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al-Baqarah (The Cow)
as rendered by Syed Vickar Ahamed

Syed Vickar Ahamed rendition of Surah The Cow(al-Baqarah)
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2:1 Alif Lam Mim:
2:2 This is the Book: In it is guidance, without doubt, for those who fear Allah;
2:3 (For those) who believe in the Unseen, who are steadfast in prayer, who spend out of what We have given them;
2:4 And (for those) who believe in the Revelations sent to you and sent before your time, and (for those, who in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter.
2:5 They are on (true) guidance, from their Lord, and it is these (people) who will prosper.
2:6 As to those (people) who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether you warn them or do not warn them; They will not believe.
2:7 Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a veil; Great is the penalty they (have to face).
2:8 And of the people there are some who say: "We believe in Allah and the Last Day;" But they do not (really) believe.
2:9 Surely! They try to deceive Allah and those who believe, but they only deceive themselves, But do not realize!
2:10 In their hearts is a disease and Allah has increased their disease: And painful is the penalty they (will face), because they are false to themselves.
2:11 When it is said to them: "Do not make mischief on the earth," they say: "Why, we only want to make peace!"
2:12 Surely, they are the ones who make mischief, but they do not realize it.
2:13 When it is said to them: "Believe as the (other) men believe:" They say: "Shall we believe as the fools have believed?" On the contrary, they are the fools, but they do not know.
2:14 When they meet those who believe, they say: "We believe;" But when they are alone with their evil companions, they say: "We are really with you; We (were) only mocking!"
2:15 Allah will throw back their mockery at them, and give them rope in their trespasses; So they will wander like blind ones (back and forth)!
2:16 These are they who have exchanged guidance for error: But their trade is profitless, and they have lost true (right) direction!
2:17 Their similitude is that of a man who started a fire; When it shed light all around him Allah took away their light and left them in total darkness, so they could not see.
2:18 They are deaf, dumb, and blind, so they will not return (to the right path).
2:19 Or (another similitude) is that of a stormy rain cloud from the sky: In it are zones of darkness, and thunder and lightning. They press their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunder, the while they are in terror of death. But Allah is all around those who reject Faith!
2:20 The lightning almost snatches away their sight, every time the light (helps) them, they walk in there, and when the darkness covers them, they stand still. And if Allah willed, He could take away their hearing and their sight; Because Allah has power (Khadir) over all things.
2:21 O you people! Worship (and pray to) your Guardian—Lord, Who created you, and those who came before you, that you might have the chance to learn righteousness;
2:22 Who has made the earth a place of rest for you, and the sky your canopy; And sent down rain from the sky; And brought forth from there fruits for your sustenance; Then do not set up rivals to Allah when you know (the truth).
2:23 And if you are in doubt about what We have revealed (from time to time) to Our servant (the Prophet), then produce a Sura like the one here (in the Quran); And call your witness (or helpers if there are any) besides Allah, if you are truthful.
2:24 But if you cannot— And surely you cannot— Then fear the Fire whose fuel is Men and Stones— Which is prepared for those who reject Faith.
2:25 And give glad tidings to those who believe and who act fairly and justly, that their reward is Gardens, beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with fruits from there, they say: "This is what we were fed with before," for they are given similar things; And in there, they have pure (and holy) companions and in there, they live (for ever).
2:26 Indeed, Allah is not ashamed to use the similitude of things, even as low as the mosquito as well as the highest. Those who believe know that it is truth from their Lord; But those who reject Faith will say: "What does Allah mean by this similitude?" But He does not cause (people) to lose (their path) except those who give (themselves) up.
2:27 (And) those who break Allah’s Promise after it is accepted, and who tear apart what Allah has ordered to be joined, and who make mischief on earth; These cause loss (only) to themselves.
2:28 How can you reject the Faith in Allah? Seeing that you were without life, and He gave you life: Then He will cause you to die and (He) will again bring you to life; And again to Him you will return.
2:29 It is He Who has created all things for you that are on earth; In addition, His plans called for the heavens, and He gave Order and Perfection to the seven skies: And of all things He is All Knowing (Aleem).
2:30 And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels; "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said: "Will You place in there, one who will make mischief and shed blood in there? While we (indeed) celebrate Your Praises and glorify Your Holy (Name)?" He said: "I do know what you do not know."
2:31 And He taught Adam the names of all things: Then He placed them before the angels and said: "Tell Me the names of these (things) if you are right."
2:32 They said: "Glory to You: We have no knowledge, except what You have taught us: Verily, in truth it is You Who are Perfect in knowledge and wisdom."
2:33 He said: "O Adam! Tell them their names." When he had told them their names, Allah said: "Did I not tell you that I know the (unseen) secrets of heavens and earth, and I know what you reveal and what you conceal?"
2:34 And (remember) when We said to the angels: "Bow down to Adam:" And they bowed down: Except Satan, he refused and was haughty he was of those who reject Faith.
2:35 And We said: "O Adam! You and your wife live in the Garden; And eat of the plentiful things in there (wherever and whenever) you want; But do not approach this tree, or you will run into harm and transgression."
2:36 Then Satan did make them slip from the (Garden), and get them out of the state (of joy) which they had been. We said: "Get down, you all (people), with hostility between yourselves, on the earth; (that) will be your living-place and your means of livelihood — For a time."
2:37 Then Adam received the words of inspiration, from his Lord, and his Lord forgave him; For He is One Who accepts Repentance (Tawwab), Most Merciful (Raheem).
2:38 We said: "Get you all down from here; And if, surely, there comes Guidance to you from Me; Those who follow My guidance, for them there shall be no fear, and they shall not suffer.
2:39 "But those who reject Faith and falsify Our Signs, they shall be companions of the Fire; They shall abide in there."
2:40 O Children of Israel! Call to mind the (special) favor, which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill (then) your Promise to Me as I fulfill My Promise to you, and fear none but Me.
2:41 And believe in what I reveal, confirming the revelation, which is with you, and do not be the first to reject Faith in there, and do not sell My Signs for a small price: But fear Me, and Me alone.
2:42 And do not cover Truth with falsehood, and do not hide the Truth when you know (it).
2:43 And be steadfast in prayer: Practice regular charity: And bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).
2:44 Do you enforce right conduct on the people, and forget (to practice it) yourselves, and yet you study the Scripture? Will you not understand?
2:45 But no! Seek (Allah’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is truly difficult except for those who bring a humble spirit—
2:46 Those who bear in mind the Certainty, that they are to meet their Lord, and that they are to return to Him.
2:47 O Children of Israel! Remember My (special) favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to other (nations for My Message).
2:48 Then guard yourself against a Day when one soul shall be of no use to another nor shall intervention be accepted for her, nor shall any compensation be taken from her nor shall anyone be helped (from outside).
2:49 And (remember) when, We delivered you from the people of Firon (Pharaoh): They set hard tasks and punishments for you, slaughtered your sons and let your women live; In there was a harsh trial from your Lord.
2:50 And (remember) when, We divided the ocean for you and saved you and drowned Firon’s (Pharaoh’s) people within your very sight.
2:51 And (remember) when, We appointed forty nights for Musa (Moses), and in his absence you took the calf (for worship), and you made a terrible mistake.
