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al-Baqarah (The Cow)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi

Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Cow(al-Baqarah)
2:1 Alif-lam-meem.
2:2 This is the Book - no doubt therein - of guidance for the pious, the Allah-fearing -
2:3 Those who believe in the Unseen, establish the Prayer and spend out of what We have provided for them,
2:4 "...and be attentive at every place of worship and invoke Him alone to make the Religion exclusive for Him..." "...invoke Him in fear and in hope..." "And remember your Lord within yourself humbly and without being loud..." "And woe unto the prayer-offerers who are neglectful of their prayers!" - these and some other Verses of the Qur'aan tell us how to establish the Prayer.
2:5 Those are on guidance from their Lord, and those are the ones who are successful!
2:6 For those, indeed, who suppress the Truth, it is all the same whether you warn them or you do not: they shall believe not!
2:7 Allah has set a seal on their minds and on their sense of hearing. And in their discernment is a blind. And for them, a severe punishment!
2:8 And among mankind there are some who say, "We believe in Allah and in the Last Day." And yet they believe not!
2:9 They are trying to deceive Allah and those who believe, and they deceive none but themselves but perceive it not!
2:10 In their minds is a disease, and Allah has increased the disease for them. And for them, a painful punishment as they have been lying!
2:11 And when they are told, "Make no mischief on the earth," they say, "We are but trying to improve things."
2:12 Nay! In fact, they are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive it not!
2:13 And when they are told, "Believe like those who believe," they say, "Shall we believe as the fools did?" Nay! In fact, they are the ones who are the fools, but they know not!
2:14 And when they meet those who believe, they say, "We believe," and when they are closeted with their own satanic folk, they say, "We surely are with you! We have been but mocking."
2:15 Allah mocks at them and leaves them to lose their way committing their excesses.
2:16 These are the people who bartered away right guidance for straying away therefrom. But their barter deal benefited them not, and they failed to become guided!
2:17 Their situation is as the situation in which someone kindled a fire. But when it lighted up its environs, Allah snatched away their light and left them, in darknesses, unable to see!
2:18 Being deaf, dumb and blind, they return not!
2:19 Or, their situation is as in a rainstorm from the sky, that is accompanied by darknesses and thunder and lightning! They thrust their fingers in their ears to keep out the thunderbolts, fearing death. And Allah encompasses the suppressors of Truth!
2:20 The lightning almost snatches their sights away! Whenever it flashes for them, they move forward in its light, and, when darkness falls on them, they stop. And, had Allah so willed, He could indeed have taken away their hearing and their sights. Allah certainly has power over everything!
2:21 O mankind! Worship you become pious -
2:22 The Lord Who made the earth a habitable placefor you, and the sky, a generator of means to provide sustenance ! And He sent down water from the sky. Then He brought out therewith — from the produce — sustenance for you. Do not then knowingly instal false rivals to Allah.
2:23 And if you are in doubt concerning what We have sent down unto Our Devotee, then come up with a Chapter like one thereof and call your witnesses — other than Allah — for your aid, if you are truthful.
2:24 But, if you do it not — and you can never do it — then fear the Fire fuelled by humans and stones, and kept ready for suppressors of the Truth.
2:25 And gladden the minds of those who believe and do good deeds, with prophesy that there would certainly be for them gardens underneath which the rivers flow. Everytime they are served there with the food of a fruit, they will say, "This is what we had been served with before," and they will be given things resembling one another. And for them therein will be mates purified. And therein will they have lives eternal!
2:26 Indeed, Allah blushes not at quoting an example of even a fly or of anything tinier. Those, then, who believe, know this to be nothing but the Truth from their Lord. And those who suppress the Truth, question, "What is Allah's intention in giving such an example?" By it, He sends many astray; and, by it, He guides many to the Right Path. And He send astray none by it, but the wicked!
2:27 They (the wicked) are those who go back on their declaration, recognizing Allah as their Lord, after it (the declaration) was solemnly affirmed. And they cut asunder what Allah has commanded to be adhered to. And they spread corruption on the earth. Those are the people, doomed!
2:28 How can you suppress the Truth about Allah!? It was He Who gave you life when you were but dead. He will then make you die and raise you up again to life. And to Him you will then return!
2:29 He it is Who created for you all that is on the earth. He then rose over towards the atmoshere and outer space and set them right, into seven spheres and skiesh. And He does have knowledge of all things.
2:30 And when your Lord said to the angels, "I am indeed going to establish a vicegerent on the earth", they said, "Will You establish therein those who would spread discord therein and shed blood? And we glorify You with praises, and sanctify You!" He (Allah) said, "I know that which you do not know."
2:31 And He taught Adam all the names. Then He placed them before the angels. Then He said to them, "Describe to me these names, if you do really know the truth."
2:32 They said, "Glory to You! We do have no knowledge other than what You have taught us. You indeed are the One having knowledge of everything and the One possessing all wisdom!"
2:33 Said He, "O Adam! Describe to them the names of these things." And when he described to them the names thereof, He said, "Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of the atmosphere and skies beyond and of the earth, and that I know what you declare and what you have been concealing?"
2:34 And when We asked the angels to prostrate before Adam, prostrated they all except for Iblees. He (Iblees) refused and was proud and became one of the suppressors of Truth!
2:35 And We said, "O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Garden. And eat and live therein, both of you, in ease and affluence, wherever you wish. But come not near this tree, for then you both will be among the wicked! "
2:36 Then the Satan made them slip therefrom and got them out from where they were. And We said, "Down you go, in reciprocal enmity. And on the earth, for a while, will there be board and lodging for you."
2:37 Adam thereupon learned/received Words from his Lord, Who then pardoned him. Surely, He is the One Who forgives, the One Merciful!
2:38 We said, "Down you go all from this place! Then whenever Guidance comes to you from Me, all those who follow My Guidance shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve."
2:39 "And those who suppress the Truth, and belie Our Verses/signs, those will be dwellers of the Fire, therein to remain, for ever! "
2:40 O Children of Israel ! Remember My favour which I bestowed upon you, and fulfil your terms of the Covenant with Me and I will fulfil my terms. And Me, then, you hold in awe!
2:41 And believe in what I have sent down in confirmation of that which is with you. And be not the first to suppress it. And do not trade my Verses/signs for a little benefit. And Me, then, you fear!
2:42 And confound not the truth with the falsehood and thus knowingly conceal the truth!
2:43 And say the prayer properly and give in charity. And bow with those who bow !
2:44 You tell people to be good and you forget your own selves? And you read the Book! Do you not then understand!?
2:45 And seek divine help with the patience and the proper prayer ! And this indeed is the hard thing except for those who dread -
2:46 - Those, who think that they certainly shall meet their Lord and that unto Him they certainly shall return!
2:47 O Children of Israel! Remember My Favour which I bestowed upon you. And remember that I gave you preference over the Worlds.
2:48 And fear that Day when none can be of any avail on anything to another, when no intercession will be accepted from anyone nor any ransom taken, and when they will be given no help!
2:49 And there was that time when We delivered you from Pharaoh's people! They were inflicting on you a terrible torment: they were slaughtering your sons and sparing the lives of your womenfolk. And therein was a mighty trial from your Lord!
2:50 And the time when We split the sea for you! We then saved you. And We drowned Pharaoh's people. And you had been watching!
