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al-An`am (Cattle, Livestock)
as rendered by Maududi

Maududi rendition of Surah Cattle, Livestock(al-An`am)
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6:1 All praise is for Allah alone, Who created the heavens and the earth, and brought into being light and darkness, and yet those who have rejected the call of the Truth ascribe others to be equals to their Lord.
6:2 He it is Who has created you out of clay, and then decreed a term (of life), and has also appointed another term, a term determined with Him. Yet you are in doubt!
6:3 And He it is Who is One True God in the heavens and in the earth. He knows your deeds - both secret and open - and knows fully whatever you earn.
6:4 Yet every time a sign of their Lord comes to them, they turn away from it,
6:5 and thus they gave the lie to the Truth that has now come to them. Soon they will come upon some news concerning what they had mocked at.
6:6 Have they not seen how many a people We have destroyed before them? People whom We had made more powerful in the earth than you are and upon them We showered from the heavens abundant rains, and at whose feet We caused the rivers to flow? And then (when they behaved ungratefully) We destroyed them for their sins, and raised other peoples in their place.
6:7 (O Messenger!) Had We sent down to you a book incribed on parchment, and had they even touched it with their own hands, the unbelievers would still have said: ´This is nothing but plain magic.´
6:8 They also say: ´Why has no angel been sent down to this Prophet?´ Had We sent down an angel, the matter would surely have long been decided and no respite would have been granted them.
6:9 Had We appointed an angel, We would have sent him down in the form of a man - and thus We would have caused them the same doubt which they now entertain.
6:10 And indeed before your time (O Muhammad!) many a Messenger has been scoffed at; but those who mocked at them were encompassed by the Truth they had scoffed at.
6:11 Say: ´Go about journeying the earth, and behold the end of those who gave the lie (to the Truth).´
6:12 Ask thern: ´To whom belongs all that is in the heavens and on the earth?´ Say: ´Everything belongs to Allah.´ He has bound Himself to the exercise of mercy (and thus does not chastise you for your disobedience and excesses instantly). Surely He will gather you all together on the Day of Resurrection - the coming of which is beyond doubt; but those who have courted their own ruin are not going to believe.
6:13 And to Him belongs all that dwells in the night and the day. He is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
6:14 Say: ´Shall I take for my guardian anyone other than Allah - the Originator of the heavens and earth; He Who feeds and Himself is not fed?´ Say: ´Surely I have been commanded to be the first among those who submit (to Allah) and not to be one of those who associate others with Allah in His divinity (even though others may do so).´
6:15 Say: ´Surely do I fear, if I disobey my Lord, the chastisement of an awesome Day.
6:16 Whosoever has been spared chastisement on that Day, Allah has bestowed His mercy upon him. That is the manifest triumph.
6:17 Should Allah touch you with affliction, there is none to remove it but He; and should He touch you with good, He has the power to do everything.
6:18 He has the supreme hold over His servants. He is All-Wise, All-Aware.
6:19 Ask them: ´Whose testimony is the greatest?´ Say: ´Allah is the witness between me and you; and this Qur´an was revealed to me that I should warn you thereby and also whomsoever it may reach.´ Do you indeed testify that there are other gods with Allah? Say: ´I shall never testify such a thing.´ Say: ´He is the One God and 1 am altogether averse to all that you associate with Him in His divinity.´
6:20 Those whom We have given the Book will recognize this just as they recognize their own ofspring; but those who have courted their own ruin will not believe.
6:21 And who could be more wrong-doing than he who either foists a lie on Allah or gives the lie to His signs? Surely such wrong-doers shall not attain success.
6:22 And on the Day when We shall gather them all together, We shall ask those who associated others with -Allah in His divinity: ´Where, now, are your partners whom you imagined (to have a share in the divinity of Allah)?´
6:23 Then they will be able to play no mischief but will say (falsely): ´By Allah, our Lord, we associated none (with You in Your divinity).´
6:24 Behold, how they will lie against themselves and how their forged deities will forsake them!
