It is He who has sent down to you, the Book; in it are precise verses - they are the foundation of the Book - and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation, they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its interpretation except God. But those firm in knowledge say, "We believe in it. All is from our Lord." And no one will be reminded except those of understanding.
Indeed, those who disbelieve - never will their wealth or their children avail them against God at all. And it is they who are fuel for the Fire. *Isaiah 9:19
Already there has been for you a sign in the two armies which met - one fighting in the cause of God and another of disbelievers. They saw them [to be] twice their number by sight. But God supports with His victory whom He wills. Indeed in that is a lesson for those of vision. *Leviticus 26:8, *Joshua 23:10, *1 Maccabees 3:17 - 18
Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire - of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but God has with Him the best return.
Say, "Shall I inform you of [something] better than that? For those who fear God will be gardens in the presence of their Lord beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and purified spouses and approval from God. And God is Seeing of [His] servants -
God witnesses that there is no god except Him, and [so do] the angels and those of knowledge - [that He is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no god except Him, the Almighty, the Most Wise.
Indeed, the religion in the sight of God is submission [to God]. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them - out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of God, then indeed, God is swift in [taking] account.
So if they argue with you, say, "I have submitted myself to God, and [so have] those who follow me." And say to those who were given the Scripture and [to] the unlearned, "Have you submitted yourselves [to God]?" And if they submit [to God], they are rightly guided; but if they turn away - then upon you is only the [duty of] notification. And God is Seeing of [His] servants.
Those who disbelieve in the signs of God and kill the prophets without truth and kill those who order justice from among the people *2 Chronicles 24:19 - 21, *Matthew 23:34 - 37 - give them tidings of a painful punishment.
Do you not consider, those who were given a portion of the Scripture? They are invited to the Scripture of God that it should arbitrate between them; then a party of them turns away, and they are refusing.
That is because they say, "Never will the Fire touch us except for [a few] numbered days," and [because] they were deluded in their religion by what they were inventing. *Isaiah 28:15, *Isaiah 28:18
Say, "O God, Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honor whom You will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is [all] good. Indeed, You are over all things Powerful.
You cause the night to enter the day, and You cause the day to enter the night; and You bring the living out of the dead, and You bring the dead out of the living. And You give provision to whom You will without account."
Let not believers take disbelievers as allies rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing with God, except when taking precaution against them in prudence. And God warns you of Himself, and to God is the [final] destination.
The Day every soul will find what it has done of good present [before it] and what it has done of evil, it will wish that between itself and that [evil] was a great distance. And God warns you of Himself, and God is Kind to [His] servants."
But when she delivered her, she said, "My Lord, I have delivered a female." And God was most knowing of what she delivered, and the male is not like the female. "And I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her in You and [for] her descendants from Satan, the expelled."
So her Lord accepted her with good acceptance and caused her to grow in a good manner and put her in the care of Zacharias. Every time Zacharias entered upon her in the prayer chamber, he found with her provision. He said, "O Mary, from where is this [coming] to you?" She said, "It is from God. Indeed, God provides for whom He wills without account."
So the angels called him while he was standing in prayer in the chamber, "Indeed, God gives you good tidings of John, confirming a word from God and [who will be] honorable, abstaining [from women], and a prophet from among the righteous." *Luke 1:13 - 15
He said, "My Lord, how will I have a boy when I have reached old age and my wife is barren?" *Luke 1:18 The angel said, "Such is God; He does what He wills."
He said, "My Lord, make for me a sign." *Luke 1:18 He said, "Your sign is that you will not [be able to] speak to the people for three days except by gesture. *Luke 1:20 And remember your Lord much and exalt [Him with praise] in the evening and the morning."
And when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed God has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds. *Luke 1:28
That is from the news of the unseen which We reveal to you, [O Muhammad]. And you were not with them when they cast their pens as to which of them should be responsible for Mary. Nor were you with them when they disputed.
[And remember] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed God gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary - distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to God].
She said, "My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?" *Luke 1:34 [The angel] said, "Such is God; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is.
