[Image] AL-BAQARA

                                  [Image]

          In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.001

PICKTHAL: Alif. Lam. Mim.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.002

PICKTHAL: This is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt, a guidance unto
those who ward off (evil).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.003

PICKTHAL: Who believe in the Unseen, and establish worship, and spend of
that We have bestowed upon them;

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.004

PICKTHAL: And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad)
and that which was revealed before thee, and are certain of the Hereafter.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.005

PICKTHAL: These depend on guidance from their Lord. These are the
successful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.006

PICKTHAL: As for the Disbelievers, Whether thou warn them or thou warn them
not it is all one for them; they believe not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.007

PICKTHAL: Allah hath sealed their hearing and their hearts, and on their
eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be an awful doom.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.008

PICKTHAL: And of mankind are some who say: We believe in Allah and the Last
Day, when they believe not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.009

PICKTHAL: They think to beguile Allah and those who believe, and they
beguile none save themselves; but they perceive not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.010

PICKTHAL: In their hearts is a disease, and Allah increaseth their disease.
A painful doom is theirs because they lie.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.011

PICKTHAL: And when it is said unto them: Make not mischief in the earth,
they say: We are peacemakers only.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.012

PICKTHAL: Are not they indeed the mischief-makers? But they perceive not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.013

PICKTHAL: And when it is said unto them: believe as the people believe,
they say: shall we believe as the foolish believe? are not they indeed the
foolish? But they know not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.014

PICKTHAL: And when they fall in with those who believe, they say: We
believe; but when they go apart to their devils they declare: Lo! we are
with you; verily we did but mock.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.015

PICKTHAL: Allah (Himself) doth mock them, leaving them to wander blindly on
in their contumacy.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.016

PICKTHAL: These are they who purchase error at the price of guidance, so
their commerce doth not prosper, neither are they guided.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.017

PICKTHAL: Their likeness is as the likeness of one who kindleth fire, and
when it sheddeth its light around him Allah taketh away their light and
leaveth them in darkness, where they cannot see,

them in utter darkness-- they do not see.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.018

PICKTHAL: Deaf, dumb and blind; and they return not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.019

PICKTHAL: Or like a rainstorm from the sky, wherein is darkness, thunder
and the flash of lightning. They thrust their fingers in their ears by
reason of the thunder-claps, for fear of death, Allah encompasseth the
disbelievers (in His guidance, His omniscience and His omnipotence).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.020

PICKTHAL: The lightning almost snatcheth away their sight from them. As
often as it flasheth forth for them they walk therein, and when it
darkeneth against them they stand still. If Allah willed, He could destroy
their hearing and their sight. Lo! Allah is able to do all things.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.021

PICKTHAL: O mankind! worship your Lord, Who hath created you and those
before you, so that ye may ward off (evil).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.022

PICKTHAL: Who hath appointed the earth a resting-place for you, and the sky
a canopy; and causeth water to pour down from the sky, thereby producing
fruits as food for you. And do not set up rivals to Allah when ye know
(better).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.023

PICKTHAL: And if ye are in doubt concerning that which We reveal unto Our
slave (Muhammad), then produce a surah of the like thereof, and call your
witness beside Allah if ye are truthful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.024

PICKTHAL: And if ye do it not - and ye can never do it - then guard
yourselves against the Fire prepared for disbelievers, whose fuel is of men
and stones.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.025

PICKTHAL: And give glad tidings (O Muhammad) unto those who believe and do
good works; that theirs are Gardens underneath which rivers flow; as often
as they are regaled with food of the fruit thereof, they say: this is what
was given us aforetime; and it is given to them in resemblance. There for
them are pure companions; there for ever they abide.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.026

PICKTHAL: Lo! Allah disdaineth not to coin the similitude even of a gnat.
Those who believe know that it is the truth from their Lord; but those who
disbelieve say: What doth Allah wish (to teach) by such a similitude? He
misleadeth many thereby, and He guideth many thereby; and He misleadeth
thereby only miscreants;

SHAKIR: Surely Allah is not ashamed to set forth any parable-- (that of) a
gnat or any thing above that; then as for those who believe, they know that
it is the truth from their Lord, and as for those who disbelieve, they say:
What is it that Allah means by this parable: He causes many to err by it
and many He leads aright by it! but He does not cause to err by it (any)
except the transgressors,

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.027

PICKTHAL: Those who break the covenant of Allah after ratifying it, and
sever that which Allah ordered to be joined, and (who) make mischief in the
earth: Those are they who are the losers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.028

PICKTHAL: How disbelieve ye in Allah when ye were dead and He gave life to
you! Then He will give you death, then life again, and then unto Him ye
will return.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.029

PICKTHAL: He it is Who created for you all that is in the earth. Then
turned He to the heaven, and fashioned it as seven heavens. And He is
knower of all things.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.030

PICKTHAL: And when thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am about to place a
viceroy in the earth, they said: Wilt thou place therein one who will do
harm therein and will shed blood, while we, we hymn Thy praise and sanctify
Thee? He said: Surely I know that which ye know not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.031

PICKTHAL: And He taught Adam all the names, then showed them to the angels,
saying: Inform Me of the names of these, if ye are truthful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.032

PICKTHAL: They said: Be glorified! We have no knowledge saving that which
Thou hast taught us. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Knower, the Wise.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.033

PICKTHAL: He said: O Adam! Inform them of their names, and when he had
informed them of their names, He said: Did I not tell you that I know the
secret of the heavens and the earth? And I know that which ye disclose and
which ye hide.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.034

PICKTHAL: And when We said unto the angels: Prostrate yourselves before
Adam, they fell prostrate, all save Iblis. He demurred through pride, and
so became a disbeliever.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.035

PICKTHAL: And We said: O Adam! Dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and
eat ye freely (of the fruits) thereof where ye will; but come not nigh this
tree lest ye become wrong-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.036

PICKTHAL: But Satan caused them to deflect therefrom and expelled them from
the (happy) state in which they were; and We said: Fall down, one of you a
foe unto the other! There shall be for you on earth a habitation and
provision for a time.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.037

PICKTHAL: Then Adam received from his Lord words (of revelation), and He
relented toward him. Lo! He is the relenting, the Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.038

PICKTHAL: We said: Go down, all of you, from hence; but verily there cometh
unto you from Me a guidance; and whoso followeth My guidance, there shall
no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.039

PICKTHAL: But they who disbelieve, and deny Our revelations, such are
rightful Peoples of the Fire. They will abide therein.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.040

PICKTHAL: O Children of Israel! Remember My favour wherewith I favoured
you, and fulfil your (part of the) covenant, I shall fulfil My (part of
the) covenant, and fear Me.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.041

PICKTHAL: And believe in that which I reveal, confirming that which ye
possess already (of the Scripture), and be not first to disbelieve therein,
and part not with My revelations for a trifling price, and keep your duty
unto Me.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.042

PICKTHAL: Confound not truth with falsehood, nor knowingly conceal the
truth.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.043

PICKTHAL: Establish worship, pay the poor-due, and bow your heads with
those who bow (in worship).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.044

PICKTHAL: Enjoin ye righteousness upon mankind while ye yourselves forget
(to practise it)? And ye are readers of the Scripture! Have ye then no
sense?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.045

PICKTHAL: Seek help in patience and prayer; and truly it is hard save for
the humble-minded,

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.046

PICKTHAL: Who know that they will have to meet their Lord, and that unto
Him they are returning.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.047

PICKTHAL: O Children of Israel! Remember My favour wherewith I favoured you
and how I preferred you to (all) creatures.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.048

PICKTHAL: And guard yourselves against a day when no soul will in aught
avail another, nor will intercession be accepted from it, nor will
compensation be received from it, nor will they be helped.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.049

PICKTHAL: And (remember) when We did deliver you from Pharaoh's folk, who
were afflicting you with dreadful torment, slaying your sons and sparing
your women: that was a tremendous trial from your Lord.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.050

