were commanded to fight, that
that ye will not fight?" They said: "How could we refuse to fight
in the cause of Allah, seeing that we were turned out of our homes
and our families?" but when they were commanded to fight, they turned
back, except a small band among them. But Allah Has full knowledge
of those who do wrong.
247. Their Prophet
said to them: "(Allah) hath appointed Talut as king over you." They
said: "How can he exercise authority over us when we are better
fitted than he to exercise authority, and he is not even gifted,
with wealth in abundance?" He said: "(Allah) hath Chosen him above
you, and hath gifted him abundantly with knowledge and bodily prowess:
Allah Granteth His authority to whom He pleaseth. Allah careth for
all, and He knoweth all things."
248. And (further)
their Prophet said to them: "A Sign of his authority is that there
shall come to you the Ark of the covenant, with (an assurance) therein
of security from your Lord, and the relics left by the family of
Moses and the family of Aaron, carried by angels. In this is a symbol
for you if ye indeed have faith."
249. When Talut set
forth with the armies, he said: "(Allah) will test you at the stream:
if any drinks of its water, He goes not with my army: Only those
who taste not of it go with me: A mere sip out of the hand is excused."
but they all drank of it, except a few. When they crossed the river,-
He and the faithful ones with him,- they said: "This day We cannot
cope with Goliath and his forces." but those who were convinced
that they must meet Allah, said: "How oft, by Allah.s will, Hath
a small force vanquished a big one? Allah is with those who steadfastly
250. When they advanced
to meet Goliath and his forces, they prayed: "Our Lord! Pour out
constancy on us and make our steps firm: Help us against those that
251. By Allah.s will
they routed them; and David slew Goliath; and Allah gave him power
and wisdom and taught him whatever (else) He willed. And did not
Allah Check one set of people by means of another, the earth would
indeed be full of mischief: But Allah is full of bounty to all the
252. These are the
Signs of Allah. we rehearse them to thee in truth: verily Thou art
one of the apostles.
253. Those apostles
We endowed with gifts, some above others: To one of them Allah spoke;
others He raised to degrees (of honour); to Jesus the son of Mary
We gave clear (Signs), and strengthened him with the holy spirit.
If Allah had so willed, succeeding generations would not have fought
among each other, after clear (Signs) had come to them, but they
(chose) to wrangle, some believing and others rejecting. If Allah
had so willed, they would not have fought each other; but Allah
Fulfilleth His plan.
254. O ye who believe!
Spend out of (the bounties) We have provided for you, before the
Day comes when no bargaining (Will avail), nor friendship nor intercession.
Those who reject Faith they are the wrong-doers.
255. Allah. There is
no god but He,-the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber
can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on
earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth?
He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) before or after
or behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except
as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth,
and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He
is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory).
256. Let there be no
compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever
rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy
hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all
257. Allah is the Protector
of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead
them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the patrons are
the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths
of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein
258. Hast thou not
Turned thy vision to one who disputed with Abraham About his Lord,
because Allah had granted him power? Abraham said: "My Lord is He
Who Giveth life and death." He said: "I give life and death". Said
Abraham: "But it is Allah that causeth the sun to rise from the
east: Do thou then cause him to rise from the West." Thus was he
confounded who (in arrogance) rejected faith. Nor doth Allah Give
guidance to a people unjust.
259. Or (take) the
similitude of one who passed by a hamlet, all in ruins to its roofs.
He said: "Oh! how shall Allah bring it (ever) to life, after (this)
its death?" but Allah caused him to die for a hundred years, then
raised him up (again). He said: "How long didst thou tarry (thus)?"
He said: (Perhaps) a day or part of a day." He said: "Nay, thou
hast tarried thus a hundred years; but look at thy food and thy
drink; they show no signs of age; and look at thy donkey: And that
We may make of thee a sign unto the people, Look further at the
bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh." When
this was shown clearly to him, he said: "I know that Allah hath
power over all things."
260. Behold! Abraham
said: "My Lord! Show me how Thou givest life to the dead." He said:
"Dost thou not then believe?" He said: "Yea! but to satisfy My own
undertaking." He said: "Take four birds; Tame them to turn to thee;
put a portion of them on every hill and call to them: They will
come to thee (Flying) with speed. Then know that Allah is Exalted
in Power, Wise."
261. The parable of
those who spend their substance in the way of Allah is that of a
grain of corn: it groweth seven ears, and each ear Hath a hundred
grains. Allah giveth manifold increase to whom He pleaseth: And
Allah careth for all and He knoweth all things.
262. Those who spend
their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow not up their gifts
with reminders of their generosity or with injury,-for them their
reward is with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they
263. Kind words and
the covering of faults are better than charity followed by injury.
Allah is free of all wants, and He is Most-Forbearing.
264. O ye who believe!
cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury,-
like those who spend their substance to be seen of men, but believe
neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. They are in parable like a
hard, barren rock, on which is a little soil: on it falls heavy
rain, which leaves it (Just) a bare stone. They will be able to
do nothing with aught they have earned. And Allah guideth not those
who reject faith.
265. And the likeness
of those who spend their substance, seeking to please Allah and
to strengthen their souls, is as a garden, high and fertile: heavy
rain falls on it but makes it yield a double increase of harvest,
and if it receives not Heavy rain, light moisture sufficeth it.
