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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik

 

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In the name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Merciful

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Alif L'ăm M'ďm[1]
Allah! There is no god but Him; the Living, the Eternal.[2] He has revealed to you this Book with the Truth, confirming the scripture which preceded it, as He revealed the Taurăt (Torah) and Injeel (Gospel),[3] before this, as a guidance for mankind and also revealed this Al-Furqăn (criterion for judgment between right and wrong). Surely those who reject Allah’s revelations will be sternly punished; Allah is Mighty, capable of retribution.[4] For sure nothing in the earth or in the heavens is hidden from Allah.[5] It is He Who shapes your bodies in the wombs of your mothers as He pleases. There is no god but Him; the Mighty, the Wise.[6]

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It is Allah Who has revealed Torah, Gospel and Qur'an

He is the One Who has revealed to you the Book. Some of its verses are decisive - they are the foundation of the Book - while others are allegorical. Those whose hearts are infected with disbelief follow the allegorical part to mislead others and to give it their own interpretation, seeking for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. Those who are well grounded in knowledge say: “We believe in it; it is all from our Rabb." None will take heed except the people of understanding.[7] They say: "Our Rabb, do not let our hearts deviate from the truth after you have guided us, and grant us Your own mercy; You are the Grantor of bounties without measure.[8] Our Rabb, You will surely gather all mankind before You on the Day about which there is no doubt; surely Allah does not break His promise."[9]

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Qur'an's decisive vs. allegorical verses



Supplication of the believers to remain steadfast upon belief

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Surely neither their wealth nor their children will save the unbelievers from the wrath of Allah: they are the ones who will become the fuel for hellfire.[10] Their end will be the same as that of the people of Fir‘on (Pharaoh) and their predecessors who denied Our revelations, so Allah called them to account for their sins. Allah is strict in retribution.[11] O Muhammad, say to the unbelievers: “Soon you will be overpowered and driven together to Hell - which is a horrible refuge.[12] Indeed there was a sign (lesson) for you in the two armies which met on the battlefield (of Badr): one was fighting for the cause of Allah and the other had rejected Allah; the believers saw with their own eyes that the unbelievers were twice their number. But the result of the battle proved that Allah strengthens with His own aid whom He pleases. Surely there is a lesson in this for those who have sight.[13]

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Wealth or children will not be a defense against disbelief

Battle of Badr was a sign of Allah's favors

The life of men is tempted by love and desire for women, children, the hoarding of treasures of gold and silver, branded horses, wealth of cattle and plantations. These are the comforts for the transitory life of this world; the everlasting best comfort, however, is with Allah.[14] Say : “Shall I tell you of better things than these, with which the righteous will be rewarded by their Rabb? There will be gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will live forever with spouses of perfect chastity and the good pleasure of Allah. Allah is watching His servants very closely."[15] The righteous people are those who pray: “Our Rabb! We sincerely believe in You: please forgive our sins and save us from the agony of the hellfire;”[16] who are steadfast, sincere, obedient, and charitable, and who pray for forgiveness in the morning time.[17]

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Comforts of this life vs. the life in the hereafter

Allah Himself has testified to the fact that there is no god but Him and so do the angels and those who are well grounded in knowledge standing firm on justice. There is no Ilah (God) except Him, the Mighty, the Wise.[18] Surely the only Deen (true religion and the Right Way of life) in the sight of Allah is Al-Islam. Those to whom the Book was given did not adopt ways different than this except out of envy among themselves, and after true knowledge had come to them. They should know that Allah is swift in calling to account those who deny His revelations.[19] So if they argue with you (O Muhammad), tell them: “I have submitted myself entirely to Allah and so have those who follow me." Then ask those who are given the Book and those who are illiterate: “Will you also submit yourselves to Allah?” If they become Muslims they shall be rightly guided but if they turn back, you need not worry, because your sole responsibility is to convey the Message. Allah is watching all His servants very closely.[20]

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Testimony of Allah about Himself.


True religion in the sight of Allah is only Al-Islam

SECTION: 3 Give a warning to those who deny Allah’s revelations, who slay the Prophets without any justification, and who kill those from among the people who enjoin justice, that there is a painful punishment for them.[21] They are the ones whose deeds will become void in this world and in the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.[22] Have you not seen the behavior of those (Jews) who have been given a portion of the Book? When they are invited to settle their disputes according to the Book of Allah, some of them turn back and decline.[23] This is because they say: “The fire of Hell shall not touch us; even if it does, it will be for a few days." In their religion they are deceived by their own self-invented beliefs.[24] What will they do when We will gather them together on the Day which is sure to come, when every soul will be given what it has earned and there shall be no injustice?[25]

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Warning of a painful punishment for disbelief



Jews and Christians are being deceived by their own self- invented beliefs

Say: “O Allah! Master of all the Kingship, You give the kingdom to whom You please and take away the kingdom from whomsoever You please; You give honor to whom You please and disgrace whom You please; all the good is in Your hand; surely You have power over everything.[26] You cause the night to pass into the day and You cause the day to pass into the night; You draw the living from the dead and You draw the dead from the living; and You provide sustenance for anyone You wish without measure."[27]

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It is Allah Who gives or takes away the kingdom and honor

