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al-Baqarah (The Cow)
as rendered by Sher Ali

Sher Ali rendition of Surah The Cow(al-Baqarah)
2:1 Alif, Lam, Mim.
2:2 This is a perfect Book; there is no doubt in it; it is a guidance for the righteous,
2:3 Who believe in the unseen and observe prayer and spend out of what WE have provided for them.
2:4 And who believe in that which has been revealed to thee and that which was revealed before thee and they have firm faith in the hereafter.
2:5 It is they who follow the guidance from their LORD and it is they who shall prosper.
2:6 Those who have disbelieved - it being alike to them whether thou warn them or warn them not - they will not believe.
2:7 ALLAH has set a seal on their hearts and their ears, and over their eyes is a covering; and for them is a grievous chastisement.
2:8 And of the people there are some who say, `We believe in ALLAH, and the Last Day;' while they are not believers at all.
2:9 They would deceive ALLAH and those who believe, but they deceive none but themselves; only they perceive it not.
2:10 In their hearts was a disease, so ALLAH has increased their disease, and for them is a grievous punishment because they lied.
2:11 And when it is said to them, `Create not disorder in the earth,' they say `We are only promoters of peace.'
2:12 Beware ! it is surely they who create disorder, but they do not perceive it.
2:13 And when it is said to them, `Believe as other people have believed,' they say, `Shall we believe as the fools have believed?' Remember ! it is surely they that are the fools, but they do not know.
2:14 And when they meet those who believe, they say, `We believe;' but when they are alone with their ring-leaders they say, `We were only mocking.'
2:15 ALLAH will punish their mockery and will let them continue in their transgression, wandering blindly.
2:16 These are they who have bartered away guidance for error, but their traffic has brought them no gain, nor are they rightly guided.
2:17 Their case is like the case of a person who kindled a fire, and when it lighted up all around him, ALLAH took away their light and left them in thick darkness, they see not.
2:18 They are deaf, dumb and blind; so they will not return.
2:19 Or, it is like a heavy rain from the clouds, wherein is thick darkness and thunder and lightning; they put their fingers into their ears because of the thunder claps for fear of death, and ALLAH encompasses the disbelievers.
2:20 The lightning might well nigh snatch away their sight; whenever it shines upon them, they walk therein; and when it becomes dark to them, they stand still. And if ALLAH had so willed HE could take away their hearing and their sight; surely ALLAH has the power to do all that HE wills.
2:21 O ye men ! worship your Lord WHO created you and those before you, that you may guard against evil.
2:22 WHO made the earth a bed for you, and the heaven a roof, and caused water to come down from the clouds and therewith brought forth fruits for your sustenance; so do not set up equals to ALLAH, while you know.
2:23 And if you are in doubt as to what WE have sent down to OUR servant, then produce a chapter like it, and call upon your helpers besides ALLAH, if you are truthful.
2:24 But if you do it not - and never shall you do it - then guard against the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, which is prepared for the disbelievers.
2:25 And give glad tidings to those who believe and do good works, that for them are gardens beneath which flow streams. Whenever they are given a portion of fruit therefrom, they will say, `This is what was given us before,' and gifts mutually resembling shall be brought to them. And they will have therein pure mates, and therein will they abide.
2:26 ALLAH disdains not to give an illustration - as small as a gnat or even smaller. Those who believe know that it is the truth from their Lord, while those who disbelieve say, `What does ALLAH mean by such an illustration?' Many does HE adjudge by it to be in error and many by it does HE guide, and none does HE adjudge thereby to be in error except the disobedient,
2:27 Who breaks the covenant of ALLAH after having established it, and cut asunder what ALLAH has bidden to be joined, and create disorder in the earth; it is these that are the losers.
2:28 How can you disbelieve in ALLAH? You were without life and HE gave you life, and then HE will cause you to die, then restore you to life, and then to HIM shall you be made to return.
2:29 HE it is WHO created for you all that is in the earth; then HE turned towards the heavens, and HE perfected them as seven heavens; and HE has perfect knowledge of all things.
2:30 And when thy Lord said to the angels, `I am about to place a viceregent in the earth,' they said `Wilt THOU place therein such as will cause disorder in it, and shed blood? - and we glorify THEE with THY praise and extol THY holiness,' HE answered, `I know what you know not.'
2:31 And HE taught Adam all the names, then HE put the objects of these names before the angles and said, `Tell ME the names of these, if you are right,'
2:32 They said, `Holy art THOU ! No knowledge have we except what THOU hast taught us; surely THOU art All-Knowing, the Wise.'
2:33 HE said `O Adam, tell them their names;' and when he had told them their names, HE said `Did I not say to you, I know the secrets of the heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you hide?
2:34 And remember the time when WE said to the angels `Submit to ADAM,' and they all submitted. But Iblis did not. He refused and deem himself too big; and he was of the disbelievers.
2:35 And when WE said `O Adam, dwell thou and thy wife in the garden, and eat therefrom plentifully where ever you will, but approach not this tree, least you be of the wrongdoers.'
2:36 But Satan caused them both to slip by means of it and drove them out of the state in which they were. And WE said, `Go forth hence; some of you are enemies of others and for you there is an abode in the earth and a provision for a time.'
2:37 Then Adam learnt from his Lord certain words of prayer. So HE turned towards him with mercy. Surely HE is Oft-Returning with compassion, and is Merciful.
2:38 We said. `Go forth hence, all of you. And if there comes to you guidance from ME then whoso shall follow MY guidance, on them shall come no fear nor shall they grieve.'
2:39 But they who will disbelieve and treat Our signs as lies, these shall be the inmates of the Fire; herein shall they abide.
2:40 O Children of Israel ! remember MY favours which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill your covenant with ME, I will fulfill MY covenant with you, and ME alone should you fear.
2:41 And believe in what I have sent which fulfill that which is with you, and be not the first to disbelieve therein, and barter not MY Signs for a paltry price, and take protection in ME alone.
2:42 And confound not truth with falsehood nor hide the truth knowingly.
2:43 And observe Prayer and pay the Zakaat, and bow down with those who bow.
2:44 Do you enjoined others to do what is good and forget your ownselves, while you read the book? Will you not then understand?
2:45 And seek help with patience and prayer, and this indeed is hard except for the humble in spirit,
2:46 Who know for certain that they will meet their Lord, and to HIM will they return.
2:47 O Children of Israel ! remember MY favours which I bestowed upon you and that I exalted you above the peoples of the time.
2:48 And guard yourselves against the day when no soul shall serve as a substitute for another soul at all, nor shall intercession be accepted for it, nor shall ransom be taken from it, nor shall they be helped.
2:49 And remember the time when WE delivered you from Pharaoh's people who afflicted you with grievous torment, slaying your sons and sparing your women; and in that was a great trial for you from your Lord.
2:50 And remember also the time when WE divided the sea for you and saved you and drowned Pharaoh's people while you looked on.
2:51 And when WE made Moses a promise of forty nights, then you took the calf for worship in his absence and you were the transgressors.
2:52 Then WE forgave you thereafter, that you may be grateful.
2:53 And remember when WE gave Moses the Book and the Discrimination, that you may be rightly guided.
