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AL-MAIDA (5)

The Table

Revealed at Medina, Verses: 120 In the name of Allah, The Merciful, The All-merciful
  1. O Believers, fulfil the bonds. Lawful to you is the beast of cattle, except that which is recited to you, without making game lawful when you are in pilgrim sanctity; God decrees what He desires.(1)
  2. O Believers, do not profane God's symbols, nor the sacred month, nor the offering, nor the necklaces, nor those repairing to the Sacred House, seeking bounty and pleasure from their Lord. But when you are out of pilgrim sanctity, you may hunt the game. And let not hatred for a people, because they barred you from the Sacred Mosque, move you to commit aggression; and help one another to virtue and godfearing, but do not help one another to sin and enmity; and fear God; surely God is terrible in retribution.(2)
  3. Forbidden to you are carrion, blood, the flesh of swine, that over which name of other than God is invoked, the strangled, the beaten down, that fallen to death, the gored, and that devoured by beasts of prey __ excepting that which you have duly slaughtered __ and that sacrificed on altars, and that you seek to divide by the divining arrows; that is transgression __ Today the unbelievers have despaired of your religion, so do not fear them but fear Me; today I have perfected your religion for you, and I have completed My blessing on you, and I am pleased to make Submission (Islam) your religion. __ However, if any is constrained by hunger, without wilfully inclining to sin, then God is Forgiving, Merciful.(3)
  4. They ask thee what is lawful to them. Say, `the clean things are lawful to you; and hunting creatures which you train as hounds, teaching them as God has taught you __ eat of that they hold for you, and mention God's name over it, and fear God; surely God is Swift at the reckoning.(4)
  5. Today, the clean things are made lawful to you; and the food of those who were given the Book is lawful to you, and your food is lawful to them, and so are free women from among the Believing women and free women from among those who were given the Book before you, when you give them their dowries, taking them in wedlock, not taking them for lust, nor as lovers. And whoso disregards the Faith, his work is vain, and, in the Hereafter, he shall be among the losers.(5)
  6. O Believers, when you stand up for the Prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, and wipe your heads, and (wash) your feet up to the ankles. And if you are polluted, cleanse yourselves; but if you are sick or on a journey, or if any of you comes from the privy, or you have touched women, and you find no water, then have recourse to clean dust, and wipe your faces and your hands with it; God does not desire to put you to any hardship, but He desires to cleanse you and to complete His blessing upon you, that you may be thankful.(6)
  7. And remember God's blessing on you and His covenant by which He bound you, when you said, `we have heard and we obey'; and fear God; God knows the thoughts in the breasts.(7)
  8. O Believers, be you securers of justice, witnesses for God; and let not hatred for a people move you not to be equitable; be equitable; it is nearer to godfearing; and fear God; God is aware of the things you do.(8)
  9. God promises those who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness and a big wage for them.(9)
  10. And those who disbelieve and give lies to Our signs, those are the people of Hell.(10)
  11. O Believers, remember God's blessing on you, when a people purposed to stretch their hands against you, and He restrained their hands from you, and fear God; and in God should the Believers put their trust.(11)
  12. And God made a covenant with the Children of Israel; and We raised up twelve chieftains among them; and God said, `I am with you; if you establish the Prayer and pay the Due-alms, and believe in My Messengers and assist them and lend to God a good loan, I will acquit you of your evils, and I will admit you to gardens underneath which rivers flow; but if any of you thereafter refused (to act), he will surely be astray from the even way.(12)
  13. Then, for their breaking their covenant, We cursed them and made their hearts hard; they pervert the Words from their places, and have forgotten a portion of that whereby they were admonished; and thou wilt not cease to find some treachery from them, except a few of them; yet pardon them and overlook; surely God loves the good-doers.(13)
  14. And with those who say, `we are Christians', We made a covenant, but they forgot a portion of that whereby they were admonished, so We stirred up among them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection; and God will soon tell them of the things they have been doing. (14)
