2c. Al-Baqarah (101 to 150)
And when there cometh unto them a messenger from Allah ,
confirming that which they possess , a party of those who…
And when there cometh unto them a messenger from Allah , confirming that which they possess , a party of those who have received the Scripture fling the Scripture of Allah behind their backs as if they knew not ,
And follow that which the devils falsely related against the kingdom of Solomon . Solomon disbelieved not ; but the devils disbelieved , teaching mankind magic and that which was revealed to the two angels in Babel , Harut and Marut . Nor did they ( the two angels ) teach it to anyone till they had said : We are only a temptation , therefore disbelieve not ( in the guidance of Allah ) . And from these two ( angels ) people learn that by which they cause division between man and wife ; but they injure thereby no one save by Allah ' s leave . And they learn that which harmeth them and profiteth them not . And surely they do know that he who trafficketh therein will have no ( happy ) portion in the Hereafter ; and surely evil is the price for which they sell their souls , if they but knew .
And if they had believed and kept from evil , a recompense from Allah would be better , if they only knew .
O ye who believe , say not ( unto the Prophet ) : "Listen to us" but say "Look upon us , " and be ye listeners . For disbelievers is a painful doom .
Neither those who disbelieve among the People of the Scripture nor the idolaters love that there should be sent down unto you any good thing from your Lord . But Allah chooseth for His mercy whom He will , and Allah is of infinite bounty .
Such of Our revelations as We abrogate or cause to be forgotten , we bring ( in place ) one better or the like thereof . Knowest thou not that Allah is Able to do all things?
Knowest thou not that it is Allah unto Whom belongeth the sovereignty of the heavens and earth ; and ye have not , beside Allah , any friend or helper?
Or would ye question your messenger as Moses was questioned aforetime? He who chooseth disbelief instead of faith , verily he hath gone astray from a plain road .
Many of the People of the Scripture long to make you disbelievers after your belief , through envy on their own account , after the truth hath become manifest unto them . Forgive and be indulgent ( toward them ) until Allah give command . Lo! Allah is Able to do all things .
Establish worship , and pay the poor due ; and whatever of good ye send before ( you ) for your souls , ye will find it with Allah . Lo! Allah is Seer of what ye do .
And they say : None entereth Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian . These are their own desires . Say : Bring your proof ( of what ye state ) if ye are truthful .
Nay , but whosoever surrendereth his purpose to Allah while doing good , his reward is with his Lord ; and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve .
And the Jews say the Christians follow nothing ( true ) , and the Christians say the Jews follow nothing ( true ) ; yet both are readers of the Scripture . Even thus speak those who know not . Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they differ .
And who doth greater wrong than he who forbiddeth the approach to the sanctuaries of Allah lest His name should be mentioned therein , and striveth for their ruin? As for such , it was never meant that they should enter them except in fear . Theirs in the world is ignominy and theirs in the Hereafter is an awful doom .
Unto Allah belong the East and the West , and whither- soever ye turn , there is Allah ' s countenance . Lo! Allah is All Embracing , All Knowing .
And they say : Allah hath taken unto Himself a Son . Be He glorified! Nay , but whatsoever is in the heaven and the earth , His . All are subservient unto Him .
The Originator of the heavens and the earth! When He decreeth a thing , He saith unto it only : Be! and it is .
And those who have no knowledge say : Why doth not Allah speak unto us , or some sign come unto us? Even thus , as they now speak , spake those ( who were ) before them . Their hearts are all alike . We have made clear the revelations for people who are sure .
Lo! We have sent thee ( O Muhammad ) with the truth , a bringer of glad tidings and a warner . And thou wilt not be asked about the owners of hell fire .
And the Jews will not be pleased with thee , nor will the Christians , till thou follow their creed . Say : Lo! the guidance of Allah ( Himself ) is Guidance . And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge which hath come unto thee , then wouldst thou have from Allah no protecting friend nor helper .
Those unto whom We have given the Scripture , who read it with the right reading , those believe in it . And whoso disbelieveth in it , those are they who are the losers .
O Children of Israel! Remember My favor wherewith I favored you and how I referred you to ( all ) creatures .
And guard ( yours against a day when no soul will naught avail another , nor will compensation be accepted from it , nor will intercession be of Use to it ; nor will they be helped .
And ( remember ) when his Lord tried Abraham with ( His ) commands , and he fulfilled them , He said : Lo! I have appointed thee a leader for mankind . ( Abraham ) said : And of my offspring ( will there be leurders ) ? He said : My covenant includeth not wrongdoers .
And when We made the House ( at Mecca ) a resort for mankind 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 ) .
