For Believing Men and Believing Women, God Prepared Forgiveness and a Great Reward

Mary, who Guarded her Chastity, Believed in His Scriptures and was Devoutly Obedient

16:97, Qur'an
Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while they are a believer - We will surely cause them to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.

66:11 - 12, Qur'an
And [so] God presents an example of those who believed, the wife of Pharaoh, when she said, "My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the wrongdoing people."  And [the example of] Mary, the daughter of 'Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We breathed into her through Our Spirit, and she believed in the words of her Lord and His Scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient -

Luke 1:46 - 50, Gospel
Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.  For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, for, behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed.  For He who is mighty has done great things to me, and Holy [is] His name.  And His mercy [is] on those who fear Him from generation to generation."

3:42, Qur'an
And [thus] the angels said, "O Mary, indeed God has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds."

33:34 - 35, Qur'an
[So] remember what is recited in your houses of the verses of God and wisdom.  Indeed, God is ever Subtle and Acquainted [with all things].  [Then] indeed, the men in submission [to God] and women in submission [to God], the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember God often and the women who do so - for them God has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.


Mary Guarded her Chastity

Mary guarded her chastity as Muslim women, nuns, and Orthodox Jewish women still do

Mary guarded her chastity as Muslim women, nuns, and Orthodox Jewish women still do


Sections of Women


Tell the Believing Women to Not Expose their Beauty Except to those Having No Physical Desire or those who are Unaware of the Private Aspects of Women

And Tell the Believing Men and Women to Lower their Eyes and Guard their Private Parts

Matthew 5:27 - 28, Gospel
[Jesus said,] "You have heard that it was said by them of old time, 'You will not commit adultery.'  But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart."

24:30, Qur'an
[So] tell the believing men to lower their eyes and guard their private parts.  That is purer for them.  Indeed, God is Acquainted with what they do.

Proverbs 6:25, Torah
[So] do not lust after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take with her eyelids.

[Sirach 25:21], Torah
[And] do not stumble at the beauty of a woman, and do not desire her for pleasure.

[Sirach 9:8], Torah
[Rather,] turn away your eye from a beautiful woman, and do not look upon another's beauty; for many have been deceived by the beauty of a woman; for herewith, love is kindled as a fire.

24:31, Qur'an
[And likewise,] tell the believing women to lower their eyes and guard their private parts and not expose their beauty except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, their brothers' sons, their sisters' sons, their women, that which they rightfully possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women.  And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their beauty.  And turn to God in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.

33:54 - 55, Qur'an
[And] whether you display anything or conceal it, indeed God is ever, of all things, Knowing.  [But] there is no blame upon women concerning their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their brothers' sons or their sisters' sons or their women or those they rightfully possess [for displaying their beauty].  And fear God.  Indeed God is ever, over all things, Witness.


When you Ask the Prophet's Wives for Something, Ask them from Behind a Partition, that is Purer for your Hearts and their Hearts

So O Prophet, Tell your Wives and the Women of the Believers to Bring down over themselves Part of their Outer Garments

33:32 - 33, Qur'an
O wives of the prophet, you are not like anyone among women.  If you fear God, then do not be soft in speech [to men], lest he in whose heart is disease should covet, but speak with appropriate speech.  And abide in your houses and do not display yourselves as [was] the display of the former times of ignorance.  And establish prayer and give alms and obey God and His messenger.  God intends only to remove from you the impurity [of sin], O people of the [prophet's] household, and to purify you with [extensive] purification.

33:34 - 35, Qur'an
[So] remember what is recited in your houses of the verses of God and wisdom.  Indeed, God is ever Subtle and Acquainted [with all things].  [Then] indeed, the men in submission [to God] and women in submission [to God], the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember God often and the women who do so - for them God has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.

33:53 - 54, Qur'an
[So] O you who have believed, do not enter the houses of the prophet except when you are permitted for a meal, without awaiting its readiness.  But when you are invited, then enter; and when you have eaten, disperse without seeking to remain for conversation.  Indeed, that [behavior] was troubling the prophet, and he is shy of [dismissing] you.  But God is not shy of the truth.  And when you ask [his wives] for something, ask them from behind a partition.  That is purer for your hearts and their hearts.  And it is not [conceivable or lawful] for you to harm the messenger of God or to marry his wives after him, ever.  Indeed, that would be in the sight of God an enormity.  [And] whether you display anything or conceal it, indeed God is ever, of all things, Knowing.

33:59, Qur'an
[So] O prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments.  That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused.  And ever is God Forgiving and Merciful.

