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#3. Al-i-Imran *SURAH*

In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful


1. A.L.M.

2. Allah! there is no god but He the Living the Self-Subsisting
Eternal

3. It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step) in truth the
Book confirming what went before it; and He sent down Law (Of
Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this as a guide to
mankind and He sent down the Criterion (of judgment between right
and wrong).

4. Then those who reject Faith in the Signs of Allah will suffer
the severest penalty and Allah is Exalted in Might Lord of
Retribution

5. From Allah verily nothing is hidden on earth or in the heavens

6. He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is
no god but He the Exalted in Might the Wise

7. He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: in it are verses
basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the
foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in
whose hearts is perversity follow the, part there of that is
allegorical seeking discord and searching for its hidden meanings
but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah and those, I
who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the
Book; the whole of it is from our Lord"; and none will grasp the
Message except men of understanding

8. "Our Lord!" (they say) "let not our hearts deviate now after
Thou hast guided us but grant us mercy from Thine own Presence;
for Thou art the Grantor of bounties without measure

9. "Our Lord! Thou art He that will gather mankind together
against a day about which there is no doubt: for Allah never
fails in His promise

10. Those who reject faith neither their possessions nor their
(numerous) progeny will avail them aught against Allah: they are
themselves but fuel for the fire.

11. (Their plight will be) no better than that of the people of
Pharaoh and their predecessors: they denied Our Signs and Allah
called them to account for their sins. For Allah is strict in
punishment

12. Say to those who reject Faith: "Soon will ye be vanquished
and gathered together to hell an evil bed indeed (to lie on)!

13. "There has already been for you a Sign in the two armies that
met (in combat): one was fighting in the cause of Allah the other
resisting Allah these saw with their own eyes twice their number.
But Allah doth support with His aid whom He pleaseth. In this is
a warning for such as have eyes to see

14. Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet:
women and sons; heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses
branded (for blood and excellence); and (wealth of) cattle and
well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this world's life;
but in nearness to Allah is the best of the goals (to return to)

15. Say: shall I give you glad tidings of things far better than
those? For the righteous are gardens in nearness to their Lord
with rivers flowing beneath; therein is their eternal home; with
companions pure (and holy) and the good pleasure of Allah. For in
Allah's sight are (all) His servants

16. (Namely) those who say: "Our Lord! we have indeed believed:
forgive us then our sins and save us from the agony of the fire

17. Those who show patience firmness and self-control; who are
true (in word and deed); who worship devoutly; who spend (in the
way of Allah); and who pray for forgiveness in the early hours of
the morning

18. There is no god but He: that is the witness of Allah His
angels and those endued with knowledge standing firm on justice.
There is no god but He the Exalted in Power the Wise

19. The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His will):
nor did the people of the Book dissent therefrom except through
envy of each other after knowledge had come to them. But if any
deny the Signs of Allah Allah is swift in calling to account

20. So if they dispute with thee say: "I have submitted my whole
self to Allah and so have those who follow me." And say to the
people of the Book and to those who are unlearned: "Do ye (also)
submit yourselves?" If they do they are in right guidance but if
they turn back thy duty is to convey the Message; and in Allah's
sight are (all) His servants

21. As to those who deny the Signs of Allah and in defiance of
right slay the Prophets and slay those who teach just dealing
with mankind announce to them a grievous penalty

22. They are those whose works will bear no fruit in this world
and in the Hereafter nor will they have anyone to help

23. Hast thou not turned thy vision to those who have been given
a portion of the Book? They are invited to the Book of Allah to
settle their dispute but a party of them turn back and decline
(the arbitration)

24. This because they say: "The fire shall not touch us but for a
few numbered days"; for their forgeries deceive them as to their
own religion

25. But how (will they fare) when We gather them together against
a day about which there is no doubt and each soul will be paid
out just what it has earned without (favor or injustice)?