6:25 And of them there are some who appear to pay heed to you, but upon their hearts We have laid coverings so they understand it not; and in their ears, heaviness (so they hear not). Even if they were to witness every sign, they would still not believe in it so much so that when they come to you, they dispute with you, those who disbelieve contend: ´This is nothing but fables of the ancient times.´
6:26 As for others, they prevent them from embracing the Truth; and themselves, they flee from it (so as to harm you). But they court their own ruin, although they do not realize it.
6:27 If you could but see when they shall be made to stand by the Fire! They will plead: ´Would that we were brought back to life? Then we would not give the lie to the signs of our Lord and would be among the believers.´
6:28 No! They will say this merely because the Truth which they had concealed will become obvious to them; or else if they were sent back, they would still revert to what was forbidden to them. (So this plea of theirs would be a lie too) for they are just liars.
6:29 They say now: ´There is nothing but the life of this world, and we shall not be raised from the dead.´
6:30 If you could but see when they will be made to stand before their Lord. He will say: ´Is not this the truth?´ They will say: ´Yes indeed, by our Lord.´Whereupon He will say: ´Taste the chastisement, then, for your denying the Truth.´
6:31 Those who consider it a lie that they will have to meet Allah are indeed the losers so much so that when that Hour comes to them suddenly they will say: ´Alas for us, how negligent we have been in this behalf.´ They will carry their burden (of sins) on their backs. How evil is the burden they bear!
6:32 The life of this world is nothing but a sport and a pastime, and the life of the Hereafter is far better for those who seek to ward off their ruin. Will you not, then, understand?
6:33 (O Muhammad!) We know indeed that the things they say grieve you, though in truth it is not you whom they give the lie to, but it is the signs of Allah that these wrong-doers reject.
6:34 Messengers before you have been given the lie to, and they endured with patience their being given the lie to and being persecuted until the time when Our help reached them. None has the power to alter the words of Allah. Indeed some account of the Messengers has already reached you.
6:35 Nevertheless, if their turning away grieves you, then seek - if you can - either a way down into the earth or a ladder to the heavens, and try to bring to them some sign. Had Allah so willed, He would have gathered them all to the true guidance. Do not, then, be among the ignorant.
6:36 Only they who listen can respond to the call of the Truth; as for the dead, Allah will raise them and then to Him they will be returned.
6:37 And they say: ´Why has no miraculous sign been sent down to him from his Lord?´ Say: ´Surely Allah has the power to send down a sign, but most of them do not know.
6:38 There is no animal that crawls on the earth, no bird that flies with its two wings, but are communities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book (of decree). Then to their Lord will they all be mustered.
6:39 Those who gave the lie to Our signs are deaf and dumb and blunder about in darkness. Allah causes whomsoever He wills to stray in error, and sets whomsoever He wills on the straight way.´
6:40 Say: ´What do you think if some chastisement of Allah or the Hour suddenly overtakes you: do you cry to any other than Allah? Answer, if you speak the truth.
6:41 Lo, it is to Him alone that you cry and then, if He so wills, He removes the distress for which you had cried to Him. Then you forget the partners you had set up with Allah.
6:42 And We did indeed send Messengers to other nations before you and then We seized those nations with misfortune and hardship so that they might humble themselves (before Us).
6:43 But when misfortune befell them from Us why did they not humble themselves? Their hearts had hardened and Satan had made their deeds seem fair to them.
6:44 So, when they forgot what they had been reminded of, We opened the gates of all things so that while they rejoiced in what they had been granted We seized them suddenly and they were plunged into utter despair.
6:45 Thus the last remnant of those wrongdoing people was cut off. All praise is for Allah, the Lord of the entire universe, (for having punished them so).
6:46 Say (O Muhammad!): What do you think? If Allah should take away your hearing and your sight and seal your hearts - who is the god, other than Allah, who could restore them to you? Behold, how We put forth Our signs in diverse forms, and yet they turn away from them.
