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#2. Baqara *SURAH*

In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful

1. A.L.M.

2. This is the Book; in it is guidance sure without doubt to
those who fear Allah

3. Who believe in the Unseen are steadfast in prayer and spend
out of what We have provided for them

4. And who believe in the Revelation sent to thee and sent before
thy time and (in their hearts) have the assurance of the

5. They are on (true) guidance from their Lord and it is these
who will prosper

6. As to those who reject Faith it is the same to them whether
thou warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe.

7. Allah hath set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing and
on their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty they (incur)

8. Of the people there are some who say: "We believe in Allah and
the Last) Day" but they do not (really) believe

9. Fain would they deceive Allah and those who believe but they
only deceive themselves and realize (it) not!

10. In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their
disease and grievous is the penalty they (incur) because they are
false (to themselves)

11. When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth"
they say: "Why we only want to make peace!"

12. Of a surety they are the ones who make mischief but they
realize (it) not

13. When it is said to them: "Believe as the others believe" they
say: "Shall we believe as the fools believe?" nay of a surety
they are the fools buy they do not know

14. When they meet those who believe they say: "We believe" but
when they are alone with their evil ones they say: "We are really
with you we (were) only jesting."

15. Allah will throw back their mockery on them and give them
rope in their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (to
and fro)

16. These are they who have bartered guidance for error: but
their traffic is profitless and they have lost true direction

17. Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it
lighted all around him Allah took away their light and left them
in utter darkness so they could not see

18. Deaf dumb and blind they will not return (to the path)

19. Or (another similitude) is that of a rain-laden cloud from
the sky; in it are zones of darkness and thunder and lightning
they press their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning
thunder-clap the while they are in terror of death. But Allah is
ever round the rejecters of Faith!

20. The lightning all but snatches away their sight; every time
the light (helps) them they walk therein and when the darkness
grows on them they I stand still. And if Allah willed He could
take away their faculty of hearing and seeing; for Allah hath
power over all things

21. O ye people! adore your Guardian-Lord who created you and
those who came before you that ye may have the chance to learn

22. Who has made the earth your couch and the heaven your canopy;
and sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth therewith
fruits for your sustenance; then set not up rivals unto Allah
when ye know (the truth)

23. And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time
to time to Our servant then produce a Surah like thereunto; and
call your witnesses or helpers (if there are any) besides Allah
if your (doubts) are true.

24. But if ye cannot and of a surety ye cannot then fear the fire
whose fuel is Men and Stones which is prepared for those who
reject Faith

25. But give glad tidings to those who believe and work
righteousness that their portion is Gardens beneath which rivers
flow. Every time they are fed with fruits therefrom they say:
"Why this is what we were fed with before" for they are given
things in similitude; and they have therein companions (pure and
holy); and they abide therein (for ever).

26. Allah disdains not to use the similitude of things lowest as
well as highest. Those who believe know that it is truth from
their Lord; but those who reject Faith say: "What means Allah by
this similitude?" By it He causes many to stray and many He leads
into the right path but He causes not to stray except those who
forsake (the path).

27. Those who break Allah's Covenant after it is ratified and who
sunder what "Allah has ordered to be joined and do mischief on
earth: These cause loss" (only) to themselves.

28. How can ye reject the faith in Allah? Seeing that ye were
without life and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die
and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return

29. It is He who hath created for you all things that are on
earth; moreover His design comprehended the heavens for He gave
order and perfection to the seven firmaments; and of all things
he hath perfect knowledge

30. Behold thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a
vicegerent on earth. They said "Wilt thou place therein one who
will make mischief therein and shed blood? Whilst we do
celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I
know what ye know not."

31. And He taught Adam the nature of all things; then He placed
them before the angels and said: "Tell Me the nature of these if
ye are right."

32. They said: "Glory to Thee of knowledge we have none save that
Thou hast taught us: in truth it is Thou who art perfect in
knowledge and wisdom."

33. He said: "O Adam! tell them their natures." When he had told
them Allah said: "Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of
heaven and earth and I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?"

34. And behold We said to the angels: "Bow down to Adam"; and
they bowed down not so Iblis he refused and was haughty he was of
those who reject Faith.

35. We said: "O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the garden and
eat of the bountiful things therein as (where and when) ye will
but approach not this tree or ye run into harm and transgression"

36. Then did Satan make them slip from the (garden) and get them
out of the state (of felicity) in which they had been. We said:
"Get ye down all (ye people) with enmity between yourselves. On
earth will be your dwelling place and your means of livelihood
for a time."

37. Then learnt Adam from his Lord words of inspiration and his
Lord turned, toward him; for He is Oft-Returning Most Merciful

38. We said: "Get ye down all from here; and if as is sure there
comes to you guidance from Me" whosoever follows My guidance on
them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.

39. "But those who reject Faith and belie Our Signs they shall be
Companions of the Fire; they shall abide therein."

40. O children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favor which
I bestowed upon you and fulfil your covenant with Me as I fulfil
My covenant with you and fear none but Me.

41. And believe in what I reveal confirming the revelation which
is with you and be not the first to reject faith therein nor sell
My Signs for a small price: and fear Me and Me alone.

42. And cover not Truth with falsehood nor conceal the Truth when
ye know (what it is)

43. And be steadfast in prayer; practice regular charity; and bow
down your heads with those who bow down (in worship)

44. Do ye enjoin right conduct on the people and forget (to
practice it) yourselves and yet ye study the Scripture? Will ye
not understand?

45. Nay seek (Allah's) help with patient perseverance and prayer:
it is indeed hard except to those who bring a lowly spirit

46. Who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their
Lord and that they are to return to Him

47. O children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favor which
I bestowed upon You and that I preferred you to all others (for
My message)

48. Then guard yourselves against a day when one soul shall not
avail another nor shall intercession be accepted for her nor
shall compensation be taken from her nor shall anyone be helped
(from outside)

49. And remember We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh:
they set you hard tasks and punishments slaughtered your sons and
let your womenfolk live; therein was a tremendous trial from your

50. And remember We divided the sea for you and saved you and
drowned, Pharaoh's people within your very sight

51. And remember We appointed forty nights for Moses and in his
absence you took the calf (for worship) and ye did grievous wrong

52. Even then We did forgive you; there was a chance for you to
be grateful.

53. And remember We gave Moses the Scripture and the criterion
(between right and wrong) there was a chance for you to be guided

54. And remember Moses said to his people: "O my people! Ye have
indeed wronged yourselves by your worship of the calf so turn (in
repentance) to your Maker and slay yourselves (the wrong-doers);
that will be better for you in the sight of your Maker." Then He
turned toward you (in forgiveness); for He is Oft-returning Most

55. And remember ye said: "O Moses! we shall never believe in
thee until we see Allah manifestly" but ye were dazed with
thunder and lightning even as ye looked on

56. Then We raised you up after your death; ye had the chance to
be grateful.

57. And We gave You the shade of clouds and sent down to you
manna and quails saying: "Eat of the good things We have provided
for you"; (but they rebelled); to Us they did no harm but they
harmed their own souls.