Let not the believers make unbelievers their protectors rather than the believers; anyone who does so will have nothing to hope for from Allah - except if you do so as a precaution to guard yourselves against their tyranny. Anyhow, Allah warns you to fear Him: because with Allah is your final refuge.[28] Say: “Whether you conceal what is in your heart or reveal it, it is known to Allah.[29] He knows whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. Allah has full power over everything. On the Day of Judgment, when every soul will be confronted with whatever good it has done - as for its evil deeds, it will wish they were a long way off. Allah cautions you to beware of Him. Allah is full of kindness towards His devotees.[30]

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Prohibition of taking disbelievers as protectors

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Tell the people O Muhammad: “If you sincerely love Allah, then follow me; Allah will also love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”[31] Also tell them, "Obey Allah and His Rasool." Inspite of this, if they turn back, then warn them, that Allah does not love the disbelievers.[32]

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Commandment to obey and follow the Prophet

Indeed Allah exalted Adam, Nüh (Noah), the family of Ibrăhďm (Abraham) and the family of Imrăn above all the worlds.[33] They were the offsprings of one another. Allah hears all and knows all.[34]

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Adam, Noah, the families of Ibrăhďm and Imrăn were exalted

Allah heard when the wife of `Imrăn said, “O my Rabb! I dedicate to Your service what is in my womb. Please accept it from me. You Alone hear all and know all."[35] When she gave birth to a girl instead of a boy, she said: “My Rabb! I have given birth to a girl,” - Allah knew very well what she had delivered - "and that the male is not like the female, I have named her Maryam (Mary) and I seek Your protection for her and her children from the mischief of Shaităn, the accursed."[36] Her Rabb graciously accepted that girl. He made her grow up as a good girl and entrusted her to the care of Zakariya. Whenever Zakariya entered the sanctuary to see her, he found with her food. He asked, “O Maryam! From where did you get it?” She replied, “It came from Allah. In fact, Allah gives to whom He wants without measure."[37]

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Birth and growth of Maryam (Mary - the mother of Jesus)

Thereupon Zakariya prayed to his Rabb saying: “O my Rabb! Grant me a righteous child as Your special favor; surely You hear all prayers."[38] As he stood praying in the Mahrăb (a prayer place in the sanctuary) the angels called out to him saying: “Allah gives you good news of a son to be named Yahya (John), he will confirm the word of Allah, he will be a great leader, chaste and a Prophet from among the righteous."[39] He said: “O my Rabb! How can I have a son now that I have reached an old age and my wife is barren?” “Such is the will of Allah” he replied, “ Allah does what He wants."[40] Zakariya said: “My Rabb! Grant me a sign." It was said: “Your sign is that you will not be able to speak to people for three days except through gestures. During this time you should remember your Rabb very much and glorify Him in the evening and in the morning."[41]

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Supplication of Zakariya for granting him a son and Allah granted his wish and gave him a son called Yahya (John)

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There came the time when angels said: “O Maryam! Surely Allah has exalted you, purified you, and preferred you for His service over all the women of the worlds.[42] O Maryam! Be obedient to your Rabb, prostrate and bow down in worship with other worshippers."[43] O Muhammad, this is the news from the Unseen which We are revealing to you. You were not present with them when priests of the temple cast their pens to decide which of them should be the guardian of Maryam; nor were you with them when they argued about it.[44]

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Allah chose Maryam (Mary) for His service and exalted her over all the women of the world

When the angels said “O Maryam! Allah gives you the good news with a Word from Him that you will be given a son: his name will be Messiah, Isa (Jesus Christ) the son of Maryam. He will be noble in this world and the Hereafter; and he will be from those who are very close to Allah. [45] He will speak to the people in the cradle and in his old age and he will be among the righteous."[46]

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Allah gave Mary a noble son called Isa (Jesus)

Hearing this, Maryam said, “O my Rabb! How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?” He replied, “Even so, Allah creates however He wants; whenever He decides to do anything, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is![47] Allah will teach your son the Book, the Wisdom, the Taurăt (Torah), and the Injeel (Gospel)[48] and send him forth as a Rasool to the Children of Israel with this message: 'I have brought you signs of my appointment from your Rabb. I will make for you the likeness of a bird from clay; I will breathe into it and, with Allah’s leave, it will become a living bird. I will heal the blind and the lepers, and raise the dead to life, by Allah's leave. Furthermore, I will tell you what you have eaten and what you have stored in your houses. Surely these are the signs to convince you if you are believers.[49] I am appointed to confirm that which is before me from the Taurăt (Torah) and to make lawful to you some of the things forbidden to you. Now I have brought you the signs from your Rabb, therefore fear Allah and obey me.[50] In fact, Allah is my Rabb as well as your Rabb, therefore, worship Him; this is the Right Way.'"[51]

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Birth of Isa (Jesus) son of Maryam



Miracles given to Isa (Jesus)

When Isa (Jesus) found out that they (most of the children of Israel) had no faith, he asked: “Who will help me in the cause of Allah?” The Disciples replied: “We will help you in the cause of Allah. We believe in Allah. Be our witness that we are Muslims."[52] Then they invoked Allah and said): Our Rabb! We believe in what you have revealed and we follow Your Rasool. Please count us with those who bear witness.”[53]

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Followers of Isa (Jesus) were also called Muslims

