Surah 3 - Ali 'Imran - THE FAMILY OF 'IMRAN
003.001 Alif, Lam, Mim.
003.002 God! There is no god but He,-the Living, the Self-Subsisting, Eternal.
003.003 It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming
what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus)
before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment
between right and wrong).
003.004 Then those who reject Faith in the Signs of God will suffer the severest
penalty, and God is Exalted in Might, Lord of Retribution.
003.005 From God, verily nothing is hidden on earth or in the heavens.
003.006 He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is no god but
He, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
003.007 He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or
fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are
allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is
allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one
its hidden meanings except God. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge
say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will
the Message except men of understanding.
003.008 "Our Lord!" (they say), "Let not our hearts deviate now after Thou hast
guided us, but grant us mercy from Thine own Presence; for Thou art the Grantor
bounties without measure.
003.009 "Our Lord! Thou art He that will gather mankind Together against a day
about which there is no doubt; for God never fails in His promise."
003.010 Those who reject Faith,- neither their possessions nor their (numerous)
progeny will avail them aught against God: They are themselves but fuel for the
003.011 (Their plight will be) no better than that of the people of Pharaoh, and their
predecessors: They denied our Signs, and God called them to account for their sins.
For God is strict in punishment.
003.012 Say to those who reject Faith: "Soon will ye be vanquished and gathered
together to Hell,-an evil bed indeed (to lie on)!
003.013 "There has already been for you a Sign in the two armies that met (in
combat): One was fighting in the cause of God, the other resisting God; these saw
with their own eyes Twice their number. But God doth support with His aid whom
pleaseth. In this is a warning for such as have eyes to see."
003.014 Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: Women and sons;
Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence);
(wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this world's life; but
in nearness to God is the best of the goals (To return to).
003.015 Say: Shall I give you glad tidings of things Far better than those? For the
righteous are Gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath; therein is
their eternal home; with companions pure (and holy); and the good pleasure of God.
For in God's sight are (all) His servants,-
003.016 (Namely), those who say: "Our Lord! we have indeed believed: forgive us,
then, our sins, and save us from the agony of the Fire;"-
003.017 Those who show patience, Firmness and self-control; who are true (in word
and deed); who worship devoutly; who spend (in the way of God); and who pray for
forgiveness in the early hours of the morning.
003.018 There is no god but He: That is the witness of God, His angels, and those
endued with knowledge, standing firm on justice. There is no god but He, the Exalted
in Power, the Wise.
003.019 The Religion before God is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after
knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of God, God is swift in calling to account.
003.020 So if they dispute with thee, say: "I have submitted My whole self to God
and so have those who follow me." And say to the People of the Book and to those
who are unlearned: "Do ye (also) submit yourselves?" If they do, they are in right
guidance, but if they turn back, Thy duty is to convey the Message; and in God's sight
are (all) His servants.
003.021 As to those who deny the Signs of God and in defiance of right, slay the
prophets, and slay those who teach just dealing with mankind, announce to them
a grievous penalty.
003.022 They are those whose works will bear no fruit in this world and in the Hereafter nor will they have anyone to help.
003.023 Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who have been given a portion of
the Book? They are invited to the Book of God, to settle their dispute, but a party of
them Turn back and decline (The arbitration).
003.024 This because they say: "The Fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days": For their forgeries deceive them as to their own religion.
003.025 But how (will they fare) when we gather them together against a day about
which there is no doubt, and each soul will be paid out just what it has earned,
without (favour or) injustice?
003.026 Say: "O God! Lord of Power (And Rule), Thou givest power to whom Thou
pleasest, and Thou strippest off power from whom Thou pleasest: Thou enduest with
honour whom Thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low whom Thou pleasest: In Thy
hand is all good. Verily, over all things Thou hast power.
003.027 "Thou causest the night to gain on the day, and thou causest the day to gain
on the night; Thou bringest the Living out of the dead, and Thou bringest the dead out
of the Living; and Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou pleasest, without measure."
003.028 Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than
believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from God: except by way of
precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But God cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to God.
003.029 Say: "Whether ye hide what is in your hearts or reveal it, God knows it all:
He knows what is in the heavens, and what is on earth. And God has power over all things.