2:52 Even then We did forgive you; There was a chance for you to be grateful.
2:53 And (remember), We gave Musa (Moses) the Scripture and the Criterion (right from wrong): There was a chance for you to be rightfully guided.
2:54 And (remember) when, Musa (Moses) said to his people: "O my people! You have indeed wronged yourselves by your worship of the calf: So turn in repentance to your Creator, and kill yourselves (the wrongdoers); That will be better for you in the sight of your Creator." For He is the One Who Accepts Repentance (At-Tawwab), the Most Merciful (Ar-Raheem).
2:55 And (remember) when, you said: "O Musa (Moses)! We shall never believe in you until we see Allah openly," but you were dazed with thunder and lightning while you looked on.
2:56 Then We raised you up after your death: So that you had the chance to be grateful.
2:57 And We gave you the shade of clouds and sent down to you manna and quails, (food and birds) saying: "Eat of the good things We have provided for you." (But they rebelled) and, to Us they did no harm, but they harmed their own souls.
2:58 And (remember) when, We said: "Enter this town, and eat from the plentiful in there as you wish; But enter the gate with humility, in (your) way and in (your) words, and We shall forgive you for your faults and increase (the portion of) those who do good."
2:59 But those who transgressed, changed the words from those (words) that were given to them; So We sent on those who transgressed a plague from heaven, because they disobeyed (Our command) repeatedly.
2:60 And (remember) when, Musa (Moses) prayed for water for his people; We said: "Strike the rock with your staff." Then gushed forth from there twelve springs. Each group knew its own place for water. So eat and drink from the sustenance provided by Allah, and do not practice evil or mischief on the (face of the) earth.
2:61 And (remember) when, you said: "O Musa (Moses)! We cannot endure one kind of food (always); So pray to your Lord for us to produce for us of what the earth grows— Its pot-herb(s), and cucumber(s), its garlic, lentils, and onions." He said: "Will you exchange the better for the worse? You go down to Misr (any town), and you shall find what you want!" They were covered with humiliation and misery; They drew the anger of Allah on themselves. That was because they kept rejecting the Signs of Allah and killing His Messengers without just cause. That was because they rebelled and went on transgressing.
2:62 Indeed, those who believe (in the Quran), and those who are Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians,— Any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; On them there shall be no fear, and they shall not grieve.
2:63 And (remember) when, We took your Promise and We raised above you (the towering height of) Mount (Sinai) (saying): "Hold firmly to what We have given you and always remember what is in there: That you may fear Allah."
2:64 But you turned back after that: Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allah to you, you surely had been among the lost.
2:65 And you knew well those among you who transgressed in the matter of the (Sacred) day (of Sabbath): We said to them: "Be you (like) monkeys, despised and rejected."
2:66 So We made it an example to (others in) their own time and to their generations, and a lesson to those who fear Allah.
2:67 And (remember) when, Musa (Moses) said to his people: "Allah commands that you sacrifice a calf." They said: "Are you going to make a laughing-stock of us?" He said: "I seek refuge from Allah that I am among the ignorant (people)!"
2:68 They said: "Pray to your Lord on our behalf to explain to us what (calf) it is!" He said: "He says: The calf should be neither too old, nor too young, but of middling age: Now do what you are commanded!"
2:69 They said: "Pray to your Lord on our behalf to explain to us her color." He said: "He says: A fawn-colored calf (heifer, also name of this Sura), pure and rich in shade, admired by (its) seers!"
2:70 They said: "Pray to your Lord on our behalf to explain to us what it is: To us all calves (heifers) are alike: We truly want guidance, if Allah wills."
2:71 He said: "He says: A calf not trained to till the soil or water the fields; Healthy and without defects. They said: Now you have brought the truth." Then they offered it (the calf) in sacrifice, but not in good will.
2:72 And (remember, Musa) when you killed a man (also see verse 20.40 for another reference), and disagreed among yourselves about the crime: But Allah was to bring forth what you did hide.
2:73 So We said: "Strike the (body) with a piece of the calf." Thus Allah brings the dead to life: And shows you His Signs, so that you may understand.
2:74 From then your hearts hardened: And they became like a rock and even worse in hardness. Even among rocks, there are some from which rivers gush out: Others bring out water, when they are split: And others which sink because of the fear of Allah. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.
2:75 Can you (O men of Faith), hope that they will believe in you? Seeing that a party of them heard the Word of Allah, and altered it knowingly after they understood it.
2:76 And when they meet the men of Faith, they say: "We believe;" But when they meet each other in private, they say: "Shall you tell them what Allah has revealed to you, that they may argue about it before your Lord?" Do you not understand (their aim)?
2:77 Do they not know that Allah knows what they conceal and what they reveal?
2:78 And there are among them who cannot read and who do not know the Book, but (in it they see their own) desires, and they imagine without any basis.
2:79 Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say: "This is from Allah." To gain from it for a lowly price! Woe to them for what they write, and for the gain they make from it.
2:80 And they say: "The Fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days:" Say: "Have you taken a promise from Allah, because He never breaks His promise? Or you say about Allah what you do not know?"
2:81 Yes! Those who search for gain in evil, and are held round by their sins, they are companions of the Fire: They shall live in there (for ever).
2:82 And those who have faith and work the right deeds they are companions of the Garden: They shall live in there (for ever).
2:83 And (remember) when, We took a Promise from the Children Of Israel, (that you will) worship no one but Allah, treat with kindness your parents and relatives, and orphans and those in need; Speak kindly and justly to the people; Be regular in prayer; And practice regular charity. Then you turned back, except a few among you, and you go back (on the Promise even now).
2:84 And (remember) when, We took your Promise (that you will) shed no blood among yourselves, and not turn out your own people from your homes: And to this you truly agreed, and to this you (yourselves) can bear witness.
2:85 After (all of) this, you are the same people, who kill among yourselves, and banish a party of your people from their homes; Help (their enemies) against them, in guilt and hate; And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them though it was not right for you to remove them (from their homes). Is it only a part of the Book that you believe in? And do you reject the rest? But what is the reward for those among you who behave like this except disgrace in this life? And on the Day of Judgment they shall receive the most painful penalty. And Allah is aware of what you do.
2:86 These are the people who buy the life of this world at the price of the Hereafter: Their penalty shall not be reduced and they shall not be helped.
2:87 And indeed, We gave Musa (Moses) the Book and followed him up with other messengers; And We gave Isa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary) Clear (Signs) and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit. Is it that whenever there comes to you a messenger with what you yourselves do not want, you become proud— Some you disbelieved! And some you killed!
2:88 They say, "Our hearts are screened: (we do not want more.)" But no! Allah curses them for their lies: They believe in little.
2:89 And when there comes to them a Book from Allah, confirming what is with them— Although from the past they had prayed for victory against those without Faith— When there comes to them that which they (should) have recognized, they refuse to believe in it. But the curse of Allah is on those without Faith.
2:90 How bad is the price for which they have sold their souls, because they reject (the teachings) with hate; Which Allah has sent down; Allah by His Grace sends it (the teachings) to any of His servants He pleases. Thus they have drawn on themselves Anger upon Anger. And humiliating is the punishment for those who reject Faith.
