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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

3. The Family of 'Imran (74 – 99)

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.

84Say [Muhammad], ‘We [Muslims] believe in God and in what has been sent down to us and to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes. We believe in what has been given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord. We do not make a distinction between any of the [prophets]. It is to Him that we devote ourselves.’ 85If anyone seeks a religion other than [islam] complete devotion to God, it will not be accepted from him: he will be one of the losers in the Hereafter. 86Why would God guide people who deny the truth, after they have believed and acknowledged that the Messenger is true, and after they have been shown clear proof? God does not guide evildoers: 87such people will be rewarded with rejection by God, by the angels, by all people, 88and so they will remain, with no relief or respite for their suffering. 89Not so those who afterwards repent and mend their ways—God is most forgiving and merciful— 90[although] the repentance of those who, having believed, then increase in their disbelief, will not be accepted. They are the ones who have gone [far] astray: 91those who disbelieve and die disbelievers will not be saved even if they offer enough gold to fill the entire earth. Agonizing torment is in store for them, and there will be no one to help them. 92None of you [believers] will attain true piety unless you give out of what you cherish: whatever you give, God knows about it very well.

93Except for what Israel made unlawful for himself, all food was lawful to the Children of Israel before the Torah was revealed.a The commentators explain that Israel/Jacob (Abraham's grandson) vowed to give up camel flesh and camel milk if he were relieved of his sciatica, and the Jews in Medina argued with Muhammad: ‘You claim to be following the religion of Abraham. If this were so you would not be eating camel meat and drinking its milk, as these are forbidden in Abraham's religion.’ This verse answers this argument (Razi). Say, ‘Bring the Torah and read out [the relevant passage] if you are telling the truth. 94Those who persist in making up lies and attributing them to God after this are the wrongdoers.’ 95[Prophet], say, ‘God speaks the truth, so follow Abraham's religion: he had true faith and he was never an idolater.’ 96The first House [of worship] to be established for people was the one at Mecca.b The original reads Bakka, which was an old name for Mecca. It is a blessed place; a source of guidance for all people; 97there are clear signs in it; it is the place where Abraham stood to pray; whoever enters it is safe. Pilgrimage to the House is a duty owed to God by people who are able to undertake it. Those who reject this [should know that] God has no need of anyone. 98Say, ‘People of the Book, why do you reject God's revelations? God witnesses everything you do.’ 99Say, ‘People of the Book, why do you turn the believers away from God's path and try to make it crooked, when you yourselves [should be] witnesses to the [truth]? God is not heedless of anything you do.’

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a The commentators explain that Israel/Jacob (Abraham's grandson) vowed to give up camel flesh and camel milk if he were relieved of his sciatica, and the Jews in Medina argued with Muhammad: ‘You claim to be following the religion of Abraham. If this were so you would not be eating camel meat and drinking its milk, as these are forbidden in Abraham's religion.’ This verse answers this argument (Razi).

b The original reads Bakka, which was an old name for Mecca.

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