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24:1  A chapter which We have sent down and determined, and We sent down in it clear signs; perhaps you may remember.
24:2  The fornicatress and the fornicator, then flog each one of them a hundred lashes, and do not let pity for them take hold of you in God's religion, if you believe in God and the Last Day; and let a party of the believers witness their punishment.
24:3  And the fornicator shall marry none but a fornicatress or an idolatress; and the fornicatress none shall marry her but a fornicator or an idolater; that is forbidden to the believers.
24:4  And those who accuse chaste women then do not bring four witnesses, then flog them eighty lashes, and do not accept their testimony ever, and those, they are the disobedient.
24:5  Except those who repent after that and act aright, and indeed, God is forgiving, compassionate.
24:6  And those who accuse their wives and have no witnesses except themselves, then the testimony of one of them shall be to testify four times that by God, indeed, he is surely of the truthful;
24:7  And the fifth that the curse of God be on him if he is of the liars.
24:8  And it shall avert the punishment from her if she bears testimony four times that, by God, indeed, - he is surely of the liars;
24:9  And the fifth that the wrath of God be on her if he is of the truthful.
24:10  And were it not for God's grace upon you and His mercy, and that God is relenting, wise.
24:11  Indeed, those who bring the lie are a band of you, - Do not think it bad for you, nay, it is good for you; for every man of them is what he earned of the sin; and he of them who had the greater share of it, for him is great punishment.
24:12  Why did not, when you heard it, the believing men and believing women think good in themselves, and say, 'This is a clear lie?'
24:13  Why did they not bring four witnesses to it? But since they did not bring the witnesses, then those in God's sight, they are the liars.
24:14  And if not for God's grace upon you, and His mercy in the world and the hereafter, surely there would have touched you, for that concerning which you spread abroad, great punishment.
24:15  When you received it with your tongues, and said with your mouths what you had no knowledge of, and reckoned it a light thing, while in God's sight it was great.
24:16  And why did you not say when you heard it, 'It is not for us to speak of this? Glory be to You. This is a great slander.'
24:17  God admonishes you that you return not to the like of it ever, if you are believers;
24:18  And God manifests to you the signs, and God is knowing, wise.
24:19  Indeed, those who love that immorality should spread amongst those who believe, for them is painful punishment in the world and the hereafter; and God knows, and you do not know.
24:20  And if not for God's grace upon you, and His mercy, and that God is pitying, compassionate.
24:21  O you who believe! Do not follow the footsteps of the devil, and whoever follows the footsteps of the devil - then indeed, he commands immorality and wrongdoing; and if not for God's grace upon you and His mercy, not one of you would have been pure, ever, but God purifies whom He will, and God is hearing, knowing.
24:22  And let not those amongst you who possess grace and ample means swear that they will not give to their relatives and the poor and those who have fled their homes in God's way, And let them pardon and overlook. Do you not like that God should forgive you? And God is forgiving, compassionate.
24:23  Indeed, those who accuse chaste heedless believing women, are cursed in the world and the hereafter; and for them is great punishment.
24:24  The day their tongues and their hands and their feet shall bear witness against them of what they did.
24:25  On that day God will pay them in full their recompense the truth; and they shall know that God, He is the clear truth.
24:26  The bad women to the bad men, and the bad men to the bad women; and the good women to the good men, and the good men to the good women: those are clear of what they say - for them is forgiveness and a noble provision.
24:27  O you who believe do not enter into houses other than your houses, until you have asked permission and invoked peace upon its people, that is better for you; perhaps you may remember.
24:28  And if you find no one in it, then do not enter it until permission is given to you, and if it is said to you, 'Go back!' Then go back, it is purer for you; and God knows what you do.
24:29  It is no crime against you that you enter uninhabited houses, in which is a provision for you; - and God knows what you show and what you hide.
24:30  Say to the believers that they lower their gaze and guard their private parts; that is purer for them; indeed, God is aware of what they do.
24:31  And say to the believing women that they lower their gaze and guard their private parts, and display not their ornaments, except what is apparent of it; and let them make their head coverings fall upon their bosoms and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or what their right hands possess, or the followers not possessors of intelligence among the men, or children those to whom the pudenda of women is not apparent; and let them not strike with their feet to make known what they conceal of their ornaments; - and turn repentant to God altogether, O believers! Perhaps you may prosper.
24:32  And marry the single amongst you, and the righteous among your male servants and your female servants. If they are poor, God will enrich them of His grace, and God is immense, knowing.
24:33  And let those who find not marriage, keep chaste, until God enriches them of His grace. And those who seek the writing from those whom your right hands possess - then write it for them, if you know good in them, and give them of the wealth of God which He has given you. And do not compel your slave girls to prostitution, if they desire chastity, that you may seek the goods of the worldly life; and whoever compels them, then indeed, God after their compulsion is forgiving, compassionate.
24:34  And surely, certainly We have sent down to you manifest signs, and an example of those who have passed away before you, and an admonition to those who fear.
24:35  God is the light of the heavens and the earth; the similitude of His light is like a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, the glass is as if it were a glittering star lit from a blessed tree - an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost give light though no fire touched it, - light upon light. - God guides to His light whom He wills; and God strikes similitudes for mankind, and God is knowing of all things.