2:51 And the time when We gave an appointment to Moses of forty nights! You then took to the calf after he left. And you were indulging in wickedness!
2:52 Then, after that, We forgave you that you might express gratefulness!
2:53 And there was that time when We gave to Moses the Book, and the standard by which to distinguish between right and wrong, so that you might be guided.
2:54 And that time when Moses said to his people, "O my people! You did indeed wrong your own selves by taking to the worship of the calf. So turn in repentance to your Creator and kill those selves of yours! That will be better for you with your Creator." Allah then accepted your repentance. Truly, He is the One to accept repentance, the One Merciful!
2:55 And that time when you said, "O Moses! We won't believe you until we see Allah with our own eyes." The thunderbolt then struck you as you were watching!h
2:56 We then raised you up after your death, so you might be grateful!
2:57 We caused the clouds to provide you with shade. And We sent down the manna and the quail: "Eat of the good, lawful and pure things We have provided for you." They could do no wrong to Us, but they were doing wrong to themselves!h
2:58 And the time when We said, "Enter this place and eat and live therein, in ease and affluence, wherever you wish. And enter the gate, prostrating and praying for forgiveness (hittatun). We shall forgive you your sins and grant much more, of our mercy, to the good people."
2:59 But then the wicked people changed the word to one other than what they were asked to utter! We thereupon sent down upon those wicked people a disgraceful calamity from the sky because they had been transgressing.h
2:60 And when Moses asked for water for his people, We said, "Strike the stone with your stick." Sprang forth therefrom, then, twelvesprings. Everyone knew one's own place for water. "Eat and drink of that which Allah has provided and do not act wickedly on the earth spreading corruption."
2:61 And when you said, "O Moses! We cannot indeed endure but one kind of food. So invoke your Lord on our behalf to bring forth for us agricultural products like herbs, cucumbers, garlic, lentils and onions." He said, "Would you change what is better for what is worse? Go you down to a town! You will certainly get there what you want!" And they were hit by the ignominy and the poverty, and they incurred Allah's wrath. That was because they were suppressing Allah's signs/Verses and they were killing the Prophets wrongfully. That was because they disobeyed and they were crossing the limits.
2:62 Indeed, those who believe and those who are Jews, the Christians and the Saabieen — whosoever believed in Allah and in the Last Day, and acted righteously — for them then, of course, is their reward with their Lord. And fear shall overpower them not; nor shall they grieve!
2:63 And that time when We took your pledge and raised the Mountain over you! "Hold on to what We have given you steadfastly! And do repeatedly refer to and remember its contents in order that you become pious!"
2:64 You then turned away, thereafter! Had it not been for Allah's Grace upon you and His Mercy, you would certainly have been among the doomed!
2:65 And you did indeed know those of you who committed transgression on Sabbath. So We told them, "Be you monkeys, despised!"
2:66 We set it then as an exemplary punishment for those present at that time and for those who lived thereafter. And We made it a lesson for the pious!
2:67 And that time when Moses told his people, "Allah does command you to sacrifice a cow "! They said, "Are you teasing us?" He said, "I seek refuge with Allah from being among the ignorant!"
2:68 They said, "Invoke your Lord for us to make clear to us what she is to be like." Said he, "HE does say that the cow should be neither old, nor young, but of an age in between. Now carry out what you have been commanded to do! "
2:69 They said, "Invoke, for us, your Lord to make clear to us of what colour she is to be!" He said, "HE does say that the cow should be yellow — bright in colour, pleasing to the beholders."
2:70 They said, "Invoke, for us, your Lord to make clear to us what she is to be like; for, all cows look alike to us! And now, Allah willing, we shall indeed be guided!"
2:71 He said, "HE does say that the cow should be one that is not trained to till the earth or water the field. It should be sound in body, with no scar or blemish in her." They said, "You have now come with the Truth!" They sacrificed her then; and they were not keen on doing it!
2:72 And when you killed a person! You then quarrelled therein. And Allah is the One Who would bring out what you were hiding.
2:73 So We asked them to raise him up from something thereof. Thus does Allah give life to the dead , and show you His signs so that you may understand.
2:74 Then, thereafter, your minds became as hard as stones or harder still! And, indeed, through some of the stones, do the rivers flow. And some, indeed, break; and the water springs out therefrom. And some stones, indeed, fall down for fear of Allah.And Allah is not unaware of what you do!
2:75 Are you confident then that they will believe now, for your sake!?And a section of them had already been listening to Allah's Word; and then, after understanding it, they had perverted what they had understood - knowingly!
2:76 And when they meet those who believe, they say, "We do believe." alone, one with another, they say, "Do you tell them what Allah has opened to you, to enable them to quarrel with you therewith, before your Lord? Have you no sense?"
2:77 Do they not know that Allah is well aware of what they conceal and what they declare?
2:78 And among them are illiterates who know nothing of the Book - they know nothing but their own desires/fancies. And they do not but guess!
2:79 Woe thenunto those who write the book with their own hands, but claim it to be from Allah so as to trade it for a little gain! Woe then unto them for what their hands wrote, and woe unto them for what they earn.
2:80 And they say, "The Fire shall not touch us, but for a few days." Say, "Have you taken from Allah a pledge, which He would not breach? Or is it that you say of Allah what you know not?!"
2:81 Yes, indeed, whosoever earns evil, and his wrong has engulfed him, he would be among dwellers of the Fire, therein to abide!
2:82 And those who believe and do righteous deeds! Those shall be the dwellers of Paradise, therein to abide!h
2:83 And when We made a covenant with Children of Israel that they shall not worship anyone but Allah and shall be good to parents, near ones, the orphans and the poor, that they shall speak to the people nicely, establish proper prayerhand give the Zakaat! You then — except for a few of you — went back on your promises. And you are people wont to slide back to bad habits!
2:84 And when We made a covenant with you that you shall not shed your blood and shall not drive your own people out of your homes! You then affirmed. And you did bear witness!
2:85 Yet, it is you who kill your own people and drive a section from among you out of their homes, aiding and abetting in sin and hostility against them. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, and it is, in the first place, unlawful for you to drive them out! Do you then believe in part of the Scripture while you suppress another part thereof? Recompense to whoever does so amongst you, is nothing but ignominy in this world. And on Resurrection Day, they will be condemned to intense torment. And Allah is not unaware of what they doh.
2:86 Those are the people who have purchased the life of this world for the Hereafter! So then the severity of the punishment shall not be lessened for them; nor shall they be helped.
2:87 And We did give Moses the Book; and, after him, We caused a succession of Messengers to follow him in his track. And We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear signs and fortified him with the Holy Spirith. Didn't you become arrogant and behave haughtily whenever a Messenger came to you with what wasn't in accord with your carnal desires? You then accused some of being false; and some, you killed!
2:88 And they say, "Our minds are closed." Nay! Allah has cursed them because of their suppression of the Truth. Few then are those who do believe!
2:89 And when there came to them a Book from Allah confirming that which is with them — and they had earlier been praying for victory over those who suppressed the Truth — and when there came to them that which they recognisedh, they suppressed it! So Allah's curse is on those who suppress the Truth.
2:90 Disgusting is what theyh sell their own selves for! They suppress the truth about Allah's revelations, rebelliously, just because Allah, in His Grace, bestows His revelations upon whomsoever He wills among His worshippers. They have thus incurred wrath upon wrath. And for the suppressors of Truth is a disgaceful punishment!