58. And remember We said: "Enter this town and eat of the plenty
therein as ye wish; but enter the gate with humility in posture
and in words and We shall forgive you your faults and increase
(the portion of) those who do good."

59. But the transgressors changed the word from that which had
been given them; so We sent on the transgressors a plague from
heaven for that they infringed (our command) repeatedly

60. And remember Moses prayed for water for his people; We said:
"Strike the rock with thy staff." Then gushed forth there from
twelve springs. Each group knew its own place for water. So eat
and drink of the sustenance provided by Allah and do no evil nor
mischief on the (face of the) earth.

61. And remember ye said: "O Moses! we cannot endure one kind of
food (always); so beseech thy Lord for us to produce for us of
what the earth groweth its pot-herbs and cucumbers its garlic
lentils and onions." He said: "will ye exchange the better for
the worse? Go ye down to any town and ye shall find what ye
want!" They were covered with humiliation and misery; they drew
on themselves the wrath of Allah. This because they went on
rejecting the signs of Allah and slaying His messengers without
just cause. This because They rebelled and went on transgressing

62. Those who believe (in the Qur'an) and those who follow the
Jewish (Scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabians and who
believe in Allah and the last day and work righteousness shall
have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear nor
shall they grieve.

63. And remember We took your covenant and We raised above you
(the towering height) of Mount (Sinai) (saying): "Hold firmly to
what We have given you and bring (ever) to remembrance what is
therein perchance ye may fear Allah."

64. But ye turned back thereafter had it not been for the Grace
and Mercy of Allah to you ye had surely been among the lost.

65. And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the
matter of the Sabbath; We said to them: "Be ye apes despised and

66. So We made it an example to their own time and to their
posterity and a lesson to those who fear Allah.

67. And remember Moses said to his people: "Allah commands that
ye sacrifice a heifer." They said: "Makest thou a laughing-stock
of us?" He said: "Allah save me from being an ignorant (fool)!"

68. They said: "Beseech on our behalf thy Lord to make plain to
us what (heifer) it is! He said: "He says: The heifer should be
neither too old nor too young but of middling age; now do what ye
are commanded!.

69. They said: "Beseech on our behalf thy Lord to make plain to
us her color." He said: " He says a fawn-colored heifer pure and
rich in tone the admiration of beholders!"

70. They said "Beseech on our behalf thy Lord to make plain to us
what she is to us are all heifers alike; we wish indeed for
guidance if Allah wills."

71. He said: "He says a heifer not trained to till the soil or
water the fields; sound and without blemish." They said: "Now
hast thou brought the truth." Then they offered her in sacrifice
but not with good- will

72. Remember ye slew a man and fell into a dispute among
yourselves as to the crime but Allah was to bring forth what ye
did hide

73. So We said: "Strike the (body) with a piece of the (heifer)."
Thus Allah bringeth the dead to life and showeth you His Signs
perchance ye may understand.

74. Thenceforth were your hearts hardened; they became like a
rock and even worse in hardness. For among rocks there are some
from which rivers gush forth; others there are which when split
asunder send forth water; and others which sink for fear of
Allah. And Allah is not unmindful of what ye do

75. Can ye (O ye men of Faith) entertain the hope that they will
believe in you? Seeing that a party of them heard the word of
Allah and perverted it knowingly after they understood it.

76. Behold! when they meet the men of Faith they say: "We
believe" but when they meet each other in private they say:
"Shall you tell them what Allah hath revealed to you that they
may engage you in argument about it before your Lord?" Do ye not
understand (their aim)?

77. Know they not that Allah knoweth what they conceal and what
they reveal?

78. And there are among them illiterates who know not the Book
but (see therein their own) desires and they do nothing but

79. Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and
then say: "This is from Allah" to traffic with it for a miserable
price! Woe to them for what their hands do write and for the gain
they make thereby

80. And they say: "The fire shall not touch us but for a few
numbered days"; Say: "Have ye taken a promise from Allah for He
never breaks His promise? Or is it that ye say of Allah what ye
do not know?"

81. Nay those who seek gain in Evil and are girt round by their
sins they are? Companions of the Fire therein shall they abide
(for ever)

82. But those who have faith and work righteousness they are
Companions of the Garden therein shall they abide (for ever)

83. And remember We took a covenant from the children of Israel
(to this effect): worship none but Allah; treat with kindness
your parents and kindred and orphans and those in need; speak
fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and practice regular
charity. Then did ye turn back except a few among you and ye
backslide (even now)

84. And remember We took your Covenant (to this effect): shed no
blood amongst you nor turn out your own people from your homes;
and this ye solemnly ratified and to this ye can bear witness.

85. After this it is ye the same people who slay among yourselves
and banish a party of you from their homes; assist (their
enemies) against them in guilt and rancor; and if they come to
you as captives ye ransom them though it was not lawful for you
to banish them. Then is it only a part of the Book that ye
believe in and do ye reject the rest? But what is the reward for
those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life?
and on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most
grievous penalty. For Allah is not unmindful of what ye do

86. These are the people who buy the life of this world at the
price of the Hereafter; their penalty shall not be lightened nor
shall they be helped.

87. We gave Moses the Book and followed him up with a succession
of Apostles; We gave Jesus the son of Mary clear (Signs) and
strengthened him with the holy spirit. Is it that whenever there
comes to you an Apostle with what ye yourselves desire not ye are
puffed up with pride? Some ye called impostors and others ye

88. They say "Our hearts are the wrappings (which preserve
Allah's word we need no more)." Nay Allah's curse is on them for
their blasphemy; little is it they believe.

89. And when there comes to them a Book from Allah confirming
what is with them although from of old they had prayed for
victory against those without faith when there comes to them that
which they (should) have recognized they refused to believe in
it; but the curse of Allah is on those without Faith.