6:47 Say: ´If the chastisement of Allah were to overtake you unawares or openly shall any except the wrong-doing people be destroyed?´
6:48 We do not send Messengers except as bearers of glad tidings and warners. So, he who believes in their message and mends his conduct need have no fear and need not grieve;
6:49 whereas those who give the lie to Our signs, chastisement will visit them for their transgression.
6:50 (O Muhammad!) Say: ´I do not say to you I have the treasures of Allah. Nor do I have knowledge of what is beyond the reach of human perception. Nor do 1 say to you: I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me.´ Then ask them: ´Are the blind and the seeing alike?´ Do you not then reflect?
6:51 And warn with this (revealed message) those who fear that they shall be mustered to their Lord, that there will be none apart from Allah to act as their protector and intercessor; then maybe they will become God-fearing.
6:52 And do not drive away those who invoke their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His pleasure all the time. You are by no means accountable for them just as they are by no means accountable for you. If you still drive them away, you will become among the wrong-doers.
6:53 Thus We have made some of them a means for testing others so that they should say: ´Are these theones among us upon whom Allah has bestowed His favour?´ Yes, does Allah not know well who are the thankful?
6:54 And when those who believe in Our signs come to you, say to them: ´Peace be upon you. Your Lord has made mercy incumbent upon Himself so that if anyone of you does a bad deed out of ignorance and thereafter repents and makes amends, surely you will find Him All-Forgiving, AllCompassionate.´
6:55 Thus We clearly set forth Our signs so that the way of the wicked might become distinct.
6:56 Say (O Muhanimad!): ´I have been forbidden to serve those to whom you call other than Allah.´ Say: ´I do not follow your desires, for were I to do that, I would go astray and would not be of those who are rightly guided.´
6:57 Say: ´I take stand upon a clear evidence from my Lord and it is that which you have given the lie to. That which you desire to be hastened is not within my power. Judgement lies with Allah alone. He declares the Truth, and He is the best judge.´
6:58 Say: ´If what you demand so hastily were in my power, the matter between me and you would have been long decided. But Allah knows best how to judge the wrong-doers.
6:59 He has the keys to the realm that lies beyond the reach of human perception; none knows them but He. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea; there is not a leaf which falls that He does not know about and there is not a grain in the darkness of the earth or anything green or dry which has not been recorded in a Clear Book.
6:60 He recalls your souls by night, and knows what you do by day; and then He raises you back each day in order that the term appointed by Him is fulfilled. Then to Him you will return whereupon He will let you know what you have been doing.
6:61 And He alone holds sway over His servants and sets guardians over you till death approaches any of you and Our deputed angels take his soul, neglecting no part of their task.
6:62 Then all are restored to Allah, their true protector. Behold, His is the judgement. He is the swiftest of those who take account.´
6:63 Ask them (0 Muhammad!): ´Who is it that delivers you from dangers in the deep darknesses of the land and the sea, and to whom do you call in humility and in the secrecy of your hearts? To whom do you pray: "If He will but save us from this distress, we shall most certainly be among the thankful?"
6:64 Say: "It is Allah alone Who delivers you from this and from every distress, and yet you associate others with Allah in His divinity."
6:65 Say: "It is He Who has the power to send forth chastisement upon you from above you, or from beneath your feet, or split you into hostile groups and make some of you taste each others´ violence. Behold, how We set forth Our signs in diverse forms, so that maybe they will understand the Truth".
6:66 Your people have denied it even though it is the Truth. Say: "I am not a guardian over You.
6:67 Every tiding has its appointed time; you yourselves will soon know (the end)."
6:68 When you see those who are engaged in blasphemy against Our signs, turn away from them until they begin to talk of other things; and should Satan ever cause you to forget, then do not remain, after recollection, in the company of those wrong-doing people.
6:69 For those who are God-fearing are by no means accountable for the others except that it is their duty to adinonish them; maybe then, they will shun evil.
6:70 Leave alone those who have made a sport and a pastime of their religion and whom the life of the world has beguiled. But continue to admonish them (with the Qur´an) lest a man should be caught for what he has himself earned for there shall neither be any protector nor intercessor apart from Allah; and though he may offer any conceivable ransom it shall not be accepted from him, for such people have been caught for the deeds that they have themselves earned. Boiling water to drink and a painful chastisement to suffer for their unbelief is what awaits them.