2:91 And when it is said to them, "Believe in what Allah has sent down," they say, "We believe in that which has been sent down upon us." And they suppress the Truth in what has been sent down thereafter. And what has been sent down thereafter is the Truth, confirming what is with them! Say, "Why then did you kill Allah's Prophets afore, if you indeed were believers?"h
2:92 And indeed did Moses come to you with clear signs; then you took to the Calfh thereafter! And you were wicked.
2:93 And when We made a Covenant with you and raised the Mount over you, "Hold fast to that which We have given you and listen!", they said, "We hear; and we obey not!" Their minds were drunk with the thought of the Calf because of their suppresssion of the Truth. Say, "What you order therewith is harming your belief, if you do indeed believe!"
2:94 Say, "Were the abode in the Hereafter, close to Allah, exclusively for you among all Mankind, pine you for death if you truly believe so!"
2:95 And they shall never do that because of the deeds they have sent ahead. And Allah is fully aware of the wicked people!
2:96 And you will indeed find themto be persons greedy for life — more so even than the polytheists! Every one of them longs for a life of a thousand years. But no long life can serve as a saviour for him/her from the punishment. And Allah is vigilant over all they do.
2:97 Say, "Whoever is an enemy of Gabriel," - He indeed it is who brings down upon your mind, with Allah's permission, this that confirms what preceded it, and which is guidance and harbinger of good tidings for the believers -
2:98 "Whoever is an enemy of Allah, of His Angels, of His Messengers, of Gabriel and of Michael, Allah is certainly then enemy of the suppressors of Truth!"
2:99 And indeed have We sent down to you clear Verses. And none do suppress the Truth thereof, except the rebels.
2:100 Every time they made a covenant, didn't a section among them throw it over? Nay! Believe they not - do many of them!!
2:101 And when there came to them a Messenger from Allah, confirming what is with them, a section of those, who were given the Book, threw Allah's Book behind their backs, as if they knew nothing!
2:102 And, during the reign of Solomonh, they followed what the satanic folk recited to them. And Solomon did not suppress the Truth, but the satanic folk did. They taught the people sorcery and what came down at Babylon upon the two Angels, Haaroot and Maaroot. And the two did not teach it to anyone till they informed him/her, "We are but a test for you. Do not then suppress the Truth." Even then, people learnt from the two that with which they could bring about separation between man and his wife - and they could not harm anyone therewith except by Allah's leave - and they learnt what harmed, and not what benefited, them. And they did know that whoever bought it, would have no share of happiness in the Hereafter. And vile indeed was what they traded their own selves for, if only they knew!
2:103 And had they indeed believed and observed piety, better surely would be their lot with Allah - if only they knew!,
2:104 O you who believe! Say not, "Raayinaa"h, but say, "Anzurnaa" and listen. And for those who suppress the Trut : a grievous punishment!
2:105 Neither do those who suppress the Truth among the people of the Book, nor do the polytheists wish for any good to come down upon youfrom your Lord. And Allah graces whomsoever He wishes with His Favours. And Allah is the Benefactor, Supreme!
2:106 Against that which do We abrogate of a Verse , or do We cause it to be forgotten, We bring forth a better one or one that is similar to it!, Are you not aware that, certainly, Allah is in control of everything?
2:107 Are you not aware that, certainly, it is Allah who has absolute sovereignty over the heavens and the earth? And none is there for you, other than Allah, as a wali nor anyone who can help!
2:108 Orh, do you want to question your Messenger just as was Moses questionedbefore? And the one, who exchanges Faith for suppression of the Truth, has indeed gone astray from the Right Path.h
2:109 Many among the people of the Book, after what rendered the Truth manifest unto them, would wish, out of their own jealousy, that if only they could turn you back after your attaining to Faith! Forgive and forget for now, until further orders from Alla. Surely, Allah is in control of everything.
2:110 And establish the proper prayer and give the Zakaat! And whatever good you send forth for your own selves, you'll find it with Allah. Surely, Allah is well aware of what you do!
2:111 And theysay, "None shall enter the Paradise except for one who has been a Jew/Christian!" That is what they just desire. Say, "Produce your evidence, if you are truthful!"
2:112 Yes, indeed! Anyone who surrenders one's self for Allah and is a doer of righteous deedshbesides — for such a one is one's reward with one's Lord. And no fear shall such people have, nor shall they grieve!
2:113 And say the Jews, "Not on any base are the Christians!" And say the Christians, "Not on any base are the Jews!" And they do recite the Book!! Thus — in statements similar to theirs — did those, who knew not, speak.Then, on the Day of Resurrection, shall Allah judge between them in matters in which they differed.
2:114 And who can do a greater wrong than one who forbids anyone, in places for prostrating to Allah, from eulogizing His Name therein, and who works for their ruin/desertion? Those places! They ought not to have entered those places, except in awe!! For them, in this world, disgrace; and for them, in the Hereafter, severe punishment!!!
2:115 And for Allah are the East and the West. So, whichever way you turn, there the divine Face of Alla ! Allah is indeed all encompassing, all knowing!
2:116 And theysay, "Allah has a son!" HE is much too glorified to have one!! HIS, on the other hand, is everything that is in the heavens and the earth!!! All are obedient to Him.
2:117 Originator of the heavens and the earth! And when He decides to accomplish anything, He just tells it, "Be!" And, it is!!
2:118 And those, who know not, said, "If only Allah would talk to us, or a sign would come to us!" Likewise did those, who lived earlier to them, say things similar to what these people said. Their mind-sets are alike. WE have certainly made the signs clear to the people who have been firm in their Faith.
2:119 WE have indeed sent you, in Truth, to give glad tidings, and to warn! And you will not be subjected to any inquisition as regards the dwellers of the blazing Fire.h
2:120 And the Jews shall not be pleased with you, and nor shall the Christians, till you follow their creed.h Say, "Allah's guidance — it is theh Guidance!" And, if you were to follow their desires, after what has come to you of knowledge, shall there be none to patronise you, nor anyone to help you, against Allah.
2:121 Those, upon whom We have bestowed the Book, recite and follow it as it ought to be recited and followed. Those are the ones who believe therein! And those who wantonly suppress and deny the Truth thereof — those are the ones doomed!
2:122 O Children of Israel! Remember My Favour that I bestowed upon you. And remember that I gave you preference over the Worlds.
2:123 And fear the Day when none can be of any avail on anything to another or any ransom accepted. And no intercession shall benefit any one; nor shall they be helped!
2:124 And when his Lord put Abraham to trial with Commands, and he fulfilled those Commands, He said, "I am going to make you a leader for mankind." He (Abraham) said, "And from among my offspring?" HE said, "MY word (of promise) extends not to the wicked!"
2:125 And behold! WE made the Househa secure place of assembly for mankind. — And take the place where Abraham stood has a place of worship! — And We bade Abraham and Ishmaelh to cleanse My House for those who would go around it and spend some time there in devotion, and who would bow and prostrate.
2:126 And when Abraham prayed "O my Lord! Make this land safe, secure and peaceful, and make provisions for its residents from its produce — for those who believe in Allah and in the Hereafter", Allah replied, "And, for a while, I shall keep contented the one who suppresses the Truth and then shall draw him/her to punishment by the Fire!h And how vile a destination!!"