003.030 "On the Day when every soul will be confronted with all the good it has
done, and all the evil it has done, it will wish there were a great distance between it
and its evil. But God cautions you (To remember) Himself. And God is full of
kindness to those that serve Him."
003.031 Say: "If ye do love God, Follow me: God will love you and forgive you your
sins: For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
003.032 Say: "Obey God and His Messenger": But if they turn back, God loveth not those who reject Faith.
003.033 God did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham, and the family of 'Imran above all people,-
003.034 Offspring, one of the other: And God heareth and knoweth all things.
003.035 Behold! a woman of 'Imran said: "O my Lord! I do dedicate unto Thee what
is in my womb for Thy special service: So accept this of me: For Thou hearest and
knowest all things."
003.036 When she was delivered, she said: "O my Lord! Behold! I am delivered of a
female child!"- and God knew best what she brought forth- "And no wise is the male
Like the female. I have named her Mary, and I commend her and her offspring to
protection from the Evil One, the Rejected."
003.037 Right graciously did her Lord accept her: He made her grow in purity and
beauty: To the care of Zakariya was she assigned. Every time that he entered (Her)
chamber to see her, He found her supplied with sustenance. He said: "O Mary!
Whence (comes) this to you?" She said: "From God: for God Provides sustenance to
whom He pleases without measure."
003.038 There did Zakariya pray to his Lord, saying: "O my Lord! Grant unto me
from Thee a progeny that is pure: for Thou art He that heareth prayer!
003.039 While he was standing in prayer in the chamber, the angels called unto him:
"God doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya, witnessing the truth of a Word from
and (be besides) noble, chaste, and a prophet,- of the (goodly) company of the
003.040 He said: "O my Lord! How shall I have son, seeing I am very old, and my
wife is barren?" "Thus," was the answer, "Doth God accomplish what He willeth."
003.041 He said: "O my Lord! Give me a Sign!" "Thy Sign," was the answer, "Shall
be that thou shalt speak to no man for three days but with signals. Then celebrate the
praises of thy Lord again and again, and glorify Him in the evening and in the
003.042 Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! God hath chosen thee and purified thee-
chosen thee above the women of all nations.
003.043 "O Mary! worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, and bow down (in
prayer) with those who bow down."
003.044 This is part of the tidings of the things unseen, which We reveal unto thee
(O Messenger!) by inspiration: Thou wast not with them when they cast lots with arrows,
as to which of them should be charged with the care of Mary: Nor wast thou with
them when they disputed (the point).
003.045 Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word
from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this
world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God;
003.046 "He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be
(of the company) of the righteous."
003.047 She said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched
me?" He said: "Even so: God createth what He willeth: When He hath decreed a plan,
He but saith to it, 'Be,' and it is!
003.048 "And God will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel,
003.049 "And (appoint him) a messenger to the Children of Israel, (with this message):
"'I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of
as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by
leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead, by
leave; and I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely
therein is a Sign for you if ye did believe;
003.050 "'(I have come to you), to attest the Law which was before me. And to
lawful to you part of what was (Before) forbidden to you; I have come to you with a
Sign from your Lord. So fear God, and obey me.
003.051 "'It is God Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is a
that is straight.'"
003.052 When Jesus found Unbelief on their part He said: "Who will be My helpers
to (the work of) God?" Said the disciples: "We are God's helpers: We believe in
and do thou bear witness that we are Muslims.
003.053 "Our Lord! we believe in what Thou hast revealed, and we follow the
Messenger; then write us down among those who bear witness."
003.054 And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and God too planned, and the
best of planners is God.
003.055 Behold! God said: "O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself
clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow
thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall
return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute.
003.056 "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony
world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help."
003.057 "As to those who believe and work righteousness, God will pay them (in
full) their reward; but God loveth not those who do wrong."
003.058 "This is what we rehearse unto thee of the Signs and the Message of
003.059 The similitude of Jesus before God is as that of Adam; He created him
dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was.
003.060 The Truth (comes) from God alone; so be not of those who doubt.
003.061 If any one disputes in this matter with thee, now after (full) knowledge Hath
come to thee, say: "Come! let us gather together,- our sons and your sons, our
and your women, ourselves and yourselves: Then let us earnestly pray, and invoke the
curse of God on those who lie!"