6:71 Ask them (0 Muharnmad!): "Shall we invoke, apart from Allah, something that can neither benefit nor harm us, and thus be turned back on our heels after Allah has guided us? Like the one whom the evil ones have lured into bewilderment in the earth, even though he has friends who call him to true guidance saying: "Come to us." Say: "Surely Allah´s guidance is the only true guidance, and we have been commanded to submit ourselves to the Lord of the entire universe,
6:72 and to establish Prayer, and to have fear of Him. It is to Him that all of you shall be gathered.
6:73 And He it is Who has created the heavens and the earth in truth; and the very day He will say: "Be!" (resurrection) there will be. His word is the Truth and His will be the dominion on the day when the-Trumpet is blown. He knows all that lies beyond the reach of human perception as well as all that is visible to man; He is the All-Wise, the All-Aware.´
6:74 And recall when Abraham said to his father, Azar: ´Do you take idols for gods? I see you and your people in obvious error.´
6:75 And thus We showed Abraham the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, so that he might become one of those who have sure faith.. The adversaries are told that they can observe God´s signs in the phenomena of the universe, just as Abraham could. The difference is that they see nothing, as if they were blind, whereas Abraham saw with open eyes. The sun, moon and stars which rise and set before their eyes day after day and night after night witness them as misguided at their setting as at their rising. Yet the same signs were observed by the perceptive Abraham, and the physical phenomena helped him arrive at the Truth.
6:76 Then, when the night outspread over him, he beheld a star, and said: ´This is my Lord.´ But when it went down, he said: ´I do not love the things that go down.´
6:77 Then, when he beheld the moon rising, he said: ´This is my Lord!´ But when it went down, he said: ´Were that my Lord did not guide me, I surely would have become among the people who have gone astray.´
6:78 Then when he beheld the sun rising, he said: ´This is my Lord. This is the greatest of all.´ Then, when it went down, he said: ´O my people! Most certainly 1 am quit of those whom you associate with Allah in His divinity.
6:79 Behold, 1 have turned my face in exclusive devotion to the One Who originated the heavens and the earth, and 1 am certainly not one of those who associate others with Allah in His divinity.´
6:80 His. people remonstrated with him whereupon Abraharn said: ´Do you remonstrate with me concerning Allah Who has guided me to the right way? 1 do not fear those whom you associate with Allah in His divinity. Only that which my Lord wills, indeed that alone will come by. My Lord embraces all things within His knowledge. Will you not take heed?
6:81 Why should 1 fear those whom you have associated (with Allah in His divinity) when you do not fear associating others with Allah in His divinity - something for which He has sent down to you no authority. Then, which of the two parties has better title to security? Tell us, if you have any knowledge!
6:82 Those who believe and did not tarnish their faith with wrong-doing for them there is security, and it is they who have been guided to the right way.´
6:83 That was Our argument which We gave to Abraham against his people. We raise in ranks whom We will. Truly your lord is All-Wise, All-Knowing.
6:84 And We bestowed upon Abraham (offspring) Ishaq (Isaac) and Ya´qub (Jacob) and each of them did We guide to the right way as We had earlier guided Noah to the right way; and (of his descendants We guided) Da´ud (David) and Sulayman (Solomon), Ayyub (Job), Yusuf (Joseph), Musa (Moses) and Harun (Aaron). Thus do We reward those who do good.
6:85 (And of his descendants We guided) Zakariya (Zachariah), Yahya (John), Isa (Jesus) and Ilyas (Elias): each one of them was of the righteous.
6:86 (And of his descendants We guided) Isma´il (Ishmael), al-Yasa´ (Elisha), Yunus (Jonah), and Lut (Lot). And each one of them We favoured over all mankind.
6:87 And likewise We elected for Our cause and guided on to a straight way some of their forefathers and their offspring and their brethren.