PICKTHAL: And when We brought you through the sea and rescued you, and
drowned the folk of Pharaoh in your sight.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.051

PICKTHAL: And when We did appoint for Moses forty nights (of solitude), and
then ye chose the calf, when he had gone from you, and were wrong-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.052

PICKTHAL: Then, even after that, We pardoned you in order that ye might
give thanks.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.053

PICKTHAL: And when We gave unto Moses the Scripture and the criterion (of
right and wrong), that ye might be led aright.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.054

PICKTHAL: And when Moses said unto his people: O my people! Ye have wronged
yourselves by your choosing of the calf (for worship) so turn in penitence
to your Creator, and kill (the guilty) yourselves. That will be best for
you with your Creator and He will relent toward you. Lo! He is the
Relenting, the Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.055

PICKTHAL: And when ye said: O Moses! We will not believe in thee till we
see Allah plainly; and even while ye gazed the lightning seized you.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.056

PICKTHAL: Then We revived you after your extinction, that ye might give
thanks.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.057

PICKTHAL: And We caused the white cloud to overshadow you and sent down on
you the manna and the quails, (saying): Eat of the good things wherewith We
have provided you - they wronged Us not, but they did wrong themselves.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.058

PICKTHAL: And when We said: Go into this township and eat freely of that
which is therein, and enter the gate prostrate, and say: "Repentance." We
will forgive you your sins and will increase (reward) for the right-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.059

PICKTHAL: But those who did wrong changed the word which had been told them
for another saying, and We sent down upon the evil-doers wrath from heaven
for their evil-doing.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.060

PICKTHAL: And when Moses asked for water for his people, We said: Smite
with thy staff the rock. And there gushed out therefrom twelve springs (so
that) each tribe knew their drinking-place. Eat and drink of that which
Allah hath provided, and do not act corruptly, making mischief in the
earth.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.061

PICKTHAL: And when ye said: O Moses! We are weary of one kind of food; so
call upon thy Lord for us that He bring forth for us of that which the
earth groweth - of its herbs and its cucumbers and its corn and its lentils
and its onions. He said: Would ye exchange that which is higher for that
which is lower? Go down to settled country, thus ye shall get that which ye
demand. And humiliation and wretchedness were stamped upon them and they
were visited with wrath from Allah. That was because they disbelieved in
Allah's revelations and slew the prophets wrongfully. That was for their
disobedience and transgression.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.062

PICKTHAL: Lo! Those who believe (in that which is revealed unto thee,
Muhammad), and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabaeans - whoever
believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right - surely their reward
is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall
they grieve.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.063

PICKTHAL: And (remember, O Children of Israel) when We made a covenant with
you and caused the mount to tower above you, (saying): Hold fast that which
We have given you, and remember that which is therein, that ye may ward off
(evil).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.064

PICKTHAL: Then, even after that, ye turned away, and if it had not been for
the grace of Allah and His mercy ye had been among the losers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.065

PICKTHAL: And ye know of those of you who broke the Sabbath, how We said
unto them: Be ye apes, despised and hated!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.066

PICKTHAL: And We made it an example to their own and to succeeding
generations, and an admonition to the Allah-fearing.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.067

PICKTHAL: And when Moses said unto his people: Lo! Allah commandeth you
that ye sacrifice a cow, they said: Dost thou make game of us? He answered:
Allah forbid that I should be among the foolish!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.068

PICKTHAL: They said: Pray for us unto thy Lord that He make clear to us
what (cow) she is. (Moses) answered: Lo! He saith, Verily she is a cow
neither with calf nor immature; (she is) between the two conditions; so do
that which ye are commanded.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.069

PICKTHAL: They said: Pray for us unto thy Lord that He make clear to us of
what colour she is. (Moses) answered: Lo! He saith: Verily she is a yellow
cow. Bright is her colour, gladdening beholders.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.070

PICKTHAL: They said: Pray for us unto thy Lord that He make clear to us
what (cow) she is. Lo! cows are much alike to us; and Lo! if Allah wills,
we may be led aright.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.071

PICKTHAL: (Moses) answered: Lo! He saith: Verily she is a cow unyoked; she
plougheth not the soil nor watereth the tilth; whole and without mark. They
said: Now thou bringest the truth. So they sacrificed her, though almost
they did not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.072

PICKTHAL: And (remember) when ye slew a man and disagreed concerning it and
Allah brought forth that which ye were hiding.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.073

PICKTHAL: And We said: Smite him with some of it. Thus Allah bringeth the
dead to life and showeth you His portents so that ye may understand.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.074

PICKTHAL: Then, even after that, your hearts were hardened and became as
rocks, or worse than rocks, for hardness. For indeed there are rocks from
out which rivers gush, and indeed there are rocks which split asunder so
that water floweth from them. And indeed there are rocks which fall down
for the fear of Allah. Allah is not unaware of what ye do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.075

PICKTHAL: Have ye any hope that they will be true to you when a party of
them used to listen to the word of Allah, then used to change it, after
they had understood it, knowingly?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.076

PICKTHAL: And when they fall in with those who believe, they say: We
believe. But when they go apart one with another they say: Prate ye to them
of that which Allah hath disclosed to you that they may contend with you
before your Lord concerning it? Have ye then no sense?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.077

PICKTHAL: Are they then unaware that Allah knoweth that which they keep
hidden and that which they proclaim?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
002.078

PICKTHAL: Among them are unlettered folk who know the Scripture not except
from hearsay. They but guess.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.079

PICKTHAL: Therefore woe be unto those who write the Scripture with their
hands and then say, "This is from Allah," that they may purchase a small
gain therewith. Woe unto them for that their hands have written, and woe
unto them for that they earn thereby.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.080

PICKTHAL: And they say: The Fire (of punishment) will not touch us save for
a certain number of days. Say: Have ye received a covenant from Allah -
truly Allah will not break His covenant - or tell ye concerning Allah that
which ye know not?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.081

PICKTHAL: Nay, but whosoever hath done evil and his sin surroundeth him;
such are rightful owners of the Fire; they will abide therein.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.082

PICKTHAL: And those who believe and do good works: such are rightful owners
of the Garden. They will abide therein.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.083

PICKTHAL: And (remember) when We made a covenant with the Children of
Israel, (saying): Worship none save Allah (only), and be good to parents
and to kindred and to orphans and the needy, and speak kindly to mankind;
and establish worship and pay the poor-due. Then, after that, ye slid back,
save a few of you, being averse.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.084

PICKTHAL: And when We made with you a covenant (saying): Shed not the blood
of your people nor turn (a party of) your people out of your dwellings.
Then ye ratified (Our covenant) and ye were witnesses (thereto).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.085

PICKTHAL: Yet ye it is who slay each other and drive out a party of your
people from their homes, supporting one another against them by sin and
transgression? - and if they came to you as captives ye would ransom them,
whereas their expulsion was itself unlawful for you - Believe ye in part of
the Scripture and disbelieve ye in part thereof? And what is the reward of
those who do so save ignominy in the life of the world, and on the Day of
Resurrection they will be consigned to the most grievous doom. For Allah is
not unaware of what ye do.

ransom them-- while their very turning out was unlawful for you. Do you
then believe in a part of the Book and disbelieve in the other? What then
is the re ward of such among you as do this but disgrace in the life of
this world, and on the day of resurrection they shall be sent back to the
most grievous chastisement, and Allah is not at all heedless of what you
do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.086

PICKTHAL: Such are those who buy the life of the world at the price of the
Hereafter. Their punishment will not be lightened, neither will they have
support.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.087

PICKTHAL: And verily We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train
of messengers to follow after him, and We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary,
clear proofs (of Allah's sovereignty), and We supported him with the Holy
spirit. Is it ever so, that, when there cometh unto you a messenger (from
Allah) with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some
ye disbelieve and some ye slay?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.088

PICKTHAL: And they say: Our hearts are hardened. Nay, but Allah hath cursed
them for their unbelief. Little is that which they believe.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.089

PICKTHAL: And when there cometh unto them a scripture from Allah,
confirming that in their possession - though before that they were asking
for a signal triumph over those who disbelieved - and when there cometh
unto them that which they know (to be the truth) they disbelieve therein.
The curse of Allah is on disbelievers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.090

PICKTHAL: Evil is that for which they sell their souls: that they should
disbelieve in that which Allah hath revealed, grudging that Allah should
reveal of His bounty unto whom He will of His slaves. They have incurred
anger upon anger. For disbelievers is a shameful doom.