26. Say: "O Allah! Lord of Power (and Rule) thou givest Power to
whom Thou pleasest and Thou strippest off power from whom Thou
pleasest thou enduest with honor whom thou pleasest and thou
bringest low whom Thou pleasest; in Thy hand is all Good. Verily
over all things thou hast power

27. "Thou causest the Night to gain on the Day and Thou causest
the Day to gain on the Night; Thou bringest the Living out of the
Dead and thou bringest the Dead out of the Living; and Thou
givest sustenance to whom Thou pleasest without measure."

28. Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers
rather than believers; if any do that in nothing will there be
help from Allah; except by way of precaution that ye may guard
yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (to remember)
Himself for the final goal is to Allah.

29. Say: "Whether ye hide what is in your hearts or reveal it
Allah knows it all. He knows what is in the heavens and what is
on earth. And Allah has power over all things.

30. "On the day when every soul will be confronted with all the
good it has done and all the evil it has done it will wish there
were a great distance between it and its evil. But Allah cautions
you (to remember) Himself. And Allah is full of kindness to those
that serve Him.

31. Say: "If ye do love Allah follow me: Allah will love you and
forgive you your sins for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful."

32. Say: "Obey Allah and His Apostle"; but if they turn back
Allah loveth not those who reject Faith.

33. Allah did choose Adam and Noah the family of Abraham and the
family of Imran above all people.

34. Offspring one of the other; and Allah heareth and knoweth all
things.

35. Behold! a woman of Imran said: "O my Lord! I do dedicate unto
thee what is in my womb for Thy special service so accept this of
me for Thou hearest and knowest all things."

36. When she was delivered she said: "O my Lord! behold! I am
delivered of a female child!" And Allah knew best what she
brought forth "and nowise is the male like the female. I have
named her Mary and I commend her and her offspring to Thy
protection from the Evil One the Rejected."

37. Right graciously did her Lord accept her: He made her grow in
purity and beauty; to the care of Zakariya was she assigned.
Every time that he entered (her) chamber to see her he found her
supplied with sustenance. He said: "O Mary! whence (comes) this
to you?" She said: "From Allah: for Allah provides sustenance to
whom He pleases without measure."

38. There did Zakariya pray to his Lord saying: "O my Lord! grant
unto me from Thee a progeny that is pure; for Thou art He that
heareth prayer!"

39. While he was standing in prayer in the chamber the angels
called unto him: "Allah doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya
witnessing the truth of a Word from Allah and (be besides) noble
chaste and a Prophet of the (goodly) company of the righteous."

40. He said: "O my Lord! how shall I have a son seeing I am very
old and my wife is barren?" "Thus" was the answer "doth Allah
accomplish what He willeth."

41. He said: "O my Lord! give me a sign!" "Thy Sign" was the
answer "shall be that thou shalt speak to no man for three days
but with signals. Then celebrate the praises of thy Lord again
and again and glorify Him in the evening and in the morning."

42. Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and
purified thee; chosen thee above the women of all nations

43. "O Mary! worship thy Lord devoutly; prostrate thyself and bow
down (in prayer) with those who bow down."

44. This is part of the tidings of the things unseen which We
reveal unto thee (O Apostle!) by inspiration; thou wast not with
them when they cast lots with arrows as to which of them should
be charged with the care of Mary; nor wast thou with them when
they disputed (the point)

45. Behold! the angels said "O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad
tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus the son
of Mary held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the
company of) those nearest to Allah

46. "He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity
and he shall be (of the company) of the righteous."

47. She said: "O my Lord! how shall I have a son when no man hath
touched me?" He said: "Even so: Allah createth what He willeth;
when He hath decreed a plan He but saith to it `Be' and it is!

48. "And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom the Law and the
Gospel.

49. "And (appoint him) an Apostle to the Children of Israel (with
this message): I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in
that I make for you out of clay as it were the figure of a bird
and breathe into it and it becomes a bird by Allah's leave; and I
heal those born blind and the lepers and I quicken the dead by
Allah's leave; and I declare to you what ye eat and what ye store
in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did
believe.