6:88 That is Allah´s guidance wherewith He guides those of His servants whom He wills. But if they ever associated others with Allah in His divinity, then all that they had done would have gone to waste.
6:89 Those are the ones to whom We gave the Book, and judgement and prophethood. And if they refuse to believe in it now, We will bestow this favour on a people who do believe in it.
6:90 (O Muhammad!) Those are the ones Allah guided to the right way. Follow, then, their way, and say: ´I ask of you no reward (for carrying on this mission); it is merely an admonition to all mankind.´
6:91 They did not form any proper estimate of Allah when they said: ´Allah has not revealed anything to any man.´ Ask them: ´The Book which Moses brought as a light and guidance for men and which you keep in bits and scraps, some of which you disclose while the rest you conceal, even though through it you were taught that which neither you nor your forefathers knew -who was it who revealed it?´ Say: ´Allah!´- and then leave them to sport with their argumentation.
6:92 (Like that Book) this too is a Book which We have revealed; full of blessing, confirming what was revealed before it so that you might warn the people of the Mother of Cities (Makka) and those around it. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe in it, and are evermindful of their Prayers.
6:93 Who can be more unjust than he who places a lie on Allah and who says: ´Revelation has come to me´ when in fact nothing was revealed to him, and who says: ´I will produce the like of what Allah has revealed?´ If you could but see the wrongdoers in the agonies of death, and the angels stretching out their hands (saying): ´Yield up your souls! Today you will be recompensed with the chastisement of humiliation for the lie you spoke concerning Allah, and for you waxing proud against His signs.´
6:94 (And Allah will say): ´Now you have come to Us all alone even as We had created you in the first instance, and you have left behind all that We had bestowed upon you in the world. We do not see with you your intercessors whom you imagined to have a share with Allah in your affairs. You have now been cut off from one another and all those whom you imagined (to be Allah´s associates in your affairs) have failed you.´
6:95 Truly it is Allah Who causes the grain and the fruit-kernel to sprout. He brings forth the living from the dead and brings forth the dead from the living. Such is Allah. So whither are you tending in error?
6:96 It is He Who causes the dawn to split forth, and has ordained the night for repose, and the sun and the moon for reckoning time. All this is determined by Allah the Almighty, the All-Knowing.
6:97 It is He Who has made for you the stars that you may follow the right direction in the darkness of the land and the sea. We have indeed spelled out signs for the people who have knowledge.
6:98 It is He Who created you out of a single being, and appointed for each of you a time-limit and a resting place. We have indeed spelled out Our signs for those who can understand.
6:99 And it is He Who has sent down water from the heavens, and thereby We have brought vegetation of every kind, and out of this We have brought forth green foliage and then from it close-packed ears of corn, and out of the palm-tree from the sheath of it - thick clustered dates, hanging down with heaviness, and gardens of vines, and the olive tree, and the pomegranate - all resembling one another and yet so different. Behold their fruit when they bear fruit and ripen! Surely, in all this there are signs for those who believe.
6:100 And yet, some people have come to associate the jinn with Allah in His divinity, even though it is He Who created them; and in ignorance they impute to Him sons and daughters. He is Holy and Exalted far above that which they attribute to Him.
6:101 He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have a son when He has had no mate? And He has created everything and He has full knowledge of all things.
6:102 Such is Allah, your Lord. There is no god but He - the Creator of all things. Serve Him alone - for it is He Who is the guardian of everything.
6:103 No visual perception can encompass Him, even though He encompasses all visual perception. He is the All-Subtle, the All-Aware.
6:104 The lights of clear perception have now come to you from your Lord. Then, he who chooses to see clearly, does so for his own good; and he who chooses to remain blind, does so to his own harm. I am not your keeper.
6:105 Thus do We make Our signs clear in diverse ways that they might say: ´You have learned this (from somebody)´; and ´We do this in order that We make the Truth clear to the people of knowledge.´
6:106 (O Muhammad!) Follow the revelation which has come to you from your Lord, other than Whom there is no god, and turn away from those who associate others with Allah in His divinity.
