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Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli




al-Baqarah (The Cow)
as rendered by Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli

Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli rendition of Surah The Cow(al-Baqarah)
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2:1 'Alif 'A', Lam 'L', Mim 'M'.
2:2 This is the (True) Book wherein is no doubt, a guidance to the pious ones,
2:3 Who believe in the Unseen and keep up prayer and spend (in charity) of what We have provided them.
2:4 And who believe in what has been revealed to you (Muhammad) , and what has been sent down (to other apostles) before you; and of the Hereafter they are certain.
2:5 They are on (true) guidance from their Lord; and they are the ones who are the successful.
2:6 Surely, (as for) those who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether you have warned them or have not warned them, they will not believe.
2:7 Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and over their eyes is a covering, and there awaits them a great punishment.
2:8 And of people there are some who say : ' we believe in Allah and the last day', but they do not really believe .
2:9 They seek to deceive Allah and those who have faith, but they deceive none save themselves, and they are not aware.
2:10 In their hearts is a disease, so Allah has increased their disease and there awaits them a painful punishment for that they were lying.
2:11 And when it is said to them : 'do not make corruption in the earth', they say : 'verily, we are only reformers'.
2:12 Indeed, they themselves are the corruptors, but they are not aware.
2:13 And when it is said to them : 'believe as the people believe', they say : 'shall we believe as the fools believe ?' beware! truly, they themselves are the fools, but they do not know.
2:14 And when they meet those who believe, they say : ' we believe (in what you believe) ', but when they are alone with their evil ones, they say : 'verily, we are with you; we were only mocking'.
2:15 Allah shall pay them back for their mockery,and he leaves them alone in their inordinacy, blindly wandering on.
2:16 These are they who have bought error (in exchange) for guidance, hence their transaction yields them no profit, nor are they guided (aright) .
2:17 The likeness of them is as the likeness of a man who kindled a fire, and when it lit all about him Allah took away their light, and left them in darkness unseeing.
2:18 (They are) deaf, dumb, blind so they shall not return (to the right path) .
2:19 Or (their) likeness is as a rainstorm from heaven wherein is darkness, thunder and lightning. They put their fingers in their ears against the thunderclaps, fearful of death; thus Allah encompasses the infidels.
2:20 The lightning well-nigh snatches away their sight, whensoever it gives them light, they walk therein, and when it darkens over them they stand still. Had Allah willed, He would have taken away their hearing and their ight. Truly, Allah is All-powerful over all things.
2:21 O'mankind! worship your Lord Who created you, and those before you, so that you may guard yourselves (against evil) ,
2:22 Who has spread out the earth as a resting place for you,and has made heaven as a canopy, and has sent down water from heaven, wherewith He brings forth fruits for your sustenance so do not set up rivals with Allah while you know.
2:23 And if you are in doubt of what We have sent down to Our (faithful) Servant (Muhammad) , then bring forth one Sura the like thereof, and call your witnesses other than Allah, if you are truthful.
2:24 And if you do not do so, and you will never do it, then fear the Fire whose fuel is People and Stones, prepared for the infidels.
2:25 And (O' Muhammad) give glad tidings to those who have Faith and do good deeds that for them are gardens beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are provided with fruits therefrom, they shall say : ' This is what we were provided with before! ' and they shall be given the like thereof, and there for them shall be spouses purified dwelling therein forever.
2:26 Allah does not disdain to set forth the parable even of a gnat, or anything greater than that. As for those who have Faith, they know that it is the truth from their Lord. And for those who reject Faith, they ask : ' What does Allah mean by this parable? ' Thereby He leads many astray and guides many, and He leads none astray save the transgressors.
2:27 Those who break the covenant of Allah after its confirmation and cut asunder what Allah has commanded to be joined, and they make corruption on the Earth; they are the losers.
2:28 How can you deny Allah and you were dead and He gave you life, then He will cause you to die, then again restore you to life, and unto Him you will be returned ? (Therefore, neither your life nor your death is in your will; what you have is Allah's.)
2:29 It is He Who created for you all that is in the earth; then turned (His Will) to heaven and fashioned it into seven heavens, for He is All-Knowing of all things.
2:30 When your lord said to the angels : ' I am appointing on the earth a deputy', they said: ' will you place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood, while we celebrate your praise and extol your holiness? ' he said: 'assuredly I know what you know not'.
2:31 And he taught Adam all the names,then he presented them before the angels, and said: 'tell me the names of these if you are right'.
2:32 They said: ' glory be to you! of knowledge we have naught save what you have taught us. surely, you (alone) are the all-knowing, the all-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 unto you that I surely know the unseen things of the heavens and the earth, and (that) I know what you reveal and what you were hiding ?'
2:34 And when We said to the angels: ' Prostrate yourselves before Adam.' They all prostrated themselves except Iblis; he refused and was full of pride, and so he became one of the infidels.
2:35 And We said: ' O' Adam, dwell you and your spouse in the Garden and eat of the plentiful therein (both of you) wherever you desire, but do not approach this tree, lest you become one of the unjust '.
2:36 But Satan caused them to fall therefrom, and brought them out from the state (of felicity) in which they had been. And We said: ' Get down all of you, and be enemies one of another, and for you on the earth will be your dwelling place and your means of livelihood for a time'.
2:37 Then Adam received (certain) words from his lord. and he turned towards him (mercifully) . truly he is oft-pardoning, the most merciful.
2:38 We said: ' get you down from it, all together; until there shall come to you a guidance from me, for whoever follows my guidance, no fear shall be upon them, nor shall they grieve '.
2:39 But those who reject faith and deny our signs, they are the inhabitants of the fire, dwelling therein forever.
2:40 O' Children of Israel, remember My blessing wherewith I blessed you, and fulfil My covenant and I shall fulfil your covenant, and have awe of none but Me.
2:41 And believe in what I have revealed (the Qur'an) , confirming that (Scripture) which is with you, and be not the first to reject Faith therein, and sell not My Signs for a miserable price; and be in awe of none but Me.
2:42 And confound not the truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth while you know (it) .
2:43 And keep up the prayer, and pay the poor-rates (zakat) , and bow down in prayer with those who bow down (in congregation) .
2:44 Do you enjoin righteousness upon people while you forget your own selves (to practice it) ? And you read the Scripture? Have you then no sense?
2:45 And seek you help (from Allah) through patience and prayer; and most surely it is a hard thing, save upon the humble,
2:46 Those who bear in mind the certainty that they will meet their Lord and that verily unto Him shall they return.
2:47 O' Children of Israel,call to mind My favour which I bestowed on you, and that I made you excel the nations (of that time) .
2:48 And guard yourselves against a day when no one in the least shall avail another, nor shall intercession be accepted from any one, nor shall any ransom be taken from any one, nor shall they be helped (from outside) .
2:49 And (remember) when We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh who had afflicted you with evil torment, slaughtering your sons and sparing your women-folk, and in that was a great trial from your Lord.
2:50 And (remember) when We divided the sea for you, and delivered you and drowned Pharaoh's people while you were looking on.
2:51 And (remember) when We appointed forty nights for Moses, and you then took the Calf (for worship) after him, and you were unjust (to yourselves) .
