Sura Al-Baqarah (The Cow)
Sheikh / Mishary AlAfasy

  • In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    2:1 Alif. Lam. Mim.

    2:2-5 This is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are pious. Who believe in the unseen, and establish worship, and spend of that which, We have bestowed upon them. And who believe in that which is revealed to you (O Muhammad) and that which was revealed before you, and are certain of the Hereafter. These are on (true) guidance from their Lord. These are the successful.

    2:6-7 As for the disbelievers, whether you warn them or you warn them not it is all one for them; they believe not. God has sealed their hearing and their hearts, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be an awful punishment.

    2:8-10 And among the people are some who say: We believe in God and the Last Day, when they believe not. They think to deceive God and those who believe, and they deceive none except themselves; but they perceive not. In their hearts is a disease, and God has increased their disease. A painful punishment is theirs because they lie.

    2:11-13 And when it is said to them: Make not mischief in the earth, they say: We are peace-makers only. Are not they indeed the mischief-makers? But they perceive not. And when it is said to 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.

    2:14-16 And when they fall in with those who believe, they say: We believe; but when they go apart to their satans they declare: Lo! We are with you; verily we did but mock (the believers). God (Himself) does mock them, leaving them to wander blindly on in their contumacy. These (hypocrites) are they who purchase error at the price of guidance, so their commerce does not prosper, neither are they guided.

    2:17-18 Their similitude is as that of one who kindled a fire, and when it shed its light around him, God took away their light and left them in darkness, where they cannot see. Deaf, dumb and blind; and they return not.

    2:19-20 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. God surrounds the disbelievers (from every side). The lightning almost snatches away their sight from them. As often as it flashes forth for them, they walk therein; and when it darkens against them, they stand still. If God willed, He could destroy their hearing and their sight. Lo! God is Able to do all things.

    2:21-22 O people! Worship your Lord, Who has created you and those before you, so that you may become pious. Who has appointed the earth a resting-place for you, and the sky a canopy; and caused water to pour down from the sky, thereby producing fruits as food for you. And do not set up rivals to God when you know (better).

    2:23-24 And if you are in doubt concerning that which We reveal to Our slave (Muhammad), then produce a Surah (chapter) or the like thereof, and call your witnesses beside God if you are truthful. And if you do it not.and you can never do it.then guard yourselves against the fire prepared for disbelievers, whose fuel is men and stones.

    2:25 And give glad tidings (O Muhammad) to 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 forever they abide.

    2:26-27 Lo! God disdains 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 does God wish (to teach) by such a similitude? (God) misleads many thereby, and He guides many thereby; and He misleads thereby only miscreants. Those who break the covenant of God after ratifying it and sever that which God ordered to be joined, and (who) make mischief in the earth: Those are they who are the losers

    2:28-29 How disbelieve you in God when you were dead and He gave life to you! Then he will give you death, then life again, and then to Him you will return. 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.

    2:30-32 And when your Lord said to the angels: Lo! I am about to place a viceroy in the earth, they said: Will You place therein one who will do harm therein and will shed blood, while we hymn Your praise and sanctify You? He said: Surely I know that which you know not. And He taught Adam all the names, then showed them to the angels, saying: Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful. They said: Be glorified! We have no knowledge except that which You have taught us. Lo! You, only You, are the Knower, the Wise.

    2:33 He said: O Adam! Inform them of their names, and when (Adam) had informed them of their names, (God) said: Did I not tell you that I know the secret of the heavens and the earth? And I know that which you disclose and which you hide.

    2:34-37 And when We said to the angels: Prostrate yourselves before Adam, they fell prostrate, all except Iblis (Satan). (Iblis) refused in his pride, and so became a disbeliever. And We said: O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Garden, and eat you freely (of the fruits) thereof where you will; but come not near this tree lest you become wrongdoers. 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 to the other! There shall be for you on earth a habitation and provision for a time. Then Adam received from his Lord words (of revelation), and He accepted his repentance. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.

    2:38-39 We said: Go down, all of you, from here; but verily there comes to you from Me a guidance; and whoso follows My guidance, there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. But they who disbelieve, and deny Our revelations, such are rightful inhabitants of the Fire. They will abide therein.

    2:40-46 O Children of Israel! Remember My favor wherewith I favored you, and fulfill your (part of the) covenant, I shall fulfill My (part of the) covenant and fear Me. And believe in that which I reveal, confirming that which you possess already (of the Scripture), and be not first to disbelieve therein, and part not with My revelations for a trifling price, and fear Me. Confound not truth with falsehood, nor knowingly conceal the truth. Establish worship, pay the poor-due, and bow your heads with those who bow (in worship). Enjoin you righteousness on the people while you yourselves forget (to practice it)? And you are readers of the Scripture! Have you then no sense? Seek help in patience and prayer; and truly it is hard except for the humble ones, who know that they will have to meet their Lord, and that to Him they are returning.

    2:47-54 O Children of Israel! Remember My favor wherewith I favored you and how I preferred you to (all) creatures. And guard yourselves against a Day when no soul will avail another, nor will intercession be accepted from it, nor will compensation be received from it, nor will they be helped. 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. And when We brought you through the sea and rescued you, and drowned the folk of Pharaoh in your sight. And when We did appoint for Moses forty nights (of solitude), and then you chose the calf, when he had gone from you, and you were wrongdoers. Then, even after that, We pardoned you in order that you might give thanks. And when We gave to Moses the Scripture and the Criterion (of right and wrong), that you might be led aright. And when Moses said to his people: O my people! You have wronged yourselves by your choosing of the calf (for worship) so turn in penitence to your Creator, and kill (the guilty among) yourselves. That will be best for you with your Creator and He will accept your repentance. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.

    2:55-57 And when you said: O Moses! We will not believe in you till we see God plainly; and even while you gazed, the lightning seized you. Then We revived you after your extinction, that you might give thanks. 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 – and (the Children of Israel) wronged Us not, but they did wrong themselves.