6:107 Had Allah so willed they would not have associated others with Him in His divinity; and We have not appointed you a watcher over them, and you are not their guardian.
6:108 Do not revile those whom they invoke other than Allah, because they will revile Allah in ignorance out of spite. For We have indeed made the deeds of every people seem fair to them. Tlen, their return is to their Lord and He will inform them of what they have done.
6:109 They swear by Allah with their most solemn oaths that if a sign comes to them, they will certainly believe in it. Say: ´Signs are in Allah´s power alone. What will make you realize that even if those signs were to come, they would still not believe?
6:110 We are turning their hearts and eyes away from the Truth even as they did not believe in the first instance - and We leave them in their insurgence to stumble blindly.
6:111 Even if We had sent angels down to them and the dead had spoken to them, and even if We had assembled before them all the things, face to face, they would still not believe unless it be Allah´s will that they believe. Most of them behave in utter ignorance.
6:112 And so it is that against every Prophet We have set up the evil ones from among men and jinn, some of them inspire others with specious speech only by way of. delusion. Had it been your Lord´s will, they would not have done it. Leave them alone to fabricate what they will.
6:113 So that the hearts of those who do not believe in the Life to Come might incline towards this attractive delusion, and that they may be well pleased with it and might acquire the evils that they are bent on acquiring.
6:114 Shall I look upon anyone apart from Allah for judgement when it is He Who has revealed to you the Book in detail? And those whom We gave the Book (before you) know that this (Book) has been revealed in truth by your Lord. Do not, then, be among the doubters.
6:115 The Word of your Lord is perfect in truthfulness and justice; no one can change His words. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
6:116 (O Muhammad!) If you obey the majority of those who live on earth, they will lead you away from Allah´s path. They only follow idle fancies, indulging in conjecture.
6:117 And your - Lord knows well who stray from His path, and also those who are rightly-guided.
6:118 If you believe in the signs of Allah, eat (the flesh) of that over which Allah´s name has been pronounced.
6:119 And how is it that you do not eat of that over which Allah´s name has been pronounced even though He has clearly spelled out to you what He has forbidden you unless you are constrained to it? Many indeed say misleading things without knowledge, driven merely by their lowly desires. But your Lord knows well the transgressors.
6:120 Abstain from sin, be it either open or secret. Indeed those who commit sins shall surely be requited for all they have done.
6:121 Do not eat of (the animal) over which the name of Allah has not been pronounced (at the time of its slaughtering), for that is a transgression. And behold, the evil ones do inspire doubts and objections into the hearts of their friends so that they dispute with you; but if you obey them, you will surely yourselves turn into those who associate others with Allah in His
6:122 He who was dead and whom We raised to life, and We set a light for him to walk among men - is he like the one steeped in darkness out of which he does not come out?. Thus have their own doings been made to seem fair to the unbelievers.
6:123 Thus We have appointed the leaders of the wicked ones in every land to weave their plots; but in truth they plot only to their own harm, without even realizing it.
6:124 Whenever there comes to them a sign from Allah, they say: ´We will not believe until we are given what was given to the Messengers of Allah.´ Allah knows best where to place His message. Soon shall these wicked ones meet with humiliation and severe chastigement from Allah for all their evil plotting.
6:125 Thus, (it is a fact that) whomsoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast for Islam; and whomsoever He wills to let go astray, He causes his breast to become strait and constricted, as if he were climbing towards the heaven. Thus Allah lays the abomination (of flight from and hatred of Islam) on those who do not believe
6:126 even though this way is the straight way of your Lord, and We have distinguished its signs to those who heed to admonition.
6:127 Theirs shall be an abode of peace with their Lord - their Protector - in recompense for all they have done.
6:128 And on the Day when He shall muster them all together, He will say (to the jinn): ´O assembly of the jinn, you have seduced a good many of mankind.´ And their companions from among the humans will say: ´Our Lord! We did indeed benefit from one another and now have reached the term which You had set for us.´ Thereupon Allah will say: ´The Fire is now your abode, and therein you shall abide.´ Only those whom Allah wills shall escape the Fire. Surely your Lord is All-Wise, All-Knowing.