2:52 Then We pardoned you after that in order that you might be thankful.
2:53 And (remember) when We gave Moses the Book as a Criterion (between right and wrong) so that you might be guided (aright) .
2:54 And (remember) when Moses said to his people: ' O' my people, you have indeed wronged yourselves by worshipping the Calf; so turn (in repentance) to your Creator and slay yourselves (the wrong doers) , that will be better for you with your Creator'. Then, He turned towards you (mercifully) . Truly, He is the Oft-Pardoning, the Most Merciful.
2:55 And (remember) when you said: ' O' Moses! we will never believe in you until we see Allah manifestly', so the thunderbolt struck you while you looked on.
2:56 Then We raised you up after your death in order that haply you might be thankful.
2:57 And We outspread the clouds to shade you, and We sent down ' manna ' and ' quail ' upon you, (saying) : ' Eat of the good things We have provided for you '. (But they rebelled) ; to Us they did no harm, but they were putting themselves to destruction.
2:58 And (remember) when We said, ' Enter this city (Jerusalem) and eat of the plentiful therein, wherever you desire, and enter the gate with humility and ask forgiveness, We shall forgive you your sins, and give more (the portion of) those who do good '.
2:59 But those who were unjust substituted a saying other than that which had been spoken unto them, so We sent down upon those who were unjust a torment from heaven for what they used to pervert.
2:60 And (remember) when Moses sought water for his people, so We said: ' Strike the rock with your staff. ' Then there gushed forth from it twelve springs. Each (group of) people knew their (respective) drinking-place.' Eat and drink of Allah's provision, and commit you not evil in the earth, doing corruption'.
2:61 And (remember) when you said: ' O' Moses! never can we (always) endure one sort of food, so beseech your Lord for us, to produce for us of what the earth groweth, its pot-herbs, and cucumbers, garlic, lentils, and onions '. He (Moses) said: ' Would you have in exchange what is worse for what is better? Enter a city, thus you shall get that which you demanded! ' Abasement and humiliation were stamped upon them and they incurred wrath from Allah; that was because they went on rejecting Allah's Signs and slaying the prophets unjustly. That was because they disobeyed, and went on transgressing.
2:62 Verily those who believed (in the Prophet of Islam) , and those of Jews and Christians and Sabians, whoever believed (truly) in Allah and the Last Day, and worked righteousness for them is their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall be upon them, nor shall they grieve.
2:63 And (remember) when We made a covenant with you, and raised the Tur (Mountain) above you; (saying) : ' Hold you fast that which We have given you with the strength, and remember all that is therein (to do accordingly) ; haply you shall guard yourselves (against evil) '.
2:64 Thereafter, you turned back, and had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allah on you, you had certainly been among the losers.
2:65 And certainly you have known those among you who exceeded the limits on the Sabbath, so We said to them: ' Be you (as) apes despised and rejected '.
2:66 So We made it an exemplary punishment to those who witnessed it and to their posterity and an admonishment to the pious ones.
2:67 And (remember) when Moses said to his people:'Surely,Allah commands you that you should sacrifice a cow '. They said : 'Do you mock us ?'He said :'I take refuge with Allah from being one of the ignorant! '
2:68 They said 'Ask your Lord for us to make it clear to us what she is.' Moses said:'He says : Surely she is a cow neither old nor young, but of middle age; so do what you are commanded '.
2:69 They said:'Ask your Lord for us to make it clear to us what colour she should be.'Moses replied:'He says she should be a yellow cow,bright in colour, giving delight to the beholders '.
2:70 They said:'Ask your Lord for us to make it clear to us what kind of cow must it be, for surely to us the cows are all alike, and, if Allah wills, we shall surely be guided aright.'
2:71 (Moses) said:' Verily, He says : Verily, she is a cow not (yet) trained to till the soil or to water the fields; sound and without blemish. ' They said : ' Now you have brought the truth.' Then they offered her in sacrifice, though they had not the mind to do (it) .
2:72 And (remember) when you killed a man and disputed thereon : but Allah was to bring forth what you were hiding.
2:73 So, We said : ' Strike him (the corpse) with a part of it (the sacrificed cow) '. Thus, Allah gives life to the dead and shows you of His signs, so that you might understand.
2:74 Then your hearts hardened after that as stones or even worse in hardness; for verily, among stones there are some from which rivers gush forth, and others that split asunder and water issues out of them, and others tumble down through fear of Allah, and Allah is not heedless of what you do.
2:75 Do you then hope that they would believe in you (in Faith) , and a party among them indeed used to hear the Word of Allah, then perverted it after they had understood it, and they know (this) ?
2:76 And when they meet those who have Faith, they say : ' We believe ', but when they are alone with one another, they say : ' Do you speak to them of what Allah has revealed to you, that they may thereby dispute with you about this before your Lord ? Have you then no sense ? '
2:77 What ! Do they not know that Allah knows what they hide and what they make known ?
2:78 And there are among them illiterates, who know not the Book, but only fancies and mere conjectures.
2:79 So, woe to those who write the Book with their hands and then say: ' This is from Allah,' so that they may sell it for a little price, so, woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.
2:80 And they said : ' The Fire shall not touch us but for a few days '. Say: ' Have you taken such a promise from Allah, for He never fails in His promise ? Or do you speak against Allah what you do not know ? '
2:81 Yea! whoever earns evil and is encompassed by his sins, these are the inhabitants of the Fire, therein shall they abide forever.
2:82 And those who have Faith and do deeds of righteousness they are the inhabitants of Paradise, therein shall they abide forever.
2:83 And (remember) when We made a covenant with the Children of Israel (instructing) : ' You shall not worship any but Allah; and (you shall do) good to (your) parents, and to the near of kin and to the orphans, and the needy, and speak kind words to people, keep up the prayer, and pay the poor-rates (zakat) '. Then you turned away, except a few of you, and you backslide (even now) .
2:84 And (remember) when We made a covenant with you: ' You shall not shed your blood, nor expel one another from your dwellings ', then you confirmed it while you bore witness.
2:85 Yet you kill one another and expel a group of your people from their dwellings, helping others against them in sin and enmity, and if they come to you as captives, you ransom them yet their very expulsion was forbidden for you. Do you then believe in part of the Book, and disbelieve in (another) part ? What shall be the recompense of those of you who do that, but disgrace, in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection to be consigned to the most terrible punishment? And Allah is not heedless of what you do.
2:86 Those are they who have bought the life of this world at the price of the Hereafter, for them the punishment shall not be lightened, nor shall they be helped.
2:87 And We gave Moses the Book, and after him sent Messengers in succession; and We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear Signs, and confirmed him with the Holy Spirit. Is it that whensoever (thereafter) there came to you a Messenger, with what your selves desire not, you became arrogant ? Some you denied, and others you slay.
2:88 And they said: ' Our hearts are covered '. Nay! Allah has cursed them for their disbelief. Little is that which they believe.
2:89 When there came to them a Book from Allah, confirming what was with them and, from before, they had been praying for victory over those who rejected the Truth when there came to them that which they recognized (to be Truth) , they disbelieved in it. So Allah's curse is on the disbelievers.