90. Miserable is the price for which they have sold their souls
in that they deny (the revelation) which Allah has sent down in
insolent envy that Allah of His Grace should send it to any of
His servants He pleases; thus have they drawn on themselves wrath
upon wrath. And humiliating is the punishment of those who reject

91. When it is said to them: "believe in what Allah hath sent
down" they say "We believe in what was sent down to us"; yet they
reject all besides even if it be truth confirming what is with
them. Say: "Why then have ye slain the prophets of Allah in times
gone by if ye did indeed believe?"

92. There came to you Moses with clear (Signs); yet ye worshipped
the Calf (even) after that and ye did behave wrongfully.

93. And remember We took your Covenant and We raised above you
(the towering height) of Mount (Sinai) (saying): "Hold firmly to
what We have given you and hearken (to the Law)"; they said: "We
hear and we disobey"; and they had to drink into their hearts (of
the taint) of the calf because of their faithlessness. Say: "Vile
indeed are the behests of your faith if ye haved any faith!"

94. Say: "If the last Home with Allah be for you specially and
not for anyone else then seek ye for death if ye are sincere."

95. But they will never seek for death on account of the (sins)
which their hands have sent on before them. And Allah is well
acquainted with the wrong-doers.

96. Thou wilt indeed find them of all people most greedy of life
even more than the idolaters; each one of them wishes he could be
given a life of a thousand years; but the grant of such life will
not save him from (due) punishment for Allah sees well all that
they do.

97. Say: Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel for he brings down the
(revelation) to thy heart by Allah's will a confirmation of what
went before and guidance and glad tidings for those who believe

98. Whoever is an enemy to Allah and His angels and apostles to
Gabriel and Michael Lo! Allah is an enemy to those who reject

99. We have sent down to thee manifest signs (ayat); and none
reject them but those who are perverse

100. Is it not (the case) that every time they make a Covenant
some party among them throw it aside? - Nay most of them are

101. And when came to them an Apostle from Allah confirming what
was with them a party of the people of the Book threw away the
Book of Allah behind their backs as if (it had been something)
they did not know!

102. They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against
the power of Solomon; the blasphemers were not Solomon but the
evil ones teaching men magic and such things as came down at
Babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these
taught anyone (such things) without saying: "We are only for
trial so do not blaspheme." They learned from them the means to
sow discord between man and wife. But they could not thus harm
anyone except by Allah's permission. And they learned what harmed
them not what profited them. And they knew that the buyers of
(magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter.
And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls if
they but knew!

103. If they had kept their faith and guarded themselves from
evil far better had been the reward from their Lord if they but

104. O ye of Faith! say not (to the Apostle) words of ambiguous
import but words of respect; and hearken (to him); to those
without faith is a grievous punishment.

105. It is never the wish of those without faith among the people
of the Book nor of the Pagans that anything good should come down
to you from your Lord. But Allah will choose for His special
Mercy whom He will for Allah is Lord of grace abounding

106. None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be
forgotten but We substitute something better or similar; knowest
thou not that Allah hath power over all things?

107. Knowest thou not that to Allah belongeth the dominion of the
heavens and the earth! And besides Him ye have neither patron nor

108. Would ye question your Apostle as Moses was questioned of
old? But whoever changeth from faith to unbelief hath strayed
without doubt from the even way

109. Quite a number of the people of the Book wish they could
turn you (people) back to infidelity after ye have believed from
selfish envy after the truth hath become manifest unto them; but
forgive and overlook till Allah accomplish His purpose; for Allah
hath power over all things.

110. And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: and
whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you ye shall
find it with Allah; for Allah sees well all that ye do

111. And they say: "None shall enter paradise unless he be a Jew
or a Christian." Those are their (vain) desires. Say: "Produce
your proof ye are truthful."

112. Nay whoever submits his whole self to Allah and is a doer of
good he will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no
fear nor shall they grieve.

113. The Jews say: "The Christians have naught (to stand) upon";
and the Christians say: "The Jews have naught (to stand) upon."
Yet they (profess to) study the (same) Book. Like unto their word
is what those say who know not but Allah will judge between them
in their quarrel on the Day of Judgment.

114. And who is more unjust than he who forbids that in places
for the worship of Allah Allah's name should be celebrated? Whose
zeal is (in fact) to ruin them? It was not fitting that such
should themselves enter them except in fear. For them there is
nothing but disgrace in this world and in the world to come an
exceeding torment.

115. To Allah belong the East and the West; whithersoever ye turn
there is the presence of Allah. For Allah is All-Pervading

116. They say: "Allah hath begotten a son"; Glory be to Him. Nay
to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth;
everything renders worship to Him

117. To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the
earth; when He decreeth a matter He saith to it: "Be"; and it is

118. Say those without knowledge: "Why speaketh not Allah unto
Us? Or why cometh not unto Us a sign?" So said the people before
them words of similar import. Their hearts are alike. We have
indeed made clear the signs unto any people who hold firmly to
faith (in their hearts)

119. Verily We have sent thee in truth as a bearer of glad
tidings and a warner. But of thee no question shall be asked of
Companions of the blazing fire

120. Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee
unless thou follow their form of religion. Say: "The guidance of
Allah that is the (only) guidance." Wert thou to follow their
desires after the knowledge I which hath reached thee then
wouldst thou find neither protector nor helper against Allah

121. Those to whom We have sent the book study it as it should be
studied; they are the ones that believe therein; those who reject
faith therein the loss is their own

122. O Children of Israel! call to mind the special favor which I
bestowed upon you and that I preferred you to all others (for my

123. Then guard yourselves against a day when one soul shall not
avail another nor shall compensation be accepted from her nor
shall intercession profit her nor shall anyone be helped (from

124. And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain
commands which he fulfilled; He said: "I will make thee an Imam
to the nations." He pleaded: "And also (Imams) from my
offspring!" He answered: "But my promise is not within the reach
of evil-doers."

125. Remember We made the house a place of assembly for men and a
place of safety; and take ye the station of Abraham as a place of
prayer; and We covenanted with Abraham and Isma`il that they
should sanctify My House for those who compass it round or use it
as a retreat or bow or prostrate themselves (therein in prayer)

126. And remember Abraham said: "My Lord make this a City of
Peace and feed its people with fruits such of them as believe in
Allah and the Last Day." He said: "(Yea) and such as reject faith
for a while will I grant them their pleasure but will soon drive
them to the torment of fire an evil destination (indeed)!"

