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The truth is from thy Lord. Be not then of those who doubt.
All have a quarter of the Heavens to which they turn them; but wherever ye

be, hasten emulously after good: God will one day bring you all together;

verily, God is all-powerful.
And from whatever place thou comest forth, turn thy face toward the sacred

Mosque; for this is the truth from thy Lord; and God is not inattentive to

your doings.
And from whatever place thou comest forth, turn thy face toward the sacred

Mosque; and wherever ye be, to that part turn your faces, lest men have cause

of dispute against you: but as for the impious among them, fear them not; but

fear me, that I may perfect my favours on you, and that ye may be guided

aright.
And we sent to you an apostle from among yourselves to rehearse our signs

unto you, and to purify you, and to instruct you in "the Book," and in the

wisdom, and to teach you that which ye knew not:
Therefore remember me: I will remember you; and give me thanks and be not

ungrateful.


O ye who believe! seek help with patience and with prayer, for God is with

the patient.


And say not of those who are slain on God's path61 that they are Dead; nay,

they are Living! But ye understand not.


With somewhat of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth, and lives, and fruits,

will we surely prove you: but bear good tidings to the patient,


Who when a mischance chanceth them, say, "Verily we are God's, and to Him

shall we return:"62


On them shall be blessings from their Lord, and mercy: and these!�they are

the rightly guided.


Verily, Safa and Marwah63 are among the monuments of God: whoever then maketh

a pilgrimage to the temple, or visiteth it, shall not be to blame if he go

round about them both. And as for him who of his own accord doeth what is

good�God is Grateful, Knowing.


They who conceal aught that we have sent down, either of clear proof or of

guidance, after what we have so clearly shewn to men in the Book,64 God shall

curse them, and they who curse shall curse them.
But as for those who turn to me, and amend and make known the truth, even

unto them will I turn me, for I am He who Turneth, the Merciful.


Verily, they who are infidels and die infidels,�these! upon them shall be the

malison of God and of angels and of all men:


Under it shall they remain for ever: their torment shall not be lightened,

and God will not even look upon them!


Your God is one God:65 there is no God but He, the Compassionate, the

Merciful.


Assuredly in the creation of the Heavens and of the Earth; and in the

alternation of night and day; and in the ships which pass through the sea

with what is useful to man; and in the rain which God sendeth down from

Heaven, giving life by it to the earth after its death, and by scattering

over it all kinds of cattle; and in the change of the winds, and in the

clouds that are made to do service between the Heaven and the Earth;�are

signs for those who understand.
Yet there are men who take to them idols along with God, and love them with

the love of God: But stronger in the faithful is the love of God. Oh! the

impious will see, when they see their chastisement, that all power is God's,

and that God is severe in chastising.


When those who have had followers66 shall declare themselves clear from their

followers after that they have seen the chastisement, and when the ties

between them shall be cut asunder;
The followers shall say, "Could we but return to life we would keep ourselves

clear from them, as they have declared themselves clear of us." So will God

shew them their works! Sighing is upon them! but, forth from the fire they

come not.


Oh men! eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth, but follow not the

steps of Satan, for he is your avowed enemy:


He only enjoineth you evil and wickedness, and that ye should aver of God

that which ye know not.


And when it is said to them, "Follow ye that which God hath sent down;" they

say, "Nay, we follow the usages which we found with our fathers." What!

though their fathers were utterly ignorant and devoid of guidance?
The infidels resemble him who shouteth aloud to one who heareth no more than

a call and cry! Deaf, Dumb, blind: therefore they have no understanding.


O ye who believe! eat of the good things with which we have supplied you, and

give God thanks if ye are His worshippers.


But that which dieth of itself, and blood, and swine's flesh, and that over

which any other name than that of God hath been invoked, is forbidden you.

But he who shall partake of them by constraint, without lust or wilfulness,

no sin shall be upon him. Verily God is Indulgent, Merciful.


They truly who hide the Scriptures which God hath sent down, and barter them

for a mean price�these shall swallow into their bellies nought but fire. God

will not speak to them, or assoil them, on the day of the Resurrection: and

theirs shall be a grievous torment.


These are they who have bartered guidance for error, and pardon for torment;

But how great their endurance in fire!67


This shall be their doom, because God had sent down "the Book" with the very

truth. And verily they who dispute about that Book are in a far-gone

severance from it.
There is no piety in turning your faces toward the east or the west, but he

is pious who believeth in God, and the last day, and the angles, and the

Scriptures, and the prophets; who for the love of God disburseth his wealth

to his kindred, and to the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and

those who ask, and for ransoming; who observeth prayer, and payeth the legal

alms, and who is of those who are faithful to their engagements when they

have engaged in them, and patient under ills and hardships, and in time of

trouble: these are they who are just, and these are they who fear the Lord.


