2e. Al-Baqarah (201 to 250)
And of them ( also ) is he who saith : “Our Lord! Give unto us
in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which…
And of them ( also ) is he who saith : "Our Lord! Give unto us in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good , and guard us from the doom of Fire . "
For them there is in store a goodly portion out of that which they have earned . Allah is swift at reckoning .
Remember Allah through the appointed days . Then whoso hasteneth ( his departure ) by two days , it is no sin for him , and whoso delayeth , it is no sin for him ; that is for him who wardeth off ( evil ) . Be careful of your duty to Allah , and know that unto Him ye will be gathered .
And of mankind there is he whose conversation on the life of this world pleaseth thee ( Muhammad ) , and he calleth Allah to witness as to that which is in his heart ; yet he is the most rigid of opponents .
And when he turneth away ( from thee ) his effort in the land is to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle ; and Allah loveth not mischief .
And when it is said unto him : Be careful of thy duty to Allah , pride taketh him to sin . Hell will settle his account , an evil resting place .
And of mankind is he who would sell himself , seeking the pleasure of Allah ; and Allah hath compassion on ( His ) bondmen .
O ye who believe! Come , all of you , into submission ( unto Him ) ; and follow not the footsteps of the devil . Lo! he is an open enemy for you .
And if ye slide back after the clear proofs have come unto you , then know that Allah is Mighty , Wise .
Wait they for naught else than that Allah should come unto them in the shadows of the clouds with the angels? Then the case would be already judged . All cases go back to Allah ( for judgment ) .
Ask of the Children of Israel how many a clear revelation We gave them! He who altereth the grace of Allah after it hath come unto him ( for him ) , lo! Allah is severe in punishment .
Beautified is the life of the world for those who disbelieve ; they make a jest of the believers . But those who keep their duty to Allah will be above them on the Day of Resurrection . Allah giveth without stint to whom He will .
Mankind were one community , and Allah sent ( unto them ) Prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners , and revealed therewith the Scripture with the truth that it might judge between mankind concerning that wherein they differed . And only those unto whom ( the Scripture ) was given differed concerning it , after clear proofs had come unto them , through hatred one of another . And Allah by His will guided those w believe unto the truth of that concerning which they differed . Allah guideth whom He will unto a straight path
Or think ye that ye will enter Paradise while yet there hath not come unto you the like of ( that which came to ) those who passed away before you? Affliction and adversity befell them , they were shaken as with earthquake , till the messenger ( of Allah ) and those who believed along with him said : When cometh Allah ' s help? Now surely Allah ' s help is nigh .
They ask thee , ( O Muhammad ) , what they shall spend . Say : That which ye spend for good ( must go ) to parents and near kindred and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer . And whatsoever good ye do , lo! Allah is Aware of it .
Warfare is ordained for you , though it is hateful unto you ; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you , and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you . Allah knoweth , ye know not .
They question thee ( O Muhammad ) with regard to warfare in the sacred month . Say : Warfare therein is a great ( transgression ) , but to turn ( men ) from the way of Allah , and to disbelieve in Him and in the Inviolable Place of Worship , and to expel his people thence , is a greater with Allah ; for persecution is worse than killing . And they will not cease from fighting against you till they have made you renegades from your religion , if they can . And whoso becometh a renegade and dieth in his disbelief : such are they whose works have fallen both in the world and the Hereafter . Such are rightful owners of the Fire : they will abide there in .
Lo! those who believe , and those who emigrate ( to escape the persecution ) and strive in the way of Allah , these have hope of Allah ' s mercy . Allah is Forgiving , Merciful .
They question thee about strong drink and games of chance . Say : In both is great sin , and ( some ) utility for men ; but the sin of them is greater than their usefulness . And they ask thee what they ought to spend . Say : That which is superfluous . Thus Allah maketh plain to you ( His ) revelations , that haply ye may reflect
Upon the world and the Hereafter . And they question thee concerning orphans . Say : To improve their lot is best . And if ye mingle your affairs with theirs , then ( they are ) your brothers . Allah knoweth him who spoileth from him who improveth . Had Allah willed He could have overburdened you . Allah is Mighty , Wise .