127. And remember Abraham and Isma`il raised the foundations of
the House (with this prayer): "Our Lord! accept (this service)
from us for thou art the All-Hearing the All-Knowing

128. "Our Lord! make of us Muslims bowing to Thy (Will) and of
our progeny a people Muslim bowing to Thy (Will) and show us our
places for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in
mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning Most-Merciful

129. "Our Lord! send amongst them an Apostle of their own who
shall rehearse Thy Signs to them and instruct them in Scripture
and Wisdom and sanctify them; for Thou art the Exalted in Might
the Wise."

130. And who turns away from the religion of Abraham but such as
debase their souls with folly? Him We chose and rendered pure in
this world: and he will be in the Hereafter in the ranks of the

131. Behold! his Lord said to him: "Bow (thy will to me)" He
said: "I bow (my will) to the Lord and Cherisher of the

132. And this was the legacy that Abraham left to his sons and so
did Jacob; "O my sons! Allah hath chosen the faith for you; then
die not except in the faith of Islam."

133. Were ye witnesses when death appeared before Jacob? Behold
he said to his sons: "What will ye worship after me?" They said:
"We shall worship thy Allah and the Allah of thy fathers of
Abraham Isma`il and Isaac the one (true) Allah to Him we bow (in

134. That was a People that hath passed away. They shall reap the
fruit of what they did and ye of what ye do! of their merits
there is no question in your case!

135. They say: "Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided
(to salvation)." Say thou: "Nay! (I would rather) the religion of
Abraham the true and he joined not gods with Allah."

136. Say ye: "We believe in Allah and the revelation given to us
and to Abraham Isma`il Isaac Jacob and the Tribes and that given
to Moses and Jesus and that given to (all) Prophets from their
Lord we make no difference between one and another of them and we
bow to Allah (in Islam)."

137. So if they believe as ye believe they are indeed on the
right path; but if they turn back it is they who are in schism;
but Allah will suffice thee as against them and He is the
All-Hearing the All- Knowing.

138. (Our religion is) the baptism of Allah; and who can baptize
better than) Allah? and it is He whom we worship

139. Say: Will ye dispute with us about Allah seeing that He is
our Lord and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings
and ye for yours; and that we are sincere (in our faith) in Him?

140. Or do ye say that Abraham Isma`il Isaac Jacob and the Tribes
were Jews or Christians? Say: Do ye know better than Allah? Ah!
who is more unjust than those who conceal the testimony they have
from Allah? But Allah is not unmindful of what ye do!

141. That was a people that hath passed away. They shall reap the
fruit of what they did and ye of what ye do! Of their merits
there is no question in your case.

142. The fools among the people will say: "What hath turned them
from the Qiblah to which they were used?" Say: To Allah belong
both East and West; He guideth whom He will to a Way that is

143. Thus have We made of you an Ummah justly balanced that ye
might be witnesses over the nations and the Apostle a witness
over yourselves; and We appointed the Qiblah to which thou wast
used only to test those who followed the Apostle from those who
would turn on their heels (from the faith). Indeed it was (a
change) momentous except to those guided by Allah. And never
would Allah make your faith of no effect. For Allah is to all
people most surely full of kindness Most Merciful.

144. We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the
heavens; now shall We turn thee to a Qiblah that shall please
thee. Turn then thy face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque;
wherever ye are turn your faces in that direction. The people of
the book know well that that is the truth from their Lord nor is
Allah unmindful of what they do.

145. Even if thou wert to bring to the people of the Book all the
signs (together) they would not follow thy Qiblah; nor art thou
going to follow their Qiblah; nor indeed will they follow each
other's Qiblah. If thou after the knowledge hath reached thee
wert to follow their (vain) desires then wert thou indeed
(clearly) in the wrong.

146. The people of the Book know this as they know their own
sons; but some of them conceal the truth which they themselves

147. The truth is from thy Lord so be not at all in doubt

148. To each is a goal to which Allah turns him; then strive
together (as in race) toward all that is good. Wheresoever ye are
Allah will bring you together. For Allah hath power over all

149. From whencesoever thou startest forth turn thy face in the
direction of the Sacred Mosque; that is indeed the truth from thy
Lord. And Allah is not unmindful of what ye do

150. So from whencesoever thou startest forth turn thy face in
the direction of the Sacred Mosque; among wheresoever ye are turn
your face thither that there be no ground of dispute against you
among the people except those of them that are bent on
wickedness; so fear them not but fear Me; and that I may complete
My favors on you and ye may (consent to) be guided

151. A similar (favor have ye already received) in that We have
sent among you an Apostle of your own rehearsing to you Our signs
and sanctifying you and instructing you in Scripture and wisdom
and in new Knowledge

152. Then do ye remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to
Me and reject not faith

153. O ye who believe! seek help with patient perseverance and
prayer: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.

154. And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah:
"They are dead." Nay they are living though ye perceive (it) not

155. Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger
some loss in I goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil) but
give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere

156. Who say when afflicted with calamity: " To Allah we belong
and to Him is our return."

157. They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah and
Mercy and they are the ones that receive guidance

158. Behold! Safa and Marwa are among the Symbols of Allah. So if
those who visit the house in the season or at other times should
compass them round it is no sin in them. And if anyone obeyeth
his own impulse to good be sure that Allah is He Who recogniseth
and knoweth

159. Those who conceal the clear (Signs) We have sent down and
the guidance after We have made it clear for the people in the
book on them shall be Allah's curse and the curse of those
entitled to curse

160. Except those who repent and make amends and openly declare
(the truth) to them I turn; for I am Oft-Returning Most Merciful

161. Those who reject faith and die rejecting on them is Allah's
curse and the curse of angels and of all mankind

162. They will abide therein: Their penalty will not be lightened
nor will respite be their (lot)

163. And your Allah is one Allah; there is no god but He Most
Gracious Most Merciful

164. Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the
alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships
through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which
Allah sends down from the skies and the life which He gives
therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds
that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds
and the clouds which they trail like their slaves between the sky
and the earth; (here) indeed are signs for a people that are wise

165. Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides
Allah as equal (with Allah); they love them as they should love
Allah. But those of faith are overflowing in their love for
Allah. If only the unrighteous could see behold they would see
the penalty that to Allah belongs all power and Allah will
strongly enforce the penalty

166. Then would those who are followed clear themselves of those
who follow (them); they would see the penalty and all relations
between them would be cut off

167. And those who followed would say: "If only we had one more
chance we would clear ourselves of them as they have cleared
themselves of us." Thus will Allah show them (the fruits of)
their deeds as (nothing but) regrets nor will there be a way for
them out of the fire

168. O ye people! eat of what is on earth lawful and good; and do
not follow the footsteps of the evil one for he is to you an
avowed enemy

169. For he commands you what is evil and shameful and that ye
should say of Allah that of which ye have no knowledge

170. When it is said to them: "Follow what Allah hath revealed"
they say: "Nay! we shall follow the ways of our fathers." What!
even though their fathers were void of wisdom and guidance?