The unbelievers among the children of Israel plotted against Isa and Allah also devised a plan to raise him up, and Allah is the best in planning.[54]

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Plot to kill Isa (Jesus)

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Allah said: “O Isa (Jesus)! I am going to recall you (from your mission) and raise you up to Myself. I will clean you of those who rejected you and exalt your followers above the unbelievers until the Day of Resurrection; then to Me shall be your return and I shall judge those matters in which you have been disputing.[55] Those who are unbelievers will be punished with severe punishment in this world and the Hereafter; they shall have no helpers.[56] As for those who believe and do good deeds, Allah will pay them their full reward. Allah does not love the transgressors."[57]

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Allah's promise to clean Isa (Jesus) of those who rejected him

This revelation which We recite to you is full of signs and wise reminders.[58] In fact, the example of the birth of Isa ( Jesus) in the sight of Allah is like the example of Adam who had no father and mother, whom He created out of dust, then said to him: “Be” and he was.[59] This is the Truth from your Rabb, therefore, do not be of those who doubt it.[60] If anyone disputes with you concerning this matter (the birth of Jesus) after full knowledge has come to you, say: “Come! Let us gather our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves: then let us earnestly pray and invoke the curse of Allah on the liars."[61] Verily this is the absolute true Audio Explanation. The fact of the matter is, that there is no god but Allah; and for sure Allah is the Mighty, the Wise.[62] But if they turn away from accepting this challenge, it will be clear proof of their mischief and Allah has full knowledge of mischief-mongers.[63]

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The birth of Isa (Jesus) without father is like the creation of Adam without parents


"Mubahla:" [Calling for Allah's decision if Isa's (Jesus) birth is disputed]

SECTION: 7 Say: “O people of the Book! Let us get together on what is common between us and you: that we shall worship none but Allah; that we shall not associate any partners with Him; that we shall not take from among ourselves any lords beside Allah.” If they reject your invitation then tell them: “Bear witness that we are Muslims (who have surrendered to Allah).”[64] O people of the Book! Why do you argue with us about Ibrăhďm, as to whether he was a Jew or a Christian? You know that the Taurăt (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) were revealed long after him? Have you no sense at all?[65] So far you have been arguing about things of which you had some knowledge! Must you now argue about that of which you know nothing at all? Allah knows while you do not.[66] Ibrăhďm was neither a Jew nor a Christian but he was a Muslim, true in faith. He was not one of the Mushrikďn (who set up partners with Allah).[67] Surely the people nearest to Ibrăhďm are those who follow him, which are this Prophet (Muhammad) and those who believe with him; Allah is the Protector of only those who are the believers.[68] Some of the People of the Book want to mislead you; but they mislead none except themselves, though they do not realize it.[69] O People of the Book! Why do you deny the revelations of Allah when you know that they are true?[70] O People of the Book! Why do you confound the truth with falsehood and knowingly conceal the truth?[71]

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The commandment of calling the Jews and Christians to get together on what is common between them and Muslims


The religion of Ibrăhďm was Islam and the Muslims are his followers

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Some of the People of the Book say to one another: “Believe in what is revealed to the believers (Muslims) in the morning and deny it in the evening; so that they (the Muslims) may follow suit and abandon their faith.[72] Do not follow anyone except the one who follows your own religion." O Muhammad, tell them: “The only true guidance is the guidance of Allah." These people of the Book do not believe that revelation could be sent to anyone besides themselves, like that which has been sent to you; or that they will ever argue with you in the presence of your Rabb. Tell them: “For sure, grace is in the hands of Allah: He bestows it on whom He pleases; Allah has boundless knowledge."[73] He chooses for His mercy whom He pleases, Allah is the Owner of mighty grace.[74]

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Hypocrites among Jews and Christians

Among the People of the Book there are some who, if you trust them with a heap of gold, will readily return it back; and there are others who, if you trust them with a single dinăr (silver coin) will not return it back unless you constantly keep on demanding; because they say, “We are not going to be called to account for our behavior with the illiterates (non Jews or Christians)." Thus they deliberately ascribe a lie to Allah - knowing well that He never permitted such wrongdoing.[75] In fact, those who keep their promise and guard themselves against evil are His beloved, for Allah loves only those who guard themselves against such evils.[76] In fact, those who sell the covenants of Allah and their own oaths for a petty price, shall have no portion in the hereafter. Allah will neither speak to them nor even look at them nor cleanse them from their sins on the Day of Judgment. They shall have painful punishment.[77] There are some among them who twist their tongues pretending a quote from their Holy Book; so that you may think that what they read is a part of the Book, whereas, in fact it is not a part of the Book. They also assert, “It is from Allah” whereas, in fact it is not from Allah. Thus they deliberately ascribe a lie to Allah.[78]

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Among the Jews and Christians there are some good people and some bad


There are some Jews and Christians who cheat in quoting their Holy Books

It is not possible for a man whom Allah has given the Book, the Wisdom and the Prophethood, that he would say to the people: “Worship me instead of Allah." On the contrary he would say: “Be devoted worshippers of your Rabb in accordance with the Holy Book you have been teaching and reading."[79] He would never ask you to take angels and prophets as your lords. Would he ask you to become kafir (unbeliever) after you have become Muslim (believer)?[80]

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Isa (Jesus) never asked to worship him instead of Allah