50. "(I have come to you) to attest the Law which was before me
and to make lawful to you part of what was (before) forbidden to
you; I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear Allah
and obey me.

51. "It is Allah who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him.
This is a way that is straight."

52. When Jesus found unbelief on their part he said: "Who will be
my helpers to (the work of) Allah?" Said the Disciples: "We are
Allah's helpers we believe in Allah and do thou bear witness that
we are Muslims

53. "Our Lord! we believe in what thou hast revealed and we
follow the Apostle; then write us down among those who bear
witness."

54. And (then unbelievers) plotted and planned and Allah too
planned and the best of planners is Allah

55. Behold! Allah said: "O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee
to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who
blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those
who reject Faith to the Day of Resurrection; then shall ye all
return unto Me and I will judge between you of the matters
wherein ye dispute

56. "As to those who reject faith I will punish them with
terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter nor will they
have anyone to help

57. "As to those who believe and work righteousness Allah will
pay them (in full) their reward; but Allah loveth not those who
do wrong

58. "This is what We rehearse unto thee of the Signs and the
Message of Wisdom."

59. This similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam: He
created him from dust then said to him: "Be" and he was

60. The truth (comes) from Allah alone; so be not of those who
doubt.

61. If anyone disputes in this matter with thee now after (full)
knowledge hath come to thee say: "Come! let us gather together
our sons and your sons our women and your women ourselves and
yourselves: then let us earnestly pray and invoke the curse of
Allah on those who lie!"

62. This is the true account: there is no god except Allah; and
Allah He is indeed the Exalted in Power the Wise.

63. But if they turn back Allah hath full knowledge of those who
do mischief

64. Say: "O people of the Book! come to common terms as between
us and you: that we worship none but Allah; that we associate no
partners with Him; that we erect not from among ourselves Lords
and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back say: "Bear
witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's will)."

65. Ye people of the Book! why dispute ye about Abraham when the
Law and the Gospel were not revealed till after him? Have ye no
under- standing?

66. Ah! ye are those who fell to disputing (even) in matters of
which ye had some knowledge! but why dispute ye in matters of
which ye have no knowledge? It is Allah Who knows and ye who
know not!

67. Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian but he was true in
faith and bowed his will to Allah's (which is Islam) and he
joined not gods with Allah.

68. Without doubt among men the nearest of kin to Abraham are
those who follow him as are also this Apostle and those who
believe; and Allah is the Protector of those who have faith

69. It is the wish of a section of the People of the Book to lead
you astray. But they shall lead astray (not you) but themselves
and they do not perceive!

70. Ye People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of Allah of
which ye are (yourselves) witnesses?

71. Ye People of the Book! Why do ye clothe truth with falsehood
and conceal the truth while ye have knowledge?

72. A section of the People of the Book say: "Believe in the
morning what is revealed to the believers but reject it at the
end of the day; perchance they may (themselves) turn back

73. "And believe no one unless he follows your religion." Say:
"True guidance is the guidance of Allah; (fear ye) lest a
revelation be sent to someone (else) like unto that which was
sent unto you. Or that those (receiving such revelation) should
engage you in argument before your Lord." Say: "All bounties are
in the hand of Allah: He granteth them to whom He pleaseth; and
Allah careth for all and He knoweth all things."

74. For His Mercy He specially chooseth whom He pleaseth: for
Allah is the Lord of bounties unbounded

75. Among the People of the Book are some who if entrusted with a
hoard of gold will (readily) pay it back; others who if entrusted
with a single silver coin will not repay it unless thou
constantly stoodest demanding because they say "There is no call
on us (to keep faith) with these ignorant (pagans)." But they
tell a lie against Allah and (well) they know it.