003.062 This is the true account: There is no god except God; and God-He is indeed
the Exalted in Power, the Wise.
003.063 But if they turn back, God hath full knowledge of those who do mischief.
003.064 Say: "O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you:
That we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect
not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than God." If then they turn
say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to God's Will).
003.065 Ye People of the Book! Why dispute ye about Abraham, when the Law and
the Gospel Were not revealed Till after him? Have ye no understanding?
003.066 Ah! Ye are those who fell to disputing (Even) in matters of which ye had
some knowledge! but why dispute ye in matters of which ye have no knowledge? It
God Who knows, and ye who know not!
003.067 Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith, and
bowed his will to God's (Which is Islam), and he joined not gods with God.
003.068 Without doubt, among men, the nearest of kin to Abraham, are those who
follow him, as are also this Messenger and those who believe: And God is the Protector
of those who have faith.
003.069 It is the wish of a section of the People of the Book to lead you astray. But
they shall lead astray (Not you), but themselves, and they do not perceive!
003.070 Ye People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of God, of which ye are
003.071 Ye People of the Book! Why do ye clothe Truth with falsehood, and conceal
the Truth, while ye have knowledge?
003.072 A section of the People of the Book say: "Believe in the morning what
revealed to the believers, but reject it at the end of the day; perchance they
(themselves) Turn back;
003.073 "And believe no one unless he follows your religion." Say: "True guidance
is the Guidance of God: (Fear ye) Lest a revelation be sent to someone (else) Like
unto that which was sent unto you? or that those (Receiving such revelation) should
engage you in argument before your Lord?" Say: "All bounties are in the hand of
God: He granteth them to whom He pleaseth: And God careth for all, and He
knoweth all things."
003.074 For His Mercy He specially chooseth whom He pleaseth; for God is the
Lord of bounties unbounded.
003.075 Among the People of the Book are some who, if entrusted with a hoard of
gold, will (readily) pay it back; others, who, if entrusted with a single silver coin, will
not repay it unless thou constantly stoodest demanding, because, they say, "there is no
call on us (to keep faith) with these ignorant (Pagans)." but they tell a lie against God,
and (well) they know it.
003.076 Nay.- Those that keep their plighted faith and act aright,-verily God
those who act aright.
003.077 As for those who sell the faith they owe to God and their own plighted
for a small price, they shall have no portion in the Hereafter: Nor will God deign to)
speak to them or look at them on the Day of Judgment, nor will He cleanse them (of
sin): They shall have a grievous penalty.
003.078 There is among them a section who distort the Book with their tongues:
they read) you would think it is a part of the Book, but it is no part of the Book; and
they say, "That is from God," but it is not from God: It is they who tell a lie
God, and (well) they know it!
003.079 It is not (possible) that a man, to whom is given the Book, and Wisdom, and
the prophetic office, should say to people: "Be ye my worshippers rather than God's":
on the contrary (He would say) "Be ye worshippers of Him Who is truly the Cherisher
of all: For ye have taught the Book and ye have studied it earnestly."
003.080 Nor would he instruct you to take angels and prophets for Lords and patrons.
What! would he bid you to unbelief after ye have bowed your will (To God in Islam)?
003.081 Behold! God took the covenant of the prophets, saying: "I give you a Book
and Wisdom; then comes to you a messenger, confirming what is with you; do ye
believe in him and render him help." God said: "Do ye agree, and take this my
Covenant as binding on you?" They said: "We agree." He said: "Then bear witness,
and I am with you among the witnesses."
003.082 If any turn back after this, they are perverted transgressors.
003.083 Do they seek for other than the Religion of God?-while all creatures in the
heavens and on earth have, willing or unwilling, bowed to His Will (Accepted Islam),
and to Him shall they all be brought back.
003.084 Say: "We believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us and what
revealed to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books)
Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between
and another among them, and to God do we bow our will (in Islam)."
003.085 If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God), never will
it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have
lost (All spiritual good).
003.086 How shall God Guide those who reject Faith after they accepted it and
witness that the Messenger was true and that Clear Signs had come unto them? but
guides not a people unjust.