    2:58-60 And when We said: Go into this township and eat freely of that which is therein, and enter the gate prostrate, and say: `We repent'. We will forgive you your sins and increase (reward) for the right-doers. But those who did wrong changed the word replacing it with another disparaging word, so We sent down upon the evildoers a pestilence from heaven for their evildoing. And when Moses asked for water for his people, We said: Smite with your staff the rock. And there gushed out therefrom twelve springs (so that) each tribe knew their drinking place. Eat and drink of that which God has provided, and do not act corruptly, making mischief in the earth.

    2:61 And when you said: O Moses! We are weary of one kind of food; so call upon your Lord for us that He bring forth for us of that which the earth grows. of its herbs and its cucumbers and its corn and its lentils and its onions. He said: Would you exchange that which is higher for that which is lower? Go down to settled country, thus you shall get that which you demand. And humiliation and destitution were stamped upon them and they were visited with wrath from God. That was because they disbelieved in God's revelations and slew the Prophets wrongfully. That was for their disobedience and transgression.

    2:62 Lo! Those who believe (in that which is revealed to you, O Muhammad), and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabaeans – whoever believes in God and the Last Day and does right – surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.

    2:63-66 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 you may become pious. Then, even after that, you turned away, and if it had not been for the grace of God and His mercy, you had been among the losers. And you know of those of you who broke the Sabbath, how We said to them: Be you apes, despised and hated! And We made it an example to their own and to succeeding generations, and an admonition to the God fearing.

    2:67-71 And when Moses said to his people: Lo! God commands you that you sacrifice a cow, they said: Do you make game of us? He answered: God forbid that I should be among the foolish! They said: Pray for us to your Lord that He make clear to us what (kind of cow) she is. (Moses) answered: Lo! (God) says: Verily she is a cow neither with calf nor immature; (she is) between the two conditions; so do that which you are commanded. They said: Pray for us to your Lord that He make clear to us of what color she is. (Moses) answered: Lo! (God) says: Verily she is a yellow cow. Bright is her color, gladdening the beholders. They said: Pray for us to your Lord that He make clear to us what (kind of cow) she is. Lo! Cows are much alike to us; and lo! If God wills, we may be led aright. (Moses) answered: Lo! (God) says: Verily she is a cow unyoked; she ploughs not the soil nor waters the tilth; whole and without mark. They said: Now you have described all the attributes in reality. So they sacrificed her, though almost they did not.

    2:72-74 And (remember) when you slew a man and disagreed concerning (who murdered him) and God brought forth that which you were hiding. And We said: Smite (the murdered corpse) with some of (the slaughtered cow). Thus God brings the dead to life and shows you His signs so that you may understand. Then, even after that (sign), your hearts were hardened and became as rocks or even worse in hardness. For indeed there are rocks from out which rivers gush, and indeed there are rocks which split asunder so that water flows from them. And indeed there are rocks which fall down for fear of God, and (remember) God is not unaware of what you do.

    2:75-79 Have you any hope that (the Children of Israel) will be true to you when a party of them used to listen to the Word of God, then used to change it, after they had understood it knowingly? And when they fall in with those who believe, they say: We believe. But when they go apart one with another they say: Do you tell them of that which God has disclosed to you that they may contend with you before your Lord concerning it? Have you then no sense? Are they then unaware that God knows that which they keep hidden and that which they proclaim? And (beware) among (the Children of Israel) are unlettered folk who know the Scripture not but consider to be true what others lie (to them). Therefore woe to those who write the Scripture with their hands and then say, `This is from God,' that they may purchase a small gain therewith. Woe to them for that their hands have written, and woe to them for that they earn thereby.

    2:80-82 And they say: The fire (of Hell) will not touch us except for a certain number of days. Say: Have you received a covenant from God – truly God will not break His covenant – or tell you concerning God that which you know not? Nay, but whosoever has done evil and his sin surrounds him; such are rightful inhabitants of the Fire; they will abide therein. And those who believe and do good works: such are rightful inhabitants of the Garden. They will abide therein.

    2:83-86 And (remember) when We made a covenant with the Children of Israel (saying): Worship none except God (only), and be good to parents and to kindred and to orphans and the needy, and speak good to people; and establish worship and pay the poor-due. Then, after that, you (the Children of Israel) slid back, except a few of you, being averse. And when We made with you (the Children of Israel) a covenant (saying): Shed not the blood of your people nor turn (a party of) your people out of your dwellings. Then you ratified (Our covenant) and you were witnesses (thereto). Yet you 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 you would ransom them. whereas their expulsion was itself unlawful for you. Believe you in part of the Scripture and disbelieve you in part thereof? And what is the reward of those who do so except humiliation in the life of the world, and on the Day of Resurrection they will be consigned to the most grievous punishment. For God is not unaware of what you (O Children of Israel) do. Such are those who buy the life of this world at the price of the Hereafter: Their punishment will not be lightened, neither will they have support.

    2:87 And verily We gave to Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of Messengers to follow after him, and We gave to Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (like raising the dead and healing the sick, etc.), and We supported him with the holy Spirit. Is it ever so, that when there comes to you (the Children of Israel) a Messenger (from God) with that which you yourselves desire not, you grow arrogant, and some (of these Messengers) you disbelieve and some you slay?

    2:88-90 And they say: Our hearts are hardened. Nay, but God has cursed them for their disbelief. Little is that which they believe. And when there comes to them a Scripture from God, confirming that in their possession. though before that they were asking for a decisive victory over those who disbelieved. and when there comes to them that which they know (to be the Truth) they disbelieve therein. The curse of God is on disbelievers. Evil is that for which they sell their souls: that they should disbelieve in that which God has revealed, grudging that God should reveal of His bounty to whom He wills of His bondmen. They have incurred anger upon anger. For disbelievers is a shameful punishment.