Wed not idolatresses till they believe ; for lo! a believing bondwoman is better than an idolatress though she please you ; and give not your daughters in marriage to idolaters till they believe , for lo! a believing slave is better than an idolater though he please you . These invite unto the Fire , and Allah inviteth unto the Garden , and unto forgiveness by His grace , and expoundeth thus His revelations to mankind that haply they may remember .
They question thee ( O Muhammad ) concerning menstruation . Say : It is an illness , so let women alone at such time and go not in unto them till they are cleansed . And when they have purified themselves , then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you . Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him , and loveth those who have a care for cleanness .
Your women are a tilth for you ( to cultivate ) go to your tilth as ye will , and send ( good deeds ) before you for your souls , and fear Allah , and know that ye will ( one day ) meet Him . Give glad tidings to believers , ( O Muhammad ) .
And make not Allah , by your oaths , a hindrance to your being righteous and observing your duty unto Him and making peace among mankind . Allah is Nearer , Knower .
Allah will not take you to task for that which unintentional in your oaths . But He will take you to task for that which your hearts have garnered . Allah is Forgiving , Clement .
Those who forswear their wives must wait four months ; then , if they change their mind , lo! Allah is Forgiving , Merciful .
And if they decide upon divorce ( let them remember that ) Allah is Nearer , Knower .
Women who are divorced shall wait , keeping themselves apart , three ( monthly ) courses . And it is not lawful for them that they should conceal that which Allah hath created in their wombs if they are believers in Allah and the Last Day . And their husbands would do better to take them back in that case if they desire a reconciliation . And they ( women ) have rights similar to those ( of men ) over them in kindness , and men are a degree above them . Allah is Mighty , Wise .
Divorce must be pronounced twice and then ( a woman ) must be retained in honor or released in kindness . And it is not lawful for you that ye take from women aught of that which ye have given them ; except ( in the case ) when both fear that they may not be able to keep within the limits ( imposed by ) Allah . And if ye fear that they may not be able to keep the limits of Allah , in that case it is no sin for either of them if the woman ransom herself . These are the limits ( imposed by ) Allah . Transgress them not . For whoso transgresseth Allah ' s limits : such are wrongdoers .
And if he hath divorced her ( the third time ) , then she is not lawful unto him thereafter until she hath wedded another husband . Then if he ( the other husband ) divorce her it is no sin for both of them that they come together again if they consider that they are able to observe the limits of Allah . These are the limits of Allah . He manifesteth them for people who have knowledge .
When ye have divorced women , and they have reached their term , then retain them in kindness or release them in kindness . Retain them not to their hurt so that ye transgress ( the limits ) . He who doeth that hath wronged his soul . Make not the revelations of Allah a laughing stock ( by your behavior ) , but remember Allah ' s grace upon you and that which He hath revealed unto you of the Scripture and of wisdom , whereby He doth exhort you . Observe your duty to Allah and know that Allah is Aware of all things .
And when ye have divorced women and they reach their term , place not difficulties in the way of their marrying their husbands if it is agreed between them in kindness . This is an admonition for him among you who believeth in Allah and the Last Day . That is more virtuous for you , and cleaner . Allah knoweth : ye know not .
Mothers shall suckle their children for two whole years ; ( that is ) for those who wish to complete the suckling . The duty of feeding and clothing nursing mothers in a seemly manner is upon the father of the child . No one should be charged beyond his capacity . A mother should not be made to suffer because of her child , nor should he to whom the child is born ( be made to suffer ) because of his child . And on the ( father ' s ) heir is incumbent the like of that ( which was incumbent on the father ) . If they desire to wean the child by mutual consent and ( after ) consultation , it is no sin for them ; and if ye wish to give your children out to nurse , it is no sin for you , provided that ye pay what is due from you in kindness . Observe your duty to Allah , and know that Allah is Seer of what ye do .