2:127 And while raising the foundations of the House, Abraham and Ishmael prayed, "O our Lord! May You accept thish from us. Surely, You are the One Who listens, the One Who knows!
2:128 "O our Lord! Turn us into persons who submit unto You;and out of our progeny, make a community that would submit unto You. And show us the rites that would symbolise our submitting to You.hAnd accept our repentance. Surely, You are the One to accept repentance, the One Merciful!
2:129 "O our Lord! Raise among them a Messenger from amonst them to recite to them Your Verses, to teach to them the Book and the Wisdom and to purify them.h Indeed, You are the One Omnipotent, the One Wise!"
2:130 And who would turn away from Abraham's creed, but one who has made a fool of oneself? And We did indeed select him in this world. And, of course, in the Hereafter, he shall be among the righteous!
2:131 When his Lord told him, "Submit", he obeyed: "I submit to the Lord of the worlds!"
2:132 And Abraham did advise his sons in this regard, and so did Jacob , "O my sons! Indeed, Allah has chosen the Religion for you. Die you not then except in the state of complete surrender unto Him!"
2:133 Orh, were you the witnesses when death approached Jacob and he asked his sons, "Whom will you worship after I am gone?" They said, "We shall worship the One, you have worshipped and your forefathers, Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac, had worshipped — the One and only, deserving to be worshipped — and we do indeed submit unto That One!"
2:134 That was a community, now dead and gone! To it what it earned, and to you what you have earned. And you shall not be questioned on what they did!
2:135 And they say, "Be a Jew, or a Christian, to be rightly guided." Say, "Nay! Be of Abraham's Creed, devoutly.h And he was not one from among the polytheistsh."
2:136 You say , "We do believe in Allah. And we do believe in what has been sent down to us, and in what had been sent down upon Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the descendent Tribes. And we do believe in what had been given to Moses and Jesus, and to the Prophets from their Lord. We differentiate not between any of them. And we do submit unto Him."
2:137 If they then believe in what, and in the manner in which, you have believedh, they certainly are on right guidance. And if they turn away, then they indeed are on the other side of the divide. Allah will suffice you against them. And He is the One Who hears all, the One Who knows all!
2:138 Allah has done the painting!And who could be better than Allah in painting? And worship Him, we do!
2:139 Sayh, "Do you quarrel on Allah with us? And He is our Lord as well as yours! And to us, our deeds; and to you, yours. And we do sincerely submit to Him!"
2:140 "Or say you that Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes were but Jews or Christians?" Say, "Is it you who know or is it Allah Who knows? And who can be wicked other than the one who suppresses the evidence, from Allah, that is with him?! And Allah is not unaware of what you do."
2:141 That was a community, now dead and gone! To it, what it earned and to you what you have earned. And you shall not be questioned on what they did!
2:142 The fools among the people will say, "What turned them from their Qibla , which they had been facing?" Say, "The East and the West are all Allah'sh. HE guides whom He wills to the Straight Pat !"
2:143 And, in like manner, have We made youan equitably balanced focal community so that you be witnesses over mankind; and the Messenger is a witness over you. And We did not but make the Qiblah, you had been facingh, a test to distinguish one who would obey the Messenger from the one who would turn about on one's heels. And it has been indeed hard — but not for those whom Allah has guided. And Allah is not One to let your Faith go waste. Surely, Allah is kind and merciful indeed to mankind!
2:144 WE did observe your face turning towards the sky; so We now turn you to the Qiblah you would like to have. Turn your face then towards the Sacred Place of Worship. And wherever you be, turn yourfaces towards it. And those on whom the Book has been bestowed know it for certain that this is the Truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what they do!
2:145 And were you to confront those to whom the Book has been bestowed , with all the evidenceh, they would still not follow your Qibla. Nor are you going to follow their Qiblah. Nor is any section of them going to follow the Qiblah of any other. And were you to follow their desires after what has come to you of the knowledge, then, surely and certainly, you would be, in that event, one among the wrongdoers!
2:146 And those, to whom We have given the Book, recognize itas they would recognize their sons! And, surely, a group of them do indeed conceal the Truth, and they know they do!!
2:147 The Trutfrom your Lord! Be not then one among those who are in doubt.
2:148 And for every direction He is its Focus; compete then in doing good! Wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together. Surely, Allah has power over everything!
2:149 And turn your face, whersoever youh hail from, towards the Sacred Place of Worship! And it is, indeed, the Truth from your Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.h
2:150 And turn your face, whersoever you hail from, towards the Sacred Place of Worship!h And wherever you be, turn your faces towards it, so that people — except those who have been wicked among them — have no grudges against you. Fear them not then, and fear Me, so that I complete My Favour upon you, and that you become guided!
2:151 Just as We sent down to you a Messenger, from among yourselves, reciting Our Verses to you, purifying you, teaching you the Book and the Wisdomh to , and teaching you what you knew not!
2:152 Keep Me in your rememberance, then; so I keep guiding you. And be grateful to Me, and suppress not the Truth!
2:153 O you who believe! Seek help with patience and prayer. Certainly, Allah is with those who are patient!
2:154 And say not unto those who are killed, in Allah's Path, as dead. Nay! They are alive, but you perceive not. to
2:155 And, certainly, We shall test you with something of the fear and the hunger, and with the loss in wealth, life and production. And gladden those who are patient, with the prophecy of good future.
2:156 Those who, when any adversity confronts them, say, "We do indeed belong to Allah; and indeed are we to return to Him!"
2:157 Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and His grace; and those are the ones that are rightly guided!
2:158 Indeed, the Suafaah and the Marwa are among Allah's Symbols. So, whosoever undertakes a pilgrimage to the Houseor does visit it, there is no sinupon him/her in going to and fro between the two. And when anyone willingly follows anything good, Allah is indeed appreciative, knowing!
2:159 Indeed, those who hide what We sent down of the evidences and guidance — even after the clarifications We gave thereof in the Book for mankind — those are the ones whom Allah curses and whom the curse-invokers curse.
2:160 Except for those who repent and reform, and make themselves transparent. Those are the ones upon whom I bestow forgiveness. And forgiving and merciful, I am!
2:161 Indeed, those who suppressed the Truth and died while in that state of suppressing the Truth - upon those is curse of Allah, combined with that of the Angels and of mankind.
2:162 They shall abide therein . They shall get neither relief nor respite from the punishment.
2:163 And the Being worthy of your worship is the One, and Only! None is worthy of worship other than He, the Gracious, the Merciful.
2:164 Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, in the contrast between the day and the night, in the ship that sails on the sea with things beneficial to mankind, in what Allah sends down of water from the sky bringing the earth back to life after it was dead, in every kind of animals dispersed therein, in the winds changing their directions, and in the clouds under divine control between the sky and the earth, are compelling signs for people who make use of their intelligence.to
2:165 And, among humans, there are those who take to deserters, besides Allah. They love the deserters like they love Allah. And those who believe do love Allah the most. And if only the wicked persons could see — as they would, when they see the punishment — that absolute power rests with Allah, and that Allah is severe in giving punishment! to
2:166 When those who were followed disown their followers, and they see the punishment, and their mutual relations are torn asunder!!h
2:167 And the followers would say, "If only we would have a return, we would disown them as they have disowned us." Thus shall Allah show them their deeds as anguishes upon them themselves. And there shall be no exit for them from the Fire!!!