SHAKIR: Evil is that for which they have sold their souls-- that they
should deny what Allah has revealed, out of envy that Allah should send
down of His grace on whomsoever of His servants He pleases; so they have
made themselves deserving of wrath upon wrath, and there is a disgraceful
punishment for the unbelievers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.091

PICKTHAL: And when it is said unto them: Believe in that which Allah hath
revealed, they say: We believe in that which was revealed unto us. And they
disbelieve in that which cometh after it, though it is the truth confirming
that which they possess. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Why then slew ye the
prophets of Allah aforetime, if ye are (indeed) believers?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.092

PICKTHAL: And Moses came unto you with clear proofs (of Allah's
Sovereignty), yet, while he was away, ye chose the calf (for worship) and
ye were wrong-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.093

PICKTHAL: And when We made with you a covenant and caused the Mount to
tower above you, (saying): Hold fast by that which We have given you, and
hear (Our Word), they said: We hear and we rebel. And (worship of) the calf
was made to sink into their hearts because of their rejection (of the
covenant). Say (unto them): Evil is that which your belief enjoineth on
you, if ye are believers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.094

PICKTHAL: Say (unto them): If the abode of the Hereafter in the providence
of Allah is indeed for you alone and not for others of mankind (as ye
pretend), then long for death (for ye must long for death) if ye are
truthful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.095

PICKTHAL: But they will never long for it, because of that which their own
hands have sent before them. Allah is aware of evil-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.096

PICKTHAL: And thou wilt find them greediest of mankind for life and
(greedier) than the idolaters. (Each) one of them would like to be allowed
to live a thousand years. And to live (a thousand years) would be no means
remove him from the doom. Allah is Seer of what they do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.097

PICKTHAL: Say (O Muhammad, to mankind): Who is an enemy to Gabriel! For he
it is who hath revealed (this Scripture) to thy heart by Allah's leave,
confirming that which was (revealed) before it, and a guidance and glad
tidings to believers;

SHAKIR: Say: Whoever is the enemy of Jibreel-- for surely he revealed it to
your heart by Allah's command, verifying that which is before it and
guidance and good news for the believers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.098

PICKTHAL: Who is an enemy to Allah, and His angels and His messengers, and
Gabriel and Michael! Then, lo! Allah (Himself) is an enemy to the
disbelievers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.099

PICKTHAL: Verily We have revealed unto thee clear tokens, and only
miscreants will disbelieve in them.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.100

PICKTHAL: Is it ever so that when they make a covenant a party of them set
it aside? The truth is, most of them believe not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.101

PICKTHAL: And when there cometh unto them a messenger from Allah,
confirming that which they possess, a party of those who have received the
Scripture fling the Scripture of Allah behind their backs as if they knew
not,

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.102

PICKTHAL: And follow that which the devils falsely related against the
kingdom of Solomon. Solomon disbelieved not; but the devils disbelieved,
teaching mankind magic and that which was revealed to the two angels in
Babel, Harut and Marut. Nor did they (the two angels) teach it to anyone
till they had said: We are only a temptation, therefore disbelieve not (in
the guidance of Allah). And from these two (angles) people learn that by
which they cause division between man and wife; but they injure thereby
no-one save by Allah's leave. And they learn that which harmeth them and
profiteth them not. And surely they do know that he who trafficketh therein
will have no (happy) portion in the Hereafter; and surely evil is the price
for which they sell their souls, if they but knew.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.103

PICKTHAL: And if they had believed and kept from evil, a recompense from
Allah would be better, if they only knew.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.104

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe, say not (unto the Prophet): "Listen to us" but
say "Look upon us," and be ye listeners. For disbelievers is a painful
doom.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.105

PICKTHAL: Neither those who disbelieve among the people of the Scripture
nor the idolaters love that there should be sent down unto you any good
thing from your Lord. But Allah chooseth for His mercy whom He will, and
Allah is of Infinite Bounty.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.106

PICKTHAL: Nothing of our revelation (even a single verse) do we abrogate or
cause be forgotten, but we bring (in place) one better or the like thereof.
Knowest thou not that Allah is Able to do all things?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.107

PICKTHAL: Knowest thou not that it is Allah unto Whom belongeth the
Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth; and ye have not, beside Allah,
any guardian or helper?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.108

PICKTHAL: Or would ye question your messenger as Moses was questioned
aforetime? He who chooseth disbelief instead of faith, verily he hath gone
astray from a plain road.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.109

PICKTHAL: Many of the people of the Scripture long to make you disbelievers
after your belief, through envy on their own account, after the truth hath
become manifest unto them. Forgive and be indulgent (toward them) until
Allah give command. Lo! Allah is Able to do all things.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.110

PICKTHAL: Establish worship, and pay the poor-due; and whatever of good ye
send before (you) for your souls, ye will find it with Allah. Lo! Allah is
Seer of what ye do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.111

PICKTHAL: And they say: None entereth paradise unless he be a Jew or a
Christian. These are their own desires. Say: Bring your proof (of what ye
state) if ye are truthful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.112

PICKTHAL: Nay, but whosoever surrendereth his purpose to Allah while doing
good, his reward is with his Lord; and there shall no fear come upon them
neither shall they grieve.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.113

PICKTHAL: And the Jews say the Christians follow nothing (true), and the
Christians say the Jews follow nothing (true); yet both are readers of the
Scripture. Even thus speak those who know not. Allah will judge between
them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they differ.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.114

PICKTHAL: And who doth greater wrong than he who forbiddeth the approach to
the sanctuaries of Allah lest His name should be mentioned therein, and
striveth for their ruin. As for such, it was never meant that they should
enter them except in fear. Theirs in the world is ignominy and theirs in
the Hereafter is an awful doom.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.115

PICKTHAL: Unto Allah belong the East and the West, and whithersoever ye
turn, there is Allah's Countenance. Lo! Allah is All-Embracing,
All-Knowing.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.116

PICKTHAL: And they say: Allah hath taken unto Himself a son. Be He
glorified! Nay, but whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth is His. All
are subservient unto Him.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.117

PICKTHAL: The Originator of the heavens and the earth! When He decreeth a
thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.118

PICKTHAL: And those who have no knowledge say: Why doth not Allah speak
unto us, or some sign come unto us? Even thus, as they now speak, spake
those (who were) before them. Their hearts are all alike. We have made
clear the revelations for people who are sure.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.119

PICKTHAL: Lo! We have sent thee (O Muhammad) with the truth, a bringer of
glad tidings and a warner. And thou wilt not be asked about the owners of
hell-fire.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.120

PICKTHAL: And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the
Christians, till thou follow their creed. Say: Lo! the guidance of Allah
(Himself) is Guidance. And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the
knowledge which hath come unto thee, then wouldst thou have from Allah no
protecting guardian nor helper.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.121

PICKTHAL: Those unto whom We have given the Scripture, who read it with the
right reading, those believe in it. And whoso disbelieveth in it, those are
they who are the losers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.122

PICKTHAL: O Children of Israel! Remember My favour wherewith I favoured you
and how I preferred you to (all) creatures.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.123

PICKTHAL: And guard (yourselves) against a day when no soul will in aught
avail another, nor will compensation be accepted from it, nor will
intercession be of use to it; nor will they be helped.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.124

PICKTHAL: And (remember) when his Lord tried Abraham with (His) commands,
and he fulfilled them, He said: Lo! I have appointed thee a leader for
mankind. (Abraham) said: And of my offspring (will there be leaders)? He
said: My covenant includeth not wrong-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.125