  15. O People of the Book, there has come to you Our Messenger, making clear to you much of what you have been hiding of the Book, and passes over much. There has come to you from God a Light and a clear Book,(15)
  16. whereby God guides those who follow His pleasure in the ways of peace, and brings them forth from darkness to light by His leave, and guides them to a straight path.(16)
  17. They are indeed unbelievers who say, ` God is the Messiah, son of Mary.' Say, `who shall then overrule God in any way, if He desired to destroy Messiah, son of Mary, and his mother, and all those who are on earth?' And to God belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them; He creates what He will; and God is powerful over everything.(17)
  18. And the Jews and the Christians say, `we are the sons of God and His beloved ones.' Say, `why then does He punish you for your sins? No, you are mortals from among those He has created; He forgives whom He will, and He punishes whom He will; and to God belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them, and unto Him is the destination.'(18)
  19. O People of the Book, there has come to you, after an interval between the Messengers, Our Messenger who makes things clear to you, lest you should say, `there has not come to us any bearer of good news nor any warner'; indeed there has come to you a bearer of good news and a warner; and God is powerful over everything.(19)
  20. And (remember) when Moses said to his people, `O my people, remember God's blessing on you, when He appointed among you Prophets, and appointed you kings, and He gave you what He had not given to any in the world.(20)
  21. O my people, enter the Holy Land which God has prescribed for you, and do not turn on your backs, for then you will turn about losers.'(21)
  22. They said, `O Moses, therein are a strong people, and we will never enter it until they go out of it; and if they go out of it, we will surely enter.'(22)
  23. Two men, out of those who feared God and whom God had blessed, said, `enter the gate against them; and as you enter it, you will be victors; and in God put your trust, if you are believers.'(23)
  24. They said, `O Moses, we will never enter it so long as they are in it; so go forth, thou and thy Lord and fight, we are sitting here.'(24)
  25. He said, `my Lord, I have no control except on myself and my brother, so put a barrier between us and the transgressing people.'(25)
  26. He said, `now it shall be forbidden to them for forty years, while they will be wandering in the land; so sorrow not for the transgressing people.'(26)
  27. And recite to them the tale of the two sons of Adam with truth. When they offered an offering, it was accepted of one of them, and was not accepted of the other. He said, `I shall surely kill thee.' (The other) said, `God accepts only from the godfearing.(27)
  28. If thou stretchest out thy hand against me to kill me, I will not stretch out my hand to kill thee; I fear God, the Lord of the world.(28)
  29. I desire that thou shouldst bear my sin and thy sin, and be among the people of the Fire; and that is the recompense of the wrong-doers.'(29)
  30. Then his soul prompted him to kill his brother, and he killed him, and became one of the losers.(30)
  31. Then God sent forth a raven, that scratched into the earth to show him how he might cover the vile body of his brother. He said, `woe is me; am I unable to be as this raven and so cover the vile body of my brother?' And he became of the remorseful.(31)
  32. On that account, We prescribed for the Children of Israel, that he who kills a soul without (retaliating for) a soul or for disorder in the land, it is as if he had killed whole of mankind. And he who saved it, it is as if he had saved whole of mankind. And Our Messengers certainly came to them with the clear signs, but many of them, despite that, commit excesses in the land. (32)
  33. The recompense of those who wage war against God and His Messenger, and run about in the land causing disorder, is only this __ that they should be slaughtered or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on opposite sides, or they should be banished from the land. That is a disgrace for them in this world; and they shall receive a big punishment in the Hereafter,(33)
  34. except those who repent before you overpower them; and know that God is Forgiving, Merciful.(34)
  35. O Believers, fear God and seek the means of nearness to Him, and struggle in His way, that you may prosper.(35)
  36. The unbelievers, though they had all that is in the earth and the like of it along with it, to ransom themselves from the punishment of the Day of Resurrection, it would not be accepted of them; and for them shall be a painful punishment.(36)
  37. They will desire to come forth from the Fire, but they will not come forth from it, and for them shall be a lasting punishment.(37)
