5: The Table, the Table Spread
O ye who believe! fulfil (all) obligations.
Lawful unto you (for food) are all four-footed animals, with the
exceptions named: But animals of the chase are forbidden while ye are
in the sacred precincts or in pilgrim garb: for God doth command
according to His will and plan.
O ye who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the symbols of God, nor
of the sacred month, nor of the animals brought for sacrifice, nor the
garlands that mark out such animals, nor the people resorting to the
sacred house, seeking of the bounty and good pleasure of their
Lord. But when ye are clear of the sacred precincts and of pilgrim
garb, ye may hunt and let not the hatred of some people in (once)
shutting you out of the Sacred Mosque lead you to transgression (and
hostility on your part). Help ye one another in righteousness and
piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour: fear God: for
God is strict in punishment.
Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine,
and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than God; that
which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a
headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been
(partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it
(in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden)
also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is
impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of
your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I
perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and
have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But if any is forced by
hunger, with no inclination to transgression, God is indeed
Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food). Say: lawful unto you
are (all) things good and pure: and what ye have taught your trained
hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by God: eat
what they catch for you, but pronounce the name of God over it: and
fear God; for God is swift in taking account.
This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food
of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto
them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who
are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed
before your time,- when ye give them their due dowers, and desire
chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues if any one rejects faith,
fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of
those who have lost (all spiritual good).
O ye who believe! when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and
your hands (and arms) to the elbows; Rub your heads (with water); and
(wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial
impurity, bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey,
or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have been in
contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for yourselves
clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and hands, God doth
not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to
complete his favour to you, that ye may be grateful.
And call in remembrance the favour of God unto you, and His covenant,
which He ratified with you, when ye said: "We hear and we obey": And
fear God, for God knoweth well the secrets of your hearts.
O ye who believe! stand out firmly for God, as witnesses to fair
dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to
wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and
fear God. For God is well-acquainted with all that ye do.
To those who believe and do deeds of righteousness hath God promised
forgiveness and a great reward.
Those who reject faith and deny our signs will be companions of
O ye who believe! Call in remembrance the favour of God unto you when
certain men formed the design to stretch out their hands against you,
but (God) held back their hands from you: so fear God. And on God let
believers put (all) their trust.
God did aforetime take a covenant from the Children of Israel, and we
appointed twelve captains among them. And God said: "I am with you: if
ye (but) establish regular prayers, practise regular charity, believe
in my apostles, honour and assist them, and loan to God a beautiful
loan, verily I will wipe out from you your evils, and admit you to
gardens with rivers flowing beneath; but if any of you, after this,
resisteth faith, he hath truly wandered from the path or rectitude."
But because of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them, and
made their hearts grow hard; they change the words from their (right)
places and forget a good part of the message that was sent them, nor
wilt thou cease to find them- barring a few - ever bent on (new)
deceits: but forgive them, and overlook (their misdeeds): for God
loveth those who are kind.
From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a
covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent
them: so we estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and
the other, to the day of judgment. And soon will God show them what it
is they have done.
O people of the Book! There hath come to you our Apostle, revealing to
you much that ye used to hide in the Book, and passing over much (that
is now unnecessary):
There hath come to you from God a (new) light and a perspicuous Book,-
Wherewith God guideth all who seek His good pleasure to ways of peace
and safety, and leadeth them out of darkness, by His will, unto the
light,- guideth them to a path that is straight.
In blasphemy indeed are those that say that God is Christ the son of
Mary. Say: "Who then hath the least power against God, if His will
were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every -
one that is on the earth? For to God belongeth the dominion of the
heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He
pleaseth. For God hath power over all things."
(Both) the Jews and the Christians say: "We are sons of God, and his
beloved." Say: "Why then doth He punish you for your sins? Nay, ye are
but men,- of the men he hath created: He forgiveth whom He pleaseth,
and He punisheth whom He pleaseth: and to God belongeth the dominion
of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between: and unto Him is
the final goal (of all)"
O People of the Book! Now hath come unto you, making (things) clear
unto you, Our Apostle, after the break in (the series of) our
apostles, lest ye should say: "There came unto us no bringer of glad
tidings and no warner (from evil)": But now hath come unto you a
bringer of glad tidings and a warner (from evil). And God hath power
over all things.
