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And when it is said to them, "Accede to that which God hath sent down, and to

the apostle," thou seest the hypocrites avert them from thee with utter

But how, when some misfortune shall fortune them, for their previous

handywork? Then will they come to thee, swearing by God, "We desire nothing

but to promote good and concord!"
These are they whose hearts God knoweth. Therefore break off from them, and

warn them, speak words that may penetrate their souls.

We have not sent any apostle but to be obeyed, it God so will: but if they,

after they have sinned to their own hurt by unbelief, come to thee and ask

pardon of God, and the apostle ask pardon for them, they shall surely find

that God is He who turneth unto man, Merciful.

And they will not�I swear by thy Lord�they will not believe, until they have

set thee up as judge between them on points where they differ. Then shall

they not find in their own minds any difficulty in thy decisions, and shall

submit with entire submission.

Had we laid down such a law for them as "Kill yourselves, or abandon your

dwellings," but few of them would have done it. But had they done that to

which they were exhorted, better and it been for them, and stronger for the

confirmation of their faith.

In that case we had surely given them from ourself a great recompense, and on

the straight path should we surely have guided them.

And whoever shall obey God and the Apostle, these shall be with those of the

Prophets, and of the Sincere, and of the Martyrs, and of the Just, to whom

God hath been gracious. These are a goodly band!
This is the bounty of God; and in knowledge doth God suffice.
O ye who believe! make use of precautions; and advance in detachments, or ,

advance in a body.

There is of you who will be a laggard: and if a reverse befall you he saith,

"Now hath God dealt graciously with me, since I was not with you in the

But if a success from God betide you, he will say, as if there had never been

any friendship between you and him, "Would I had been with them! a rich prize

should I have won!"
Let those then fight on the path of God, who barter this present life for

that which is to come; for whoever fighteth on God's path, whether he be

slain or conquer, we will in the end give him a great reward.
But what hath come to you that ye fight not on the path of God, and for the

weak among men, women and children, who say, "O our Lord! bring us forth from

this city17 whose inhabitants are oppressors; give us a champion from thy

presence; and give us from thy presence a defender."

They who believe, fight on the path of God; and they who believe not, fight

on the path of Thagout: Fight therefore against the friends of Satan. Verily

craft of Satan shall be powerless!
Hast thou not marked those to whom it was said, "Withhold your hands awhile

from war; and observe prayer, and pay the stated alms." But when war is

commanded them, lo! a portion of them fear men as with the fear of God, or

with a yet greater fear, and say: "O our Lord! why hast thou commanded us

war? Couldst thou not have given us respite till our not distant end?" SAY:

Small the fruition of this world; but the next life is the true good for him

who feareth God! and ye shall not be wronged so much as the skin of a date

Wherever ye be, death will overtake you�although ye be in lofty towers! If

good fortune betide them, they say, "This is from God;" and if evil betide

them, they say, "This is from thee." SAY: All is from God: But what hath come

to these people that they are not near to understanding what is told them?
Whatever good betideth thee is from God, and whatever betideth thee of evil

is from thyself; and we have sent thee to mankind as an apostle: God is thy

sufficing witness.
Whoso obeyeth the Apostle, in so doing obeyeth God: and as to those who turn

back from thee, we have not sent thee to be their keeper.

Moreover, they say: "Obedience!" but when they come forth from thy presence,

a party of them brood by night over other than thy words; but God writeth

down what they brood over: therefore separate thyself from them, and put thou

thy trust in God. is a sufficient protector!

Can they not consider the Koran? Were it from any other than God, they would

surely have found in it many contradictions.

And when tidings, either of security or alarm, reach them, they tell them

abroad; but if they would report them to the apostle, and to those who are in

authority among them, those who desire information would learn it from them.

But for the goodness and mercy of God towards you, ye would have followed

Satan except a few!
Fight, therefore, on God's path: lay not burdens on any but thyself; and stir

up the faithful. The might of the infidels haply will god restrain, for God

is the stronger in prowess, and the stronger to punish.
He who shall mediate between men for a good purpose shall be the gainer by

it. But he who shall mediate with an evil mediation shall reap the fruit of

it. And God keepeth watch over everything.
If ye are greeted with a greeting, then greet ye with a better greeting, or

at least return it: God taketh count of all things.

God! there is no god but He! He will certainly assemble you on the day of

resurrection. There is no doubt of it. And whose word is more true than

Why are ye two parties on the subject of the hypocrites, when God hath cast

them off for their doings? Desire ye to guide those whom god hath led astray?