  38. And the thief, man and woman, cut off their hands as a recompense exemplary from God for what they earned; and God is Mighty, Wise.(38)
  39. But if any repents after his wrong-doing and reforms, then God will surely accept his repentance; God is Forgiving, Merciful.(39)
  40. Dost thou not know that to God belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth; He punishes whom He will and forgives whom He will; and God is powerful over everything.(40)
  41. O Messenger, let those who hasten to unbelief not grieve thee, out of those who say with their mouths, `we believe', but their hearts have not believed; and out of the Jews who listen to falsehood, and listen to other people who have not come to thee. Perverting Words from their places, they say, `if you are given this, take it, and if you are not given it beware.' But whomso God desires to put to trial, thou canst not avail him with God anything; those are the ones whose hearts God has desired not to purify; for them shall be disgrace in this world, and for them shall be a big punishment in the Hereafter.(41)
  42. Listeners of falsehood and devourers of the unlawful, if they come to thee, judge between them, or turn aside from them; and if thou turnst aside from them, they will not hurt thee in the least; and if thou judgest, judge justly between them; surely God loves the just.(42)
  43. But how will they make thee a judge when they have the Torah wherein is God's judgement; yet, despite that, they turn away; and they are no believers.(43)
  44. We sent down the Torah wherein is guidance and light, by which the Prophets, who had submitted themselves judged for the Jews, and so did the rabbis and the priests, for they were required to guard the Book of God, and they were witnesses to it; so do not fear men but fear Me; and do not sell My signs for a small price. And whoso does not judge according to what God has sent down, those are the unbelievers.(44)
  45. And We therein prescribed for them __ life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and for injuries retaliation; and if any forgoes it, it shall be an expiation for him. And whoso does not judge according to what God has sent down, those are the wrong-doers. (45)
  46. And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, son of Mary, confirming what was before him of the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, wherein was guidance and light, and it confirmed what was before it of the Torah, and it was a guidance and an admonition to the godfearing.(46)
  47. And let the People of the Gospel judge according to what God sent down therein. And whoso does not judge according to what God has sent down, those are the transgressors. (47)
  48. And We have sent down to thee the Book with the truth, confirming what is before it of the Book, and a guardian over it; so judge between them according to what God has sent down, and do not follow their caprices, forsaking what has come to thee of the truth. For everyone of you We have made a law and an open road; and if God had willed, He would have made you (all) one community, but it is so that He may try you in what He has given you, so be you forward in good works; unto God shall you all return, then He will tell you that wherein you differed;(48)
  49. and that thou judgest between them according to what God has sent down, but follow not their caprices and beware of them, lest they tempt thee away from some of what God has sent down to thee. But if they turn away, know that God desires only to afflict them for some of their sins; and surely many men are transgressors.(49)
  50. What! Do they seek the judgement of the days of ignorance? But who can be fairer in judgement than God for a people having sure faith?(50)
  51. O Believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of one another; and whoso out of you makes them his friends is one of them; surely God does not guide the wrong-doing people.(51)
  52. Yet thou seest those, in whose hearts is sickness, hastening towards them, saying, `we fear lest a turn of time should afflict us.' But it may be that God brings the victory or some event from Him, and then they will be regretful, for what they kept secret within them.(52)
  53. And the Believers will say, `are these the ones who swore by God their earnest oaths that they were with you?' Their works have failed and they have become losers.(53)
  54. O Believers, if any of you turns from his religion, God will soon bring a people He loves, and who love Him, humble towards the Believers, stern towards the unbelievers, who struggle in the way of God, and fear not the reproach of any reproacher; that is God's bounty, He gives it to whom He will; and God is All-embracing, Knowing.(54)
