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an-Nisa` (Women)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley

Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah Women(an-Nisa`)
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4:1 O mankind! have taqwa of your Lord who created you from a single self and created its mate from it and then disseminated many men and women from the two of them. Have taqwa of Allah in whose name you make demands on one another and also in respect of your families. Allah watches over you continually.
4:2 Give orphans their property, and do not substitute bad things for good. Do not assimilate their property into your own. Doing that is a serious crime.
4:3 If you are afraid of not behaving justly towards orphans, then marry other permissible women, two, three or four. But if you are afraid of not treating them equally, then only one, or those you own as slaves. That makes it more likely that you will not be unfair.
4:4 Give women their dowry as an outright gift. But if they are happy to give you some of it, make use of it with pleasure and goodwill.
4:5 Do not hand over to the simple-minded any property of theirs for which Allah has made you responsible, but provide for them and clothe them out of it, and speak to them correctly and courteously.
4:6 Keep a close check on orphans until they reach a marriageable age, then if you perceive that they have sound judgement hand over their property to them. Do not consume it extravagantly and precipitately before they come of age. Those who are wealthy should abstain from it altogether. Those who are poor should use it sensibly and correctly. When you hand over their property to them ensure that there are witnesses on their behalf. Allah suffices as a Reckoner.
4:7 Men receive a share of what their parents and relatives leave and women receive a share of what their parents and relatives leave, a fixed share, no matter whether it is a little or a lot.
4:8 If other relatives or orphans or poor people attend the sharing-out, provide for them out of it and speak to them correctly and courteously.
4:9 People should show concern in the same way that they would fear for small children if they were to die leaving them behind. They should have taqwa of Allah and say words that are appropriate.
4:10 People who consume the property of orphans wrongfully consume nothing in their bellies except fire. They will roast in a Searing Blaze.
4:11 Allah instructs you regarding your children: A male receives the same as the share of two females. If there are more than two daughters they receive two-thirds of what you leave. If she is one on her own she receives a half. Each of your parents receives a sixth of what you leave if you have children. If you are childless and your heirs are your parents your mother receives a third. If you have brothers or sisters your mother receives a sixth, after any bequest you make or any debts. With regard to your fathers and your sons, you do not know which of them is going to benefit you more. These are obligatory shares from Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
4:12 You receive half of what your wives leave if they are childless. If they have children you receive a quarter of what they leave after any bequest they make or any debts. They receive a quarter of what you leave if you are childless. If you have children they receive an eighth of what you leave after any bequest you make or any debts. If a man or woman has no direct heirs, but has a brother or sister, each of them receives a sixth. If there are more than that they share in a third after any bequest you make or any debts, making sure that no one´s rights are prejudiced. This is an instruction from Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Forbearing.
4:13 These are Allah´s limits. As for those who obey Allah and His Messenger, We will admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever. That is the Great Victory.
4:14 As for him who disobeys Allah and His Messenger and oversteps His limits, We will admit him into a Fire, to remain in it timelessly, for ever. He will have a humiliating punishment.
4:15 If any of your women commit fornication, four of you must be witnesses against them. If they bear witness, detain them in their homes until death releases them or Allah ordains another procedure for their case.
4:16 If two men commit a like abomination, punish them. If they make tawba and reform, leave them alone. Allah is Ever-Returning, Most Merciful.
4:17 Allah only accepts the tawba of those who do evil in ignorance and then quickly make tawba after doing it. Allah turns towards such people. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
4:18 There is no tawba for people who persist in doing evil until death comes to them and who then say, ´Now I make tawba,´ nor for people who die kafir. We have prepared for them a painful punishment.
4:19 You who have iman! it is not halal for you to inherit women by force. Nor may you treat them harshly so that you can make off with part of what you have given them, unless they commit an act of flagrant indecency. Live together with them correctly and courteously. If you dislike them, it may well be that you dislike something in which Allah has placed a lot of good.
4:20 If you desire to exchange one wife for another and have given your original wife a large amount, do not take any of it. Would you take it by means of slander and outright crime?
4:21 How could you take it when you have been intimate with one another and they have made a binding contract with you?
4:22 Do not marry any women your fathers married — except for what may have already taken place. That is an indecent act, a loathsome thing and an evil path.