But for him whom God leadeth astray, thou shalt by no means find a pathway.
They desire that ye should be infidels as they are infidels, and that ye

should be alike. Take therefore none of them for friends, till they have fled

their homes for the cause of God. If they turn back, then seize them, and

slay them wherever ye find them; but take none of them as friends or helpers,

Except those who shall seek and asylum among your allies, and those who come

over to you�their hearts forbidding them to make war on you, or to make war

on their own people. Had God pleased, he would have given them power against

you, and they would have made war upon you! But, if they depart from you, and

make not war against you and offer you peace, the God alloweth you no

occasion against them.

Ye will find others who seek to gain your confidence as well as that of their

own people: So oft as they return to sedition, they shall be overthrown in

it: But if they leave you not, nor propose terms or peace to you nor withhold

their hands, then seize them, and slay them, wherever ye find them. Over

these have we given you undoubted power.
A believer killeth not a believer but by mischance: and whoso killeth a

believer by mischance shall be bound to free a believer from slavery; and the

blood-money shall be paid to the family of the slain, unless they convert it

into alms. But if the slain believer be of a hostile people, then let him

confer freedom on a slave who is a believer; and if he be of a people between

whom and yourselves there is an alliance, then let the blood-money be paid to

his family, and let him set free a slave who is a believer: and let him who

hath not the means, fast two consecutive months. This is the penance enjoined

by God; and God is Knowing, Wise!
But whoever shall kill a believer of set purpose, his recompense shall be

hell; for ever shall he abide in it; God shall be wrathful with him, and

shall curse him, and shall get ready for him a great torment.
O believers! when ye go forth to the fight for the cause of God, be

discerning, and say not to every one who meeteth you with a greeting, "Thou

art not a believer"18 in your greed after the chance good things of this

present life! With God are abundant spoils. Such hath been your wont in times

past; but god hath been gracious to you. Be discerning, then, for God well

knoweth what ye do.

Those believers who sit at home free from trouble, and those who do valiantly

in the cause of God with their substance and their persons, shall not be

treated alike. God hath assigned to those who contend earnestly with their

persons and with their substance, a rank above those who sit at home. Goodly

promises hath He made to all. But God hath assigned to the strenuous a rich

recompense, above those who sit still at home,

Rank of his own bestowal, and forgiveness, and mercy; for God is Indulgent,


The angels,19 when they took the souls of those who had been unjust to their

own weal, demanded, "What hath been your state?"20 They said, "We were the

weak ones21 of the earth." They replied, "Was not God's earth broad enough

for you to flee away in?" These! their home shall be Hell, and evil the

passage to it�
Except the men and women and children who were not able, through their

weakness, to find the means of escape, and were not guided on their way.

These haply God will forgive: for God is Forgiving, Gracious.
Whoever flieth his country for the cause of God, will find in the earth many

under like compulsion, and abundant resources; and if any one shall quit his

home and fly to God and his apostle, and then death overtake him,�his reward

from God is sure: for God is Gracious, Merciful!

And when ye go forth to war in the land, it shall be no crime in you to cut

short your prayers,22 if ye fear lest the infidels come upon you; Verily, the

infidels are your undoubted enemies!
And when thou, O apostle! shalt be among them, and shalt pray with them, then

let a party of them rise up with thee, but let them take their arms; and when

they shall have made their prostrations, let them retire to your rear: then

let another party that hath not prayed come forward, and let them pray with

you; but let them take their precautions and their arms. Pleased would the

infidels be for you to neglect your arms and your baggage, that they might

turn upon you at once! And it shall be no crime in you to lay down your arms

if rain annoy you, or if ye be sick. But take your precautions.23 Verily, God

hath made ready a shameful torment for the infidels.
And when ye shall have ended the prayer, make mention of God, standing, and

sitting, and reclining: and as soon as ye are secure, observe prayer; for to

the faithful, prayer is a prescribed duty, and for stated hours.
Slacken not in pursuit of the foe. If ye suffer, assuredly they suffer also

as ye suffer; but ye hope from God for what they cannot hope! And God is

Knowing, Wise!
Verily, we have sent down the Book to thee with the truth, thou that mayest

judge between men according as God hath given thee insight: But with the

deceitful ones dispute not: and implore pardon of God. Verily, God is

Forgiving, Merciful.24

And plead not with us for those who are self-deceivers; for God loveth not

him who is deceitful, criminal.

From men they hide themselves; but they cannot hide themselves from God: and

when they hold nightly discourses which please Him not, He is with them. God

is round about their doings!
Oh! ye are they who plead in their favour in this present life; but who shall

plead with God for them on the day of the resurrection? Who will be the

guardian over them?
Yet he who doth evil, or shall have acted against his own weal, and then

shall ask pardon of God, will find God Forgiving, Merciful:

And whoever committeth a crime, committeth it to his own hurt. And God is

Knowing, Wise!