2:91 And when it is said to them, "Believe in what Allah has sent down," they say, "We believe in what was sent down to us:" Yet they reject everything that which came after it, while it be Truth confirming what is with them. Say, (O Prophet): "Why then have you killed the prophets of Allah in earlier times, if you did truly believe."
2:92 And, indeed Musa (Moses) came to you with clear (Signs); Yet you still worshipped the calf after he left, and you did act wrongfully.
2:93 And (remember) when, We took your Promise and We raised above you Mount (Sinai, saying): "Hold firmly to what We have given you, and obey:" They said: "We hear, and we disobey:" And they had to take into their hearts the worship of the calf because they have no Faith. Say: "The commands of your Faith are truly not enough— If you have any faith!"
2:94 Say (to them, O Prophet): "If the last Home with Allah is only for you, and not for anyone else, then pray for death if you are true."
2:95 But they will never seek for death, because of the (sins) which their hands have sent on before them. And Allah is well aware of those who do wrong.
2:96 And indeed, you will truly find them, from all people, most wanting to live (on), even more than the idolaters: Each one of them wishes he could be given a life of a thousand years: But giving such a life will not save him from the punishment. Because Allah sees well all that they do.
2:97 Say: "Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel, because he brings down the (teachings) to your heart, by Allah’s Will, a confirmation of what went before, and guidance and glad news for those who believe,
2:98 "Whoever is an enemy to Allah and His angels and messengers, to Gabriel and Michael— Beware! Allah is an enemy to those who reject Faith."
2:99 We have sent down to you clear Signs (verses); And no one rejects them except those who are evil.
2:100 Is it not (the case) that every time they make a promise, some party among them throws it aside? But most of them are faithless.
2:101 And when there came to them a messenger from Allah, confirming what was with them: A party of the People of the Book threw away the Book of Allah behind their backs, as if they did not know!
2:102 They followed what the Satans falsified against the belief of Sulaiman (Solomon); But the Satans disbelieved, teaching men magic, and such things as came down at Babel (Babylon), to the angels, Harut and Marut. (These are two idolized men from the ancient times.) But neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) without warning: "We are only for trial; So do not disbelieve or curse." They learnt from them [Satans] the means to cause separation between man and wife. But they could not harm anyone except by Allah’s permission. And they learnt that which harms them and helps them not and they knew that the buyers of (such magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter. And low was the price for which they sold their souls, if they only knew!
2:103 And if they had kept their faith and guarded themselves from evil, and their duty to Allah far better had been the reward from their Lord, if they only knew!
2:104 O you who believe! Do not say ambiguous words like Raina (an insult in Hebrew, to the Prophet); But (say) clearly words of respect like Unzurna; (Make us understand), and listen carefully (to him); For those without Faith, there is a painful punishment.
2:105 It is never the wish of those without Faith, among the people of the Book or (the wish) of the pagans, that anything good should come down to you from your Lord. But Allah will choose for His special Mercy whoever He will (choose)—And Allah is Lord of extreme grace.
2:106 None of Our revelations do We change or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar; Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?
2:107 Do you (also) not know that to Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and of the earth? And except Him, you have neither a friend nor a helper.
2:108 Or would you question your Prophet (Muhammad) as Musa (Moses) was questioned in the old (days)? And whoever changes from Faith to disbelief, indeed, has strayed without doubt from the right way.
2:109 Many from the People of the Book wish they could turn you (believers) back to disbelief after you have believed, From selfish envy, (even) after the Truth has become clear to them: But forgive and overlook till Allah completes His purpose; Indeed, Allah has power over all things.
2:110 And be regular in prayer, and regular in charity: And whatever good you send forth for your souls before you (from this life), you shall find it with Allah: Surely, Allah sees well all that you do.
2:111 And they say: "None shall enter Paradise unless he is a Jew or a Christian." Those are (only) their vain or empty wishes. Say to them: "Bring your proof if you are truthful."
2:112 But no! Whoever submits his whole self to Allah and does good— He will get his reward with his Lord: For such people, there shall be no fear and they shall not be in pain.
2:113 The Jews say: "The Christians have nothing firm to stand upon;" And the Christians say: "The Jews have nothing firm to stand upon." Yet they (both say that they) read the (same) Book. Like the words they say they do not know what they say; But Allah will judge between them in their dispute on the Day of Judgment.
2:114 And who are more unjust than those who forbid that in places for the worship of Allah, Allah’s name should be celebrated? Whose object is (in fact) to ruin them? It was not right that those (who believe), should themselves enter those (places) except only in fear. For those (who forbid the Praise of Allah’s Name) there is nothing but disgrace in this world, and a severe suffering in the world to come.
2:115 And to Allah belong the East and the West: Wherever you turn, there is the Face (the Divine Countenance and Presence) of Allah. For Allah is All Pervading (Wasi'), All Knowing (Aleem).
2:116 And they say: "Allah has begotten a son:" Glory be to Him— To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: Everything renders worship to Him.
2:117 To Him is due the very origin of the heavens and the earth: When He decides on anything and He says to it: "Be." And so it becomes.
2:118 Those without knowledge say: "Why does Allah not speak to us? Or why does a Sign not come to us?" The people before them said words of similar nature; Their hearts are alike. We have indeed made clear the Signs to any people who hold firmly to Faith (in their hearts).
2:119 Surely, We have sent you in truth (Islam) as a bearer of glad news and a Warner but to you no question shall be asked about the (disbelievers and) the companions of the blazing Fire.
2:120 The Jews or the Christians will never be satisfied with you (O Prophet,) unless you follow their religion. Say: "The Guidance of Allah— That is the (only) Guidance." And if you to follow their desires after the knowledge that has reached you, then you would find neither protector nor helper against Allah.
2:121 Those to whom We have sent the Book, study it as it should be studied: They are the ones who believe in it: And for those who reject faith in it, the loss is their own.
2:122 O Children of Israel! Remember the special favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all others (for My Message).
2:123 Then guard yourselves against a Day when one soul shall not be of any use to another, nor shall compensation be accepted from her, nor shall representation profit her, nor shall anyone be helped (from outside).
2:124 And (remember) when, Ibrahim (Abraham) was tried by his Lord with certain Commands; these he fulfilled. He (his Lord) said: "I will make you an Imam (guide or example) to the Nations." He Ibrahim (Abraham) pleaded: "And also (Imams) from my off-spring!" He (his Lord) answered: "But My Promise is not within the reach of evildoers."
2:125 And (remember) when We made the House (Ka’bah) a Place of assembly for men and a place of safety; And you take the House of Ibrahim (Abraham) as a place of prayer; And We took the Promise from Ibrahim (Abraham) and Ismail (Ishmael), that they should cleanse (and purify) My House for those who circle it round, or use it as a retreat, or bow, or prostrate themselves (in there in prayer).
2:126 And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) said: "My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its People with fruits, — Such of those who believe in Allah and the Last Day." He (his Lord) said: "(Yes), and for such as those who reject Faith— I grant them their pleasure for a while, but will soon drive them to the punishment of Fire— An evil destination (indeed)!"
2:127 And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) and Ismail (Ishmael) raised the foundation of the House (with this prayer): "Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us; Truly, You are the All Hearing (As-Sami’), the All Knowing (Al-Aleem)."