O believers! retaliation for bloodshedding is prescribed to you: the free man

for the free, and the slave for the slave, and the woman for the woman: but

he to whom his brother shall make any remission,68 is to be dealt with

equitably; and to him should he pay a fine with liberality.


This is a relaxation69 from your Lord and a mercy. For him who after his

shall transgress,70 a sore punishment!


But in this law of retaliation is your security for life, O men of

understanding! to the intent that ye may fear God.


It is prescribed to you, when any one of you is at the point of death, if he

leave goods, that he bequeath equitably to his parents and kindred. This is

binding on those who fear God. But as for him who after he hath heard the

bequest shall change it, surely the wrong of this shall be on those who

change it: verily, God Heareth, Knoweth.
But he who feareth from the testator any mistake or wrong, and shall make a

settlement between the parties�that shall be no wrong in him: verily, God is

Lenient, Merciful.
O believers! a Fast is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before

you, that ye may fear God,


For certain days. But he among you who shall be sick, or on a journey, shall

fast that same number of other days: and as for those who are able to keep it

and yet break it, the expiation of this shall be the maintenance of a poor

man. And he who of his own accord performeth a good work, shall derive good

from it: and good shall it be for you to fast if ye knew it.
As to the month Ramadhan in which the Koran was sent down to be man's

guidance, and an explanation of that guidance, and of that illumination,71 as

soon as any one of you observeth the moon, let him set about the fast; but he

who is sick, or upon a journey, shall fast a like number of other days. God

wisheth you ease, but wisheth not your discomfort, and that you fulfil the

number of days, and that you glorify God for his guidance, and that you be

thankful.
And when my servants ask thee concerning me, then will I be nigh unto them. I

will answer the cry of him that crieth, when he crieth unto me: but let them

hearken unto me, and believe in me, that they may proceed aright.
You are allowed on the night of the fast to approach your wives: they are

your garment and ye are their garment.72 God knoweth that ye defraud

yourselves therein, so He turneth unto you and forgiveth you! Now, therefore,

go in unto them with full desire for that which God hath ordained for you;

and eat and drink until ye can discern a white thread from a black thread73

by the daybreak: then fast strictly till night, and go not in unto them, but

rather pass the time in the Mosques. These are the bounds set up by God:

therefore come not near them. Thus God maketh his signs clear to men that

they may fear Him.74
Consume not your wealth among yourselves in vain things, nor present it to

judges that ye may consume a part of other men's wealth unjustly, while ye

know the sin which ye commit.
They will ask thee of the new moons. SAY: They are periods fixed for man's

service and for the Pilgrimage. There is no piety in entering your houses at

the back,75 but piety consists in the fear of God. Enter your houses then by

their doors; and fear God that it may be well with you.


And fight for the cause of God against those who fight against you: but

commit not the injustice of attacking them first: God loveth not such

injustice:
And kill them wherever ye shall find them, and eject them from whatever place

they have ejected you; for civil discord76 is worse than carnage: yet attack

them not at the sacred Mosque, unless they attack you therein; but if they

attack you, slay them. Such the reward of the infidels.


But if they desist, then verily God is Gracious, Merciful.
Fight therefore against them until there be no more civil discord, and the

only worship be that of God: but if they desist, then let there be no

hostility, save against the wicked.
The sacred month and the sacred precincts are under the safeguard of

reprisals:77 whoever offereth violence to you, offer ye the like violence to

him, and fear God, and know that God is with those who fear Him.
Give freely for the cause of God, and throw not yourselves with your own

hands into ruin;78 and do good, for God loveth those who do good.


Accomplish the Pilgrimage and the Visitation79 of the holy places in honour

of God: and if ye be hemmed in by foes, send whatever offering shall be the

easiest: and shave not your heads until the offering reach the place of

sacrifice. But whoever among you is sick, or hath an ailment of the head,

must satisfy by fasting, or alms, or an offering. And when ye are safe from

foes, he who contents himself with the Visitation of the holy places, until

the Pilgrimage, shall bring whatever offering shall be the easiest. But he

who findeth nothing to offer, shall fast three days in the Pilgrimage itself,

and seven days when ye return: they shall be ten days in all. This is binding

on him whose family shall not be present at the sacred Mosque. And fear God,

and know that God is terrible in punishing.
Let the Pilgrimage be made in the months already known:80 whoever therefore

undertaketh the Pilgrimage therein, let him not know a woman, nor transgress,

nor wrangle in the Pilgrimage. The good which ye do, God knoweth it. And

provide for your journey; but the best provision is the fear of God: fear me,

then, O men of understanding!
It shall be no crime in you if ye seek an increase from your Lord;81 and when

ye pour swiftly on from Arafat, then remember God near the holy monument; and

remember Him, because He hath guided you who before this were of those who

went astray:


Then pass on quickly82 where the people quickly pass, and ask pardon of God,

for God is Forgiving, Merciful.