And whoever committeth an involuntary fault or a crime, and then layeth it on

the innocent, shall surely bear the guilt of calumny and of a manifest crime.

But for the grace and mercy of God upon thee, a party among them had resolved

to mislead thee, but they shall only mislead themselves; nor in aught shall

they harm thee. God hath caused the Book and the wisdom to descend upon thee:

and what thou knowest not He hath caused thee to know: and the grace of God

toward thee hath been great.
In most of their secret talk is nothing good; but only in his who enjoineth

almsgiving, or that which is right, or concord among men. Whoso doth this,

out of desire to please God, we will give him at the last a great reward:
But whoso shall sever himself from the prophet after that "the guidance" hath

been manifested to him, and shall follow any other path than that of the

faithful, we will turn our back on him as he hath turned his back on us, and

we will cast him into Hell;�an evil journey thither!

God truly will not forgive the joining other gods with Himself. Other sins He

will forgive to whom He will: but he who joineth gods with God, hath erred

with far-gone error.
They call, beside Him, upon mere goddesses! they invoke a rebel Satan!
On them is the malison of God. For he said, "A portion of thy servants will I

surely take, and will lead them astray, and will stir desires within them,

and will command them and they shall cut the ears of animals;25 and I will

command them, and they shall alter the creation of God."26 He who taketh

Satan rather than God for his patron, is ruined with palpable ruin:
He hath made them promises, and he hath stirred desires within them; but

Satan promiseth, only to beguile!

These! their dwelling Hell! no escape shall they find from it!
But they who believe and do the things that are right, we will bring them

into gardens beneath which the rivers flow; For ever shall they abide

therein. Truly it is the promise of God: And whose word is more sure than

Not according to your wishes, or the wishes of the people of the Book, shall

these things be. He who doth evil shall be recompensed for it. Patron or

helper, beside God, shall he find none.

But whoso doth the things that are right, whether male or female, and he or

she a believer,�these shall enter Paradise, nor shall they be wronged the

skin of a date stone.
And who hath a better religion than he who resigneth himself to God, who doth

what is good, and followeth the faith of Abraham in all sincerity? And God

took Abraham for his friend.
All that is in the Heavens and all that is on the Earth is God's: and God

encompasseth all things!

Moreover, they will consult thee in regard to women: SAY: God hath instructed

you about them; and His will is rehearsed to you, in the Book, concerning

female orphans to whom ye give not their legal due, and whom ye refuse to

marry; also with regard to weak children; and that ye deal with fairness

towards orphans. Ye cannot do a good action, but verily God knoweth it.
And if a wife fear ill usage or aversion on the part of her husband, then

shall it be no fault in them if they can agree with mutual agreement, for

agreement is best. Men's souls are prone to avarice; but if ye act kindly and

fear God, then, verily, your actions are not unnoticed by God!

And ye will not have it at all in your power to treat your wives alike, even

though you fain would do so; but yield not wholly to disinclination, so that

ye leave one of them as it were in suspense; if ye come to an understanding,

and fear God, then, verily, God is Forgiving, Merciful;

But if they separate, God can compensate both out of His abundance; for God

is Vast, Wise;

And whatever is in the Heavens and in the Earth is God's! We have already

enjoined those to whom the Scriptures were given before you, and yourselves,

to fear God. But if ye become unbelievers, yet know that whatever is in the

Heavens and in the Earth is God's: and God is Rich, Praiseworthy.

All that is in Heaven and all that is in Earth is God's! God is a sufficient


If he pleased, he could cause you to pass away, O mankind! and create others

in your stead: for this hath God power.

If any one desire the reward of this world, yet with God is the reward of

this world and of the next! And God Heareth, Beholdeth.

O ye who believe! stand fast to justice, when ye bear witness before God,

though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kindred, whether

the party be rich or poor. God is nearer than you to both. Therefore follow

not passion, lest ye swerve from truth. And if ye wrest your testimony or

stand aloof, God verily is well aware of what ye do.
O ye who believe! believe in God and his Apostle, and the Book which he hath

sent down to his Apostle, and the Book which he hath sent down aforetime.

Whoever believeth not on God and his Angels and his Books and his Apostles,

and in the last day, he verily hath erred with far-gone error.

Verily, they who believed, then became unbelievers, then believed, and again

became unbelievers, and then increased their unbelief�it is not God who will

forgive them or guide them into the way.
Announce27 to the hypocrites that a dolorous torment doth await them.
Those who take the unbelievers for friends besides the faithful�do they seek

honour at their hands? Verily, all honour belongeth unto God!

