Sura Aal-Imran (The Family of Imran)
Sheikh / Mohammad Ayyoob

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

    3:1 Alif. Lam. Mim.

    3:2-4 God! None should be worshipped but God alone, the Alive, the Eternal. He has revealed to you (O Muhammad) the Scripture with truth, confirming that which was (revealed) before it, even as He revealed the Torah and the Gospel aforetime, for a guidance to people; and has revealed the Criterion (of right and wrong). Lo! Those who disbelieve the revelations of God, theirs will be a heavy punishment. God is Mighty, Able to requite (the wrong).

    3:5-6 Lo! Nothing in the earth or in the heavens is hidden from God. It is He, Who fashions you in the wombs as pleases Him. None should be worshipped but God alone, the Almighty, the Wise.

    3:7-9 It is He, Who has revealed to you (O Muhammad) the Scripture wherein are definite revelations. They are the substance of the Book. and others (which are) indefinite. But those in whose hearts is doubt pursue, forsooth, that which is indefinite seeking (to cause) dissension by seeking to explain it. None knows its explanation except God. And those who are of sound instruction say: We believe therein; the whole is from our Lord; but only men of understanding really heed. Our Lord! Cause not our hearts to stray after You have guided us, and bestow upon us mercy from Your Presence. Lo! You, only You are the Bestower. Our Lord! It is You Who will gather people together to a Day of which there is no doubt. Lo! God fails not to keep the promise.

    3:10-11 (On that Day) neither the riches nor the progeny of those who disbelieve will avail them anything with God. They will be fuel for fire. Like Pharaoh"s folk and those who were before them, they disbelieved Our revelations and so God seized them for their sins. And God is Severe in punishment.

    3:12-13 Say (O Muhammad) to those who disbelieve: You shall be overcome and gathered to Hell, an evil resting place. There was a sign for you in two hosts which met: one army fighting in the way of God, and another disbelieving; whom (the disbelievers) saw as twice their (real) number clearly with their very eyes. Thus God strengthens with His succor whom He wills. Lo! Herein verily is a lesson for those who have eyes.

    3:14 Beautified for people is love of the joys (that come) from women and offspring, and stored up heaps of gold and silver, and horses branded (with their mark), and cattle and land. That is comfort of the life of the world. God! With Him is a more excellent abode.

    3:15-17 Say: Shall I inform you of something better than that? For the pious, with their Lord, are Gardens underneath which rivers flow, and pure companions, and contentment from God. God is the Seer of His bondmen, those who say: Our Lord! Lo! We believe. So forgive us our sins and guard us from the punishment of Fire; the patient, and the truthful, and the obedient, those who spend (and hoard not), and those who pray for (God"s) pardon in the watches of the night.

    3:18 God (Himself) is witness that none should be worshipped but God alone. The angels and the men of learning (too are witness). Maintaining His creation in justice, none should be worshipped but God alone, the Almighty, the Wise.

    3:19 Lo! Religion with God (is) Islam (i.e., surrendering to God alone by worship and obedience) . Those who (formerly) received the Scripture differed only after knowledge came to them, through transgression among themselves. Whoso disbelieves the revelations of God (will find that), lo! God is Swift at reckoning.

    3:20 And if they argue with you, (O Muhammad), say: I have surrendered my being to God and (so have) those who follow me. And say to those who have received the Scripture and those who are unlettered: Have you (too) surrendered? If they surrender (by becoming Muslims), then truly they are rightly guided, and if they turn away, then it is your duty only to convey the message (to them). God is the Seer of (His) bondmen.

    3:21-22 Lo! Those who disbelieve the revelations of God, and slay the Prophets wrongfully, and slay those people who enjoin equity; promise them a painful punishment. Those are they whose works have failed in the world and the Hereafter; and they have no helpers.

    3:23-25 Have you not seen how those who have received the Scripture invoke the Scripture of God (in their disputes) that it may judge between them; then a faction of them turned away, being opposed (to it)? That is because they say: The Fire (of Hell) will not touch us except for a certain number of days. That which they used to invent has deceived them regarding their religion. How (will it be with them) when We have brought them all together to a Day of which there is no doubt, when every soul will be paid in full what it has earned, and they will not be wronged.