Remember Moses said to his people: "O my people! Call in remembrance
the favour of God unto you, when He produced prophets among you, made
you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the
"O my people! Enter the holy land which God hath assigned unto you,
and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to
your own ruin."
They said: "O Moses! In this land are a people of exceeding strength:
Never shall we enter it until they leave it: if (once) they leave,
then shall we enter."
(But) among (their) God-fearing men were two on whom God had bestowed
His grace: They said: "Assault them at the (proper) Gate: when once ye
are in, victory will be yours;
But on God put your trust if ye have faith."
They said: "O Moses! while they remain there, never shall we be able
to enter, to the end of time. Go thou, and thy Lord, and fight ye two,
while we sit here (and watch)."
He said: "O my Lord! I have power only over myself and my brother: so
separate us from this rebellious people!"
God said: "Therefore will the land be out of their reach for forty
years: In distraction will they wander through the land: But sorrow
thou not over these rebellious people.
Recite to them the truth of the story of the two sons of Adam. Behold!
they each presented a sacrifice (to God): It was accepted from one,
but not from the other. Said the latter: "Be sure I will slay thee."
"Surely," said the former, "God doth accept of the sacrifice of those
who are righteous.
"If thou dost stretch thy hand against me, to slay me, it is not for
me to stretch my hand against thee to slay thee: for I do fear God,
the cherisher of the worlds.
"For me, I intend to let thee draw on thyself my sin as well as thine,
for thou wilt be among the companions of the fire, and that is the
reward of those who do wrong."
The (selfish) soul of the other led him to the murder of his brother:
he murdered him, and became (himself) one of the lost ones.
Then God sent a raven, who scratched the ground, to show him how to
hide the shame of his brother. "Woe is me!" said he; "Was I not even
able to be as this raven, and to hide the shame of my brother?" then
he became full of regrets-
On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any
one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief
in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any
one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole
people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear
signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses
in the land.
The punishment of those who wage war against God and His Apostle, and
strive with might and main for mischief through the land is:
execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from
opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this
world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;
Except for those who repent before they fall into your power: in that
case, know that God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
O ye who believe! Do your duty to God, seek the means of approach unto
Him, and strive with might and main in his cause: that ye may prosper.
As to those who reject Faith,- if they had everything on earth, and
twice repeated, to give as ransom for the penalty of the Day of
Judgment, it would never be accepted of them, theirs would be a
Their wish will be to get out of the Fire, but never will they get out
therefrom: their penalty will be one that endures.
As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a
punishment by way of example, from God, for their crime: and God is
Exalted in power.
But if the thief repents after his crime, and amends his conduct, God
turneth to him in forgiveness; for God is Oft-forgiving, Most
Knowest thou not that to God (alone) belongeth the dominion of the
heavens and the earth? He punisheth whom He pleaseth, and He forgiveth
whom He pleaseth: and God hath power over all things.
O Apostle! let not those grieve thee, who race each other into
unbelief: (whether it be) among those who say "We believe" with their
lips but whose hearts have no faith; or it be among the Jews,- men who
will listen to any lie,- will listen even to others who have never so
much as come to thee. They change the words from their (right) times
and places: they say, "If ye are given this, take it, but if not,
beware!" If any one's trial is intended by God, thou hast no authority
in the least for him against God. For such - it is not God's will to
purify their hearts. For them there is disgrace in this world, and in
the Hereafter a heavy punishment.
(They are fond of) listening to falsehood, of devouring anything
forbidden. If they do come to thee, either judge between them, or
decline to interfere. If thou decline, they cannot hurt thee in the
least. If thou judge, judge in equity between them. For God loveth
those who judge in equity.
But why do they come to thee for decision, when they have (their own)
law before them?- therein is the (plain) command of God; yet even
after that, they would turn away. For they are not (really) People of
It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and
light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who
bowed (as in Islam) to God's will, by the rabbis and the doctors of
law: for to them was entrusted the protection of God's book, and they
were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear me, and sell
not my signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by (the
light of) what God hath revealed, they are (no better than)
We ordained therein for them: "Life for life, eye for eye, nose or
nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." But
if any one remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of
atonement for himself. And if any fail to judge by (the light of) what
God hath revealed, they are (No better than) wrong-doers.