2:54 And when Moses said to his people, `O my people, you have indeed wronged yourselves by taking the calf for worship; turn ye therefore to your Maker, and kill your evil desires; that is best for you in the sight of your Maker.' Then HE turned towards you with compassion. Surely HE is Oft-Returning with compassion and is Merciful.
2:55 And remember when you said, `O Moses, we will not believe thee until we see ALLAH face to face;' Then the thunderbolt overtook you, while you witnessed with your own eyes the consequences of your conduct.
2:56 The We raised you up after your death that you might be grateful.
2:57 And WE caused the clouds to be a shade over you and sent down on you Manna and Salwa, saying, `Eat of the good things We have provided for you.' And they wronged us not, but it was themselves that they wronged.
2:58 And remember the time when WE said `Enter this town and eat therefrom - whatever you will - plentifully; and enter the gate submissively and say, `God ! forgive us our sins.' WE shall forgive you your sins and WE shall give increase to those who do good.'
2:59 The transgressors changed it for a word other than that which was said to them. So WE send down upon the transgressors a punishment from heaven because they were disobedient.
2:60 And remember the time when Moses prayed for water for his people and WE said, `Strike the rock with thy rod;' And there gushed forth from it twelve springs, so that each tribe knew their drinking place. And they were told, `Eat and drink of what ALLAH has provided, and commit not iniquity in the earth, creating disorder.'
2:61 And remember when you said, O Moses, surely we will not remain content with one kind of food; pray, then, to thy Lord for us that HE may bring forth for us of what the earth grows - of its herbs and its cucumbers and its wheat and its lentils and its onions.' He said, `Would you take in exchange that which is worse for that which is better? Go down to some town and there is for you what you ask.' And they were smitten with abasement and destitution, and they incurred the wrath of ALLAH; that was because they rejected the Signs of ALLAH and sought to slay the Prophets unjustly; this was because they rebelled and transgressed.
2:62 Surely, those who believe and the Jews and the Christians and the Sabians - whichever party from among these truly believes in ALLAH and the Last Day and does good deeds, shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon then nor shall they grieve.
2:63 And remember the time when WE took a covenant from you and raised you above the Mount, saying, `Hold fast that which WE have given you and bear in mind what is therein, that you may be saved.'
2:64 Then you turned back thereafter; and had it not been for ALLAH's grace and HIS mercy upon you, you would surely have been of the losers.
2:65 And surely, you have known the end of those amongst you, who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath. So WE said to them, `Be ye apes, despised.'
2:66 Thus WE made it an example to those of its time and to those who came after it, and a lesson to those who fear God.
2:67 And remember when Moses said to his people, `ALLAH commands you to slaughter a cow,' they said, `Dost thou make a jest of us?' He said `I seek refuge with ALLAH least I should be of the ignorant.'
2:68 They said, `Pray for us to thy Lord that HE make plain to us what she is,' He answered, `God says, it is a cow, neither old nor young, full-grown between the two; now do what you are commanded.'
2:69 They said, `Pray for us to thy Lord that HE make plain to us of what colour she is.' He answered, `God says, it is a cow of dun colour, pure and rich in tone, delighting the beholders.'
2:70 They said, `Pray for us to thy Lord that HE make plain to us what she is, for all such cows appear to us alike; and if ALLAH please, we shall indeed be guided aright,'
2:71 He answered, `God says it is a cow not broken to plough the earth or water the tilth; one without blemish; of one colour.' They said, `Now thou have brought the truth.' Then they slaughtered her, though they would rather not do it.
2:72 And remember the time when you killed a person and differed among yourselves about it, and ALLAH, would bring to light what you were hiding.
2:73 Then WE said, `Compare this incident with some other similar ones' and you will discover the truth. Thus does ALLAH give life to the dead and show you HIS Signs that you may understand.
2:74 Then your hearts became hardened after that, till they were like stones or harder still; for of stones there are some out of which gush forth streams, and of them there are some out of which flows water when they cleave asunder. And indeed of them are some that humble themselves for the fear of ALLAH. And ALLAH is not unmindful of what you do.
2:75 Do you expect that they will believe you when a party of them hear the Word of ALLAH, then pervert it after they have understood it, and they well know the consequences thereof.
2:76 And when they meet those who believe, they say `We believe,' and when they meet one another in private, they say, `Do you inform them (the believers) of what ALLAH has unfolded to you, that they may thereby argue with you before your Lord. Will you not then understand?
2:77 Do they not know that ALLAH knows what they keep secret and what they make known?
2:78 And some of them are illiterate, they know not the book but their own false notions, and they do nothing but conjecture.
2:79 Woe, therefore, to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say, `This is from ALLAH,' That they may take it for a paltry price. Woe, then, to them for what their hands have written, and woe to them for what they earn.
2:80 And they say, `The fire shall not touch us except for a small number of days,' Say, `Have you taken a promise from ALLAH? Then, ALLAH will never break HIS promise. Or, do you say of ALLAH what you know not.
2:81 Aye ! whoso does evil and is encompassed by his sins -those are the inmates of the Fire; therein shall they abide.
2:82 But they who believe and do good works - those are the dwellers of Heaven; therein shall they abide.
2:83 And remember the time when WE took a covenant from the Children of Israel: `You shall worship none but ALLAH and be kind to parents and to the kindred and orphans and the poor, and speak to men kindly and observe prayer, and pay the Zakat.' then you turned away in aversion, except a few of you.
2:84 And remember when WE took a covenant from you: `You shall not shed each other's blood nor turn your people out of your homes,' Then you confirmed it; and you have been witness to it.
2:85 Yet you are those who slay one another and turn out a section of your people from their homes, backing up their enemies against them in sin and transgression. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, while their expulsion itself was unlawful for you. Do you then believe in a part of the Book and disbelieve in another part? What is then the reward of such among you as do so, except disgrace in the present life; and on the Day of Judgment they shall be driven to a most severe chastisement; and surely ALLAH is not unmindful of what you do.
2:86 These are they who have preferred the present life to the Hereafter. Their punishment shall not, therefore, be lightened, nor shall they be helped in any way.
2:87 And verily WE gave Moses the Book and caused Messengers to follow in his footsteps after him; and to Jesus, son of Mary, WE gave manifest Signs, and strengthened him with the Spirit of Holiness. Will you, then, every time a Messenger comes to you with what you yourselves desire not, behave arrogantly and treat some as liars and slay others?
2:88 They said `Our hearts are wrapped up in covers.' Nay, ALLAH has cursed them for their disbelief. Little is that which they believe.
2:89 And when there came to them a book from ALLAH, fulfilling that which is with them - and before that they have prayed for victory over the disbelievers - yet when there came to them that which they knew to be the truth, they rejected it. The curse of ALLAH be on the disbelievers.
2:90 Evil is that which they have sold their souls - that they should disbelieve in what ALLAH has revealed, grudging that ALLAH should send down HIS grace on whomsoever of HIS servants HE pleases. So they have incurred wrath upon wrath; and there is a humiliating chastisement for the disbelievers.