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Allah took a covenant with the Prophets, saying: "Now that you have been given the Book and Wisdom; there will come to you a Rasool who will confirm that which is with you, you will have to believe in him and help him in his mission." Then He said “Do you affirm this covenant and agree to take this heavy responsibility?" The Prophets replied, “Yes, we do affirm." Allah said, “Very well, bear witness to this and I too bear witness with you."[81] Now if anyone turns back after this, he will become the transgressor.[82]

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The covenant of Allah with all the Prophets concerning the Last Prophet (Muhammad)

Are they looking for a religion other than the Deen (religion and Way of Life) of Allah knowing well that everything in the heavens and in the earth, willingly or unwillingly, has submitted to Him? And to Him they shall all return.[83] O Prophet, say: “We believe in Allah and what is revealed to us and what was revealed to Ibrăhďm (Abraham), Isma`il (Ishmael), Ishăq (Isaac), Ya'qoob (Jacob) and their descendants; and in that which was given to Musa (Moses), Isa (Jesus) and other Prophets from their Rabb; we do not discriminate between any one of them, and to Allah do we submit in Islam."[84] If anyone is looking for a religion other than Islam, then let it be known that it will not be accepted from him; and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers.[85]

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No religion is acceptable to Allah other than Al-Islam

How can it be that Allah would guide those people who commit Kufr (reject faith) after their Imăn (acceptance of faith), acknowledge that the Rasool is true, and clear proofs have come to them? Allah does not guide such wrongdoers.[86] The reward of such people is that upon them is the curse of Allah, the angels and all mankind.[87] They shall remain under it forever; neither will their punishment be lightened nor will they be given respite.[88] However, those who repent after this and mend their ways, verily Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.[89] However, those who disbelieve after their belief (acceptance of Islam) then go on adding to their disbelief, their repentance will never be accepted; because they intentionally chose to go astray.[90] As to those who are unbelievers and die while they were unbelievers, if they were to fill the whole earth with gold and offer it as a ransom for each one of them, that would not be accepted. These are the ones who shall have the painful punishment, and shall have no helpers.[91]

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The reward for the disbelievers is the curse of Allah, the Angels and all mankind


Disbeliever who die as a disbelievers will have an everlasting painful punishment

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You can never attain righteousness unless you spend in the cause of Allah that which you dearly cherish; and whatever you spend, surely it is known to Allah.[92]

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Criteria of righteousness

All food, that is lawful in Islamic Law, was also Halăl (lawful) for the children of Israel except what Israel (Ya'qoob) made Harăm (unlawful) for himself before the Taurăt (Torah) was revealed to Musa. Ask them: “Bring the Taurăt (Torah) and read a passage from it in support of your objection, if what you say is true."[93] Then whoever fabricates a lie against Allah after this, will indeed be unjust.[94] Say: “Allah has declared the truth. If you are sincere then follow the faith of Ibrăhďm; he was upright and not a mushrik.”[95]

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Lawful and unlawful food for the Children of Israel

Undoubtedly the first House for the worship of Allah ever built for mankind is the one at Bakka (Makkah), a blessed site and a guidance for all the worlds.[96] In it are clear signs and the Station of Ibrăhďm (Abraham) where he used to worship. Whoever enters it is safe. Performance of Hajj (pilgrimage) to this House is a duty to Allah for all who can afford the journey to it; and the one who disobeys this commandment should know that Allah is Self-sufficient, beyond the need of any from the worlds.[97]

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The first House of Allah on Earth

Say: “O people of the Book! Why do you deny the revelations of Allah? Allah Himself is a witness to your actions."[98] Say: “O people of the Book! Why do you obstruct the believers from the path of Allah and desire that they follow the crooked way while you yourselves are witnesses to Allah’s Covenant? Allah is not unmindful of what you do."[99] O believers! If you were to obey a group of those who were given the Book, they would turn you back from belief to unbelief.[100] Just think, how can you turn away from belief on their statements, when Allah’s revelations are being recited to you and Allah’s Rasool is among you? Whoever holds fast to Allah, will indeed be guided towards the Right Way.[101]

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Disbelief of the Jews and Christians


Do not obey the Jews or Christians

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O believers! Fear Allah as He should be feared and die not but as true Muslims.[102] All together hold fast to the rope of Allah (Faith of Islam) and be not divided among yourselves. Remember Allah's favors upon you when you were enemies; He united your hearts, so by His favor you became brethren; you were at the brink of the fiery pit and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His revelations clear to you, so that you may be rightly guided.[103]

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Live Islam, die as a Muslim, and be not divided among yourselves

Let there arise from among you a band of people who should invite to righteousness, enjoin good and forbid evil; such are the ones who shall be successful.[104] Be not like those who became divided into sects and who started to argue against each other after clear revelations had come to them. Those responsible for division and arguments will be sternly punished[105] on the Day when some faces will be brightened with joy and others darkened with gloom. To the dark-faced sinner it will be said: “Did you adopt the way of disbelief after embracing the True Faith? Then taste the punishment for having adopted the way of disbelief."[106] As for the bright-faced ones, they will be in Allah’s Mercy and abide therein forever.[107] These are the Revelations of Allah, We recite them to you in truth; Allah intends no injustice to the worlds.[108] All that is in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Allah and all matters return to Allah for decision.[109]