2:90 Evil is the thing they have sold themselves for, denying in what Allah has sent down, out of envy that Allah should send down of His grace on whomever He wills of His servants, and they have incurred Wrath upon Wrath, and for the disbelievers awaits a humiliating punishment.
2:91 When it is said to them: ' Believe in what Allah has sent down ', they said: ' We believe (only) in what was sent down to us (before) '. But they disbelieve in what is beyond that, while it is the Truth confirming what is with them. Say: ' Why then were you slaying the Prophets of Allah in former times, if you were (indeed) faithful ?'
2:92 And, also, Moses came to you with clear signs; yet you took to worship of the Calf after him (in his absence) and you were (willful) wrongdoers.
2:93 And (remember) when We made a covenant with you, and raised the Mount, above you, (saying) : ' Hold you fast that which We have given you with the strength, and hear (Our commandments) '. They said: ' We hear and disobey '; and they were made to imbibe (the love of) the Calf into their hearts because of their disbelief. Say: ' Evil is what your faith bids you if you be, indeed, faithful '.
2:94 Say: ' If the Last Abode with Allah is yours exclusively and not for other people, then long for death if you are truthful '.
2:95 But never will they long for death, because of what their hands have sent forth; for Allah well knows the unjust.
2:96 Indeed, you will find them the greediest of people for life, even more than those who associate partners (to Allah) ; each one of them is covetous to live (even) a thousand years, yet the prolongation of his life shall not remove him further away from the punishment. Allah sees what they do.
2:97 Say (O' Muhammad) : ' Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel, who brought down (the Qur'an) upon your heart by Allah's leave, confirming what was before it, and a guidance and glad tidings for the believers ' ;
2:98 And whoever is an enemy to Allah, His angels, His Messengers, Gabriel and Michael (should know that) Allah is surely an enemy to the infidels.
2:99 Verily, We have sent down to you clear Signs, and none denies them except the transgressors.
2:100 What! Whenever they made a covenant, a group of them cast it aside ? Nay, most of them do not (truly) believe.
2:101 And when there came to them a Messenger from Allah, confirming what was with them, a part of them who were given the Book cast the Book of Allah behind their backs, as though they knew (it) not!
2:102 And they followed what the Shaitans chanted of sorcery in the reign of Solomon; and Solomon disbelieved not, but the Shaitans disbelieved by teaching people sorcery; and that which was sent down to the two angels, Harut and Marut, in Babylon. Even though they (the two) never taught anyone without saying: ' We are only a trial for you, therefore do not disbelieve'. So they learned from these two (magic spells) by which they might cause separation between a man and his wife, though they cannot hurt anyone (thereby) but by Allah's leave. They learn what harms them and profits them not; and they surely knew that the buyers of it would have no share of happiness in the Hereafter. And vile was the price for which they sold their own selves, had they but known (this) !
2:103 Yet, had they believed (in Allah) , and guarded themselves (against evil) a reward from Allah would have been better, had they but known (this) !
2:104 Neither those who reject Faith from among the people of the (earlier) Book, nor those who take partners to Allah, wish that any good should be sent down upon you from your Lord, and Allah chooses especially whom He pleases for His Mercy and Allah is the Lord of Mighty Grace.
2:105 Whatever We abrogate of a verse or cause it to be forgotten, We bring a better or the like of it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things ?
2:106 Do you not know that to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and that, besides Allah, you have neither guardian nor helper?
2:107 Or do you desire to question your Messenger (Muhammad) as Moses was questioned aforetime ? And he who exchanges Faith for infidelity, he has surely strayed from the right way.
2:108 Many of the people of the (earlier) Book wish they could turn you back to be infidels, after you have believed, out of their own envy, even after thr truth was manifest to them. (Neverthless) forgive and overlook till Allah brings about His kommand, truly Allah has power over all things.
2:109 And keep up the prayer, and pay the poor-rates; whatever good you shall forward for yourselves, you shall find it with Allah; surely Allah sees what you do.
2:110 And they said: ' None shall enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.' Such are their fancies. Say: ' Bring your proof, if you are truthful '.
2:111 Yes! Whoever submits himself entirely to Allah, and he is a doer of good, his reward is with his Lord; no fear shall be upon them, nor shall they grieve.
2:112 The Jews said: ' The Christians rest on naught ', and the Christians said: ' The Jews rest on naught '; yet they (both) recite the (same) Book. Even so, similar to their sayings, spoke those who know not. Allah will judge between them on the Day of Judgement in what they differ.
2:113 And who is more unjust than he who prevents the mosques of Allah of His Name being remembered therein and strives for their ruin? Such (people) might never enter them, save in fear. For them is disgrace in this world, and in the Hereafter a great punishment.
2:114 And to Allah belong the East and the West, wherever you turn, there is the Presence of Allah. Surely Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.
2:115 They said: ' Allah has taken to Himself a son '. Glory be to Him! Nay, to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on the earth: all are obedient to Him.
2:116 Originator (is He) of the heavens and the earth; and when He decrees a matter to be, He only says to it ' Be ' and it is.
2:117 And the ignorant said: ' Why does Allah not speak to us or a Sign comes not to us? ' Even thus said those before them, the like of what they say; their hearts are all alike. Indeed We have made clear the Signs to people who are sure.
2:118 Verily, We have sent you (O' Muhammad) with the truth as a bearer of glad tidings and a warner and you shall not be questioned about the inhabitants of the Blazing Fire.
2:119 For, never will the Jews be pleased with you nor the Christians unless you follow their religion. Say: ' Behold Allah's guidance is the only (true) guidance.' And verily if you follow their desires after the knowledge has come to you, you shall have from Allah neither protector nor helper.
2:120 Those to whom We have given the Book read it as it ought to be read, they are the ones that truly believe in it, and whoever disbelieves in it, they shall (surely) be the losers.
2:121 O' Children of Israel ! call to mind My favour which I bestowed on you and that I made you excel all the nations (of that time) .
2:122 And guard yourselves against a day when no one in the least shall avail another, neither shall any ransom be accepted from any one, nor shall intercession profit any one, nor shall they be helped (from outside) .
2:123 And (remember) when his lord tested Abraham with words (of command) which he fulfilled. he said: ' verily, I have appointed you an Imam (leader) for mankind.' (Abraham) pleaded: ' and of my offspring (as well) ? ' he, (Allah) said: ' my covenant does not include the unjust '.
2:124 And (remember) when We made the House (the Ka'bah in Mecca) a resort and a secure sanctuary for the people, (saying) : ' Take to yourselves Abraham's Station for a place of prayer '. And We enjoined Abraham and Ismail (saying) : ' Sanctify My House for those who go around it, for those who abide in it and pay devotion, and to those who bow down and prostrate themselves '.
2:125 And (remember) when Abraham said: ' My Lord, make this a secure City and provide its people with fruits such of them that believe in Allah and the Last Day.' He said: ' And whoever disbelieves, I shall let him enjoy himself for a little while, then I shall drive him to the Punishment of Fire and an evil destination it is ! '
2:126 And (remember) when Abraham and Ismail raised up the foundations of the House; (saying) : ' Our Lord, accept (this service) from us; for surely You are All-Hearing,All-Knowing'.