    2:91-93 And when it is said to them: Believe in that which God has revealed, they say: We believe in that which was revealed to us. And they disbelieve in that which comes after it, though it is the truth confirming that which they possess. Say (to them, O Muhammad): Why then slew you the Prophets of God aforetime, if you are (indeed) believers? And Moses came to you with clear proofs (of God's supreme power), yet, while he was away, you chose the calf (for worship) and you were wrongdoers. 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 (to them): Evil is that which your belief enjoins on you, if you are believers.

    2:94-96 Say (to them): If the abode of the Hereafter in the providence of God is indeed for you alone and not for other people (as you claim), then long for death if you are truthful. But they will never long for it, because of that which their own hands have sent before them. God is Aware of evildoers. And you will find them (Jews) more greedy of all people and the polytheists for a little life. (Each) one of them would like to be allowed to live a thousand years. And to live (a thousand years) would by no means remove him from the (due) punishment. God is Seer of what they do.

    2:97-98 Say (O Muhammad to the Children of Israel): Who is an enemy to Gabriel? For he it is who has revealed (this Scripture) to your heart by God's leave, confirming that which was (revealed) before it, and a guidance and glad tidings to believers. Who is an enemy to God, and His angels and His Messengers, and Gabriel and Michael! Then, lo! God (Himself) is an enemy to the disbelievers.

    2:99-100 Verily We have revealed to you clear signs, and only miscreants will disbelieve in them. Is it ever so that when you (the Children of Israel) make a covenant, a party of you set it aside? The truth is, most of them believe not.

    2:101-103 And when there comes to (the Children of Israel) a Messenger from God, confirming that which they possess, a party of those who have received the Scripture fling the Scripture of God behind their backs as if they knew not. And follow that which the satans falsely related about the power of Solomon. Solomon disbelieved not; but the satans disbelieved, teaching people sorcery 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 (by learning sorcery). And from these two (angels) people learn that by which they cause division between man and wife; and they cannot harm anyone with its effect except by God's permission. And they learn that which harms them and profits them not. And surely they do know that he who traffics 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. And if they had believed and kept from evil, a recompense from God would be better, if they only knew.

    2:104-105 O you who believe, say not (to the Prophet): `Listen to us,' but say: `Look upon us,' and be you listeners. For disbelievers is a painful punishment. Neither those who disbelieve among the People of the Scripture nor the polytheists love that there should be sent down to you any good thing from your Lord. But God chooses for His mercy whom He wills, and God is of infinite bounty.

    2:106-108 Such of Our revelations as We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, we bring (in place) one better or the like thereof. Know you not that God is Able to do all things? Know you not that it is God to Whom belongs the supreme power of the heavens and the earth; and you have not, beside God, any protector or helper? Or would you question your Messenger as Moses was questioned aforetime? He who chooses disbelief instead of faith, verily he has gone astray from a plain road.

    2:109 Many of the People of the Scripture long to make you disbelievers after your belief, through envy on their own account, after the truth has become manifest to them. Forgive and be indulgent (toward them) until God gives command. Lo! God is Able to do all things.

    2:110 Establish worship, and pay the poor-due; and whatever of good you send before (you) for your souls, you will find it with God. Lo! God is Seer of what you do.

    2:111 And they say: None enters Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian. These are their own desires. Say: Bring your proof (of what you state) if you are truthful.

    2:112 Nay, but whosoever surrenders his purpose to God while doing good, his reward is with his Lord; and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.

    2:113 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. God will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they differ.

    2:114 And who does greater wrong than he who forbids the approach to the mosques of God lest His name should be mentioned therein, and strives for their ruin? As for such (individuals), it was not proper that they should enter them except fearing. Theirs in the world is humiliation and theirs in the Hereafter is an awful punishment.

    2:115 To God belong the east and the west, and wherever you turn, there is God's direction. Lo! God is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.

    2:116-117 And they say: God has taken to Himself a son. Be He glorified! Nay, but whatsoever is in the heaven and the earth is His. All are subservient to Him. The Originator of the heavens and the earth! When He decrees a thing, He says to it only: Be! And it is.

    2:118 And those who have no knowledge say: Why does not God speak to us, or some sign come to us? Even thus, as they now speak, spoke those (who were) before them. Their hearts are all alike.

    2:119 Lo! We have sent you (O Muhammad) with the truth, a bringer of glad tidings and a warner. And you will not be asked about the inhabitants of Hell-fire.

    2:120-121 And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor will the Christians, till you follow their creed. Say: Lo! The guidance of God (Himself) is the (only) guidance. And if you should follow their desires after the knowledge which has come to you, then would you have from God no protector nor helper. Those to whom We have given the Scripture, who read it with the right reading, those believe in it. And whoso disbelieve in it, those are they who are the losers.

    2:122-123 O Children of Israel! Remember My favor wherewith I favored you and how I referred you to (all) creatures. And guard (yourselves) against a Day when no soul will in anything avail another, nor will compensation be accepted from it, nor will intercession be of use to it; nor will they be helped.

    2:124 And (remember) when his Lord tried Abraham with (His) commands, and he fulfilled them, He said: Lo! I have appointed you a leader for people. (Abraham) said: And of my offspring (will there be leaders)? He said: My covenant includes not the wrongdoers.

    2:125 And when We made the House (at Mecca) a resort for people and a 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).

    2:126 And when Abraham prayed: My Lord! Make it (Mecca) a secure town and bestow upon its people fruitage, such of them as believe in God and the Last Day. He answered: As for him who disbelieves, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him to the punishment of Fire – an evil journey's end!

    2:127-129 And when Abraham and Ishmael were raising the foundations of the House, (Abraham prayed:) Our Lord! Accept from us (this duty). Lo! You, only You, are the Hearer, the Knower. Our Lord! And make us Muslims (submissive to You) and of our seed a Muslim nation (submissive to You), and show us our ways of worship, and forgive toward us. Lo! You, only You, are the Forgiving, the Merciful. Our Lord! And raise up in their midst a Messenger from among them who shall recite to them Your revelations, and shall instruct them in the Scripture and in wisdom and shall purify them of their sins. Lo! You, only You, are the Mighty, the Wise.

