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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

3. The Family of 'Imran (58 – 83)

58We relate to you [Muhammad] this revelation, a decisive statement. 59In God's eyes Jesus is just like Adam: He created him from dust, said to him, ‘Be’, and he was. 60This is the truth from your Lord, so do not be one of those who doubt. 61If anyone disputes this with you now that you have been given this knowledge, say, ‘Come, let us gather our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves, and let us pray earnestly and invoke God's rejection on those of us who are lying. 62This is the truth of the matter: there is no god but God; God is the Exalted, the Decider.’a This translation of the term hakim is suggested by Razi. 63If they turn away, [know that] God is well aware of anyone who causes corruption.b Corruption of beliefs and all that follows from that. 64Say, ‘People of the Book, let us arrive at a statement that is common to us all: we worship God alone, we ascribe no partner to Him, and none of us takes others beside God as lords.’ If they turn away, say, ‘Witness our devotion to Him.’

65People of the Book, why do you argue about Abraham when the Torah and the Gospels were not revealed until after his time? Do you not understand? 66You argue about some things of which you have some knowledge, but why do you argue about things of which you know nothing? God knows and you do not. 67Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian. He was upright and devoted to God, never an idolater, 68and the people who are closest to him are those who truly follow his ways, this Prophet, and [true] believers—God is close to [true] believers.

69Some of the People of the Book would dearly love to lead you [believers] astray, but they only lead themselves astray, though they do not realize it. 70People of the Book, why do you deny God's revelations when you can see they are true? 71People of the Book, why do you mix truth with falsehood? Why do you hide the truth when you recognize it? 72Some of the People of the Book say, ‘At the beginning of the day, believe in what has been revealed to these believers [the Muslims], then at the end of the day reject it, so that they too may turn back, 73but do not sincerely believe in anyone unless he follows your own religion’—[Prophet], tell them, ‘True guidance is the guidance of God’—[they say], ‘Do not believe that anyone else could be given a revelation similar to what you were given, or that they could use it to argue against you in your Lord's presence.’ [Prophet], tell them, ‘All grace is in God's hands: He grants it to whoever He will—He is all embracing, all knowing—

74and He singles out for His mercy whoever He will. His grace is infinite.’

75There are People of the Book who, if you [Prophet] entrust them with a heap of gold, will return it to you intact, but there are others of them who, if you entrust them with a single dinar, will not return it to you unless you keep standing over them, because they say, ‘We are under no obligation towards the gentiles.’ They tell a lie against God and they know it. 76No indeed! God loves those who keep their pledges and are mindful of Him, 77but those who sell out God's covenant and their own oaths for a small price will have no share in the life to come. God will neither speak to them nor look at them on the Day of Resurrection—He will not cleanse them [of their sins]—agonizing torment awaits them. 78There are some who twist the Scripture with their tongues to make you [people] think that what they say is part of the Scripture when it is not; they say it is from God when it is not; they attribute lies to God and they know it.

79No person to whom God had given the Scripture, wisdom, and prophethood would ever say to people, ‘Be my servants, not God's.’ [He would say], ‘You should be devoted to God because you have taught the Scripture and studied it closely.’ 80He would never command you to take angels and prophets as lords. How could he command you to be disbelievers after you had devoted yourselves to God?

81God took a pledge from the prophets, saying, ‘If, after I have bestowed Scripture and wisdom upon you, a messenger comes confirming what you have been given, you must believe in him and support him. Do you affirm this and accept My pledge as binding on you?’ They said, ‘We do.’ He said, ‘Then bear witness and I too will bear witness.’ 82Those who turn away after this are the ones who break pledges.83Do they seek anything other than submission to God? Everyone in the heavens and earth submits to Him, willingly or unwillingly; they will all be returned to Him.

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a This translation of the term hakim is suggested by Razi.

b Corruption of beliefs and all that follows from that.

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