171. The parable of those who reject faith is as if one were to
shout like a goat-herd to things that listen to nothing but calls
and cries; deaf dumb and blind they are void of wisdom

172. O ye who believe! eat of the good things that We have
provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is Him ye worship

173. He hath only forbidden you dead meat and blood and the flesh
of swine and that on which any other name hath been invoked
besides that of Allah but if one is forced by necessity without
wilful disobedience nor transgressing due limits then is he
guiltless. For Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

174. Those who conceal Allah's revelations in the Book and
purchase for them miserable profit they swallow into themselves
naught but fire; Allah will not address them on the Day of
Resurrection nor purify them; grievous will be their penalty

175. They are the ones who buy error in place of guidance and
torment in place of forgiveness. Ah! what boldness (they show)
for the Fire!

176. (Their doom is) because Allah sent down the Book in truth
but those who seek causes of dispute in the Book are in a schism
far (from the purpose)

177. It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces toward East
or West; but it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last
Day and the Angels and the Book and the Messengers; to spend of
your substance out of love for Him for your kin for orphans for
the needy for the wayfarer for those who ask and for the ransom
of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer and practice regular
charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be
firm and patient in pain (or suffering) and adversity and
throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth the

178. O ye who believe! the law of equality is prescribed to you
in cases of murder; the free for the free the slave for the slave
the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the
brother of the slain then grant any reasonable demand and
compensate him with handsome gratitude; I this is a concession
and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits
shall be in grave penalty

179. In the law of equality there is (saving of) life to you O ye
men of understanding! that ye may restrain yourselves

180. It is prescribed when death approaches any of you if he
leave any goods that he make a bequest to parents and next of kin
according to reasonable usage; this is due from the Allah-fearing

181. If anyone changes the bequest after hearing it the guilt
shall be on those who make the change. For Allah hears and knows
all things

182. But if anyone fears partiality or wrong-doing on the part of
the testator and makes peace between (the parties concerned)
there is no wrong in him for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

183. O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed to you as it was
prescribed to those before you that ye may (learn) self-restraint

184. (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is
ill or on a journey the prescribed number (should be made up)
from days later. For those who can do it (with hardship) is a
ransom the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give
more of his own free will it is better for him and it is better
for you that ye fast if ye only knew.

185. Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an as
a guide to mankind also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment
(between right and wrong). So everyone of you who is present (at
his home) during that month should spend it in fasting but if
anyone is ill or on a journey the prescribed period (should be
made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you He
does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to
complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him in that He has
guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful

186. When my servants ask thee concerning Me I am indeed close
(to them); I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he
calleth on Me; let them also with a will listen to My call and
believe in Me; that they may walk in the right way

187. Permitted to you on the night of the fasts is the approach
to your wives. They are your garments. And ye are their garments.
Allah knoweth what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; but
He turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them and
seek what Allah hath ordained for you and eat and drink until the
white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black
thread; then complete your fast till the night appears; but do
not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the
mosques. Those are limits (set by) Allah; approach not nigh
thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His signs to men that they
may learn self-restraint

188. And do not eat up your property among yourselves for
vanities nor use it as bait for the judges with intent that ye
may eat up wrongfully and knowingly a little of (other) people's

189. They ask thee concerning the new moons. Say: they are but
signs to mark fixed periods of time in (the affairs of) men and
for pilgrimage. It is no virtue if ye enter your houses from the
back; it is virtue if ye fear Allah. Enter houses through the
proper doors and fear Allah that ye may prosper

190. Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you but do not
transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors

191. And slay them wherever ye catch them and turn them out from
where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are
worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque
unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you slay
them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith

192. But if they cease Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

193. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or
oppression and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if
they cease let there be no hostility except to those who practice

194. The prohibited month for the prohibited month and so for all
things prohibited there is the law of equality. If then anyone
transgresses the prohibition against you transgress ye likewise
against him. But fear Allah and know that Allah is with those who
restrain themselves

195. And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah and make
not your own hands contribute to your destruction but do good;
for Allah loveth those who do good

196. And complete the Hajj or `Umra in the service of Allah. But
if ye are prevented (from completing it) send an offering for
sacrifice such as ye may find and do not shave your heads until
the offering reaches the place of sacrifice. And if any of you is
ill or has an ailment in his scalp (necessitating shaving) (he
should) in compensation either fast or feed the poor or offer
sacrifice; and when ye are in peaceful conditions (again) if
anyone wishes to continue the 'Umra on to the Hajj he must make
an offering such as he can afford it he should fast three days
during the Hajj and seven days on his return making ten days in
all. This is for those whose household is not in (the precincts
of) the Sacred Mosque. And fear Allah and know that Allah is
strict in punishment

197. For Hajj are the months well known. If anyone undertakes
that duty therein let there be no obscenity nor wickedness nor
wrangling in the Hajj. And whatever good ye do (be sure) Allah
knoweth it. And take a provision (with you) for the journey but
the best of provisions is right conduct. So fear Me o ye that are

198. It is no crime in you if ye seek of the bounty of your Lord
(during Pilgrimage). Then when ye pour down from (Mount) Arafat
celebrate the praises of Allah at the Sacred Monument and
celebrate His praises as He has directed you even though before
this ye went astray

199. Then pass on at a quick pace from the place whence it is
usual for the multitude so to do and ask for Allah's forgiveness.
For Allah is Oft Forgiving Most Merciful

200. So when ye have accomplished your holy rites celebrate the
praises of Allah as ye used to celebrate the praises of your
fathers yea with far more heart and soul. There are men who say:
"Our Lord! give us (thy bounties) in this world!" but they will
have no portion in the hereafter.

201. And there are men who say: "Our Lord! give us good in this
world and good in the Hereafter and defend us from the torment on
the fire!"