And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel *John 7:15 - 16
And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], 'Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of God. And I cure the blind *Matthew 9:27 - 30, *Matthew 20:30 - 34, *Mark 8:22 - 25, *Mark 10:51 - 52, *Luke 18:41 - 43, *John 9:6 - 7 and the leper, *Matthew 8:3, *Mark 1:40 - 41, *Luke 5:12 - 13, *Luke 17:12 - 14 and I give life to the dead *Mark 5:39 - 42, *Luke 7:12 - 15, *Luke 8:52 - 55, *John 11:41 - 44 - by permission of God. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.
And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear God *Matthew 10:28, *Luke 12:5 and obey me.
But when Jesus felt [persistence in] disbelief from them, he said, "Who are my supporters for [the cause of] God?" The disciples said, "We are supporters for God. We have believed in God and testify that we are submitting [to Him].
When God said, "O Jesus, indeed I will take your soul and raise you to Myself *Psalms 27:5 - 6, *Psalms 27:10 and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ.
Then whoever argues with you about it after [this] knowledge has come to you - say, "Come, let us call our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves, then supplicate earnestly [together] and invoke the curse of God upon the liars [among us]."
Say, "O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you - that we will not serve except God and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as lords instead of God." But if they turn away, then say, "Bear witness that we are submitting [to Him]."
And a faction of the People of the Scripture say [to each other], "Believe in that which was revealed to the believers at the beginning of the day and reject it at its end that perhaps they will abandon their religion,
And do not trust except those who follow your religion." Say, "Indeed, the [true] guidance is the guidance of God. [Do you fear] lest someone be given [knowledge] like you were given or that they would [thereby] argue with you before your Lord?" Say, "Indeed, [all] bounty is in the hand of God - He grants it to whom He wills. And God is all-Encompassing and Wise."
And among the People of the Scripture is he who, if you entrust him with a great amount [of wealth], he will return it to you. And among them is he who, if you entrust him with a [single] silver coin, he will not return it to you unless you are constantly standing over him [demanding it]. That is because they say, "There is no blame upon us concerning the unlearned." And they speak untruth about God while they know [it].
Indeed, those who exchange the covenant of God and their [own] oaths for a small price will have no share in the Hereafter, and God will not speak to them or look at them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them; and they will have a painful punishment.
And indeed, there is among them a party who alter the Scripture with their tongues so you may think it is from the Scripture, but it is not from the Scripture. And they say, "This is from God," but it is not from God. And they speak untruth about God while they know.
It is not for a human [prophet] that God should give him the Scripture and authority and prophethood and then he would say to the people, "Be servants to me rather than God," but [instead, he would say], "Be pious scholars of the Lord because of what you have taught of the Scripture and because of what you have studied."
And [recall, O People of the Scripture], when God took the covenant of the prophets, [saying], "Whatever I give you of the Scripture and wisdom and then there comes to you a messenger confirming what is with you, you [must] believe in him and support him." [God] said, "Have you acknowledged and taken upon that My commitment?" They said, "We have acknowledged it." He said, "Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses."
So is it other than the religion of God they desire, while to Him have submitted [all] those within the heavens and earth, *1 Corinthians 15:27 - 28 willingly or by compulsion, and to Him they will be returned?
Say, "We have believed in God and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the [twelve] tribes [of Israel], and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are submitting to Him."
Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers - never would the [whole] capacity of the earth in gold be accepted from one of them if he would [seek to] ransom himself with it. *Book of Enoch 52:7, *Book of Enoch 63:10, *Job 36:18 - 19, *Psalms 49:6 - 7, *Proverbs 11:4, *Zephaniah 1:18, *Ezekiel 7:19 For those there will be a painful punishment, and they will have no helpers.
Never will you attain righteousness until you spend [in the way of God] from that which you love. *Matthew 13:44 - 46 And whatever you spend - indeed, God is Knowing of it.
In it are clear signs [such as] the standing place of Abraham. *~Genesis 12:7, *~Genesis 13:4 And whoever enters it shall be safe. And [due] to God from the people is a pilgrimage to the House - for whoever is able to find thereto a way. But whoever disbelieves - then indeed, God is Free from need of the worlds.
Say, "O People of the Scripture, why do you avert from the way of God those who believe, seeking to make it [seem] crooked, while you are witnesses [to the truth]? And God is not unaware of what you do."
And hold firmly to the rope of God all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of God upon you - when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does God make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.