24:60, Qur'an
[But] women of post-menstrual age who have no desire for marriage - there is no blame upon them for putting aside their [outer] garments [but] not displaying beauty.  But to modestly refrain [from that] is better for them.  And God is Hearing and Knowing.


Men are Protectors of Women because they Spend from their Wealth

Upon the Father is the Mother's Provision and their Clothing According to what is Acceptable

4:34, Qur'an
Men are protectors of women by [right of] what God has given one over the other and because they spend from their wealth.

2:233, Qur'an
[And thus] upon the father is the mothers' provision and their clothing according to what is acceptable.  No person is charged with more than his capacity.  No mother should be harmed through her child, and no father through his child.  And upon the [father's] heir is [a duty] like that [of the father]. 

65:7, Qur'an
[So] let a man of wealth spend from his wealth, and he whose provision is restricted - let him spend from what God has given him.  God does not charge a soul except [according to] what He has given it.  God will bring about, after hardship, ease.

4:4, Qur'an
And give the women [upon marriage] their [bridal] gifts graciously.  But if they give up willingly to you anything of it, then take it in satisfaction and ease.

4:24, Qur'an
So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation as an obligation.  And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation.  Indeed, God is ever Knowing and Wise.

Exodus 21:10, Torah
[And] if he takes another [wife]; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, he will not diminish.

2:241 - 242, Qur'an
And for divorced women is a provision according to what is acceptable - a duty upon the righteous.  Thus does God make clear to you His verses that you might use reason.


Marry those that Please you, Two, Three, or Four

But if you Fear that you will Not be Just, then Marry Only One so that you may Not Oppress

4:3, Qur'an
And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four.  But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one or those you rightfully possess.  That is more suitable that you may not oppress.

4:129, Qur'an
And you will never be able to be equal [in feeling] between wives, even if you should strive [to do so].  So do not incline completely [toward one] and leave another hanging.  And if you amend [your affairs] and fear God - then indeed, God is ever Forgiving and Merciful.

The Wives of the Past Messengers

David

1 Samuel 25:42 - 43, Torah
And Abigail hastened, and arose, and rode upon a donkey, with five damsels of hers who went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.  And David had taken Ahinoam of Jezreel, to be his wife; these two were his wives.

2 Samuel 5:13, Torah
And David took more women and wives in Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron, and he had more sons and daughters.

Matthew 1:6, Gospel
[Whereby] David the king fathered Solomon of the wife of Uriah.

Jacob

Genesis 29:28, Torah
And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week, and he gave [Jacob] Rachel his daughter to wife also.

Genesis 29:30, Torah
And he also went in to Rachel, and he also loved Rachel more than Leah, and still served with him for seven more years.

Esau, the Son of Isaac

Genesis 35:29 - 36:3, Torah
And Isaac breathed out and died, and was gathered to his people, [being] old and full of days, and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.  Now these [are] the generations of Esau, who [is] Edom.  Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan; Adah, the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite; and Bashemath, Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebajoth.

Lamech, the Father of Noah

Genesis 4:19, Torah
And Lamech took two wives to him, the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

Genesis 5:28 - 29, Torah
And Lamech lived a hundred [and] eighty two years, and fathered a son.  And he called his name Noah, saying, "This [same] will comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed."

Elkanah, the Father of Samuel

1 Samuel 1:1 - 2, Torah
Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of Mount Ephraim, and his name [was] Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite.  And he had two wives, one named Hannah and the other Peninnah, and Peninnah was the mother of children, but Hannah had no children.

1 Samuel 1:20, Torah
Therefore it came to pass, when the time was brought about, after Hannah had conceived, that she bore a son, and called his name Samuel, [saying], "Because I have asked him of the Lord."

Jehoiada the Priest

2 Chronicles 24:2 - 3, Torah
And Joash did [that which was] right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest.  And Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he became the father of sons and daughters.


Marry from those whom you Rightfully Possess of Believing Slave Girls

Marry them with Permission of their People and Seek them with your Property, Desiring Chastity

4:25 - 28, Qur'an
Whoever among you cannot [find] the means to marry free, believing women, then [he may marry] from those whom you rightfully possess of believing slave girls.  And God is most knowing about your faith.  You [believers] are of one another.  So marry them with the permission of their people and give them their due compensation according to what is acceptable.  [They should be] chaste, neither [of] those who commit unlawful intercourse randomly nor those who take [secret] lovers.  But once they are sheltered in marriage, if they should commit adultery, then for them is half the punishment for free [unmarried] women.  This [allowance] is for him among you who fears sin, but to be patient is better for you.  And God is Forgiving and Merciful.  God wants to make clear to you [the lawful from the unlawful] and guide you to the [good] practices of those before you and to accept your repentance.  And God is Knowing and Wise.  God wants to accept your repentance, but those who follow [their] passions want you to digress [into] a great deviation.  And God wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak.

