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 #24. Noor *SURAH*

In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful



1. A Surah which We have sent down and which We have ordained: in
it have We sent down Clear Signs in order that ye may receive
admonition

2. The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication flog
each of them with a hundred stripes: let not compassion move you
in their case in a matter prescribed by Allah if ye believe in
Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness
their punishment

3. Let no man guilty of adultery or fornication marry any but a
woman similarly guilty or an Unbeliever nor let any but such a
man or an Unbeliever marry such a woman: to the Believers such a
thing is forbidden

4. And those who launch a charge against chaste women and produce
not four witnesses (to support their allegation) flog them with
eighty stripes: and reject their evidence ever after: for such
men are wicked transgressors

5. Unless they repent thereafter and mend (their conduct): for
Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

6. And for those who launch a charge against their spouses and
have (in support) no evidence but their own their solitary
evidence (can be received) if they bear witness four times (with
an oath) by Allah that they" are solemnly telling the truth

7. And the fifth (oath) (should be) that they solemnly invoke the
curse of Allah on themselves if they tell a lie

8. But it would avert the punishment from the wife if she bears
witness four times (with an oath) by Allah that (her husband) is
telling a lie

9. And the fifth (oath) should be that she solemnly invokes the
wrath of Allah on herself if (her accuser) is telling the truth

10. If it were not for Allah's grace and mercy on you and that
Allah is Oft Returning Full of Wisdom (ye would be ruined indeed)

11. Those who brought forward the lie are a body among
yourselves: think it not to be an evil to you: on the contrary it
is good for you: to every man among them (will come the
punishment) of the sin that he earned and to him who took on
himself the lead among them will be a Penalty grievous

12. Why did not Believers men and women when ye heard of the
affair put the best construction on it in their own minds and
say "This (charge) is an obvious lie"?

13. Why did they not bring four witnesses to prove it? When they
have not brought the witnesses such men in the sight of Allah
(stand forth) themselves as liars!

14. Were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you in this
world and the Hereafter a grievous penalty would have seized you
in that ye rushed glibly into this affair

15. Behold ye received it on your tongues and said out of your
mouths things of which ye had no knowledge; and ye thought it to
be a light matter while. it was most serious in the sight of
Allah

16. And why did ye not when ye heard it say "It is not right of
us to speak of this: Glory to Allah! this is a most serious
slander!"

17. Allah doth admonish you that ye may never repeat such
(conduct) if ye are (true) Believers

18. And Allah makes the Signs plain to you: for Allah is full of
knowledge and wisdom

19. Those who love (to see) scandal published broadcast among the
Believers will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the
Hereafter: Allah knows and ye know not

20. Were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you and that
Allah is full of kindness and mercy (ye would be ruined indeed)

21. O ye who believe! follow not Satan's footsteps: if any will
follow the footsteps of Satan he will (but) command what is
shameful and wrong: and were it not for the grace and mercy of
Allah on you not one of you would ever have been pure: but Allah
doth purify whom He pleases: and Allah is One Who hears and knows
(all things)

22. Let not those among you who are endued with grace and
amplitude of means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen
those in want and those who have left their homes in Allah's
cause: let them forgive and overlook: do you not wish that Allah
should forgive you? For Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

23. Those who slander chaste women indiscreet but believing are
cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous
Penalty

24. On the Day when their tongues their hands and their feet will
bear witness against them as to their actions

25. On that Day Allah will pay them back (all) their just dues
and they will realize that Allah is the (very) Truth that makes
all things manifest

26. Women impure are for men impure and men impure are for women
impure; and women of purity are for men of purity and men of
purity are for women of purity: these are not affected by what
people say: for them there is forgiveness and a provision
honorable

27. O ye who believe! enter not houses other than your own until
ye have asked permission and saluted those in them: that is best
for you in order that ye may heed (what is seemly)

28. If ye find no one in the house enter not until permission is
given to you if ye are asked to go back go back: that makes for
greater purity for yourselves: and Allah knows well all that ye
do

29. It is no fault on your part to enter houses not used for
living in which serve some (other) use for you: and Allah has
knowledge of what ye reveal and what ye conceal

30. Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze
and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for
them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do

31. And say to the believing women that they should lower their
gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their
beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear
thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and
not display their beauty except to their husbands their fathers
their husbands' fathers their sons their husbands' sons their
brothers or their brothers' sons or their sisters' sons or their
women or the slaves whom their right hands possess or male
servants free of physical needs or small children who have no
sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their
feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O
ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah that ye may
attain Bliss

32. Marry those among you who are single or the virtuous ones
among your slaves male or female: if they are in poverty Allah
will give them means out of His grace: for Allah encompasseth all
and He knoweth all things

33. Let those who find not the wherewithal for marriage keep
themselves chaste until Allah gives them means out of His grace.
And if any of your slaves ask for a deed in writing (to enable
them to earn their freedom for a certain sum) give them such a
deed if ye know any good in them; yea give them something
yourselves out of the means which Allah has given to you. But
force not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity in
order that ye may make a gain in the goods of this life. But if
anyone compels them yet after such compulsion is Allah
Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful (to them)

34. We have already sent down to you verses making things clear
an illustration from (the story of) people who passed away before
you and an admonition for those who fear (Allah)

35. Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable
of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a lamp:
the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant
star: lit from a blessed Tree an Olive neither of the East nor of
the West whose Oil is well-nigh luminous though fire scarce
touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to
His Light. Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth
know all things

36. (Lit is such a light) in houses which Allah hath permitted to
be raised to honor; for the celebration in them of His name: in
them is He glorified in the mornings and in the evenings (again
and again)