4:23 Haram for you are: your mothers and your daughters and your sisters, your maternal aunts and your paternal aunts, your brothers´ daughters and your sisters´ daughters, your foster mothers who have suckled you, your foster sisters by suckling, your wives´ mothers, your stepdaughters who are under your protection: the daughters of your wives whom you have had sexual relations with (though if you have not had sexual relations with them there is nothing blameworthy for you in it then), the wives of your sons whom you have fathered, and marrying two sisters at the same time — except for what may have already taken place. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
4:24 And also married women, except for those you have taken in war as slaves. This is what Allah has prescribed for you. Apart from that He has made all other women halal for you provided you seek them with your wealth in marriage and not in fornication. When you consummate your marriage with them give them their prescribed dowry. There is nothing wrong in any further agreement you might come to after the dowry has been given. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
4:25 If any of you do not have the means to marry free women who are muminun, you may marry slavegirls who are muminun. Allah knows best about your iman; you are all the same in that respect. Marry them with their owners´ permission and give them their dowries correctly and courteously as married women, not in fornication or taking them as lovers. When they are married, if they commit fornication they should receive half the punishment of free women. This is for those of you who are afraid of committing fornication. But being patient is better for you. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
4:26 Allah desires to make things clear to you and to guide you to the correct practices of those before you and to turn towards you. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
4:27 Allah desires to turn towards you, but those who pursue their lower appetites desire to make you deviate completely.
4:28 Allah desires to make things lighter for you. Man was created weak.
4:29 You who have iman! do not consume one another´s property by false means, but only by means of mutually agreed trade. And do not kill yourselves. Allah is Most Merciful to you.
4:30 As for anyone who does that out of enmity and wrongdoing, We will roast him in a Fire. That is an easy matter for Allah.
4:31 If you avoid the serious wrong actions you have been forbidden, We will erase your bad actions from you and admit you by a Gate of Honour.
4:32 Do not covet what Allah has given to some of you in preference to others — men have a portion of what they acquire and women have a portion of what they acquire; but ask Allah for His bounty. Allah has knowledge of all things.
4:33 We have appointed heirs for everything that parents and relatives leave. If you have a bond with people, give them their share. Allah is a witness of all things.
4:34 Men have charge of women because Allah has preferred the one above the other and because they spend their wealth on them. Right-acting women are obedient, safeguarding their husbands´ interests in their absence as Allah has guarded them. If there are women whose disobedience you fear, you may admonish them, refuse to sleep with them, and then beat them. But if they obey you, do not look for a way to punish them. Allah is All-High, Most Great.
4:35 If you fear a breach between a couple, send an arbiter from his people and an arbiter from her people. If the couple desire to put things right, Allah will bring about a reconciliation between them. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.
4:36 Worship Allah and do not associate anything with Him. Be good to your parents and relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to neighbours who are related to you and neighbours who are not related to you, and to companions and travellers and your slaves. Allah does not love anyone vain or boastful.
4:37 As for those who are tight-fisted and direct others to be tight-fisted, and hide the bounty Allah has given them, We have prepared a humiliating punishment for those who are kafir,
4:38 and also for those who spend their wealth to show off to people, not having iman in Allah and the Last Day. Anyone who has made Shaytan his comrade, what an evil comrade he is!
4:39 What harm would it have done them to have had iman in Allah and the Last Day and to have given of what Allah has provided for them? Allah knows everything about them.
4:40 Allah does not wrong anyone by so much as the smallest speck. And if there is a good deed Allah will multiply it and pay out an immense reward direct from Him.
4:41 How will it be when We bring a witness from every nation and bring you as a witness against them?
4:42 On that day those who were kafir and disobeyed the Messenger will wish that they were one with the level earth. They will not be able to hide a single circumstance from Allah.
4:43 You who have iman! do not approach the prayer when you are drunk, so that you will know what you are saying, nor in a state of major impurity — unless you are travelling — until you have washed yourselves completely. If you are ill or on a journey, or any of you have come from the lavatory or touched women, and you cannot find any water, then do tayammum with pure earth, wiping your faces and your hands. Allah is Ever-Pardoning, Ever-Forgiving.
4:44 Do you not see those who were given a portion of the Book trading in misguidance and wanting you to be misguided from the way?
4:45 Allah knows best who your enemies are. Allah suffices as a Protector; Allah suffices as a Helper.