2:91 And when it is said to them `Believe in what ALLAH has sent down,' they say `We believe in what has been sent down to us;' and they disbelieve in what has been sent down after that, yet it is the Truth, fulfilling that which is with them. Say `Why, then, do you seek to slay the Prophets of ALLAH before this, if you were believers.
2:92 And Moses came to you with manifest Signs, then you took the calf for worship in his absence, and you were transgressors.
2:93 And remember the time when WE took a covenant from you and raised high above you the Mount, saying `Hold firmly to what WE have given you and hearken;' They said, `We hear and we disobey;' and their hearts were saturated with the love of the calf because of their disbelieve. Say `Evil is that which your faith enjoins on you if you are believers,'
2:94 Say `If the abode of the Hereafter with ALLAH is solely for you to the exclusion of all other people, then wish for death if you are truthful.'
2:95 But never shall they wish for it, because of what their own hands have sent on before them; and ALLAH knows the wrongdoers well.
2:96 And thou shalt surely find them of all people, the most covetous of life, even more than those who set up equals with God. Every one of them wishes that he may be granted a life of a thousand years, but his being granted such a life shall not remove him further away from the punishment; and ALLAH sees all they do.
2:97 Say `Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel' - for he it is who has caused it to descend on thy heart by the command of ALLAH, fulfilling that revelation which precedes it, and is a guidance and glad tidings to the believers.
2:98 `Whoever is an enemy to ALLAH, and HIS angels, and HIS Messengers, and Gabriel, and Michael, then surely, ALLAH is an enemy to such disbelievers.'
2:99 And surely WE have sent down to thee manifest Signs, and none disbelieves in them but the disobedient.
2:100 What ! every time they make a covenant, will a party among them throw it aside? Nay, most of them have no faith.
2:101 And now that there has come to them a messenger from ALLAH, fulfilling that which is with them, a party of the people to whom the Book was given have thrown the Book of ALLAH behind their backs, as if they know it not.
2:102 And they pursue the course which was pursued by the rebellious men against the Kingdom of Solomon. And Solomon did not disbelieve; but it was the rebellious ones who disbelieved. They taught people falsehood and deception, and they claim that they follow what was revealed to the two angels in Babylon, Harht and Marht. But these two taught no one anything until they had said, `We are but a trial from ALLAH, do not, therefore, reject what we say.' So men learnt from them that by which they made a distinction between man and his wife, but they harmed no one thereby, except by the command of ALLAH; on the contrary, these people (the opponents of the Holy Prophet) are learning that which would harm them and do them no good. And they have certainly known that he who traffics therein has no share of good in the Hereafter; and surely evil is that for which they sold their souls; if only they knew.
2:103 And if they had believed and acted righteously, better surely, would have been their reward from ALLAH, if only they knew.
2:104 O ye who believe, say not to the Prophet `Ra'ina,' but say `Unzurna' and hearken unto him. And for the disbelievers is a painful punishment.
2:105 They who disbelieve from among the people of the Book, or from among those who associate gods with ALLAH, desire not that any good should be sent down to you from your Lord; but ALLAH chooses for HIS mercy whomsoever HE pleases; and ALLAH is Lord of exceeding bounty.
2:106 Whatever message WE abrogate or cause to be forgotten, WE bring one better than that or the like thereof. Knowest thou not that ALLAH has the power to do all that HE wills?
2:107 Knowest thou not that the Kingdom of the Heavens and the earth belongs to ALLAH alone? And there is no protector or helper for you besides ALLAH.
2:108 Would you question the Messenger sent to you as Moses was questioned before this? And whoever takes disbelief in exchange for belief has undoubtedly gone astray from the right path.
2:109 Many people of the Book wish, out of sheer envy from themselves, that, after you have believed, they could turn you again into disbelievers after the truth has become manifest to them. But forgive and overlook till ALLAH brings HIS decree, surely ALLAH has the power to do all that HE wills.
2:110 And observe prayer and pay the Zakaat; and whatever good you send on before you for yourselves, you shall find it with ALLAH; surely ALLAH sees all that you do.
2:111 And they say. `None shall enter Heaven unless he be a Jew or a Christian.' These are their vain desires. Say, `Produce your proof, if you are truthful.'
2:112 Nay, whosoever submits himself completely to ALLAH and he is the doer of good, shall have his reward from his Lord. No fear shall come on them nor shall they grieve.
2:113 And the Jews say, `The Christians stand on nothing' and the Christians say, `The Jews stand on nothing;' while they both read the same book. Even thus said those, who had no knowledge, like what they say. But ALLAH shall judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they disagree.
2:114 And who is more unjust than he who prohibits the name of ALLAH being glorified in ALLAH's temples and strives to ruin them? It was not proper for such men to enter therein except in fear. For them is disgrace in this world; and theirs shall be a great punishment in the next.
2:115 To ALLAH belongs the East and the West; so whithersover you turn, there will be the face of ALLAH. Surely, ALLAH is Bountiful, All-Knowing.
2:116 And they say, `ALLAH has taken to Himself a son.' Holy is HE ! Nay, everything in the Heavens and the earth belongs to HIM. To HIM are all obedient.
2:117 HE is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. When HE decrees a thing, HE only says to it `Be,' and it is.
2:118 And those who have no knowledge say, `Why does ALLAH not speak to us, or a Sign come to us direct?' Likewise said those before them what was similar to their saying. Their hearts are all alike. We have certainly made the Signs plain for a people who firmly believe.
2:119 We have sent thee with the Truth, as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner. And thou wilt not be questioned concerning the inmates of Hell.
2:120 And the Jews will never be pleased with thee, nor the Christians, unless thou followest their creed. Say `Surely ALLAH's guidance alone is the true guidance,' And if thou follow their evil desires after the knowledge has come to thee, thou shalt have from ALLAH, no friend nor helper.
2:121 They to whom we have given the Book, follow it as it ought to be followed; it is these that believe therein. And whoso believes not therein, these are they who are the losers.
2:122 O Children of Israel ! remember MY favours which I bestowed upon you, and that I exalted you above all the nations of the time.
2:123 And guard yourselves against the day when no soul shall serve as a substitute for another soul at all, nor shall any ransom be accepted from it, nor any intercession avail it, nor shall it be helped.
2:124 And remember when his Lord tried Abraham with certain commandments which he fulfilled, HE said, `I will make thee a leader of men.' Abraham asked, `And from among my offspring?' God said, `MY covenant does not embrace the transgressors.'
2:125 And remember the time when WE made the House a resort for mankind and a place of security; We said, `Take ye the station of Abraham as a place of prayer.' And we commanded Abraham and Ishmael, saying, `Purify MY House for those who perform the circuit and for those who remain therein for devotion and those who bow down and fall prostrate in Prayer.'
2:126 And remember when Abraham said, `My Lord, make this a town of peace and provide with fruits such of its dwellers as believe in ALLAH and the Last Day.' ALLAH said `And on him too who believes not, will I bestow benefits for a little while; then will I drive him to the punishment of the Fire, and an evil destination it is.
2:127 And remember the time when Abraham and Ishmael raised the foundations of the house, praying, `Our Lord, accept this from us; for thou art the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing;
2:128 `Our Lord, make us both submissive to THEE and make of our offspring a people submissive to THEE. And show us our ways of worship and turn to us with mercy; for thou art Oft-Returning with compassion, and art Merciful.