202. To these will be allotted what they have earned and Allah is
quick in account

203. Celebrate the praises of Allah during the Appointed Days but
if anyone hastens to leave in two days there is no blame on him
and if anyone stays on there is no blame on him if his aims is to
do right. Then fear Allah and know that ye will surely be
gathered unto Him

204. There is the type of man whose speech about this world's
life may dazzle thee and he calls Allah to witness about what is
in his heart; yet is he the most contentious of enemies

205. When he turns his back his aim everywhere is to spread
mischief through the earth and destroy crops and cattle. But
Allah loveth not mischief

206. When it is said to him "Fear Allah" he is led by arrogance
to (more) crime. Enough for him is Hell; an evil bed indeed (to
lie on)!

207. And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the
pleasure of Allah; and Allah is full of kindness to (His)

208. O ye who believe! enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and
follow not the footsteps of the Evil One; for he is to you an
avowed enemy

209. If ye backslide after the clear (signs) have come to you
then know that Allah is Exalted in Power Wise

210. Will they wait until Allah comes to them in canopies of
clouds with angels (in His train) and the question is (thus)
settled? But to Allah do all questions go back (for decision)

211. Ask the Children of Israel how many Clear (Signs) We have
sent them. But if anyone after Allah's favor has come to him
substitutes (something else) Allah is strict in punishment

212. The life of this world is alluring to those who reject faith
and they scoff at those who believe. But the righteous will be
above them on the Day of Resurrection; for Allah bestows His
abundance without measures on whom He will

213. Mankind was one single nation and Allah sent Messengers with
glad tidings and warnings; and with them He sent the Book in
truth to judge between people in matters wherein they differed;
but the People of the Book after the clear Signs came to them did
not differ among themselves except through selfish contumacy.
Allah by His Grace guided the believers to the truth concerning
that wherein they differed. For Allah guides whom He will to a
path that is straight

214. Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of Bliss)
without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before
you? They encountered suffering and adversity and were so shaken
in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with
him cried: "When (will come) the help of Allah?" Ah! verily the
help of Allah is (always) near!

215. They ask thee what they should spend (in charity). Say:
Whatever ye spend that is good is for parents and kindred and
orphans and those in want and for wayfarers. And whatever ye do
that is good Allah knoweth it well

216. Fighting is prescribed for you and ye dislike it. But it is
possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you and that
ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth and ye
know not

217. They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month.
Say: "Fighting therein is a grave (offence); but graver is it in
the sight of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah to deny
Him to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque and drive out its
members. Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter. Nor will
they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith
if they can. And if any of you turn back from their faith and die
in unbelief their works will bear no fruit in this life and in
the Hereafter; they will be Companions of the Fire and will abide

218. Those who believed and those who suffered exile and fought
(and strove and struggled) in the path of Allah they have the
hope of the Mercy of Allah; and Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most

219. They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: "In them is
great sin and some profit for men; but the sin is greater than
the profit." They ask thee how much they are to spend; say: "What
is beyond your needs." Thus doth Allah make clear to you His
Signs: in order that ye may consider.

220. (Their bearings) on this life and the Hereafter. They ask
thee concerning orphans. Say: "The best thing to do is what is
for their good; if ye mix their affairs with yours they are your
brethren; but Allah knows the man who means mischief from the man
who means good. And if Allah had wished He could have put you
into difficulties: He is indeed Exalted in Power Wise."

221. Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters) until they
believe; a slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving
woman even though she allure you. Nor marry (your girls) to
unbelievers until they believe: a man slave who believes is
better than un unbeliever even though he allure you. Unbelievers
do (but) beckon you to the fire. But Allah beckons by His grace
to the Garden (of Bliss) and forgiveness and makes His Signs:
clear to mankind: that they may celebrate His praise

222. They ask thee concerning women's courses. Say: They are a
hurt and a pollution; so keep away from women in their courses
and do not approach them until they are clean. But when they have
purified themselves ye may approach them in any manner time or
place ordained for you by Allah. For Allah loves those who turn
to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and

223. Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth
when or how ye will. But do some good act for your souls
beforehand; and fear Allah and know that ye are to meet Him (in
the Hereafter) and give (these) good tidings to those who believe

224. And make not Allah's (name) an excuse in your oaths against
doing good or acting rightly or making peace between persons; for
Allah is one who heareth and knoweth all things

225. Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in
your oaths but for the intention in your hearts; and He is
Oft-Forgiving Most Forbearing

226. For those who take an oath for abstention from their wives a
waiting for four months is ordained; if then they return Allah is
Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

227. But if their intention is firm for divorce Allah heareth and
knoweth all things

228. Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three
monthly periods nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah hath
created in their wombs if they have faith in Allah and the Last
Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back
in that period if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall
have rights similar to the rights against them according to what
is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them and
Allah is Exalted in Power Wise

229. A divorce is only permissible twice: after that the parties
should either hold together on equitable terms or separate with
kindness. It is not lawful for you (men) to take back any of your
gifts (from your wives) except when both parties fear that they
would be unable to keep the limits ordained by Allah. If ye
(judges) do indeed fear that they would be unable to keep the
limits ordained by Allah there is no blame on either of them if
she give something for her freedom. These are the limits ordained
by Allah; so do not transgress them. If any do transgress the
limits ordained by Allah such persons wrong (themselves as well
as others)

230. So if a husband divorces his wife (irrevocably) he cannot
after that remarry her until after she has married another
husband and he has divorced her. In that case there is no blame
on either of them if they reunite provided they feel that they
can keep the limits ordained by Allah. Such are the limits
ordained by Allah which He makes plain to those who understand

231. When ye divorce women and they fulfil the term of their
(`Iddat) either take them back on equitable terms or set them
free on equitable terms; but do not take them back to injure them
or to take undue advantage; if anyone does that He wrongs his own
soul. Do not treat Allah's Signs as jest but solemnly rehearse
Allah's favors on you and the fact that He sent down to you the
Book and Wisdom for your instruction. And fear Allah and know
that Allah is well acquainted with all things

232. When ye divorce women and they fulfil the term of their
(`Iddat) do not prevent them from marrying their (former)
husbands if they mutually agree on equitable terms. This
instruction is for all amongst you who believe in Allah and the
Last Day. That is (the course making for) most virtue and purity
amongst you and Allah knows and ye know not

233. The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole
years if the father desires to complete the term. But he shall
bear the cost of their food and clothing on equitable terms. No
soul shall have a burden laid on it greater than it can bear. No
mother shall be treated unfairly on account of her child nor
father on account of his child. An heir shall be chargeable in
the same way if they both decide on weaning by mutual consent and
after due consultation there is no blame on them. If ye decide on
a foster-mother for your offspring there is no blame on you
provided ye pay (the mother) what ye offered on equitable terms.
But fear Allah and know that Allah sees well what ye do