    2:130-133 And who forsakes the religion of Abraham except him who befools himself? Verily We chose (Abraham) in the world, and lo! In the Hereafter he is among the righteous. When his Lord said to him: Surrender! He said: I have surrendered to the Lord of the Worlds. The same did Abraham enjoin upon his sons, and also Jacob (saying): O my sons! Lo! God has chosen for you the (true) religion; therefore die not except as Muslims (who have surrendered to Him). Or were you present when death came to Jacob, when he said to his sons: What will you worship after me? They said: We shall worship your God, the God of your fathers, Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac, One God, and to Him we have surrendered (as Muslims).

    2:134 Those are a people who have passed away. Theirs is that which they earned, and yours is that which you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do.

    2:135-136 And they say: Be Jews or Christians, then you will be rightly guided. Say (to them, O Muhammad): Nay, but (we follow) the religion of Abraham, the upright, and he was not of the polytheists. Say (O Muslims): We believe in God and that which is revealed to us and that which was revealed to 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 to Him we have surrendered (as Muslims).

    2:137 And if they believe in the like of that which you believe, then are they rightly guided. But if they turn away, then are they in schism, and God will suffice you (for defense) against them. He is the Hearer, the Knower.

    2:138 (Our religion is) the religion of God (Islam) and which religion can be better than God's? We are His worshippers.

    2:139-141 Say (to the People of the Scripture): Dispute you with us concerning God when He is our Lord and your Lord? Ours are our works and yours your works. We worship Him alone. Or say you that Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Tribes were Jews or Christians? Say: Do you know best, or does God? And who is more unjust than he who hides a testimony which he has received from God? God is not unaware of what you do. Those are a people who have passed away; theirs is that which they earned and yours that which you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do.

    2:142 The foolish of the people will say: What has turned them from the Qiblah (prayer direction) which they formerly observed? Say : To God belong the east and the west . He guides whom He wills to a straight path.

    2:143 Thus We have appointed you a middle nation, that you may be witnesses against humankind, and that the Messenger may be a witness against you. And We appointed the Qiblah which you formerly observed only that We might know him who follows the Messenger, from him who turns on his heels . In truth it was a hard (test) except for those whom God guided. But it was not God's purpose that your faith should be in vain, for God is full of pity, Merciful toward people.

    2:144-145 We have seen the turning of your face to heaven (for guidance, O Muhammad). And now verily We shall make you turn (in prayer) toward a Qiblah that is dear to you. So turn your face toward the Inviolable Place of Worship (i.e., the mosque of Mecca), and you (O Muslims), wherever you may be , turn your faces (when you pray) toward it. Lo! Those who have received the Scripture know that (this revelation) is the truth from their Lord. And God is not unaware of what they do. And even if you brought to those who have received the Scripture all kinds of signs, they would not follow your Qiblah, nor can you be a follower of their Qiblah; nor are some of them followers of the Qiblah of others. And if you should follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, then surely you would be of the evildoers.

    2:146-147 Those to whom We gave the Scripture recognize (this revelation) as they recognize their sons. But lo! A party of them knowingly conceals the truth. It is the truth from your Lord (O Muhammad), so be not you of those who waver.

    2:148 And to everyone there is a direction to which he should turn; so vie with one another in good works. Wherever you may be, God will bring you all together. Lo! God is Able to do all things.

    2:149-150 And wherever you come forth (for prayer, O Muhammad) turn your face toward the Inviolable Place of Worship. Lo! It is the truth from your Lord, and God is not unaware of what you do. Wherever you come forth turn your face toward the Inviolable Place of Worship; and wherever you may be (O Muslims), turn your faces toward it (when you pray), so that people may have no argument against you, except such of them who are troublemakers. Fear them not, but fear Me. so that I may complete My grace upon you, and that you may be guided.

    2:151-152 Even as We have sent to you a Messenger from among you, who recites to you Our revelations and purifies you, and teaches you the Scripture and wisdom, and teaches you that which you knew not. Therefore remember Me, I will remember you. Give thanks to Me, and reject Me not.

    2:153-157 O you who believe! Seek help in patience, and prayer. Lo! God is with the patient. And call not those who are slain in the way of God `dead'. Nay, they are living, only you perceive it not. 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 patient; who say, when a misfortune strikes them: Lo! We belong to God, and lo! To Him we are returning. Such are they on whom are peace & blessings, and mercy from their Lord. Such are those who are the rightly guided.

    2:158 Lo! (The mountains) Al-Safa and Al-Marwah are among the symbols of God. It is therefore no sin for him who is on pilgrimage to the House (of God) or visits it, to go between them. And he who does good of his own accord (for him), Lo! God is Responsive, Aware.

    2:159-160 Those who hide the proofs and the guidance which We revealed, after We had made it clear in the Scripture: such are accursed of God and accursed of those who have the power to curse. Except such of them as repent and amend and make manifest (the truth). These are whose repentance I accept. I am the Forgiving, the Merciful.

    2:161-162 Lo! Those who disbelieve, and die while they are disbelievers; on them is the curse of God and of angels and of people combined. They ever dwell therein. The punishment will not be lightened for them, neither will they be reprieved.

    2:163 Your God is One God (so worship Him only); none should be worshipped but God alone, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

    2:164-165 Lo! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alteration of night and day, and the ships which run upon the sea with that which is of use to people, and the water which God sends 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 God's supreme power) for people who have sense. Yet of people are some who take to themselves objects of worship, (which they set as) rivals to God, loving them with a love like (that which is the due) of God (only). Those who believe are stauncher in their love for God, (than those who worship others with God). Had (those who worship others with God) but known, (on the Day) when they behold the punishment, that power belongs wholly to God, and that God is severe in punishment!

