1. O Prophet! When ye
do divorce women, divorce them at their prescribed periods, and
count (accurately), their prescribed periods: And fear Allah your
Lord: and turn them not out of their houses, nor shall they (themselves)
leave, except in case they are guilty of some open lewdness, those
are limits set by Allah. and any who transgresses the limits of
Allah, does verily wrong his (own) soul: thou knowest not if perchance
Allah will bring about thereafter some new situation.
2. Thus when they fulfil
their term appointed, either take them back on equitable terms or
part with them on equitable terms; and take for witness two persons
from among you, endued with justice, and establish the evidence
(as) before Allah. Such is the admonition given to him who believes
in Allah and the Last Day. And for those who fear Allah, He (ever)
prepares a way out,
3. And He provides for
him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his
trust in Allah, sufficient is ((Allah)) for him. For Allah will
surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah
appointed a due proportion.
4. Such of your women
as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the prescribed
period, if ye have any doubts, is three months, and for those who
have no courses (it is the same): for those who carry (life within
their wombs), their period is until they deliver their burdens:
and for those who fear Allah, He will make their path easy.
5. That is the Command
of Allah, which He has sent down to you: and if any one fears Allah,
He will remove his ills, from him, and will enlarge his reward.
6. Let the women live
(in 'iddat) in the same style as ye live, according to your means:
Annoy them not, so as to restrict them. And if they carry (life
in their wombs), then spend (your substance) on them until they
deliver their burden: and if they suckle your (offspring), give
them their recompense: and take mutual counsel together, according
to what is just and reasonable. And if ye find yourselves in difficulties,
let another woman suckle (the child) on the (father's) behalf.
7. Let the man of means
spend according to his means: and the man whose resources are restricted,
let him spend according to what Allah has given him. Allah puts
no burden on any person beyond what He has given him. After a difficulty,
Allah will soon grant relief.
8. How many populations
that insolently opposed the Command of their Lord and of His apostles,
did We not then call to account,- to severe account?- and We imposed
on them an exemplary Punishment.
9. Then did they taste
the evil result of their conduct, and the End of their conduct was
10. Allah has prepared
for them a severe Punishment (in the Hereafter). Therefore fear
Allah, O ye men of understanding - who have believed!- for Allah
hath indeed sent down to you a Message,-
11. An Messenger, who
rehearses to you the Signs of Allah containing clear explanations,
that he may lead forth those who believe and do righteous deeds
from the depths of Darkness into Light. And those who believe in
Allah and work righteousness, He will admit to Gardens beneath which
Rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever: Allah has indeed granted
for them a most excellent Provision.
12. Allah is He Who
created seven Firmaments and of the earth a similar number. Through
the midst of them (all) descends His Command: that ye may know that
Allah has power over all things, and that Allah comprehends, all
things in (His) Knowledge.