234. If any of you die and leave widows behind they shall wait
concerning themselves four months and ten days: when they have
fulfilled their term there is no blame on you if they dispose of
themselves in a just and reasonable manner. And Allah is well
acquainted with what ye do

235. There is no blame on you if ye make an offer of betrothal or
hold it in your hearts. Allah knows that ye cherish them in your
hearts: but do not make a secret contract with them except in
terms honorable nor resolve on the tie of marriage till the term
prescribed is fulfilled. And know that Allah knoweth what is in
your hearts and take heed of Him; and know that, Allah is Oft
Forgiving Most Forbearing

236. There is no blame on you if ye divorce women before
consummation or the fixation of their dower; but bestow on them
(a suitable gift) the wealth according to his means and the poor
according to his means; a gift of a reasonable amount is due from
those who wish to do the right thing

237. And if ye divorce them before consummation but after the

fixation of a dower for them then the half of the dower (is due
to them) unless they remit it. Or (the man's half) is remitted by
him in whose hands is the marriage tie; and the remission (of the
man's half) is the nearest to righteousness. And do not forget
liberality between yourselves. For Allah sees well all that ye do

238. Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers especially the middle
prayer and stand before Allah in a devout (frame of mind)

239. If ye fear (an enemy) pray on foot or riding (as may be most
convenient) but when ye are in security celebrate Allah's praises
in the manner He has taught you which ye knew not (before)

240. Those of you who die and leave widows should bequeath for
their widows a year's maintenance and residence; but if they
leave (the residence) there is no blame on you for what they do
with themselves provided it is reasonable and Allah is Exalted in
Power Wise

241. For divorced women maintenance (should be provided) on a
reasonable (scale). This is a duty on the righteous

242. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to you: in order that
ye may understand.

243. Didst thou not turn thy vision to those who abandoned their
homes though they were thousands (in number) for fear of death?
Allah said to them: "Die." Then He restored them to life. For
Allah is full of bounty to mankind but most of them are

244. Then fight in the cause of Allah and know that Allah heareth
and knoweth all things

245. Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan which
Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is
Allah that giveth : (you) want or plenty and to Him shall be your

246. Hast thou not turned thy vision to the chiefs of the
children of Israel after (the time of) Moses? They said to a
Prophet (that was) among them:"Appoint for us a king that we may
fight in the cause of Allah. He said: "Is it not possible if ye
were commanded to fight that ye will not fight?" They said: "How
could we refuse to fight in the cause of Allah seeing that we
were turned out of our homes and our families?" But when they
were commanded to fight they turned back except a small band
among ? them. But Allah has full knowledge of those who do wrong

247. Their Prophet said to them: "Allah hath appointed Talut as
king over you." They say: "How can he exercise authority over us
when we are better fitted than he to exercise authority and he is
not even gifted with wealth in abundance?" He said: "Allah hath
chosen him above you and hath gifted him abundantly with
knowledge and bodily prowess; Allah granteth His authority to
whom He pleaseth. Allah careth for all and He knoweth all

248. And (further) their Prophet said to them: "A sign of his
authority is that there shall come to you the Ark of the Covenant
with (an assurance) therein of security from your Lord and the
relics left by the family of Moses and the family of Aaron
carried by angels. In this is a Symbol for "you if ye indeed have

249. When Talut set forth with the armies he said: "Allah will
test you at the stream; if any drinks of its water he goes not
with my army; only those who taste not of it go with me; a mere
sip out of the hand is excused." But they all drank of it except
a few. When they crossed the river he and the faithful ones with
him they said: "This day we cannot cope with Goliath and his
forces." But those who were convinced that they must meet Allah
said: "How oft by Allah's will hath a small force vanquished big
one? Allah is with those who steadfastly persevere."

250. When they advanced to meet Goliath and his forces they
prayed: "Our Lord pour out constancy on us and make our steps
firm; help us against those that reject faith."

251. By Allah's will they routed them: and David slew Goliath;
and Allah gave him power and wisdom and taught him whatever
(else) He willed. And did not Allah check one set of people by
means of another the earth would indeed be full of mischief but
Allah is full of bounty to all the worlds

252. These are the signs of Allah; We rehearse them to thee in
truth: verily thou art one of the apostles

253. Those apostles We endowed with gifts some above others: to
one of them Allah spoke; others He raised to degrees (of honor);
to Jesus the son of Mary We gave clear (Signs) and strengthened
him with the Holy Spirit. If Allah had so willed succeeding
generations would not have fought among each other after clear
(Signs) had come to them but they (chose) to wrangle some
believing and others rejecting. If Allah had so willed they would
not have fought each other; but Allah fulfilleth His plan

254. O ye who believe! spend out of (the bounties) We have
provided for you before the day comes when no bargaining (will
avail) nor friendship nor intercession. Those who reject faith
they are the wrong-doers

255. Allah! there is no Allah but He the living the
Self-subsisting Eternal. No slumber can seize him nor sleep. His
are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can
intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth
what (appeareth to his creatures as) before or after or behind
them. Nor shall they compass aught of his knowledge except as He
willeth. His throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth
and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. For He
is the Most High the Supreme (in glory)

256. Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out
clear from error; whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath
grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks. And
Allah heareth and knoweth all things

257. Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the
depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those
who reject faith the patrons are the Evil Ones: from light they
will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be
companions of the fire to dwell therein (for ever)

258. Hast thou not turned thy vision to one who disputed with
Abraham about his Lord because Allah had granted him power?
Abraham said: "My Lord is He Who Giveth life and death." He said:
"I give life and death." Said Abraham: "but it is Allah that
causeth the sun to rise from the East do thou then cause him to
rise from the West." Thus was he confounded who (in arrogance)
rejected faith. Nor doth Allah give guidance to a people unjust

259. Or (take) the similitude of one who passed by a hamlet all
in ruins to its roofs. He said: "Oh! how shall Allah bring it
(ever) to life after (this) its death?" But Allah caused him to
die for a hundred years then raised him up (again). He said: "How
long didst thou tarry (thus)?" He said: "(perhaps) a day or part
of a day." He said: "Nay thou hast tarried thus a hundred years;
but look at thy food and thy drink; they show no signs of age;
and look at thy donkey: and that We may make of thee a Sign unto
the people look further at the bones how We bring them together
and clothe them with flesh! When this was shown clearly to him he
said: "I know that Allah hath power over all things."