2:128 Our Lord! Make of us Muslims, bowing to Your (Will); And of our children a Muslim People, bowing to Your (Will); And show us our places for the celebration of (due) rites; And turn to us (in Mercy); Verily, You are the One Who Accepts repentance (At-Tawwab), the Most Merciful (Ar-Raheem).
2:129 "Our Lord! Send among them a messenger of their own, who shall rehearse Your Signs to them and instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, (cleanse) and provide relief for them: Truly, For You are the Almighty (Al-Aziz), the All Wise (Al-Hakeem)."
2:130 And who turns away from the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham), except those who injure their souls with folly? Him (Abraham)! We chose and rendered pure in this world: And in the Hereafter, he will be in the ranks of the righteous.
2:131 Listen! His Lord said to him: "Bow (your will to Me):" He (Ibrahim) said: "I bow (my will) to the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe (Rab-ul-'Ala'meen)."
2:132 And this was the story that Ibrahim (Abraham) left to his sons, and so did Yaqoub (Jacob); "Oh my sons! Allah has chosen the Faith for you: Then do not die except in the Faith of Islam."
2:133 Or, were you witness when death appeared before Yaqoub (Jacob)? "Look", he said to his sons: "What will you worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship your Allah and the Allah of your fathers— Of Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismail (Ishmael), and Ishaq (Isaac), the One (True) Allah: To Him we bow (in Islam)."
2:134 Those were a people that have passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did, and you of what you do! About their merits, there is no question in your case!
2:135 And they said: "Become Jews or Christians, if you would be guided (to salvation)." You say (to them): "No! (I would rather follow) the Religion of Ibrahim (Abraham), the true, and he joined not gods with Allah."
2:136 You say (to them): "We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismail (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac), Yaqoub (Jacob), and the Tribes, and that given to Musa (Moses) and Isa (Jesus), and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them and we bow to Allah (in Islam)."
2:137 So if they believe as you believe, they are indeed on the right path; But if they turn back, it is they who are in (different) faction; But Allah will suffice you against them, and He is All Hearing (Sami’), All Knowing (Aleem).
2:138 (Our religion is) the purification from Allah: And who can purify better than Allah? And it is He Whom we worship.
2:139 Say (to them): "Will you dispute with us about Allah, (after) seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; That we are responsible for our doings and you for yours; And that we are sincere (in our faith) to Him?
2:140 "Or do you say that Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismail (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac), Yaqoub (Jacob), and the Tribes, were Jews or Christians?" Say (to them): "Do you know better than Allah?" Oh! Who is more unjust than those who hide the evidence they have from Allah? But Allah is not unaware of what you do!
2:141 Those were a people that have passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did, and you of what you do! About their merits, there is no question in your case!
2:142 The foolish ones among the men, will say: "What has turned them (the believers) away from their Qibla (the direction of prayer) that they were used to praying?" Say: "To Allah belong both the East and West: He guides whom He will to the Straight Path."
2:143 Thus have We made of you (believers) a nation of Muslims (followers of faith) justly balanced, that you may be witnesses over the nations, and the Prophet (Muhammad), a witness over yourselves; And We had appointed Qibla (the direction of prayer) to which you were used, only to test those who followed the Prophet (Muhammad) from those who would turn on their heels (from the Faith). indeed it was (a change) momentous, except to those guided by Allah. And Allah would never make your faith ineffective. Most surely, Allah is for the mankind Full of Kindness (Ra'uf), Most Merciful (Raheem).
2:144 (O Prophet!), We see your face turning to the heaven: (for guidance). Now shall We turn you to the Qibla, (the direction of prayer), that shall please you. Turn then your face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah): And wherever you are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that this is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unmindful of what they do.
2:145 And even if you were to bring to the people of the Book all the Signs of Allah (together), they would not follow your Qibla (the direction of prayer); Nor are you going to follow their Qibla; Nor indeed will they follow each others Qibla; And after the knowledge has reached you, if you were to follow their (vain) desires— Then you would be clearly among the wrongdoers.
2:146 The people of the Book know Muhammad this as they know their own sons; But some of them hide the truth that they themselves know.
2:147 The Truth is from your Lord; So do not be one of those who doubt.
2:148 For each one is a direction to which they turn (in prayer); Then strive together (as in a race) towards all that is good. Wherever you are, Allah will bring you together; Truly, Allah has power over all things.
2:149 And, from where ever you start forth, turn your face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah); That is indeed the truth from your Lord. And Allah is not unmindful of what you do.
2:150 So from where ever you start forth, turn your face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque; And where ever you are, turn your faces towards it (as you pray): So that there be no reason for dispute against you among the people, except those of them who are the wrongdoers; So do not fear them, but fear Me; And that I may complete My favors on you, and you may (be willing to) be guided;
2:151 A similar (favor have you already received) in that We have sent among you a messenger (the Prophet) of your own, reciting to you Our Signs, and purifying you, and instructing you in Scripture and Wisdom, and in new Knowledge
2:152 Then do remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not reject Faith.
2:153 O you who believe! Seek (Allah's) help with Patience, Perseverance and Prayer: For Allah is with those who patiently persevere.
2:154 And do not say about those (people) who are killed in the sake of Allah: "They are dead." No! They are living, even though you do not perceive it.
2:155 And be sure We shall test you with some fear and hunger, some loss in goods, or lives, or the fruits (of your hard work), but give glad news to those who patiently persevere—
2:156 (And to those) when afflicted with calamity say: "To Allah we belong, and truly, to Him is our return:"—
2:157 They are those on whom (descends the) blessing from Allah, and (His) Mercy, and they are the ones who receive guidance.
2:158 Look! (The two mountains named) Safa and Marwa are among the Symbols of Allah. So if those who visit the (Sacred) House in the season (of Pilgrimage) or at other times, should go around them, it is no sin in them. And if anyone follows his own wish to do good— Be sure that Allah is He Who recognizes (Shakir) all, All Knowing (Aleem).
2:159 Indeed, those who conceal the Clear (Signs) that We have sent down, and the Guidance and Evidence— For (all) the mankind. On them shall be Allah’s curse, and the curse of those entitled to the curse—
2:160 Except those who repent and make amends and openly declare (the Truth); To them I turn in forgiveness: And I am the One Who accepts Repentance (At-Tawwab), Most Merciful (Raheem).
2:161 Indeed, those who reject Faith, and die rejecting— On them is Allah’s curse, and the curse of angels, and the curse of all mankind.
2:162 They will live in there (for ever): Their penalty will not be lightened, nor will forgiveness be for them.
2:163 And your God is One (Allah): There is no god but He, The Most Gracious (Ar-Rahman)— The Most Merciful (Ar-Raheem).
2:164 Surely, in the creation of the heavens and the earth; In the alteration of the night and the day; In the sailing of the ships through the oceans for the benefit of mankind; In the rain which Allah sends down from the sky, and the life which He gives forth with it to an earth that is dead; In the beasts of all kinds, that He scatters through the earth; And in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they trail like the slaves between the sky and the earth; (Here) indeed are Signs for a people who are wise (and who are) understanding.