76. Nay. Those that keep their plighted faith and act aright
verily Allah loves those who act aright

77. As for those who sell the faith they owe to Allah and their
own plighted word for a small price they shall have no portion in
the hereafter: nor will Allah (deign to) speak to them or look at
them on the Day of Judgment nor will He cleanse them (of sin);
they shall have a grievous penalty

78. There is among them a section who distort the Book with their
tongues; (as they read) you would think it is a part of the Book
but it is no part of the Book; and they say "That is from Allah"
but it is not from Allah: it is they who tell a lie against Allah
and (well) they know it!

79. It is not (possible) that a man to whom is given the Book and
Wisdom and the prophetic office should say to people: "Be ye my
worshippers rather than Allah's; on the contrary (he would say):
"Be ye worshippers of Him Who is truly the Cherisher of all for
ye have taught the Book and ye have studied it earnestly."

80. Nor would he instruct you to take angels and prophets for
Lords and Patrons. What! Would he bid you to unbelief after ye
have bowed your will (to Allah in Islam)?

81. Behold! Allah took the covenant of the Prophets saying: "I
give you a Book and Wisdom; then comes to you an Apostle
confirming what is with you; do ye believe him and render him
help." Allah said: "Do ye agree and take this My Covenant as
binding on you?" They said: "We agree." He said: "Then bear
witness and I am with you among the witnesses."

82. If any turn back after this they are perverted transgressors

83. Do they seek for other than the Religion of Allah? While all
creatures in the heavens and on earth have willing or unwilling
bowed to His Will (accepted Islam) and to Him shall they all be
brought back.

84. Say: "We believe in Allah and in what has been revealed to us
and what was revealed to Abraham Isma`il Isaac Jacob and the
Tribes and in (Books) given to Moses Jesus and the Prophets from
their Lord; we make no distinction between one and another among
them and to Allah do we bow our will (in Islam)."

85. If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to
Allah) never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he
will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good)

86. How shall Allah guide those who reject faith after they
accepted it and bore witness that the Apostle was true and that
clear signs had come unto them? But Allah guides not a people
unjust

87. Of such the reward is that on them (rests) the curse of Allah
of His angels and of all mankind

88. In that will they dwell; nor will their penalty be lightened
nor respite be their (lot)

89. Except for those that repent (even) after that and make
amends: for verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

90. But those who reject faith after they accepted it and then go
on adding to their defiance of faith never will their repentance
be accepted; for they are those who have (of set purpose) gone
astray

91. As to those who reject faith and die rejecting never would be
accepted from any such as much gold as the earth contains though
they should offer it for ransom. For such is (in store) a penalty
grievous and they will find no helpers.

92. By no means shall ye attain righteousness unless ye give
(freely) of that I which ye love; and whatever ye give of a truth
Allah knoweth it well.

93. All food was lawful to the children of Israel except what
Israel made unlawful for itself before the Law (of Moses) was
revealed. Say: "Bring ye the Law and study it if ye be men of
truth."

94. If any after this invent a lie and attribute it to Allah they
are indeed unjust wrong-doers.

95. Say: "Allah speaketh the truth: follow the religion of
Abraham the sane in faith; he was not of the pagans."

96. The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at
Bakka full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings

97. In it are signs manifest; (for example) the Station of
Abraham; whoever enters it attains security; pilgrimage thereto
is a duty men owe to Allah those who can afford the journey; but
if any deny faith Allah stands not in need of any of his
creatures

98. Say: "O people of the Book! why reject ye the signs of Allah
when Allah is Himself witness to all ye do?

99. Say: "O ye People of the Book! why obstruct ye those who
believe from the path of Allah seeking to make it crooked while
ye were yourselves witnesses (to Allah's Covenant)? But Allah is
not unmindful of all that ye do."

100. O ye who believe! if ye listen to a faction among the People
of the Book they would (indeed) render you apostates after ye
have believed!

101. And how would ye deny faith while unto you are rehearsed the
Signs of Allah and among you lives the Apostle? Whoever holds
firmly to Allah will be shown a way that is straight.