260. Behold! Abraham said: "My Lord! show me how thou givest life
to the dead. He said: "Dost thou not then believe?" He said:
"Yea! but to satisfy my own understanding." He said: "Take four
birds; tame them to turn to thee; put a portion of them on every
hill and call to them; they will come to thee (flying) with
speed. Then know that Allah is Exalted in Power Wise."

261. The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of
Allah is that of a grain of corn: it groweth seven ears and each
ear hath a hundred grains. Allah giveth manifold increase to whom
He pleaseth; and Allah careth for all and He knoweth all things

262. Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah and
follow not up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or
with injury for them their reward is with their Lord; on them
shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.

263. King words and the covering of faults are better than
charity followed by injury. Allah is free of all wants and he is
Most Forbearing

264. O ye who believe! cancel not your charity by reminders of
your generosity or by injury like those who spend their substance
to be seen of men but believe neither in Allah nor in the last
day. They are in Parable like a hard barren rock on which is a
little soil; on it falls heavy rain which leaves it (just) a bare
stone. They will be able to do nothing with aught they have
earned. And Allah guideth not those who reject faith

265. And the likeness of those who spend their substance seeking
to please Allah and to strengthen their souls is as a garden high
and fertile: heavy rain falls on it but makes it yield a double
increase of harvest and if it receives not heavy rain light
moisture sufficeth it. Allah seeth well whatever ye do

266. Does any of you wish that he should have a garden with
date-palms and vines and streams flowing underneath and all kinds
of fruit while he is stricken with old age and his children are
not strong (enough to look after themselves) that it should be
caught in a whirlwind with fire therein and be burnt up? Thus
doth Allah make clear to you (His) signs; that ye may consider

267. O ye who believe! give of the good things which ye have
(honorably) earned and of the fruits of the earth which We have
produced for you and do not even aim at getting anything which is
bad in order that out of it ye may give away something when ye
yourselves would not receive it except with closed eyes. And know
that Allah is free of all wants and worthy of all praise

268. The Evil One threatens you with poverty and bids you to
conduct unseemly. Allah promiseth you His forgiveness and
bounties and Allah careth for all and He knoweth all things

269. He granteth wisdom to whom He pleaseth; and he to whom
wisdom is granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing; but
none will grasp the message but men of understanding

270. And whatever ye spend in charity or devotion be sure Allah
knows it all. But the wrong-doers have no helpers

271. If ye disclose (acts of) charity even so it is well but if
ye conceal them and make them reach those (really) in need that
is best for you: it will remove from you some of your (stains of)
evil. And Allah is well acquainted with what ye do

272. It is not required of thee (O Apostles) to set them on the
right path but Allah sets on the right path whom He pleaseth.
Whatever of good ye give benefits your own souls and ye shall
only do so seeking the "Face" of Allah. Whatever good ye give,
shall be rendered back to you and ye shall not be dealt with

273. (Charity is) for those in need who in Allah's cause are
restricted (from travel) and cannot move about in the land
seeking (for trade or work). The ignorant man thinks because of
their modesty that they are free from want. Thou shalt know them
by their (unfailing) mark: they beg not importunately from all
and sundry. And whatever of good ye give be assured Allah knoweth
it well

274. Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by
day in secret and in public have their reward with their Lord: on
them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve

275. Those who devour usury will not stand except as stands one
whom the Evil One by his touch hath driven to madness. That is
because they say: "Trade is like usury but Allah hath permitted
trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction
from their Lord desist shall be pardoned for the past; their case
is for Allah (to judge); but those who repeat (the offence) are
companions of the fire: they will abide therein (for ever)

276. Allah will deprive usury of all blessing but will give
increase for deed of charity: for He loveth not creatures
ungrateful and wicked

277. Those who believe and do deeds of righteousness and
establish regular prayers and regular charity will have their
reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear nor shall they

278. O ye who believe! fear Allah and give up what remains of
your demand for usury if ye are indeed believers

279. If ye do it not take notice of war from Allah and his
Apostle: but if ye turn back ye shall have your capital sums;
deal not unjustly and ye shall not be dealt with unjustly

280. If the debtor is in a difficulty grant him time till it is
easy for him to repay. but it ye remit if by way of charity that
is best for you if ye only knew

281. And fear the day when ye shall be brought back to Allah.
Then shall every soul be paid what it earned and none shall be
dealt with unjustly

282. O ye who believe! when ye deal with each other in
transactions involving future obligations in a fixed period of
time reduce them to writing. Let! a scribe write down faithfully
as between the parties: let not the scribe refuse to write as
Allah has taught him so let him write. Let him who incurs the
liability dictate but let him fear his Lord Allah and not
diminish aught of what he owes. If the party liable is mentally
deficient or weak or unable himself to dictate let his guardian
dictate faithfully. And get two witnesses out of your own men and
if there are not two men then a man and two women such as ye
choose for witnesses so that if one of them errs the other can
remind her. The witnesses should not refuse when they are called
on (for evidence). Disdain not to reduce to writing (your
contract) for a future period whether it be small or big: it is
juster in the sight of Allah more suitable as evidence and more
convenient to prevent doubts among yourselves; but if it be a
transaction which ye carry out on the spot among yourselves there
is no blame on you if ye reduce it not to writing. But take
witnesses whenever ye make a commercial contract; and let neither
scribe nor witness suffer harm. If ye do (such harm) it would be
wickedness in you. So fear Allah; for it is Allah that teaches
you. And Allah is well acquainted with all things

283. If ye are on a journey and cannot find a scribe a pledge
with possession (may serve the purpose). And if one of you
deposits a thing on trust with another let the trustee
(faithfully) discharge his trust and let him fear his Lord.
Conceal not evidence; for whoever conceals it his heart is
tainted with sin. And Allah knoweth all that ye do

284. To Allah belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth.
Whether ye show what is in your minds or conceal it Allah calleth
you to account for it. He forgiveth whom He pleaseth and
punisheth whom He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things

285. The Apostle believeth in what hath been revealed to him from
his Lord as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in
Allah His angels His books and His Apostles "We make no
distinction (they say) between one and another of His Apostles."
And they say: "We hear and we obey; (We seek) Thy forgiveness Our
Lord and to Thee is the end of all journeys."

286. On no soul doth Allah place a burden greater than it can
bear. It gets every good that it earns and it suffers every ill
that it earns. (Pray): "Our Lord! condemn us not if we forget or
fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which
Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! lay not on us a
burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins
and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our
Protector; help us against those who stand against faith."