2:165 And yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides Allah as equal (with Allah): They love them as they should love Allah. But those of Faith are overflowing in their love for Allah. If only the unrighteous could see; Look! Then they would see the Penalty: That to Allah belongs all power, and Allah will strongly enforce the Penalty.
2:166 Then would those who are followed clear themselves from those who follow (them): They would see the Penalty, and all relations between them would be cut off.
2:167 And those who followed would say: "If only we had one more chance, to return to the worldly life, we would clear ourselves from them, as they have cleared themselves from us." Thus would Allah show them (the fruits of) their deeds as (nothing but) regrets. And there will be no way for them out of the Fire.
2:168 O mankind! Eat what is lawful and good that is on earth; And do not follow the footsteps of the Satan. Surely, he is to you an avowed enemy.
2:169 For he (Satan, the Evil one) commands you (to do) what is evil, and shameful, and that you should say of Allah that of which you have no knowledge.
2:170 When it is said to them: "Follow what Allah has revealed:" They say: "No! We shall follow the ways of our fathers." What! Even though their fathers did not have the wisdom and guidance?
2:171 And the parable of those who reject Faith is similar to the one (shouting) like a shepherd who loudly shouts to things (cattle) that listen to nothing except calls and cries: Deaf, dumb, and blind, they do not have the wisdom!
2:172 O you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful to Allah if it is indeed He Whom you worship.
2:173 He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine and that on which any other name has been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one is forced by necessity, without willful disobedience (of Allah’s Word), and without transgressing due limits— Then he is guiltless. Verily, Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem).
2:174 Surely, those who hide Allah’s revelation in the Book, and purchase for them a miserable profit— They swallow into themselves nothing but Fire; Allah will not address them on the Day of Judgment, and will not purify them: Their Penalty will be painful.
2:175 They are the ones who buy error in place of Guidance and torment in place of Forgiveness: Oh! What boldness (they show) for Fire!
2:176 (Their doom is) because Allah sent down the Book in truth but those who search the reasons of disputes in the Book are in a section far (from the purpose of truth).
2:177 It is not rightful conduct that you turn your faces towards East or West; But it is righteousness— To believe in Allah, and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the messengers; To spend from your (own) wealth, in spite of your love for it, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; To fulfill the contracts which you have made; And to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering), and adversity, and throughout the periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, those who fear Allah.
2:178 O you who believe! The Law of Equality is to be followed by you, in cases of murder: The free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude. This is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty.
2:179 And in the Law of Equality there is (saving of) life to you, (and less bloodshed among you), O you men of understanding; That you may restrain yourselves.
2:180 It is prescribed for you when death approaches any of you, if he leaves any goods, that he make a will to (give to the) parents and next of kin, according to reasonable usage: (This is) due from those who fear Allah.
2:181 If anyone changes the will after hearing it, the guilt shall be on those who make the change, for Allah hears and knows (all things)..
2:182 But if anyone fears partiality or wrongdoing on the part of the trustee and makes peace between (the parties concerned), there is no wrong in him: Truly, Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem).
2:183 O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you: As it was prescribed to those before you that you may (learn) self-control.—
2:184 (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; But if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (should be made up) from days later. For those who can fast but with hardship, is a ransom; The feeding of one who is in need. But he who will give more, by his own free will, it is better for him. And it is better for you that you fast, if you only knew.
2:185 The month of Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Quran as a guide to mankind, also Clear (Signs for) guidance and judgment (between right and wrong); So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting. But, if any one is ill or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period. And to glorify Him because He has guided you; And for this reason, you should be grateful to Him.
2:186 When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close to them: I listen to the prayer of every (humble) caller when he calls Me: Let them also, listen to My call and believe in Me, that they may be led to the right way.
2:187 Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and you are their garments. Allah knows what you secretly did among yourselves; But He turned to you and forgave you; So now associate with them (your wives), and seek what Allah has made lawful to you and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from its black thread (darkness); Then complete your fast till the night appears but do not associate with your wives while you are in retreat in the mosques. These are limits (set by) Allah; Approach them not in its neighborhood. Thus does (He) make clear His Signs to men: That they may learn self-control.
2:188 And do not eat up one another's property among yourselves for show or pettiness, and do not use it as bribe for the judges, with intent that you may eat up wrongfully and knowingly (even) a little of (other) peoples property.
2:189 They (the people) ask you (the Prophet) concerning the new moons. Say: "They are only Signs to mark fixed periods of time in (the affairs of) men, and for Pilgrimage." It is no virtue if you enter your houses from the back: It is virtue if you fear Allah enter houses through the proper doors: And fear Allah that you may prosper.
2:190 And fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits: For Allah does not love those who exceed their rightful limits.
2:191 And slay them (who fight against Allah’s cause) wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; For persecution and injustice are worse than killing. But do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; But if they fight you slay them. Such is the reward of those who block Faith.
2:192 But if they cease, then Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem).
2:193 And keep fighting them until there is no more persecution and injustice. And justice and faith in Allah continues; But if they cease, let there be no hostile acts except against those who (always) practice (hostilities and) injustice.
2:194 The prohibited month:— For the prohibited month— And likewise for all things prohibited— The Law of Equality applies. If then anyone violates the prohibition against you, (then) you transgress likewise against him. But fear Allah, and know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves.
2:195 And from your (own) wealth, spend in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; But do good: Because Allah loves those who do good.
2:196 And complete the Pilgrimage or Umrah (a pious visit to the Sacred Mosque) in the service of Allah. But if you are prevented (from completing it), send an offering for sacrifice, what you may find (and afford): And do not shave your heads until the offering reaches the place of sacrifice. And if any of you is ill, or has an ailment in his scalp, (requiring to shave, he should) in compensation either fast, or feed the poor, or offer sacrifice; And when you are in peaceful conditions (again), if anyone wishes to continue the Umrah on to Pilgrimage (Hajj), he must make an offering, what he can afford, but if he cannot afford it, he should fast three days during the Hajj and seven days on his return, making ten days in all. This is for those whose household is not in (the immediate closeness to) the Sacred Mosque. And fear Allah, and know that Allah is strict in punishment.
2:197 For the Pilgrimage, the months are well known. If anyone undertakes that duty, let there be no sign of offense, no wickedness, nor disputes during the Pilgrimage (Hajj). and whatever good you do, Allah knows it. And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best of provisions is right conduct. So fear Me, O! You, (people) who are wise.
2:198 It is no sin for you if you seek the bounty of your Lord (during pilgrimage). Then when you come down from (Mount) Arafat, celebrate the Praises of Allah at the Sacred Mountain, and celebrate His Praise as He has directed you, even though, before this, you went astray.
2:199 Then move on at a quick pace from the place whence it is usual for the people to do so, and ask for Allah’s forgiveness. Verily, Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem).
2:200 So when you have finished your (prescribed) duties of Hajj, celebrate the Praises of Allah, as you used to celebrate the praises of your fathers— Yes, with much more (feelings), heart and soul. Some men who say: "Our Lord! Give us (Your bounties) in this world!" But they will have no portion in the Hereafter.
2:201 And there are some men who say: "Our Lord! Give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and protect us from the severe pain of the Fire!"
2:202 To these (men) will be allotted what they have earned and Allah is quick in account.