24:36  In houses God has permitted to be raised and His name to be remembered therein - therein glorifying Him, in the mornings and the evenings.
24:37  Men whom neither merchandise nor selling diverts from the remembrance of God and steadfastness in prayer and giving alms, they fear a day in which hearts and eyes shall turn about;
24:38  That God may recompense them for the best of what they did, and give them increase of His grace; and God provides whom He wills without reckoning.
24:39  But those who disbelieve, their works are like a mirage in a plain, the thirsty one thinks it water till when he comes to it, he finds it is nothing; and he found God with him; and He paid him in full his reckoning, and God is swift in the reckoning.
24:40  Or like darkness in a deep sea, there covers it a wave above which is a wave, above which is a cloud, - darkness some of it above some, - when he puts out his hand he can almost not see it; and him who God did not make light for, then there is no light for him.
24:41  Have you not seen that God, - whoever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Him, and the birds wings outspread? Each one verily knows its prayer and its glorification, and God knows what they do.
24:42  And God's is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, and to God is the destination.
24:43  Have you not seen that God drives the clouds, then re-unites them, then makes them a heap, and you see the rain come forth from their midst? And He sends down from the sky mountains with hail therein, and He makes it fall on whom He wills, and He turns it from whom He wills; the flash of His lightning almost goes off with the sight.
24:44  God turns about the night and the day. Indeed, in that surely is a lesson for those endowed with sight.
24:45  And God created every creature from water, and of them is one that walks on its belly, and of them is one that walks on two feet, and of them is one that walks on four. God creates what He wills; indeed, God is powerful over everything.
24:46  Surely, certainly We have sent down manifest signs, and God guides whom He wills to a straight path.
24:47  And they say, 'We believe in God and in the messenger, and We obey.' Then a party of them turn away after that. And those are not with the believers.
24:48  And when they are called to God and His messenger to judge between them, lo, a party of them turn aside.
24:49  But if the truth is with them, they come to him submissively.
24:50  Is there a sickness in their hearts, or do they doubt, or do they fear that God and His messenger would be unjust to them? - Nay, those - they are the wrongdoers.
24:51  The speech of the believers, when they are called to God and His messenger to judge between them, is only that they say, 'We heard and we obeyed.' And those - they are the prosperous.
24:52  And whoever obeys God and His messenger and dreads God and fears Him, then those - they are the successful.
24:53  And they swear by God their strongest oaths that had you ordered them they would surely go forth. Say, 'Do not swear - reasonable obedience; indeed, God is aware of what you do.'
24:54  Say, 'Obey God and obey the messenger; but if you turn away then only upon him is what is placed on him, and upon you is what is placed on you. And if you obey him, you are guided; and nothing is upon the messenger except the clear communication.'
24:55  God promises those of you who believe and do good works that He will surely give them succession in the earth as He gave succession to those who were before them, and He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them, and He will surely give them after their fear, safety in exchange; they worship Me, they do not associate anything with Me; but whoever disbelieves after that, then those they are the disobedient.
24:56  And be steadfast in prayer and give alms and obey the messenger, perhaps you may obtain mercy.
24:57  Do not think those who disbelieve can escape in the earth. And their abode will be the fire and surely evil is the destination.
24:58  O you who believe! Let those whom your right hands possess, and those amongst you who have not reached puberty, ask permission of you three times: before the prayer of dawn, and when you put off your clothes at noon, and after the evening prayer; - three times of privacy for you: there is no crime upon you nor upon them after these while you are continually going one about the other. Thus God makes clear for you the signs, and God is knowing, wise.
24:59  And when the children among you reach puberty then let them ask permission as those before them asked permission. Thus God makes clear for you His signs, and God is knowing, wise.
24:60  And the postmenopausal among the women, who do not hope for marriage, it is no crime on them that they put off their clothes, without displaying their ornaments; but that they abstain is better for them, and God is hearing, knowing.
24:61  There is no straitness on the blind, and no straitness on the lame, and no straitness on the sick, and none upon yourselves that you eat from your houses, or the houses of your fathers, or the houses of your mothers, or the houses of your brothers, or the houses of your sisters, or the houses of your paternal uncles, or the houses of your paternal aunts, or the houses of your maternal uncles, or the houses of your maternal aunts, or what you possess the keys of, or of your friend, there is no crime on you that you eat all together or separately. And when you enter houses then greet on yourselves a salutation from God, blessed, good. Thus God makes clear for you the signs, perhaps you may understand.
24:62  Only those are believers who believe in God and His messenger, and when they are with him upon a matter of collective action go not away until they have asked his permission; indeed, those who ask your permission, those are the ones who believe in God and His messenger. So when they ask your permission for some affair of theirs, then give permission to whom you will of them, and ask forgiveness for them of God; indeed, God is forgiving, compassionate.
24:63  Do not make the calling of the messenger amongst yourselves like your calling one to the other; verily, God knows those of you who withdraw themselves covertly. And let those who disobey his order beware lest there befall them a trial or there befall them painful punishment.
24:64  Lo, indeed, God's is what is in the heavens and the earth. Verily, He knows what you are on; and the day they shall be returned to Him then He will inform them of what they have done, and God is knowing of all things.