Allah seeth well whatever ye do.
266. Does any of you
wish that he should have a garden with date-palms and vines and
streams flowing underneath, and all kinds of fruit, while he is
stricken with old age, and his children are not strong (enough to
look after themselves)- that it should be caught in a whirlwind,
with fire therein, and be burnt up? Thus doth Allah make clear to
you (His) Signs; that ye may consider.
267. O ye who believe!
Give of the good things which ye have (honourably) earned, and of
the fruits of the earth which We have produced for you, and do not
even aim at getting anything which is bad, in order that out of
it ye may give away something, when ye yourselves would not receive
it except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of all wants,
and worthy of all praise.
268. The Evil one threatens
you with poverty and bids you to conduct unseemly. Allah promiseth
you His forgiveness and bounties. And Allah careth for all and He
knoweth all things.
269. He granteth wisdom
to whom He pleaseth; and he to whom wisdom is granted receiveth
indeed a benefit overflowing; but none will grasp the Message but
men of understanding.
270. And whatever ye
spend in charity or devotion, be sure Allah knows it all. But the
wrong-doers have no helpers.
271. If ye disclose
(acts of) charity, even so it is well, but if ye conceal them, and
make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you: It
will remove from you some of your (stains of) evil. And Allah is
well acquainted with what ye do.
272. It is not required
of thee (O Messenger., to set them on the right path, but Allah
sets on the right path whom He pleaseth. Whatever of good ye give
benefits your own souls, and ye shall only do so seeking the "Face"
of Allah. Whatever good ye give, shall be rendered back to you,
and ye shall not Be dealt with unjustly.
273. (Charity is) for
those in need, who, in Allah.s cause are restricted (from travel),
and cannot move about in the land, seeking (For trade or work):
the ignorant man thinks, because of their modesty, that they are
free from want. Thou shalt know them by their (Unfailing) mark:
They beg not importunately from all the sundry. And whatever of
good ye give, be assured Allah knoweth it well.
274. Those who (in
charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and
in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no
fear, nor shall they grieve.
275. Those who devour
usury will not stand except as stand one whom the Evil one by his
touch Hath driven to madness. That is because they say: "Trade is
like usury," but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury.
Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall
be pardoned for the past; their case is for Allah (to judge); but
those who repeat (The offence) are companions of the Fire: They
will abide therein (for ever).
276. Allah will deprive
usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity:
For He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked.
277. Those who believe,
and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and
regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord: on them
shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
278. O ye who believe!
Fear Allah, and give up what remains of your demand for usury, if
ye are indeed believers.
279. If ye do it not,
Take notice of war from Allah and His Messenger. But if ye turn
back, ye shall have your capital sums: Deal not unjustly, and ye
shall not be dealt with unjustly.
280. If the debtor
is in a difficulty, grant him time Till it is easy for him to repay.
But if ye remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if ye
281. And fear the Day
when ye shall be brought back to Allah. Then shall every soul be
paid what it earned, and none shall be dealt with unjustly.
282. O ye who believe!
When ye deal with each other, in transactions involving future obligations
in a fixed period of time, reduce them to writing Let a scribe write
down faithfully as between the parties: let not the scribe refuse
to write: as Allah Has taught him, so let him write. Let him who
incurs the liability dictate, but let him fear His Lord Allah, and
not diminish aught of what he owes. If they party liable is mentally
deficient, or weak, or unable Himself to dictate, Let his guardian
dictate faithfully, and get two witnesses, out of your own men,
and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as
ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other
can remind her. The witnesses should not refuse when they are called
on (For evidence). Disdain not to reduce to writing (your contract)
for a future period, whether it be small or big: it is juster in
the sight of Allah, More suitable as evidence, and more convenient
to prevent doubts among yourselves but if it be a transaction which
ye carry out on the spot among yourselves, there is no blame on
you if ye reduce it not to writing. But take witness whenever ye
make a commercial contract; and let neither scribe nor witness suffer
harm. If ye do (such harm), it would be wickedness in you. So fear
Allah. For it is Good that teaches you. And Allah is well acquainted
with all things. If ye are on a journey, and cannot find a scribe,
a pledge with possession (may serve the purpose). And if one of
you deposits a thing on trust with another, let the trustee (faithfully)
discharge his trust, and let him Fear his Lord conceal not evidence;
for whoever conceals it, - his heart is tainted with sin. And Allah
knoweth all that ye do.
283. If ye are on a
journey, and cannot find a scribe, a pledge with possession (may
serve the purpose). And if one of you deposits a thing on trust
with another, Let the trustee (Faithfully) discharge His trust,
and let him fear his Lord. Conceal not evidence; for whoever conceals
it,- His heart is tainted with sin. And Allah Knoweth all that ye
284. To Allah belongeth
all that is in the heavens and on earth. Whether ye show what is
in your minds or conceal it, Allah Calleth you to account for it.
He forgiveth whom He pleaseth, and punisheth whom He pleaseth, for
Allah hath power over all things.
285. The Messenger
believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do
the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels,
His books, and His apostles. "We make no distinction (they say)
between one and another of His apostles." And they say: "We hear,
and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is
the end of all journeys."
286. On no soul doth
Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good
that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:) "Our
Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord!
Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before
us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength
to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy
on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against