4:24, Qur'an
[And thus, prohibited to you are all] married women, except those you rightfully possess.  [This is] the decree of God upon you.  And lawful to you are [all others] beyond these, [provided] that you seek them [in marriage] with [gifts from] your property, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse.  So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation as an obligation.  And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation.  Indeed, God is ever Knowing and Wise.

23:5 - 6, Qur'an
[And so certainly will the believers have succeeded, those] who guard their private parts, except from those they rightfully possess or their wives, for indeed, they will not be blamed.

Sarai Gave her Maid to her Husband Abraham to be his Wife

42:49 - 50, Qur'an
To God belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth; He creates what He wills.  He gives to whom He wills female [children], and He gives to whom He wills males.  Or He makes them males and females, and He renders whom He wills barren.  Indeed, He is Knowing and Competent.

Genesis 16:2, Torah
[So remember when] Sarai said to Abram, "Behold now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing, I pray you, go in to my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her."  And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.

Genesis 16:3, Torah
And Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar, her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

Leah Took her Maid and Gave her Jacob to Wife

Genesis 30:3, Torah
And [Rachel] said, "Behold my maid, Bilhah, go in to her; and she will bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her."

Genesis 30:9 - 10, Torah
When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.  And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bore Jacob a son.

70:31, Qur'an
But whoever seeks beyond that, then they are the transgressors -

Luke 13:28, Gospel
[And thus] there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you will see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out.


It is Not Lawful to Inherit Women by Compulsion

And do Not Compel your Slave Girls to Prostitution

4:19, Qur'an
O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion.  And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality.  And live with them in kindness.  For if you dislike them - perhaps you dislike a thing and God makes therein much good.

24:32 - 33, Qur'an
[So] marry the unmarried among you and the righteous among your male slaves and female slaves.  If they should be poor, God will enrich them from His bounty, and God is all-Encompassing and Knowing.  But let those who do not find marriage abstain until God enriches them from His bounty.  And those who seek a contract [for eventual emancipation] from among whom you rightfully possess - then make a contract with them if you know there is within them goodness and give them from the wealth of God which He has given you.  And do not compel your slave girls to prostitution if they desire chastity, so that you may seek the temporary gains of worldly life.  And if someone should compel them, then indeed, God is [to them], after their compulsion, Forgiving and Merciful.


Until they Reach Marriageable Age -

When you Release their Property to them:  If you Perceive in them Sound Judgement and Maturity

4:6, Qur'an
Test the orphans until they reach marriageable age.  Then if you perceive in them sound judgement, release their property to them.  And do not consume it excessively and quickly, [anticipating] that they will grow up.  And whoever, [when acting as guardian], is self-sufficient should refrain [from taking a fee]; and whoever is poor - let him take according to what is acceptable.  Then when you release their property to them, bring witnesses upon them.  And sufficient is God as Accountant.

17:34, Qur'an
[So] do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity.  And fulfill [every] commitment.  Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned.

38:49 - 52, Qur'an
[So] this is a reminder.  And indeed, for the righteous is a good place of return - Gardens of Eden, whose gates will be opened to them.  Reclining within them, they will call therein for abundant fruit and drink.  And with them will be women of equal age and limiting [their] glances.

56:35 - 38, Qur'an
[For] indeed, We have produced the women of Paradise in a [new] creation and made them virgins, devoted [to their husbands] and of equal age, for the companions of the right.


Divorced Women Remain in Waiting for Three Periods

2:228, Qur'an
Divorced women remain in waiting for three periods, and it is not lawful for them to conceal what God has created in their wombs if they believe in God and the Last Day.  And their husbands have more right to take them back in this [period] if they want reconciliation.  And due to the wives is similar to what is expected of them, according to what is reasonable.  But the men have a degree over them [in responsibility and authority].  And God is Almighty and Most Wise.

The First Period

It is Not Lawful for them to Conceal what is in their Wombs, and their Term is Until they Give Birth

Their husbands have more right to take them back in this period

65:1, Qur'an
O prophet, when you divorce women, divorce them for their waiting period and keep count of the waiting period, and fear God, your Lord.  Do not turn them out of their houses, nor should they leave unless they are committing a clear immorality.  And those are the limits [set by] God.  And whoever transgresses the limits of God has certainly wronged himself.  You know not; perhaps God will bring about after that a [different] matter.

