A. L. M.
Allah! There is no god but He,-the Living, the Self-Subsisting,
It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the
Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the 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).
Then those who reject Faith in the Signs of Allah will suffer
the severest penalty, and Allah is Exalted in Might, Lord of Retribution.
From Allah, verily nothing is hidden on earth or in the
He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is
no god but He, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
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 thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching
for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah.
And those 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.
"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.
"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
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.
(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.
Say to those who reject Faith: "Soon will ye be vanquished and
gathered together to Hell,-an evil bed indeed (to lie on)!
"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
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).
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
(Namely), those who say: "Our Lord! we have indeed believed:
forgive us, then, our sins, and save us from the agony of the Fire;"-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They are those whose works will bear no fruit in this world
and in the Hereafter nor will they have anyone to help.
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).
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
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 (favour or) injustice?
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 honour whom Thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low whom
Thou pleasest: In Thy hand is all good. Verily, over all things Thou hast
"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."
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.
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.
"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."
Say: "If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and
forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
Say: "Obey Allah and His Messenger": But if they turn back, Allah
loveth not those who reject Faith.
Allah did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham, and the
family of 'Imran above all people,-
Offspring, one of the other: And Allah heareth and knoweth all
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."
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 no wise 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
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."
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
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."
He said: "O my Lord! How shall I have son, seeing I am very
old, and my wife is barren?" "Thus," was the answer, "Doth Allah accomplish
what He willeth."
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."
Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and
purified thee- chosen thee above the women of all nations.
"O Mary! worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, and bow
down (in prayer) with those who bow down."
This is part of the tidings of the things unseen, which We
reveal unto thee (O Messenger!) by inspiration: Thou was not with them when
they cast lots with arrows, as to which of them should be charged with the
care of Mary: Nor was thou with them when they disputed (the point).
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
honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those
nearest to Allah;
"He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity.
And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous."
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!
"And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the
"And (appoint him) a messenger 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;
"'(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.
"'It is Allah Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him.
This is a Way that is straight.'"
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.
"Our Lord! we believe in what Thou hast revealed, and we
follow the Messenger; then write us down among those who bear witness."
And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too
planned, and the best of planners is Allah.
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.
"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."
"As to those who believe and work righteousness, Allah will pay
them (in full) their reward; but Allah loveth not those who do wrong."
"This is what we rehearse unto thee of the Signs and the
Message of Wisdom."
The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He
created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was.
The Truth (comes) from Allah alone; so be not of those who
If any one 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!"
This is the true account: There is no god except Allah; and
Allah-He is indeed the Exalted in Power, the Wise.
But if they turn back, Allah hath full knowledge of those who do
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 ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are
Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will).
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
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!
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
Without doubt, among men, the nearest of kin to Abraham, are
those who follow him, as are also this Prophet and those who believe: And
Allah is the Protector of those who have faith.
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!
Ye People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of Allah, of
which ye are (Yourselves) witnesses?
Ye People of the Book! Why do ye clothe Truth with falsehood,
and conceal the Truth, while ye have knowledge?
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;
"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."
For His Mercy He specially chooseth whom He pleaseth; for Allah
is the Lord of bounties unbounded.
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
Nay.- Those that keep their plighted faith and act
aright,-verily Allah loves those who act aright.
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
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!
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."
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)?
Behold! Allah took the covenant of the prophets, saying: "I give
you a Book and Wisdom; then comes to you a messenger, confirming what is
with you; do ye believe in 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."
If any turn back after this, they are perverted
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.
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 (the 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)."
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).
How shall Allah Guide those who reject Faith after they accepted
it and bore witness that the Messenger was true and that Clear Signs had come
unto them? but Allah guides not a people unjust.
Of such the reward is that on them (rests) the curse of Allah,
of His angels, and of all mankind;-
In that will they dwell; nor will their penalty be lightened,
nor respite be (their lot);-
Except for those that repent (Even) after that, and make
amends; for verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
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.
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.
By no means shall ye attain righteousness unless ye give
(freely) of that which ye love; and whatever ye give, of a truth Allah
knoweth it well.
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."
If any, after this, invent a lie and attribute it to Allah, they
are indeed unjust wrong-doers.
Say: "Allah speaketh the Truth: follow the religion of Abraham,
the sane in faith; he was not of the Pagans."
The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at
Bakka: Full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings:
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.
Say: "O People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of Allah,
when Allah is Himself witness to all ye do?"
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."