4:46 Some of the Jews distort the true meaning of words, saying,´We hear and disobey,´ and ´Listen without listening,´ and ´Ra´ina!´ twisting them with their tongues, disparaging the deen. If they had said, ´We hear and we obey,´ and ´Listen,´ and, ´Undhurna!´ that would have been better for them and more upright. But Allah has cursed them for their kufr. Very few of them have iman.
4:47 You who have been given the Book! have iman in what We have sent down confirming what is with you, before We obliterate faces, turning them inside out, or We curse you as We cursed the Companions of the Sabbath. Allah´s command is always carried out.
4:48 Allah does not forgive anything being associated with Him but He forgives whoever He wills for anything other than that. Anyone who associates something with Allah has committed a terrible crime.
4:49 Do you not see those who claim to be purified? No, Allah purifies whoever He wills. They will not be wronged by so much as the smallest speck.
4:50 Look how they invent lies against Allah. That suffices as an outright felony.
4:51 Do you not see those who were given a portion of the Book having iman in idols and false gods and saying to those who are kafir, ´These people are better guided on their path than the muminun´?
4:52 Those are the ones Allah has cursed. And if someone is cursed by Allah you will not find any one to help him.
4:53 Or do they indeed really own a portion of Allah´s kingdom? In that case they do not give so much as a scrap to other people!
4:54 Or do they in fact envy other people for the bounty Allah has granted them? We gave the family of Ibrahim the Book and Wisdom, and We gave them an immense kingdom.
4:55 Some of them have iman in him, and some bar access to him. Hell will suffice as a Searing Blaze!
4:56 As for those who reject Our Signs, We will roast them in a Fire. Every time their skins are burned off, We will replace them with new skins so that they can taste the punishment. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise.
4:57 But as for those who have iman and do right actions, We will admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever and ever. In them they will have spouses of perfect purity and We will admit them into cool, refreshing shade.
4:58 Allah commands you to return to their owners the things you hold on trust and, when you judge between people, to judge with justice. How excellent is what Allah exhorts you to do! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.
4:59 You who have iman! obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in command among you. If you have a dispute about something, refer it back to Allah and the Messenger, if you have iman in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best thing to do and gives the best result.
4:60 Do you not see those who claim that they have iman in what has been sent down to you and what was sent down before you, still desiring to turn to a satanic source for judgement in spite of being ordered to reject it? Shaytan wants to misguide them far away.
4:61 When they are told, ´Come to what Allah has sent down and to the Messenger,´ you see the hypocrites turning away from you completely.
4:62 How will it be when a disaster strikes them because of what they have done, and then they come to you swearing by Allah: ´We desired nothing but good and reconciliation´?
4:63 Allah knows what is in such people´s hearts so turn away from them and warn them and speak to them with words that take effect.
4:64 We sent no Messenger except to be obeyed by Allah´s permission. If only when they wronged themselves they had come to you and asked Allah´s forgiveness and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them they would have found Allah Ever-Returning, Most Merciful.
4:65 No, by your Lord, they are not muminun until they make you their judge in the disputes that break out between them, and then find no resistance within themselves to what you decide and submit themselves completely.
4:66 If We had directed them to kill themselves or leave their homes, they would not have done so, except for a very few. But if they had done what they were urged to do, it would have been better for them and far more strengthening.
4:67 In that case We would have given them an immense reward from Us
4:68 and We would have guided them on a straight path.
4:69 Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger will be with those whom Allah has blessed: the Prophets and the true, the martyrs and the righteous. What excellent company such people are!
4:70 That is favour from Allah. Allah suffices as a Knower.
4:71 You who have iman! take all necessary precautions, then go out to fight in separate groups or go out as one body.
4:72 Among you there are people who hang back and if you encounter a setback then they say, ´Allah has blessed me in that I was not there with them.´
4:73 But if you meet with favour from Allah they say — as if there were no friendship between you and them — ´Oh! If only I had been with them so that I too might have won a great victory.´
4:74 So let those who sell the life of this world for the Next World fight in the Way of Allah. If someone fights in the Way of Allah, whether he is killed or is victorious, We will pay him an immense reward.
4:75 What reason could you have for not fighting in the Way of Allah — for those men, women and children who are oppressed and say, ´Our Lord, take us out of this city whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give us a protector from You! Give us a helper from You!´?
4:76 Those who have iman fight in the Way of Allah. Those who are kafir fight in the way of false gods. So fight the friends of Shaytan! Shaytan´s scheming is always feeble.
