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at-Talaq (Divorce)
as rendered by N J Dawood (draft)

N J Dawood (draft) rendition of Surah Divorce(at-Talaq)
65:1 Prophet (and you believers), if you divorce your wives, divorce them at the end of their waiting period. Compute their waiting period and have fear of God, your Lord. You shall not expel them from their homes, nor shall they go away, unless they have committed a proven lewd act. Such are the bounds set by God; he that transgresses God's bounds wrongs his own soul. You never know; after that, God may bring about some new event.
65:2 When their waiting term is ended, either keep them honourably or part with them in honour. Call to witness two honest men among you and give your testimony before God. Whoever believes in God and the Last Day is exhorted to do this. He that fears God, God will give him a means of salvation
65:3 and will provide for him whence he does not reckon: God is all–sufficient for the man who puts his trust in Him. God will surely bring about what He decrees. God has set a measure for all things.
65:4 If you are in doubt concerning those of your wives who have ceased menstruating, know that their waiting period shall be three months. The same shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated. As for pregnant women, their term shall end with their confinement. God will ease the hardship of the man who fears Him.
65:5 Such is the commandment which God has revealed to you. He that fears God shall be forgiven his sins and richly recompensed.
65:6 Lodge them in your own homes, according to your means. You shall not harass them so as to make life intolerable for them. If they are with child, maintain them until the end of their confinement; and if, after that, they give suck to the infants they bore you, give them their pay and consult together in all reasonableness. But if you cannot tolerate each other, let other women suckle for you.
65:7 Let the rich man spend according to his wealth, and the poor man according to what God has given him. God does not charge a man with more than He has given him; God, after hardship, will bring ease.
65:8 How many nations have rebelled against the commandments of their Lord and His Apostles! Stern was Our reckoning with them, and harrowing was Our scourge.
65:9 They tasted the fruit of their misdeeds: and the fruit of their misdeeds was ruin.
65:10 God has prepared a grievous scourge for them. Have fear of God, you that have sense and faith. God has now sent down to you an exhortation;
65:11 an apostle proclaiming to you God's revelations in all plainness, so that he may lead the faithful who do good works from darkness to the light. He that believes in God and does good works shall be admitted to gardens watered by running streams, where he shall dwell for ever. A rich provision God has made for him.
65:12 It is God who has created seven heavens, and earths as many. His commandment descends through them, so that you may learn that God has power over all things, and that God encompasses all things with His knowledge.


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