    2:166-167 (On the Day) when those who were followed disown those who followed (them), and they behold the punishment, and all their relations will be cut off. 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 God show them their own deeds as anguish for them, and they will not emerge from the Fire.

    2:168-169 O people! Eat of that which is lawful and wholesome in the earth, and follow not the footsteps of Satan. Lo! He is an open enemy for you. He enjoins upon you only the evil and the foul, and that you should say concerning God that which you know not.

    2:170-271 And when it is said to them: Follow that which God has revealed, they say: We follow that wherein we found our fathers. What! Even though their fathers did not understand anything and had no guidance? The similitude of those who disbelieve (in relation to the Messenger) is as that of one who calls to that which hears nothing except a shout and cry. Deaf, dumb and blind, therefore they have no sense.

    2:172-173 O you who believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you, and render thanks to God if it is (indeed) He whom you worship. He has forbidden you only carrion, and blood, and swine flesh, and that which has been sacrificed in (the name of) any other than God. But he who is driven by necessity (to eat what has been forbidden), neither craving nor transgressing, it is no sin for him. Lo! God is Forgiving, Merciful.

    2:174-176 Lo! Those who hide parts of the Scripture which God has revealed, and purchase a small gain therewith, they eat into their bellies nothing else than fire. God will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will purify them of their sin. Theirs will be a painful punishment. Those are they who purchase error at the price of guidance, and torment at the price of pardon. How patiently they seek the Fire! That is because God has revealed the Scripture with the truth. Lo! Those who disputed as regards the Scripture are far away in opposition.

    2:177 It is not in righteousness that you turn your faces to the east and the west; but righteous is he who believes in God and the Last Day and the angels and the Scripture and the Prophets; and gives his wealth, for love of (God), to kinsfolk and to orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to those who ask, and to set slaves free; and observes proper worship and pays the poor-due. And those who keep their covenant when they make one, and the patient in tribulation and adversity and times of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the God fearing.

    2:178-179 O you who believe! (The Law of) 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, then settle it on reasonable terms and payment should be made in fairness. This is alleviation and a mercy from your Lord. He who transgresses after this will have a painful punishment. And there is life for you in (the Law of) Retaliation, O men of understanding, that you may become pious.

    2:180-182 It is prescribed for you, when one of you approaches death, if he leaves wealth, that he bequeaths to parents and near relatives in fairness. (This is) a duty upon the pious. And whoever changes (the will) after he has heard it, the sin thereof is only upon those who change it. Lo! God is Hearer, Knower. But he who fears from a testator some unjust or sinful clause, and makes peace between the parties (by making amendments in the will according to mutual consent), (it shall be) no sin for him. Lo! God is Forgiving, Merciful.

    2:183-185 O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you. that you may become pious.(fast) a certain number of days; and (for) him who is sick among you, or on a journey, (let him fast the same number) on other days; and for those who can afford it there is a ransom: the feeding of a person in need. But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him: and that you fast is better for you if you did but know. The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for people, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. God desires for you, ease; He desires not hardship for you; and (He desires) that you should complete the period (of the fast), and that you should magnify God for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful.

    2:186 And when My servants question you concerning Me, then surely I am near. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he cries to Me. So let them respond to My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright.

    2:187 It is made lawful for you to conjugate with your wives on the night of the fast. They are raiment for you and you are raiment for them. God is aware that you were deceiving yourselves in this respect and He has turned in mercy toward you and forgave you. So have conjugation with them and seek that which God has ordained for you, and eat and drink until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread of the dawn. Then strictly observe the fast till nightfall and touch them not, but stay at your prayers in the mosques. These are the limits imposed by God, so approach them not. Thus God expounds His revelations to people that they may become pious.

    2:188 And devour not your property among yourselves unjustly, nor seek by it to gain the hearing of the judges that you may knowingly devour a portion of the property of others wrongfully.

    2:189 They ask you (O Muhammad) of new moons. Say: They are fixed seasons for people and for the pilgrimage. It is not righteousness that you go to houses by the backs thereof (as do the idolaters at certain seasons), but the righteous man is he who adopts piety. So go to houses by the gates thereof, and fear God, that you may be successful

    2:190-193 Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! God loves not aggressors. And slay them wherever you 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 (Mecca) until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. But if they desist, then lo! God is Forgiving, Merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for God (alone). But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrongdoers.

    2:194 The sacred month for the sacred month, (but) sacred things too are subject to retaliation. Then whoever attacks you, attack him in a like manner as he attacked you. And fear God, and know that God is with those who are pious.

    2:195 Spend your wealth for the cause of God, and do not be cast by your own hands to ruin; and do good. Lo! God loves those who do good.

    2:196-197 Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Mecca) for God. And if you are barred (from reaching Mecca) then send such offering for sacrifice such as you may find, and shave not your heads until the offerings have reached their destination. And whoever among you is sick or has an ailment of the head (necessitating shaving), must pay a ransom of fasting or almsgiving or offering. And if you are in safety, then whosoever contents himself with the visit for the pilgrimage (shall make) such offering as can be had with ease. And whosoever cannot find such offering, then a fast of three days while on the pilgrimage, and seven, when you have returned (to your abode); that is, ten in all. That is for him whose folk are not present at the Inviolable Place of Worship. And fear God, and know that God is Severe in punishment. 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 you do God knows it. So make provision for yourselves (for the Hereafter); for the best provision is piety. So fear Me, O people of understanding.

    2:198-199 It is no sin for you that you seek the bounty of your Lord (by engaging in trade and commerce during the pilgrimage). But, when you press on in the multitude from Arafat, remember God by the Sacred Monument. Remember (God) as He has guided you, although before you were of those astray. Then hasten onward from the place whence the multitude hastens onward, and ask forgiveness of God. Lo! God is Forgiving, Merciful.