2:203 And celebrate the Praises of Allah during the appointed days. But if anyone has to leave in two days, there is no sin on him, and if anyone stays on, there is no sin on him (either), if his aim is to do right. Then fear Allah, and know that you will surely be brought before Him.
2:204 There is the type of man whose talks about this world’s life may dazzle you, and he calls Allah to witness about what is in his heart; Yet he is the most severe of enemies.
2:205 When he turns his back, his aim is to spread mischief everywhere through the earth and destroy crops and cattle. But Allah does not love mischief.
2:206 And when it is said to him, "Fear Allah." He is led by false pride towards (even more) sin. Enough for him is Hell- An evil bed indeed (to lie on)
2:207 And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the Pleasure of Allah; And Allah is full of kindness to (such) devotees.
2:208 O you who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; And follow not the footsteps of the Satan; For he is to you an avowed enemy.
2:209 Then, if you go back after the Clear (Signs) have come to you, then know that Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.
2:210 Will they (the non believers) wait until Allah comes to them in canopies of clouds, with angels (in His train) and the question is thus settled? But to Allah all the questions go back (for decision.)
2:211 Ask the Children of Israel! How many Clear (Signs) We have sent to them, but if anyone substitutes (something else), after Allah's favor has come to him, Allah is strict in punishment.
2:212 The life of this world attracts those who reject faith, and they make fun of those who believe. But the righteous will be above them on the Day of Gathering (Resurrection); For Allah grants His abundance without measure on anyone He wills.
2:213 Mankind was a single nation, and Allah sent messengers with glad tidings and warning; And with them He sent down the Book in Truth to judge between people in matters where they (the people) differed: but the People of the Book, after the clear Signs came to them, did not differ among themselves, except those with selfishness and rejection. Allah by His Grace guided the believers to the Truth concerning that in what they differed. And Allah guides whom He wills to a Straight Path.
2:214 Or do you (people) think that you shall enter the Garden (Paradise) without the many (trials) as (they) came to those who passed away before you? They faced suffering and grief, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Prophet (Muhammad) and those of faith who were with him cried: "When (will come) the help of Allah?" Oh! Surely, the help of Allah is (always) near!
2:215 They ask you (O Prophet), what they should spend (in charity). Say: "Whatever you spend is good, (it) must be for parents and relatives, and orphans, and those in want, and for the wayfarers. And whatever you do (for them) that is good, Allah knows it well."
2:216 Fighting is prescribed for you, and you dislike it. But you may dislike a thing that is good for you and that you may love a thing that is bad for you. But Allah knows and you know not.
2:217 They ask you (O Prophet), concerning fighting in the Sacred Months (Muharam, Rajab, Zul-Quadah and Zul-Hajjah): Say: "Fighting in there is a serious (offense): But in the sight of Allah it is more serious to prevent access to the Path of Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and to drive out its Members." Persecution and injustice are worse than killing. And they will not stop fighting you until they turn you back from your faith, if they can. And if any of you turn away from their Faith and die in unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and the Hereafter; They will be companions of Fire and will abide in there.
2:218 Indeed, those who believed and those who suffered exile and fought in the Path of Allah— They have the hope of the Mercy of Allah: And Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem).
2:219 They ask you (O Prophet) concerning drinking and gambling: Say: "In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; But the sin is greater than the profit." (And) they ask how much they are to spend (in charity), Say: "What is beyond your needs." Thus Allah makes clear to you His Signs: In order that you may think—
2:220 (About their bearings) on this life and the Hereafter. They ask you (O Prophet) concerning orphans: Say: "The best thing to do is what is for their good; If you mix their affair with yours, they are your brethren; But Allah knows (the man) who means mischief from (the man) who means good. And if Allah had wished, He could have put you into difficulties: He is indeed Exalted in Power, Wise."
2:221 And do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters), until they believe; And indeed, a slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she (may) allure you. And do not marry (your girls) to non-believers until they believe: A slave man who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he (may) allure you. non believers (only) call you to the Fire. But Allah calls (you) by His Grace to the Garden (of Joy) and Forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind that they may celebrate His Praise.
2:222 They ask you (O Prophet), concerning women's (menstrual) courses: Say: "They are a hurt and a pollution: So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean. But when they have purified themselves, you may approach them in any manner, time or place, ordained for you by Allah." Because Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.
2:223 Your wives are like a tilth for you; Approach your tilth when or how you will; But do some good acts for your souls beforehand: And fear Allah, and know that you are to meet Him (in the Hereafter); And give the good news to those who believe.
2:224 And do not make Allah’s (Name) an excuse in your oaths against doing good and acting rightly, and making peace between persons; And Allah is All Hearing (Sami’), All Knowing (Aleem).
2:225 Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention earned in your hearts; And Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Forbearing (Haleem).
2:226 For those who take an oath of abstention from their wives, a waiting for four months is approved; If then they return, surely, Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem).
2:227 But if their intention is firm for divorce, Allah is All Hearing (Sami'), All Knowing (Aleem).
2:228 And divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly (menstrual) periods. It is not lawful for them to hide what Allah has created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish to resolve the differences. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; But men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Almighty (Aziz), All Wise (Hakeem).
2:229 A divorce is only permitted two times: After that the parties should either stay together on just terms, or separate with kindness. It is not lawful for you, (men) to take back any of your gifts (from your wives). Except when both parties fear that would be unable to keep the limits set forth by Allah. If you (judges) do fear that they would be unable to keep the limits set forth by Allah, then there is no blame on either of them if she gives something for her freedom. These are the limits set by Allah— So do not break them; If any (person) does step beyond the limits set forth by Allah, such persons wrong (themselves as well as others).
2:230 And if a husband divorces his wife (a third time), then he cannot, after that, re-marry her until after she has married another husband and he has divorced her. In that case there is no blame on either of them if they re-unite, provided they feel that they can keep the limits set forth by Allah. Such are the limits set by Allah, which He makes plain to those who understand.
2:231 And when you divorce women, and they fulfill the term of their waiting period (of three monthly courses), either take them back on just and fair terms or set them free on just and fair terms; But do not take them back to hurt them, (or) to take undue advantage (of them); If anyone does that, he wrongs his own soul. Do not treat Allah’s Signs lightly— But sincerely recite Allah’s favors on you, and the fact that He sent down to you the Book and Wisdom, for your instruction. And fear Allah and know that Allah is All Knowing (Aleem) of all things.
2:232 And when you divorce women, and they fulfill the term (a waiting period of three monthly courses,) do not prevent them from marrying their former husbands, if they both agree on fair terms. This (instruction) is for all among you, who believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is (the path towards) greatest virtue and purity among you. And Allah knows, and you know not.
2:233 The mothers should nurse their offspring for two whole years, if the father desires to complete their term. But he shall bear the cost of the mother's food and clothing with fairness and justice. No soul shall have a burden laid on it greater than it can bear. No mother shall be treated unfairly on account of her child. Nor father on account of his child, an heir shall be accountable in the same way. If they both decide on weaning by the agreement of both; After due consultation, there is no blame on them if you decide on a foster mother for your baby, there is no blame on you, provided you pay (the mother) what you offered, with fairness and justice. But fear Allah and know that Allah is All Seeing (Baseer) of all that you do.