4:77 Do you not see those who were told: ´Hold back from fighting but establish salat and pay zakat´? Then when fighting is prescribed for them, a group of them fear people as Allah should be feared, or even more than that. They say, ´Our Lord, why have you prescribed fighting for us? If only You would give us just a little more time!´ Say, ´The enjoyment of this world is very brief. The Next World is better for those who have taqwa. You will not be wronged by so much as the smallest speck.´
4:78 Wherever you are, death will catch up with you, even if you are in impregnable fortresses. If a good thing happens to them, they say, ´This has come from Allah.´ But if a bad thing happens to them, they say, ´This has come from you.´ Say, ´Everything comes from Allah.´ What is the matter with these people that they scarcely understand a single word?
4:79 Any good thing that happens to you comes from Allah. Any bad thing that happens to you comes from yourself. We have sent you to mankind as a Messenger. Allah suffices as a Witness.
4:80 Whoever obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah. If anyone turns away, We did not send you to them as their keeper.
4:81 They have the word, ´Obedience!´ on their tongues but when they leave your presence, a group of them spend the night plotting to do other than what you say. Allah is recording their nocturnal plotting. So let them be and put your trust in Allah. Allah suffices as a Guardian.
4:82 Will they not ponder the Qur´an? If it had been from other than Allah, they would have found many inconsistencies in it.
4:83 When news of any matter reaches them they spread it about, whether it is of a reassuring or disquieting nature. If they had only referred it to the Messenger and those in command among them, those among them able to discern the truth about it would have had proper knowledge of it. If it were not for Allah´s favour to you and His mercy, all but a very few of you would have followed Shaytan.
4:84 So fight in the way of Allah — you are only answerable for yourself — and spur on the muminun. It may well be that Allah will curb the force of the kuffar. Allah has greater force and greater power to punish.
4:85 Those who join forces for good will receive a reward for it. Those who join forces for evil will be answerable for it. Allah gives all things what they deserve.
4:86 When you are greeted with a greeting, return the greeting or improve on it. Allah takes account of everything.
4:87 Allah, there is no god but Him. He will gather you to the Day of Rising about which there is no doubt. And whose speech could be truer than Allah´s?
4:88 How is it that you have become two parties regarding the hypocrites, when Allah has returned them to kufr for what they did? Do you desire to guide people Allah has misguided? When Allah misguides someone, you will find no way for him.
4:89 They would like you to be kafir as they are kafir so that you will all be the same. Do not take any of them as friends until they have made hijra in the Way of Allah. But if they run away then seize them and kill them wherever you find them. Do not take any of them as either a friend or helper —
4:90 except for those who seek shelter with people with whom you have a treaty, or who come to you greatly perturbed at the prospect of fighting either you or their own people. If Allah had willed, He could have given them the upper hand over you and then they would have fought you. If they keep away from you and do not fight you and submit to you, Allah has not given you any way against such people.
4:91 You will find others who desire to be safe from you and safe from their own people. Each time they are returned to fitna they are overwhelmed by it. If they do not keep away from you or submit to you or refrain from fighting, seize them and kill them wherever you find them. Over such people We have given you clear authority.
4:92 A mumin should never kill another mumin unless it is by mistake. Anyone who kills a mumin by mistake should free a mumin slave and pay blood-money to his family unless they forgo it as a sadaqa. If he is from a people who are your enemies and is a mumin, you should free a mumin slave. If he is from a people you have a treaty with, blood money should be paid to his family and you should free a mumin slave. Anyone who cannot find the means should fast two consecutive months. This is a concession from Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
4:93 As for anyone who kills a mumin deliberately, his repayment is Hell, remaining in it for ever. Allah is angry with him and has cursed him, and has prepared for him a terrible punishment.
4:94 You who have iman! when you go out to fight in the Way of Allah verify things carefully. Do not say, ´You are not a mumin´, to someone who greets you as a Muslim, simply out of desire for the goods of this world. With Allah there is booty in abundance. That is the way you were before but Allah has been kind to you. So verify things carefully. Allah is aware of what you do.