    3:26-27 Say: O God! Owner of supreme power! You give power to whom You will, and You withdraw power from whom You will. You exalt whom You will and You abase whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Lo! You are able to do all things. You cause the night to pass into the day, and You cause the day to pass into the night. And You bring forth the living from the dead, and You bring forth the dead from the living. And You give sustenance to whom You choose, without limit.

    3:28 Let not the believers take disbelievers for their helpers (and protectors) in preference to believers. Whoever does that will never be helped by God in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them. God warns you of Himself. To God is the journeying.

    3:29 Say (O Muhammad): Whether you hide that which is in your breasts or reveal it, God knows it. He knows that which is in the heavens and that which is in the earth, and God is Able to do all things.

    3:30 On the Day when every soul will find itself confronted with all that it has done of good and all that it has done of evil, (every soul) will long that there might be a mighty space of distance between it and that (evil). God warns you of Himself. And God is full of pity for (His) bondmen.

    3:31-32 Say (O Muhammad to people): If you love God, follow me; God will love you and forgive you your sins. God is Forgiving, Merciful. Say: Obey God and the Messenger. But if they turn away, lo! God loves not the disbelievers (in His guidance).

    3:33-34 Lo! God preferred Adam and Noah and the family of Abraham and the family of Imran above (all His) creatures. They were descendants one of another. God is Hearer, Knower.

    3:35-37 (Remember) when the wife of Imran said: My Lord I have vowed to You that which is in my belly to be devoted (to Your service and worship). Accept this from me. Lo! You, only You, are the Hearer, the Knower! And when she was delivered she said: My Lord! Lo! I am delivered of a female. God knew best of what she was delivered. the male is not as the female, and lo! I have named her Mary, and lo! I crave Your protection for her and for her offspring from Satan the outcast. And her Lord accepted her with full acceptance and bestowed to her a goodly growth; and made Zachariah her guardian. Whenever Zachariah went into the sanctuary where she was, he found that she had food. He said: O Mary! From where does this food come to you? She answered: It is from God. God gives without limit to whom He wills.

    3:38-41 Then Zachariah prayed to his Lord and said: My Lord! Bestow upon me of Your bounty, goodly offspring. Lo! You are the Hearer of prayer. And the angels called to him as he stood praying in the sanctuary: God gives you glad tidings of (a son whose name is) John, (who comes) to confirm a Word from God, lordly, chaste, a Prophet of the righteous. He said: My Lord! How can I have a son when age has overtaken me already and my wife is barren? (The angel) answered: So (it will be). God does what He wills. He said: My Lord! Appoint a sign for me. (The angel) said: The sign to you (shall be) that you will not speak to people three days except by signals. Remember your Lord much, and praise (Him) in the early hours of night and morning.

    3:42-43 And when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! God has chosen you and made you pure, and has preferred you above (all) the women of creation. O Mary! Be obedient to your Lord, prostrate yourself and bow with those who bow (in worship).

    3:44 This is of the news of things unknown (to you). We reveal it to you (O Muhammad). You were not present with them when they threw their lots (to know) which of them should be the guardian of Mary, nor were you present with them when they quarreled (regarding that).

    3:45-48 When the angels said: O Mary! God gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him, whose name is the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (to God). He will speak to people in his cradle and in his manhood, and he is of the righteous. She said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no man has touched me? He said: So (it will be). God creates what He wills. If He decrees a thing, He says to it only: Be! and it is. And (God) will teach him the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel.

    3:49-51 And (God) will make him a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): Lo! I come to you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it (becomes) a (living) bird, by God"s leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by God"s leave. And I inform you what you eat and what you store up in your houses. Lo! Herein verily is a sign for you, if you are believers. And (I come) confirming, that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden to you. I come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear God and obey me. Lo! God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.

    3:52-53 But when Jesus became conscious of their disbelief, he cried: Who will be my helpers in the cause of God? The disciples said: We will be God"s helpers. We believe in God, and bear you witness that we are Muslims (have surrendered to God). Our Lord! We believe in that which You have revealed and we follow him whom You have sent, so write us down among those who witness (to the truth).

    3:54 And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and God schemed (against them): and God is the Best of schemers.

    3:55-57 When God said: O Jesus! Indeed I will take you and raise you to myself, and am cleansing you of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow you above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me you will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein you used to differ. As for those who disbelieve I will punish them with a severe punishment in the world and the Hereafter; and they will have no helpers. And as for those who believe and do good works, He will pay them their wages in full. God loves not wrongdoers.