65:4, Qur'an
[So for] those who no longer expect menstruation among your women [post-menstrual] - if you doubt, then their [waiting] period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated [potentially due to pregnancy].  And for those who are pregnant, their term is until they give birth.  And whoever fears God - He will make for him of his matter ease.

33:49, Qur'an
[But] when you marry believing women and then divorce them before you have touched them, then there is not for you any waiting period [because they could not be pregnant] to count concerning them.  So provide for them and give them a gracious release.

65:6 - 7, Qur'an
[But during the waiting period,] lodge them [in a section] of where you dwell out of your means and do not harm them in order to oppress them.  And if they should be pregnant, then spend on them until they give birth.  And if they breastfeed for you, then give them their payment and confer among yourselves in the acceptable way; but if you are in discord, then there may breastfeed for the father another woman.  Let a man of wealth spend from his wealth, and he whose provision is restricted - let him spend from what God has given him.  God does not charge a soul except [according to] what He has given it.  God will bring about, after hardship, ease.

The Second Period

Either Keep her in an Acceptable Manner or Release her with Good Treatment

2:229, [and 65:2], Qur'an
Divorce is twice.  Then, either keep [her] in an acceptable manner or release [her] with good treatment.  And it is not lawful for you to take anything of what you have given them unless both fear that they will not be able to keep [within] the limits of God.  But if you fear that they will not keep [within] the limits of God, then there is no blame upon either of them concerning that by which she ransoms herself.  These are the limits of God, so do not transgress them.  And whoever transgresses the limits of God - it is those who are the wrongdoers.

2:231, Qur'an
[So] when you divorce women and they have [nearly] fulfilled their term, either retain them according to acceptable terms or release them according to acceptable terms, and do not keep them, intending harm, to transgress [against them].  And whoever does that has certainly wronged himself.  And do not take the verses of God in jest.  And remember the favor of God upon you and what has been revealed to you of the Book and wisdom by which He instructs you.  And fear God and know that God is Knowing of all things.

2:236 - 237, Qur'an
[And] there is no blame upon you if you divorce women you have not touched nor specified for them an obligation.  But give them [a gift of] compensation - the wealthy according to his capability and the poor according to his capability - a provision according to what is acceptable, a duty upon the doers of good.  And if you divorce them before you have touched them and you have already specified for them an obligation, then [give] half of what you specified - unless they forego the right or the one in whose hand is the marriage contract foregoes it.  And to forego it is nearer to righteousness.  And do not forget graciousness between you.  Indeed God, of whatever you do, is Seeing.

The Third Period

She is Not Lawful to him Afterward until she Marries a Husband Other than him

2:230, Qur'an
[So] if he has divorced her, then she is not lawful to him afterward until [after] she marries a husband other than him.  And if the latter husband divorces her [or dies], there is no blame upon the woman and her former husband for returning to each other if they think that they can keep [within] the limits of God.  These are the limits of God, which He makes clear to a people who know.

2:232, Qur'an
And when you divorce women and they have fulfilled their term, do not prevent them from remarrying their [former] husbands if they agree among themselves on an acceptable basis.  That is instructed to whoever of you believes in God and the Last Day.  That is better for you and purer, and God knows and you know not.


Advise them, Forsake them in Bed, Strike them

4:34, Qur'an
Men are protectors of women by [right of] what God has given one over the other and because they spend from their wealth.  So righteous women are devoutly obedient [to God], guarding in [the husband's] absence what God would have them guard.  But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them.  But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them.  Indeed, God is ever Exalted and Grand.

1.  Advise them

If Both Desire Reconciliation, God will cause it between them

4:35, Qur'an
[So] if you fear dissension between the two, send an arbitrator from his people and an arbitrator from her people.  If they both desire reconciliation, God will cause it between them.  Indeed, God is ever Knowing and Acquainted [with all things].

2.  Forsake them in Bed

For those who Swear Not to Have Sexual Relations is a Waiting Time of Four Months

2:226 - 227, Qur'an
For those who swear not to have sexual relations with their wives is a waiting time of four months, but if they return [to normal relations] - then indeed, God is Forgiving and Merciful.  And if they decide on divorce - then indeed, God is Hearing and Knowing.