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Punishment for those who divide Muslims into sects

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You are the best nation which has ever been raised for the guidance of mankind. You enjoin good, forbid evil, and believe in Allah. Had the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) believed, it would surely have been better for them; among them some are believers but most of them are transgressors.[110] Anyhow, they can do no harm to you except a trifling annoyance; if they do fight against you, they will turn their backs and run, getting no help from anywhere.[111] Disgrace will be branded on them wherever they are found except when they get refuge under the favor of Allah or the patronage of other people; they have incurred the wrath of Allah and have been branded with misery because they disbelieved Allah’s revelations and slew His prophets unjustly and because they disobeyed and transgressed the limits.[112] Yet, they are not all alike: there are some among the People of the Book who are upright, who recite the revelations of Allah all night long and then prostrate before Him;[113] they believe in Allah and the Last Day, they enjoin good and forbid evil and rush in emulating each other in good deeds. These are the righteous people.[114] Whatever good they do, its reward will not be denied to them; Allah knows the righteous.[115]

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Muslims are the best nation evolved to enjoin good and forbid evil


Some righteous People of the Book

Surely for those who are unbelievers, neither their wealth nor their children shall in the least protect them from the wrath of Allah; they will be the inmates of the hellfire and live therein forever.[116] What they spend in this life (hypocritical charity) may be compared to a freezing wind which strikes and destroys the tillage of people who have wronged themselves (it is the lack of faith which makes their reward null and void); Allah is not unjust to them; it is they who have done injustice to their own souls.[117] O believers! Do not make intimate friendships with any but your own people. The unbelievers will not miss any opportunity to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your destruction: their malice has become evident from what they say; and what they conceal in their hearts is far worse. We have made Our revelations plain to you, if you want to comprehend.[118] Whereas you love them, they do not love you even though you believe in their Holy Books (the Psalms, the Torah, and the Gospels). When they meet you they say “We also believe in your prophet and your Qur’an;” but when they are alone, they bite their fingertips in rage against you. Say to them: “May you perish in your rage;" surely Allah knows all the secrets of the heart.[119] When you are blessed with good fortune they grieve; but if some misfortune overtakes you they rejoice. If you are patient and guard yourself against evil, their schemes will not harm you in any way. Surely Allah encompasses all their actions.[120]

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Hypocritical charity


Intimate friendship should be only with the believers

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O Muhammad, remember that morning when you left your household at an early hour to assign the believers to their battle-posts (in the Battle of Uhud): Allah hears and knows everything.[121] Remember when two of your companies became fainthearted and Allah protected them through strengthening their hearts. In Allah should the believers put their trust.[122] Allah helped you at the Battle of Badr when you were helpless. Therefore, have fear of Allah; perhaps you may become thankful.[123] Remember when you said to the believers, "Is it not enough that Allah should send down three thousand angels to help you?"[124] Of course! If you remain patient and on your guard, Allah will send to your aid not three thousand but, five thousand specially marked angels in case of a sudden attack from the enemy.[125] Allah has told you this as good news and that your hearts may be at ease thereby; victory comes only from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise.[126] (Allah sent the aid of Angels for the believers to offset the aid of shaităns to the unbelievers) so that He might cut off a flank of the unbelievers or put them to flight, making them withdraw with utter disappointment.[127] O Prophet, you have no authority to decide the affair; it is up to Allah whether He pardon or punish them since they are wrongdoers.[128] To Allah belongs all that is in the Heavens and in the earth. He pardons whom He pleases and punishes whom He pleases. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.[129]

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Lessons from the Battle of Uhud





Allah's help to the believers


Prophet does not have the authority to pardon the sinners

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O believers! Do not live on usury (compound interest) which is compounded over and over again. Have fear of Allah so that you may prosper.[130] Guard yourself against the Fire which is prepared for the unbelievers.[131] Obey Allah and His Rasool so that you may find mercy.[132] Rush towards the forgiveness from your Rabb to a paradise as vast as the heavens and the earth which is prepared for the righteous people;[133] they are those who spend generously in the Way of Allah, whether they are in prosperity or in adversity, who control their anger and forgive other people for Allah loves such charitable people,[134] who, if they commit an indecency or wrong their own souls, earnestly remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins; for no one can forgive sins except Allah, and those who do not knowingly persist in something wrong which they have done.[135] Such people will be rewarded with forgiveness from their Rabb beside gardens beneath which rivers flow, to live therein forever. How excellent is the reward for such laborers![136]

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Prohibition of usury



Allah loves charitable people

As for those who rejected the Divine Revelations, there have been many examples before you. Travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who rejected the truth.[137] This (The Qur'an) is a clear declaration to mankind, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah![138] Do not grieve and get disheartened: for you will have the upper hand if you are the believers.[139] If you have suffered a wound, so did the enemy. We alternate these days of varying fortunes among mankind so that Allah may know the true believers and take witnesses to the truth (grant martyrdom) from among you, for Allah does not love the unjust people,[140] and that Allah may purge the believers and annihilate the unbelievers.[141]

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Believers are promised to have upper hand

Do you think that you will enter paradise without going through the trial? Allah has not yet tested you to see who among you strive hard for His cause and show patience for His sake.[142] You certainly used to wish for death before you confronted it; now you have seen with your own eyes what it is like.[143]