  55. Your friend is only God, and His Messenger and the Believers who establish the Prayer and pay the Due-alms, and have bowed down.(55)
  56. And whoso makes God, His Messenger and the Believers his friend, surely God's group shall be the victors.(56)
  57. O Believers, do not take as friends those who take your religion in mockery and as a sport, from among those who were given the Book before you and the unbelievers; and fear God, if you are Believers.(57)
  58. And when you call to the Prayer, they take it in mockery and as a sport; that is because they are a people who understand not. (58)
  59. Say, `O People of the Book, do you blame us only because we believe in God and what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down before, and because most of you are transgressors?'(59)
  60. Say, `shall I tell you of a recompense with God worse than that? __ Whom God cursed, and on whom He was wroth, and whom He made apes and swine, and who served the idols (Taghut)? Those are the ones worst-placed and furthest astray from the even way.'(60)
  61. And when they come to you, they say, `we believe'; but they entered in unbelief and went forth in it; and God knows very well what they were hiding.(61)
  62. And thou seest many of them hastening to sin and enmity, and consuming the unlawful; evil indeed is that they have been doing.(62)
  63. Why do not the rabbis and the priests forbid them from uttering sin and consuming the unlawful? Evil indeed is that they have been working.(63)
  64. And the Jews say, `God's hand is tied up.' Tied are their hands, and cursed are they for what they said! No, His hands are out-spread, and He expends how He will; yet that which has been sent down to thee from thy Lord will surely increase many of them in insolence and unbelief; and We have cast between them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection; whenever they kindle a fire for war, God extinguishes it, yet they hasten about the earth causing disorder; and God does not love those who cause disorder.(64)
  65. And had the People of the Book believed and been godfearing, We would have acquitted them of their evils and admitted them to gardens of bliss.(65)
  66. And had they observed the Torah and the Gospel and what was sent down to them from their Lord, they would have eaten from above them and from beneath their feet; among them is a moderate community, but many of them __ how evil they do!(66)
  67. O Messenger, deliver what has been sent down to thee from thy Lord; and if thou dost not, thou wilt not have delivered His Message; and God will protect thee from men; surely God does not guide the disbelieving people.(67)
  68. Say, `O People of the Book, you are not on anything until you observe the Torah and the Gospel, and what was sent down to you from your Lord'. And that which has been sent down to thee from thy Lord will surely increase many of them in insolence and unbelief; but do not sorrow for the disbelieving people.(68)
  69. Surely the Believers, the Jews, the Sabaeans and the Christians, whoso believes in God and the Last Day and acts right, no fear shall be on them nor shall they grieve.(69)
  70. We made a covenant with the Children of Israel and sent Messengers to them; whenever there came to them a Messenger with that their souls did not desire, some they gave lies to and some they killed.(70)
  71. And they thought there would not be any trial, so they were blind and deaf, yet God turned towards them, but again many of them were blind and deaf; and God sees the things they do.(71)
  72. They have disbelieved who say, `God is the Messiah, son of Mary;' whereas the Messiah said, `O Children of Israel, serve God, my Lord and your Lord; surely whoso associates any with God, God has forbidden Paradise to him, and his abode will be the Fire; and the wrong-doers shall have no helpers.'(72)
  73. Surely they have disbelieved who say, `God is the Third of the Three;' but there is no god except One God; if they do not refrain from what they say, there shall afflict the unbelievers among them a painful punishment.(73)
  74. Now will they not turn to God and pray His forgiveness; and God is Forgiving, Merciful.(74)
  75. The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a Messenger; Messengers had passed away before him; and his mother was a truthful woman; they used to eat food; see, how We make clear the signs to them; then see how they are perverted!(75)
  76. Say, `do you serve, apart from God, that which has no power of hurt or profit for you, and God is the Hearing, the Knowing?'(76)
  77. Say, `O People of the Book, do not exceed the bounds in your religion against the truth, and do not follow the caprices of a people who went astray before, and led astray many, and have strayed from the even way.'(77)