4:95 Those muminun who stay behind — other than those forced to by necessity — are not the same as those who do jihad in the Way of Allah, sacrificing their wealth and themselves. Allah has given those who do jihad with their wealth and themselves a higher rank than those who stay behind. Allah has promised the Best to both, but Allah has preferred those who do jihad over those who stay behind by an immense reward:
4:96 high ranks conferred by Him as well as forgiveness and mercy. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
4:97 The angels ask those they take while they are wronging themselves, ´What were your circumstances?´ They reply, ´We were oppressed on earth.´ They say, ´Was Allah´s earth not wide enough for you to have made hijra elsewhere in it?´ The shelter of such people will be Hell. What an evil destination!
4:98 Except for those men, women and children who really are oppressed and do not have any other possibility and are not guided to any way.
4:99 It may well be that Allah will pardon them. Allah is Ever-Pardoning, Ever-Forgiving.
4:100 Those who make hijra in the Way of Allah will find many places of refuge on the earth and ample sustenance. If anyone leaves his home, making hijra to Allah and His Messenger, and death catches up with him, it is Allah Who will reward him. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
4:101 When you are travelling in the land, there is nothing wrong in your shortening your salat if you fear that those who are kafir may harass you. The kuffar are your clear-cut enemies.
4:102 When you are with them and leading them in salat, a group of them should stand with you, keeping hold of their weapons. When they prostrate, the others should guard your backs. Then the other group who have not yet prayed should come and pray with you. They too should be careful and keep hold of their weapons. Those who are kafir would like you to be negligent of your arms and equipment so that they can swoop down on you once and for all. There is nothing wrong, if you are bothered by rain or you are ill, in laying your weapons down; but take every precaution. Allah has prepared a humiliating punishment for the kafirun.
4:103 When you have finished salat remember Allah standing, sitting and lying on your sides. When you are safe again do salat in the normal way. The salat is prescribed for the muminun at specific times.
4:104 Do not relax in pursuit of the enemy. If you feel pain, they too are feeling it just as you are, but you hope for something from Allah which they cannot hope for. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
4:105 We have sent down the Book to you with the truth so that you can judge between people according to what Allah has shown to you. But do not be an advocate for the treacherous.
4:106 And ask Allah´s forgiveness. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
4:107 Do not argue on behalf of those who betray themselves. Allah does not love any evildoing traitors.
4:108 They try to conceal themselves from people, but they cannot conceal themselves from Allah. He is with them when they spend the night saying things which are not pleasing to Him. Allah encompasses everything they do.
4:109 Here you are arguing on their behalf in this world, but who will argue with Allah on their behalf on the Day of Rising? Who will act as guardian for them then?
4:110 Anyone who does evil or wrongs himself and then asks Allah´s forgiveness will find Allah Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
4:111 If anyone commits an evil action the responsibility for it is his alone. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
4:112 Anyone who commits an error or an evil action, and then ascribes it to someone innocent, bears the weight of slander and clear wrongdoing.
4:113 Were it not for Allah´s favour to you and His mercy, a group of them would almost have managed to mislead you. But they mislead no one but themselves and do not harm you in any way. Allah has sent down the Book and Wisdom to you and taught you what you did not know before. Allah´s favour to you is indeed immense.
4:114 There is no good in much of their secret talk, except in the case of those who enjoin sadaqa, or what is right, or putting things right between people. If anyone does that, seeking the pleasure of Allah, We will give him an immense reward.
4:115 But if anyone opposes the Messenger after the guidance has become clear to him, and follows other than the path of the muminun, We will hand him over to whatever he has turned to, and We will roast him in Hell. What an evil destination!
4:116 Allah does not forgive anything being associated with Him but He forgives whoever He wills for anything other than that. Anyone who associates something with Allah has gone very far astray.
4:117 What they call on apart from Him are female idols. What they call on is an arrogant shaytan
4:118 whom Allah has cursed. He said, ´I will take a certain fixed proportion of Your slaves.
4:119 I will lead them astray and fill them with false hopes. I will command them and they will cut off cattle´s ears. I will command them and they will change Allah´s creation.´ Anyone who takes Shaytan as his protector in place of Allah has clearly lost everything.
4:120 He makes promises to them and fills them with false hopes. But what Shaytan promises them is nothing but delusion.
4:121 The shelter of such people will be Hell. They will find no way to escape from it.
4:122 But as for those who have iman and do right actions, We will admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever and ever. Allah´s promise is true. Whose speech could be truer than Allah´s?