2:127 ' Our Lord, make us submissive (Muslims) to You, and of our progeny an Ummah (a nation) submissive to You, and show us our ways of worship, and turn to us (mercifully) ; for surely You are the Oft-Returning, the Most Merciful '.
2:128 ' Our Lord, send amongst them an Apostle of their own who shall recite unto them Your revelations, teach them the Book and the Wisdom, and purify them; for surely You are Almighty, All-Wise '.
2:129 And who turns away from Abraham's creed but he who makes a fool of himself ? Indeed, We chose him in this world, and in the Hereafter surely he shall be among the righteous.
2:130 When his Lord said to him, ' Submit ', he said, ' I have submitted to the Lord of all worlds'.
2:131 And this did Abraham bequeath to his sons, and (so did) Jacob, ' My children, Allah has chosen for you the Faith, therefore die not unless you are Muslims '.
2:132 Nay, were you witnesses when death approached Jacob ? When he said to his sons: ' What will you worship after me ? ' They said: ' We will worship your God and the God of your forefathers Abraham, Ismail and Isaac, the One (true) God (alone) and to Him we do submit '.
2:133 That is a nation that has passed away; theirs is that which they have earned, and yours is what you have earned; you shall not be questioned for what they had been doing.
2:134 And they said: ' Be Jews or Christians, you shall be guided aright '. Say: ' Nay ! Rather the creed of Abraham, the upright; and he was not of those who associate partners to Allah '.
2:135 Say: ' We have believed in Allah and that which has been sent down to us, and (in) what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the tribes; and (in) that which was given to Moses and Jesus and (in) that which was given to all prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him do we submit '.
2:136 If then they believe in what you believe, they indeed are guided (aright) ; but if they turn away, then they are clearly in schism; Allah will suffice you against them; He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
2:137 (Receive) the baptism of Allah and who is better than Allah in baptizing? And Him do we worship.
2:138 Say (to the Jews and Christians) : ' Would you dispute with us concerning Allah Who is our Lord and your Lord? For us are our deeds and for you are your deeds: and we are sincere to Him '.
2:139 Or do you claim that Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the tribes were Jews or Christians? Say: ' Who then knows best, you or Allah? ' Who is more unjust than he who conceals testimony received from Allah? And Allah is not heedless of what you do.
2:140 That is a nation that has passed away; theirs is that which they have earned and yours is what you earned; you shall not be questioned for what they had been doing.
2:141 The fools among the people will say: ' What has turned them from their Qiblah (direction of prayer) which they were facing at.' Say: ' Allah's is the East and the West; He guides whoever He pleases to a straight way '.
2:142 And thus have we made you an ummat of midding stand that you may be witnesses over mankind, and the messenger may be (a) witness over you. we did not make the (former) Qiblah (direction of prayer) towards which you were facing at, except that we might distinguish him who follows the messengerfrom him who truns back upon his heels; it was indeed hard except for those whom Allah has guided. Allah would never let your faith be wasted - truly Allah is to mankind Most Affectionate, Most Merciful.
2:143 Indeed We see turning your face (O' Muhammad) to the heavens, and now We shall turn you (in prayer) to a Qiblah that you shall be pleased with.
2:144 Turn then your face towards the Sacred Mosque and wherever you are, turn your faces towards it (for prayer) and those who have been given the (earlier) Book know well that it is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not at all heedless of what they do.
2:145 And even if you were to bring every Sign to those who have been given the (earlier) Book, they would not follow your Qiblah, nor would you be a follower of their Qiblah, neither are they the followers of each other's Qiblah. And if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, then you will surely be of the Unjust.
2:146 Those to whom We have given the (earlier) Book, recognize him (the Prophet) as they recognize their sons, but a group of them most surely conceal the truth while they know (it) .
2:147 The Truth is from your Lord, therefore be not one of the doubters.
2:148 Everyone has a direction to which he turns, so hasten to precede each other towards all that is good. Wherever you (may) be, Allah will bring you altogether (unto Him) ; surely Allah is All-Powerful over all things.
2:149 And from whatever place you come forth, turn your face towards the Sacred Mosque. Indeed, this is the truth from your Lord. And Allah is not at all heedless of what you do.
2:150 And from whatever place you come forth, turn your face (in prayer) towards the Sacred Mosque; and wherever you are, turn your faces towards it, so that people shall have no dispute against you, save those of them that are unjust. Have no awe of them, but stand in awe of Me; and that I may perfect My blessing upon you, and so that you might be guided (aright) .
2:151 Even as we have sent among you a Messenger of your own who recites our revelations to you that purifies you and teaches you the Book and the Wisdom , and teaches you that which you did not know.
2:152 Therefore, remember Me, and i will remember you; and be thankful to Me, and be you not ungrateful.
2:153 O' you who have Faith! seek you help (from Allah) through patience and prayer, verily Allah is with the patient ones (in the time of adversity) .
2:154 And do not say of those who are slain in Allah's way: ' They are dead.' Nay (they are) alive, but you perceive (it) not.
2:155 And We will surely test you (all) with something of fear and hunger and loss of property, lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to the (steadfast) patient.
2:156 Who, when a calamity befalls them, (by showing perseverance) , say: ' Verily we belong to Allah, and certainly unto Him shall we return'.
2:157 Those are they on whom are blessings and Mercy from their Lord, and they are the ones that are guided (aright) .
2:158 Behold, Safa and Marwah are among the Symbols (appointed by) Allah; so whoever makes the pilgrimage (Hajj) to the House, or performs 'Umrah, therefore it is no blame on him to go round them both. And for whoever (obeys Him and) initiates good, then verily Allah is Grateful, All-Knowing.
2:159 Verily, those who conceal what We have revealed of the clear evidence and the guidance, after We made it clear for mankind in the Book; they are those that Allah does curse them and (also) curse them (all) those who curse (such ones) .
2:160 Except those who repent, and amend (themselves) and make manifest (the truth) . These it is unto whom I turn (mercifully; and I am the Oft-Returning (to mercy) , the Merciful (to people) .
2:161 Verily those who reject faith, and die while they are infidels, upon them shall be the curse of Allah, (of) the angels, and (of) mankind all together.
2:162 Abiding therein forever, the torment shall not be lightened for them nor shall they be given respite.
2:163 And your God is One God. There is no god but He; He is the Beneficent, the Merciful.
2:164 Surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of night and day, and (in) the ships that sail on the sea with what profits mankind, and (in) the water which Allah sends down from heaven and enlivens therewith the earth after its death, and spreads in it all kinds of animal, and in the change of the winds and the clouds controlled (for service) between the sky and the earth; surely there are signs for a people having understanding.
2:165 And yet, of men, there are some who take unto themselves (for worship) objects other than Allah, and love them as the love due to Allah; but for those who have faith, their love of Allah is more intensive. And if only those who are unjust could see (what they will realize) when they behold the punishment, that the Power is wholly Allah's, and that Allah is severe in (enforcing) the Penalty.
2:166 When would those that were followed disown those who followed and they would see the torment and their ties (between them) are cut asunder.
2:167 And those who followed shall say: ' Had there been for us a return (to the world) , then we would disown them even as they have (now) disowned us. Thus Allah will show them their deeds; bitter regrets will be upon them. And never shall they get out of the Fire.