    2:200-202 And when you have completed your devotions, then remember God as you remember your fathers or with a far more remembrance. But of people is he who says: `Our Lord! Give to us in the world,' and he has no portion in the Hereafter. And of them (also) is he who says: `Our Lord! Give to us in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and guard us from the punishment of Fire.' For them there is in store a goodly portion out of that which they have earned. God is Swift at reckoning.

    2:203 Remember God through the appointed days. Then whoever hastens (his departure) by two days, it is no sin for him, and whoever delays, it is no sin for him. That is for him who adopts piety. And fear God, and know that to Him you will be gathered.

    2:204-206 And among people there is he whose speech about the life of this world may please you, and he calls God to witness as to that which is in his heart; yet he is the most severe of the opponents. And when he turns away (from you) his effort in the land is to spread evil therein and to destroy the crops and the offspring; and God loves not evil. And when it is said to him: Fear God; pride takes him to sin. Hell will settle his account, an evil resting place.

    2:207 And of people is he who would sell himself, seeking the pleasure of God; and God has compassion on (His) bondmen.

    2:208-209 O you who believe! Come, all of you, into submission (to Him as Muslims); and follow not the footsteps of Satan. Lo! He is an open enemy for you. And if you slide back after the clear proofs have come to you, then know that God is Mighty, Wise.

    2:210 Do they wait for nothing either than that God should come to them in the shadows of the clouds with the angels? Then the case would be already judged. All cases go back to God (for judgment).

    2:211 Ask of the Children of Israel how many a clear revelation We gave them! He who alters the grace of God after it has come to him (for him), lo! God is Severe in punishment.

    2:212 Beautified is the life of the world for those who disbelieve; they make a jest of the believers, but those who fear (God) will be above them on the Day of Resurrection. God gives without limit to whom He wills.

    2:213 (All) people were one community (but then they differed, so) God sent (to them) Prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and revealed therewith the Scripture with the truth that it might judge between people concerning that wherein they differed. But those to whom (the Scripture) was sent, due to hatred of one another differed in the same after clear proofs had come to them. And God by His will guided those who believed to the truth of that concerning which they differed. God guides whom He wills to a straight path.

    2:214 Or think you that you will enter Paradise while yet there has not come to 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 God) and those who believed along with him said: When will God's help come? Now surely God's help is near.

    2:215 They ask you (O Muhammad) as to what they shall spend. Say: That which you spend for good (must go) to parents and near kindred and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer. And whatever good you do, lo! God is Aware of it.

    2:216 Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful to you; but it may happen that you hate a thing, which is good for you, and it may happen that you love a thing, which is bad for you. God knows, and you know not.

    2:217 They question you (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 God, and to disbelieve in Him, and in the Inviolable Place of Worship (Mecca), and to expel his people thence, is a greater (transgression) with God; for persecution is worse than killing. And they will not cease from fighting against you until they have made you apostates from your religion, if they can. And whoso becomes an apostate and dies in his disbelief: such are they whose works have fallen both in the world and the Hereafter. Such are rightful inhabitants of the Fire: they will abide therein.

    2:218 Lo! Those who believe, and those who emigrate (to escape the persecution) and fought hard in the way of God, they have hope of God's mercy. God is Forgiving, Merciful.

    2:219-220 They question you 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 you what they should spend. Say: That which is superfluous. Thus God makes plain to you (His) revelations that perhaps you may reflect upon the world and the Hereafter. And they question you concerning orphans. Say: To improve their lot is best. And if you mingle your affairs with theirs then (they are) your brothers. God knows him who impairs from him who improves. Had God willed, He could have overburdened you. God is Mighty, Wise.

    2:221 Wed not polytheist women till they believe, for lo! A believing bondwoman is better than a free idolatress though she please you; and give not your daughters in marriage to polytheists till they believe, for lo! A believing slave is better than a free idolater though he please you. These invite to the Fire, and God invites to the Garden, and to forgiveness by His grace, and expounds thus His revelations to people that perhaps they may remember.

    2:222 They question you (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is a harmful thing (for a husband), so let women alone at such time and approach them not till they are cleansed (from their menses). And when they have cleansed themselves, then approach them as God has enjoined upon you. Truly God loves those who turn to Him, and loves those who have a care for cleanness.

    2:223-225 Your women are a tilth for you so go to your tilth as you will, and send (good deeds) before you for your souls, and fear God, and know that you will (one day) meet Him. Give glad tidings to believers, (O Muhammad). And make not God, by your oaths, a hindrance to your being righteous and observing piety and making peace among people. God is Hearer, Knower. God 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. God is Forgiving, Forbearing.

    2:226-227 Those who forswear (sexual relations with) their wives (for) four months (or more); then if they change their mind, lo! God is Forgiving, Merciful. But if they decide upon divorce, then God is Hearer, Knower.

    2:228 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 God has created in their wombs if they are believers in God and the Last Day. And their husbands would do better to take them back in that case if they desire reconciliation. And they (women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them in a just manner, and men are a degree above them. God is Mighty, Wise.

    2:229 Divorce must be pronounced twice and then (a woman) must be retained in honor or released in a just manner. And it is not lawful for you that you take from women anything of that which you have given them; except (in the case) when both fear that they may not be able to keep within the limits (imposed by) God. And if you fear that they may not be able to keep the limits of God, in that case it is no sin for either of them if the woman ransoms herself. These are the limits (imposed by) God. Transgress them not. For whoever transgresses God's limits: such are wrongdoers.

    2:230-231 And if he has divorced her (the third time), then she is not lawful to him thereafter until she has wedded another husband. Then if he (the other husband) divorces 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 God. These are the limits of God. He manifests them for people who have knowledge. When you have divorced women, and they have reached their term, then retain them in a just manner or release them in a just manner. Retain them not to their hurt so that you transgress (the limits). He who does that has wronged his soul. Make not the revelations of God a laughing stock (by your behavior), but remember God's grace upon you and that which He has revealed to you of the Scripture and of wisdom, whereby He does exhort you. Fear God and know that God is Aware of all things.