PICKTHAL: And when We made the House (at Makka) a resort for mankind and
sanctuary, (saying): Take as your place of worship the place where Abraham
stood (to pray). And We imposed a duty upon Abraham and Ishmael, (saying):
Purify My house for those who go around and those who meditate therein and
those who bow down and prostrate themselves (in worship).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.126

PICKTHAL: And when Abraham prayed: My Lord! Make this a region of security
and bestow upon its people fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the
Last Day, He answered: As for him who disbelieveth, I shall leave him in
contentment for a while, then I shall compel him to the doom of Fire - a
hapless journey's end!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.127

PICKTHAL: And when Abraham and Ishmael were raising the foundations of the
House, (Abraham prayed): Our Lord! Accept from us (this duty). Lo! Thou,
only Thou, art the Hearer, the Knower.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.128

PICKTHAL: Our Lord! And make us submissive unto Thee and of our seed a
nation submissive unto Thee, and show us our ways of worship, and relent
toward us. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Relenting, the Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.129

PICKTHAL: Our Lord! And raise up in their midst a messenger from among them
who shall recite unto them Thy revelations, and shall instruct them in the
Scripture and in wisdom and shall make them grow. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art
the Mighty, Wise.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.130

PICKTHAL: And who forsaketh the religion of Abraham save him who befooleth
himself? Verily We chose him in the world, and lo! in the Hereafter he is
among the righteous.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.131

PICKTHAL: When his Lord said unto him: Surrender! he said: I have
surrendered to the Lord of the Worlds.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.132

PICKTHAL: The same did Abraham enjoin upon his sons, and also Jacob,
(saying): O my sons! Lo! Allah hath chosen for you the (true) religion;
therefore die not save as men who have surrendered (unto Him).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.133

PICKTHAL: Or were ye present when death came to Jacob, when he said unto
his sons: What will ye worship after me? They said: We shall worship thy
god, the god of thy fathers, Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac, One Allah, and
unto Him we have surrendered.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.134

PICKTHAL: Those are a people who have passed away. Theirs is that which
they earned, and yours is that which ye earn. And ye will not be asked of
what they used to do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.135

PICKTHAL: And they say: Be Jews or Christians, then ye will be rightly
guided. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Nay, but (we follow) the religion of
Abraham, the upright, and he was not of the idolaters.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.136

PICKTHAL: Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed
unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac,
and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and
that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction
between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.137

PICKTHAL: And if they believe in the like of that which ye believe, then
are they rightly guided. But if they turn away, then are they in schism,
and Allah will suffice thee (for defence) against them. He is the Hearer,
the Knower.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.138

PICKTHAL: (We take our) colour from Allah, and who is better than Allah at
colouring. We are His worshippers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.139

PICKTHAL: Say (unto the People of the Scripture): Dispute ye with us
concerning Allah when He is our Lord and your Lord? Ours are our works and
yours your works. We look to Him alone.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.140

PICKTHAL: Or say ye that Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and
the tribes were Jews or Christians? Say: Do ye know best, or doth Allah?
And who is more unjust than he who hideth a testimony which he hath
received from Allah? Allah is not unaware of what ye do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.141

PICKTHAL: Those are a people who have passed away; theirs is that which
they earned and yours that which ye earn. And ye will not be asked of what
they used to do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.142

PICKTHAL: The foolish of the people will say: What hath turned them from
the qiblah which they formerly observed? Say: Unto Allah belong the East
and the West. He guideth whom He will unto a straight path.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.143

PICKTHAL: Thus We have appointed you a middle nation, that ye may be
witnesses against mankind, and that the messenger may be a witness against
you. And We appointed the qiblah which ye formerly observed only that We
might know him who followeth the messenger, from him who turneth on his
heels. In truth it was a hard (test) save for those whom Allah guided. But
it was not Allah's purpose that your faith should be in vain, for Allah is
Full of Pity, Merciful toward mankind.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.144

PICKTHAL: We have seen the turning of thy face to heaven (for guidance, O
Muhammad). And now verily We shall make thee turn (in prayer) toward a
qiblah which is dear to thee. So turn thy face toward the Inviolable Place
of Worship, and ye (O Muslims), wheresoever ye may be, turn your faces
(when ye pray) toward it. Lo! Those who have received the Scripture know
that (this revelation) is the Truth from their Lord. And Allah is not
unaware of what they do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.145

PICKTHAL: And even if thou broughtest unto those who have received the
Scripture all kinds of portents, they would not follow thy qiblah, nor
canst thou be a follower of their qiblah; nor are some of them followers of
the qiblah of others. And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the
knowledge which hath come unto thee, then surely wert thou of the
evil-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.146

PICKTHAL: Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognise (this revelation)
as they recognise their sons. But lo! a party of them knowingly conceal the
truth.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.147

PICKTHAL: It is the Truth from thy Lord (O Muhammad), so be not thou of
those who waver.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.148

PICKTHAL: And each one hath a goal toward which he turneth; so vie with one
another in good works. Wheresoever ye may be, Allah will bring you all
together. Lo! Allah is Able to do all things.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.149

PICKTHAL: And whencesoever thou comest forth (for prayer, O Muhammad) turn
thy face toward the Inviolable Place of Worship. Lo! it is the Truth from
thy Lord. Allah is not unaware of what ye do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.150

PICKTHAL: Whencesoever thou comest forth turn thy face toward the
Inviolable Place of Worship; and wheresoever ye may be (O Muslims) turn
your faces toward it (when ye pray) so that men may have no argument
against you, save such of them as do injustice - Fear them not, but fear
Me! - and so that I may complete My grace upon you, and that ye may be
guided.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.151

PICKTHAL: Even as We have sent unto you a messenger from among you, who
reciteth unto you Our revelations and causeth you to grow, and teacheth you
the Scripture and wisdom, and teacheth you that which ye knew not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.152

PICKTHAL: Therefore remember Me, I will remember you. Give thanks to Me,
and reject not Me.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.153

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. Lo!
Allah is with the steadfast.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.154

PICKTHAL: And call not those who are slain in the way of Allah "dead." Nay,
they are living, only ye perceive not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.155

PICKTHAL: And surely We shall try you with something of fear and hunger,
and loss of wealth and lives and crops; but give glad tidings to the
steadfast,

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.156

PICKTHAL: Who say, when a misfortune striketh them: Lo! we are Allah's and
lo! unto Him we are returning.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.157

PICKTHAL: Such are they on whom are blessings from their Lord, and mercy.
Such are the rightly guided.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.158

PICKTHAL: Lo! (the mountains) As-Safa and Al-Marwah are among the
indications of Allah. It is therefore no sin for him who is on pilgrimage
to the House (of Allah) or visiteth it, to go around them (as the pagan
custom is). And he who doeth good of his own accord, (for him) lo! Allah is
Responsive, Aware.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.159

PICKTHAL: Lo! Those who hide the proofs and the guidance which We revealed,
after We had made it clear to mankind in the Scripture: such are accursed
of Allah and accursed of those who have the power to curse.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.160

PICKTHAL: Except those who repent and amend and make manifest (the truth).
These it is toward whom I relent. I am the Relenting, the Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.161

PICKTHAL: Lo! Those who disbelieve, and die while they are disbelievers; on
them is the curse of Allah and of angels and of men combined.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.162

PICKTHAL: They ever dwell therein. The doom will not be lightened for them,
neither will they be reprieved.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.163

PICKTHAL: Your Allah is One Allah; there is no Allah save Him, the
Beneficent, the Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.164

PICKTHAL: Lo! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the
difference of night and day, and the ships which run upon the sea with that
which is of use to men, and the water which Allah sendeth down from the
sky, thereby reviving the earth after its death, and dispersing all kinds
of beasts therein, and (in) the ordinance of the winds, and the clouds
obedient between heaven and earth: are signs (of Allah's Sovereignty) for
people who have sense.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.165