6:129 In this manner We shall make the wrong-doers friends of each other (in the Hereafter) because they earned (evil together in the world).
6:130 (Then Allah will also ask them): ´O assembly of jinn and men! Did there not come to y ou Messengers from among yourselves, relating to you My signs, and warning you of the encounter of this your Day (of Judgement)?´ They will say: ´Yes, we bear witness against ourselves.´ They have been deluded by the life of this world, and they will bear witness against themselves that they had disbelieved.
6:131 (They will be made to bear this witness to show that) it is not the way of your Lord to destroy cities unjustly while their people were unaware of the Truth.
6:132 Everyone is assigned a degree according to his deed. Your Lord is not heedless of what they do.
6:133 Your Lord is Self-Sufficient, full of compassion. If He wills, He can put you away and cause whomever He wills to succeed you just as He has produced you from the seed of another people.
6:134 Surely what you have been promised shall come to pass; and you do not have the power to frustrate (Allah).
6:135 Say (O Muhammad!): ´O people! Work in your place; and I too am at work. Soon you will know in whose favour the ultimate decision will be. Surely the wrong-doers will not prosper.´
6:136 They assign to Allah a portion out of the produce and cattle that He has created, saying out of their fancy: ´This is for Allah´ - so they deem -´and this is for the associates (of Allah) whom we have contrived.´ Then, the portion assigned to the beings whom they have set up as associates (of Allah) does not reach Allah, but the portion assigned to Allah reaches the beings they set up as associates (of Allah)! Indeed evil is what they decide!
6:137 And, likewise, the beings supposed to have a share in Allah´s divinity have made the slaying of their offspring seem lawful to many of those who associate others with Allah in His divinity so that they may ruin them and confound them regarding their faith. If Allah had so willed, they would not have done that. Leave them alone to persist in their fabrication.
6:138 They say: ´These animals and these crops are sacrosanct: none may eat of them save those whom we will´ - imposing interdictions of their own contriving. And they declare that it is forbidden to burden the backs of certain cattle, and these are the cattle over which they do not pronounce the name of Allah. All these are false fabrications against Allah, and He will soon requite them for all that they fabricate.
6:139 And they say: ´What is within the bellies of such-and-such cattle is exclusively for our males and is forbidden to our females; but if it be born dead, they all may share in it.´ He will soon requite them for all that they (falsely) attribute to Allah. He is All-Wise, All-Knowing.
6:140 Those who slayed their children in folly, without knowledge, and forbade the sustenance that Allah has provided them, falsely ascribing that to Allah, are utter losers; they have gone astray, and are certainly not among those guided to the right way.
6:141 It is He Who has brought into being gardens - the trellised and untrellised - and the palm trees, and crops, all varying in taste, and. the olive and pomegranates, all resembling one another and yet so different. Eat of their fruits when they come to fruition and pay His due on the day of harvesting. And do not exceed the proper limits, for He does not love those who exceed the proper limits.
6:142 And of the cattle (He has reared) some for burden, and some whose flesh you eat and whose skins and hair you use to spread the ground. Eat of the sustenance Allah has provided you and do not follow in the footsteps of Satan, for surely he is your open enemy.
6:143 These are eight couples, two of sheep, two of goats. Now ask them: ´Is it either the two males that Allah has forbidden or the two females, or what the wombs of the two females may contain? Tell me about this on the basis of sure knowledge, if you speak the truth.´
6:144 And likewise, of camels there are two, and of oxen there are two. Ask them: ´Is it either the two males that He has forbidden or the two females, or that which the wombs of the two females may contain? Or were you present when Allah enjoined this commandment upon you?´ Who, then, would be more unjust than he who fabricates a lie against Allah that he might lead people astray without knowledge. Surely Allah never guides such a wrong-doing folk.
6:145 Tell them (O Muhammad!): ´I do not find in what has been revealed to me anything forbidden for anyone who wants to eat unless it is carrion, outpoured blood and the flesh of swine, all of which is unclean; or that which is profane having been slaughtered in a name other than that of Allah. But whosoever is constrained to it by necessity - neither desiring to disobey nor exceeding the limit of necessity - your Lord is surely AllForgiving, All-Compassionate.