2:129 `And, Our Lord, raise up among them a Messenger from among themselves who may recite to them THY Signs and teach them the Book and Wisdom and may purify them; surely Thou art the Mighty the Wise.
2:130 And who will turn away from the religion of Abraham but he who makes a fool of himself. Him did we choose in this world, and in the next he will surely be among the righteous.
2:131 When his Lord said to Him, `Submit', he said, `I have already submitted to the Lord of the worlds.'
2:132 The same did Abraham enjoin upon his sons, - and Jacob also - saying, `O my sons, truly ALLAH has chosen this religion for you; so let not death overtake you except when you are in a state of complete submission.'
2:133 Were you present when death came to Jacob, when he said to his sons. `What will you worship after me?' They answered, `We will worship thy God, the God of thy fathers, Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac, the One God; and to HIM we submit ourselves.'
2:134 Those are a people that have passed away, for them is that which they have earned, and for you is what you earn, and you shall not be questioned as to what they did.
2:135 And they say, `Be ye Jews or Christians, then you will be rightly guided,' Say `Nay, but follow ye the religion of Abraham who was ever inclined to ALLAH; he was not of those who associated gods with ALLAH.'
2:136 Say ye, `We believe in ALLAH and what has been revealed to us, and what was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael, and Isaac and Jacob and his children and what was given to Moses and Jesus, and what was given to all other Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them; and to HIM we submit ourselves.'
2:137 And if they believe as you have believed, then they are rightly guided; but if they turn back, then they are bent upon creating a schism, and ALLAH will surely suffice thee against them, for HE is All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
2:138 Say, `We have adopted the religion of ALLAH; and who is better than ALLAH in teaching religion, and him alone do we worship.'
2:139 Say, `Do you dispute with us concerning ALLAH, while HE is our Lord and your Lord? And for us is our works and for you your works; and to HIM alone are we sincerely devoted.'
2:140 Do you say that Abraham and Ishmael, and Isaac and Jacob and his children were Jews or Christians?' Say `Do you know better or ALLAH and who is more unjust than he who hides the testimony that he has from ALLAH? And ALLAH is not unaware of what you do.'
2:141 Those are a people that have passed away, for them is what they have earned, and for you is what you earn, and you shall not be questioned as to what they did.
2:142 The fools among the people will say `What has turned them away from their Qiblah which they followed?' Say, `To ALLAH belong the East and the West. HE guides whom HE pleases to the right path.'
2:143 And thus have WE made you an exalted nation, that you may be guardians over the people and the Messenger of ALLAH may be a guardian over you. And WE did not appoint the Qiblah which thou didst follow; except that WE might know him who follows the Messenger of ALLAH from him who turns upon his heels. And this is indeed hard except for those whom ALLAH has guided. And ALLAH would never let your faith go in vain; surely, ALLAH is compassionate and Merciful to the people.
2:144 Verily, WE see thee turning thy face often to heaven, surely then will we make thee turn to the Qiblah which thou likest. So turn thy face towards the Sacred Mosque; and wherever you may be, turn your faces towards it. And they to whom the Book has been given know that this is the truth from their Lord; and ALLAH is not unmindful of what they do.
2:145 And even if thou shouldst bring every Sign to those who have been given the Book, they would not follow thy Qiblah nor wouldst thou follow their Qiblah, nor would some of them follow the Qiblah of others. And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to thee, then thou shalt surely be of the transgressors.
2:146 Those to whom WE have given the Book recognize it even as they recognize their sons, but surely some of them hide the truth knowingly.
2:147 It is the truth from thy Lord; be not, therefore of those who doubt.
2:148 And everyone has a goal to which he turns his whole attention. Then vie with one another in good works. Wherever you may be ALLAH will bring you all together. Surely, ALLAH has the power to do all that HE wills.
2:149 And from wheresoever thou comest forth, turn thy face towards the Sacred Mosque; for that is indeed the truth from thy Lord. And ALLAH is not unmindful of what you do.
2:150 And from wheresoever thou comest forth, turn thy face towards the Sacred Mosque; and wherever you be, turn your faces towards it that people may have no argument against you, except those who are unjust - so fear them not, but fear ME - and that I may perfect MY favour upon you, and that you may be rightly guided.
2:151 Even as WE have sent to you a Messenger from among yourselves who recites OUR Signs to you, and purifies you, and teaches you the Book and Wisdom, and teaches you that which you knew not.
2:152 Therefore, remember ME and I will remember you; and be thankful to ME and do not be ungrateful to ME.
2:153 O ye who believe, seek help through perseverance and Prayer; surely, ALLAH is with those who patiently persevere.
2:154 And say not of those who are slain in the way of ALLAH that they are dead; nay they are living, only you perceive not.
2:155 And WE will try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.
2:156 Who, when a misfortune overtakes them, say, `Surely, to ALLAH we belong and to HIM shall we return.'
2:157 It is these on whom descend blessings from their Lord and also mercy, and it is these that are rightly guided.
2:158 Surely, Al-Safa and Al-Marwah are among the Signs of ALLAH. It is therefore no sin for him who is on Pilgrimage to the House, or performs Umrah, or go around the two. And whoso does good beyond what is obligatory, surely then, ALLAH is appreciative of good deeds, and All-Knowing.
2:159 Those who hide what WE have sent down of Signs and guidance after WE have made it clear for the people in the Book, it is these whom ALLAH curses; so curse them those who have the right to curse.
2:160 But they who repent and amend and openly declare the truth, it is these to whom I turn with forgiveness, and I am Oft-Returning with compassion and Merciful.
2:161 Those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers, on them shall be the curse of ALLAH and of the angels and of men all together.
2:162 They shall remain under it. The punishment shall not be lightened for them, nor shall they be granted respite.
2:163 And your God is One God; there is no God but HE, the Gracious, the Merciful.
2:164 Verily, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and in the alternation of the night and the day, and in the ships that sail the sea with that which profits men, and in the water which ALLAH sends down from the sky and quickens therewith the earth after its death and scatters therein all kinds of beasts, and in the change of the winds and the clouds pressed into service between the heaven and the earth - are indeed Signs for the people who use their understanding.
2:165 And there are some among men who take for themselves objects of worship other than ALLAH, loving them as they should love ALLAH. But believers are stronger in their love for ALLAH. And if those who transgress could now see the time when they shall see the punishment, they would realize that all power belongs to ALLAH and that ALLAH is severe in punishing.
2:166 Could they but see when those who were followed shall disown their followers and shall see the punishment and all their ties shall be cut asunder.
2:167 And those who followed shall say, `If we could only return, we would disown them even as they have disowned us.' Thus will ALLAH show them their works as anguish for them, and that they shall not get out of the fire.
2:168 O ye men ! eat of what is lawful and good in the earth; and follow not the footsteps of Satan, surely he is to you an open enemy.
2:169 He enjoins upon you only what is evil and what is foul, and that you say of ALLAH what you do not know.
2:170 And when it is said to them, `Follow that which ALLAH has sent down, they say, `Nay, we will follow that wherein we found our fathers.' What ! even if their fathers had no sense at all and followed not the right path.
