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at-Talaq (Divorce)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley

Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah Divorce(at-Talaq)
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65:1 O Prophet! When any of you divorce women, divorce them during their period of purity and calculate their ´idda carefully. And have taqwa of Allah, your Lord. Do not evict them from their homes, nor should they leave, unless they commit an outright indecency. Those are Allah´s limits, and anyone who oversteps Allah´s limits has wronged himself. You never know, it may well be that after that Allah will cause a new situation to develop.
65:2 Then when they have reached the end of their ´idda either retain them with correctness and courtesy or part from them with correctness and courtesy. Call two upright men from among yourselves as witnesses and they should carry out the witnessing for Allah. This is admonishment for all who have iman in Allah and the Last Day. Whoever has taqwa of Allah — He will give him a way out
65:3 and provide for him from where he does not expect. Whoever puts his trust in Allah — He will be enough for him. Allah always achieves His aim. Allah has appointed a measure for all things.
65:4 In the case of those of your wives who are past the age of menstruation, if you have any doubt, their ´idda should be three months, and that also applies to those who have not yet menstruated. The time for women who are pregnant is when they give birth. Whoever has taqwa of Allah — He will make matters easy for him.
65:5 That is Allah´s command which He has sent down to you. Whoever has taqwa of Allah — He will erase his bad actions from him and greatly increase his reward.
65:6 Let them live where you live, according to your means. Do not put pressure on them, so as to harass them. If they are pregnant, maintain them until they give birth. If they are suckling for you, give them their wages and consult together with correctness and courtesy. But if you make things difficult for one another, another woman should do the suckling for you.
65:7 He who has plenty should spend out from his plenty, but he whose provision is restricted should spend from what Allah has given him. Allah does not demand from any self more than He has given it. Allah will appoint after difficulty, ease.
65:8 How many cities spurned their Lord´s command and His Messengers! And so We called them harshly to account and punished them with a terrible punishment.
65:9 They tasted the evil consequences of what they did and the end of their affair was total loss.
65:10 Allah has prepared a terrible punishment for them. So have taqwa of Allah, people of intelligence — those who have iman — Allah has sent down a reminder to you,
65:11 a Messenger reciting Allah´s Clear Signs to you to bring those who have iman and do right actions out of the darkness into the Light. Whoever has iman in Allah and acts rightly, We will admit him into Gardens with rivers flowing under them remaining in them timelessly, for ever and ever. Allah has provided for him excellently!
65:12 It is Allah who created the seven heavens and of the earth the same number, the Command descending down through all of them, so that you might know that Allah has power over all things and that Allah encompasses all things in His knowledge.


   


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