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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (66) Prohibition (At-Tahreem)

(12 Verses)
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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

O Prophet! Why do you make something unlawful, which Allah has made lawful to you in seeking to please your wives? Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.[1] Allah has already given you absolution from such oaths. Allah is your Master and He is the Knowledgeable, the Wise.[2] When the Prophet confided a secret to one of his wives, she disclosed this secret to another and Allah informed him about it, the Prophet made known to the said wife a part of it and avoided mentioning the rest. So when he told her about this disclosure, she asked: “Who told you this?” He replied: “I was informed by Him Who is All-Knowing, All-Aware."[3] If you both (Hafsah and Aeysha) turn in repentance to Allah - for your hearts have sinned - you shall be pardoned; and if you back up each other against him (the Prophet), then you should know that his protectors are Allah, Gabriel and all righteous believers, furthermore the angels too are his supporters.[4] It may well be that, if he divorces you all, his Rabb will give him in your place better wives than yourselves, submissive, faithful, obedient, penitent, worshippers and keepers of fasting; be they previously married or virgins.[5] O believers! Save yourselves and your families from hellfire, whose fuel is men and stones, in the charge of fierce and mighty angels who never disobey Allah’s command and who promptly do what they are commanded to do.[6] They will say to the unbelievers: “O unbelievers! Make no excuses for yourselves this Day. You are being rewarded according to your deeds."[7]


Do not make something unlawful which Allah has made lawful

Wives of the Prophet are admonished on their behavior with him

O believers! Turn to Allah in sincere repentance. It may well be that your Rabb will remove from you your sins and admit you to gardens beneath which rivers flow. On that Day Allah will not humiliate the Prophet and those who believe with him. Their light will shine in front of them and on their right, and they will say: “Our Rabb! Perfect our light for us and grant us forgiveness, for You have power over all things."[8] O Prophet! Make Jihãd (struggle including war) against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, and that is an evil abode![9] Allah has set an example to the unbelievers in the wife of Nüh (Noah) and the wife of Lüt (Lot). They were married to two of Our righteous servants, but they betrayed them. In no way could their husbands protect them from Allah. Both of them were told: “Enter the fire, along with those who enter."[10] And for the believers Allah has set an example in the wife of Fir'on (Pharaoh), who said: “My Rabb! Build for me a house as a special favor from You in paradise, deliver me from Fir'on and his misdeeds, and save me from the wicked nation."[11] Another example is in the life of Maryam, the daughter of `Imrãn, who guarded her chastity, and into whose womb We breathed of Our spirit, who testified to the words of her Rabb, and His scriptures, and was one of the obedient.[12]


O believers! Turn to Allah in sincere repentance if you want to be forgiven

Example of the wives of Nüh and Lüt who will go to hell and example of Fir'on's wife and Maryam who will go to paradise

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Do not make something unlawful which Allah has made lawful.
* Wives of the Prophet are admonished on their behavior with him.
* Believers are commanded to turn to Allah in sincere repentance if they want to be forgiven.
* Example of the wives of Nüh (Noah) and Lüt (Lot) who will go to hell and the example of Fir'on’s (Pharaoh's) wife and Maryam who will go to paradise.

This is a very important Sürah in which guidance is provided relating to questions of grave significance in reference to some incidents concerning the wives of the Prophet (pbuh).