2:168 O mankind! Consume of that which is lawful and wholesome on the earth, and follow not the Satan's footsteps. Indeed, he is to you an open enemy.
2:169 He bids you to do nothing but the evil and that which is lewd, and to attribute to Allah what you know not!hto
2:170 And when they are asked to follow what Allah has sent down, they say, "But we follow what we found our forefathers doing." Even if their forefathers had understood nothing, nor had they been guided!?
2:171 And the situation of those who suppress the Truth is like the situation wherein someone gives a call to another who hears it not but as some inarticulate cry and sound. Being deaf, dumb and blind, they understand not!
2:172 O those who believe! Eat of good, clean and wholesome food We have provided you with. And be grateful to Allah, if Him it is you worship.
2:173 HE has forbidden upon you but the carrion, the blood, the flesh of the swine, and that which is consecrated to someone other than Allah. But if one has to eat such things under any constraint, and if one does this not out of wilful disobedience or transgression, no blame on such a one! Allah is indeed Forgiving, Merciful.to
2:174 Indeed, those who conceal what Allah has sent down from the Book and earn a trifling price therefor — they, stomach not but the Fire in their bellies! And Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them. And for them will there be a painful punishment. to
2:175 Those are the ones who have exchanged right guidance for wrong guidance & error, and exchanged forgiveness for punishment! How persevering then are they, in getting to the Fire!!
2:176 Thus it is, because Allah has sent down the Book in Truth. And, indeed, those who question the Truth in the Book, those are involved in a far-fetched hostility!h
2:177 It is not the righteousness that you turn your faces towards the East and the West. But the righteous is one who believes in Allah, the Hereafter, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and who gives material assistance — despite one's love for material possessions — to the near and dear, the orphans, the impoverished, the wayfarer, the beggars and in the freeing of the bonded and who is regular and steadfast in prayers and gives to charity. And the righteous are those who keep their word when they give it and are patient in adversities and afflictions and during conflicts. Those are the true people; and those are the ones who are Allah-fearing!
2:178 O you who believe! Prescribed for you, is the capital punishment in the matter of murdered persons. If a free man, a slave/servant or a female commits the crime, this prescribed punishment would accordingly be applicable only to that free man, that slave/servant or that female, respectively. But where the guilty person's fellow citizen concerned commutes the sentence, the commutation has to be adequately implemented, and the guilty person has to fulfil the terms of commutation in good measure. That is a remission from your Lord, and His grace! Then whoever transgresses thereafter — for him shall there be a painful punishment. to
2:179 And for you, O people endowed with insight, there is life in the capital punishment; maybe, you take heed!
2:180 It is prescribed for you that when death confronts any of you, the dying person, if he/she leaves behind any property, makes a will in favour of parents and relatives in a fair manner. Mandatory upon the pious!h to
2:181 Then if anyone changes it after hearing it as one did, the sin thereof shall certainly be on those who change it. Indeed, Allah hears, He knows!
2:182 And whoever apprehends any wrong or sin on the part of a testator and settles matters between them, then there is no sin on him/her. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful!h
2:183 O you who believe! The fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who lived before you, so that you become pious.
2:184 For a few number of days . However, when any of you is ill or in journey, fasting is to be observed by him on other days to complete the number. And upon those who can afford it, a meal for a poor person is the required fee to gain exemption from a day's fasting. And he who brings himself to doing a better thing, it is all the better for him. And it is fasting that is better for you, if you but knew.h
2:185 Month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'aan — Guidance for mankind with clear substantiation thereof and the Criterion. One, who gets to witness the month, observes it in fasting. And whoever is ill or in journey, for him the count of the number of days of fasting is to be made up by observing fasts on other days. Allah wants to make things easy — and not difficult — for you to complete the number of days of fasting and hymn the greatness of Allah for the guidance that He has given you, and so that you do feel grateful.
2:186 And when my devotees ask for Me, I am indeed close to them. I respond to the call of a caller, when he calls Me. Let them then respond to Me and believe in Me, so that they tread the right path.
2:187 Permitted to you are sexual relations with your wives at night after a fast. They are garments for you; and you are garments for them. Allah knew you used to betray yourselves; so He has bestowed His mercy upon you and forgiven you. Now then, enjoy sexual relationships with them and seek what Allah has ordained for you. And eat and drink until the light of dawn becomes distinct to you from the darkness preceding dawn. Then, fast till night. And have no sexual relationships with them while you are in the state of retreat, in total devotion to Allah, at the places of worship. These are restrictions ordained by Allah; so go not near these! Thus does Allah make His Verses/signs clear to mankind so that they become pious. to
2:188 And usurp not property of one another among yourselves falsely, and bribe the authorities therewith in order to knowingly misappropriate part of others' property.h to
2:189 They ask you about the new moons. Say, "These are fixed points in time, for mankind and the Hajj." And it is not righteousness that you enter the houses from their backsides. The righteousness, on the other hand, comes from those who fear Allah. So enter the houses through their front doors, and fear Allah in order that you may be successful.h to
2:190 And fight, in the way of Allah, those who fight with you. And transgress not! Indeed, Allah loves not the transgressors.h,
2:191 And kill them wherever you find them, amd turn them out from where they turned you out. For, persecution is worse than killing. And fight with them not, near the sacred Place of Worship, unless they fight with you therein. But if they fight with you, kill them then; for, such is the 'reward' for the suppressors of Truth.
2:192 But if they refrain, then Allah is indeed Forgiving, Merciful.
2:193 And fight with them until persecution exists no more, and the way of life leading to Allah is enabled. And if they refrain, no hostility shall there be, except against the persecutors.
2:194 If they observe the sanctity of the prohibited month, you too observe it. And for breach of the prohibitions, there is the law of quisuaasu ('tit for tat' or 'blow for blow'). So then, whoever transgresses against you, pay him back, in like manner. And fear Allah, and know for certain that Allah is with the pious.to
2:195 And spend, in Allah's path; and do not throw yourselves into ruin, with your own hands. And do good work. Indeed, Allah loves those who do good work.h to
2:196 And complete the Hajj and the Umrah for Allato . But if you are prevented, then sacrifice an animal you can afford . And shave not your heads until the animal is duly sacrificed, . But if any of you be sick or has an affliction in the head, he is exempted from this injunction provided he compensates by observing fast, spending for the needy or sacrificing. And when circumstances are favourable to you, then for the one who takes advantage of the Umrah before the Hajj, sacrificing an animal that one can afford is a must. But for the one who cannot afford, three days of fasting during the Hajj and seven after you return home. That is, ten in all. This provision is for the one whose family does not live in the vicinity of the Sacred Place of Worship , . And fear Allah and beware! Allah is severe in punishment.
2:197 The Hajj months are known ones. So he, who has taken a decision to perform the Hajj during those months, should indulge in no sex, commit no transgression and have no quarrels during the Hajj. And Allah is aware of whatever good you do. And take necessary provisions for the journey; but, indeed, the best provision one can take along is piety! And have fear of Me, O you, endowed with insight!
2:198 No offence on you that you seek favour from your Lord.h So, as you pour into parts of Arafaat, remember Allah at the Mash-uaril-huaraam. And remember Him as per guidance given to you. And you were indeed among those led astray, before that.
