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O prophet! when you divorce women then divorce them for their prescribed term and calculate the prescribed term and fear Allah your Fosterer. Do not drive them out from their houses nor should they themselves go out, unless they commit an open indecency. And those are the limits of Allah and whoever transgresses the limits of Allah, he has indeed been unjust to his own soul, you do not know, perhaps Allah may bring about an event (of reunion) after that.
So when they reach (the end of) their term, then either hold them in a recognised (good manner) or separate them in a recognised (good manner). And call to witness two just men from among you and establish (correct) evidence for (the sake of) Allah. With that is advised he who believes in Allah and the period hereafter, and whoever fears Allah He will make for him a way out,
and He will provide him from a place unthought of. And whoever puts his trust in Allah, then He is sufficient for him. Allah certainly fulfils His command, Allah has indeed made a programme for everything.
And for those of your women who have passed the age of menstruation, if you have a doubt, then their prescribed term is three months, and for those (too) who have not (yet started to) menstruate. And for the pregnant women, their prescribed term is till they lay down their burden. And whoever fears Allah, He makes his affair easy for him.
That is the commandment of Allah, He has sent it down to you. And whoever fears Allah, He will remove from him his evil deeds and enlarge for him the reward.
Make the (divorced) women dwell (during the prescribed term) where you dwell, according to your means, and do not harm them so as to cause distress to them. And if they are pregnant then spend on them till they lay down their burden, then if they suckle (the child) for you then give them their due payment and consult among yourselves in a recognised (good manner) and if you face some difficulty, then let another (woman) suckle (the child) for him (the responsibility of payment being on the father).
Let him who has abundance spend out of his abundance, and one who has his provision straitened on him, let him spend from that which Allah has given to him. Allah does not task a soul but (to the extent of) that which He has given it. Allah will make (things) easy after difficulty.
And how many a town revolted against the commandment of its Fosterer and His messengers, so We called it to account (that too) a severe account and We punished it (with) a severe punishment.
So it tasted the evil result of its affair and at the end of its affair, there was loss.
Allah has prepared a severe punishment for them, so fear Allah, O men of understanding who believe ! Allah has sent down to you a reminder
(through) a messenger who recites to you clear signs of Allah, so as to bring out those who believe and do righteous works, from darkness towards light. And whoever believes in Allah and does righteous work, He will make him enter gardens beneath which rivers flow, to stay therein for ever. Allah has made a better provision for him.
Allah is He Who created the seven skies (seven higher levels), and of the earth (seven lower levels) similar to those (of the skies) . The commandment (of Allah) comes down among them that you may know that Allah has power over everything and that Allah has encompassed everything in (His) knowledge.
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