58: She That Disputeth, the Pleading Woman
God has indeed heard (and accepted) the statement of the woman who
pleads with thee concerning her husband and carries her complaint (in
prayer) to God: and God (always) hears the arguments between both
sides among you: for God hears and sees (all things).
If any men among you divorce their wives by Zihar (calling them
mothers), they cannot be their mothers: None can be their mothers
except those who gave them birth. And in fact they use words (both)
iniquitous and false: but truly God is one that blots out (sins), and
forgives (again and again).
But those who divorce their wives by Zihar, then wish to go back on
the words they uttered,- (It is ordained that such a one) should free
a slave before they touch each other: Thus are ye admonished to
perform: and God is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do.
And if any has not (the wherewithal), he should fast for two months
consecutively before they touch each other. But if any is unable to
do so, he should feed sixty indigent ones, this, that ye may show your
faith in God and His Apostle. Those are limits (set by) God. For
those who reject (Him), there is a grievous Penalty.
Those who resist God and His Apostle will be humbled to dust, as were
those before them: for We have already sent down Clear Signs. And the
Unbelievers (will have) a humiliating Penalty,-
On the Day that God will raise them all up (again) and show them the
Truth (and meaning) of their conduct. God has reckoned its (value),
though they may have forgotten it, for God is Witness to all things.
Seest thou not that God doth know (all) that is in the heavens and on
earth? There is not a secret consultation between three, but He makes
the fourth among them, - Nor between five but He makes the sixth,- nor
between fewer nor more, but He is in their midst, wheresoever they be:
In the end will He tell them the truth of their conduct, on the Day of
Judgment. For God has full knowledge of all things.
Turnest thou not thy sight towards those who were forbidden secret
counsels yet revert to that which they were forbidden (to do)? And
they hold secret counsels among themselves for iniquity and hostility,
and disobedience to the Apostle. And when they come to thee, they
salute thee, not as God salutes thee, (but in crooked ways): And they
say to themselves, "Why does not God punish us for our words?" Enough
for them is Hell: In it will they burn, and evil is that destination!
O ye who believe! When ye hold secret counsel, do it not for iniquity
and hostility, and disobedience to the Prophet; but do it for
righteousness and self-restraint; and fear God, to Whom ye shall be
Secret counsels are only (inspired) by the Evil One, in order that he
may cause grief to the Believers; but he cannot harm them in the
least, except as God permits; and on God let the Believers put their
O ye who believe! When ye are told to make room in the assemblies,
(spread out and) make room: (ample) room will God provide for you. And
when ye are told to rise up, rise up God will rise up, to (suitable)
ranks (and degrees), those of you who believe and who have been
granted (mystic) Knowledge. And God is well-acquainted with all ye do.
O ye who believe! When ye consult the Apostle in private, spend
something in charity before your private consultation. That will be
best for you, and most conducive to purity (of conduct). But if ye
find not (the wherewithal), God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Is it that ye are afraid of spending sums in charity before your
private consultation (with him)? If, then, ye do not so, and God
forgives you, then (at least) establish regular prayer; practise
regular charity; and obey God and His Apostle. And God is
well-acquainted with all that ye do.
Turnest thou not thy attention to those who turn (in friendship) to
such as have the Wrath of God upon them? They are neither of you nor
of them, and they swear to falsehood knowingly.
God has prepared for them a severe Penalty: evil indeed are their
They have made their oaths a screen (for their misdeeds): thus they
obstruct (men) from the Path of God: therefore shall they have a
Of no profit whatever to them, against God, will be their riches nor
their sons: they will be Companions of the Fire, to dwell therein (for
One day will God raise them all up (for Judgment): then will they
swear to Him as they swear to you: And they think that they have
something (to stand upon). No, indeed! they are but liars!
The Evil One has got the better of them: so he has made them lose the
remembrance of God. They are the Party of the Evil One. Truly, it is
the Party of the Evil One that will perish!
Those who resist God and His Apostle will be among those most
God has decreed: "It is I and My apostles who must prevail": For God
is One full of strength, able to enforce His Will.
Thou wilt not find any people who believe in God and the Last Day,
loving those who resist God and His Apostle, even though they were
their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred. For
such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with
a spirit from Himself. And He will admit them to Gardens beneath which
Rivers flow, to dwell therein (for ever). God will be well pleased
with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of God. Truly it is
the Party of God that will achieve Felicity.