2:199 Then, pour in where the people pour in, and ask Allah for forgiveness. Allah indeed is Forgiving, Merciful.
2:200 And when you complete your rituals, do remember Allah just as — or even better than how — you would remember your fathers. There are then those among mankind who say, "Our Lord! Give us in this world." And they shall have no share of happiness in the Hereafter!
2:201 And among them are those who say, "Our Lord! Give us that which is good in this world, and that which is good in the Hereafter. And save us from punishment of the Fire!"
2:202 Those are the ones for whom shall there be a due share of what they earned. And Allah is quick in keeping accounts.
2:203 h Remember Allah during those few days.hAnd no sin upon one who limits the days to two, nor upon one who extends — upon the one who fears Allah! And fear Allah and know, for sure, that you will all be brought together before Him.h
2:204 And among mankind is one, who impresses you with his utterances in this worldly life. And he cites Allah as witness to what's there in his heart. And he's very skilful in argument!
2:205 And when he turns away, he endeavours on the earth, to spread anarchy therein and destroy the field and the race. And Allah doesn't like anarchy!to
2:206 And when he is asked to fear Allah, pride drives him to sin. Hell, then, is a just retribution for him. And that, surely, is an awful resting place!
2:207 And among mankind are some, such as one who would sell one's own self to seek Allah's pleasure. And Allah is very kind to those who fully obey Him, .
2:208 O those who believe! Get into Islam thoroughly , and follow not Satan's footsteps. He indeed is an open enemy to you.
2:209 If then you revert to wrong-doing, after what has come to you of signs clear, you for certain that Allah is Omnipotent, Wise!
2:210 Are they waiting for nothing but Allah — and the angels — to come down to them in the shadows of the clouds, and the matter is settled once for all? And to Allah are referred all matters.
2:211 Ask the Children of Israelh how many a clear Sign We gave them. And as for him who changes Allah's favour, after it has come to him, Allah is indeed severe then in punishment.
2:212 The life of this world is made attractive for those who suppress the Truth, and they mock at some of those who believe. And those who fear Allah shall have an upper hand over them on the Day of Resurrection.And Allah provides for whomsoever He wishes, without measure!
2:213 Mankind had once been a single community. Allah then raised the Prophets to herald news of a good future and to warn, and He sent down with them the Book with the Truth to distinguish right from wrong in matters of dispute among mankind.h And, differed in it not but those to whom it had been given — after clear Verses had come to them — because of rivalry amongst themselves.h, Allah then guided those who believed so that what they contended in the dispute in it was based on Truth by His leave. And Allah guides whomsoever He wishes towards Straight Path.
2:214 Do you think that you shall enter Paradise and hasn't come to you as yet the kind of what came to those who passed away before you? Pain and loss afflicted them, and they were severely shaken till the Messenger and those who believed with him, cried out, "Where is Allah's help?" , Allah's help is indeed near, isn't it?
2:215 They ask you what is it that they should spend. Say, "That which you spend of good ought to be for parents, near onesh, orphans, the poor and the wayfarer . And whatever good you do, Allah is indeed aware of it ."
2:216 Conscription is prescribed for you, although you are averse to it! And it may well be that you dislike a thing, although the thing is good for you. And it may well be that you like a thing, although the thing is bad for you. Allah knows, and you don't.to
2:217 They ask you about fighting during the sacred/prohibited month. Say, "Fighting therein is a grave matter. And, to Allah, obstructing from Allah's Path and from the Sacred Place of Worship, suppressing the truth about Him and driving its residents out from the Sacred Place are matters that are more grave! And, such mischievous behaviour is a more serious matter than killing.h to They won't let up in their fighting with you till they, if they could, turn you away from your religion (way of life). And as for the one amongst you who turns back from his religion and dies whilst suppressing the truth, the deeds of such people are of no use to them — both here, and in the Hereafter. And those will be the inhabitants of the Fire. They shall be there forever."
2:218 Indeed, those who believed and those who migrated and struggled in Allah's Path — it is for those to expect Allah's Mercy. And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
2:219 They ask you about intoxicants and lottery. Say, "In them both, there is a great sin, and benefits, for mankind; and the sin therein is greater than the benefits thereof.hAnd they ask you what is it that they should spend. Say that which is in excess of your needs. Thus does Allah explain to you the Verses/signs, so that you ponder
2:220 — (Ponder) over this world and the Hereafter. And they ask you about the orphans. Say, "Treat and train them well. And if you mix/interact/inhabit with them, they are your brethren. And Allah does well distinguish the transgressor from the reformer. ad Allah so willed, He could have made things difficult for you. Indeed, Allah is Omnipotent, Wise!"
2:221 And marry not female polytheists until they believe. And a believing slave girl is definitely better than a female polytheist, even if you like the latter. And get not married to male polytheists until they believe. And, certainly, a believing slave is better than a male polytheist even if you like the latter. They call you to the Fire, and Allah beckons you to Paradise, and to forgiveness with His permission, by His call. to And He explains His Verses/signs for mankind so that they remember and reflect.
2:222 And they ask you about menstruation. Tell them, "It is harmful.h, So keep away from women in menstruation, and approach them not till they're cleansed. And when they are cleansed, go to them in the manner decreed for you by Allah.hIndeed, Allah loves those who repent and seek forgiveness, and He loves those who keep themselves clean."
2:223 Your women are sexual partnersfor you. Come to your partners then how you please,
2:224 And make not Allah but a front for your oaths, just to create a false impression among mankind that you're good, pious and a reformer. Allah listens, knows.
2:225 Allah does not hold you responsible for any casual oath that you may take, but He holds you responsible for that which is consciously taken. And Allah is Forgiving, Kind.
2:226 For those who vow to keep themselves away from their wives, there is a waiting period of months. But if they go back on their oaths meanwhile, surely Allah is forgiving, merciful.
2:227 And if you are firmly resolved upon divorce, then indeed Allah listens, knows.
2:228 And the divorced women should wait for three menstruaions. And it is not proper for them to hide what Allah has created in their wombs if they do believe in Allah and in the Last Day. And their husbands have the authority to take them back during that period, if they desire reconciliation. And the women have rights just as they have obligations upon them, in fair measure. And for men, a rank above them.to And Allah is Omnipotent, Wise.
2:229 After each of the first two declarations of divorce, you may either still retain them properly as your wives or set them free in a kind and charitable manner. , And it is not permissible to you to take back from them anything that you've given them, unless both of you fear that you won't be able to stick to norms set by Allah. And if you really so fear, there is no sin upon them two in her giving up anything of what she had received from her husband. These are norms set by Allah, so do not violate them.h to And those who violate norms set by Allah, those are the ones who oppress.
2:230 If you then divorce her, you shall thereafter have no right to conjugal relationship with her until she marries another man. Then if that other man divorces her, there is no sin upon the two to return to each other if both think that they should be able to remain within parameters laid down by Allah. And He does explain in details those parameters laid down by Allah, for knowledgeable people.
2:231 And when you divorce women and their waiting period gets over, then retain them in honour or relieve them in honour.hAnd retain them not for harassing them wickedly; whosoever does that, does indeed wrong one's own self. And treat not Allah's Verses/signs as just jokes,hand remember Allah's favours upon you and remember that which He sent down upon you, from the Book and the Wisdom, to admonish you with. Fear Allah and know that Allah is aware of each and everything.