2:234 If any of you die and leave widows behind, they shall wait concerning themselves four months and ten days: When they have fulfilled their term, there is no blame on you if they do as they see fit with themselves in a just and reasonable manner and Allah is well Aware (Khabeer) of all that you do.
2:235 And there is no blame on you if you make an offer (a hint) of marriage or hold it in your hearts. Allah knows that you admire them in your hearts: But do not make a secret contract with them except in honorable terms, and do not decide on the tie of marriage till the term prescribed is fulfilled. And know that Allah knows what is in your hearts, and so be fearful of Allah; And know that Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Forbearing (Haleem).
2:236 There is no sin for you if you divorce women before the marital relationship or the fixation of their dower (or dowry); But offer and give them (a suitable gift), the wealthy according to his means, and the poor according to his means; A gift of a reasonable amount is due from those who wish to do the right thing.
2:237 And if you divorce them (the women) before the marital relation but after fixing a dower for them, then the half of the dower (is due to them), unless they remit it or (the man's half) is remitted by him in whose hands is the marriage tie; And the remission (of the man's half) is the closest to the right conduct. And do not forget to be generous between yourselves because Allah is All Seeing (Baseer) of all that you do.
2:238 Guard strictly (the habit of) your prayers, especially the Middle (late afternoon) Prayer; And stand before Allah in a pious (frame of mind).
2:239 And if you fear (an enemy), pray on foot, or riding, but when you are in security, celebrate Allah’s Praises in the manner He has taught you, which you did not know (before).
2:240 Those of you who die and leave widows should provide for the widows a years maintenance and residence; Without turning them out, but if they leave (the residence), there is no blame on you for what they may do with themselves, provided it is reasonable, and Allah is Almighty (Aziz), All Wise (Hakeem).
2:241 For the divorced women the maintenance (should be provided) on a reasonable (scale). This is a duty of the righteous.
2:242 Like this Allah makes His Signs clear to you: So that you may understand.
2:243 Did you not turn your vision to those who abandoned their homes. Though they were thousands (in number), for fear of death? Allah said to them: "Die." Then He restored them to life. Truly, Allah is full of kindness to mankind, but most of them are ungrateful.
2:244 Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah hears and knows all things.
2:245 Who is he who will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double to his credit and multiply many times? It is Allah Who gives (you) want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return.
2:246 Have you not turned your vision to the groups of the Children of Israel after (the time of) Musa (Moses)? They said to a prophet (who was) among them (Samuel): "Appoint a king for us, that we may fight in the cause of Allah." He said: "Is it not possible that, if you were commanded to fight, you may not fight?" They said: "How could we refuse to fight in the Cause of Allah after seeing that we were turned out of our homes and our families?" But when they were commanded to fight, they turned back, except for a small band among them. But Allah has full knowledge of those who do wrong.
2:247 And their prophet said to them: "Indeed, Allah has appointed Talht as king over you." They said: "How can he exercise authority over us when we are better fitted than he to exercise authority, and he is not even gifted with wealth in abundance?" He said: "Indeed, Allah has chosen him above you and has gifted him abundantly with knowledge and bodily strength over all: And Allah grants His authority to whom He pleases. And Allah is Enough (Wasi’) for all, All Knowing (Aleem)."
2:248 And (further) their prophet said to them: "Verily a Sign of His authority is that there shall come to you the Chest of the Covenant, with (an assurance) of security from your Lord, and the relics left by the family of Musa (Moses), and the family of Haroon (Aaron), carried by angels, in this is a Symbol for you if you really have faith."
2:249 When Talht started with the armies, he said: "Verily, Allah will test you at the stream: If any (of you) drinks from its water, He will not go with my army: Only those who do not taste from it (the stream) will go with me: A mere sip out of the hand is excused." But they all drank of it, except a few; When they— He and the faithful ones with him— Crossed the river, they said: "This day we cannot fight Goliath and his forces." But those who were convinced that they must (eventually) meet Allah, said: "How often, by Allah’s Will, has a small force overcome a big one (force)?" Allah is with those who constantly work (towards the good).
2:250 And when they advanced to meet Goliath and his forces, they prayed: "Our Lord! Grant us constancy and make our steps firm: Help us against those who reject faith."
2:251 By Allah’s Will, they defeated them (Goliath and his forces); And Dawood (David) slew Goliath; And Allah gave him (David) power and wisdom and taught him whatever He willed. And if Allah did not check one set of people by another (set of people), the earth would indeed be full of mischief: But Allah is full of bounty to all the worlds.
2:252 These are the Signs of Allah: We teach them to you in truth; Surely, you (O Prophet!) are one of the (many) messengers.
2:253 Those messengers: We preferred some of them, some above the others: To some of them (Moses), Allah spoke directly; Others (David), He raised to degrees (of honor); To Isa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), We gave Clear (Signs), and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit (Gabriel). If Allah had so willed, the following generations would not have fought among each other, after Clear (Signs) had come to them, but they (chose) to differ, some believing and others rejecting. If Allah had so willed, they would not have fought each other; But Allah fulfills His plan.
2:254 O you who believe! Spend from (the gifts) We have given to you, before the Day comes when no bargaining, no friendship, no praise (or intercession will be useful). And those who reject Faith— They are the wrongdoers.
2:255 Allah! There is no god but He— The Living,— The Self-Sufficient,— The Infinitely Enduring,— Slumber or sleep never reaches Him. All things are His, in the heavens and on the earth. Who is there who can plead in His presence except as He permits? He knows what (appears to His creatures), before or after or behind them. They shall not understand the smallest fragment of His knowledge except as He wills. His Throne extends over the heavens and over the earth, and He does not tire in guarding and preserving them; And He is the Most High (Al-A'li), the Supreme (Al-Azeem, in Glory). [This Holy Verse glorifying Allah is known as Ayat-ul-Kursi.]
2:256 Let there be no force (or compulsion) in religion: Surely— Truth stands out clear from error: Whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has held the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks. And Allah is All Hearing (Sami'), All Knowing (Aleem).
2:257 Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: From the depths of darkness (from where) He will lead them into light. Of those who reject faith their friends are the false gods (and their false 'friends') from light they will lead them into the depth of darkness. They will be companions of the Fire, to dwell in there (for ever).]
2:258 Have you not turned your eyes at the one who disputed with Ibrahim (Abraham) about his Lord, because Allah had granted him power? When Ibrahim (Abraham) said: "My Lord is He Who gives life and death." He said: "I give life and death." Ibrahim (Abraham) said: "But it is Allah that causes the sun to rise from the East can you then cause it (the sun) to rise from the West." Thus the one who rejected faith was abashed. Allah does not give guidance to a people unjust.