    3:58 This (which) We recite to you is a revelation and a wise reminder.

    3:59-60 Lo! The similitude of Jesus with God is as that of Adam. (God) created (Adam) of dust (of the ground), then He said to him: Be! and he is. (This is) the truth from your Lord (O Muhammad), so be not you of those who waver.

    3:61-63 And whoso disputes with you concerning (Jesus), after the knowledge that has come to you, say (to him): Come! We will summon our sons and your sons, and our women and your women, and ourselves and yourselves, then we will pray humbly (to our Lord) and (solemnly) invoke the curse of God upon those who lie. Lo! This verily is the true narrative (of Jesus). None should be worshipped but God alone, and lo! God is the Mighty, the Wise. And if they turn away, then lo! God is Aware of (who are) the corrupters.

    3:64-66 Say: O People of the Scripture. Come to an agreement between you and us: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partners to Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who are Muslims. O People of the Scripture! Why will you argue about Abraham, when the Torah and the Gospel were not revealed till after him? Have you then no sense? Lo! You are those who argue about that whereof you have some knowledge: Why then argue you concerning that whereof you have no knowledge? God knows. You know not.

    3:67-68 Abraham was not a Jew, nor yet a Christian; but he was a true Muslim, and he was not of the polytheists. Lo! Those of people who have the best claim to Abraham are those who followed him, and this Prophet and those who believe (this Prophet); and God is the Guardian (and Protector) of the believers.

    3:69-71 A party of the People of the Scripture long to make you go astray; and they make none to go astray except themselves, but they perceive not. O People of the Scripture! Why disbelieve you in the revelations of God, when you (yourselves) bear witness (to their truth)? O People of the Scripture! Why confound you truth with falsehood and knowingly conceal the truth?

    3:72-74 And a party of the People of the Scripture say: Believe in the morning in that which is revealed to the believers (Muslims), and deny it in the evening, in order that they may turn back (from their religion); and believe not except in one who follows your religion. Say (O Muhammad): Lo! The guidance is God"s guidance. (do not believe) that anyone will be given the like of that which you were given, otherwise they would engage you in argument before your Lord. Say (O Muhammad): Lo! The bounty is in God"s Hand. He bestows it on whom He wills. God is All-Embracing, All-Knowing. He selects for His mercy whom He wills. God is of infinite bounty.

    3:75-77 Among the People of the Scripture there is he who, if you trust him with a weight of treasure, will return it to you. And among them there is he who, if you trust him with a gold coin, will not return it to you unless you keep standing over him. That is because they say: We have no duty to the Gentiles (non-Jews, esp. Christians). They speak a lie concerning God knowingly. Nay, but he who fulfills his pledge and fears God; for lo! God loves those who are pious. Lo! Those who purchase a small gain at the cost of God"s covenant and their oaths, they have no portion in the Hereafter. God will neither speak to them nor look upon them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them of their sin. Theirs will be a painful punishment.

    3:78 And lo! There is a party of them who distort the Scripture with their tongues, so you may think that what they say is from the Scripture, when it is not from the Scripture. And they say: It is from God, when it is not from God; and they speak a lie concerning God knowingly.

    3:79-80 It is not (possible) for any human being to whom God had given the Scripture and wisdom and the Prophethood that he should afterwards have said to people: Worship me instead of God; but (what he said was): Be you faithful servants of the Lord by virtue of your constant teaching of the Scripture and of your constant study thereof. And (God) commanded you not that you should take the angels and the Prophets for lords. Would (God) command you to disbelieve after you had surrendered (to God alone)?

    3:81-82 When God made (His) covenant with the Prophets (He said): Behold that which I have given you of the Scripture and knowledge. And afterward there will come to you a Messenger (i.e., Muhammad), confirming that which you possess. You shall believe in him and you shall help him. And then He said: Do you accept and will you shoulder this burden of responsibility which I am placing upon you? They said : We accept! He said: Then bear you witness, and I too shall bear witness along with you! Then whosoever after this shall turn away : they will be miscreants.

    3:83-85 Seek they other than the religion of God, when to Him submitted whosoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and to Him they will be returned. Say (O Muhammad): 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 was given to Moses and Jesus and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them (by believing in some and denying others), and to Him (alone) we have surrendered (in Islam). And whoso seeks as religion other than Islam (i.e., surrender to God in worship and obedience) it will not be accepted from him, and he will be a loser in the Hereafter.