  78. The unbelievers among the Children of Israel were cursed by the tongue of David and Jesus, son of Mary; that is because they disobeyed and used to exceed the limits.(78)
  79. They never forbade one another from the disgusting things they committed; evil indeed was that they were doing.(79)
  80. Thou seest many of them making friendship with the unbelievers; evil is that they have forwarded for themselves, that God be angered with them, and they should dwell in the punishment forever.(80)
  81. And had they believed in God and the Prophet and what has been sent down to him, they would not have taken them as friends; but many of them are transgressors.(81)
  82. Thou shalt certainly find the most hostile of men to the Believers are the Jews and the idolaters; and thou shalt surely find the nearest of them in affection to the Believers are those who say, `we are Christians'; that is because among them are priests and monks, and because they are not arrogant.(82)
  83. PART VII

  84. And when they hear what has been sent down to the Messenger, thou seest their eyes overflow with tears because of the truth they have recognised; they say, `our Lord, we believe, so write us down among the witnesses.(83)
  85. And why should we not believe in God and in the truth that has come to us, when we earnestly desire that our Lord should admit us with the righteous people?'(84)
  86. So God shall reward them for what they said __ gardens underneath which rivers flow, dwelling therein forever; and that is the recompense of the good-doers.(85)
  87. But those who disbelieve and give lies to Our signs, those are the people of Hell.( 86)
  88. O Believers, do not make unlawful the clean things that God has made lawful to you, and do not transgress ; God does not love the transgressors.(87)
  89. And eat of what God has provided you, lawful and clean, and fear God in whom you are believers.(88)
  90. God will not take you to task for the vain in your oaths, but He will take you to task for oaths that you solemnly swear; and its expiation is feeding of ten needy, with the average of what you feed your families, or their clothings, or freeing of a slave; and if any does not find it, let him fast for three days; that is the expiation of your oaths when you have sworn; and guard your oaths; thus God explains to you His signs, that you may give thanks. (89)
  91. O Believers, wine, gambling, altars and divining arrows are only an abomination of Devil's work, so avoid it that you may prosper.(90)
  92. Devil desires only to precipitate enmity and hatred between you through wine and gambling, and to bar you from remembrance of God and from the Prayer; will you then desist?(91)
  93. And obey God and obey the Messenger and beware; but if you turn back, then know that for Our Messenger is only the deliverance of the Manifest Message.(92)
  94. It is no fault of theirs who believe and do righteous deeds for what they have eaten, when they are godfearing and believe and do righteous deeds; then they are godfearing and believe; then they are godfearing and do good; and God loves the good-doers.(93)
  95. O Believers, God will surely try you with something of the game which your hands and lances reach, that God may know who fears Him unseen; then whoso transgresses after that, for him shall be a painful punishment.(94)
  96. O Believers, do not kill the game while you are in pilgrim sanctity; and if any of you kills it intentionally, the recompense will be the like of what he killed out of flocks, as two just men of yours judge __ an offering to reach the Ka'ba; or for expiation, food for the needy, or equivalent of that in fasting, so that he may taste the penalty of his deed ; God has pardoned what is past; but if any does again, God will take vengeance on him; and God is Mighty, Vengeful.(95)
  97. Permitted to you is game of the sea and its food, a provision for you and for the traveller; but forbidden to you is game of the land, as long a you remain in pilgrim sanctity; and fear God unto whom you shall be mustered.(96)
  98. God has appointed the Ka'ba, the Sacred House, the sacred month, the offering and the necklaces as establishment for men; that is so that you may know that God knows whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and that God has knowledge of everything.(97)
  99. Know that God is terrible in retribution, and that God is also Forgiving, Merciful.(98)
  100. For the Messenger is only deliverance of the Message; and God knows what you show and what you hide.(99)
  101. Say, `the unclean and the clean are not equal, even though the abundance of the unclean may make thee wonder; so fear God, O men of understanding, that you may prosper.'(100)
  102. O Believers, do not question concerning things which, if they were disclosed to you, would hurt you; yet if you question concerning them at the time the Quran is being sent down, they will be disclosed to you; God has overlooked them; and God is Forgiving, Clement.(101)