Such of you as die and leave behind them wives , they ( the wives ) shall wait , keeping themselves apart , four months and ten days . And when they reach the term ( prescribed for them ) then there is no sin for you in aught that they may do with themselves in decency . Allah is Informed of what ye do .
There is no sin for you in that which ye proclaim or hide in your minds concerning your troth with women . Allah knoweth that ye will remember them . But plight not your troth with women except by uttering a recognized form of words . And do not consummate the marriage until ( the term ) prescribed is run . Know that Allah knoweth what is in your minds , so beware of Him ; and know that Allah is Forgiving , Clement .
It is no sin for you if ye divorce women while yet ye have not touched them , nor appointed unto them a portion . Provide for them , the rich according to his means , and the straitened according to his means , a fair provision . ( This is ) a bounden duty for those who do good .
If ye divorce them before ye have touched them and ye have appointed unto them a portion , then ( pay the ) half of that which ye appointed , unless they ( the women ) agree to forgo it , or he agreeth to forgo it in whose hand is the marriage tie . To forgo is nearer to piety ; And forget not kindness among yourselves . Allah is Seer of what ye do .
Be guardians of your prayers , and of the midmost prayer , and stand up with devotion to Allah .
And if ye go in fear , then ( pray ) standing or on horseback . And when ye are again in safety , remember Allah , as He hath taught you that which ( heretofore ) ye knew not .
( In the case of ) those of you who are about to die and leave behind them wives , they should bequeath unto their wives a provision for the year without turning them out , but if they go out ( of their own accord ) there is no sin for you in that which they do of themselves within their rights . Allah is Mighty , Wise .
For divorced women a provision in kindness : a duty for those who ward off ( evil ) .
Thus Allah expoundeth unto you His revelations so that ye may understand .
Bethink thee ( O Muhammad ) of those of old , who went forth from their habitations in their thousands , fearing death , and Allah said unto them : Die , and then He brought them back to life . Lo! Allah is a Lord of Kindness to mankind , but most of mankind give not thanks .
Fight in the way of Allah , and know that Allah is Nearer , Knower .
Who is it that will lend unto Allah a goodly loan , so that He may give it increase manifold? Allah straiteneth and enlargeth . Unto Him ye will return .
Bethink thee of the leaders of the Children of Israel after Moses , how they said unto a Prophet whom they had : Set up for us a King and we will fight in Allah ' s way . He said : Would ye then refrain from fighting if fighting were prescribed for you? They said : Why should we not fight in Allah ' s way when we have been driven from our dwellings with our children? Yet , when fighting was prescribed for them , they turned away , all save a few of them . Allah is Aware of evil doers .
Their Prophet said unto them : Lo! Allah hath raised up Saul to be a king for you . They said : How can he have kingdom over us when we are more deserving of the kingdom than he is , since he hath not been given wealth enough? He said : Lo! Allah hath chosen him above you , and hath increased him abundantly in wisdom and stature . Allah bestoweth His sovereignty on whom He will . Allah is All Embracing , All Knowing .
And their Prophet said unto them : Lo! the token of his kingdom is that there shall come unto you the ark wherein is peace of reassurance from your Lord , and a remnant of that which the house of Moses and the house of Aaron left behind , the angels bearing it . Lo! herein shall be a token for you if ( in truth ) ye are believers .
And when Saul set out with the army , be said : Lo! Allah will try you by ( the ordeal of ) a river . Whosoever therefore drinketh thereof he is not of me , and whosoever tasteth it not he is of me , save him who taketh ( thereof ) in the hollow of his hand . But they drank thereof , all save a few of them . And after he had crossed ( the river ) , he and those who believed with him , they said : We have no power this day against Goliath and his hosts . But those who knew that they would meet their Lord exclaimed : How many a little company hath overcome a mighty host by Allah ' s leave! Allah is with the steadfast .
And when they went into the field against Goliath and his hosts they said : Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance , make our foothold sure , and give us help against the disbelieving folk .