2:171 And the case of those who disbelieve is like the case of one who shouts to that which hears naught but a call and a cry. They are deaf dumb and blind - so they do not understand.
2:172 O ye who believe, eat of the good things WE have provided for you, and render thanks to ALLAH, if it is HE Whom you really worship.
2:173 HE has made unlawful to you only that which dies of itself, and blood and the flesh of swine, and that on which the name of any other than ALLAH has been invoked. But he who is driven by necessity, being neither disobedient nor exceeding the limit, it shall be no sin for him. Surely, ALLAH is most Forgiving, Merciful.
2:174 Those who hide that which ALLAH has sent down of the Book and take in exchange for it a paltry price, they fill their bellies with nothing but fire. ALLAH will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will HE purify them. And for them is a grievous punishment.
2:175 It is they who have bought error for guidance and punishment for forgiveness. How great is their endurance of the Fire !
2:176 That is because ALLAH has sent down the Book with the truth; and surely they who disagree concerning the Book are gone far in enmity.
2:177 It is not righteousness that you turn your faces to the East or the West, but truly righteous is he who believes in ALLAH and the Last Day and the angels and the Book and the Prophets, and spends his money out of love for HIM, on the kindred and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and those who ask for charity and for ransoming the captives; and observes prayer and pays the Zakat; and those who fulfill their promise when they have made one, and the patient in poverty and afflictions and the steadfast in the time of war; it is these who have proved truthful and it is these who are truly God-Fearing.
2:178 O ye who believe ! equitable retaliation in the matter of the slain is prescribed for you; the free man for the free man, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But for him who is granted any remission by his injured brother, pursuing the matter for the realization of the blood-money shall be done with fairness, and the murderer shall pay him the blood-money in a handsome manner. This is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy. And whoso transgresses thereafter, for him there shall be a grievous punishment.
2:179 And there is life for you in the law of retaliation, O men of understanding, that you may enjoy security.
2:180 It is prescribed for you, when death comes to any one of you, if he leaves much wealth that he make a will to parents and near relatives to act with fairness. This is an obligation on those who fear ALLAH.
2:181 And he who alters it after he has heard it , the sin thereof shall surely lie on those who alter it. Surely ALLAH is All-Hearing and All-Knowing.
2:182 But whoso apprehends from a testator a partiality or a wrong, and makes peace between them (the parties affected), it shall be no sin for him. Surely, ALLAH is most Forgiving and Merciful.
2:183 O ye who believe ! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil.
2:184 The prescribed fasting is for a fixed number of days, but whoso among you is sick or on a journey, shall fast the same number of other days; and for those who are able to fast only with great difficulty, is an expiation - the feeding of a poor man. And whoso does good of his own accord it is better for him. And fasting is good for you, if you only knew.
2:185 The month of Ramadaan is that in which the Qur'an was revealed as a guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance and discrimination. Therefore, whosoever is present at home in this month let him fast therein. But whoso is temporarily sick or on a journey, shall fast the same number of other days, ALLAH desires ease for you and HE desires not hardship for you, and HE desires that you may complete the number, and that you may exalt ALLAH for HIS having guided you and that you may be grateful.
2:186 And when MY servants ask thee about ME, say `I am near. I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he prays to ME. So they should hearken to ME and believe in ME that they may follow the right way.
2:187 It is made lawful for you to go in unto your wives on the night of the fast. They are a sort of garment for you and you are a sort of garment for them. ALLAH knows that you have been acting unjustly to yourselves, wherefore HE has turned to you with mercy and afforded you relief. So you may now go in unto them and seek what ALLAH has ordained for you; and eat and drink until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black tread of the dawn. Then complete the fast till nightfall and do not go in unto them while you remain in the Mosques for devotion. These are the limits set by ALLAH, so approach them not. Thus does ALLAH make HIS commandments clear to men that they may become secure against evil.
2:188 And do not devour your property among yourselves by false means and offer it not as bribe to the authorities that you may devour a part of the wealth of other people wrongfully while you know.
2:189 They ask thee about the new moons. Say, `They are means for measuring time, for the general convenience of people and for the Pilgrimage.' And it is not righteousness that you come into houses by the backs thereof, but truly righteous is he who fears God. And you should come into houses by the doors thereof; and fear ALLAH that you may prosper.
2:190 And fight in the way of ALLAH against those who fight against you, but do not transgress. Surely, ALLAH loves not the transgressors.
2:191 And slay these transgressors wherever you meet them and drive them out from where they have driven you out; for persecution is worst than slaying. And fight them not in and near the Sacred Mosque until they fight you therein. But if they fight you, then fight them. Such is the requital for the disbelievers.
2:192 But if they desist, then surely, ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful.
2:193 And fight them until there is no persecution, and religion is professed only for ALLAH. But if they desist, then remember that no hostility is allowed except against the wrongdoers.
2:194 The violation of a Sacred Month may be retaliated in the Sacred Month, and for all sacred things there is the law of retaliation. So whoso transgresses against you, punish him for his transgression to the extent to which he has transgressed against you. And fear ALLAH and know that ALLAH is with those who fear him,
2:195 And spend in the cause of ALLAH, and cast not yourselves into ruin with your own hands, and do good; surely ALLAH loves those who do good.
2:196 And complete the pilgrimage and the Umrah for the sake of ALLAH; but if you are kept back, then make whatever offering is easily available; and do not shave your heads until the offering reaches its destination. And whoever among you is sick or has an ailment of the head, should make and expiation either by fasting or alms giving, or a sacrifice. But when you are safe, then he who would avail himself of the Umrah together with the Pilgrimage, should make whatever offering is easily obtainable. But such of you as cannot find an offering should fast three days during the Pilgrimage, and seven when you return home; these are ten complete. This is for him whose family does not reside near the Sacred Mosque. And fear ALLAH and know that ALLAH is severe in punishing.
2:197 The months of the Pilgrimage are well known; so whoever determines to perform the Pilgrimage in these months should remember that there is to be no foul talk, nor any transgression, nor any quarreling during the Pilgrimage. And whatever good you do, ALLAH knows it. And furnish yourselves with necessary provisions for your journey and surely, the best provision is righteousness. And fear ME alone, O men of understanding.
2:198 It is no sin for you that you seek the bounty of your Lord. But when you pour forth from Arafat, remember ALLAH at Mash'ar al-Haraam, and remember HIM as HE has guided you; although before this you were of those gone astray.
2:199 Then pour forth from where the people pour forth, and seek forgiveness from ALLAH; surely ALLAH is most forgiving, Merciful.
2:200 And when you have performed the acts of worship prescribed for you, celebrate the praises of ALLAH as you used to celebrate the praises of your fathers, or even with greater devotion. And of men there are some who say `Our Lord grant us good things in this world;' and such a one shall have no share in the hereafter.
2:201 And of them there are some who say, `Our Lord grant us good in this world as well as good in the world to come, and save us from the torment of the fire.
2:202 For these their shall be a goodly share because of what they have earned. And ALLAH is swift at reckoning.
2:203 And remember ALLAH during the appointed number of days, but whoso hastens to leave in two days, it shall be no sin for him; and whoso stays behind, it shall be no sin for him either. This direction is for him who fears ALLAH. So fear ALLAH and know that you shall all be brought together before HIM.