PICKTHAL: Yet of mankind are some who take unto themselves (objects of
worship which they set as) rivals to Allah, loving them with a love like
(that which is the due) of Allah (only) - those who believe are stauncher
in their love for Allah - Oh, that those who do evil had but known, (on the
day) when they behold the doom, that power belongeth wholly to Allah, and
that Allah is severe in punishment!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.166

PICKTHAL: (On the day) when those who were followed disown those who
followed (them), and they behold the doom, and all their aims collapse with
them.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.167

PICKTHAL: And those who were but followers will say: If a return were
possible for us, we would disown them even as they have disowned us. Thus
will Allah show them their own deeds as anguish for them, and they will not
emerge from the Fire.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.168

PICKTHAL: O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and wholesome in the
earth, and follow not the footsteps of the devil. Lo! he is an open enemy
for you.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.169

PICKTHAL: He enjoineth upon you only the evil and the foul, and that ye
should tell concerning Allah that which ye know not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.170

PICKTHAL: And when it is said unto them: Follow that which Allah hath
revealed, they say: We follow that wherein we found our fathers. What! Even
though their fathers were wholly unintelligent and had no guidance?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.171

PICKTHAL: The likeness of those who disbelieve (in relation to the
messenger) is as the likeness of one who calleth unto that which heareth
naught except a shout and cry. Deaf, dumb, blind, therefore they have no
sense.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.172

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have
provided you, and render thanks to Allah if it is (indeed) He Whom ye
worship.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.173

PICKTHAL: He hath forbidden you only carrion, and blood, and swineflesh,
and that which hath been immolated to (the name of) any other than Allah.
But he who is driven by necessity, neither craving nor transgressing, it is
no sin for him. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.174

PICKTHAL: Lo! those who hide aught of the Scripture which Allah hath
revealed and purchase a small gain therewith, they eat into their bellies
nothing else than fire. Allah will not speak to them on the Day of
Resurrection, nor will He make them grow. Theirs will be a painful doom.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.175

PICKTHAL: Those are they who purchase error at the price of guidance, and
torment at the price of pardon. How constant are they in their strife to
reach the Fire!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.176

PICKTHAL: That is because Allah hath revealed the Scripture with the truth.
Lo! those who find (a cause of) disagreement in the Scripture are in open
schism.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.177

PICKTHAL: It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces to the East and
the West; but righteous is he who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and
the angels and the Scripture and the prophets; and giveth wealth, for love
of Him, to kinsfolk and to orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to
those who ask, and to set slaves free; and observeth proper worship and
payeth the poor-due. And those who keep their treaty when they make one,
and the patient in tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are
they who are sincere. Such are the Allah-fearing.

affliction and in time of conflicts-- these are they who are true (to
themselves) and these are they who guard (against evil).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.178

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter
of the murdered; the freeman for the freeman, and the slave for the slave,
and the female for the female. And for him who is forgiven somewhat by his
(injured) brother, prosecution according to usage and payment unto him in
kindness. This is an alleviation and a mercy from your Lord. He who
transgresseth after this will have a painful doom.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.179

PICKTHAL: And there is life for you in retaliation, O men of understanding,
that ye may ward off (evil).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.180

PICKTHAL: It is prescribed for you, when death approacheth one of you, if
he leave wealth, that he bequeath unto parents and near relatives in
kindness. (This is) a duty for all those who ward off (evil).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.181

PICKTHAL: And whoso changeth (the will) after he hath heard it - the sin
thereof is only upon those who change it. Lo! Allah is Hearer, Knower.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.182

PICKTHAL: But he who feareth from a testator some unjust or sinful clause,
and maketh peace between the parties, (it shall be) no sin for him. Lo!
Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.183

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was
prescribed for those before you, that ye may ward off (evil);

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.184

PICKTHAL: (Fast) a certain number of days; and (for) him who is sick among
you, or on a journey, (the same) number of other days; and for those who
can afford it there is a ransom: the feeding of a man in need - but whoso
doeth good of his own accord, it is better for him: and that ye fast is
better for you if ye did but know -

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.185

PICKTHAL: The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance
for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right
and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and
whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of
other days. Allah desireth for you ease; He desireth not hardship for you;
and (He desireth) that ye should complete the period, and that ye should
magnify Allah for having guided you, and that peradventure ye may be
thankful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.186

PICKTHAL: And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I
am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So
let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be
led aright.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.187

PICKTHAL: It is made lawful for you to go in unto your wives on the night
of the fast. They are raiment for you and ye are raiment for them. Allah is
Aware that ye were deceiving yourselves in this respect and He hath turned
in mercy toward you and relieved you. So hold intercourse with them and
seek that which Allah hath ordained for you, and eat and drink until the
white thread becometh distinct to you from the black thread of the dawn.
Then strictly observe the fast till nightfall and touch them not, but be at
your devotions in the mosques. These are the limits imposed by Allah, so
approach them not. Thus Allah expoundeth His revelation to mankind that
they may ward off (evil).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.188

PICKTHAL: And eat not up your property among yourselves in vanity, nor seek
by it to gain the hearing of the judges that ye may knowingly devour a
portion of the property of others wrongfully.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.189

PICKTHAL: They ask thee, (O Muhammad), of new moons, say: They are fixed
seasons for mankind and for the pilgrimage. It is not righteousness that ye
go to houses by the backs thereof (as do the idolaters at certain seasons),
but the righteous man is he who wardeth off (evil). So go to houses by the
gates thereof, and observe your duty to Allah, that ye may be successful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.190

PICKTHAL: Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you,
but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not aggressors.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.191

PICKTHAL: And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the
places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter.
And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first
attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is
the reward of disbelievers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.192

PICKTHAL: But if they desist, then lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.193

PICKTHAL: And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for
Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against
wrong-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.194

PICKTHAL: The forbidden month for the forbidden month, and forbidden things
in retaliation. And one who attacketh you, attack him in like manner as he
attacked you. Observe your duty to Allah, and know that Allah is with those
who ward off (evil).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.195

PICKTHAL: Spend your wealth for the cause of Allah, and be not cast by your
own hands to ruin; and do good. Lo! Allah loveth the beneficent.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.196

PICKTHAL: Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Makka) for Allah. And if
ye are prevented, then send such gifts as can be obtained with ease, and
shave not your heads until the gifts have reached their destination. And
whoever among you is sick or hath an ailment of the head must pay a ransom
of fasting or almsgiving or offering. And if ye are in safety, then
whosoever contenteth himself with the visit for the pilgrimage (shall give)
such gifts as can be had with ease. And whosoever cannot find (such gifts),
then a fast of three days while on the pilgrimage, and of seven when ye
have returned; that is, ten in all. That is for him whoso folk are not
present at the Inviolable Place of Worship. Observe your duty to Allah, and
know that Allah is severe in punishment.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.197

PICKTHAL: The pilgrimage is (in) the well-known months, and whoever is
minded to perform the pilgrimage therein (let him remember that) there is
(to be) no lewdness nor abuse nor angry conversation on the pilgrimage. And
whatsoever good ye do Allah knoweth it. So make provision for yourselves
(Hereafter); for the best provision is to ward off evil. Therefore keep
your duty unto Me, O men of understanding.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.198

PICKTHAL: It is no sin for you that ye seek the bounty of your Lord (by
trading). But, when ye press on in the multitude from 'Arafat, remember
Allah by the sacred monument. Remember Him as He hath guided you, although
before ye were of those astray.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.199

PICKTHAL: Then hasten onward from the place whence the multitude hasteneth
onward, and ask forgiveness of Allah. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.200

PICKTHAL: And when ye have completed your devotions, then remember Allah as
ye remember your fathers or with a more lively remembrance. But of mankind
is he who saith: "Our Lord! Give unto us in the world," and he hath no
portion in the Hereafter.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.201

PICKTHAL: And of them (also) is he who saith: "Our Lord! Give unto us in
the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and
guard us from the doom of Fire."