And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the
Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was
guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before
him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God.
Let the people of the Gospel judge by what God hath revealed
therein. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what God hath
revealed, they are (no better than) those who rebel.
To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that
came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by
what God hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging
from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have we
prescribed a law and an open way. If God had so willed, He would have
made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He
hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you
all is to God; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in
which ye dispute;
And this (He commands): Judge thou between them by what God hath
revealed, and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest
they beguile thee from any of that (teaching) which God hath sent down
to thee. And if they turn away, be assured that for some of their
crime it is God's purpose to punish them. And truly most men are
Do they then seek after a judgment of (the days of) ignorance? But
who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment
O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your
friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each
other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of
them. Verily God guideth not a people unjust.
Those in whose hearts is a disease - thou seest how eagerly they run
about amongst them, saying: "We do fear lest a change of fortune bring
us disaster." Ah! perhaps God will give (thee) victory, or a decision
according to His will. Then will they repent of the thoughts which
they secretly harboured in their hearts.
And those who believe will say: "Are these the men who swore their
strongest oaths by God, that they were with you?" All that they do
will be in vain, and they will fall into (nothing but) ruin.
O ye who believe! if any from among you turn back from his Faith, soon
will God produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him,-
lowly with the believers, mighty against the rejecters, fighting in
the way of God, and never afraid of the reproaches of such as find
fault. That is the grace of God, which He will bestow on whom He
pleaseth. And God encompasseth all, and He knoweth all things.
Your (real) friends are (no less than) God, His Apostle, and the
(fellowship of) believers,- those who establish regular prayers and
regular charity, and they bow down humbly (in worship).
As to those who turn (for friendship) to God, His Apostle, and the
(fellowship of) believers,- it is the fellowship of God that must
O ye who believe! take not for friends and protectors those who take
your religion for a mockery or sport,- whether among those who
received the Scripture before you, or among those who reject Faith;
but fear ye God, if ye have faith (indeed).
When ye proclaim your call to prayer they take it (but) as mockery and
sport; that is because they are a people without understanding.
Say: "O people of the Book! Do ye disapprove of us for no other reason
than that we believe in God, and the revelation that hath come to us
and that which came before (us), and (perhaps) that most of you are
rebellious and disobedient?"
Say: "Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, (as
judged) by the treatment it received from God? those who incurred the
curse of God and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into
apes and swine, those who worshipped evil;- these are (many times)
worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path!"
When they come to thee, they say: "We believe": but in fact they enter
with a mind against Faith, and they go out with the same but God
knoweth fully all that they hide.
Many of them dost thou see, racing each other in sin and rancour, and
their eating of things forbidden. Evil indeed are the things that they
Why do not the rabbis and the doctors of Law forbid them from their
(habit of) uttering sinful words and eating things forbidden? Evil
indeed are their works.
The Jews say: "God's hand is tied up." Be their hands tied up and be
they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter. Nay, both His hands are
widely outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of His bounty) as He
pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to thee from God increaseth
in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them
we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time
they kindle the fire of war, God doth extinguish it; but they (ever)
strive to do mischief on earth. And God loveth not those who do
If only the People of the Book had believed and been righteous, We
should indeed have blotted out their iniquities and admitted them to
gardens of bliss.
If only they had stood fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the
revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have
enjoyed happiness from every side. There is from among them a party on
the right course: but many of them follow a course that is evil.
O Apostle! proclaim the (message) which hath been sent to thee from
thy Lord. If thou didst not, thou wouldst not have fulfilled and
proclaimed His mission. And God will defend thee from men (who mean
mischief). For God guideth not those who reject Faith.
Say: "O People of the Book! ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye
stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has
come to you from your Lord." It is the revelation that cometh to thee
from thy Lord, that increaseth in most of them their obstinate
rebellion and blasphemy. But sorrow thou not over (these) people
Those who believe (in the Qur'án), those who follow the Jewish
(scriptures), and the Sabians and the Christians,- any who believe in
God and the Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no
fear, nor shall they grieve.
We took the covenant of the Children of Israel and sent them apostles,
every time, there came to them an apostle with what they themselves
desired not - some (of these) they called impostors, and some they (go
so far as to) slay.