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No paradise without trial

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Muhammad is no more than a Rasool of Allah, like the Rasools that passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heels (become unbelievers)? He that turns back on his heels will do no harm to Allah; but Allah will reward the thankful.[144] No one dies without the permission of Allah. The term of every life is fixed. He that desires the reward in this world shall be given it here, and he that desires the reward in the hereafter shall be given it there. Soon We will reward the thankful.[145]

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Muhammad (pbuh) is no more than a Rasool of Allah

In the past, many Prophets have fought, in the Way of Allah, with a large number of godly people. They did not lose heart during the adversities that befell them in the path of Allah; they neither showed weakness nor submitted to falsehood. Allah loves the steadfast.[146] Their only words were, “Our Rabb! Forgive our sins and our excesses; establish our feet firmly and give us victory over the unbelievers."[147] Therefore, Allah gave them the reward in this world and also an excellent reward awaits them in the Hereafter. Allah loves the righteous who are good to others.[148]

3:[146-148]

Prophets and their followers


Supplication of the believers

SECTION: 16
O believers! If you yield to the unbelievers they will drag you back to unbelief and you will become the losers.[149] The fact is that Allah is your Protector and He is the best of all helpers.[150] Soon We shall cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers for they commit shirk with Allah, for whom He has revealed no authority. The hellfire shall be their home; and evil is the home of the wrongdoers.[151]

3:[149-151]


Do not follow the unbelievers

Allah did indeed fulfill His promise to you when, with His leave, you defeated them until you flinched and fell into dispute about the order and disobeyed the Prophet, after Allah had brought within your sight the booty which you loved. Among you there were some who desired the gain of this world and some who desired the gain of the Hereafter. He allowed you to be defeated in order to test you, but now He has forgiven you, for Allah is gracious to the believers.[152] Remember how you fled in panic and did not even look back at one another while the Rasool, at your rear, was calling out to you! Consequently, Allah inflicted upon you one sorrow after another to teach you a lesson; not to grieve for what you lose nor at any misfortune you may encounter. Allah is well aware of all that you do.[153]

3:[152-153]

The result of disobeying the Rasool

Then, after this grief, He bestowed peace on some of you - a slumber which overcame them - while the others were stirred to anxiety by their own fancies, holding unjust and wrong suspicions about Allah, the suspicions of ignorance. Now they ask: “Have we any say in the matter?” Tell them: “All matters are in the hands of Allah." They hide in their minds what they dare not reveal to you. They mean to say: “If we had any say in the matter, none of us would have been killed here." Say to them: “Even if you had remained in your homes, those of you who were destined to be killed would nevertheless have been killed; but it was Allah’s will to test your faith and purge what was in your hearts. Allah has knowledge of the secrets of your hearts."[154] As for those of you who turned their backs on the day when the two armies met, they failed in their duty because they were seduced by Shaităn on account of some of their shortcomings. But now Allah has pardoned them; for Allah is Forgiving, Forbearing.[155]

3:[154-155]

After grief, Allah bestowed peace



There is no escape from death

SECTION: 17
O believers! Do not be like the unbelievers who speak of those brethren of theirs who die during their travels on the earth or while engaged in fighting: “Had they but stayed with us they would not have died or been killed." Allah makes such thinking a cause of regret and anguish in their hearts. It is Allah who gives life and death. Allah is observant of all your actions.[156] If you should die or get killed in the cause of Allah, His forgiveness and mercy will be far better than all the riches you could gather.[157] Whether you die or get killed, all of you will be brought before Allah.[158]

3:[156-158]

Life and death is from Allah

O Muhammad, it is a great Mercy of Allah that you are very gentle with them; had you been rough or hard-hearted, they would have deserted you. Therefore pardon them and ask Allah’s forgiveness for them. Consult them in the conduct of affairs; and when you make a decision to do something, then put your trust in Allah (hold fast to your decision). Allah loves those who put their trust in Him.[159]

3:[159]

Consult before making a decision, once decision is made then be firm

If Allah helps you, then there is none who can overcome you. If He forsakes you, then who else is there other than Him who can help you? Therefore, in Allah let the believers put their trust.[160] It is not conceivable that any Prophet would hold back from the spoils of war; for anyone who holds back shall bring along whatever he has been withholding on the Day of Resurrection; then every soul shall be paid back in full what it has earned and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.[161]

3:[160-161]

Put your trust in Allah

Can it be conceivable that a person who is seeking the good pleasure of Allah will behave like the one who has incurred the wrath of Allah and is ultimately doomed to Hell, which is an evil refuge?[162] These two kinds of people have quite different levels in the sight of Allah; Allah is observant of all their actions.[163] Allah has done a great favor to the believers that He raised among them a Rasool from among themselves, reciting to them the Revelations of Allah, sanctifying them and teaching them the Book and Wisdom, although before this they were in manifest error.[164]

3:[162-164]