2:204 And of men there is he whose talk on this life would please thee, and he calls ALLAH to witness as to that which is in his heart, and yet he is the most contentious of quarrelers.
2:205 And when he is in authority, he runs about in the land to create disorder in it and destroys the tilth and the progeny of man; and ALLAH loves not disorder.
2:206 And when it is said to him `Fear ALLAH,' pride incites him to further sin. So Hell shall be his sufficient reward; and surely it is an evil place of rest.
2:207 And of men there is he who would sell himself to seek the pleasure of ALLAH; and ALLAH is Compassionate to HIS servants.
2:208 O ye who believe, come into submission all of you and follow not the footsteps of Satan; surely he is your open enemy.
2:209 But if you slip after the clear Signs that have come to you, then know that ALLAH is Mighty and Wise.
2:210 What do they wait for but that ALLAH should come to them in the coverings of the clouds with angels, and the matter be decided? And to ALLAH do all things return.
2:211 Ask the Children of Israel how many clear Signs WE gave them. But whoso changes the gift of ALLAH after it has come to him, surely then, ALLAH is Severe in punishing.
2:212 The life of this world is made to appear attractive to those who disbelieve; and they scoff at those who believe. But those who fear God shall be above them on the day of Resurrection; and ALLAH bestows HIS gifts on whomsoever HE pleases without reckoning.
2:213 Mankind were one community, then they differed among themselves, so ALLAH raised Prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and sent down with them the book containing the truth that HE might judge between the people wherein they differed. But then they began to differ about the Book, and none differed about it except those to whom it was given, after clear Signs had come to them, out of envy towards one another. Now has ALLAH, by HIS command, guided the believers to the truth in regard to which they (the unbelievers) differed; and ALLAH guides whomsoever HE pleases to the right path.
2:214 Do you think that you will enter heaven while there has not come to you the like of that which came to those who passed away before you? Poverty and afflictions befell them and they were violently shaken until the Messenger and those who believe along with him said, `When will the help of ALLAH come?' Yea, surely the help of ALLAH is nigh.
2:215 They ask thee what they shall spend. Say, `Whatever of good and abundant wealth you spend should be for parents and near relatives and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer. And whatever good you do, surely ALLAH knows it perfectly well.'
2:216 Fighting is ordained for you, though it is repugnant to you; but it may be that you dislike a thing while it is good for you, and it may be that you like a thing while it is bad for you. ALLAH knows and you know not.
2:217 They ask thee about fighting in the Sacred Month. Say, `Fighting therein is a heinous thing, but to hinder men from the way of ALLAH, and to be ungrateful to HIM, and to hinder men from the Sacred Mosque, and to turn out its people therefrom, is more heinous in the sight of ALLAH; and persecution is worst than killing.' And they will not cease fighting you until they turn you back from your Faith, if they can. And whoso from among you turns back from his Faith and dies while he is a disbeliever, it is they whose works shall be vain in this world and in the next. These are the inmates of the Fire and therein shall they abide.
2:218 Those who believe and those who emigrate and strive hard in the cause of ALLAH, it is these who hope for ALLAH's mercy; And ALLAH is Most forgiving Merciful.
2:219 They ask thee concerning wine and games of chance. Say `In both there is great sin and harm and also some advantages for men, but their sin and harm are greater than their advantage,' And they ask thee what they should spend. Say, `Spend what you can spare.' Thus does ALLAH makes HIS commandments clear to you that you may reflect
2:220 - Upon this world and the next. And they ask thee concerning the orphans. Say `Promotion of their welfare is an act of great goodness. And if you intermix with them, they are your brethren. And ALLAH knows him who seeks to make mischief apart from him who seeks to promote the welfare of the orphans. And if ALLAH had so willed, HE would have put you to hardship. Surely ALLAH is Mighty and Wise.'
2:221 And marry not idolatrous women until they believe; even a believing bond women is better than an idolatress, although she may please you. And give not believing women in marriage to idolaters until they believe; even a believing slave is better than an idolater, although he may please you. These call to Fire, but ALLAH calls to Heaven and to forgiveness by HIS will. And HE makes HIS Signs clear to the people that they may remember.
2:222 And they ask thee concerning menstruation. Say, `It is a harmful thing, so keep away from women during menstruation, and go not in unto them until they are clean. But when they have cleansed themselves, go in unto them as ALLAH has commanded you. ALLAH loves those who keep themselves clean.'
2:223 Your wives are a sort of tilth for you; so approach your tilth when and as you like and send ahead some good for yourselves; and fear ALLAH and know that you shall meet HIM; and bear good tidings to those who believe.
2:224 And make not ALLAH a target for your oaths that you may thereby abstain from doing good and acting righteously and making peace between men. And ALLAH is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
2:225 ALLAH will not call you to account for such of your oaths as are vain, but HE will call you to account for what your hearts have earned. And ALLAH is Most forgiving, Forbearing.
2:226 For those who vow abstinence from their wives, the maximum period of waiting is four months. Then if they go back to their normal relationship, surely ALLAH is Most forgiving, Merciful.
2:227 And if they decide upon divorce, then surely ALLAH is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
2:228 And the divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three courses; and it is not lawful for them that they conceal what ALLAH has created in their wombs, if they believe in ALLAH and the Last Day; and their husbands have the greater right to take them back during that period, provided they desire reconciliation. And they (the women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them in equity; but men have a degree of advantage above them. And ALLAH is Mighty and Wise.
2:229 Such divorce may be pronounced twice; then either retain them in a becoming manner or send them away with kindness. And it is not lawful for you that you take anything of what you have given them (your wives) unless both fear that they cannot observe the limits prescribe by ALLAH. But if you fear that they cannot observe the limits prescribed by ALLAH, then it shall be no sin for either of them in what she gives to get her freedom. These are the limits prescribed by ALLAH, so transgress them not; and whoso transgresses the limits prescribed by ALLAH, it is they that are the wrongdoers.
2:230 And if he divorces her the third time, then she is not lawful for him thereafter, until she marries another husband; and, if he also divorces her, then it shall be no sin for them to return to each other, provided they are sure that they would be able to observe the limits prescribed by ALLAH. And these are the limits prescribed by ALLAH which HE makes clear to the people who have knowledge.
2:231 And when you divorce women and they approach the end of their appointed period, then either retain them in a becoming manner or send them away in a becoming manner; but retain them not wrongfully so that you may transgress against them. And whoso does that, surely wrongs his own soul. And do not make a jest of the commandments of ALLAH, and remember the favour of ALLAH upon you and the book and the Wisdom which HE has sent down to you, whereby HE exhorts you. And fear ALLAH and know that ALLAH knows all things well
2:232 And when you divorce women and they reach the end of their period, prevent them not from marrying their husbands, if they agree between themselves in a decent manner. This an admonition for him among you who believes in ALLAH and the Last Day. It is more blessed for you and purer; and ALLAH knows but you know not.