    3:86-89 How shall God guide a people who disbelieved after believing and (after) they bore witness that the Messenger is true and after clear proofs (of God"s supreme power) had come to them. And God guides not wrongdoing folk. As for such, their burden is that on them rests the curse of God and of angels and of all people combined. They will abide therein. Their punishment will not be lightened, neither will they be reprieved; except those who afterward repent and mend their ways. Lo! God is Forgiving, Merciful.

    3:90-91 Lo! Those who disbelieve after their (profession of) belief, and then went on increasing in their disbelief: their repentance will not be accepted. And such are those who are astray. Lo! Those who disbelieve, and die in disbelief, the (whole) earth full of gold would not be accepted from such a one if it were offered as a ransom (for his soul). Theirs will be a painful punishment and they will have no helpers.

    3:92 You will not attain piety until you spend of that which you love. And whatsoever you spend, God is aware thereof.

    3:93-94 All food was lawful to the Children of Israel, except that which Israel (Jacob) forbade himself, (in days) before the Torah was revealed. Say: Produce the Torah and read it (to us) if you are truthful. And whoever shall invent a falsehood after that concerning God, such will be wrongdoers.

    3:95 Say: God speaks truth. So follow the religion of Abraham, the upright. He was not of the polytheists.

    3:96-97 Lo! The first Sanctuary appointed for people was that at Becca (Mecca) a blessed place, a guidance to the worlds; wherein are manifest signs (among which is) the place where Abraham stood up to pray; and whoever enters (the Sanctuary of Mecca) is safe. And pilgrimage to the House (at Mecca) is a duty to God for (all) people who can afford the journey. As for him who disbelieves, (let him know that) lo! God is independent of (all His) creatures.

    3:98-99 Say: O People of the Scripture! Why disbelieve you in the revelations of God, when God (Himself) is Witness of what you do? Say: O People of the Scripture! Why you block the believers from the way of God (Islam), seeking to make it crooked, when you are witnesses (to the truth of Islam)? God is not unaware of what you do.

    3:100-101 O you who believe! If you obey a party of those who have received the Scripture they will make you disbelievers after your belief. How can you disbelieve, when God"s revelations are recited to you, and His Messenger is in your midst? He, who holds fast to God, is indeed guided to the right path.

    3:102-105 O you who believe! Fear God as He should be feared, and die not except as those who have surrendered (as Muslims); and hold fast, all of you together, to the rope of God, and do not separate. And remember God"s favor to you: how you were enemies and He made friendship between your hearts so that you became brothers by His grace; and (how) you were upon the brink of the abyss of the fire (of Hell), and He saved you from it. Thus God makes clear His revelations to you, that you may be guided. And let there arise from you a nation inviting to goodness, and enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. Such are they who are successful. And be you not as those who separated and disputed after the clear proofs had come to them. For them there is an awful punishment.

    3:106-107 On the Day when (some) faces will be whitened and (some) faces, blackened; and as for those whose faces have been blackened, it will be said to them: Disbelieved you after your (profession of) belief? Then taste the punishment for your disbelief. As for those whose faces have been whitened, lo! in the mercy of God they dwell forever.

    3:108-109 These are revelations of God. We recite them to you in truth. God wills no injustice to (His) creatures. To God belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth; and to God all things are returned.

    3:110 You are the best community that has been raised up for people. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong; and you believe in God. And if the People of the Scripture had believed, it had been better for them. Some of them are believers (in Muhammad); but most of them are evildoers.

    3:111-312 They will not harm you except an annoyance, and if they fight against you they will turn and flee. And afterward they will not be helped. Humiliation surrounds them wherever they are found except (where they grasp) a rope from God and a rope from men (an agreement of protection). They have incurred anger from their Lord, and destitution is laid upon them. That is because they used to disbelieve the revelations of God, and slew the Prophets without right. That is because they were rebellious and used to transgress.

    3:113-115 They are not all alike. Of the People of the Scripture there is a staunch community who recites the revelations of God in the night season, falling prostrate (before Him). They believe in God and the Last Day, and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, and vie one with another in good works. They are of the righteous. And whatever good they do, they will not be denied the reward thereof. God is Aware of those who are pious.

    3:116-117 Lo! The riches and the progeny of those who disbelieve will avail them nothing against God; and such are rightful inhabitants of the (Hell) Fire. Therein they will abide. The similitude of that which (the disbelievers) spend (of charity) in this worldly life is as the similitude of a biting, icy wind that smites the harvest of a people who have wronged themselves, and devastates it. God wronged them not, but they did wrong themselves.