Dignity of the Rasool

How is it that when you are afflicted with a loss, after you yourselves had inflicted losses twice as heavy upon your enemy in the Battle of Badr, you exclaimed: “Whose fault was that?” Say to them: “It was your own fault," Allah has power over everything.[165] The misfortune which befell you when the two armies met in the Battle of Uhud was with the leave of Allah so that He might know the true believers[166] and the hypocrites. When it was said to them (hypocrites): “Come fight for the cause of Allah or at least defend yourselves,” they replied: “Had we known how to fight we would certainly come with you." On that day they were nearer to unbelief than to belief; for they uttered with their mouths what was not in their hearts. Allah is quite aware of what they were concealing.[167] Such are the ones who, as they sat at home, said of their brothers: “Had they listened to us, they would not have been killed." Ask them: “Avert death from your own selves, when it comes to you, if you speak the truth."[168] Never think of those who are slain in the cause of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, and well provided for by their Rabb;[169] they are pleased with what Allah has given them and they are also happy to think that there is nothing to fear or to regret for those believers whom they have left behind and who have not yet joined them in their bliss.[170] They feel happy to have received Allah's grace and bounty and have come to know that most surely Allah does not waste the reward of the believers.[171]

3:[165-171]

Lessons to be learned from the Battle of Uhud






Those who are slain in the cause of Allah are not dead

SECTION: 18
As for those, who, even after their injuries during the Battle of Uhud, responded to the call of Allah and His Rasool to follow the Qureysh army which was gathering to attack again, there will be a great reward for such of those who do righteous deeds and refrain from evil,[172] and who, when the people told them: “Your enemies have mustered a great force against you: fear them,” grew more firm in their faith and replied: “Allah’s help is all-sufficient for us. He is the best protector."[173] As a result, they returned home with blessings and grace from Allah and suffered no harm at all. Besides this, they had the honor of following what pleased Allah, and Allah is the Owner of mighty grace.[174] Now you must have realized that it was the Shaităn who was trying to prompt you to fear his followers. But have no fear of them. Fear Me, if you are true believers.[175]

3:[172-175]

Character of the believers at Uhud

O Muhammad, let not those who rush headlong into unbelief grieve you; surely they can do absolutely no harm to Allah. Allah intends to give them no share in the Hereafter. They shall have a grievous punishment.[176] Those who barter away faith for unbelief will in no way harm Allah. They shall have a painful punishment.[177] Let not the unbelievers think that Our granting of respite is good for their souls. We grant them respite so that they may add more to their sins. They shall have a disgraceful punishment.[178]

3:[176-178]

Punishment for bartering belief for unbelief

Allah will not leave the believers in their present condition; you are in this condition only until He separates the Evil from the Good. Allah will not do this by disclosing to you the secrets of the unseen. As for disclosing the unseen, Allah chooses those of his Rasools whom He pleases. Therefore, believe in Allah and His Rasool. If you have faith and guard yourselves against evil, you shall have a great reward.[179]

3:[179]

Adverse conditions are a test from Allah

Let not those who are stingy in giving for charity from what Allah has blessed them with, think that it is good for them: nay it is very bad for them. All the wealth they hoarded with stingy behavior will be hung around their necks like a collar on the Day of Resurrection. It is Allah who will inherit the heavens and the earth. Allah is well aware of all your actions.[180]

3:[180]

Punishment for the stingy

SECTION: 19
Allah has heard the statement of those who said: “ Allah is poor and we are rich!” Their words are recorded and so is their unjust killings of the Prophets." On the Day of Judgment, We shall say: “Taste now the torment of burning![181] Here is the reward of your misdeeds. Allah is not unjust to His servants." [182] They also claim: “Allah has commanded us to believe in no Rasool unless he shows us a sacrifice consumed by a fire from the Heaven." Ask them: “Other prophets before me have come to you with clear arguments and showed this miracle you are asking for. Why did you kill them if what you say is true?"[183] O Muhammad if they reject you by calling you an impostor, so did they reject other Rasools before you, although they brought them clear signs, Psalms, and the enlightening Book.[184]

3:[181-184]


The Jews insulted Allah and uttered a lie against Him

Every soul shall taste death. You shall receive your full reward for everything which you have striven for on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is spared from the fire and is admitted into paradise will have attained the objective of this worldly life; for the life of this world is nothing but an illusory enjoyment.[185]

3:[185]

Everyone has to die

You shall certainly be tested through your wealth and with your persons; and you will certainly hear much that is hurtful from those who were given the Book before you, and from the Mushrikďn. But if you endure with patience and have fear of Allah, this will surely be a proof of your firm determination.[186]

3:[186]

Test of the believers

When Allah made the covenant with those who were given the Book, they were asked to spread the teachings of the Book to mankind and not to conceal them; but they cast it behind their backs and sold them for a petty price. What a bad bargain they made![187] Those who rejoice in their misdeeds and wish to be praised for what they have not actually done, should never think that they will escape the punishment; in fact they shall have a painful punishment;[188] for all the dominions of the Heavens and the earth belong to Allah Who has power over everything.[189]

3:[187-189]

Punishment for claiming credit for something you have not done

SECTION: 20
For sure, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day there are signs for men of understanding.[190] Those who remember Allah while standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and meditate on the creation of the heavens and the earth, then cry out:“ Our Rabb! You have not created this in vain. Glory to You! Save us from the punishment of Fire.[191] Our Rabb! Those whom You cast into the Fire will be in eternal shame: and there shall be no helper for such wrongdoers.[192] Our Rabb! We have heard someone calling to the true faith saying; 'Believe in your Rabb,' so we have believed. Our Rabb! Forgive us our sins, remove from us our evil deeds and make us die with the righteous.[193] Our Rabb! Grant us what You have promised through Your Rasools and save us from the shame on the Day of Resurrection; for You never break Your promise."[194]