2:168 O' mankind! eat of what is in the earth lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Surely he is a manifest foe for you.
2:169 Verily, he (Satan) enjoins you evil acts and indecency and that you should speak against Allah what you know not.
2:170 And when they are told: ' Follow what Allah has sent down,' they say: ' Nay! We follow what we found our fathers upon,' even though their fathers had no understanding of anything nor were they guided aright.
2:171 And the parable of those who reject Faith is as the likeness of the one who shouts to that which hears no more than a call and a cry; deaf, dumb, and blind (are they) wherefore they do not understand.
2:172 O' you who have Faith! eat of the good things We have provided youwith, and be grateful to Allah, if Him it is you worship.
2:173 Verily, He has forbidden you only carrion, blood, swineflesh, and whatever has other (name) than Allah's been invoked upon it. But whoever is forced (by necessity) , not desiring nor transgressing, no sin shall be on him; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
2:174 Surely those who conceal any part of the Book which Allah has sent down (to them) , and sell it for a small price ? they shall eat naught but Fire into their bellies, and Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them, and theirs will be a painful punishment.
2:175 Those are they who have bought error for guidance and punishment for forgiveness; how they shall endure the Fire!
2:176 This is because Allah has sent down the Book with the Truth; and surely those who differ in the Book are in flagrant schism.
2:177 It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards the East and the West, but righteous is he who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the Apostles, and for the love of Him gives (of) his wealth, although he likes it, to the kindred, the orphans, the needy, the travellers, beggars and for the (emancipation of) slaves, and keeps up the prayer, and pays the poor-rates (zakat) ; and those who fulfil their promise whenever they make a promise, and are patient in distress, adversity, and in the time of war, these are they who are the truthful (in Faith verbally and actually) and these are the pious ones.
2:178 O' you who have Faith! Retaliation (Qisas) is prescribed for you in the matter of the (unlawfully) murdered: the freeman for the freeman,the slave for the slave,the female for the female. But for him who is forgiven somewhat by his (aggrieved religious) brother, then prosecution (for blood-wit) should be made according to a fair manner (ma'ruf) and let the payment be made to him with kindliness. This is an alleviation from your Lord, and a mercy; so whoever transgresses the limits after this, he shall have a painful punishment.
2:179 And in (the law of) retaliation there is (saving of) life for you, O' people of understanding, so that you may guard yourselves (against evil) .
2:180 It is prescribed for you, when death approaches (any) one of you, and if he leaves behind wealth for parents and near relatives that he makes a bequest in a fair manner (this is) a duty (incumbent) on the pious ones.
2:181 Whoever then changes it (the bequest) after he has heard it, the sin thereof shall be on those who change it. Surely Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
2:182 But if any one fears injustice or sin on the part of a testator, and establishes agreement among them (the parties concerned) , then there is no sin upon him; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
2:183 O' you who have Faith! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard yourselves (against evil) .
2:184 (Fast for) a certain number of days. But whoever among you is sick or on a journey, then (he shall fast) the same number of other days, and for those who are hardly to do it, (there is) a redemption by feeding an indigent. But whoever volunteers to do good, it is better for him; and it is better for you that you fast, if you did (only) know.
2:185 The month of Ramadan that wherein the Qur'an was sent down to be a guidance for mankind, and as clear signs of guidance and a criterion (between right and wrong) . Therefore, whoever of you is present (at his home) during the month, he shall fast therein and whoever is sick or on a journey, he shall then (fast) the same number of other days; Allah desires ease for you, and He does not desire hardship for you; so you should complete the number (of days decreed) , and exalt Allah for His having guided you, and that haply you might be grateful (to Him) .
2:186 When My servants ask you concerning Me, then (say unto them:) verily I am nigh: I answer the prayer of every supplicant when he calls on Me; so (they should) hearken unto My call, and believe in Me, in order that they may be led aright.
2:187 It is made lawful for you to go in unto your wives on the night of the fasts; they are a garment for you and you are a garment for them. Allah knew that you used to act unfaithfully among yourselves, so He has turned to you (mercifully) and pardoned you. So now you may associate with them and seek what Allah prescribed for you. Eat and drink until the white thread (of dawn) becomes manifest unto you from the black thread (of night) at the dawn-break, then complete the fast till nightfall and do not approach them (your wives) while you are at your devotion in the mosques. These are limits (set by) Allah, therefore do not approach (violate) them. Thus Allah makes clear His Signs for mankind, so that they may guard themselves (against evil) .
2:188 And do not devour your property among yourselves by wrongful means, nor offer it as a bribe to judges, with intent that you may unlawfully swallow up a portion of other people's property, while you know.
2:189 They ask you concerning the new moons; say: ' They are times appointed for mankind and (for) the Hajj'. It is not righteousness that you should enter dwellings from their backs but righteousness is this that one should guard himself (against evil) ; and enter the dwellings by their (proper) doors, and fear Allah: that you may be prosperous.
2:190 And fight in the cause of Allah (against) those who fight you, but be not aggressive, for surely Allah loves not the aggressors.
2:191 And slay them wherever you find them, and drive them away from where they drove you away. And persecution is more grievous than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Sacred Mosque unless they fight with you therein; then, if they fight with you, slay them; such is the retribution of the infidels.
2:192 But if they desist, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
2:193 And fight with them until there is no (more) persecution, and the religion is only for Allah. But when they desist, there should be no hostility save against the (willful) aggressors.
2:194 The sacred month for the sacred month; and all sacred things are (under the law of) retaliation. Whoever then commits aggression (by fighting) against you, attack him in like manner as he attacked you; and have awe for Allah, and know that Allah is with the pious ones.
2:195 And spend in the way of Allah; and cast not yourselves by your own hands into perdition: and do good (to others) , for verily Allah loves the doers of good.
2:196 And complete the Hajj (Pilgrimage) nad the 'Umrah for the sake of Allah; but if you are prevented (to complete it) , then (send) whatever offering (sacrificial animal) as may be obtained with ease; and do not shave your heads till the offering reaches its place (of sacrifice) ; but whoever among you is sick, or has an ailment in his head, then he (should) make redemption by fasting, or alms-giving or sacrificing. And when you are secure, then whoever enjoys from the 'Umrah to the Hajj (he should offer) of whatever offering is easily available (for him) . But whoever finds none (to give) , should fast three days during the Hajj (Pilgrimage) , and seven days when you have returned; these (make) ten (days) complete. That is for the one whose family members do not dwell near the sacred Mosque. Have awe of Allah, and know that verily Allah is severe in penalty.
2:197 (The performance of) the Hajj (Pilgrimage) is in months well-known, whosoever then undertakes (to perform) the Hajj therein, then let there be no intercourse, nor indulge in ungodliness, nor disputing in the Hajj. And whatever good you do, Allah knows it. And make provision, but surely the best provision is the piety. So, have awe of Me, O' people of understanding.
2:198 There shall be no sin for you to seek bounty from your Lord. Then when you hasten on (in multitude) from 'Arafat, remember Allah by the sacred Monument (Muzdalifah) , remember Him as He has guided you, although before that you were surely of those who went astray.