2:233 And mothers shall give suck to their children for two whole years; this is for those who desire to complete the period of suckling. And the man to whom the child belongs shall be responsible for their (the mothers') maintenance and clothing according to usage. No soul is burdened beyond its capacity. Neither shall a mother be made to suffer on account of her child, nor shall he to whom the child belongs be made to suffer on account of his child and the same is incumbent on the father's heir. If they both decide upon weaning the child by mutual consent and consultation, there is no blame on them. And if you desire to engage a wet-nurse for your children, there shall be no blame on you, provided you pay what you have agreed to pay in a fair manner. And fear ALLAH and know that ALLAH sees what you do.
2:234 And as for those of you who die and leave wives behind, these (wives) shall wait concerning themselves for four months and ten days. And when they have reached the end of their period, no blame shall be attached to you concerning anything that they do with regard to themselves in a decent manner. And ALLAH is Aware of what you o.
2:235 And their shall be no blame on you in throwing out a hint regarding proposal of marriage to these women or in keeping the desire hidden in your minds. ALLAH knows that you will think of them in this connection. But make not a contract with them in secret, except that you say a fair word. And resolve not on marriage tie until the prescribed period reaches its end. And know that ALLAH knows what is in your minds; so beware of HIM. And know that ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Forbearing.
2:236 It shall be no sin for you if you divorce women while you have not touched them, nor settle for them a dowry. But provide for them - the rich man according to his means and the poor man according to his need - a provision in a becoming manner. This is an obligation upon the virtuous.
2:237 And if you divorce them before you have touched them, but have settled upon them a dowry, then half of what you have settled shall be due from you, unless they remit, or he, in whose hands is the tie of marriage, should remit. And that you should remit is nearer to righteousness. And do not forget to do good to one another. Surely ALLAH sees what you do.
2:238 Watch over prayers, and particularly the middle Prayer, and stand before ALLAH submissively.
2:239 If you are in a state of fear, then say your prayers on foot or riding, but when you are safe, remember ALLAH as HE has taught you that which you did not know.
2:240 And those of you who die and leave behind wives shall bequeath to their wives provision for a year without being turned out. But if they themselves go out, then there shall be no blame upon you in regard to any proper thing which they do concerning themselves. And ALLAH is Mighty and Wise.
2:241 And for the divorce women also there should be a provision according to what is fair - an obligation on the God-fearing.
2:242 Thus does ALLAH make HIS commandments clear to you that you may understand.
2:243 Hast thou not heard of those who went forth from their homes, and they were thousands, fearing death? And ALLAH said to them, `Die', Then HE brought them to life. Surely ALLAH is Gracious to men, but most men are not grateful.
2:244 And fight in the cause of ALLAH and know that ALLAH is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
2:245 Who is it that will lend ALLAH a goodly loan that HE may multiply it for him manifold? And ALLAH receives and enlarges. And to HIM shall you be made to return.
2:246 Hast thou not heard of the chiefs of the Children of Israel after Moses, when they said to a Prophet of theirs, `Appoint for us a king that we may fight in the way of ALLAH?' He said, `It is not likely that you will not fight, if fighting is prescribe for you?' They said, `What reason have we that we should not fight in the way of ALLAH when we have been driven forth from our homes and our sons?' But when fighting was ordained for them, they turned back except a small number of them. And ALLAH knows the transgressors well.
2:247 And their Prophet said to them, `ALLAH has appointed for you Talut as king.' They said, `How can he have sovereignty over us while we are better entitled to sovereignty than he, and he is not given abundance of wealth?' He said, `Surely, ALLAH has chosen him above you and has bestowed upon him abundant increase in knowledge and in strength of body. And ALLAH gives sovereignty to whom HE pleases. And ALLAH is Bountiful, All-Knowing.
2:248 And their Prophet said to them, `The sign of his sovereignty is that there shall be given you a heart wherein there will be tranquility from your Lord and a legacy of good left by the family of Moses and the family of Aaron - the angels bearing it. Surely, in this there is a sign for you if you are believers.'
2:249 And when Talut set out with the forces, he said, `Surely, ALLAH will try you with a river. So he who drinks therefrom is not of me; and he who taste it not is assuredly of me, save him who takes only a handful of water with his hand.' But they drank of it, except a few of them. And when they crossed it - he and those who believed along with him - they said, `We have no power today against Jalut and his forces.' But those who knew for certain that they would one day meet ALLAH, said, `How many a small party has triumphed over a large party by ALLAH's command ! And ALLAH is with the steadfast.'
2:250 And when they issued forth to encounter Jalut and his forces, they said, `O our Lord, pour forth steadfastness upon us, and make our steps firm, and help us against the disbelieving people.'
2:251 So they routed them by the command of ALLAH, and David slew Jalut, and ALLAH gave him sovereignty and wisdom and taught him of what HE pleased. And had not ALLAH repelled some men by others, the earth would be full of mischief. But ALLAH is the Lord of grace to all peoples.
2:252 These are the Signs of ALLAH. WE recite them unto thee with truth. Surely, thou art of the Messengers.
2:253 These messengers have WE exalted some of them above others; among them there are those to whom ALLAH spoke and some of them HE exalted in degrees of rank and WE gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs and strengthened him with the spirit of holiness. And if ALLAH had so willed, those that came after them would not have fought with one another after clear Signs had come to them; but they did disagree. Of them were some who believed, and of them were some who disbelieved. And if ALLAH had so willed, they would not have fought with one another; but ALLAH does what HE desires.
2:254 O ye who believe ! spend out of what WE have bestowed on you before the day comes wherein there shall be no buying and selling, nor friendship, nor intercession, and it is those who disbelieve that do wrong to themselves.
2:255 ALLAH - there is no god save HIM, the Living, the Self-Subsisting and All-Sustaining. Slumber seizes HIM not, nor sleep. To HIM belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that dare intercede with HIM save by HIS permission? HE knows what is before them and what is behind them; and they encompass nothing of HIS knowledge, except what HE pleases. HIS knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth; and the care of them wearies HIM not; and HE is the High, the Great.
2:256 There is no compulsion in religion. Surely the right has become distinct from error; so whosoever refuses to be led by those who transgress and believes in ALLAH, has surely grasped a strong handle which knows no breaking. And ALLAH is All-Hearing. All-Knowing.
2:257 ALLAH is the Friend of those who believe; HE brings them out of all kinds of darkness into light. And those who disbelieve, their friends are the transgressors who brings them out of light into manifold darknesses. These are the inmates of the Fire, therein shall they abide.
2:258 Hast thou not heard of him who disputed with Abraham about his Lord, because ALLAH has given him kingdom? When Abraham said, `My Lord is HE WHO gives life and causes death,' he said, `I also give life and cause death.' Abraham said, `Well, ALLAH brings the sun from the East; bring it thou from the West,' Thereupon the infidel was confounded. And ALLAH guides not the unjust people.
2:259 Or hast thou not heard of the like of him who passed by a town which had fallen down upon its roofs and exclaimed, `When will ALLAH restore it to life after its destruction?' Then ALLAH caused him to die for a hundred years, then HE raised him and said, `How long hast thou remained in this state?' He answered, `I have remained a day or part of a day.' ALLAH said, `It is so but thou hast also remained in this state for a hundred years. Now look at thy food and thy drink; they have not rotted And look at thy ass. And WE have done this that WE may make thee a Sign unto men. And look at the bones, how WE set them and then clothe them with flesh.' And when this became clear to him, he said, `I know that ALLAH has the power to do all that HE wills.'