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.202

PICKTHAL: For them there is in store a goodly portion out of that which
they have earned. Allah is swift at reckoning.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
002.203

PICKTHAL: Remember Allah through the appointed days. Then whoso hasteneth
(his departure) by two days, it is no sin for him, and whoso delayeth, it
is no sin for him; that is for him who wardeth off (evil). Be careful of
your duty to Allah, and know that unto Him ye will be gathered.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.204

PICKTHAL: And of mankind there is he whoso conversation on the life of this
world pleaseth thee (Muhammad), and he calleth Allah to witness as to that
which is in his heart; yet he is the most rigid of opponents.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.205

PICKTHAL: And when he turneth away (from thee) his effort in the land is to
make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle; and Allah
loveth not mischief.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.206

PICKTHAL: And when it is said unto him: Be careful of thy duty to Allah,
pride taketh him to sin. Hell will settle his account, an evil
resting-place.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.207

PICKTHAL: And of mankind is he who would sell himself, seeking the pleasure
of Allah; and Allah hath compassion on (His) bondmen.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.208

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Come, all of you, into submission (unto Him);
and follow not the footsteps of the devil. Lo! he is an open enemy for you.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.209

PICKTHAL: And if ye slide back after the clear proofs have come unto you,
then know that Allah is Mighty, Wise.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.210

PICKTHAL: Wait they for naught else than that Allah should come unto them
in the shadows of the clouds with the angels? Then the case would be
already judged. All cases go back to Allah (for judgment).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.211

PICKTHAL: Ask of the Children of Israel how many a clear revelation We gave
them! He who altereth the grace of Allah after it hath come unto him (for
him), lo! Allah is severe in punishment.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.212

PICKTHAL: Beautified is the life of the world for those who disbelieve;
they make a jest of the believers. But those who keep their duty to Allah
will be above them on the Day of Resurrection. Allah giveth without stint
to whom He will.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.213

PICKTHAL: Mankind were one community, and Allah sent (unto them) prophets
as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and revealed therewith the
Scripture with the truth that it might judge between mankind concerning
that wherein they differed. And only those unto whom (the Scripture) was
given differed concerning it, after clear proofs had come unto them,
through hatred one of another. And Allah by His Will guided those who
believe unto the truth of that concerning which they differed. Allah
guideth whom He will unto a straight path.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.214

PICKTHAL: Or think ye that ye will enter paradise while yet there hath not
come unto you the like of (that which came to) those who passed away before
you? Affliction and adversity befell them, they were shaken as with
earthquake, till the messenger (of Allah) and those who believed along with
him said: When cometh Allah's help? Now surely Allah's help is nigh.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.215

PICKTHAL: They ask thee, (O Muhammad), what they shall spend. Say: that
which ye spend for good (must go) to parents and near kindred and orphans
and the needy and the wayfarer. And whatsoever good ye do, lo! Allah is
Aware of it.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.216

PICKTHAL: Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but
it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen
that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, ye know not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.217

PICKTHAL: They question thee (O Muhammad) with regard to warfare in the
sacred month. Say: Warfare therein is a great (transgression), but to turn
(men) from the way of Allah, and to disbelieve in Him and in the Inviolable
Place of Worship, and to expel His people thence, is a greater with Allah;
for persecution is worse than killing. And they will not cease from
fighting against you till they have made you renegades from your religion,
if they can. And whoso becometh a renegade and dieth in his disbelief: such
are they whose works have fallen both in the world and the Hereafter. Such
are rightful owners of the Fire: they will abide therein.

from his religion, then he dies while an unbeliever-- these it is whose
works shall go for nothing in this world and the hereafter, and they are
the inmates of the fire; therein they shall abide.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.218

PICKTHAL: Lo! those who believe, and those who emigrate (to escape the
persecution) and strive in the way of Allah, these have hope of Allah's
mercy. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.219

PICKTHAL: They question thee about strong drink and games of chance. Say:
In both is great sin, and (some) utility for men; but the sin of them is
greater than their usefulness. And they ask thee what they ought to spend.
Say: that which is superfluous. Thus Allah maketh plain to you (His)
revelations, that haply ye may reflect.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.220

PICKTHAL: Upon the world and the Hereafter. And they question thee
concerning orphans. Say: To improve their lot is best. And if ye mingle
your affairs with theirs, then (they are) your brothers. Allah knoweth him
who spoileth from him who improveth. Had Allah willed He could have
overburdened you. Allah is Mighty, Wise.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.221

PICKTHAL: Wed not idolatresses till they believe; for lo! a believing
bondwoman is better than an idolatress though she please you; and give not
your daughters in marriage to idolaters till they believe, for lo! a
believing slave is better than an idolater though he please you. These
invite unto the Fire, and Allah inviteth unto the Garden, and unto
forgiveness by His grace, and expoundeth His revelations to mankind that
haply they may remember.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.222

PICKTHAL: They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It
is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not in unto them
till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in
unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who
turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.223

PICKTHAL: Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth
as ye will, and send (good deeds) before you for your souls, and fear
Allah, and know that ye will (one day) meet Him. Give glad tidings to
believers, (O Muhammad).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.224

PICKTHAL: And make not Allah, by your oaths, a hindrance to your being
righteous and observing your duty unto Him and making peace among mankind.
Allah is Hearer, Knower.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.225

PICKTHAL: Allah will not take you to task for that which is unintentional
in your oaths. But He will take you to task for that which your hearts have
garnered. Allah is Forgiving, Clement.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.226

PICKTHAL: Those who forswear their wives must wait four months; then, if
they change their mind, lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.227

PICKTHAL: And if they decide upon divorce (let them remember that) Allah is
Hearer, Knower.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.228

PICKTHAL: Women who are divorced shall wait, keeping themselves apart,
three (monthly) courses. And it is not lawful for them that they should
conceal that which Allah hath created in their wombs if they are believers
in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands would do better to take them
back in that case if they desire a reconciliation. And they (women) have
rights similar to those (of men) over them in kindness, and men are a
degree above them. Allah is Mighty, Wise.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.229

PICKTHAL: Divorce must be pronounced twice and then (a woman) must be
retained in honour or released in kindness. And it is not lawful for you
that ye take from women aught of that which ye have given them; except (in
the case) when both fear that they may not be able to keep within the
limits (imposed by) Allah. And if ye fear that they may not be able to keep
the limits of Allah, in that case it is no sin for either of them if the
woman ransom herself. These are the limits (imposed by) Allah. Transgress
them not. For whoso transgresseth Allah's limits: such are wrong-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.230

PICKTHAL: And if he hath divorced her (the third time), then she is not
lawful unto him thereafter until she hath wedded another husband. Then if
he (the other husband) divorce her it is no sin for both of them that they
come together again if they consider that they are able to observe the
limits of Allah. These are the limits of Allah. He manifesteth them for
people who have knowledge.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.231

PICKTHAL: When ye have divorced women, and they have reached their term,
then retain them in kindness or release them in kindness. Retain them not
to their hurt so that ye transgress (the limits). He who doeth that hath
wronged his soul. Make not the revelations of Allah a laughing-stock (by
your behaviour), but remember Allah's grace upon you and that which He hath
revealed unto you of the Scripture and of wisdom, whereby He doth exhort
you. Observe your duty to Allah and know that Allah is Aware of all things.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.232

PICKTHAL: And when ye have divorced women and they reach their term, place
not difficulties in the way of their marrying their husbands if it is
agreed between them in kindness. This is an admonition for him among you
who believeth in Allah and the Last Day. That is more virtuous for you, and
cleaner. Allah knoweth; ye know not.