2:232 And when you divorce women and their waiting period gets over, come not in their way when other men marry them with proper mutual consent. Thus is admonished he who believes in Allah and in the Last Day. That is cleaner for you and purer. And Allah knows; you don't.
2:233 And the mothers, wishing to complete the course of breast-feeding, shall suckle their children for full two years. And upon the man who has fathered the child lies the responsibility of providing adequate food and clothing for the mother. No one is burdened, but only to the extent of one's capacity. No mother shall be put to any undue difficulty because of her child, and no father, because of his child. And responsibility likewise devolves upon the heir. If then one intends weaning the child from breast-feeding with mutual consent and consultation, no sin on them both. And if you intend a foster mother to suckle your children, no sin upon you when you make the payment as agreed upon equitably. And fear Allah, and know that Allah does indeed watch what you do!
2:234 And as regards those amongst you who die and leave wives behind, their wives have to restrain themselves for a period of four months and ten days. And when they complete their waiting period, no sin lies on you for anything lawful they do for themselves. And Allah is aware of what you do.
2:235 And no sin upon you in that, you give hints of marriage proposals to women, or you just harbour such intentions. Allah knows you have them in your minds; but make no secret promises to them other than speaking to them in an appropriate manner. And finalise no marriage until after the prescribed period is over. And know that Allah knows what's there in your minds, so have fear of Him. And know that Allah is indeed Forgiving, Kind.h
2:236 No blame of committing a sin will be on you if you divorce women at the stage that you have yet not touched them or agreed upon the mandatory nuptial presents, to be given to wives (Mahr), for themh; but do give them something reasonable, proportionate to your respectiive means. This is a duty upon good people.
2:237 And if you divorce them before you have touched them — but had already agreed upon a Mahr — then give half the Mahr unless they (women) forgo their rights, or he, in whose hand is the marriage-tie , forgoes his (and agrees to give the full Mahr). And it would be nearer to being pious that you (men) forgo. And do not forget to be good to one another, amongst yourselves. Allah does indeed see what you do.
2:238 Guard the prayers and the middle prayer and stand for Allah in total devotion.
2:239 If you are in an insecure situation, then while walking or while riding, but if you are in a secure situation, then remember Allah in the manner He taught you, which you did not know.
2:240 And those of you who die, and leave wives behind, should make a will in favour of their wives providing for a year's worldly necessities for them, without them being turned out from their homes. But if the wives leave of their own accord, no sin upon you in what they do for themselves, in a lawful and proper manner. And Allah is Omnipotent, Wise.
2:241 And the divorced women have a right to proper and reasonable maintenance. Providing such maintenance is an obligation upon those who fear Allah.
2:242 Thus does Allah clearly explain to you His Verses so that you understand.
2:243 Haven't you observed those who left their homes, in their thousands, fearing death? Allah then told them, "Die". He then brought them back to life. Indeed, Allah showers favours after favours on mankind, but most mankind fail to be grateful.
2:244 And fight, in Allah's way, and rest assured that Allah hears, knows.
2:245 Who is there to lend a good loan to Allah, which He will repay in multiples thereof? And it is Allah Who takes possession of things and amplifies them, and to Him you shall be returned.
2:246 Wouldn't you like to know and deliberateh about the Chiefs of the Children of Israel, after Moses' time, when they spoke to their Prophet, "Appoint for us a king and we shall fight in Allah's way." The Prophet said, "What if you wouldn't fight when fighting is made obligatory upon you?" They said, "Why shouldn't we fight, when we've been driven away from our homes and from our children?" But when fighting was made obligatory upon them, they turned back on their promise, except for a few of them.
2:247 And their Prophet informed them, "Allah has decreed Tuaaloot to be king for you!" They said, "How could he get precedence over us in getting the kingdom, when we were the ones more deserving? And neither is he endowed with abundance in wealth!" The Prophet said, "Allah has chosen him over you; and has given him much more knowledge and physical strength. And Allah grants dominion over his land to anyone He wishes. And Allah is All-encompassing, Wise!"
2:248 And their Prophet told them, "Indeed, the sign of his getting the kingdom would be that a box shall come to you containing reassuring things from your Lord and the remnants of what was left behind by the families of Moses and Aaron. The box will be borne by the angels. There is indeed a sign in this for you, if you do believe."
2:249 So then, when Tuaaloot set forth with his army, he said, "Allah is certainly going to test you with a river. Whosoever quenches his thirst therefrom, he is not with us. And whosoever doesn't do so, but just drinks a palmful of water therefrom, he is indeed with us." And they did quench their thirst therefrom, except for a few of them. So then, as they — he and those who believed with him — crossed over, the others said, "We do not have the strength this day to confront Jaaloot and his army." Said those who were certain they would be meeting Allah, "How often, by Allah's Will, has a small party got the better of a big one! And Allah is with those who exercise patience."
2:250 And when they advanced against Jaaloot and his army, they said, "Our Lord! Bestow patience on us, steady our steps and help us against the people who suppress the Truth."
2:251 They then defeated them (Jaaloot and his army) by Allah's Will. And David slew Jaaloot and Allah gave him the dominion and the acumen to rule and taught him what He wished to teach him. And had Allah not subjugated some people through others, the earth would certainly have been corrupted.hBut Allah is beneficent to the worlds.
2:252 These are Allah's Verses. We recite them to you in truth. And you have indeed been of those sent down as Allah's Messengers.
2:253 Of these Messengers, We have favoured some over others. Of them is one whom Allah talked to directly . And He exalted some in rank.hAnd We gave clear signs to Jesus, son of Mary, and We fortified him with the Holy Spirit. Had Allah so willed, after clear signs had come to them, people of succeeding generations wouldn't have fought among themselves. But they differed. Some of them believed, and some suppressed the truth by wanton disbelief. Had Allah so willed, they wouldn't have fought. But Allah does what He wants.
2:254 O you believers! Spendof what We have given you before the advent of the Day during which shall there be no trade, no friendship and no intercession. And suppressors of the Truth — those are the wrong-doers.
2:255 Allah! None besides Him is worthy of worship. HE is for ever living, abiding. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him ever. To Him belongs whatever there is in the heavens and in/on the earth. Who could intercede with Him, except by His leave?h, E knows what is in their hands and what is behind them. And none can take anything of His knowledge except for what He wills. His seat of authority encompasses the heavens and the earth, and their upkeep tires Him not. And He is the One High above anything, the One Immensely Great.
2:256 No compulsion in religion. Surely, the right has become distinct from the wrong. So whoever has rejected false gods and believed in Allah, he/she has taken a firm hold of a strong link that shall never break. And Allah sees, He knows.
2:257 Allah is wali of those who believe. HE takes them out of darknesses into light. And those who suppress the Truth — false gods are their awliya, who take them out of light into darknesses. Those shall be inhabitants of the Fire and shall remain therein forever.
2:258 Wouldn't you like to know and deliberate about him whom Allah had given political control over a country and who quarrelled with Abraham over his Lord? When Abraham said "My Lord is One Who gives life and causes death", he retorted, "I too can give life and cause death." Abraham then said, "Allah does indeed bring the Sun from the East. You bring it from the West!" The suppressor of Truth became nonplussed then. And Allah guides not the wicked people.