3.  Strike them

a.  If a Woman Fears from her Husband Contempt, Settlement is Best, if they Decide on Divorce

4:128, Qur'an
And if a woman fears from her husband contempt or evasion, there is no sin upon them if they make terms of settlement between them - and settlement is best.  And present in [human] souls is stinginess.  But if you do good and fear God - then indeed God is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.

4:130, Qur'an
[And] if they separate [by divorce], [then] God will enrich each [of them] from His abundance.  And ever is God Encompassing and Wise.

2:231, Qur'an
And when you divorce women and they have [nearly] fulfilled their term, either retain them according to acceptable terms or release them according to acceptable terms, and do not keep them, intending harm, to transgress [against them].  And whoever does that has certainly wronged himself.  And do not take the verses of God in jest.  And remember the favor of God upon you and what has been revealed to you of the Book and wisdom by which He instructs you.  And fear God and know that God is Knowing of all things.


Do Not Approach Unlawful Sexual Intercourse

Whoever Commits Adultery Lacks Understanding

25:68, Qur'an
[The servants of the Most Merciful are] those who do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse and do not invoke with God another deity or kill the soul which God has forbidden [to be killed], except by [legal] right.  And whoever should do that will meet a penalty.

17:32, Qur'an
[So] do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse.  Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.

Matthew 5:27, Gospel
[For] you have heard that it was said by them of old time, 'You will not commit adultery.'

Proverbs 6:32, Torah
[For] whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding, he [who] does it destroys his own soul.

24:33, Qur'an
[So] let them who find not marriage abstain until God enriches them from His bounty.

Titus 2:5, Gospel
[And likewise, tell the young women to be] chaste, discreet, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God is not blasphemed.

5:5, Qur'an
[Then lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when you have given them their due compensation, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse or taking [secret] lovers.  And whoever denies the faith - his work has become worthless, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.


The Fornicatress or Fornicator Found Guilty - Lash Each of them with a Hundred Lashes

But if they Repent and Correct themselves, Leave them Alone

4:15 - 16, Qur'an
Those who commit unlawful sexual intercourse of your women - bring against them four [witnesses] from among you.  And if they testify, confine the guilty women to [prison] houses until death takes them or God ordains for them [another] way.  And the two who commit it among you, dishonor them both.  But if they repent and correct themselves, leave them alone.  Indeed, God is ever Accepting of repentance and Merciful.

4:17 - 18, Qur'an
[But] the repentance accepted by God is only for those who do wrong in ignorance [or carelessness] and then repent soon after.  It is those to whom God will turn in forgiveness, and God is ever Knowing and Wise.  But repentance is not [accepted] of those who [continue to] do evil deeds up until, when death comes to one of them, he says, "Indeed, I have repented now," or of those who die while they are disbelievers.  For them We have prepared a painful punishment.

24:1 - 3, Qur'an
[Now this is] a surah which We have sent down and made [that within it] obligatory and revealed therein verses of clear evidence that you might remember [that God has ordained for them another way] - the fornicatress or fornicator found guilty of sexual intercourse - lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion of God, if you should believe in God and the Last Day.  And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.  The fornicator does not marry except a [female] fornicator or polytheist, and none marries her except a fornicator or a polytheist, and that has been made unlawful to the believers.

24:6 - 11, Qur'an
[But] those who accuse their wives [of adultery] and have no witnesses except themselves - then the witness of one of them [shall be] four testimonies [swearing] by God that indeed, he is of the truthful.  And the fifth [oath will be] that the curse of God be upon him if he should be among the liars.  But it will prevent punishment from her if she gives four testimonies [swearing] by God that indeed, he is of the liars.  And the fifth [oath will be] that the wrath of God be upon her if he was of the truthful.  And if not for the favor of God upon you and His mercy... and because God is Accepting of repentance and Wise.  Indeed, those who came with falsehood are a group among you.  Do not think it bad for you; rather it is good for you.  For every person among them is what [punishment] he has earned from the sin, and he who took upon himself the greater portion thereof - for him is a great punishment.


Those who Falsely Accuse Chaste Women are Cursed in This World and the Hereafter

Jesus Said to her, "Where are your Accusers?"  When they do Not Produce the Witnesses, they are the Liars

24:4 - 5, Qur'an
[For] those who accuse chaste women and then do not produce four witnesses - lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after.  And those are the defiantly disobedient, except for those who repent thereafter and reform, for indeed, God is Forgiving and Merciful.

John 8:3 - 6, Gospel
[So remember when] the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery to [Jesus]; and when they had set her in the midst, they say to him, "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned, but what do you say?"  They said this, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.  But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger, wrote on the ground, [as though he did not hear them].