102. O ye who believe! fear Allah as He should be feared and die
not except in a state of Islam

103. And hold fast all together by the rope which Allah
(stretches out for you) and be not divided among yourselves; and
remember with gratitude Allah's favor on you; for ye were enemies
and He joined your hearts in love so that by His grace ye became
brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of fire and He
saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make his signs clear to you:
that ye may be guided

104. Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all
that is good enjoining what is right and forbidding what is
wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity

105. Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and
fall into disputations after receiving clear signs; for them is a
dreadful penalty

106. On the day when some faces will be (lit up with) white and
some faces will be (in the gloom of) black; to those whose faces
will be black (will be said): "Did ye reject faith after
accepting it? Taste then the penalty for rejecting faith

107. But those whose faces will be (lit with) white they will be
in (the light of) Allah's Mercy; therein to dwell (for ever)

108. These are the Signs of Allah: We rehearse them to thee in
truth: and Allah means no injustice to any of His creatures

109. To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth; to
Him do all questions go back (for decision)

110. Ye are the best of peoples evolved for mankind enjoining
what is right forbidding what is wrong and believing in Allah. If
only the People of the Book had faith it were best for them;
among them are some who have faith but most of them are perverted
transgressors

111. They will do you no harm barring a trifling annoyance; if
they come out to fight you they will show you their backs and no
help shall they get.

112. Shame is pitched over them (like a tent) wherever they are
found except when under a covenant (of protection) from Allah and
from men; they draw on themselves wrath from Allah and pitched
over them is (the tent of) destitution. This because they
rejected the signs of Allah and slew the prophets in defiance of
right; this because they rebelled and transgressed beyond bounds

113. Not all of them are alike: of the People of the book are a
portion that stand (for the right); they rehearse the signs of
Allah all night long and then prostrate themselves in adoration

114. They believe in Allah and the Last Day; they enjoin what is
right and forbid what is wrong; and they (hasten in emulation) in
(all) good works; they are in the ranks of the righteous

115. Of the good that they do nothing will be rejected of them;
for Allah knoweth well those that do right

116. Those who reject faith neither their possessions nor their
(numerous) progeny will avail them aught against Allah; they will
be companions of the fire dwelling therein (for ever)

117. What they spend in the life of this (material) world may be
likened to a wind which brings a nipping frost: it strikes and
destroys the harvest of men who have wronged their own souls; it
is not Allah that hath wronged them but they wrong themselves

118. O ye who believe! take not into your intimacy those outside
your ranks; they will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire
your ruin: rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths;
what their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you
the Signs if ye have wisdom

119. Ah! ye are those who love them but they love you not though
ye believe in the whole of the Book. When they meet you they say
"We believe"; but when they are alone they bite off the very tips
of their fingers at you in their rage. Say: "Perish in your rage;
Allah knoweth well all the secrets of the heart."

120. If aught that is good befalls you it grieves them; but if
some misfortune overtakes you they rejoice at it. But if ye are
constant and do right not the least harm will their cunning do to
you for Allah compasseth round about all that they do.

121. Remember that morning thou didst leave the household (early)
to post the faithful at their stations for battle: and Allah
heareth and knoweth all things

122. Remember two of your parties meditated cowardice; but Allah
was their Protector and in Allah should the faithful (ever) put
their trust

123. Allah had helped you at Badr when ye were a contemptible
little force then fear Allah; thus may ye show your gratitude

124. Remember thou saidst to the faithful: is it not enough for
you that Allah should help you with three thousand angels
(specially) sent down?

125. "Yea" if ye remain firm and act aright even if the enemy
should rush here on you in hot haste your Lord would help you
with five thousand angels making a terrific onslaught

126. Allah made it but a message of hope for you; and an
assurance to your hearts: (in any case) there is no help except
from Allah the Exalted the Wise

127. That he might cut off a fringe of the unbelievers or expose
them to infamy and they should then be turned back frustrated of
their purpose

128. Not for thee (but for Allah) is the decision: whether He
turn in mercy to: them or punish them; for they are indeed
wrong-doers

129. To Allah belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth.
He forgivet whom He pleaseth and punisheth whom He pleaseth: but
Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