2:260 And remember when Abraham said, `My Lord, show me how THOU givest life to the dead.' God said, `Dost thou not believe?' Abraham said, `Yes, but I ask this that my heart may be at ease.' God answered, `Take four birds and make them attached to thee. Then put each of them on a hill; then call them; they will come to thee in haste.' And know that ALLAH is Mighty and Wise.
2:261 The similitude of those who spend their wealth in the way of ALLAH is like the similitude of a grain of corn which grows seven ears, in each ear a hundred grains. And ALLAH multiplies it further for whomsoever HE pleases and ALLAH is Bountiful, All-Knowing.
2:262 They who spend their wealth in the way of ALLAH, then follow not up what they have spent with taunt or injury, for them is their reward with their Lord, and they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.
2:263 A kind word and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And ALLAH is Self-Sufficient, Forbearing.
2:264 O ye who believe ! render not vain your alms by reproach and injury like him who spends his wealth to be seen by men, and he believes not in ALLAH and the Last Day. His case is like the case of a smooth rock covered with earth, on which heavy rain falls, leaving it bare and hard, They shall not secure aught of what they earn. And ALLAH guides not the disbelieving people.
2:265 And the case of those who spend their wealth to seek the pleasure of ALLAH and to strengthen their souls is like the case of a garden on elevated ground. Heavy rain falls on it so that it brings forth its fruit twofold. And if heavy rain does not fall on it, then light rain suffices. And ALLAH sees what you do.
2:266 Would any of you desire that there should be for him a garden of palm tress and vines with streams flowing beneath it, and with all kinds of fruit for him therein - while old age has stricken him and he has weak offspring - and that a fiery whirlwind should smite it and it be all burnt? Thus does ALLAH makes HIS Signs clear to you that you may reflect.
2:267 O ye who believe ! spend of the good things you have earned, and from what WE produce for you from the earth; and seek not what is bad that you may spend out of it when you would not take it yourselves except that you connive at it. And know that ALLAH is Self-Sufficient, praiseworthy.
2:268 Satan threatens you with poverty and enjoins upon you what is foul, whereas ALLAH promises you forgiveness from Himself and bounty. And ALLAH is Bountiful, All-Knowing.
2:269 HE grants wisdom to whom HE pleases, and whoever is granted wisdom has indeed been granted abundant good; and none would take heed except those endowed with understanding.
2:270 And whatsoever you spend or whatsoever you vow, ALLAH surely knows it; and for the wrongdoers there shall be no helpers.
2:271 If you give alms openly it is well and good; but if you hide them and give them to the poor, it is better for you, And HE will remit from you many of your evil deeds. And ALLAH is Aware of what you do.
2:272 It is not thy responsibility to make them follow the right path; But ALLAH guides whosoever HE pleases. And whatever of wealth you spend, the benefit will of it will be for yourselves, for, you spend not but to seek the favour of ALLAH. And whatever of wealth you spend, it shall be paid back to you in full and you shall not be wronged.
2:273 Alms are for the poor who are detained in the way of ALLAH and are unable to move about in the land. The ignorant man imagines them to be free from want because of their abstaining from begging. Thou shalt know them by their appearance, they do not beg of men with importunity. And whatever of wealth you spend, Surely ALLAH has perfect knowledge thereof.
2:274 Those who spend their wealth by night and day, secretly and openly, have their reward with their Lord; on them shall come no fear nor shall they grieve.
2:275 Those who devour interest do not rise except as rises one whom Satan has smitten with insanity. That is because they say, `Trade also is like interest;' whereas ALLAH has made trade lawful and has made interest unlawful. So he to whom an admonition comes from his Lord and he desist, then will that which he received in the pass be his; and his affair rests with ALLAH. And those who revert to it they are the inmates of the Fire; therein shall they abide.
2:276 ALLAH will blot out interest and will cause charity to increase. And ALLAH loves not anyone who is a confirmed disbeliever and an arch-sinner.
2:277 Surely, those, who believe and do good deeds, and observe Prayer and pay the Zakat, shall have their reward from their Lord, and no fear shall come on them, nor shall they grieve.
2:278 O ye who believe ! fear ALLAH and give up what remains of interest, if you are truly believers.
2:279 But if you do it not, then beware of war from ALLAH and HIS Messenger; and if you repent, then you shall have your principal; thus you shall not wrong nor shall you be wronged.
2:280 And if the debtor be in straitened circumstances, then grant him respite till a time of ease. And that you remit it as charity shall be better for you, if you only knew.
2:281 And guard yourselves against the day when you shall be made to return to ALLAH; then shall every soul be paid in full what it has earned; and they shall not be wronged.
2:282 O ye who believe ! When you borrow one from another for a fixed period, then write it down. And let a scribe write it in your presence faithfully; and no scribe should refuse to write, because ALLAH has taught him, so let him write and let him who incurs the liability dictate, and he should fear ALLAH, his Lord, and not diminish anything therefrom. But if the person incurring the liability be of low understanding or be weak or be unable himself to dictate, then let someone who can guard his interest dictate with justice. And call two witnesses from among your men; and if two men be not available, then a man and two women, of such as you approve as witnesses, so that if either of the two women should forget, then one may remind the other. And the witnesses should not refuse when they are called. And be not averse to writing it down whether it be small or large, along with its appointed time of payment. This is more equitable in the sight of ALLAH and makes testimony surer and is more likely to save you from doubt; so write it down except that it be ready transaction which you make among yourselves on the spot in which case it shall be no sin for you that you write it not. And have witnesses when you sell one to another, and let no harm be done to the scribe or the witness. And if you do that, then certainly it shall be disobedience on your part. And fear ALLAH. And ALLAH teaches you and ALLAH knows all things quite well.
2:283 And if you be on a journey, and you find not a scribe, then let there be a pledge with possession. And if one of you entrust another with something, then let him who is entrusted, surrender his trust and let him fear ALLAH, his Lord. And hide not testimony; and whoever hides it his heart is certainly sinful. And ALLAH is Well-Aware of what you do.
2:284 To ALLAH belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth; and whether you disclose what is in your minds or keep it hidden, ALLAH will call you to account for it, then will HE forgive whomsoever HE pleases, and punish whomsoever HE pleases; and ALLAH has the power to do all that HE wills.
2:285 This Messenger of OURS believes in that which has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers; all of them believe in ALLAH, and in HIS angels, and in HIS Books, and in HIS Messengers, saying, `We make no distinction between any of HIS Messengers;' and they say `We have heard and we are obedient. Our Lord, we implore THY forgiveness, and to Thee is the returning.'
2:286 ALLAH burdens not any soul beyond its capacity. It shall have the reward it earns, and it shall get the punishment it incurs. Our Lord, do not punish us if we forget or fall into error, and our Lord, lay not on us a responsibility as THOU didst lay upon those before us. Our Lord, burden us not with what we have not he strength to bear; and efface our sins and grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us; Thou art our Master; so help us against the disbelieving people.


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