  1. That the powers to prescribe the bounds of the lawful and the unlawful, the permissible and the forbidden, are entirely and absolutely in the hand of Allah and nothing of this sort has been delegated even to the Prophet of Allah, much less any other person.
  2. That in any society the position of a Prophet is very delicate. A minor incident experienced by an ordinary man in his life may not be of any consequence, but it assumes the status of law when experienced by a Prophet. That is why the lives of the Prophets have been kept under close supervi- sion by Allah so that none of their acts, not even a most trivial one, may deviate from Divine Will.
  3. The Prophet (pbuh) was checked on a minor thing, which was not only corrected but also recorded. It gives us complete satisfaction that whatever actions, commands and instructions we now find in the docu- mented life of the Prophet concerning which there is nothing on record in the nature of criticism or correction from Allah, we can trust that they are wholly based on truth, are in complete conformity with Divine Will and that guidance can be drawn from them with full confidence and peace of mind.
  4. It has been stated in this Sürah that the Prophet, whose reverence and respect Allah Himself has enjoined as a necessary part of the faith of His servants, once during his sacred life made a thing declared lawful by Allah unlawful for himself only to please his wives. Allah severely reproved of their errors, the wives of the Prophet whom Allah Himself has declared as mothers of the faithful; worthy of the highest esteem and honor. Further, this criticism of the Prophet and the administration of the warning to his wives was made not secretly but included in the Book, which the entire Ummah has to read and recite forever. Obviously, the intention of making mention of this instance in the Book of Allah was not, nor could it have been, that Allah wanted to degrade His Rasool and the Mothers of the Faithful in the eyes of the believers. It is also obvious that no Muslim has lost respect for them after reading this Sürah of the Qur’an. There cannot be any other reason of mentioning this instance in the Qur’an other than that Allah wants to acquaint the believers with the correct manner of rever- ence for their personalities. A Prophet is a Prophet, not God, and he may commit error. Respect for the Prophet has not been enjoined because he is infallible, but because he is a perfect representative of Divine Will, and Allah has not permitted any of his errors to pass unnoticed. This gives us the satisfaction that the noble pattern of life left by the Prophet wholly and fully represents the Will of Allah.
  5. It is made explicitly clear that Allah's religion is absolutely fair and just. It has for every person just the recompense of which he becomes worthy of on the basis of his faith and works. No relationship or connection, even with the most righteous person or the most evil person, can be beneficial for him in any way. In reference to this, three kinds of women have been cited as examples before the the Prophet's wives in particular.

A. One example is of the wives of the Prophets Noah and Lot, who, if they had believed and cooperated with their illustrious husbands, would have occupied the same rank and position in the Muslim community which is enjoyed by the wives of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Since they were disbelievers, however, their being the wives of the Prophets did not save them from hell.

B. The second example is of the wife of Pharaoh, who in spite of being the wife of a staunch enemy of God believed and chose a path of action separate from that followed by the Pharaoh’s people. Her being the wife of a staunch disbeliever did not cause her any harm, and Allah made her worthy of Paradise.

C. The third example is of Sayyidah Maryam (Mary) (peace be upon her), who attained to her high rank because she submitted to the severe test Allah decided to put her too. Apart from Maryam, no other chaste and righteous woman in history has been put to such a difficult test. In spite of being unmarried she was miraculously made pregnant by Allah’s command and informed of the service her Rabb willed to take from her. When Sayyidah Maryam accepted this decision, and agreed to bear, like a true believer, everything that she inevitably had to bear in order to fulfil Allah’s Will, then did Allah exalt her to the noble rank of "Sayyidahtu an-Nisã'’ Fil- Jannah (Leader of the women in Paradise).” (Musnad Ahmed)

We also learn from this Sürah that the Prophet (pbuh) did not receive from Allah only that knowledge which is included and recorded in The Qur’an, but was additionally given information about other things also by revelation, which was not recorded in The Qur’an. Clear proof of this is found in verse 3 of this Sürah. In it we are told that the Prophet (pbuh) confided a secret to one of his wives, and she told it to another. Allah informed the Prophet of this secret. Then, when the Prophet warned his particular wife on this mistake of disclosure she said: ”Who has informed you of this mistake of mine?" He replied: “I have been informed of it by Him Who knows everything and is All Aware." The question is where in the Qur’an is the verse in which Allah has said “O Prophet, the secret that you had confided to one of your wives has been disclosed by her to another person?" There is no such verse in the Qur’an. This is an express proof of the fact that some times revelation that descended on the Prophet was not included in the Qur’an, and refutes the claim of the deniers of Hadith, who allege that nothing was sent down to the Prophet (pbuh) apart from the Qur’an.