2:259 Or (take) the example of one who passed by a little township, all in ruins up to its roofs. He said: "Oh! How shall Allah bring it (ever) to life, after its death?" Then Allah caused him to die for a hundred years, after which He raised him up (again) from death. Allah said: "How long did you remain (waiting so far)?" He said: "Perhaps a day or part of a day." He (Allah) said: "No, you have waited like this for a hundred years: But look at your food and your drink; They show no signs of age: And look at your donkey: And that We may make for you a Sign for the people look further at the bones, how We bring them together and put flesh on them." When this was shown clearly to him, he said: "I know that Allah is Able (Khadir) to do all things." (For a similar case of the Sleepers of Ephesus, see Ayat 18.9—18.22)
2:260 And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) said: "My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead:" He (Allah) said: "Do you not believe then?" He (Ibrahim) said: "Yes! But to satisfy my own understanding." He (Allah) said: "Take four birds; Tame them to turn (fly) to you; (Slaughter them into pieces and) put a portion of them (the birds) on every hill, and (then) call to them they will come to you (flying) with speed. Then know that Allah is Highest in Power, Wise."
2:261 The parable of those who spend what they own in the way of Allah is that of a grain of corn: It grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives increase many times over to whom He pleases; And Allah is Enough (Wasi’), All Knowing (Aleem).
2:262 Those who spend what they own in the cause of Allah, and do not follow up their gifts with reminders of their generosity, or with injury— For those their reward is with their Lord: On them shall be no fear, and they shall not be in grieve.
2:263 Kind words and the overlooking of faults are better than charity followed by injury. Allah is Free of all wants (Ghani), (and He is) Most Forbearing (Haleem).
2:264 O you who believe! Cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity, or by injury— Like those who spend what they own to be seen of men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. They are in the parable like a hard, barren rock, on which is a little soil; On it falls heavy rain which leaves it (just) a bare stone. They will be able to do nothing with the little they have earned. And Allah does not guide those who reject faith.
2:265 And the likeness of those who spend what they own seeking to please Allah and to strengthen their souls, is that of a garden, high and fertile: Heavy rain falls on it but make it produce a double increase of harvest, and if it does not receive heavy rain, even light moisture will be enough for it. And Allah All Seeing (Baseer) of all that you do.
2:266 Does anyone of you wish that he should have a garden with date-palms and vine with streams flowing under, and (with) all kinds of fruit, while he is stricken with old age, and his children are not strong (enough to look after themselves)— That it should be caught in a whirlwind, with fire in there, and be burned up? Thus does Allah make clear to you (His) Signs; That you may consider.
2:267 O you who believe! Give from the good things which you have (honorably) earned, and of the fruits of the earth which We have produced for you, and do not even receive anything bad (or dishonorable), in order that you may give away a part of it; Something, when you yourselves would not receive it except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of all wants (Ghani), and Worthy of all Praise (Hameed).
2:268 The Satan causes you to fear poverty and makes you act in a selfish way. Allah promises you His forgiveness and (His) bounties. And Allah is Enough (Wasi’), All Knowing (Aleem).
2:269 He grants wisdom to whom He pleases; And he to whom wisdom is granted, (he) receives abundant rewards; But none will grasp the Message except men of understanding.
2:270 And whatever you spend in charity or in love, be sure Allah knows it all. But the wrongdoers have no helpers.
2:271 You may mention the (acts of) charity, however, it is better, if you do not talk about them, and make them reach those (who are really) in need: That is best for you; It will remove from you some of your (stains of) evil. And Allah is well Informed (Khabeer) of what you do.
2:272 It is not required for you (O Prophet!), to set them on the right path, but Allah sets on the right path anyone He pleases. Whatever good you give benefits your own souls, and you shall only do so hoping for the (Divine) Face of Allah. Whatever good you give, shall be brought back to you and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.
2:273 (Charity is) for those in need, those in Allah’s cause are restricted (from travel), and cannot move about in the land, searching (for work). The ones may without knowing think, Because of their modesty that they are free from want. You shall know them by their (constant) habit: They do not beg openly from all and everyone. And whatever good you give, be sure Allah knows it well.
2:274 Those (who in charity) spend of their goods by night and day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: On them shall there be no fear, and they shall not grieve.
2:275 Those who eat from (items including moneys that they receive as) interest, will not stand except as stands one whom The Satan by his touch has driven to madness. That is because they say: "Trade is like usury," But Allah has permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving the direction from their Lord, do not receive (usury), shall be forgiven for the past; Their case is for Allah (to judge) but those who repeat (receiving usury) are companions of the Fire: They will live in there (for ever).
2:276 Allah will remove all blessing from usury but will give increase for deeds of charity: For He does not love creatures that are ungrateful and wicked.
2:277 Truly, those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish regular prayers and regular charity, (they) will have their reward with their Lord: On them shall be no fear, and they shall not grieve.
2:278 O you who believe! Fear Allah and give up what remains of your demand for usury, if you are true believers.
2:279 If you do not do it, (then), take notice of war from Allah and His Prophet (Muhammad): But if you turn back (in repentance), you shall have your capital sums: Do not deal unjustly, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.
2:280 And if the debtor is in difficulty, give him time till it is easy for him to repay. But if you forgive it (the debt) by the way of charity, that is best for you, if you only knew.
2:281 And fear the Day when you shall be brought back to Allah then shall every soul be paid for what it has earned, and none shall be dealt with unjustly.
2:282 O you who believe! When you deal with each other, in transaction involving future obligations in a fixed period of time, reduce them to writing. Let a scribe (writer) write down faithfully as (a responsible person) between the parties: Let not the scribe refuse to write: As Allah has taught him, so let him write. Let him who incurs the liability dictate, (to the writer), but let him (who dictates) fear his Lord Allah and not reduce even a little of what he owes. If the party (who is) liable lacks mental capacity or (he is) weak, or unable himself to dictate, let his guardian dictate faithfully. And get two witnesses out of your own men, and if two men are not there then a man and two women, such as you choose for witnesses, so that if one makes a mistake, the other can remind her. The witnesses should not refuse when they are called on (for evidence). Do not object to reduce to writing (your contract) of the future period, whether it be small or big: It is more just in the sight of Allah, more suitable as evidence, and more convenient to prevent doubts among yourselves. But if it be a transaction that you carry out on the spot among yourselves, there is no blame on you if you do not reduce it to writing but take witnesses whenever you make a commercial contract; And let neither the writer nor the witness suffer harm. If you do (such harm), it would be wickedness in you. So fear Allah; For it is Allah Who teaches you. And Allah is All Knowing (Aleem) of all things.
2:283 If you are on a journey, and cannot find a scribe, a pledge with possession (that may serve the purpose) and if one of you deposits a thing on trust with another, let the trustee (faithfully) discharge his trust, and let him fear his Lord. Do not conceal testimony; For whoever conceals it— His heart is stained with sin. And Allah Knows well (Aleem) all that you do.
2:284 To Allah belongs all that is in heavens and on earth. Whether you show what is in your minds or hide it, Allah calls you to account for it. He forgives whom He wills, and punishes whom He wills. Because, Allah is Able (Khadir) to do all things.
2:285 The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in what has revealed to him from His Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believes in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers. (They say:) "We make no distinction between one and another of His messengers." And they say, "We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the end of all journeys."
2:286 On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear. It enjoys every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill it earns. (Pray:) "Our Lord! Forgive us if we forget or make mistakes (on our part.)" (Pray:) "Our Lord! Place not on us a burden like that which You placed on those before us; Our Lord! Place not on us a burden greater than we have the strength to bear. Wipe out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector (Maula, Benefactor): Help us against those who stand against Faith."


   


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