John 8:7 - 8, Gospel
So when they continued asking him, he lifted himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground -

24:22, Qur'an
[Let those of virtue among you] pardon and overlook.  Would you not like that God should forgive you?  And God is Forgiving and Merciful.

4:16, Qur'an
[Otherwise,] the two who commit it among you, dishonor them both.  But if they repent and correct themselves, leave them alone.  Indeed, God is ever Accepting of repentance and Merciful.

John 8:9 - 10, Gospel
[So] those who heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] to the last, and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted himself up, and saw none but the woman, he said to her, "Woman, where are your accusers?  Has no man condemned you?"

24:13, Qur'an
[So] why did those [who slandered] not produce for it four witnesses?   When they do not produce the witnesses, then it is they, in the sight of God, who are the liars.

24:12, Qur'an
[And] why, when you heard it, did not the believing men and believing women think good of one another and say, "This is an obvious falsehood"?

24:15 - 17, Qur'an
[So] when you received it with your tongues and said with your mouths that of which you had no knowledge and thought it was insignificant while it was, in the sight of God, tremendous.  And why, when you heard it, did you not say, "It is not for us to speak of this.  Exalted are You, [O God]; this is a great slander"?  God warns you against returning to the likes of this [conduct], ever, if you should be believers.

24:34, Qur'an
[So] We have certainly sent down to you distinct verses and examples from those who passed on before you and an admonition for those who fear God.

24:23, Qur'an
[For] indeed, those who [falsely] accuse chaste, unaware and believing women are cursed in this world and the Hereafter; and they will have a great punishment.

24:26, Qur'an
[For] evil words are for evil men, and evil men are [subjected] to evil words.  And good words are for good men, and good men are [an object] of good words.  Those [good people] are declared innocent of what the slanderers say.  For them is forgiveness and noble provision.

John 8:11, Gospel
[And thus] she said, "No man, master, [no man has condemned me]."  And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you, go, and sin no more."


She Sought to Seduce Joseph, but he Remained Chaste

Saying, "Prison is More to my Liking than that to which they Invite me"

12:22 - 23, Qur'an
And when Joseph reached maturity, We gave him judgement and knowledge.  And thus We reward the doers of good.  And she, in whose house he was, sought to seduce him.  She closed the doors and said, "Come, you."  He said, "[I seek] the refuge of God.  Indeed, He is my Lord, who has made good my residence.  Indeed, wrongdoers will not succeed."

Genesis 39:13 - 14, Torah
[So] it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had fled forth, that she called to the men of her house, and spoke to them, saying, "See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to mock us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice."

12:26 - 28, Qur'an
[But Joseph] said, "It was she who sought to seduce me."  And a witness from her family testified.  "If his shirt is torn from the front, then she has told the truth, and he is of the liars.  But if his shirt is torn from the back, then she has lied, and he is of the truthful."  So when her husband saw his shirt torn from the back, he said, "Indeed, it is of the woman's plan.  Indeed, your plan is great."

12:30, Qur'an
[Then,] women in the city said, "The wife of al-'Azeez is seeking to seduce her slave boy; he has impassioned her with love.  Indeed, we see her [to be] in clear error."

12:31, Qur'an
So when she heard of their scheming, she sent for them and prepared for them a banquet and gave each one of them a knife and said [to Joseph], "Come out before them."  And when they saw him, they greatly admired him and cut their hands and said, "Perfect is God!  This is not a man; this is none but a noble angel."

12:32, Qur'an
She said, "That is the one about whom you blamed me.  And I certainly sought to seduce him, but he remained chaste; and if he will not do what I order him, he will surely be imprisoned and will be of those debased."

12:33, Qur'an
[Joseph] said, "My Lord, prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me.  And if You do not avert from me their plan, I might incline toward them and [thus] be of the ignorant."

12:24, Qur'an
[So] she certainly determined [to seduce] him, and he would have inclined to her had he not seen the proof of his Lord.  And thus [it was] that We should avert from him evil and immorality.  Indeed, he was of Our chosen servants.

[4 Maccabees 2:2 - 5], Torah
It is for this reason, certainly, that the temperate Joseph is praised, because he overcame sexual desire by mental effort.  For when he was young and in his prime for intercourse, he nullified the frenzy of the passions by his reason.  Not only is reason proved to rule over the frenzied urge of sexual desire, but also over every desire.  Thus the law says, "You will not covet your neighbor's wife... or anything that is your neighbor's." 