2:199 Then hasten on from where the people hasten on, and seek forgiveness of Allah; verily Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
2:200 When you have performed your (holy) rites, then remember Allah, as you remember your forefathers or even with more intense remembrance. And there are some men who say: ' Our Lord! give us in this world ', they shall have no portion in the world to come.
2:201 But there are some who say: ' Our Lord! grant us good in this world and good in the world to come, and save us from the torment of the Fire '.
2:202 These shall have a portion of what they have earned; and Allah is quick in reckoning.
2:203 Celebrate the praise of Allah during the appointed days (Dhul-Hijjah 11,12,13) , but whoever hastens off within two days, it will be no sin on him, and whoso tarries (there) , on him (also) there will be no sin, (this is) for him who guards (against evil) . Then be in awe of Allah, and know that unto Him you shall be (all) gathered.
2:204 And among people is he whose speech in the life of this world causes you to wonder, and he calls on Allah to witness as to what is in his heart, yet he is the most violent of adversaries.
2:205 And when he turns back, he strives to cause mischief on the earth, and to destroy the tilth and the stock. But Allah does not love mischief.
2:206 And when it is said to him, ' Fear Allah ', pride drives him towards sin. So Hell shall be sufficient for him and it is an evil abode indeed.
2:207 And among people is he who sells his self to seek the pleasure of Allah; and Allah is affectionate unto His (faithful) servants.
2:208 O' you who have Faith! enter you all into submission (to Allah in being in peace) , and follow not the footsteps of Satan, for he is a manifest foe for you.
2:209 But if you slip after clear arguments have come to you, then know that Allah is the Mighty, the Wise.
2:210 Are they waiting for aught but Allah should come to them in the shadows of clouds, with the angels? The matter has (already) been decided; and to Allah is the reversion of all affairs.
2:211 Ask the Children of Israel how many clear signs We gave them; and whosoever changes Allah's blessing after it has come unto him, then, verily Allah is severe in retribution.
2:212 The life of this world has been made to seem fair to those who disbeleive, and they mock those who beleive, but those who guard (against evil) shall be above them on the Day of Judgement and Allah provides with sustenance for whomever He wills without measure.
2:213 (All) Mankind was but a single nation, then Allah raised Prophets as bearers of good tidings and warners, and He sent down with them the Book with the Truth that it might judge between people on that wherein they differed. And none were at odds over it, except those very (people) whom it was given unto, after clear arguments had come to them, revolting among themselves. So Allah guided by His Will, those who believed regarding that which people had differed about the truth. And Allah guides whomever He wills to the Straight Path.
2:214 Or did you suppose you would enter Paradise untouched by the suffering which was endured by those before you? They were afflicted by distress and adversity and were so shakened that the Messenger and those who believed with him said, 'When will Allah's help (come) ?' Surely Allah's help is (always) nigh!
2:215 They ask you (O' Muhammad) what they should spend; say: 'Whatever you spend that is good, (from your material and spiritual wealth to avail) for parents, relatives, the orphans, the needy, and the traveller; and whatever you do that is good, verily Allah is All-Knowing of it '.
2:216 Fighting (in the cause of Allah) is prescribed for you, although you dislike it. Yet it may happen that you dislike a thing while it is good for you; and it may happen that you love a thing while it is evil for you; surely Allah knows, and you know not.
2:217 They ask you (O' Muhammad) concerning the sacred month about fighting in it. Say: 'Fighting in it is a grave (sin) ; but to bar (people) from Allah's way, and to deny Him (to prevent access) to the Sacred Mosque, and to drive its people therefrom is, a graver (crime) with Allah. Sedition is more gravous than slaughter. They will not cease fighting against you until they turn you back from your religion, if they can. But whoever of you turns back from his religion, and dies disbelieving ? such are they whose deeds shall be of no avail in this world and Hereafter; those are the inhabitants of the Fire, wherein they shall dwell forever.
2:218 Those who believed and those who migrated (suffered exile) and struggled in the way of Allah - these are they who hope for Allah's Mercy; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
2:219 They ask you concerning wine and gambling. Say: 'There is a great sin in both of them, and (some) profits for people; but their sin is greater than their profit'. They ask you as to what they should spend. Say: 'Whatsoever can be spared'. Thus does Allah make the Signs clear to you, in order that you may ponder.
2:220 (Ponder) over this world and the Hereafter. And they ask you concerning orphans. Say: ' To set right for them (their affairs) is best; and if you become co-partner with them, they are your brethren. Allah knows well the mischief-maker from the peace-maker; and had He willed, He would have surely made, it hard for you. Verily Allah is the Mighty, the Wise.
2:221 And do not marry idolater women until they believe, and a believing maid is definitely preferable to an idolater (free) woman even though she may please you. Nor give (your women) in marriage to idolater men until they believe; and certainly a believing servant is preferable to an idolater (free man) , though he may please you. Those invite to the Fire while Allah invites to paradise and forgiveness by His Will, and He makes clear His Signs to people, so that they may take heed.
2:222 They ask you (O' Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: 'It is a hurt; so avoid (intercourse with) women during menstruation and do not approach them till they be cleaned. When they are thus purified, then you may go unto them as Allah has commanded you.' Verily, Allah loves those who repent constantly, and (He) loves those who purify themeselves.
2:223 Your women are a tilth for you, so come into your tilth as you will, and forward (good deeds) beforehand for yourselves, and be careful (of your duty) to Allah, and know that you shall meet Him. And give gladtidings to the believers (O' Muhammad) .
2:224 And do not make Allah, because of your swearing (by Him) , an obstacle to your doing good and guarding (against evil) and making peace among people; and Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
2:225 Allah will not hold you liable for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but He will hold you liable for what your hearts have incurred; and Allah is Forgiving, Forbearing.
2:226 For those who swear to abstain from their wives, there shall be a waiting of four months; so if then they revert, surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
2:227 And if they have resolved on divorce, then surely Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
2:228 And the divorced women should wait (not wedding anyone else) concerning themselves for three (monthly) courses; and it is not lawful for them to conceal what Allah has created in their wombs, if they believe in Allah and (in) the Last Day. And their husbands have a greater right (than others) to take them back in the meanwhile, if they wish for reconciliation (indeed) . And they (women) have rights similar to those against them in a fair manner, but men have precedence above them; and Allah is the Mighty, the Wise.
2:229 Divorce (is permissible) only twice, then either maintain (them) in honor or let (them) go in kindness. And it is not lawful for you to take anything of what you have given them, unless both fear that they can not keep (themselves) within Allah's bounds; and if you fear that they cannot keep (themselves) within Allah's bounds, it is no sin on either of them about what she gives up to get herself freed (from the wedlock) . Those are Allah's limits; so do not transgress them. And, whoever transgresses Allah's limits ? then these are they that are the (willful) wrongdoers.
2:230 If he divorces her (for the third time) , she shall not be lawful to him thereafter, until she marries another husband; and if he (the latter) divorces her, then it is no sin on (either of) them to return to each other (by marriage) , if they think that they can keep Allah's bounds. Those are Allah's limits; He makes them clear to a people who know.
2:231 When you divorce women, and they have reached their waiting-period, then either retain them in a fair manner or set them free in a fair manner; and do not retain them for injury, so that you transgress (the limits) ; and whoever does that he indeed is unjust to his (own) self. And do not take Allah's Signs in mockery, and remember Allah's blessing upon you and what He has sent down unto you of the Book and Wisdom to admonish you thereby, and be in awe of Allah and know that Allah is All-Knowing of all things.