4:123 It is not a matter of wishful thinking on your part nor of the wishful thinking of the People of the Book. Anyone who does evil will be repaid for it. He will not find any protector or helper besides Allah.
4:124 Anyone, male or female, who does right actions and is a mumin, will enter the Garden. They will not be wronged by so much as the tiniest speck.
4:125 Who could have a better deen than someone who submits himself completely to Allah and is a good-doer, and follows the religion of Ibrahim, a man of pure natural belief? Allah took Ibrahim as an intimate friend.
4:126 What is in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Allah. Allah encompasses all things.
4:127 They will ask you for a fatwa about women. Say, ´Allah gives you a fatwa about them; and also what is recited to you in the Book about orphan girls to whom you do not give the inheritance they are owed, while at the same time desiring to marry them; and also about young children who are denied their rights: that you should act justly with respect to orphans.´ Whatever good you do, Allah knows it.
4:128 If a woman fears cruelty or aversion on her husband´s part, there is nothing wrong in the couple becoming reconciled. Reconciliation is better. But people are prone to selfish greed. If you do good and have taqwa, Allah is aware of what you do.
4:129 You will not be able to be completely fair between your wives, however hard you try. But do not be completely partial so as to leave a wife, as it were, suspended in mid-air. And if you make amends and have taqwa, Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
4:130 If a couple do separate, Allah will enrich each of them from His boundless wealth. Allah is All-Encompassing, All-Wise.
4:131 What is in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Allah. We have instructed those given the Book before you and you yourselves, to have taqwa of Allah, but if you are kafir, what is in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Allah. Allah is Rich Beyond Need, Praiseworthy.
4:132 What is in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Allah. Allah suffices as a Guardian.
4:133 Mankind! if He wanted, He could remove you altogether, and produce others instead. Allah certainly has the power to do that.
4:134 If anyone desires the reward of this world, the reward of both this world and the Next World is with Allah. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.
4:135 You who have iman! be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, Allah is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. If you twist or turn away, Allah is aware of what you do.
4:136 You who have iman! have iman in Allah and His Messenger and in the Book He sent down to His Messenger, and the Books He sent down before. Anyone who rejects Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and the Last Day has gone very far astray.
4:137 As for those who have iman and then return to kufr, and then again have iman and then return to kufr, and then increase in kufr, Allah will not forgive them or guide them on any path.
4:138 Give news to the hypocrites that they will have a painful punishment.
4:139 Do those who take the kafirun as protectors, rather than the muminun, hope to find power and strength with them? Power and strength belong entirely to Allah.
4:140 It has been sent down to you in the Book that when you hear Allah´s Signs being rejected and mocked at by people, you must not sit with them till they start talking of other things. If you do you are just the same as them. Allah will gather all the hypocrites and kafirun into Hell.
4:141 Those who anticipate the worst for you say, ´Were we not with you?´ whenever you gain a victory from Allah, but if the kuffar have a success they say, ´Did we not have the upper hand over you and yet in spite of that keep the muminun away from you?´ Allah will judge between you on the Day of Rising. Allah will not give the kuffar any way against the muminun.
4:142 The hypocrites think they deceive Allah, but He is deceiving them. When they get up to pray, they get up lazily, showing off to people, and only remembering Allah a very little.
4:143 They vacillate between the two — not joining these or joining those. If Allah misguides someone, you will not find any way for him to go.
4:144 You who have iman! do not take the kafirun as friends rather than the muminun. Do you want to give Allah clear proof against you?
4:145 The hypocrites are in the lowest level of the Fire. You will not find any one to help them,
4:146 except those who make tawba and put things right and hold fast to Allah and dedicate their deen to Allah alone; they are with the muminun. Allah will give the muminun an immense reward.
4:147 Why should Allah punish you if you are thankful and have iman? Allah is All-Thankful, All-Knowing.
4:148 Allah does not like evil words being voiced out loud, except in the case of someone who has been wronged. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
4:149 Whether you reveal a good act or keep it hidden, or pardon an evil act, Allah is Ever-Pardoning, All-Powerful.
4:150 Those who reject Allah and His Messengers and desire to cause division between Allah and His Messengers, saying, ´We have iman in some and reject the others,´ wanting to take a pathway in between,
4:151 such people are the true kuffar. We have prepared a humiliating punishment for the kuffar.