They thought there would be no trial (or punishment); so they became
blind and deaf; yet God (in mercy) turned to them; yet again many of
them became blind and deaf. But God sees well all that they do.
They do blaspheme who say: "God is Christ the son of Mary." But said
Christ: "O Children of Israel! worship God, my Lord and your Lord."
Whoever joins other gods with God,- God will forbid him the garden,
and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no
one to help.
They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there
is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of
blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers
Why turn they not to God, and seek His forgiveness? For God is
Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
Christ the son of Mary was no more than an apostle; many were the
apostles that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of
truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how God doth make
His signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away
from the truth!
Say: "Will ye worship, besides God, something which hath no power
either to harm or benefit you? But God,- He it is that heareth and
knoweth all things."
Say: "O people of the Book! exceed not in your religion the bounds (of
what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain
desires of people who went wrong in times gone by,- who misled many,
and strayed (themselves) from the even way.
Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who
rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary:
because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses.
Nor did they (usually) forbid one another the iniquities which they
committed: evil indeed were the deeds which they did.
Thou seest many of them turning in friendship to the Unbelievers. Evil
indeed are (the works) which their souls have sent forward before them
(with the result), that God's wrath is on them, and in torment will
If only they had believed in God, in the Apostle, and in what hath
been revealed to him, never would they have taken them for friends and
protectors, but most of them are rebellious wrong-doers.
Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews
and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou
find those who say, "We are Christians": because amongst these are men
devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are
And when they listen to the revelation received by the Apostle, thou
wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognise the
truth: they pray: "Our Lord! we believe; write us down among the
"What cause can we have not to believe in God and the truth which has
come to us, seeing that we long for our Lord to admit us to the
company of the righteous?"
And for this their prayer hath God rewarded them with gardens, with
rivers flowing underneath,- their eternal home. Such is the recompense
of those who do good.
But those who reject Faith and belie our Signs,- they shall be
companions of Hell-fire.
O ye who believe! make not unlawful the good things which God hath
made lawful for you, but commit no excess: for God loveth not those
given to excess.
Eat of the things which God hath provided for you, lawful and good;
but fear God, in Whom ye believe.
God will not call you to account for what is futile in your oaths, but
He will call you to account for your deliberate oaths: for expiation,
feed ten indigent persons, on a scale of the average for the food of
your families; or clothe them; or give a slave his freedom. If that is
beyond your means, fast for three days. That is the expiation for the
oaths ye have sworn. But keep to your oaths. Thus doth God make clear
to you His signs, that ye may be grateful.
O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones,
and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork:
eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.
Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with
intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God,
and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?
Obey God, and obey the Apostle, and beware (of evil): if ye do turn
back, know ye that it is Our Apostle's duty to proclaim (the message)
in the clearest manner.
On those who believe and do deeds of righteousness there is no blame
for what they ate (in the past), when they guard themselves from evil,
and believe, and do deeds of righteousness,- (or) again, guard
themselves from evil and believe,- (or) again, guard themselves from
evil and do good. For God loveth those who do good.
O ye who believe! God doth but make a trial of you in a little matter
of game well within reach of game well within reach of your hands and
your lances, that He may test who feareth him unseen: any who
transgress thereafter, will have a grievous penalty.
O ye who believe! Kill not game while in the sacred precincts or in
pilgrim garb. If any of you doth so intentionally, the compensation is
an offering, brought to the Ka'ba, of a domestic animal equivalent to
the one he killed, as adjudged by two just men among you; or by way of
atonement, the feeding of the indigent; or its equivalent in fasts:
that he may taste of the penalty of his deed. God forgives what is
past: for repetition God will exact from him the penalty. For God is
Exalted, and Lord of Retribution.
Lawful to you is the pursuit of water-game and its use for food,- for
the benefit of yourselves and those who travel; but forbidden is the
pursuit of land-game;- as long as ye are in the sacred precincts or in
pilgrim garb. And fear God, to Whom ye shall be gathered back.