2:232 And when you divorce women, and they have reached their waiting-period, do not prevent them from marrying their (former) husbands, when they agree between themselves in a fair manner. With this is admonitioned whoever of you believes in Allah and the Last Day; that is more virtuous and purer for you; surely Allah knows and you know not.
2:233 And the (divorced) mothers shall suckle their children for two whole years for him (father) who desires to complete the period of suckling. It is (incumbent) upon the father to provide (sustenance) and their clothing (nursing mothers) in a fair manner. No soul shall have imposed upon it a duty but to the extent of its capacity; neither shall a mother be made to suffer harm on account of her child, nor a father on account of his child, and the same devolves upon the heir. But if they desire to wean by mutual consent and consultation, then it is no sin on them. And if you desire to seek a wet nurse for your children, it is no sin on you as long as you pay what you promised for in a fair manner; and be in awe of Allah, and know that Allah sees what you do.
2:234 And those of you who die, and leave widows behind, they should keep themselves in waiting for four months and ten (days) ; when they have completed their waiting period, then it is no sin on you for what they do for themselves in a fair manner. And Allah is fully aware of what you do.
2:235 There is no sin on you if you make an indirect proposal of marriage to (such) women, or keep concealed (the intention) to yourselves; Allah knows that you will think of them; but make no promise to them in secret, unless you speak in fairness. And do not resolve on a wedlock until the prescribed period is completed, and know that Allah knows what is in your hearts, so beware of Him; and know that Allah is Forgiving, Forbearing.
2:236 There is no sin on you if you divorce women while you have not yet touched them nor settled any dowry on them; yet make provision for them, the rich according to his means, and the straitened according to his means; a provision in a fair manner. (This is) a duty on the doers of good.
2:237 And if you divorce them before you have touched them, and you have already settled a dowry on them, then (pay them) one-half of what you have settled, unless they (women) remit it, or he remits it in whose hand is the marriage tie; and that you (yourselves voluntarily) remit (the whole) is nearer to piety. And, do not forget generosity among yourselves. Surely Allah sees what you do.
2:238 Guard your prayers, and (especially) the middle prayer and stand devoutly before Allah.
2:239 And if you fear (an enemy or danger) , then (pray) on foot or riding; but when you are safe, then remember Allah as He has taught you that which you did not know.
2:240 And those of you who are about to die and leave wives behind, make a bequest in favour of their wives, a year's maintenance without turning them out; but if they leave (of their own accord) , there is no sin on you in what they do themselves in a fair manner; and Allah is the Mighty, the Wise.
2:241 And for the divorced women make a provision according to a fair manner; (this is) a duty on the pious ones.
2:242 Thus Allah makes clear to you His Signs, so that you might understand.
2:243 Have you not considered those (of old) who fled their homes, though they were thousands (in number) , for fear of death? Then Allah said to them: ' Die! ' (and they died) ; then He restored them to life. Truly Allah is gracious to people, but most people are not thankful.
2:244 And fight in the way of Allah, and know that Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
2:245 Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan, so He will multiply it for him manifold? And Allah straitens and extends and unto Him you will be rerurned.
2:246 Have you not seen the chiefs of the Children of Israel, after Moses, when they said to a Prophet of theirs: 'Raise up for us a king, that we will fight in Allah's way'. He said: 'Might it be that, if fighting is written for you, then you will not fight? ' They said: ' Why should we not fight in the way of Allah, while we have been expelled from our dwellings and our children? ' But when fighting was written for them, they turned back save a few of them, and Allah is All-Knowing of the unjust.
2:247 And their Prophet said to them: ' Verily Allah has raised up Saul for you as a king.' They said: ' How can he hold kingship over us, while we are more rightful to kingship than he, and he has not been given abundance of wealth? ' He said: ' Verily Allah has chosen him over you, and He has increased him abundantly in knowledge and stature. Allah gives His kingdom unto whomso He wills; and Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing '.
2:248 And their Prophet said to them: ' Verily the sign of his kingship is that the Ark of the Covenant will come to you, wherein shall be a tranquility from your Lord, and the Relics of what the family of Moses and the family of Aaron have left behind, the angels bearing it. Surely in that shall be a sign for you, if you are (truly) faithful.
2:249 So when Saul marched out with the troops he said: ' Verily Allah will try you by a river, whoever drinks from it he is not of me, and whoever tastes it not, he is surely of me, including the one who tastes but a single handful.' But they all drank of it, except a few of them. And when he (Saul) crossed it (the river) , those who believed with him said: ' We have no power today against Goliath and his troop .' Those who knew that they would meet Allah said: ' How often a small party has overcome a numerous host by Allah's leave! And Allah is with the (steadfast) patient ones '.
2:250 So when they encountered Goliath and his troops, they said: ' Our Lord! pour down upon us patience, and make our steps firm, and help us against the disbelieving people '.
2:251 Thus they routed them by Allah's leave, and David slew Goliath; and Allah gave him the kingship and wisdom and taught him of what He willed. And were Allah not to repel some people by means of other people, the earth would certainly be full of mischief; but Allah is Gracious to all (His) creatures.
2:252 These are the Signs of Allah; We recite them to you (Muhammad) in truth, and verily, you are (one) of the Messengers.
2:253 These are the Messengers We have made some of whom excel the others; of them are some to whom Allah has spoken, and some of them He has raised in degrees. And We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear Signs, and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit. And had Allah willed, those who came after them would not have fought (one another) after the clear Signs had come to them; but they differed. So, of them (there were) some who believed and some who disbelieved. Yet, had Allah willed, they would not have fought (one another) ; but Allah does whatever He wills.
2:254 O' you who have Faith! spend (in alms) of that which We have provided for you, before there comes a day wherein shall be no bargaining, neither friendship, nor intercession; and the infidels - they are the unjust.
2:255 Allah! there is no god but He, the Ever-living, the Self-Subsisting (the Sustainer of all things) ; slumber seizes Him not, nor sleep; to Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows what is before them and what is behind them, while they comprehend nothing of His knowledge except what He wills. His Kursiy (knowledge) extends over the heavens and the earth; and preserving them both tires Him not; and, He is the Highest, the Greatest.
2:256 There is no compulsion in religion. Truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error. Therefore, whoever rejects false deities (taghut) and believes in Allah, has grasped the firmest handle, that shall never break; and Allah is All-Hearing, All-knowing.
2:257 Allah is the Guardian of those who have faith; He brings them out of darkness into light; and those who reject faith, their guardians are false-deities, (taghut) , who bring them out of light into darkness; they are the inhabitants of the Fire wherein shall they abide forever.
2:258 Have you not seen him who disputed with Abraham about his Lord, because Allah had given him the kingship? When Abraham said: ' My Lord is He Who gives life, and causes to die.' He said: ' I (too) give life and cause to die.' Abraham said: ' Verily, Allah brings the sun from the East; so you bring it from the West ', whereupon the one who disbelieved was confounded. And Allah does not guide the unjust people.