And when ye have finished your holy rites, remember God as ye remember your

own fathers, or with a yet more intense remembrance! Some men there are who

say, "O our Lord! give us our portion in this world:" but such shall have no

portion in the next life:


And some say, "O our Lord! give us good in this world and good in the next,

and keep us from the torment of the fire."


They shall have the lot which they have merited: and God is swift to reckon.
Bear God in mind during the stated days: but if any haste away83 in two days,

it shall be no fault in him: And if any tarry longer, it shall be no fault in

him, if he fear God. Fear God, then, and know that to Him shall ye be

gathered.


A man there is84 who surpriseth thee by his discourse concerning this life

present. He taketh God to witness what is in his heart; yet is he the most

zealous in opposing thee:
And when he turneth his back on thee, he runneth through the land to enact

disorders therein, and layeth waste the fields and flocks: but God loveth not

the disorder.
And when it is said to him, "Fear God," the pride of sin seizeth him: but he

shall have his fill of Hell; and right wretched the couch!


A man, too, there is85 who selleth his very self out of desire to please God:

and God is good to his servants.


O believers! enter completely into the true religion, and follow not the

steps of Satan, for he is your declared enemy.


But if ye lapse after that our clear signs86 have come to you, know that God

is Mighty, Wise.


What can such expect but that God should come down to them overshadowed with

clouds, and the angels also, and their doom be sealed? And to God shall all

things return.
Ask the children of Isreal how many clear signs we have given them. But if

any man shall alter the boon87 of God after it shall have reached him,

assuredly God will be vehement in punishing him.
This present life is prepared for those who believe not, and who mock at the

faithful. But they who fear God shall be above them on the day of

resurrection; and God is bounteous without measure to whom He will.
Mankind was but one people;88 and God sent prophets to announce glad tidings

and to warn; and He sent down with them the Book of Truth, that it might

decide the disputes of men; and none disputed but those to whom the Book had

been given, after the clear tokens had reached them,�being full of mutual

jealousy. And God guided those who believed to the truth of that about which,

by his permission, they had disputed; for God guideth whom he pleaseth into

the straight path.
Think ye to enter Paradise, when no such things have come upon you, as on

those who flourish before you? Ills and troubles tried them; and so tossed

were they by trials, that the Apostle and they who shared his faith, said,

"When will the help of God come?"�Is not the help of God nigh?


They will ask thee what they shall bestow in alms. SAY: Let the good which ye

bestow be for parents, and kindred, and orphans, and the poor, and the

wayfarer; and whatever good ye do, of a truth God knoweth.
War is prescribed to you: but from this ye are averse.
Yet haply ye are averse from a thing, though it be good for you, and haply ye

love a thing though it be bad for you: And God knoweth; but ye, ye know not.


They will ask thee concerning war in the Sacred Month. SAY: To war therein is

bad, but to turn aside from the cause of God, and to have no faith in Him,

and in the Sacred Temple, and to drive out its people, is worse in the sight

of God; and civil strife is worse than bloodshed. They will not cease to war

against you until they turn you from your religion, if they be able: but

whoever of you shall turn from his religion and die an infidel, their works

shall be fruitless in this world, and in the next: they shall be consigned to

the fire; therein to abide for aye.


But they who believe, and who fly their country, and fight in the cause of

God may hope for God's mercy: and God is Gracious, Merciful.


They will ask thee concerning wine89 and games of chance. SAY: In both is

great sin, and advantage also, to men; but their sin is greater than their

advantage. They will ask thee also what they shall bestow in alms:
SAY: What ye can spare. Thus God sheweth you his signs that ye may ponder
On this present world, and on the next. They will also ask thee concerning

orphans. SAY: Fair dealing with them is best;


But if ye mix yourselves up (in their affairs)�they are your brethren: God

knoweth the foul dealer from the fair: and, if God pleased, he could indeed

afflict you! Verily, God is Mighty, Wise.
Marry not idolatresses until they believe; a slave who believeth is better

than an idolatress, though she please you more. And wed not your daughters to

idolaters until they believe; for a slave who is a believer, is than better

an idolater, though he please you.


They invite to the Fire; but God inviteth to Paradise, and to pardon, if he

so will, and maketh clear his signs to men that they may remember.