[4 Maccabees 5:22 - 24], Torah
[And so] you [may] scoff at our philosophy as though living by it were irrational, but it teaches us self-control, so that we master all pleasures and desires, and it also trains us in courage, so that we endure any suffering willingly; it instructs us in justice, so that we act impartially in all our dealings, and it teaches us piety, so that we worship the only real God with proper reverence.


God Gives you Good Tidings of John, who will be Abstaining from Women

3:38 - 39, Qur'an
At that, Zechariah called upon his Lord, saying, "My Lord, grant me from Yourself a good offspring.  Indeed, You are the Hearer of supplication."  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 1:15, Gospel
[Thus] he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and will drink neither wine or strong drink; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.

19:12 - 15, Qur'an
[God] said, "O John, take the Scripture with determination."  And We gave him judgement [while yet] a boy and affection from Us and purity, and he was fearing of God and dutiful to his parents, and he was not a disobedient tyrant.  And peace be upon him the day he was born and the day he dies and the Day he is raised alive.

6:85, Qur'an
And [indeed,] Zechariah and John and Jesus and Elias - all were of the righteous.


God Raised Some of them above Others that He may Try you through what He has Given you

So Spend from what God has Provided for you - Give the Poor and Traveler his Right

43:32, Qur'an
Do they distribute the mercy of your Lord?  It is We who have apportioned among them their livelihood in the life of this world and have raised some of them above others in degrees [of rank] that they may make use of one another for service.  But the mercy of your Lord is better than whatever they accumulate.

17:26, Qur'an
[So] give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully.

4:5, Qur'an
[But] do not give the weak-minded your property, which God has made a means of sustenance for you, but provide for them with it and clothe them and speak to them words of appropriate kindness.

64:15 - 16, Qur'an
[For] your children and your wealth are but a trial, and God has with Him a great reward.  So fear God as much as you are able and listen and obey and spend [in the way of God]; it is better for your selves.  And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul - it is those who will be the successful.

36:47, Qur'an
[But] when it is said to them, "Spend from that which God has provided for you," those who disbelieve say to those who believe, "Should we feed one whom, if God had willed, He would have fed?  You are not but in clear error."

30:37, Qur'an
Do they not see that God extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]?  Indeed, in that are signs for a people who believe.

1 Samuel 2:7, Torah
[For] the Lord makes poor, and makes rich, He brings low, and lifts up.

16:71, Qur'an
[Thus] God has favored some of you over others in provision.  But those who were favored would not hand over their provision to those whom they rightfully possess so they would be equal to them therein.  Then is it the favor of God they reject?

6:165, Qur'an
[For] it is He who has made you successors upon the earth and has raised some of you above others in degrees [of rank] that He may try you through what He has given you.  Indeed, your Lord is swift in penalty; but indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.

17:21, Qur'an
[So] look how We have favored [in provision] some of them over others.  But the Hereafter is greater in degrees [of difference] and greater in distinction.

[Wisdom of Solomon 6:1 - 3], Torah
[So] hear therefore, O you kings, and understand; learn, you who are judges of the ends of the earth.  Give ear, you who rule the people, and glory in the multitude of nations.  For power is given to you of the Lord, and sovereignty from the Highest, who will try your works, and search out your counsels.

[Shepherd of Hermas 51:10], Gospel
[Thus] blessed are the rich, who also understand that they are enriched from the Lord.  For those who have this mind will be able to do some good work.

Colossians 4:1, Gospel
[So] masters, give to [your] servants that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Jeremiah 22:13, Torah
[But] woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; [who] uses his neighbor's service without wages, and does not give him for his work.

[Sirach 33:30 - 31], Torah
[Thus] if you have a servant, let him be to you as yourself, because you have bought him with a price.  If you have a servant, entreat him as a brother; for you have need of him, as of your own soul; if you entreat him evil, and he runs from you, which way will you go to seek him?

2:215, Qur'an
[So] they ask you, what they should spend.  Say, "Whatever you spend of good is [to be] for parents and relatives and orphans and the needy and the traveler.  And whatever you do of good - indeed, God is Knowing of it."


The Difficult Pass is the Freeing of a Slave

True Righteousness is in one who Gives Wealth for Freeing Slaves

90:10 - 17, Qur'an
Have [We] shown him the two ways?  But he has not broken through the difficult pass.  And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass?  It is the freeing of a slave, or feeding on a day of severe hunger, or a needy person in misery.  And then being among those who believed and advised one another to patience and advised one another to compassion.

2:177, Qur'an
[Thus] righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in God, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives charity; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle.  Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.