SHAKIR: And when you have divorced women and they have ended-- their term
(of waiting), then do not prevent them from marrying their husbands when
they agree among themselves in a lawful manner; with this is admonished he
among you who believes in Allah and the last day, this is more profitable
and purer for you; and Allah knows while you do not know.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.233

PICKTHAL: Mothers shall suckle their children for two whole years; (that
is) for those who wish to complete the suckling. The duty of feeding and
clothing nursing mothers in a seemly manner is upon the father of the
child. No-one should be charged beyond his capacity. A mother should not be
made to suffer because of her child, nor should he to whom the child is
born (be made to suffer) because of his child. And on the (father's) heir
is incumbent the like of that (which was incumbent on the father). If they
desire to wean the child by mutual consent and (after) consultation, it is
no sin for them; and if ye wish to give your children out to nurse, it is
no sin for you, provide that ye pay what is due from you in kindness.
Observe your duty to Allah, and know that Allah is Seer of what ye do.

maintenance and their clothing must be-- borne by the father according to
usage; no soul shall have imposed upon it a duty but to the extent of its
capacity; neither shall a mother be made to suffer harm on account of her
child, nor a father on account of his child, and a similar duty (devolves)
on the (father's) heir, but if both desire weaning by mutual consent and
counsel, there is no blame on them, and if you wish to engage a wet-nurse
for your children, there is no blame on you so long as you pay what you
promised for according to usage; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah and
know that Allah sees what you do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.234

PICKTHAL: Such of you as die and leave behind them wives, they (the wives)
shall wait, keeping themselves apart, four months and ten days. And when
they reach the term (prescribed for them) then there is no sin for you in
aught that they may do with themselves in decency. Allah is informed of
what ye do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.235

PICKTHAL: There is no sin for you in that which ye proclaim or hide in your
minds concerning your troth with women. Allah knoweth that ye will remember
them. But plight not your troth with women except by uttering a recognised
form of words. And do not consummate the marriage until (the term)
prescribed is run. Know that Allah knoweth what is in your minds, so beware
of Him; and know that Allah is Forgiving, Clement.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.236

PICKTHAL: It is no sin for you if ye divorce women while yet ye have not
touched them, nor appointed unto them a portion. Provide for them, the rich
according to his means, and the straitened according to his means, a fair
provision. (This is) a bounden duty for those who do good.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.237

PICKTHAL: If ye divorce them before ye have touched them and ye have
appointed unto them a portion, then (pay the) half of that which ye
appointed, unless they (the women) agree to forgo it, or he agreeth to
forgo it in whose hand is the marriage tie. To forgo is nearer to piety.
And forget not kindness among yourselves. Allah is Seer of what ye do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.238

PICKTHAL: Be guardians of your prayers, and of the midmost prayer, and
stand up with devotion to Allah.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.239

PICKTHAL: And if ye go in fear, then (pray) standing or on horseback. And
when ye are again in safety, remember Allah, as He hath taught you that
which (heretofore) ye knew not.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.240

PICKTHAL: (In the case of) those of you who are about to die and leave
behind them wives, they should bequeath unto their wives a provision for
the year without turning them out, but if they go out (of their own accord)
there is no sin for you in that which they do of themselves within their
rights. Allah is Mighty, Wise.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.241

PICKTHAL: For divorced women a provision in kindness: a duty for those who
ward off (evil).

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.242

PICKTHAL: Thus Allah expoundeth unto you His revelations so that ye may
understand.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.243

PICKTHAL: Bethink thee (O Muhammad) of those of old, who went forth from
their habitations in their thousands, fearing death, and Allah said unto
them: Die; and then He brought them back to life. Lo! Allah is a Lord of
Kindness to mankind, but most of mankind give not thanks.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.244

PICKTHAL: Fight in the way of Allah, and know that Allah is Hearer, Knower.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.245

PICKTHAL: Who is it that will lend unto Allah a goodly loan, so that He may
give it increase manifold? Allah straiteneth and enlargeth. Unto Him ye
will return.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.246

PICKTHAL: Bethink thee of the leaders of the Children of Israel after
Moses, how they said unto a prophet whom they had: Set up for us a king and
we will fight in Allah's way. He said: Would ye then refrain from fighting
if fighting were prescribed for you? They said: Why should we not fight in
Allah's way when we have been driven from our dwellings with our children?
Yet, when fighting was prescribed for them, they turned away, all save a
few of them. Allah is aware of evil-doers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.247

PICKTHAL: Their Prophet said unto them: Lo! Allah hath raised up Saul to be
a king for you. They said: How can he have kingdom over us when we are more
deserving of the kingdom than he is, since he hath not been given wealth
enough? He said: Lo! Allah hath chosen him above you, and hath increased
him abundantly in wisdom and stature. Allah bestoweth His Sovereignty on
whom He will. Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.248

PICKTHAL: And their Prophet said unto them: Lo! the token of his kingdom is
that there shall come unto you the ark wherein is peace of reassurance from
your Lord, and a remnant of that which the house of Moses and the house of
Aaron left behind, the angels bearing it. Lo! herein shall be a token for
you if (in truth) ye are believers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.249

PICKTHAL: And when Saul set out with the army, he said: Lo! Allah will try
you by (the ordeal of) a river. Whosoever therefore drinketh thereof he is
not of me, and whosoever tasteth it not he is of me, save him who taketh
(thereof) in the hollow of his hand. But they drank thereof, all save a few
of them. And after he had crossed (the river), he and those who believed
with him, they said: We have no power this day against Goliath and his
hosts. But those who knew that they would meet Allah exclaimed: How many a
little company hath overcome a mighty host by Allah's leave! Allah is with
the steadfast.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.250

PICKTHAL: And when they went into the field against Goliath and his hosts
they said: Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance, make our foothold sure, and
give us help against the disbelieving folk.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.251

PICKTHAL: So they routed them by Allah's leave and David slew Goliath; and
Allah gave him the kingdom and wisdom, and taught him of that which He
willeth. And if Allah had not repelled some men by others the earth would
have been corrupted. But Allah is a Lord of Kindness to (His) creatures.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.252

PICKTHAL: These are the portents of Allah which We recite unto thee
(Muhammad) with truth, and lo! thou art of the number of (Our) messengers;

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.253

PICKTHAL: Of those messengers, some of whom We have caused to excel others,
and of whom there are some unto whom Allah spake, while some of them He
exalted (above others) in degree; and We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear
proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty) and We supported him with the holy Spirit.
And if Allah had so wiled it, those who followed after them would not have
fought one with another after the clear proofs had come unto them. But they
differed, some of them believing and some disbelieving. And if Allah had so
willed it, they would not have fought one with another; but Allah doeth
what He will.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.254

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! spend of that wherewith We have provided you
ere a day come when there will be no trafficking, nor friendship, nor
intercession. The disbelievers, they are the wrong-doers.

intercession, and the unbelievers-- they are the unjust.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.255

PICKTHAL: Allah! There is no deity save Him, the Alive, the Eternal.
Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is
in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth
with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and
that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge
save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He
is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.256

PICKTHAL: There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is
henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and
believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break.
Allah is Hearer, Knower.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.257

PICKTHAL: Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He
bringeth them out of darkness into light. As for those who disbelieve,
their patrons are false deities. They bring them out of light into
darkness. Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.258

PICKTHAL: Bethink thee of him who had an argument with Abraham about his
Lord, because Allah had given him the kingdom; how, when Abraham said: My
Lord is He Who giveth life and causeth death, he answered: I give life and
cause death. Abraham said: Lo! Allah causeth the sun to rise in the East,
so do thou cause it to come up from the West. Thus was the disbeliever
abashed. And Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.259

PICKTHAL: Or (bethink thee of) the like of him who, passing by a township
which had fallen into utter ruin, exclaimed: How shall Allah give this
township life after its death? And Allah made him die a hundred years, then
brought him back to life. He said: How long hast thou tarried? (The man)
said: I have tarried a day or part of a day. (He) said: Nay, but thou hast
tarried for a hundred years. Just look at thy food and drink which have not
rotted! Look at thine ass! And, that We may make thee a token unto mankind,
look at the bones, how We adjust them and then cover them with flesh! And
when (the matter) became clear unto him, he said: I know now that Allah is
Able to do all things.