    2:232 And when you have divorced women and they reach their term, place not difficulties in the way of their (re)marrying their husbands if it is agreed between them in a just manner. This is an admonition for him among you who believe in God and the Last Day. That is more virtuous for you, and purer. God knows: you know not.

    2:233 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 you wish to give your children out to nurse, it is no sin for you, provided that you pay what is due from you in kindness. Fear God, and know that God is the Seer of what you do.

    2:234 Such of you as die and leave behind them wives, they (the wives) shall wait (and not remarry), 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 anything that they may do with themselves in a just manner. God is informed of what you do.

    2:235 There is no sin for you to openly propose marriage to such women or to cherish them in your hearts. God knows that you will think of them. Do not arrange to meet them in secret, and if you do, speak to them honorably. And do not consummate the marriage until (the term) prescribed is run. Know that God knows what is in your minds, so beware of Him; and know that God is Forgiving, Forbearing.

    2:236-237 It is no sin for you if you divorce women before the marriage is consummated or the dowry settled. Provide for them, the rich, according to his means, and the straitened according to his means, a reasonable amount. (This is) a bounden duty for those who do good. If you divorce them before you have consummated the marriage, but after their dowry has been settled, give them the half of their dowry, unless they (the women) agree to forgo it, or he agrees to forgo it in whose hand is the marriage tie. To forgo is nearer to piety. And forget not kindness among yourselves. God is the Seer of what you do.

    2:238-239 Be guardians of your prayers, and of the middle prayer, and stand up with devotion to God. And if you are in danger, then (you may pray) standing or riding. And when you are again in safety, remember God, as He has taught you that which you knew not.

    2:240-242 And those of you who are about to die and leave behind them wives, they should bequeath for their wives a year's maintenance and residence without turning them out, but if they leave (of their own) there is no sin for you in that which they do of themselves provided it is honorable. God is Mighty, Wise. And for divorced women a reasonable maintenance: a duty for those who are pious. Thus God expounds to you His revelations so that you may understand.

    2:243-244 Have you not considered those of old, who went forth from their habitations in their thousands, fearing death, and God said to them: Die, and then He brought them back to life. Lo! God is Lord of kindness to people, but most of the people give not thanks. Fight in the way of God, and know that God is the Hearer, Knower.

    2:245 Who is it that will lend to God a goodly loan, so that He may give it increase manifold? God straitens and enlarges. To Him you will return.

    2:246 Have you not considered the leaders of the Children of Israel after Moses, how they said to a Prophet whom they had: Set up for us a king and we will fight in God's way. He said: Would you then refrain from fighting if fighting were prescribed for you? They said: Why should we not fight in God's way when we have been driven from our dwellings with our children? Yet, when fighting was prescribed for them, they turned away, all except a few of them. God is Aware of evildoers.

    2:247 Their Prophet said to them: Lo! God has raised up Saul to be a king for you. They said: How can he be king over us when we are more deserving of the kingdom than he is, since he has not been given wealth enough? He said: Lo! God has chosen him above you, and has increased him abundantly in wisdom and stature. God bestows His kingdom on whom He wills. God is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.

    2:248 And their Prophet said to them: Lo! The sign of his kingdom (being from God) is that there shall come to 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 sign for you if (in truth) you are believers.

    2:249 And when Saul set out with the army, he said: Lo! God will try you by (the ordeal of) a river. Whoever therefore drinks thereof, he is not of me, and whoever tastes it not he is of me, except he who takes with his hand as much of it as fills the hand. But they drank thereof, all except 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 their Lord, exclaimed: How (often has) a little company has overcome a mighty host by God's leave! God is with the patient.

    2:250-251 And when they went into the field against Goliath and his hosts they said: Our Lord! Bestow on us patience, make our foothold sure, and give us help against the disbelieving folk. So they routed them by God's leave and David slew Goliath; and God gave (David) the kingdom and wisdom, and taught him of that which He willed. And if God had not repelled some people by others, the earth would have been corrupted. But God is Lord of kindness to (His) creatures.

    2:252 These are the signs of God that We recite to you (O Muhammad) with truth, and Lo! You are (one) of (Our) Messengers.

    2:253 Of those Messengers, some of whom We have caused to excel others, and of those there are some to whom God spoke, while some of them He exalted (above others) in degree; and We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs and We supported him with the holy Spirit (i.e.,the angel Gabriel) . And if God had so willed it, those who followed after them (the Messengers) would not have fought with one another after the clear proofs had come to them. But they differed, some of them believing and some disbelieving. And if God had so willed it, they would not have fought with one another; but God does what He wills.

    2:254 O you who believe! Spend of that which We have provided you before a Day comes when there will be no trafficking, nor friendship, nor intercession. The disbelievers, they are the wrongdoers.

    2:255 God! None should be worshipped but God alone, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedes with Him except by His leave? He knows that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge except what He wills. His Throne extends across the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.

    2:256 There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejects false deities and believes in God, has grasped a firm handhold which will never break. God is Hearer, Knower.

    2:257 God is the Guardian (and Protector) of those who believe. He brings 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 inhabitants of the Fire. They will abide therein.

    2:258 Have you not considered him who had an argument with Abraham about his Lord, because God had given him the kingdom; how, when Abraham said: My Lord is He Who gives life and causes death, he answered: I give life and cause death. Abraham said: Lo! God causes the sun to rise in the east, so you cause it to come up from the west. Thus was the disbeliever absolutely defeated. And God guides not wrongdoing folk.

    2:259 Or (consider you of) the like of him who, passing by a township which had fallen into utter ruin, exclaimed: How shall God bring this township to life after its death? And God made him die a hundred years, then brought him back to life. (God) said (to him): How long have you tarried? (The man) said: I have tarried a day or part of a day. (God) said: Nay, but you have tarried for a hundred years. Just look at your food and drink which have rotted! Look at your donkey! And, that We may make of you a sign for people, look at the bones, how We bring them together and then cover them with flesh! And when (the matter) became clear to him, he said: I know now that God is Able to do all things.

