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002.229 A divorce is only permissible twice: after that, the parties should either hold together on equitable terms, or separate with kindness. It is notlawful for you, (men), to take back any of your gifts (from your wives), except when both parties fear that they would be unable to keep the limits ordained by God. If ye (judges) do indeed fearthat they would be unable to keep the limits ordained by God, there is no blame on either of them if she give something for her freedom. These are the limits ordained by God; so do not transgress them. If any do transgress the limits ordained by God, such persons wrong (Themselves as well as others).
002.230 So if a husband divorces his wife (irrevocably), he cannot, after that, re-marry her until aftershe has married another husband and he has divorced her. In that case there is no blame on either of them if they re-unite, provided they feel thatthey can keep the limits ordained by God. Such are the limits ordained by God, which He makes plain to those who understand.
002.231 When ye divorce women, and they fulfil the term of their ('Iddah), either take them back on equitable terms or set them free on equitableterms; but do not takethem back to injure them, (or) to take undue advantage; if any one does that; he wrongs his own soul. Do not treat God's Signs as a jest, but solemnly rehearse God's favours on you, and the fact that He sent down to you the Book and Wisdom, for your instruction. And fear God, and know that God is well acquainted with all things. 002.232 When ye divorce women, and they fulfil the term of their ('Iddah), do not prevent them from marrying their (former)husbands, if they mutually agree on equitable terms. This instruction is for all amongst you, who believe in God and the Last Day. That is (the course making for) most virtue and purity amongst you. And God knows, and ye know not.
002.233 The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years, if the father desires to complete the term. Buthe shall bear the cost of their food and clothing on equitable terms. No soul shall have a burden laid on itgreater than it can bear. No mother shall be treated unfairly on account of her child. Nor father on account of his child, an heir shallbe chargeable in the same way. If they both decide on weaning, by mutual consent, and after dueconsultation, there is no blame on them. If ye decide on a foster-mother for your offspring, there is no blame on you, providedye pay (the mother) what ye offered, on equitable terms. But fear God and know that God sees well what ye do.
002.234 If any of you die and leave widows behind, they shall wait concerning themselvesfour months and ten days: When they have fulfilled their term, there is no blame on you if they dispose of themselves in a just and reasonable manner. And God is well acquainted with what ye do.
002.235 There is no blame on you if ye make an offer of betrothal or hold it in your hearts. God knows that ye cherish them in your hearts: But do not make a secret contract with them except in terms honourable, nor resolveon the tie of marriage till the term prescribed is fulfilled. And know that God Knoweth what is in your hearts, and take heed of Him; and know that God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Forbearing.
002.236 There is no blame on you if ye divorce women before consummation or the fixation of their dower;but bestow on them (a suitable gift), the wealthy according to his means, and the poor according to his means - A gift of a reasonable amount is due from those who wish to do the right thing. 002.237 And if ye divorce them before consummation, but after the fixation of a dower for them, then the half of the dower (is due to them), unless they remit it or (the man's half) is remitted by him in whose hands is the marriage tie; and the remission (of the man's half) is the nearest to righteousness. And do not forget liberality between yourselves. For God sees well all that ye do.
002.238 Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers,especially the Middle Prayer; and stand before God in a devout (frame of mind).
002.239 If ye fear (an enemy), pray on foot, or riding, (as may be most convenient), but when ye are in security, celebrate God's praises in the manner He has taught you, which ye knew not (before).
002.240 Those of you who die and leave widows should bequeath for their widows a year's maintenance and residence; but if they leave (the residence), there is no blame on you for what they do with themselves, provided it is reasonable. And God is Exalted in Power, Wise.
002.241 For divorced women maintenance (should be provided) ona reasonable (scale). This is a duty on the righteous.

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