2:224, Qur'an
[So] do not make [your oath by] God an excuse against being righteous and fearing God and making peace among people.  And God is Hearing and Knowing.

5:89, Qur'an
[And so] God will not impose blame upon you for what is meaningless in your oaths, but He will impose blame upon you for [breaking] what you intended of oaths.  So its expiation is the freeing of a slave or the feeding of ten needy people from the average of that which you feed your [own] families or clothing them.  But whoever cannot find [or afford it] - then a fast of three days [is required].  That is the expiation for oaths when you have sworn.  But guard your oaths.  Thus does God make clear to you His verses that you may be grateful.


Those will have Lost who Killed their Children

They Sacrificed their Sons and Daughters to Devils, which I did Not Command them

17:31, Qur'an
Do not kill your children for fear of poverty.  We provide for them and for you.  Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.

16:58 - 59, Qur'an
And [likewise,] when one of them is informed of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief.  He hides himself from the people because of the ill of which he has been informed.  Should he keep it in humiliation or bury it in the ground?  Unquestionably, evil is what they decide.

6:137, Qur'an
And likewise, to many of the polytheists, their partners have made [to seem] pleasing the killing of their children in order to bring about their destruction and to cover them with confusion in their religion.  And if God had willed, they would not have done so.  So leave them and that which they invent.

Psalms 106:35 - 38, Torah
[For they] were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.  And they served their idols, which were a snare to them.  They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to devils, and shed innocent blood, [even] the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.

Jeremiah 7:31, Torah
And they have built the high places of Tophet, which [is] in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I did not command [them], neither did it come into My heart.

Jeremiah 19:5, Torah
[And] they have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire [for] burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command, nor spoke [it], neither did [it] come into My mind.

Psalms 106:39, Torah
[Rather,] they were defiled with their own works, and went whoring with their own inventions.

6:140, Qur'an
[But] those will have lost - [those] who killed their children in foolishness without knowledge and prohibited what God had provided for them, inventing untruth about God.  They have gone astray and were not [rightly] guided.

Deuteronomy 12:31 - 32, Torah
[Thus,] you will not do so to the Lord your God, for every abomination to the Lord, which He hates, they have done to their gods; for they have even burnt their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.  Whatever thing I command you, observe to do it, you will not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

60:12, Qur'an
[So] O prophet, when the believing women come to you pledging to you that they will not associate anything with God, nor will they steal, nor will they commit unlawful sexual intercourse, nor will they kill their children, nor will they bring forth a slander they have invented between their arms and legs, nor will they disobey you in what is right - then accept their pledge and ask forgiveness for them of God.  Indeed, God is Forgiving and Merciful.


Your Lord has Decreed to Parents, Good Treatment

If they Endeavor to Make you Associate with God, do Not Obey, but Accompany them with Appropriate Kindness

Luke 18:20, Gospel
"You know the commandments, 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not kill,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'" 

17:23 - 24, Qur'an
[Thus] your Lord has decreed to parents, good treatment, and that you not worship except Him.  Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], "uff," and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.  And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, "My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small."

Exodus 20:12, Torah
[So] honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God gives you.

31:15, Qur'an
But if they endeavor to make you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them but accompany them in [this] world with appropriate kindness and follow the way of those who turn back to Me [in repentance].  Then to Me will be your return, and I will inform you about what you used to do.


Love your Neighbor as yourself

2:83, Qur'an
[Recall] when We took the covenant from the Children of Israel, [enjoining upon them], "Do not worship except God; and to parents do good and to relatives, orphans, and the needy.  And speak to people good [words] and establish prayer and give charity."  Then you turned away, except a few of you, and you were refusing.

Zechariah 7:9 - 11, Torah
[For] the Lord of hosts [spoke], saying, "Execute true judgement, and show mercy and compassion, every man to his brother.  And do not oppress the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart."  But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

93:9 - 10, Qur'an
So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him].  And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].

James 2:8, Gospel
[For] if you fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You will love your neighbor as yourself," you do well.

Leviticus 19:17 - 18, Torah
[Thus] you will not hate your brother in your heart, you will in any wise rebuke your neighbor, and not allow sin upon him.  You will not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you will love your neighbor as yourself, I [am] the Lord.

4:36, Qur'an
[So] worship God and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom you rightfully possess.  Indeed, God does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.

Mark 12:29 - 31, Gospel
"[For] the first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord, and you will love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength - this [is] the first commandment.  And the second [is] like, [namely] this, 'You will love your neighbor as yourself.'  There is no other commandment greater than these."

 Usury                                Allah