    2:260 And when Abraham said (to his Lord): My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead, He said: Do you not believe? Abraham said: Yes, but (I ask) in order that my heart may be at ease. (His Lord) said: Take four of the birds and train them to follow you, then (slaughter them and) place a part of them on each hill, then call them, they will come to you in haste. And know that God is Mighty, Wise.

    2:261-263 The similitude of those who spend their wealth in God's way is as that of a grain which grows seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains. God gives increase manifold to whom He wills. God is All-Embracing, All-Knowing. Those who spend their wealth for the cause of God and afterward make not reproach and injury to follow that which they have spent; their reward is with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve. A kind word with forgiveness is better than almsgiving followed by injury. God is Absolute, Forbearing.

    2:264-267 O you who believe! Render not vain your almsgiving by reproach and injury, like him who spends his wealth only to be seen of men and believes not in God and the Last Day. His similitude is as that of a rock whereon is the dust of earth; on it falls heavy rain leaving it smooth and bare. They have no control of any kind to that which they have gained. God guides not the disbelieving folk. And the similitude of those who spend their wealth in search of God's pleasure, and for the strengthening of their souls, is as that of a garden on a height. Heavy rain falls on it and it brings forth its fruit twofold. And if it does not receive heavy rain, then light rain suffices it. God is the Seer of what you do. 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 has stricken him and he has feeble offspring; and a fiery whirlwind strikes it and it is (all) consumed by fire. Thus God makes plain His revelations to you, in order that you may give thought. O you who believe! Spend of the good things which you 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 you would not take it for yourselves except with disdain; and know that God is Absolute, Owner of praise.

    2:268 Satan promises you destitution and enjoins on you lewdness. But God promises you forgiveness from Himself with bounty. God is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.

    2:269 He gives wisdom to whom He wills, and he, to whom wisdom is given, he truly has received abundant good, but none remember except men of understanding.

    2:270-271 Whatever alms you spend, or vow you vow, lo! God knows it, and wrongdoers have no helpers. If you publish your almsgiving, it is well, but if you hide it and give it to the poor, it will be better for you, and will atone for some of your ill deeds. God is informed of what you do.

    2:272 The guiding of them is not your duty (O Muhammad), but God guides whom He wills. And whatever good thing you spend, it is for yourselves, when you spend not except in search of God's Face; and whatever good thing you spend, it will be repaid to you in full, and you will not be wronged.

    2:273-274 (Alms are) for the poor who are straitened in the cause of God, who cannot travel in the land (for trade). The one who knows them not, thinks that they are rich because of their modesty. You shall know them by their mark: They do not beg of men with importunity. And whatsoever good thing you spend, lo! God knows it. Those who spend their wealth by night and day, by stealth and openly, verily their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.

    2:275-276 Those that live on usury shall rise up before God like men whom Satan has demented by his touch. That is because they say: Trade is just like usury; whereas God permits trading and forbids usury. He to whom an admonition from his Lord comes, and (he) refrains (in obedience thereto), he shall keep (the profits of) that which is past, and his affairs (henceforth) are with God. As for him who returns (to usury), such are rightful inhabitants of the (Hell) Fire. They will abide therein. God has blighted usury and made almsgiving fruitful. God loves not the sinful disbelievers.

    2:277-279 Lo! Those who believe and do good works and establish worship and pay the poor-due, their reward is with their Lord and no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve. O you who believe! Fear God, and give up what remains (due to you) from usury, if you are (in truth) believers. And if you do not, then be warned of war (against you) from God and His Messenger. And if you repent, then you have your principal (without interest). Wrong not, and you shall not be wronged.

    2:280-281 And if the debtor is in straitened circumstances, then (let there be) postponement to (the time of) ease; and that you remit the debt as almsgiving, it would be better for you if you did but know. And guard yourselves against a Day in which you will be brought back to God. Then every soul will be paid in full that which it has earned, and they will not be wronged.

    2:282 O you who believe! When you contract a debt for a fixed term, record it in writing. Let someone (learned) write down in justice. No person (able to write) should refuse to write as God has taught him, so let him write, and let him who incurs the debt dictate, and let him observe his duty to God, his Lord, and diminish not thereof. But if he who owes the debt is an ignorant or feeble-minded person, or unable himself to dictate, then let the guardian of his interests dictate in justice. 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 you approve as witnesses, so that if one (woman) errs (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 is small or great, with (record of) the term thereof. That is more equitable in the sight of God and better for testimony, and the best way of avoiding doubt between you; except only in the case when it is actual merchandise that you transfer among yourselves from hand to hand. In that case it is no sin on you if you write it not. See that witnesses are present when you sell to one another, and let no harm be done to the person who wrote or the witness. If you do (harm to them) lo! It is a sin in you. Fear God, and God will teach you. And God is Knower of all things.

    2:283-284 If you be on a journey and cannot find someone to write, then a pledge in hand (shall suffice). And if one of you entrusts to another let him who is trusted deliver up that which is entrusted to him (according to the pact between them) and let him be afraid of God. Hide not testimony. He who hides it, verily his heart is sinful. God is Aware of what you do. To God (belongs) whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth; and whether you make known what is in your minds or hide it, God will bring you to account for it. He will forgive whom He will and He will punish whom He will. God is Able to do all things.

    2:285-286 The Messenger believes in that which has been revealed to him from his Lord and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in God and His angels and His Scriptures and His Messengers. (They say:) We make no distinction between any of His Messengers; and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Your forgiveness, our Lord, To You is the journeying. God tasks not a soul beyond its scope, for it (is only) that which it has earned, and against it (only) that which it has deserved. Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget, or miss the mark! Our Lord! Lay not on us such a burden as You did 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, You are our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk.

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