On the Day [some] faces will turn white and [some] faces will turn black. As for those whose faces turn black, [to them it will be said], "Did you disbelieve after your belief? Then taste the punishment for what you used to reject."
But as for those whose faces will turn white, *2 Ezra 7:55 [they will be] within the mercy of God. They will abide therein eternally.
You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in God. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.
They have been put under humiliation [by God] wherever they are overtaken, except for a covenant from God and a rope from the people. And they have drawn upon themselves anger from God and have been put under destitution. That is because they disbelieved in the verses of God and killed the prophets without truth. That is because they disobeyed and [habitually] transgressed.
They are not [all] the same; among the People of the Scripture is a community standing [in obedience], reciting the verses of God during periods of the night *Psalms 92:1 - 2, *Psalms 119:55, *Luke 6:12 and prostrating [in prayer].
The example of what they spend in this worldly life is like that of a wind containing frost which strikes the harvest of a people who have wronged themselves and destroys it. And God has not wronged them, but they wrong themselves.
O you who have believed, do not take as intimates those other than yourselves, for they will not spare you [any] ruin. They wish you would have hardship. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater. We have certainly made clear to you the signs, if you will use reason.
Here you are loving them but they are not loving you, while you believe in the Scripture - all of it. And when they meet you, they say, "We believe." But when they are alone, they bite their fingertips at you in rage. Say, "Die in your rage. Indeed, God is Knowing of that within the breasts."
If good touches you, it distresses them; but if harm strikes you, they rejoice at it. And if you are patient and fear God, their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, God is Encompassing of what they do.
O you who have believed, do not consume usury, doubled and multiplied, but fear God that you may be successful. *Leviticus 25:36 - 37, *Psalms 15:5, *Ezekiel 18:8, *Ezekiel 18:13, *Ezekiel 18:17, *Ezekiel 22:12 - 13
And those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves [by transgression], remember God and seek forgiveness for their sins - and who can forgive sins except God? - and [who] do not persist in what they have done while they know.
Those - their reward is forgiveness from their Lord and gardens beneath which rivers flow [in Paradise], wherein they will abide eternally; and excellent is the reward of the [righteous] workers.
If a wound should touch you - there has already touched the [opposing] people a wound similar to it. And these days [of varying conditions] We alternate among the people so that God may make evident those who believe and [may] take to Himself from among you martyrs - and God does not like the wrongdoers -
Muhammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm God at all; but God will reward the grateful.
And it is not [possible] for one to die except by permission of God at a decree determined. And whoever desires the reward of this world - We will give him thereof; and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter - We will give him thereof. And We will reward the grateful.
And how many a prophet [fought and] with him fought many religious scholars. But they never lost assurance due to what afflicted them in the cause of God, nor did they weaken or submit. And God loves the steadfast.
And their words were not but that they said, "Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people."
We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with God of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.
And God had certainly fulfilled His promise to you when you were killing the enemy by His permission until [the time] when you lost courage and fell to disputing about the order [given by the prophet] and disobeyed after He had shown you that which you love. Among you are some who desire this world, and among you are some who desire the Hereafter. Then He turned you back from them [defeated] that He might test you. And He has already forgiven you, and God is the possessor of bounty for the believers.
[Remember] when you [fled and] climbed [the mountain] without looking aside at anyone while the messenger was calling you from behind. So God repaid you with distress upon distress so you would not grieve for that which had escaped you [of victory and spoils of war] or [for] that which had befallen you [of injury and death]. And God is [fully] Aware of what you do.
Then after distress, He sent down upon you security [in the form of] drowsiness, overcoming a faction of you, while another faction worried about themselves, thinking of God other than the truth - the thought of ignorance, saying, "Is there anything for us [to have done] in this matter?" Say, "Indeed, the matter belongs completely to God." They conceal within themselves what they will not reveal to you. They say, "If there was anything we could have done in the matter, some of us would not have been killed right here." Say, "Even if you had been inside your houses, those decreed to be killed would have come out to their death beds." [It was] so that God might test what is in your breasts and purify what is in your hearts. And God is Knowing of that within the breasts.
Indeed, those of you who turned back on the day the two armies met, it was Satan who caused them to slip because of some [blame] they had earned. But God has already forgiven them. Indeed, God is Forgiving and Forbearing.