    3:118-120 O you who believe! Take not for intimates others (outside your own selves), they would spare no pains to ruin you; they love to hamper you. (Their) hatred (of you) is apparent by (the utterance of) their mouths, and that which their breasts hide is greater. We have made plain for you the revelations if you will understand. Lo! You are those who love them though they love you not, and you believe in all the Scripture. When they fall in with you, they say: We believe; but when they go apart they bite their fingertips at you, out of rage. Say: Perish in your rage! Lo! God is Aware of what is hidden in (your) breasts. If a good befalls you, it is evil to them, and if disaster strikes you they rejoice thereat. But if you persevere and become pious, their deceit will never harm you. Lo! God is surrounding what they do.

    3:121-122 And remember when you set forth from your household at daybreak to assign to the believers their positions for the battle, God was Hearer, Knower. When two parties of you almost fell away, and God was their Guardian (and Protector). In God do believers put their trust.

    3:123-127 God had already given you the victory at Badr, when you were weak. So fear God in order that you may be thankful. And when you did say to the believers: Is it not sufficient for you that your Lord should support you with three thousand angels sent down (for your help)? Nay, but if you persevere and are pious, and (the enemy) attacks you suddenly, your Lord will help you with five thousand angels sweeping on. God ordained this only as a message of good news for you, and that thereby your hearts might be at rest – victory comes only from God, the Mighty, the Wise. that He may cut off a part of those who disbelieve, or overwhelm them so that they retire, frustrated.

    3:128-129 It is no concern at all of you (O Muhammad) whether He forgives toward (the disbelievers) or punishes them; for they are evildoers. To God belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. He forgives whom He wills, and punishes whom He wills. God is Forgiving, Merciful.

    3:130-133 O you who believe! Devour not usury, multiplying (the sum lent). Fear God that you may be successful. And fear the Fire prepared for disbelievers. And obey God and the Messenger, that you may find mercy. And vie one with another for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who are the pious.

    3:134-136 Those who spend (of that which God has given them) in ease and in adversity, those who control their wrath and are forgiving toward people; God loves the good. And those who, when they do an evil thing or wrong themselves, remember God and implore forgiveness for their sins. Who forgives sins except God alone?. and will not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know. The reward for those will be forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, a bountiful reward for workers!

    3:137-138 Many nations have passed away before you until their appointed terms (set with God) were reached. So travel in the land and see the nature of the consequence for those who did deny (the Messengers). This is a declaration for people, a guidance and an admonition to those who are pious.

    3:139-143 Faint not nor grieve, for you will overcome them if you are (indeed) believers. If you have received a blow, the (disbelieving) people have received a blow the like thereof. And We bring these days to men by turns, and that God may identify those who (truly) believe and may choose martyrs from among you; and God loves not wrongdoers. And that God may test those who believe, and may destroy the disbelievers. Or deemed you that you would enter Paradise while yet God has not made known those of you who really fought hard, nor has made known those (of you) who are patient? And verily you used to wish for death before you met it (in the field). Now you have seen it with your eyes (and to it you are now averse)!

    3:144 Muhammad is but a Messenger, Messengers (the like of whom) have passed away before him. Will it be that when he dies or is slain, you will turn back on your heels (and forsake Islam)? He who turns back (from Islam) harms not God, and God will reward the thankful.

    3:145 No soul can ever die except by God"s leave and at a term appointed. Whoever desires the reward of the world, We bestow on him thereof; and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter, We bestow on him thereof. We shall reward the thankful.

    3:146-148 And with how many a Prophet have there been a number of devoted men who fought (alongside him). But they never lost heart for that which did befall them in God"s way, nor did they weaken nor degrade themselves. God loves the patient. Their cry was only that they said: Our Lord! Forgive us for our sins and wasted efforts, make our foothold sure, and give us victory over the disbelieving people. So God gave them the reward of the world and the good reward of the Hereafter. God loves those who do good deeds.

    3:149-151 O you who believe! If you obey those who disbelieve, they will make you turn back on your heels, and you turn back (from Faith) as losers. But God is your Guardian (and Protector), and He is the Best of helpers. We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve because they ascribe partners to God, for which no warrant has been revealed. Their habitation is the Fire, and evil is the abode of the wrongdoers.

