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002.146 The People of the Book know this as they know their own sons; but some of them conceal the truthwhich they themselves know.
002.147 The Truth is from thy Lord; so be not at all in doubt.
002.148 To each is a goal to which God turns him; then strive together (as in a race) towards all that is good. Wheresoever ye are, God will bring you together. For God Hath power over all things.
002.149 From whencesoever Thou startest forth, turn Thy face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque; that is indeed the truth from your Lord. And God is not unmindful of what ye do. 002.150 So from whencesoever Thou startest forth, turn Thy face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque; and wheresoever ye are, turn your face thither: that there be no ground of dispute against you among thepeople, except those of them that are bent on wickedness; so fearthem not, but fear Me;and that I may complete My favours on you, and ye May (consent to) be guided;
002.151 A similar (favour have ye already received) in that We have sent among you an Apostle of your own, rehearsing to you Our Signs, and purifying you, and instructing you in Scripture and Wisdom, and in new Knowledge.
002.152 Then do ye remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and reject not Faith.
002.153 O ye who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for God is with those who patiently persevere.
002.154 And say not ofthose who are slain in the way of God: "They are dead." Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not. 002.155 Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), butgive glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, 002.156 Who say, when afflicted with calamity: "To God we belong, and to Him is our return":-
002.157 They are those on whom (descend) blessings from their Lord, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.
002.158 Behold! Safa and Marwa are among the Symbols of God. Soif those who visit the House in the Season orat other times, should compass them round, it is no sin in them. Andif any one obeyeth his own impulse to Good,- be sure that God is He Who recogniseth and knoweth.
002.159 Those who conceal the clear (Signs) We have sent down, and the Guidance, after We have made it clear for the People in the Book,-on them shall be God's curse, and the curse of those entitledto curse,-
002.160 Except those who repent and make amends and openly declare (the Truth): Tothem I turn; for I am Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.
002.161 Those who reject Faith, and die rejecting,- on them is God's curse, and the curse of angels, and ofall mankind;
002.162 They will abidetherein: Their penalty will not be lightened, nor will respite be their(lot).
002.163 And your God is One God: There is no god but He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
002.164 Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth;in the alternation of the Night and the Day; in the sailing of the ships through the Ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which God sends downfrom the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds thatHe scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth;- (here) indeed are Signs for a people that are wise.
002.165 Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides God, as equal (with God): They love them as they should love God. But those of Faith are overflowing intheir love for God. If only the unrighteous could see, behold, they would see the Punishment: that to God belongs all power, and God will strongly enforce the Punishment. 002.166 Then would those who are followed clear themselves of those who follow (them): They would see the Penalty, and all relations between them would be cut off.
002.167 And those who followed would say: "If only we had one more chance, we would clear ourselves of them, as they have cleared themselves of us." Thus will God show them (the fruits of) their deeds as (nothing but) regrets. Nor will there be a wayfor them out of the Fire.
002.168 O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, Lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the Evil One, for he is to you an avowed enemy.
002.169 For he commands you what is evil and shameful, and that ye should sayof God that of which ye have no knowledge.
002.170 When it is said to them: "Follow what God hath revealed:" They say: "Nay! we shall follow the ways of our fathers." What! Even though their fathers were void of wisdom and guidance? 002.171 The parable ofthose who reject Faith is as if one were to shout like a goat- herd,to things that listen tonothing but calls and cries: Deaf, dumb, and blind, they are void of wisdom. 002.172 O ye who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful to God,if it is Him ye worship.
002.173 He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, andthat on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of God. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For God is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.
002.174 Those who conceal God's revelations in the Book,and purchase for thema miserable profit,- they swallow into themselves naught but Fire; God will not address them on the Day of Resurrection, nor purify them: grievous will be their penalty.
002.175 They are the ones who buy Error in place of Guidance and Torment in place of Forgiveness. Ah! what boldness (they show) for the Fire!
002.176 (Their doom is) because God sent down the Book in truthbut those who seek causes of dispute in the Book are in a schism far (from the purpose).
002.177 It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces towards East or West;but it is righteousness-to believe in God and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer,and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing.
002.178 O ye who believe! The law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude. This is a concession and a Mercyfrom your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty. 002.179 In the Law of Equality there is (saving of) Life to you, o ye men of understanding; that yemay restrain yourselves.
002.180 It is prescribed, when death approaches any of you, if he leave any goods that he make a bequest to parents and next of kin, according to reasonable usage; this is due from the God-fearing.
002.181 If anyone changes the bequest after hearing it, the guilt shall be on those who make the change. For God hears and knows (All things).
002.182 But if anyone fears partiality or wrong-doing on the part of the testator, and makes peace between (the parties concerned), there is no wrong in him: For God isOft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
002.183 O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, thatye may (learn) self-restraint,-
002.184 (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (with hardship), is a ransom, the feeding ofone that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, ifye only knew.
002.185 Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribedperiod (should be madeup) by days later. God intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; andperchance ye shall be grateful.
002.186 When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them):I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me: that they may walk in the right way.
002.187 Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. God knoweth what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; butHe turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them, and seek what God Hath ordained for you, and eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are limits (set by) God: Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Godmake clear His Signs tomen: that they may learn self-restraint.
002.188 And do not eatup your property among yourselves for vanities, nor use it as bait for the judges, with intent that ye may eat up wrongfully and knowingly a little of (other) people's property.
002.189 They ask theeconcerning the New Moons. Say: They are but signs to mark fixed periods of time in(the affairs of) men, and for Pilgrimage. It isno virtue if ye enter your houses from the back: It is virtue if ye fear God. Enter houses through the proper doors: And fear God: That ye may prosper.
002.190 Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors.
002.191 And slay themwherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.
002.192 But if they cease, God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. 002.193 And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faithin God; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.
002.194 The prohibited month - for the prohibited month, and so for all things prohibited, - there is the law of equality. If then anyone transgresses the prohibition against you,transgress ye likewise against him. But fear God, and know that God is with those who restrain themselves.
002.195 And spend of your substance in the cause of God, and make not your own hands contribute to ...

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