003.087 Of such the reward is that on them (rests) the curse of God, of His angels,
and of all mankind;-
003.088 In that will they dwell; nor will their penalty be lightened, nor respite be
003.089 Except for those that repent (Even) after that, and make amends; for verily
God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
003.090 But those who reject Faith after they accepted it, and then go on adding to
their defiance of Faith,- never will their repentance be accepted; for they are
who have (of set purpose) gone astray.
003.091 As to those who reject Faith, and die rejecting,- never would be accepted
from any such as much gold as the earth contains, though they should offer it for
ransom. For such is (in store) a penalty grievous, and they will find no helpers.
003.092 By no means shall ye attain righteousness unless ye give (freely) of that
which ye love; and whatever ye give, of a truth God knoweth it well.
003.093 All food was lawful to the Children of Israel, except what Israel Made
unlawful for itself, before the Law (of Moses) was revealed. Say: "Bring ye the
and study it, if ye be men of truth."
003.094 If any, after this, invent a lie and attribute it to God, they are indeed unjust
003.095 Say: "God speaketh the Truth: follow the religion of Abraham, the sane
faith; he was not of the Pagans."
003.096 The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakka: Full
blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings:
003.097 In it are Signs Manifest; (for example), the Station of Abraham; whoever
enters it attains security; Pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to God,- those
afford the journey; but if any deny faith, God stands not in need of any of His
003.098 Say: "O People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of God, when God is
Himself witness to all ye do?"
003.099 Say: "O ye People of the Book! Why obstruct ye those who believe, from
the path of God, Seeking to make it crooked, while ye were yourselves witnesses
God's Covenant)? but God is not unmindful of all that ye do."
003.100 O ye who believe! If ye listen to a faction among the People of the Book,
they would (indeed) render you apostates after ye have believed!
003.101 And how would ye deny Faith while unto you are rehearsed the Signs of
God, and among you Lives the Messenger? Whoever holds firmly to God will be shown
a way that is straight.
003.102 O ye who believe! Fear God as He should be feared, and die not except in a
state of Islam.
003.103 And hold fast, all together, by the rope which God (stretches out for
and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude God's favour on
you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye
became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you
it. Thus doth God make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.
003.104 Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good,
enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain
003.105 Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into
disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty,-
003.106 On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some faces
be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will be black, (will be said):
reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith."
003.107 But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,- they will be in (the
God's mercy: therein to dwell (for ever).
003.108 These are the Signs of God: We rehearse them to thee in Truth: And God
means no injustice to any of His creatures.
003.109 To God belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: To Him do all
questions go back (for decision).
003.110 Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right,
forbidding what is wrong, and believing in God. If only the People of the Book
faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them
are perverted transgressors.
003.111 They will do you no harm, barring a trifling annoyance; if they come out to
fight you, they will show you their backs, and no help shall they get.
003.112 Shame is pitched over them (Like a tent) wherever they are found, except
when under a covenant (of protection) from God and from men; they draw on
themselves wrath from God, and pitched over them is (the tent of) destitution.
because they rejected the Signs of God, and slew the prophets in defiance of right;
this because they rebelled and transgressed beyond bounds.
003.113 Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book are a portion that stand
(For the right): They rehearse the Signs of God all night long, and they prostrate
themselves in adoration.
003.114 They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid
what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in
ranks of the righteous.
003.115 Of the good that they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for God knoweth
well those that do right.
003.116 Those who reject Faith,- neither their possessions nor their (numerous)
progeny will avail them aught against God: They will be companions of the Fire,-
dwelling therein (for ever).
003.117 What they spend in the life of this (material) world May be likened to
wind which brings a nipping frost: It strikes and destroys the harvest of men who
have wronged their own souls: it is not God that hath wronged them, but they wrong
003.118 O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks:
They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has
appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made
plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom.
003.119 Ah! ye are those who love them, but they love you not,- though ye believe in
the whole of the Book. When they meet you, they say, "We believe": But when they
are alone, they bite off the very tips of their fingers at you in their rage. Say: "Perish
in you rage; God knoweth well all the secrets of the heart."
003.120 If aught that is good befalls you, it grieves them; but if some misfortune
overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if ye are constant and do right, not the
will their cunning do to you; for God Compasseth round about all that they do.
003.121 Remember that morning Thou didst leave Thy household (early) to post the
faithful at their stations for battle: And God heareth and knoweth all things:
003.122 Remember two of your parties Meditated cowardice; but God was their
protector, and in God should the faithful (Ever) put their trust.