And already hath He sent this down to you in the Book28 "WHEN YE SHALL HEAR


not therefore with such, until they engage in other discourse; otherwise, ye

will become like them. Verily God will gather the hypocrites and the infidels

all together in Hell.
They watch you narrowly. Then if God grant you a victory, they say, "Are we

not with you?" and if the infidels meet with a success, they say to them,

"Were we not superior to you: and did we not defend you from those

believers?" God shall judge betwixt ye on the day of the resurrection, and

God will by no means make a way for the infidels over the believers.
The hypocrites would deceive God, but He will deceive them! When they stand

up for prayer, they stand carelessly, to be seen of men, and they remember

God but little:
Wavering between the one and the other�belonging neither to these nor those!

and by no means shalt thou find a path for him whom God misleadeth.

O believers! take not infidels for friends rather than believers. Would ye

furnish God with clear right to punish you?

Verily the hypocrites shall be in the lowest abyss of the fire: and, by no

means shalt thou find a helper for them;

Save for those who turn and amend, and lay fast hold on God, and approve the

sincerity of their religion to God; these shall be numbered with the

faithful, and God will at last bestow on the faithful a great reward.
Why should God inflict a chastisement upon you, if ye are grateful, and

believe? God is Grateful, Wise!

God loveth not that evil be matter of public talk, unless any one hath been

wronged: God it is who Heareth, Knoweth!

Whether ye publish what is good, or conceal it, or pardon evil, verily God is

Pardoning, Powerful!

Of a truth they who believe not on God and his Apostles, and seek to separate

God from his Apostles, and say, "Some we believe, and some we believe not,"

and desire to take a middle way;
These! they are veritable infidels! and for the infidels have we prepared a

shameful punishment.

And they who believe on God and his Apostles, and make no difference between

them these! we will bestow on them their reward at last. God is Gracious,

The people of the Book will ask of thee to cause a Book to come down unto

them out of Heaven. But a greater thing than this did they ask of Moses! for

they said, "Shew us God plainly!" and for this their wickedness did the fire-

storm lay hold on them. Then took they the calf as the object of their

worship, after that our clear tokens had come to them; but we forgave them

this, and conferred on Moses undoubted power.

And we uplifted the mountain 29 over them when we made a covenant with them,

and we said to them, "Enter the gate adoring:"and we said to them,

"Transgress not on the Sabbath," and we received from them a strict covenant.
So, for that they have broken their covenant, and have rejected the signs of

God, and have put the prophets to death unjustly, saying the while, "Our

hearts are uncircumcised,"�Nay, but God hath sealed them up for their

unbelief, so that but few believe.

And for their unbelief,�and for their having spoken against Mary a grievous


And for their saying, "Verily we have slain the Messiah, Jesus the son of

Mary, an Apostle of God." Yet they slew him not, and they crucified him not,

but they had only his likeness.30 And they who differed about him were in

doubt concerning him: No sure knowledge had they about him, but followed only

an opinion, and they did not really slay him, but God took him up to Himself.

And God is Mighty, Wise!

There shall not be one of the people of the Book but shall believe in Him

before his death, and in the day of resurrection, He will be a witness

against them.
For the wickedness of certain Jews, and because they turn many from the way

of God, we have forbidden them goodly viands which had been before allowed

And because they have taken usury, though they were forbidden it, and have

devoured men's substance in frivolity, we have got ready for the infidels

among them a grievous torment.
But their men of solid knowledge, and the believers who believe in that which

hath been sent down to thee, and in what hath been sent down before thee, and

who observe prayer, and pay the alms of obligation, and believe in God and

the latter day,�these! we will give them a great reward.

Verily we have revealed to thee as we revealed to Noah and the Prophets after

him, and as we revealed to Abraham, and Ismaël, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the

tribes, and Jesus, and Job, and Jonah, and Aaron, and Solomon; and to David

gave we Psalms.

Of some apostles we have told thee before: of other apostles we have not told

thee�And discoursing did God discourse with Moses�

Apostles charged to announce and to warn, that men, after those apostles,

might have no plea against God. And God is Mighty, Wise!

But God is himself witness of what He hath sent down to thee: In His

knowledge hath He sent it down to thee. The angels are also its witnesses:

but God is a sufficient witness!
Verily, they who believe not and pervert from the way of God, have indeed

erred with error wide of truth.

Verily, those who believe not, and act wrongfully, God will never pardon, and

never will he guide them on path,

Than the path to Hell, in which they shall abide for ever! And this is easy

for God.
O men! now hath an apostle come to you with truth from your Lord. Believe

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