3:[190-194]

Signs from nature



Supplication of the believers

So their Rabb answers their prayers, saying: “ I will not let the good deed of any worker among you, whether a male or a female, be wasted. You are the offspring of one another. Those who had to leave their homes or were expelled therefrom, and those who suffered persecution for My sake and fought and were killed: I will forgive them their sins and admit them into gardens beneath which the rivers flow; a prize from Allah, and Allah holds the finest prize!”[195]

3:[195]

Acceptance of supplication by Allah

Do not be deceived by the free movement of the unbelievers in this land.[196] Their enjoyment is brief. Their ultimate home shall be Hell, an evil refuge.[197] As for those who fear their Rabb, there shall be gardens beneath which rivers flow, they will live therein forever, this will be their welcome from Allah; and what Allah possesses is the best for righteous people.[198] There are some among the people of the Book who truly believe in Allah and what has been revealed to you, O Muhammad, and what has been revealed to them before you. They humble themselves before Allah and do not sell the revelations of Allah for a petty price. For them, there will be a reward from their Rabb. Surely Allah is very swift in settling all accounts.[199] O believers! Be patient, excel in patience during confrontation, hold yourselves ready for battle and have fear of Allah so that you may succeed.[200]

3:[196-200]

Do not be deceived by the unbelievers






Be patient and excel in patience

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Allah's testimony about Himself.
* Decisive vs. Allegorical verses of The Qur'an.
* The True religion in the sight of Allah is only Islam.
* The only religion acceptable to Allah is Islam.
* Live Islam and die as a Muslim in order to get salvation.
* Followers of Isa (Jesus) were Muslims.
* Birth of Maryam (Mary), Yahya (John) and Isa (Jesus) peace be upon them.
* 'Mubahla' (calling for Allah's decision if the birth of Jesus is disputed). He was born without a father, as Adam (first man) was born without parents and Eve (first woman) was born without a mother.
* Life and death is from Allah.
* There is no escape from death.
* Those who are killed in the path of Allah are not dead, but are alive.
* Muhammad (pbuh) is no more than a Rasool/Prophet of Allah.
* Prohibition to take the unbelievers as protectors.
* Critical review and lessons taught during the Battle of Uhud.
* The first House of Allah ever built on earth is that of Ka'bah at Makkah.
 

As in Sürah Al-Al-Baqrah, the Jews were invited to accept the guidance. Similarly, in this Sürah, the Christians are admonished to give up their erroneous beliefs and accept the guidance of the Qur'an. At the same time, the Muslims are instructed to nourish the virtues that may enable them to carry out their obligation of spreading the Divine guidance.

The believers had met with all sorts of trials and hardships about which they were forewarned in Sürah Al-Al-Baqrah. Though they had come out victorious in the Battle of Badr, they were not out of danger yet. Their victory had aroused the enmity of all those powers in Arabia which were opposed to the Islamic movement. Threatening events had begun to appear on all sides and the Muslims were in a perpetual state of fear and anxiety. This state of emergency was also adversely affecting its economy which had already been badly disturbed by the influx of Muslim refugees from other places.

The Jewish clans, who lived in the suburbs of Al-Madinah, started discarding the treaties of alliance which they had made with the Prophet at his arrival from Makkah. They had discarded the treaties to the extent that during the Battle of Badr, these "People of the Book" sided with the mushrik Qureysh (in spite of the fact that their fundamental Articles of Faith - such as Oneness of Allah, Prophethood and life after death - were the same as those of the Muslims). After the Battle of Badr, they openly began to approach various Arab clans against the Muslims. The magnitude of the peril may be judged from the fact that even the life of the Prophet himself was always in danger. His Companions used to sleep in their armor and keep watch at night to guard against any sudden attack. Whenever the Prophet happened to be out of sight even for a short while, they would at once set out in search of him.

Jews even approached the Qureysh and challenged their ego to avenge the defeat they had suffered at Badr and promised to help them from within. As a result the Qureysh marched against Al-Madinah with an army of 3000 warriors and a battle took place at the foot of mount Uhud. The Prophet started out of Al-Madinah with one thousand men to fight the enemy. While they were marching to the battlefield, three hundred hypocrites deserted the army and returned to Al- Madinah to discourage the believers. A small band of hypocrites, however, remained among the seven hundred who accompanied the Prophet. They played their part and did their best to create mischief and chaos in the ranks of the Believers during the battle. This was the first clear indication of the fact that within the fold of the Muslim community there was quite a large number of saboteurs who were always ready to conspire with the external enemies to harm their own brethren.

These devices of the hypocrites played a major role in the setback at Uhud, even though the weaknesses of the Muslims also contributed to it. The Muslims were a new community, formed on a new ideology and had not as yet gotten thorough moral training. Naturally in this second hard test of their physical and moral strength, some weaknesses came to the surface. That is why a detailed critical review of the Battle of Uhud is made in this Sürah which was needed to warn the Muslims of their shortcomings and to issue instructions for their reform.

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62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah) listen
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