God made the Ka'ba, the Sacred House, an asylum of security for men,
as also the Sacred Months, the animals for offerings, and the garlands
that mark them: That ye may know that God hath knowledge of what is in
the heavens and on earth and that God is well acquainted with all
Know ye that God is strict in punishment and that God is
Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
The Apostle's duty is but to proclaim (the message). But God knoweth
all that ye reveal and ye conceal.
Say: "Not equal are things that are bad and things that are good, even
though the abundance of the bad may dazzle thee; so fear God, O ye
that understand; that (so) ye may prosper."
O ye who believe! Ask not questions about things which, if made plain
to you, may cause you trouble. But if ye ask about things when the
Qur'án is being revealed, they will be made plain to you, God will
forgive those: for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.
Some people before you did ask such questions, and on that account
lost their faith.
It was not God who instituted (superstitions like those of) a slit-ear
she-camel, or a she-camel let loose for free pasture, or idol
sacrifices for twin-births in animals, or stallion-camels freed from
work: It is blasphemers who invent a lie against God; but most of them
When it is said to them: "Come to what God hath revealed; come to the
Apostle": They say: "Enough for us are the ways we found our fathers
following." what! even though their fathers were void of knowledge
O ye who believe! Guard your own souls: If ye follow (right) guidance,
no hurt can come to you from those who stray. the goal of you all is
to God: it is He that will show you the truth of all that ye do.
O ye who believe! When death approaches any of you, (take) witnesses
among yourselves when making bequests,- two just men of your own
(brotherhood) or others from outside if ye are journeying through the
earth, and the chance of death befalls you (thus). If ye doubt (their
truth), detain them both after prayer, and let them both swear by God:
"We wish not in this for any worldly gain, even though the
(beneficiary) be our near relation: we shall hide not the evidence
before God: if we do, then behold! the sin be upon us!"
But if it gets known that these two were guilty of the sin (of
perjury), let two others stand forth in their places,- nearest in kin
from among those who claim a lawful right: let them swear by God: "We
affirm that our witness is truer than that of those two, and that we
have not trespassed (beyond the truth): if we did, behold! the wrong
be upon us!"
That is most suitable: that they may give the evidence in its true
nature and shape, or else they would fear that other oaths would be
taken after their oaths. But fear God, and listen (to His counsel):
for God guideth not a rebellious people:
One day will God gather the apostles together, and ask: "What was the
response ye received (from men to your teaching)?" They will say: "We
have no knowledge: it is Thou Who knowest in full all that is hidden."
Then will God say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Recount My favour to thee
and to thy mother. Behold! I strengthened thee with the holy spirit,
so that thou didst speak to the people in childhood and in
maturity. Behold! I taught thee the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the
Gospel and behold! thou makest out of clay, as it were, the figure of
a bird, by My leave, and thou breathest into it and it becometh a bird
by My leave, and thou healest those born blind, and the lepers, by My
leave. And behold! thou bringest forth the dead by My leave. And
behold! I did restrain the Children of Israel from (violence to) thee
when thou didst show them the clear Signs, and the unbelievers among
them said: 'This is nothing but evident magic.'
"And behold! I inspired the disciples to have faith in Me and Mine
Apostle: they said, 'We have faith, and do thou bear witness that we
bow to God as Muslims'".
Behold! the disciples, said: "O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord
send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?" Said Jesus:
"Fear God, if ye have faith."
They said: "We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to
know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves
may be witnesses to the miracle."
Said Jesus the son of Mary: "O God our Lord! Send us from heaven a
table set (with viands), that there may be for us - for the first and
the last of us - a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide
for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs)."
God said: "I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that
resisteth faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not
inflicted on any one among all the peoples."
And behold! God will say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say
unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of God'?" He
will say: "Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to
say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou
knowest what is in my heart, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For
Thou knowest in full all that is hidden.
"Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say,
to wit, 'worship God, my Lord and your Lord'; and I was a witness over
them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up Thou wast
the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things.
"If Thou dost punish them, they are Thy servant: If Thou dost forgive
them, Thou art the Exalted in power, the Wise."
God will say: "This is a day on which the truthful will profit from
their truth: theirs are gardens, with rivers flowing beneath,- their
eternal Home: God well-pleased with them, and they with God: That is
the great salvation, (the fulfilment of all desires).
To God doth belong the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all
that is therein, and it is He Who hath power over all things.