    3:152 God verily made good His promise to you when you routed them by His leave, until (the moment) He had shown you (the booty) which you love, when your courage failed you, and you argued about the (Prophet"s) order and you disobeyed. Some of you desired the world, and some of you desired the Hereafter. Therefore He turned you away from them, that He might test you. Yet (even with your failing) He has now forgiven you. God is Bountiful with the believers.

    3:153-154 You climbed (the hill) and paid no heed to anyone, while the Messenger, in your rear, was calling you (to fight). Therefore He recompensed you with grief to your grief, that (He might teach) you not to sorrow either for that which you missed or for that which befell you. God knows what you do. Then, after grief, He sent down security for you. As slumber overcame a party of you, while (the other) party, who were worried about themselves thought wrongly of God according to the pagan thoughts. They said: Have we any part in the matter? Say (O Muhammad): The matter belongs wholly to God. They hide within themselves (a thought), which they reveal not to you, saying: Had we had any part in the matter we should not have been slain here. Say: Even though you had been in your houses, those for whom (God) decreed to be slain would have gone forth to the places of their death. (All this has been) in order that God might make apparent what is in your breasts and purify what is in your hearts. God is Aware of what is hidden in the breasts (of people).

    3:155 Lo! Those of you who turned back on the day when the two hosts met, Satan alone it was who caused them to backslide, because of some of that which they have earned (of sin). Now God has forgiven them. Lo! God is Forgiving, Forbearing.

    3:156 O you who believe! Be not as those who disbelieved and said of their brethren who went abroad in the land or were fighting in the field. If they had been (here) with us they would not have died or been killed; that God may make it anguish in their hearts. God gives life and causes death; and God is the Seer of what you do.

    3:157-158 And if you be slain in God"s way or die therein. Surely, forgiveness from God and mercy are better than all that they amass. When you be slain or die, to God you are gathered.

    3:159-160 It was by the mercy of God that you were lenient with them (O Muhammad), for if you had been severe and hard-hearted they would have forsaken you. So pardon them and ask (God"s) forgiveness for them and consult with them upon the conduct of affairs. And when you are resolved, then put your trust in God. Lo! God loves those who put their trust (in Him). If God is your helper none can overcome you, and if He withdraws His help from you, who is there who can help you? In God let the believers put their trust.

    3:161-163 It is not for any Prophet to deceive. Whoever deceives will bring his deceit with him on the Day of Resurrection. Then every soul will be paid in full what it has earned; and they will not be wronged. Is one who follows the pleasure of God as one who has earned condemnation from God, whose habitation is Hell, an evil journey"s end? They are in varying grades with God, and God is the Seer of what you do.

    3:164 God verily has shown grace to the believers by sending to them a Messenger of their own who recites to them His revelations, and purifies them of their sin, and teaches them the Scripture and wisdom; although before (he came to them) they were in flagrant error.

    3:165 And was it so, when a disaster smote you, though you had (previously) smitten (them with a disaster) twice (as great), that you said: How is this? Say (to them, O Muhammad): It is from yourselves. Lo! God is Able to do all things.

    3:166-167 That which befell you, on the day when the two armies met, was by permission of God; that He might know the true believers; and that He might know the hypocrites, to whom it was said: Come, fight in the way of God, or defend yourselves. They answered: If we knew of fighting we would have followed you. On that day they were nearer disbelief than faith. They utter with their mouths a thing that was not in their hearts. God is best Aware of what they hide.

    3:168-171 Those who, while they sat at home, said of their brethren (who were fighting for the cause of God): If they had been guided by us they would not have been slain. Say (to them, O Muhammad): Then avert death from yourselves if you are truthful. Think not of those, who are slain in the way of God, as dead. Nay, they are living. With their Lord, they have provision. They rejoice in what God has bestowed upon them of His bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve. They rejoice because of favor from God and kindness, and that God wastes not the reward of the believers.

    3:172-175 As for those who responded to God and His Messenger after the harm befell them (in battle); for such of them as do right and feared (God), there is great reward, those to whom people said: Lo! The pagans have gathered against you, therefore fear them. (The threat of danger) but increased them in Faith and they cried: God is sufficient for us! Most Excellent is He in whom we trust! So they returned with grace and favor from God, and no harm touched them. They followed the good pleasure of God, and God is of infinite bounty. It is only Satan who would make (men) fear his partisans. Fear them not; fear Me, if you are true believers.