003.123 God had helped you at Badr, when ye were a contemptible little force;
fear God; thus May ye show your gratitude.
003.124 Remember thou saidst to the Faithful: "Is it not enough for you that God
should help you with three thousand angels (Specially) sent down?
003.125 "Yea, - if ye remain firm, and act aright, even if the enemy should rush here
on you in hot haste, your Lord would help you with five thousand angels Making
003.126 God made it but a message of hope for you, and an assurance to your hearts:
(in any case) there is no help except from God. The Exalted, the Wise:
003.127 That He might cut off a fringe of the Unbelievers or expose them to infamy,
and they should then be turned back, frustrated of their purpose.
003.128 Not for thee, (but for God), is the decision: Whether He turn in mercy
them, or punish them; for they are indeed wrong-doers.
003.129 To God belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth. He forgiveth
He pleaseth and punisheth whom He pleaseth; but God is Oft-Forgiving, Most
003.130 O ye who believe! Devour not usury, doubled and multiplied; but fear God;
that ye may (really) prosper.
003.131 Fear the Fire, which is repaired for those who reject Faith:
003.132 And obey God and the Messenger; that ye may obtain mercy.
003.133 Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden
width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the
003.134 Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who
restrain anger, and pardon (all) men;- for God loves those who do good;-
003.135 And those who, having done something to be ashamed of, or wronged their
own souls, earnestly bring God to mind, and ask for forgiveness for their sins,
who can forgive sins except God?- and are never obstinate in persisting knowingly in (the wrong) they have done.
003.136 For such the reward is forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens with rivers
flowing underneath,- an eternal dwelling: How excellent a recompense for those
work (and strive)!
003.137 Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel
through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth.
003.138 Here is a plain statement to men, a guidance and instruction to those
003.139 So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For ye must gain mastery if
true in Faith.
003.140 If a wound hath touched you, be sure a similar wound hath touched the
others. Such days (of varying fortunes) We give to men and men by turns: that God
may know those that believe, and that He may take to Himself from your ranks
Martyr-witnesses (to Truth). And God loveth not those that do wrong.
003.141 God's object also is to purge those that are true in Faith and to deprive of
blessing Those that resist Faith.
003.142 Did ye think that ye would enter Heaven without God testing those of you
who fought hard (In His Cause) and remained steadfast?
003.143 Ye did indeed wish for death before ye met him: Now ye have seen him
with your own eyes, (And ye flinch!)
003.144 Muhammad is no more than a messenger: many Were the messenger that passed
away before him. If he died or were slain, will ye then Turn back on your heels? If
any did turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to God; but God (on the
other hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve Him) with gratitude.
003.145 Nor can a soul die except by God's leave, the term being fixed as by writing.
If any do desire a reward in this life, We shall give it to him; and if any do
reward in the Hereafter, We shall give it to him. And swiftly shall We reward those
that (serve us with) gratitude.
003.146 How many of the prophets fought (in God's way), and with them (fought)
Large bands of godly men? but they never lost heart if they met with disaster in God's
way, nor did they weaken (in will) nor give in. And God Loves those who are firm
003.147 All that they said was: "Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and anything We
have done that transgressed our duty: Establish our feet firmly, and help us against
those that resist Faith."
003.148 And God gave them a reward in this world, and the excellent reward of
Hereafter. For God Loveth those who do good.
003.149 O ye who believe! If ye obey the Unbelievers, they will drive you back
your heels, and ye will turn back (from Faith) to your own loss.
003.150 Nay, God is your protector, and He is the best of helpers.
003.151 Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that
joined companions with God, for which He had sent no authority: their abode will be
the Fire: And evil is the home of the wrong-doers!
003.152 God did indeed fulfil His promise to you when ye with His permission Were
about to annihilate your enemy,-until ye flinched and fell to disputing about the order,
and disobeyed it after He brought you in sight (of the booty) which ye covet. Among
you are some that hanker after this world and some that desire the Hereafter. Then did
He divert you from your foes in order to test you but He forgave you: For God is full
of grace to those who believe.