They will also question thee as to the courses of women. SAY: They are a

pollution. Separate yourselves therefore from women and approach them not,

until they be cleansed. But when they are cleansed, go in unto them as God

hath ordained for you. Verily God loveth those who turn to Him, and loveth

those who seek to be clean.
Your wives are your field: go in, therefore, to your field as ye will; but do

first some act for your souls' good: and fear ye God, and know that ye must

meet Him; and bear these good tidings to the faithful.
Swear not by God, when ye make oath, that ye will be virtuous and fear God,

and promote peace among men; for God is He who Heareth, Knoweth.


God will not punish you for a mistake in your oaths: but He will punish you

for that which your hearts have done. God is Gracious, Merciful.


They who intend to abstain from their wives shall wait four months; but if

they go back from their purpose, then verily God is Gracious, Merciful:


And if they resolve on a divorce, then verily God is He who Heareth, Knoweth.
The divorced shall wait the result, until they have had their courses thrice,

nor ought they to conceal what God hath created in their wombs, if they

believe in God and the last day; and it will be more just in their husbands

to bring them back when in this state, if they desire what is right. And it

is for the women to act as they (the husbands) act by them, in all fairness;

but the men are a step above them. God is Mighty, Wise.


Ye may divorce your wives twice: Keep them honourably, or put them away with

kindness. But it is not allowed you to appropriate to yourselves aught of

what ye have given to them, unless both fear that they cannot keep within the

bounds90 set up by God. And if ye fear that they cannot observe the

ordinances of God, no blame shall attach to either of you for what the wife

shall herself give for her redemption. These are the bounds of God: therefore

overstep them not; for whoever oversteppeth the bounds of God, they are evil

doers.
But if the husband divorce her a third time, it is not lawful for him to take

her again, until she shall have married another husband; and if he also

divorce her, then shall no blame attach to them if they return to each other,

thinking that they can keep within the bounds fixed by God. And these are the

bounds of God; He maketh them clear to those who have knowledge.


But when ye divorce women, and the time for sending them away is come, either

retain them with generosity, or put them away with generosity: but retain

them not by constraint so as to be unjust towards them. He who doth so, doth

in fact injure himself. And make not the signs of God a jest; but remember

God's favour toward you, and the Book and the Wisdom which He hath sent down

to you for your warning, and fear God, and know that God's knowledge

embraceth everything.
And when ye divorce your wives, and they have waited the prescribed time,

hinder them not from marrying their husbands when they have agreed among

themselves in an honourable way. This warning is for him among you who

believeth in God and in the last day. This is most pure for you, and most

decent. God knoweth, but ye know not.
Mothers, when divorced, shall give suck to their children two full years,91

if the father desire that the suckling be completed; and such maintenance and

clothing as is fair for them, shall devolve on the father. No person shall be

charged beyond his means. A mother shall not be pressed unfairly for her

child, nor a father for his child: And the same with the father's heir. But

if they choose to wean the child by consent and by bargain, it shall be no

fault in them. And if ye choose to have a nurse for your children, it shall

be no fault in you, in case ye pay what ye promised her according to that

which is fair. Fear God, and know that God seeth what ye do.
If those of you who die leave wives, they must await their state during four

months and ten days; and when this their term is expired, you shall not be

answerable for the way in which they shall dispose of themselves fairly. And

God is cognisant of what ye do.


And then shall no blame attach to you in making proposals of marriage92 to

such women, or in keeping such intention to yourselves? God knoweth that ye

will not forget them. But promise them not in secret, unless ye speak

honourable words;


And resolve not on the marriage tie until the prescribed time be reached; and

know that God knoweth what is in your minds: therefore, beware of Him; and

know that God is Gracious, Mild!
It shall be no crime in you if ye divorce your wives so long as ye have not

consummated the marriage, nor settled any dowry on them. And provide what is

needful for them he who is in ample circumstances according to his means, and

he who is straitened, according to his means�with fairness: This is binding

on those who do what is right.
But if ye divorce them before consummation, and have already settled a dowry

on them, ye shall give them half of what ye have settled, unless they make a

release, or he make a release in whose hand is the marriage tie. But if ye

make a release, it will be nearer to piety. And forget not generosity in your

relations one towards another; for God beholdeth your doings.
Observe strictly the prayers, and the middle93 prayer, and stand up full of

devotion towards God.


And if you have any alarm, then pray on foot or riding: but when you are

safe, then remember God, how he hath made you to know what ye knew not.


And94 such of you as shall die and leave wives, shall bequeath their wives a

year's maintenance without causing them to quit their homes; but if they quit

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