37. By men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from
the Remembrance of Allah nor from regular Prayer nor from the
practice of regular Charity: their (only) fear is for the Day
when hearts and eyes will be transformed (in a world wholly new)

38. That Allah may reward them according to the best of their
deeds and add even more for them out of His Grace: for Allah doth
provide for those whom He will without measure

39. But the Unbelievers their deeds are like a mirage in sandy
deserts which the man parched with thirst mistakes for water;
until when he comes up to it he finds it to be nothing: but he
finds Allah (ever) with him and Allah will pay him his account:
and Allah is swift in taking account

40. Or (the Unbelievers' state) is like the depths of darkness in
a vast deep ocean overwhelmed with billow topped by billow topped
by (dark) clouds depths of darkness one above another: if a man
stretches out his hand he can hardly see it! for any to whom
Allah giveth not light there is no light!

41. Seest thou not that it is Allah Whose praises all beings in
the heavens and on earth do celebrate and the birds (of the air)
with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and
praise. And Allah knows well all that they do

42. Yea to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the
earth; and to Allah is the final goal (of all)

43. Seest thou not that Allah makes the clouds move gently then
joins them together then makes them into a heap? then wilt thou
see rain issue forth from their midst. And He sends down from the
sky mountain masses (of clouds) wherein is hail: He strikes
therewith whom He pleases and He turns it away fro whom He
pleases. The vivid flash of His lightning well-nigh blinds the
sight

44. It is Allah Who alternates the Night and the Day: verily in
these things is an instructive example for those who have vision!

45. And Allah has created every animal from water: of them there
are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs;
and some that walk on four. Allah creates what He wills: for
verily Allah has power over all things

46. We have indeed sent down Signs that make things manifest: and
Allah guides whom He wills to a way that is straight

47. They say "We believe in Allah and in the Apostle and we
obey": but even after that some of them turn away: they are not
(really) Believers

48. When they are summoned to Allah and His Apostle in order that
He may judge between them behold some of them decline (to come)

49. But if the right is on their side they come to him with all
submission

50. Is it that there is a disease in their hearts? Or do they
doubt or are they in fear that Allah and His Apostle will deal
unjustly with them? Nay it is they themselves who do wrong

51. The answer of the Believers when summoned to Allah and His
Apostle in order that He may judge between them is no other than
this: they say "We hear and we obey": it is such as these that
will attain felicity

52. It is such as obey Allah and His Apostle and fear Allah and
do right that will win (in the end)

53. They swear their strongest oaths by Allah that if only thou
wouldst command them they would leave (their homes). Say: "Swear
ye not; obedience is (more) reasonable: verily Allah is
well-acquainted with all hat ye do."

54. Say: "Obey Allah and obey the Apostle: but if ye turn away he
is only responsible for the duty placed on him and ye for that
placed on you. If ye obey him ye shall be on right guidance. The
Apostle's duty is only to preach the clear (Message)."

55. Allah has promised to those among you who believe and work
righteous deeds that He will of a surety grant them in the land
inheritance (of power) as He granted it to those before them;
that He will establish in authority their religion the one which
He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state)
after the fear in which they (lived) to one of security and
peace: `They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with
Me.' If any do reject faith after this they are rebellious and
wicked

56. So establish regular Prayer and give regular Charity: and
obey the Apostle; that ye may receive mercy

57. Never think thou that the Unbelievers are going to frustrate
(Allah's Plan) on earth: their abode is the Fire and it is indeed
an evil refuge!

58. O ye who believe! let those whom your right hands possess and
the (children) among you who have not come of age ask your
permission (before they come to your presence) on three occasions
before morning prayer; the while ye doff your clothes for the
noonday heat; and after the late-night prayer: these are your
three times of undress: outside those times it is not wrong for
you or for them to move about attending to each other: thus does
Allah make clear the Signs to you: for Allah is full of knowledge
and! wisdom."

59. But when the children among you come of age let them (also)
ask for permission as do those senior to them (in age): thus does
Allah make clear. His Signs to you: for Allah is full of
knowledge and wisdom

60. Such elderly women as are past the prospect of marriage there
is no blame on them if they lay aside their (outer) garments
provided they make not a wanton display of their beauty: but it
is best for them to be modest: and Allah is One Who sees and
knows all things

61. it is no fault in the blind nor in one born lame nor in one
afflicted with illness nor in yourselves that ye should eat in
your own houses or those of your fathers or your mothers or your
brothers or your sisters or your father's brothers or your
father's sisters or your mother's brothers or your mother's
sisters or in houses of which the keys are in your possession or
in the house of a sincere friend of yours: there is no blame on
you whether ye eat in company or separately. But id ye enter
houses salute each other a greeting or blessing and purity as
from Allah. Thus does Allah make clear the Signs to you: that ye
may understand

62. Only those are Believers who believe in Allah and His
Apostle: when they are with him on a matter requiring collective
action they do not depart until they have asked for his leave:
those who ask for thy leave are those who believe in Allah and
His Apostle; so when they ask for thy leave for some business of
theirs give leave to those of them whom thou wilt and as Allah
for their forgiveness: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

63. Deem not the summons of the Apostle among yourselves like the
summons of one of you to another: Allah doth know those of you
who slip away under shelter of some excuse: then let those beware
who withstand the Apostle's order lest some trial befall them or
a grievous Penalty be inflicted on them

64. Be quite sure that to Allah doth belong whatever is in the
heavens and on earth. Well doth He know what ye are intent upon:
and one day they will be brought back to Him and He will tell
them the truth of what they did: for Allah doth know all things