2:259 Orh, about a situation as the one when a man passed by a settlement which had turned upside down! He said, "How could Allah give life to it after its death?" Allah then caused him to die and to remain dead for a hundred years, and thereafter raised him alive. Asked, "How long did you remain in that condition?", he said, "I remained so for a day, or part of a day." "No! You remained so for a hundred years — look at your food and at your drink, and look at your donkey, haven't these decayed with age; and look at the bones, how We erect these together and clothe these with fles — so that We make you a sign for mankind." Then as the matter became clear to him, he said, "I realise Allah indeed has the power to do anything."
2:260 And when Abraham said, "O my Lord! Show me how You raise the dead to life", Allah asked, "Don't you believe?" Abraham said, "I do! But this I ask for, just in order that my mind may rest assured." Allah said, "Get hold then of of the birds and make them familiarised with you. And place their parts on every mountain. Then call out to them: they will come post-haste to you. And know that Allah is indeed Omnipotent, Wise.
2:261 Simile of those who spend their wealth in Allah's path is like a grain that sprouts into seven ears, each ear bearing one hundred grains. And Allah gives manifold increase unto whom He wills. And Allah has boundless reach, knowledge. ,
2:262 Those who spend their worldly possessions in Allah's path and follow not what they spend with boastfulness and insult — for them is their reward with their Lord; they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.
2:263 Kind words and forgiveness are better than giving of poor-due that is followed by hurtful conduct. And Allah is Self-sufficient, Gentle and Kind.
2:264 O you believers! Make not your offerings of obligatory charity null and void with boastfulness/bragging and insulth, like he who spends his wealth only to show off to people and who believes neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. His simile is like a barren rock covered with soil; then a heavy shower of rain lashes it and leaves it bare. Such people can do nothing with what they have earned.hAnd Allah does not guide the people who suppress the Truth!
2:265 And simile of those who spend their worldly possessions seeking Allah's pleasure, and out of their own inner conviction, is like a garden situated on a high ground: when heavy rain falls on it, it doubles its produce; if not a heavy rain, even a drizzle would do. And Allah is watching what you do.
2:266 Would any of you wish to be like one in a situation as follows? He has a garden of palm trees and grape vines, underneath which run streams of water, and he gets all kinds of fruits therefrom. He has reached old age and his children are weak. And in these circumstances a fiery hurricane hitsis garden and burns ith down.ThusAlladoes make signs/Verses/messages clear to you so that you may ponder over them.
2:267 O you believers! Spendh from the good things you have lawfully earned and from that which We have taken out for you from the eart , and seek not for spending, things of little worth therefrom, which you yourselves would not accept but scornfully. Bear in mind that Allah has everything in abundance and is Praiseworthy.
2:268 The Satan warns you of poverty and makes you commit indecent acts. And Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and favour. And Allah is Pervasive, Knowledgeable.
2:269 He grants wisdom to whom He pleases; and whoever is granted wisdom, is indeed given a great wealth. And none remember it except those endowed with insight.
2:270 And whatever spending you do or whatever vow you make, surely Allah knows it then and there. And not for the wrongdoers shall there be any helpers.
2:271 If you give suadaquaat openly it is good. And if you do it in secrecy, and give it to the poor, then it is better for you. And it will atone for some of your misdeeds. And Allah is aware of what you do.
2:272 Guiding them is not your responsibility, but Allah guides whom He pleases. And whatever wealth you spend, it is for your own benefit. And you spend not, but to seek Allah's pleasure. And the wealth, you spend, shall be recompensed to you, and you will not be wronged.
2:273 For those needy people, confined to Allah's Path, unable to move about in the land, and whom the ignorant do not consider to be poor because of the abstinence. You recognize them by their looks. They do not ask for things from people persistently. And Allah indeed becomes instantly aware of anything you spend.
2:274 For those who spend their wealth, by night and by day, secretly and openly, their reward is with their Lord. And there shall be no fear on them, nor shall they grieve. ,
2:275 Those who consume Ar-Riba live not but like those whom Satan makes to stumble on in life, under his spell. That is because they assert, "Business is just like Ar-Riba.h" And Allah has made business lawful and Ar-riba unlawful. He, then, to whom admonition has come from his Lord and has since abstained from Ar-Riba — to him belongs what happened in the past. And to Allah returns his deed.And those who rebel — they shall be inhabitants of the Hell-fire, therein to remain forever.
2:276 Allah withdraws His blessings from Ar-Riba and causes prosperity in Suadaquaat. And Allah loves not any sinful suppressor of Truth.
2:277 Indeed those who believe and do good deeds, establish regular prayers, and give charity — for them, their reward is with their Lord. And they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.
2:278 O you who believe! Fear Allah and give up what has remained of Ar-Riba, if you are indeed believers.
2:279 And if you do it not, take notice of war from Allah and His Messenger.h, And if you return penitently to Allah, you are entitled to all that comes under heads of account of your property and/or dues, so that you do no wrong, nor are you wronged.
2:280 And if it is a case of a person in straitened circumstances, let there be a deferment to a convenient time. And to forgo, as charity, is better for you, if you do understand.
2:281 Fear the Day in which you shall be taken back to Allah. Then, every one shall be repaid in full what one earned. And they shall not be wronged.
2:282 O you who believe! When you contract a loan among yourselves for a certain period, put it down in writing. And a scribe ought to record it faithfully between you. And the scribe should not refuse to write; as Allah has taught him, so he should write.And the one, upon whom lies the liability, should dictate. And he should fear Allah, his Lord, and omit nothing. Then if the one, upon whom lies the liability, is mentally unsound or weak or is himself unable to dictate, let his guardian dictate for him fairly. And two of you men should bear witness. If two men are not available, then one man and two women, you choose from among those present, should bear witness, so that if one of the women retracts, the other stands by her evidence. And the witnesses must not refuse when they are called to witness. Be not weary of writing a term contract, small or big. With Allah, that's a proper thing to do for better establishment of evidence and for removal of your doubts, unless it be a hand-to-hand commercial transaction commonly done among yourselves, in which case there is no blame on you if you do not put it in writing. And keep witnesses when you do any business. And cause no harm to the scribe, or to the witnesses. And if you do so, it would indeed be wickedness on your part. And fear Allah. And Allah teaches you.And Allah knows everything.
2:283 And if you are on a journey and cannot find a scribe, then let a security deposit be taken over. Then if some of you entrust some others with some things, the trustee should take care of the trust, and should fear Allah, his Lord. And do not suppress evidence. And whoever suppresses it, he is sinful at heart.Allah is aware of what you do.
2:284 To Allah belong all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And whether you reveal that which is in your minds or conceal it, Allah calls you to account for it. Then He pardons whom He pleases and punishes whom He pleases. And Allah has complete power over everything.
2:285 The Messenger believes in what is revealed to him from his Lord and so do the Believers. They all believe in Allah, His angels, His books and His Messengers. "We make no distinction between any of His Messengers with any other." And they say: "We hear and we obey. We seek Your forgiveness, our Lord! And to You is the final destination."
2:286 Allah burdens not any being except with what it can bear. To it what it earns and on it befall conseqences of its earnings. "Our Lord! Call us not to account if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord! And put us not to such burden as You had put on those before us. Our Lord! And 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 Protector, so help us against the people who suppress the Truth."


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