And when Abraham prayed : My Lord! Make this a region of security and bestow upon its people fruits , such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day , He answered : As for him who disbelieveth , I shall leave him in contentment for a while , then I shall compel him to the doom of fire a hapless journey ' s end!
And when Abraham and Ishmael were raising the foundations of the House , ( Abraham prayed ) : Our Lord! Accept from us ( this duty ) . Lo! Thou , only Thou , art the Nearer , the Knower .
Our Lord! And make us submissive unto Thee and of our seed a nation submissive unto Thee , and show us our ways of worship , and relent toward us . Lo! Thou , only Thou , art the Relenting , the Merciful .
Our Lord! And raise up in their midst a messenger from among them who shall recite unto them Thy revelations , and shall instruct them in the Scripture and in wisdom and shall make them grow . Lo! Thou , only Thou , art the Mighty , Wise .
And who forsaketh the religion of Abraham save him who befooleth himself? Verily We chose him in the world , and lo! in the Hereafter he is among the righteous .
When his Lord said unto 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! Allah hath chosen for you the ( true ) religion ; therefore die not save as men who have surrendered ( unto Him ) .
Or were ye present when death came to Jacob , when he said unto his sons : What will ye worship after me? They said : We shall worship thy God , the God of thy fathers , Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac , One God , and unto Him we have surrendered .
Those are a people who have passed away . Theirs is that which they earned , and yours is that which ye earn . And ye will not be asked of what they used to do .
And they say : Be Jews or Christians , then ye will be rightly guided . Say ( unto them , O Muhammad ) : Nay , but ( we follow ) the religion of Abraham , the upright , and he was not of the idolaters .
Say ( O Muslims ) : We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto Us and that which was revealed unto Abraham , and Ishmael , and Isaac , and Jacob . and the tribes , and that which Moses and Jesus received , add that which the Prophets received from their Lord . We make no distinction between any of them , and unto Him we have surrendered .
And if they believe in the like of that which ye believe , then are they rightly guided . But if they turn away , then are they in schism , and Allah will suffice thee ( for defence ) against them . He is the Hearer , the Knower .
( We take our ) color from Allah , and who is better than Allah at coloring . We are His worshippers .
Say ( unto the People of the Scripture ) : Dispute ye with us concerning Allah when He is our Lord and your Lord? Ours are our works and yours your works . We look to Him alone .
Or say ye that Abraham , and Ishmael , and Isaac , and Jacob , and the tribes were Jews or Christians? Say : Do ye know best , or doth Allah? And who is more unjust than he who hideth a testimony which he hath received from Allah? Allah is not unaware of what ye do .
Those are a people who have passed away ; theirs is that which they earned and yours that which ye earn . And ye will not be asked of what they used to do .
The foolish of the people will say : What hath turned them from the qiblah which they formerly observed? Say : Unto Allah belong the East and the West . He guideth whom He will unto a straight path .
Thus We have appointed you a middle nation , that ye may be witnesses against mankind . and that the messenger may be a witness against you . And We appointed the qiblah which ye formerly observed only that We might know him who followeth the messenger , from him who turneth on his heels . In truth it was a hard ( test ) save for those whom Allah guided . But it was not Allah ' s purpose that your faith should be in vain , for Allah is full of pity , Merciful toward mankind .
We have seen the turning of thy face to heaven ( for guidance , O Muhammad ) . And now verily We shall make thee turn ( in prayer ) toward a qiblah which is dear to thee . So turn thy face toward the Inviolable Place of Worship , and ye ( O Muslims ) , wheresoever ye may be , turn your faces when ye pray ) toward it . Lo! those who have received the Scripture know that ( this Revelation ) is the Truth from their Lord . And Allah is not unaware of what they do .
And even if thou broughtest unto those who have received the Scripture all kinds of portents , they would not follow thy qiblah , nor canst thou be a follower of their qiblah ; nor are some of them followers of the qiblah of others . And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge which hath come unto thee , then surely wert thou of the evil doers .
Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognize ( this revelation ) as they recognize their sons . But lo! a party of them knowingly conceal the truth .
It is the Truth from thy Lord ( O Muhammad ) , so be not thou of those who waver .
And each one hath a goal toward which he turneth ; so vie with one another in good works . Wheresoever ye may be , Allah will bring you all together . Lo! Allah is Able to do all things .
And whencesoever thou comest forth ( for prayer , O Muhammad ) turn thy face toward the Inviolable Place of Worship . Lo! it is the Truth from thy Lord Allah is not unaware of what ye do .
Whencesoever thou comest forth turn thy face toward the Inviolable Place of Worship ; and wheresoever ye may be ( O Muslims ) turn your faces toward it ( when ye pray ) so that men may have no argument against you , save such of them as do injustice Fear them not , but fear Me and so that I may complete My grace upon you , and that ye may be guided .