4:152 Those who have iman in Allah and His Messengers and do not differentiate between any of them, We will pay them their wages. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
4:153 The People of the Book will ask you to bring down a Book from heaven to them. They asked Musa for even more than that. They said, ´Let us see Allah with our own eyes.´ So the lightning-bolt struck them down for their wrongdoing. Then they adopted the Calf after the Clear Signs had come to them, but We pardoned them for that and gave Musa clear authority.
4:154 We lifted up the Mount above their heads in accordance with the covenant they had made, and We said to them, ´Enter the gate prostrating,´ and We said to them, ´Do not break the Sabbath,´ and We made a binding covenant with them.
4:155 Because of the fact that they broke their covenant, and rejected Allah´s Signs, and killed the Prophets without any right to do so and said, ´Our hearts are uncircumcised,´ Allah has stamped them with kufr, so they do not have iman except for very few.
4:156 And on account of their kufr, and their utterance of a monstrous slander against Maryam,
4:157 and their saying, ´We killed the Messiah, ´Isa son of Maryam, Messenger of Allah.´ They did not kill him and they did not crucify him but it was made to seem so to them. Those who argue about him are in doubt about it. They have no real knowledge of it, just conjecture. But they certainly did not kill him.
4:158 Allah raised him up to Himself. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise.
4:159 There is not one of the People of the Book who will not believe in him before he dies; and on the Day of Rising he will be a witness against them.
4:160 Because of wrongdoing on the part of the Jews, We made haram for them some good things which had previously been halal for them; and because of their obstructing many people from the Way of Allah,
4:161 and because of their practising usury when they were forbidden to do it, and because of their consuming people´s wealth by wrongful means, We have prepared for the kafirun among them a painful punishment.
4:162 But those of them who are firmly rooted in knowledge, and the muminun, have iman in what has been sent down to you and what was sent down before you: those who establish salat and pay zakat, and have iman in Allah and the Last Day — We will pay such people an immense wage.
4:163 We have revealed to you as We revealed to Nuh and the Prophets who came after him. And We revealed to Ibrahim and Isma´il and Ishaq and Ya´qub and the Tribes, and ´Isa and Ayyub and Yunus and Harun and Sulayman. And We gave Dawud the Zabur.
4:164 There are Messengers We have already told you about and Messengers We have not told you about; and Allah spoke directly to Musa —
4:165 Messengers bringing good news and giving warning, so that people will have no argument against Allah after the coming of the Messengers. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise.
4:166 But Allah bears witness to what He has sent down to you. He has sent it down with His knowledge. The angels bear witness as well. And Allah suffices as a Witness.
4:167 Those who are kafir and bar access to the Way of Allah have gone very far astray.
4:168 Allah will not forgive those who are kafir and do wrong or guide them on any path,
4:169 except the path of Hell, remaining in it timelessly, for ever and ever. That is easy for Allah.
4:170 Mankind! the Messenger has brought you the truth from your Lord, so it is better for you to have iman. But if you are kafir, everything in the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
4:171 People of the Book! do not go to excess in your deen. Say nothing but the truth about Allah. The Messiah, ´Isa son of Maryam, was only the Messenger of Allah and His Word, which He cast into Maryam, and a Spirit from Him. So have iman in Allah and His Messengers. Do not say, ´Three.´ It is better that you stop. Allah is only One God. He is too Glorious to have a son! Everything in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Him. Allah suffices as a Guardian.
4:172 The Messiah would never disdain to be a slave to Allah nor would the angels near to Him. If any do disdain to worship Him, and grow arrogant, He will in any case gather them all to Him.
4:173 As for those who have iman and do right actions, He will pay them their wages in full and will give them increase from His favour. As for those who show disdain and grow arrogant, He will punish them with a painful punishment. They will not find any protector or helper for themselves besides Allah.
4:174 Mankind! a clear proof has come to you from your Lord. We have sent down a Clear Light to you.
4:175 As for those who have iman in Allah and hold fast to Him, He will admit them into mercy and favour from Him and will guide them to Him on a straight path.
4:176 They will ask you for a fatwa. Say: ´Allah gives you a fatwa about people who die without direct heirs: If a man dies childless but has a sister she receives half of what he leaves, and he is her heir if she dies childless. If there are two sisters they receive two-thirds of what he leaves. If there are brothers and sisters the males receive the share of two females. Allah makes things clear to you so you will not go astray. Allah has knowledge of all things.´


   


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