130. O ye who believe! devour not usury doubled and multiplied;
but fear Allah; that ye may (really) prosper

131. Fear the fire which is prepared for those who reject faith

132. And obey Allah and the Apostle; that ye may obtain mercy

133. Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord and for
a garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of
the earth prepared for the righteous

134. Those who spend (freely) whether in prosperity or in
adversity; who restrain anger and pardon (all) men; for Allah
loves those who do good

135. And those who having done something to be ashamed of or
wronged their own souls earnestly bring Allah to mind and ask for
forgiveness for their sins and who can forgive sins except Allah?
And are never obstinate in persisting knowingly in (the wrong)
they have done

136. For such the reward is forgiveness from their Lord and
gardens with rivers flowing underneath an eternal dwelling; how
excellent a recompense for those who work (and strive)!

137. Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you:
travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who
rejected truth

138. Here is a plain statement to men a guidance and instruction
to those who fear Allah!

139. So lose not heart nor fall into despair: for ye must gain
mastery if ye are true in faith

140. If a wound hath touched you be sure a similar wound hath
touched the others. Such days (of varying fortunes) We give to
men and men by turns: that Allah may know those that believe and
that He may take to Himself from your ranks martyr-witnesses (to
Truth). And Allah loveth not those that do wrong

141. Allah's object also is to purge those that are true in faith
and to deprive of blessing those that resist faith

142. Did ye think that ye would enter heaven without Allah
testing those of you who fought hard (in His cause) and remained
steadfast?

143. Ye did indeed wish for death before ye met him: now ye have
seen him with your own eyes (and ye flinch!)

144. Muhammad is no more than an Apostle: many were the Apostles
that passed away before him. If he died or were slain will ye
then turn back on your heels? If any did turn back on his heels
not the least harm will he do to Allah; but Allah (on the other
hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve him) with gratitude

145. Nor can a soul die except by Allah's leave the term being
fixed as by writing. If any do desire a reward in this life We
shall give it to him; and if any do desire a reward in the
hereafter We shall give it to him. And swiftly shall We reward
those that (serve Us with) gratitude.

146. How many of the Prophets fought (in Allah's way) and with
them (fought) large bands of godly men? But they never lost
heart if they met with disaster in Allah's way nor did they
weaken (in will) nor give in. And Allah loves those who are firm
and steadfast

147. All that they said was: "Our Lord! forgive us our sins and
anything we may have done that transgressed our duty; establish
our feet firmly and help us against those that resist faith."

148. And Allah gave them a reward in this world and the excellent
reward of the Hereafter. For Allah loveth those who do good.

149. O ye who believe! if ye obey the unbelievers they will drive
you back on your heels and ye will turn back (from faith) to your
own loss.

150. Nay Allah is your Protector and He is the best of helpers

151. Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers
for that they joined companions with Allah for which He had sent
no authority: their abode will be the fire; and evil is the home
of the wrong- doers!

152. Allah did indeed fulfil His promise to you when ye with His
permission were about to annihilate your enemy until ye flinched
and fell to disputing about the order and disobeyed it after He
brought you in sight (of the Booty) which ye covet. Among you are
some that hanker after this world and some that desire the
Hereafter. Then did He divert you from your foes in order to test
you but He forgave you: for Allah is full of grace to those who
believe.

153. Behold! ye were climbing up the high ground without even
casting a side glance at anyone and the Apostle in your rear was
calling you back. There did Allah give you one distress after
another by way of requital to teach you not to grieve for (the
booty) that had escaped you and for (the ill) that had befallen
you. For Allah is well aware of all that ye do.