6:146 And to those who had Judaized We have forbidden all beasts with claws, and the fat of oxen and sheep except the fat which is either on their backs or their entrails, or that which sticks to the bones. Thus did We requite them for their rebellion. Surely We state the Truth.
6:147 ´Then if they give you the lie, say: ´Your Lord is of unbounded mercy; but His punishment shall not be averted from the guilty folk.´
6:148 Those who associate others with Allah in His divinity will now surely say: ´Had Allah willed, neither we nor our forefathers would have associated others with Allah in His divinity, nor would we have declared anything (which Allah did not forbid) as forbidden.´ Even so those who had lived before them gave the lie (to the Truth) until they tasted Our chastisement. Tell them: ´Have you any sure knowledge that you can produce before us? In fact you are only following idle fancies, merely conjecturing.´
6:149 ´Then say to them: ´(As against your argument) Allah´s is the conclusive argument. Surely, had He willed, He would have guided you all to the Truth.
6:150 Say to them: ´Call your witnesses to testify that Allah forbade such-and-such.´ Then if they do testify, neither testify with them nor follow the desires of those who have given the lie to Our signs and who do not believe in the Hereafter and set up equals with their Lord.
6:151 Say to them (O Muhammad!): ´Come, let me recite what your Lord has laid down to you:
6:152 (vi) and do not even draw near to the property of the orphan in his minority except in the best
6:153 (x) This is My way -that which is straight: follow it, then, and do not follow other paths lest they scatter you from His path. This is what He has enjoined upon you, so that you may beware.´
6:154 Then We gave to Moses the Book, completing the benediction of Allah upon the one who acts righteously, spelling out everything clearly, a guidance and a mercy; so that they may believe in their meeting with their
6:155 And likewise We revealed this (Book) - a blessed one. Follow it, then, and become God-fearing; you may be shown mercy.
6:156 (You may no longer) say now that the Book was revealed only to two groups of people before Us and that we had indeed been unaware of what they read.
6:157 Nor may you claim that: ´Had the Book been revealed to us, we would have been better guided than they.´ Surely clear evidence has come to you from your Lord, which is both a guidance and a mercy. Who, then, is more unjust than he who gave the lie to the signs of Allah and turned away from them? And We shall soon requite those who turn away from Our signs with a severe chastisement for having turned away.
6:158 What! Do they wait either for the angels to appear before them or for your Lord to come unto them or for some clear signs of your Lord1 to appear before them? When some clear signs of your Lord will appear, believing will be of no avail to anyone who did not believe before, or who earned no good deeds through his
6:159 Surely you have nothing to do with those who have made divisions in their religion and become factions. Their matter is with Allah and He will indeed tell them (in time) what they have been doing.
6:160 Whoever will come to Allah with a good deed shall have ten times as much, and whoever will come to Allah with an evil deed, shall be requited with no more than the like of it. They shall not be wronged.
6:161 Say: ´As for me, my Lord has guided me on to a straight way, a right religion, the way of Abraham who adopted it in exclusive devotion to Allah, and he was not of those who associated others with Allah in His divinity.´
6:162 Say: ´Surely my Prayer, all my acts of worship, and my living and my dying are for Allah alone, the Lord of the whole universe.
6:163 He has no associate. Thus have I been bidden, and I am the foremost of those who submit themselves (to Allah).´
6:164 Say: ´Shall I seek someone other than Allah as Lord when He is the Lord of everything?´ Everyone will bear the consequence of what he does, and no one shall bear the burden of another. Thereafter, your return will be to your Lord, whereupon He will let you know what you disagreed about.
6:165 For He it is Who has appointed you vicegerent over the earth, and has exalted some of you over others in rank that He may try you in what He has bestowed is upon you. Indeed your Lord is swift in retribution, and He is certainly AllForgiving, All-Compassionate.


   


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