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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

3. The Family of 'Imran (14 – 37)

14The love of desirable things is made alluring for men—women, children, gold and silver treasures piled up high, horses with fine markings, livestock, and farmland—these may be the joys of this life, but God has the best place to return to. 15[Prophet], say, ‘Would you like me to tell you of things that are better than all of these? Their Lord will give those who are mindful of God Gardens graced with flowing streams, where they will stay with pure spouses and God's good pleasure—God is fully aware of His servants—16those who say, “Our Lord, we believe, so forgive us our sins and protect us from suffering in the Fire,” 17those who are steadfast, truthful, truly devout, who give [in God's cause] and pray before dawn for forgiveness.’

18God bears witness that there is no god but Him, as do the angels and those who have knowledge. He upholds justice. There is no god but Him, the Almighty, the All Wise. 19True Religion, in God's eyes, is islam: [devotion to Him alone].c See note to 2: 128 above. Those who were given the Scripture disagreed out of rivalry, only after they had been given knowledge—if anyone denies God's revelations, God is swift to take account—20if they argue with you [Prophet], say, ‘I have devoted myselfd Literally ‘submitted my face’. to God alone and so have my followers.’ Ask those who were given the Scripture, as well as those without one, ‘Do you too devote yourselves to Him alone?’ If they do, they will be guided, but if they turn away, your only duty is to convey the message. God is aware of His servants.

21Give news of agonizing torment to those who ignore God's revelations, who unjustifiably kill prophets, who kill those who command that justice is done: 22the deeds of such people will come to nothing in this world and in the next and no one will help them. 23Have you considered those who were given a share of the Scripture? When they are asked to accept judgement from God's Scripture, some of them turn their backs and walk away, all because they declare, 24The Fire will only touch us for a limited number of days.’ The lies they have invented have led them astray in their own religion. 25How will they fare when We gather them together for a Day of which there is no doubt, when every soul will be paid in full for what it has done, and they will not be wronged?

26Say, ‘God, holder of all control,a Or sovereignty. You give control to whoever You will and remove it from whoever You will; You elevate whoever You will and humble whoever You will. All that is good lies in Your hand: You have power over everything. 27You merge night into day and day into night; You bring the living out of the dead and the dead out of the living; You provide limitlessly for whoever You will.’

28The believers should not make the disbelievers their allies rather than other believers—anyone who does such a thing will isolate himself completely from God—except when you need to protect yourselves from them. God warns you to beware of Him: the Final Return is to God. 29Say [Prophet], ‘God knows everything that is in your hearts, whether you conceal or reveal it; He knows everything in the heavens and earth; God has power over all things.’ 30On the Day when every soul finds all the good it has done present before it, it will wish all the bad it has done to be far, far away. God warns you to beware of Him, but God is compassionate towards His servants. 31Say, ‘If you love God, follow me, and God will love you and forgive you your sins; God is most forgiving, most merciful.’ 32Say, ‘Obey God and the Messenger,’ but if they turn away, [know that] God does not love those who ignore [His commands].

33God chose Adam, Noah, Abraham's family,a This means family in the widest sense of the term. and the family of ‘Imran, over all other people, 34in one line of descent—God hears and knows all. 35’Imran's wife said, ‘Lord, I have dedicated what is growing in my womb entirely to You; so accept this from me. You are the One who hears and knows all,’ 36but when she gave birth, she said, ‘My Lord! I have given birth to a girl’—God knew best what she had given birth to: the male is not like the female—’I name her Mary and I commend her and her offspring to Your protection from the rejected Satan.’ 37Her Lord graciously accepted her and made her grow in goodness, and entrusted her to the charge of Zachariah.

Notes:

c See note to 2: 128 above.

d Literally ‘submitted my face’.

a Or sovereignty.

a This means family in the widest sense of the term.

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