  103. A people before you questioned about them, but then disbelieved in them.(102)
  104. God has not appointed such things as Baheera, Saiba, Waseela or Ham, but the unbelievers forge falsehood against God; and most of them do not understand.(103)
  105. And when it is said to them, `come to what God has sent down and to the Messenger,' they say,'enough for us is what we found our fathers on.' What! Even if their fathers knew nothing, nor were they guided?(104)
  106. O Believers, you are responsible for your own selves; he who is astray shall not hurt you when you are guided; to God shall you return all together, and He will tell you what you have been doing. (105)
  107. O Believers, the testimony between you, when death approaches any of you, at the time of making a bequest, shall be two just men out of you; or two others out of those other than you, if you are journeying in the land and affliction of death befalls you; you shall detain them (two) after the Prayer, and they shall, if you are in doubt, swear by God, `we will not take any price for it, even though it were a near kinsman, nor will we hide the testimony of God, for then we would surely be among the sinners.'(106)
  108. Then, if it is discovered that they have merited sin, two others shall stand in their place, being the nearest of those concerned, and they shall swear by God, `our testimony is truer than their testimony and we have not transgressed, for then we would surely be among the wrong-doers.'(107)
  109. Thus it is likelier that people will bear testimony in its proper form, or else they will be afraid that, after their oaths, oaths may be rebutted; and fear God and listen; but God does not guide the transgressing people.(108)
  110. The day God will gather the Messengers, He will say, `what response were you given?' They will say, `we have no knowledge; surely Thou art the All-Knowing of the unseen things.'(109)
  111. When God will say,'O Jesus, son of Mary, remember My blessing upon thee and upon thy mother, when I strengthened thee with the Holy Spirit, that thou spokest to men in the cradle and of age; and when I taught thee the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel; and when thou madest, out of clay, a form like a bird, by My leave, and breathedest into it, and it became a bird, by My leave; and thou healedest the blind and the leper by My leave; and when thou broughtest the dead forth, by My leave; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from thee, when thou broughtest to them the Clear Signs, yet the unbelievers among them said, `it is nothing but plain sorcery.'(110)
  112. And when I revealed to the disciples to believe in Me and in My Messenger, they said, `we believe, and Thou bear witness that we have submitted.'(111)
  113. When the disciples said, `O Jesus, son of Mary, is thy Lord able to send down on us a Table from the heaven', he said, `fear God, if you are Believers.'(112)
  114. They said, `we desire that we should eat of it, and our hearts may be at rest, and we may know that thou hast spoken truth to us, and we may be among its witnesses.'(113)
  115. Jesus, son of Mary, said, `O God, our Lord, send down on us a Table from the heaven, that may be a festival for us, for the first of us and the last of us, and provide for us, and Thou art the best of providers.'(114)
  116. God said, `I am sending it down on you; but if any of you disbelieves afterwards, I shall punish him with a punishment that I punish none in the whole world.'(115)
  117. And when God will say, `Jesus, son of Mary, didst thou say to men, `take me and my mother as gods, apart from God?' He will say, `Holy be Thou, it is not mine to say what I have no right to ; if I had said it, Thou wouldst have known it; Thou knowest what is in my mind, but I do not know what is in Thy mind; Thou art surely the All-knowing of the unseen things.(116)
  118. I did not say to them except what Thou didst command me: __ `serve God, my Lord and your Lord,' and I was a witness over them, so long as I remained among them; but when Thou didst take me, Thou Thyself wast the watcher over them; and Thou art a witness over all things. (117)
  119. If Thou punishest them, they are Thy servants, and if Thou forgivest them, Thou art the Mighty, the Wise.'(118)
  120. God will say, `this is a day when their truth will profit the truthful;for them shall be gardens underneath which rivers flow, dwelling therein forever and ever; God is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him; that is the great triumph.'(119)
  121. To God belongs the kingdom of the heavens and earth and whatever is in them; and He is powerful over everything.(120)
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