003.153 Behold! ye were climbing up the high ground, without even casting aside
glance at any one, and the Messenger in your rear was calling you back. There did
give you one distress after another by way of requital, to teach you not to grieve for
(the booty) that had escaped you and for (the ill) that had befallen you. For God is
well aware of all that ye do.
003.154 After (the excitement) of the distress, He sent down calm on a band of
overcome with slumber, while another band was stirred to anxiety by their own
feelings, Moved by wrong suspicions of God-suspicions due to ignorance. They said:
"What affair is this of ours?" Say thou: "Indeed, this affair is wholly God's."
hide in their minds what they dare not reveal to thee. They say (to themselves): "If we
had had anything to do with this affair, We should not have been in the slaughter
here." Say: "Even if you had remained in your homes, those for whom death was
decreed would certainly have gone forth to the place of their death"; but (all
that God might test what is in your breasts and purge what is in your hearts. For God
knoweth well the secrets of your hearts.
003.155 Those of you who turned back on the day the two hosts Met,-it was Satan
who caused them to fail, because of some (evil) they had done. But God Has blotted
out (their fault): For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Forbearing.
003.156 O ye who believe! Be not like the Unbelievers, who say of their brethren,
when they are travelling through the Earth or engaged in fighting: "If they had
with us, they would not have died, or been slain." This that God may make it a cause
of sighs and regrets in their hearts. It is God that gives Life and Death, and
well all that ye do.
003.157 And if ye are slain, or die, in the way of God, forgiveness and mercy
God are far better than all they could amass.
003.158 And if ye die, or are slain, Lo! it is unto God that ye are brought together.
003.159 It is part of the Mercy of God that thou dost deal gently with them Wert thou
severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so pass over
(Their faults), and ask for (God's) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs
(of moment). Then, when thou hast Taken a decision put thy trust in God. For God
loves those who put their trust (in Him).
003.160 If God helps you, none can overcome you: If He forsakes you, who is there,
after that, that can help you? in God, then, Let believers put their trust.
003.161 No prophet could (ever) be false to his trust. If any person is so false, He
shall, on the Day of Judgment, restore what he misappropriated; then shall every soul
receive its due,- whatever it earned,- and none shall be dealt with unjustly.
003.162 Is the man who follows the good pleasure of God Like the man who draws
on himself the wrath of God, and whose abode is in Hell?- A woeful refuge!
003.163 They are in varying gardens in the sight of God, and God sees well all
003.164 God did confer a great favour on the believers when He sent among them
messenger from among themselves, rehearsing unto them the Signs of God, sanctifying
them, and instructing them in Scripture and Wisdom, while, before that, they had
been in manifest error.
003.165 What! When a single disaster smites you, although ye smote (your enemies)
with one twice as great, do ye say?- "Whence is this?" Say (to them): "It is from
yourselves: For God hath power over all things."
003.166 What ye suffered on the day the two armies Met, was with the leave of
in order that He might test the believers,-
003.167 And the Hypocrites also. These were told: "Come, fight in the way of God,
or (at least) drive (The foe from your city)." They said: "Had we known how to
we should certainly have followed you." They were that day nearer to Unbelief than
to Faith, saying with their lips what was not in their hearts but God hath full
knowledge of all they conceal.
003.168 (They are) the ones that say, (of their brethren slain), while they themselves
sit (at ease): "If only they had listened to us they would not have been slain.
" Say: "Avert death from your own selves, if ye speak the truth."
003.169 Think not of those who are slain in God's way as dead. Nay, they live,
finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord;
003.170 They rejoice in the bounty provided by God: And with regard to those left
behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory in the fact
that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve.
003.171 They glory in the Grace and the bounty from God, and in the fact that
suffereth not the reward of the Faithful to be lost (in the least).
003.172 Of those who answered the call of God and the Messenger, even after being
wounded, those who do right and refrain from wrong have a great reward;-
003.173 Men said to them: "A great army is gathering against you": And frightened
them: But it (only) increased their Faith: They said: "For us God sufficeth, and He is
the best disposer of affairs."
003.174 And they returned with Grace and bounty from God: no harm ever touched
them: For they followed the good pleasure of God: And God is the Lord of bounties
003.175 It is only the Evil One that suggests to you the fear of his votaries:
Be ye not
afraid of them, but fear Me, if ye have Faith.