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
And how would ye deny Faith while unto you are rehearsed the
Signs of Allah, and among you Lives the Messenger? Whoever holds firmly to Allah
will be shown a way that is straight.
O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not
except in a state of Islam.
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 favour 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.
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.
Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall
into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful
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."
But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,- they will be
in (the light of) Allah's mercy: therein to dwell (for ever).
These are the Signs of Allah: We rehearse them to thee in Truth:
And Allah means no injustice to any of His creatures.
To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: To Him
do all questions go back (for decision).
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.
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.
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
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 they prostrate themselves in adoration.
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.
Of the good that they do, nothing will be rejected of them;
for Allah knoweth well those that do right.
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).
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.
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
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."
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.
Remember that morning Thou didst leave Thy household (early)
to post the faithful at their stations for battle: And Allah heareth and
knoweth all things:
Remember two of your parties Meditated cowardice; but Allah was
their protector, and in Allah should the faithful (Ever) put their trust.
Allah had helped you at Badr, when ye were a contemptible little
force; then fear Allah; thus May ye show your gratitude.
Remember thou saidst to the Faithful: "Is it not enough for
you that Allah should help you with three thousand angels (Specially) sent
"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.
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,
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
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.
To Allah belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth. He
forgiveth whom He pleaseth and punisheth whom He pleaseth; but Allah is
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
O ye who believe! Devour not usury, doubled and multiplied;
but fear Allah; that ye may (really) prosper.
Fear the Fire, which is repaired for those who reject Faith:
And obey Allah and the Messenger; that ye may obtain mercy.
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,-
Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in
adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all) men;- for Allah loves those
who do good;-
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.
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)!
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
Here is a plain statement to men, a guidance and instruction
to those who fear Allah!
So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For ye must gain
mastery if ye are true in Faith.
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.
Allah's object also is to purge those that are true in Faith and
to deprive of blessing Those that resist Faith.
Did ye think that ye would enter Heaven without Allah testing
those of you who fought hard (In His Cause) and remained steadfast?
Ye did indeed wish for death before ye met him: Now ye have
seen him with your own eyes, (And ye flinch!)
Muhammad is no more than a messenger: many Were the messenger
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.
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.
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.
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."
And Allah gave them a reward in this world, and the excellent
reward of the Hereafter. For Allah Loveth those who do good.
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
Nay, Allah is your protector, and He is the best of helpers.
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
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.
Behold! ye were climbing up the high ground, without even
casting a side glance at any one, and the Messenger 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
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 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.
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
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
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.
And if ye die, or are slain, Lo! it is unto Allah that ye are
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).
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.
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.
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
They are in varying gardens in the sight of Allah, and Allah sees
well all that they do.
Allah did confer a great favour on the believers when He sent
among them a messenger 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.
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."
What ye suffered on the day the two armies Met, was with the
leave of Allah, in order that He might test the believers,-
And the Hypocrites also. These were told: "Come, fight in the
way of Allah, or (at least) drive (The foe from your city)." They said: "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.
(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
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;
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
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
Of those who answered the call of Allah and the Messenger, even
after being wounded, those who do right and refrain from wrong have a great
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Messengers (For the
purpose) whom He pleases. So believe in Allah. And His messengers: And if ye
believe and do right, ye have a reward without measure.
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.
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!
"This is because of the (unrighteous deeds) which your hands
sent on before ye: For Allah never harms those who serve Him."
They (also) said: "Allah took our promise not to believe in an
messenger unless He showed us a sacrifice consumed by Fire (From heaven)."
Say: "There came to you messengers before me, with clear Signs and even with
what ye ask for: why then did ye slay them, if ye speak the truth?"
Then if they reject thee, so were rejected messengers before
thee, who came with Clear Signs, Books of dark prophecies, and the Book of
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.
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.
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!
Think not that those who exult in what they have brought
about, and love to be praised for what they have not done,- think escape
the penalty. For them is a penalty Grievous indeed.
To Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth;
and Allah hath power over all things.
Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the
alternation of night and day,- there are indeed Signs for men of
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.
"Our Lord! any whom Thou dost admit to the Fire, Truly Thou
coverest with shame, and never will wrong-doers Find any helpers!
"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.
"Our Lord! Grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through
Thine messengers, and save us from shame on the Day of Judgment: For Thou
never breakest Thy promise."
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."
Let not the strutting about of the Unbelievers through the
land deceive thee:
Little is it for enjoyment: Their ultimate abode is Hell: what
an evil bed (To lie on)!
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.
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
O ye who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in
such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah; that ye may