O you who have believed, do not be like those who disbelieved and said about their brothers when they traveled through the land or went out to fight, "If they had been with us, they would not have died or have been killed," so God makes that [misconception] a regret within their hearts. And it is God who gives life and causes death, and God is Seeing of what you do.
So by mercy from God, you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then trust in God. Indeed, God loves those who trust [in Him].
It is not [attributable] to any prophet that he would act unfaithfully [in regard to war booty]. And whoever betrays, [taking unlawfully], will come with what he took on the Day of Resurrection. Then will every soul be [fully] compensated for what it earned, and they will not be wronged.
Certainly did God confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in clear error.
Why [is it that] when a [single] disaster struck you, although you had struck [them] with one twice as great, you said, "From where is this?" Say, "It is from yourselves." Indeed, God is over all things Powerful.
And that He might make evident those who are hypocrites. For it was said to them, "Come, fight in the way of God or [at least] defend." They said, "If we had known [there would be] fighting, we would have followed you." They were nearer to disbelief that day than to faith, saying with their mouths what was not in their hearts. And God is most Knowing of what they conceal -
Rejoicing in what God has bestowed upon them of His bounty, and they receive good tidings about those [to be martyred] after them who have not yet joined them - that there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.
Those to whom hypocrites said, "Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them." But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, "Sufficient for us is God, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs."
And do not be grieved by those who hasten into disbelief. Indeed, they will never harm God at all. God intends that He should give them no share in the Hereafter, and for them is a great punishment.
And let not those who disbelieve ever think that [because] We extend their time [of enjoyment] it is better for them. We only extend it for them so that they may increase in sin, and for them is a humiliating punishment.
God would not leave the believers in that [state] you are in [presently] until He separates the evil from the good. Nor would God reveal to you the unseen. But [instead], God chooses of His messengers whom He wills, so believe in God and His messengers. And if you believe and fear Him, then for you is a great reward.
And let not those who [greedily] withhold what God has given them of His bounty ever think that it is better for them. Rather, it is worse for them. Their necks will be encircled by what they withheld on the Day of Resurrection. And to God belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth. And God, of what you do, is [fully] Aware.
God has certainly heard the statement of those who said, "Indeed, God is poor, while we are rich." We will record what they said and their killing of the prophets without truth and will say, "Taste the punishment of the Burning Fire.
[They are] those who said, "Indeed, God has taken our promise not to believe any messenger until he brings us an offering which fire [from heaven] will consume." Say, "There have already come to you messengers before me with clear proofs and [even] that of which you speak. *1 Kings 18:36 - 38, *2 Kings 1:10 - 14, *2 Chronicles 7:1, *Luke 9:54 So why did you kill them, if you should be truthful?"
Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion?
You will surely be tested in your possessions and in yourselves. And you will surely hear from those who were given the Scripture before you and from those who associate others with God much abuse. But if you are patient and fear God - indeed, that is of the matters [worthy] of determination.
And when God took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture, [saying], "You must make it clear to the people and not conceal it." *Revelation 22:18 - 19 But they threw it away behind their backs and exchanged it for a small price. And wretched is that which they purchased. *2 Ezra 12:36 - 38, *2 Ezra 14:3 - 6, *2 Ezra 14:26, *2 Ezra 14:44 - 48
And never think that those who rejoice in what they have perpetrated and like to be praised for what they did not do [themselves] - never think them [to be] in safety from the punishment, and for them is a painful punishment.
Who remember God while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], "Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; Exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire.
Our Lord, indeed we have heard a Caller calling to faith, *John 14:16, *John 14:26, *John 15:26, *John 16:7 [saying], 'Believe in your Lord,' and we have believed. Our Lord, so forgive us our sins and remove from us our misdeeds and cause us to die with the righteous.
And their Lord responded to them, "Never will I allow to be lost the work of [any] worker among you, whether male or female; you are of one another. So those who emigrated or were evicted from their homes or were harmed in My cause or fought or were killed - I will surely remove from them their misdeeds, and I will surely admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow as reward from God, and God has with Him the best reward."
And indeed, among the People of the Scripture are those who believe in God and what was revealed to you and what was revealed to them, [being] humbly submissive to God. They do not exchange the verses of God for a small price. Those will have their reward with their Lord. Indeed, God is swift in account.