    3:176-178 Let not their conduct grieve you, who run easily to disbelief, for lo! They injure God not at all. It is God"s will to assign them no portion in the Hereafter, and theirs will be a great punishment. Those who purchase disbelief at the price of faith harm God not at all, but theirs will be a painful punishment. And let not those who disbelieve imagine that the respite We give them bodes good to their souls. We only give them respite that they may grow in sinfulness. And theirs will be a shameful punishment.

    3:179 It is not (the purpose) of God to leave you in your present state till He shall separate the wicked from the good. And it is not (the purpose of) God to let you know the unseen. But God chooses of His Messengers, whom He wills. So believe in God and His Messengers. If you believe and fear (God), yours will be a vast reward.

    3:180 And let not those who hoard up that which God has bestowed upon them of His bounty think that it is better for them. Nay, it is worse for them. That which they hoard will be their collar on the Day of Resurrection. God"s is the legacy of the heavens and the earth, and God is informed of what you do.

    3:181-184 Verily God heard the saying of those who said: Truly, God is poor, and we are rich! We shall record their saying with their slaying of the Prophets without right and We shall say: Taste you the punishment of burning (in Hell)! This is on account of that which your own hands have sent before you (to the judgment). God shows no injustice toward (His) slaves. (The same are) those who say: Lo! God has charged us that we believe not in any Messenger until he brings us an offering which fire (from heaven) shall devour. Say (to them, O Muhammad): Messengers came to you before me with miracles, and with that (very miracle) which you describe. Why then did you slay them? (Answer that) if you are truthful! And if they deny you, even so did they deny Messengers who were before you, who came with miracles and with the Scriptures and with the enlightening Book.

    3:185-186 Every soul will taste of death. And you will be paid on the Day of Resurrection only that which you have fairly earned. Whoever is removed from the Fire and is made to enter Paradise, he indeed is triumphant. The life of this world is but comfort of illusion. Assuredly you will be tried in your property and in your persons, and you will hear much wrong from those who were given the Scripture before you, and from the idolaters. But if you persevere and adopt piety, then that will be from the matters of determination.

    3:187-189 And (remember) when God laid a charge on those who had received the Scripture (He said): You are to expound it to people and not to hide it. But they flung it behind their backs and bought thereby a little gain. Verily evil is that which they have gained thereby. Think not that those who exult in what they have given, and love to be praised for what they have not done. Think not, they are in safety from the punishment. A painful punishment is theirs. To God belongs the supreme power of the heavens and the earth. God is Able to do all things.

    3:190-194 Lo! In the creation of the heavens and the earth and (in) the difference of night and day are signs for men of understanding, such as remember God, standing, sitting, and reclining, and ponder over the creation of the heavens and the earth (and say): Our Lord! You created not this in vain. Glory be to You! Preserve us from the punishment of Fire. Our Lord! Whom You cause to enter the Fire: him indeed You have disgraced him. For evildoers there will be no helpers. Our Lord! Lo! We have heard the call of one calling to Faith: Believe you in your Lord! So we believed. Our Lord! Therefore forgive us our sins, and expiate from us our evil deeds, and make us die the death of the righteous. Our Lord! And give us that which You have promised to us by Your Messengers. Disgrace us not on the Day of Resurrection. Lo! You break not the promise.

    3:195 And their Lord has responded them (saying): Lo! I waste not the work of any worker, male or female, to be lost. You are from one another. So those who migrated and were driven from their homes and persecuted for My cause, and fought and were slain, verily I shall expiate from them their evil deeds and verily I shall bring them into Gardens underneath which rivers flow. A reward from God. And with God is the fairest of rewards.

    3:196-198 Let not the free disposal (and affluence) of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive you (O Muhammad). It is but a brief comfort. And afterwards their habitation will be Hell, an ill abode. But those who keep their duty to their Lord, for them are Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will be forever. A gift of welcome from their Lord. That which God has in store is better for the righteous.

    3:199-200 And lo! Of the People of the Scripture there are some who believe in God and that which is revealed to you and that which was revealed to them, humbling themselves before God. They purchase not a trifling gain at the price of the revelations of God. Verily their reward is with their Lord, and lo! God is Swift to take account. O you who believe! Be patient and outdo your enemy in patience, be ready, and fear God, in order that you may succeed.