003.176 Let not those grieve thee who rush headlong into Unbelief: Not the least
harm will they do to God: God's plan is that He will give them no portion in the
Hereafter, but a severe punishment.
003.177 Those who purchase Unbelief at the price of faith,- not the least harm
they do to God, but they will have a grievous punishment.
003.178 Let not the Unbelievers think that our respite to them is good for
themselves: We grant them respite that they may grow in their iniquity: But they will
have a shameful punishment.
003.179 God will not leave the believers in the state in which ye are now, until He
separates what is evil from what is good nor will He disclose to you the secrets of the
Unseen. But He chooses of His Messengers (For the purpose) whom He pleases. So
believe in God. And His messengers: And if ye believe and do right, ye have a reward
003.180 And let not those who covetously withhold of the gifts which God Hath
given them of His Grace, think that it is good for them: Nay, it will be the worse for
them: soon shall the things which they covetously withheld be tied to their necks Like
a twisted collar, on the Day of Judgment. To God belongs the heritage of the heavens
and the earth; and God is well-acquainted with all that ye do.
003.181 God hath heard the taunt of those who say: "Truly, God is indigent and
are rich!"- We shall certainly record their word and (their act) of slaying the
in defiance of right, and We shall say: "Taste ye the penalty of the Scorching
003.182 "This is because of the (unrighteous deeds) which your hands sent on before
ye: For God never harms those who serve Him."
003.183 They (also) said: "God took our promise not to believe in a messenger unless
He showed us a sacrifice consumed by Fire (From heaven)." Say: "There came to you
messengers before me, with clear Signs and even with what ye ask for: why then did ye
slay them, if ye speak the truth?"
003.184 Then if they reject thee, so were rejected messengers before thee, who came
with Clear Signs, Books of dark prophecies, and the Book of Enlightenment.
003.185 Every soul shall have a taste of death: And only on the Day of Judgment
shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire
admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): For the life of
world is but goods and chattels of deception.
003.186 Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your
personal selves; and ye shall certainly Hear much that will grieve you, from those
who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if ye
persevere patiently, and guard against evil,-then that will be a determining factor in
003.187 And remember God took a covenant from the People of the Book, to make it
known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it; but they threw it away behind their
backs, and purchased with it some miserable gain! And vile was the bargain they
003.188 Think not that those who exult in what they have brought about, and love to
be praised for what they have not done,- think escape the penalty. For them is
penalty Grievous indeed.
003.189 To God belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth; and God hath
power over all things.
003.190 Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of
night and day,- there are indeed Signs for men of understanding,-
003.191 Men who celebrate the praises of God, standing, sitting, and lying down on
their sides, and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth,
(With the thought): "Our Lord! not for naught Hast Thou created (all) this! Glory to
Thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire.
003.192 "Our Lord! any whom Thou dost admit to the Fire, Truly Thou coverest with
shame, and never will wrong-doers Find any helpers!
003.193 "Our Lord! we have heard the call of one calling (Us) to Faith, 'Believe ye in
the Lord,' and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, blot out from us our
iniquities, and take to Thyself our souls in the company of the righteous.
003.194 "Our Lord! Grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through Thine
messengers, and save us from shame on the Day of Judgment: For Thou never breakest
003.195 And their Lord hath accepted of them, and answered them: "Never will I
suffer to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female: Ye are members,
of another: Those who have left their homes, or been driven out therefrom, or suffered
harm in My Cause, or fought or been slain,- verily, I will blot out from them their
iniquities, and admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing beneath;- A reward
the presence of God, and from His presence is the best of rewards."
003.196 Let not the strutting about of the Unbelievers through the land deceive thee:
003.197 Little is it for enjoyment: Their ultimate abode is Hell: what an evil
bed (To lie on)!
003.198 On the other hand, for those who fear their Lord, are Gardens, with rivers
flowing beneath; therein are they to dwell (for ever),- a gift from the presence of God;
and that which is in the presence of God is the best (bliss) for the righteous.
003.199 And there are, certainly, among the People of the Book, those who believe
in God, in the revelation to you, and in the revelation to them, bowing in humility to
God: They will not sell the Signs of God for a miserable gain! For them is a reward
with their Lord, and God is swift in account.
003.200 O ye who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such
perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear God; that ye may prosper.