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1 The Opening (Al-Fatiha) listen
2 The Cow (Al-Baqrah) listen
3 The Family of Imran (Aal-Imran) listen
4 The Women (An-Nisah) listen
5 The Table (Al-Maeda) listen
6 The Cattle (Al-An'aam) listen
7 The Heights (Al-A'raf) listen
8 The Spoils of War (Al-Anfal) listen
9 The Repentance(At-Tawba) listen
10 Jonah (Yunus) listen
11 The Prophet Hud (Hud) listen
12 Joseph (Yusuf) listen
13 The Thunder (Al-Ra'd) listen
14 Abraham (Imbrahim) listen
15 The Rocky Tract(Al-Hijr) listen
16 The Bees (An-Nahl) listen
17 The Night Journey (Al-Isra) listen
18 The Cave (Al-Kahf) listen
19 Mary (Maryam) listen
20 Ta-Ha (Ta-Ha) listen
21 The Prophets (Al-Anbiya) listen
22 The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj) listen
23 The Believers (Al-Muminun) listen
24 The Light (An-Nour) listen
25 The Criterion (Al-Furqan) listen
26 The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara) listen
27 The Ants (An-Naml) listen
28 The Narration (Al-Qasas) listen
29 The Spider (Al-Ankaboot) listen
30 The Romans (Al-Rum) listen
31 Luqman (Luqman) listen
32 The Prostration (As-Sajda) listen
33 The Confederates (Al-Ahzab) listen
34 Sheba (Saba) listen
35 The Originator of Creation (Fatir) listen
36 Ya-Seen (Ya Seen) listen
37 The Rangers (As-Saffat) listen
38 The Letter Sad (Sad) listen
39 The Groups (Az-Zumar) listen
40 The Forgiver (Ghafir) listen
41 Explained in Detail (Fussilat) listen
42 The Consultation (Ash-Shura) listen
43 Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf) listen
44 The Smoke (Ad-Dukhan) listen
45 The Kneeling (Al-Jathiya) listen
46 The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf) listen
47 Muhammad listen
48 The Victory (Al-Fath) listen
49 The Dwellings (Al-Hujurat) listen
50 The Letter Qaf (Qaf) listen
51 The Winds that Scatter (Az-Zariyat) listen
52 The Mount (At-Tur) listen
53 The Star (An-Najm) listen
54 The Moon (Al-Qamar) listen
55 The Most Beneficent (Ar-Rahman) listen
56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a) listen
57 The Iron (Al-Hadid) listen
58 She That Dispute (Al-Mujidala) listen
59 The Gathering (Al-Hashr) listen
60 The Examined One (Al-Mumtahina) listen
61 The Row (As-Saff) listen
62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah) listen
63 The Hypocrites (Al-Munafiqoon) listen
64 Loss and Gain (At-Taghabun) listen
65 The Divorce (At-Talaq) listen
66 Prohibition (At-Tahreem) listen
67 Dominion (Al-Mulk) listen
68 The Pen (Al-Qalam) listen
69 The Reality (Al-Haaqqa) listen
70 The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij) listen
71 Noah (Nuh) listen
72 The Jinn (Al-Jinn) listen
73 The Enshrouded One (Al-Muzzammil) listen
74 The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir) listen
75 The-Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah) listen
76 Man (Al-Insan) listen
77 Those Sent Forth (Al-Mursalat) listen
78 The News (An-Naba) listen
79 Those Who Pull Out (An-Naziat) listen
80 He frowned (Abasa) listen
81 The Folding Up (At-Takwir) listen
82 The Cleaving (Al-Infitar) listen
83 Those Who Deal in Fraud (Al-Mutaffifin) listen
84 The Splitting Asunder (Al-Inshiqaq) listen
85 The Mansions of the Stars (Al-Burooj) listen
86 The Night Comer (At-Tariq) listen
87 The Most High (Al-A'la) listen
88 The Overwhelming (Al-Ghashiya) listen
89 The Dawn (Al-Fajr) listen
90 The City (Al-Balad) listen
91 The Sun (Ash-Shams) listen
92 The Night (Al-Layl) listen
93 The Morning Hours (Ad-Dhuha) listen
94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah) listen
95 The Figs (At-Teen) listen
96 The Clot (Al-Alaq) listen
97 The Night of Decree (Al-Qadr) listen
98 The Clear Proof (Al-Bayyina) listen
99 The Earthquake (Az-Zalzala) listen
100 The Courser (Al-Adiyat) listen
101 The Calamity (Al-Qariah) listen
102 Rivalry in world increase (At-Takathur) listen
103 The Declining Day (Al-Asr) listen
104 The Slanderer (Al-Humaza) listen
105 The Elephant (Al-Feel) listen
106 Quraish ( Quraish) listen
107 Small Kindnesses (Al-Maun) listen
108 Abundance (Al-Kawthar) listen
109 The Disbelievers (Al-Kafiroon) listen
110 Divine- Support (An-Nasr) listen
111 The Flame (Al-Masadd) listen
112 Sincerity (Al-Ikhlas) listen
113 The Daybreak (Al-Falaq) listen
114 The Mankind (An-Nas) listen


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The Lord Complete Audio English Quran in MP3 Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik

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Now Playing # (66) Prohibition (At-Tahreem) (12 Verses)