154. After (the excitement) of the distress He sent down calm on
a band of you overcome with slumber while another band was
stirred to anxiety by their own feelings moved by wrong
suspicions of Allah suspicions due to ignorance. They said: "What
affair is this of ours?" say thou: "indeed this affair is wholly
Allah's." They hide in their minds what they dare not reveal to
thee. They say (to themselves): "If we had anything to do with
this affair we should not have been in the slaughter here." Say:
"Even if you had remained in your homes those for whom death was
decreed would certainly have gone forth to the place of their
death"; but (all this was) that Allah might test what is in your
breasts and purge what is in your hearts: for Allah knoweth well
the secrets of your hearts

155. Those of you who turned back on the day the two hosts met it
was Satan who caused them to fail because of some (evil) they had
done. But Allah has blotted out (their fault): for Allah is
Oft-Forgiving Most Forbearing

156. O ye who believe! be not like the unbelievers who say of
their brethren when they are travelling through the earth or
engaged in fighting: "If they had stayed with us they would not
have died or been slain. This that Allah may make it a cause of
sighs and regrets in their hearts. It is Allah that gives life
and death and Allah sees well all that ye do.

157. And if ye are slain or die in the way of Allah forgiveness
and mercy from Allah are far better than all they could amass

158. And if ye die or are slain Lo! it is unto Allah that ye are
brought together

159. It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently
with them. Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted they would have
broken away from about thee; so pass over (their faults) and ask
for (Allah's) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs
(of moment). Then when thou hast taken a decision put thy trust
in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)

160. If Allah helps you none can overcome you: if He forsakes you
who is there after that that can help you? In Allah then let
believers put their trust.

161. No prophet could (ever) be false to his trust. If any person
is so false He shall on the Day of Judgment restore what he
misappropriated; then shall every soul receive its due whatever
it earned and none shall be dealt with unjustly

162. Is the man who follows the good pleasure of Allah like the
man who draws on himself the wrath of Allah and whose abode is in
hell? A woeful refuge!

163. They are in varying grades in the sight of Allah; and Allah
sees well all that they do

164. Allah did confer a great favor on the believers when He sent
among them an Apostle from among themselves rehearsing unto them
the Signs of Allah sanctifying them and instructing them in
Scripture and Wisdom while before that they had been in manifest
error

165. What! when a single disaster smites you although ye smote
(your enemies) with one twice as great do ye say? "Whence is
this?" Say (to them): "It is from yourselves: for Allah hath
power over all things"

166. What ye suffered on the day the two armies met was with the
leave of Allah in order that He might test the believers

167. And the Hypocrites also. These were told: "Come fight in the
way of Allah or (at least) drive (the foe from your city)." They
say: "had we known how to fight we should certainly have followed
you. They were that day nearer to unbelief than to faith saying
with their lips what was not in their hearts. But Allah hath full
knowledge of all they conceal

168. (They are) the ones that say (of their brethren slain) while
they themselves sit (at ease): "If only they had listened to us
they would not have been slain." Say: "Avert death from your own
selves if ye speak the truth."

169. Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay
they live finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord

170. They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah: and with
regard to those left behind who have not yet joined them (in
their bliss) the (martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no
fear nor have they (cause to) grieve

171. They glory in the Grace and the Bounty from Allah and in the
fact that Allah suffereth not the reward of the faithful to be
lost (in the least)

172. Of those who answered the call of Allah and the Apostle even
after being wounded those who do right and refrain from wrong
have a great reward

173. Men said to them: "A great army is gathering against you":
and frightened them: but it (only) increased their faith. They
said: "For us Allah sufficeth and He is the best disposer of
affairs

174. And they returned with Grace and Bounty from Allah: no harm
ever touched them; for they followed the good pleasure of Allah:
and Allah is the Lord of bounties unbounded

175. It is only the Evil One that suggests to you the fear of his
votaries: be ye not afraid of them but fear Me if ye have faith

176. Let not those grieve thee who rush headlong into unbelief:
not the least harm will they do to Allah: Allah's plan is that He
will give them no portion in the Hereafter but a severe
punishment

177. Those who purchase unbelief at the price of faith not the
least harm will? they do to Allah but they will have a grievous
punishment

178. Let not the Unbelievers think that our respite to them is
good for themselves: We grant them respite that they may grow in
their iniquity: but they will have a shameful punishment

