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002.126 And rememberAbraham said: "My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its people with fruits,-such of them as believe in God and the Last Day." He said:"(Yea), and such as reject Faith,-for a whilewill I grant them their pleasure, but will soon drive them to the torment of Fire,- an evil destination (indeed)!"
002.127 And rememberAbraham and Isma'il raised the foundations of the House (With this prayer): "Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: For Thou art the All- Hearing, the All-Knowing.
002.128 "Our Lord! Make of us Muslims, bowing to Thy (Will), and of our progeny a people Muslim, bowing to Thy (will); and showus our place for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou artthe Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.
002.129 "Our Lord! Sendamongst them an Apostle of their own, who shall rehearse Thy Signs to them andinstruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, and sanctify them: For Thou art the Exalted inMight, the Wise."
002.130 And who turnsaway from the religion of Abraham but such as debase their souls with folly? Him We chose and rendered pure in this world: And he will be in the Hereafter in the ranks of the Righteous.
002.131 Behold! His Lord said to him: "Bow (thy will to Me):" He said: "I bow (my will) to the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe."
002.132 And this was the legacy that Abraham left to his sons, and so did Jacob;"Oh my sons! God hath chosen the Faith for you; then die not except in the State of Submission (to Allah).
002.133 Were ye witnesses when Death appeared beforeJacob? Behold, he said to his sons: "What will ye worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship Thy God and the God of thy fathers- of Abraham, Isma'il and Isaac,- the one (True) God: To Himwe bow (in Islam)."
002.134 That was a People that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did, and ye of what ye do! Of theirmerits there is no question in your case! 002.135 They say:"Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided (To salvation)." Say thou:"Nay! (I would rather) the Religion of Abraham the True, and he joined not gods with God."
002.136 Say ye: "We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to God (in Islam)."
002.137 So if they believe as ye believe, they are indeed on the right path; but if they turn back, it is they who are in schism; but God will suffice thee asagainst them, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
002.138 (Our religion is)the Baptism of God: And who can baptize better than God? And it is He Whom we worship.
002.139 Say: Will ye dispute with us about God, seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that We aresincere (in our faith) in Him?
002.140 Or do ye say that Abraham, Isma'il Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes were Jews or Christians? Say: Do ye know better than God?Ah! Who is more unjust than those whoconceal the testimony they have from God? But God is not unmindful of what ye do!
002.141 That was a people that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did, and ye of what ye do! Of theirmerits there is no question in your case: 002.142 The fools among the people will say: "What hath turnedthem from the Qibla towhich they were used?" Say: To God belong both East and West: He guideth whom He will to a Waythat is straight.
002.143 Thus, have Wemade of you an Ummah justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Apostle a witness over yourselves; and We appointed the Qiblato which thou wast used, only to test those who followed the Apostle from those who would turn on their heels (from the Faith). Indeed it was (a change) momentous, except tothose guided by God. And never would God make your faith of no effect. For God is to all people most surely full of kindness, Most Merciful.
002.144 We see the turning of thy face (forguidance to the heavens: now shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The People ofthe Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord, Nor is God unmindful of whatthey do.
002.145 Even if thou wert to bring to the people of the Book all the Signs (together), they would not follow Thy Qibla; nor art thou going to follow their Qibla; nor indeed will they follow each other's Qibla. If thou after the knowledge hath reached thee, Wert to follow their (vain) desires,-then wert thou indeed (clearly) in the wrong.

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