food and drink-- years have not passed over it; and look at your ass; and
that We may make you a sign to men, and look at the bones, how We set them
together, then clothed them with flesh; so when it became clear to him, he
said: I know that Allah has power over all things.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.260

PICKTHAL: And when Abraham said (unto his Lord): My Lord! Show me how Thou
givest life to the dead, He said: Dost thou not believe? Abraham said: Yea,
but (I ask) in order that my heart may be at ease. (His Lord) said: Take
four of the birds and cause them to incline unto thee, then place a part of
them on each hill, then call them, they will come to thee in haste, and
know that Allah is Mighty, Wise.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.261

PICKTHAL: The likeness of those who spend their wealth in Allah's way is as
the likeness of a grain which groweth seven ears, in every ear a hundred
grains. Allah giveth increase manifold to whom He will. Allah is
All-Embracing, All-Knowing.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.262

PICKTHAL: Those who spend their wealth for the cause of Allah and afterward
make not reproach and injury to follow that which they have spent; their
reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them, neither
shall they grieve.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.263

PICKTHAL: A kind word with forgiveness is better than almsgiving followed
by injury. Allah is Absolute, Clement.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.264

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Render not vain your almsgiving by reproach and
injury, like him who spendeth his wealth only to be seen of men and
believeth not in Allah and the Last Day. His likeness is as the likeness of
a rock whereon is dust of earth; a rainstorm smiteth it, leaving it smooth
and bare. They have no control of aught of that which they have gained.
Allah guideth not the disbelieving folk.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.265

PICKTHAL: And the likeness of those who spend their wealth in search of
Allah's pleasure, and for the strengthening of their souls, is as the
likeness of a garden on a height. The rainstorm smiteth it and it bringeth
forth its fruit twofold. And if the rainstorm smite it not, then the
shower. Allah is Seer of what ye do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.266

PICKTHAL: Would any of you like to have a garden of palm-trees and vines,
with rivers flowing underneath it, with all kinds of fruit for him therein;
and old age hath stricken him and he hath feeble offspring; and a fiery
whirlwind striketh it and it is (all) consumed by fire. Thus Allah maketh
plain His revelations unto you, in order that ye may give thought.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.267

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Spend of the good things which ye have earned,
and of that which We bring forth from the earth for you, and seek not the
bad (with intent) to spend thereof (in charity) when ye would not take it
for yourselves save with disdain; and know that Allah is Absolute, Owner of
Praise.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.268

PICKTHAL: The devil promiseth you destitution and enjoineth on you
lewdness. But Allah promiseth you forgiveness from Himself with bounty.
Allah is All-Embracing, All-knowing.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.269

PICKTHAL: He giveth wisdom unto whom He will, and he unto whom wisdom is
given, he truly hath received abundant good. But none remember except men
of understanding.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.270

PICKTHAL: Whatever alms ye spend or vow ye vow, lo! Allah knoweth it.
Wrong-doers have no helpers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.271

PICKTHAL: If ye publish your almsgiving, it is well, but if ye hide it and
give it to the poor, it will be better for you, and will atone for some of
your ill-deeds. Allah is Informed of what ye do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.272

PICKTHAL: The guiding of them is not thy duty (O Muhammad), but Allah
guideth whom He will. And whatsoever good thing ye spend, it is for
yourselves, when ye spend not save in search of Allah's Countenance; and
whatsoever good thing ye spend, it will be repaid to you in full, and ye
will not be wronged.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.273

PICKTHAL: (Alms are) for the poor who are straitened for the cause of
Allah, who cannot travel in the land (for trade). The unthinking man
accounteth them wealthy because of their restraint. Thou shalt know them by
their mark: They do not beg of men with importunity. And whatsoever good
thing ye spend, lo! Allah knoweth it.

SHAKIR: (Alms are) for the poor who are confined in the way of Allah-- they
cannot go about in the land; the ignorant man thinks them to be rich on
account of (their) abstaining (from begging); you can recognise them by
their mark; they do not beg from men importunately; and whatever good thing
you spend, surely Allah knows it.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.274

PICKTHAL: Those who spend their wealth by night and day, by stealth and
openly, verily their reward is with their Lord, and their shall no fear
come upon them neither shall they grieve.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.275

PICKTHAL: Those who swallow usury cannot rise up save as he ariseth whom
the devil hath prostrated by (his) touch. That is because they say: Trade
is just like usury; whereas Allah permitteth trading and forbiddeth usury.
He unto whom an admonition from his Lord cometh, and (he) refraineth (in
obedience thereto), he shall keep (the profits of) that which is past, and
his affair (henceforth) is with Allah. As for him who returneth (to usury)
- Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein.

hands of Allah; and whoever returns (to it)-- these arc the inmates of the
fire; they shall abide in it.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.276

PICKTHAL: Allah hath blighted usury and made almsgiving fruitful. Allah
loveth not the impious and guilty.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.277

PICKTHAL: Lo! those who believe and do good works and establish worship and
pay the poor-due, their reward is with their Lord and there shall no fear
come upon them neither shall they grieve.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.278

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Observe your duty to Allah, and give up what
remaineth (due to you) from usury, if ye are (in truth) believers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.279

PICKTHAL: And if ye do not, then be warned of war (against you) from Allah
and His messenger. And if ye repent, then ye have your principal (without
interest). Wrong not, and ye shall not be wronged.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.280

PICKTHAL: And if the debtor is in straitened circumstances, then (let there
be) postponement to (the time of) ease; and that ye remit the debt as
almsgiving would be better for you if ye did but know.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.281

PICKTHAL: And guard yourselves against a day in which ye will be brought
back to Allah. Then every soul will be paid in full that which it hath
earned, and they will not be wronged.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.282

PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! When ye contract a debt for a fixed term,
record it in writing. Let a scribe record it in writing between you in
(terms of) equity. No scribe should refuse to write as Allah hath taught
him, so let him write, and let him who incurreth the debt dictate, and let
him observe his duty to Allah his Lord, and diminish naught thereof. But if
he who oweth the debt is of low understanding, or weak, or unable himself
to dictate, then let the guardian of his interests dictate in (terms of)
equity. And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two
men be not (at hand) then a man and two women, of such as ye approve as
witnesses, so that if the one erreth (through forgetfulness) the other will
remember. And the witnesses must not refuse when they are summoned. Be not
averse to writing down (the contract) whether it be small or great, with
(record of) the term thereof. That is more equitable in the sight of Allah
and more sure for testimony, and the best way of avoiding doubt between
you; save only in the case when it is actual merchandise which ye transfer
among yourselves from hand to hand. In that case it is no sin for you if ye
write it not. And have witnesses when ye sell one to another, and let no
harm be done to scribe or witness. If ye do (harm to them) lo! it is a sin
in you. Observe your duty to Allah. Allah is teaching you. And Allah is
knower of all things.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.283

PICKTHAL: If ye be on a journey and cannot find a scribe, then a pledge in
hand (shall suffice). And if one of you entrusteth to another let him who
is trusted deliver up that which is entrusted to him (according to the pact
between them) and let him observe his duty to Allah his Lord. Hide not
testimony. He who hideth it, verily his heart is sinful. Allah is Aware of
what ye do.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.284

PICKTHAL: Unto Allah (belongeth) whatsoever is in the heavens and
whatsoever is in the earth; and whether ye make known what is in your minds
or hide it, Allah will bring you to account for it. He will forgive whom He
will and He will punish whom He will. Allah is Able to do all things.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.285

PICKTHAL: The messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him
from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His
angels and His scriptures and His messengers - We make no distinction
between any of His messengers - and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant
us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

002.286

PICKTHAL: Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope. For it (is only) that
which it hath earned, and against it (only) that which it hath deserved.
Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget, or miss the mark! Our Lord! Lay not
on us such a burden as thou didst lay on those before us! Our Lord! Impose
not on us that which we have not the strength to bear! Pardon us, absolve
us and have mercy on us, Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the
disbelieving folk.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------