179. Allah will not leave the believers in the state in which ye
are now until He separates what is evil from what is good. Nor
will He disclose to you the secrets of the Unseen. But He chooses
of his Apostles (for the purpose) whom He pleases. So believe in
Allah and His Apostles: and if ye believe and do right ye have a
reward without measure

180. And let not those who covetously withhold of the gifts which
Allah hath given them of His Grace think that it is good for
them: nay it will be the worse for them: soon shall the things
which they covetously withheld be tied to their necks like a
twisted collar on the Day of Judgment. To Allah belongs the
heritage of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is well
acquainted with all that ye do

181. Allah hath heard the taunt of those who say: "Truly Allah is
indigent and we are rich!." We shall certainly record their word
and (their act) of slaying the Prophets in defiance of right and
We shall say: "Taste ye the penalty of the Scorching Fire!

182. "This is because of the (unrighteous deeds) which your hands
sent on before ye: for Allah never harms those who serve Him."

183. They (also) said: "Allah took our promise not to believe in
an Apostle unless He showed us a sacrifice consumed by fire (from
heaven)." Say: "There came to you Apostles before me with clear
signs and even with what ye ask for: why then did ye slay them if
ye speak the truth?

184. Then if they reject thee so were rejected Apostles before
thee who came with clear Signs Books of dark prophecies and the
Book of enlightenment

185. Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the Day
of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who
is saved far from the fire and admitted to the garden will have
attained the object (of life): for the life of this world is but
goods and chattels of deception

186. Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions
and in your personal selves; and ye shall certainly hear much
that will grieve you from those who received the Book before you
and from those who worship many gods. But if ye persevere
patiently and guard against evil then that will be a determining
factor in all affairs

187. And remember Allah took a Covenant from the People of the
Book to make it known and clear to mankind and not to hide it;
but they threw it away behind their backs and purchased with it
some miserable gain! and vile was the bargain they made!

188. Think not that those who exult in what they have brought
about and love to be praised for what they have not done think
not that they can escape the penalty. For them is a penalty
grievous indeed

189. To Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the
earth; and Allah hath power over all things

190. Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the
alternation of night and day there are indeed Signs for men of
understanding

191. Men who celebrate the praises of Allah standing sitting and
lying down on their sides and contemplate the (wonders of)
creation in the heavens and the earth (with the thought): "Our
Lord! not for naught hast thou created (all) this! Glory to thee!
give us salvation from the penalty of the fire

192. "Our Lord! any whom thou dost admit to the fire truly thou
coverest with shame and never will wrong-doers find any helpers!

193. "Our Lord! we have heard the call of one calling (us) to
faith 'Believe ye in the Lord' and we have believed. Our Lord!
forgive us our sins blot out from us our iniquities and take to
thyself our souls in the company of the righteous

194. "Our Lord! grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through
thine Apostles and save us from shame on the Day of Judgment: for
thou never breakest Thy promise."

195. And their Lord hath accepted of them and answered them:
"Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you be he male
or female: ye are members one of another; those who have left
their homes or been driven out therefrom or suffered harm in My
cause or fought or been slain verily I will blot out from them
their iniquities and admit them into gardens with rivers flowing
beneath; a reward from the presence of Allah and from His
presence is the best of rewards."

196. Let not the strutting about of the unbelievers through the
land deceive thee:

197. Little is it for enjoyment; their ultimate abode is Hell:
what an evil bed (to lie on)!

198. On the other hand for those who fear their Lord are gardens
with rivers flowing beneath therein are they to dwell (for ever)
a gift from the presence of Allah and that which is in the
presence of Allah is the best (bliss) for the righteous

199. And there are certainly among the people of the Book those
who believe in Allah in the revelation to you and in the
revelation to them bowing in humility to Allah: they will not
sell the signs of Allah for a miserable gain! for them is a
reward with their Lord and Allah is swift in account

200. O ye who believe! persevere in patience and constancy: vie
in such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah; that
ye may prosper