2:259 Or like him (Ezra) who passed by a town and it had fallen on its roofs, he said: ' How shall Allah bring this to life again after its death? ' So Allah made him die a hundred years, then He raised him up and said: ' How long have you tarried? ' He said, ' (Perhaps) I have tarried a day or a part of a day.' He said: ' Nay, you have tarried (thus) a hundred years. But look at your food and your drink ? they show no effect of age; and look at your ass; and that We may make of you a sign for people; and look at the bones, how We assembled them together and then clothed them with flesh.' So, when it became clear to him, he said: ' I know that Allah is All-Powerful over all things.
2:260 And when Abraham said: ' My Lord! Show me how you give life to the dead ', He said: ' Do you not believe?' ' Yes', said Abraham, ' but to make my heart at ease.' He said: ' Take four of the birds. Then make them to incline unto you and (cutting them into pieces) place a part of them on each mountain, and thereafter, call them. They will come to you in haste. And know that Allah is the Mighty, the Wise.
2:261 The likeness of those who spend their property in the way of Allah is as the likeness of a grain (of corn) that grows seven ears, (with) a hundred grains in every ear. And Allah multiplies (in abundance) for whom He wills; and Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.
2:262 Those who spend their property in the way of Allah, (and) thereafter, do not follow up what they have spent by reproach and with injury, for them shall be their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall be upon them, nor shall they grieve.
2:263 A kind word and forgiveness is better than a charity that is followed by injury, and Allah is Self-sufficient, Forbearing.
2:264 O' you who have Faith! do not nullify your charities by reproach and injury, like the one who spends his property to be seen by people and does not believe in Allah and the last Day; so his likeness is as the likeness of a rock whereon is (a little) soil, then a heavy rain falls upon it and leaves it just a bare stone. They shall not be able to gain anything of what they have earned; and Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.
2:265 But the likeness of those who spend their property to seek the pleasure of Allah, and to strengthen their own souls, is as the likeness of a garden on a high ground, upon which a heavy rain falls and it yields its fruit two-fold; but if a heavy rain does not fall upon it, then a light rain (is sufficient) ; and Allah sees what you do.
2:266 Would any of you like that there should be for him a garden of date palms and vines beneath which rivers flow with all kinds of fruit for him therein, while he is striken with old age, and he has feeble offspring, then a whirlwind with fire in it strikes and it gets burnt up? Thus Allah makes the signs clear to you, so that you may ponder.
2:267 O' you who have Faith! spend (in charity) of the good things that you have earned, and of what We produce for you from the earth, and do not aim at what is bad to spend thereof (in charity) while you yourselves would not accept it except that you connive at it, and know that Allah is Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy.
2:268 Satan threatens you with poverty and enjoins you to indecency; but Allah promises you forgiveness from Himself and abundance; and Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.
2:269 He grants wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever has been granted wisdom, indeed has been given abundant good; yet no one will mind but the possessors of intellects.
2:270 And whatever you spend in charity, or (whatever) vow you vow, surely Allah knows it. While, there will be no helpers for the unjust.
2:271 If you give alms openly, it is well; but if you hide it and give it to the poor, it is better for you, and it will remove from you some of your sins; and Allah is aware of what you do.
2:272 It is not upon you to guide them (O' Muhammad) , but Allah guides aright whomsoever He wills. And whatever of good you spend in charity shall be for your own selves; and you do not spend except seeking the pleasure of Allah; and whatever of good you spend shall be repaid to you in full and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.
2:273 (Charity is) for the poor who are restrained in the way of Allah, and are unable to move about in the land. The unaware consider them wealthy because of their restraint (from begging) . You shall recognize them by their countenance - they do not beg people importunately. And whatever of good things you give, then Allah is All-Knowing of it.
2:274 Those who spend their property by night and day, secretly and openly, for them shall be their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall be upon them, nor shall they grieve.
2:275 Those who devour usury will not rise up save like such the one whom Satan has confounded with the touch of madness. That is because they say: 'Bargaining is just like usury', whereas Allah has permitted bargaining and forbidden usury. Hence, whoever receives an admonition from his Lord, then desists, for him shall be what has already passed, and his affair rests with Allah. And whoever reverts (to usury) - then they are the inhabitants of the Fire, wherein shall they abide forever.
2:276 Allah effaces usury and He causes charities to flourish, and Allah does not love any ungrateful sinner.
2:277 Verily, those who have faith, and do righteous works, and establish prayer, and pay the poor-rates, for them shall be their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall be upon them, nor shall they grieve.
2:278 O' you who have Faith! be in awe of Allah, and forgo what remains (due to you) of usury, if you are faithful.
2:279 But if you do (it) not, then be you apprised for war from Allah and His Apostle, and if you repent, you shall have your capital; (thus) deal you not unjustly (with others) , nor you be dealt with unjustly.
2:280 And if (the debtor) is in straitness, then grant a respite until the time of ease; and if you remit it as charity it is better for you, if you but know.
2:281 And be in awe of a Day in which you shall be returned to Allah, and every one shall be paid in full what the one has earned; and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.
2:282 O' you who have Faith ! when you contract a debt for a stated term, then write it down; and let a scribe write it down justly between you, and no scribe may refuse to write as Allah has taught him; so let him write, and let the one who incurs the debt dictate and he should be in awe of Allah, his Lord, and not diminish anything from it. And if he who owes the debt is unsound in understanding, or weak (mentally) , or if he is not able to dictate himself, then let his guardian dictate justly; and call to witness from among your men, two witnesses; but if two men are not available, then a man and two women from among those whom you approve as witnesses; so that if either of the two women errs, the other will remind her; and the witnesses should not refuse (to evidence) whenever they are summoned. And be not averse to writing it down, be the transaction small or big, with its fix term. That is more equitable in Allah's sight and more proper for testimony, and the surest way of avoiding doubt among yourselves; unless it is ready merchandise which you handle between yourselves, then there is no sin on you not to write it down. And have witnesses when you are trading one with another. And let no harm be done to a scribe or witness; and if you do, that is transgression on your part. Be in awe of Allah, and Allah teaches you, and Allah is All-Knowing of all things.
2:283 And if you are on a journey and you do not find a scribe. then take a pledge with possession. But if one of you entrusts to another, then he who is trusted should pay back his trust; and let him be in awe of Allah, his Lord. And do not conceal testimony, and whoever conceals it, then surely his heart is sinful; and Allah is all-Knowing of what you do.
2:284 To Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth; and whether you reveal what is in your minds or hide it, Allah will call you to account for it. Then He will forgive whom He wills, and will punish whom He wills; and Allah is All-Powerful over all things.
2:285 The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. (They) all believe in Allah, His angels, His Books and His Messengers. (They say:) ' We make no difference between any of His Messengers '; and they say : ' We hear, and obey. Our Lord ! Your forgiveness (do we ask) , and toward You is the destination.
2:286 Allah does not impose upon anyone a duty but to the extent of his capacity; in his favour shall be what he has earned, and against him shall be (the evil) he has wrought. Our Lord ! punish us not if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord ! lay not upon us a burden such as You did lay upon those before us. Our Lord ! burden us not with what we have no strength to bear. And pardon us, and forgive us, and have mercy on us; You are our Guardian, so help us against the people who are infidels


   


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