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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

3. The Family of 'Imran (84 – 109)

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.’

100You who believe, some of those who were given the Scripture would turn you into disbelievers if you were to yield to them. 101How can you disbelieve when God's revelations are being recited to you and His Messenger is living among you? Whoever holds fast to God will be guided to the straight path. 102You who believe, be mindful of God, as is His due, and make sure you devote yourselves to Him, to your dying moment. 103Hold fast to God's rope all together; do not split into factions. Remember God's favour to you: you were enemies and then He brought your hearts together and you became brothers by His grace; you were about to fall into a pit of Fire and He saved you from it—in this way God makes His revelations clear to you so that you may be rightly guided. 104Bea Razi explains that the preposition min in the Arabic, usually translated as ‘let there be among you’, here applies to the whole community, not just part of it. a community that calls for what is good, urges what is right, and forbids what is wrong: those who do this are the successful ones. 105Do not be like those who, after they have been given clear revelation, split into factions and fall into disputes: a terrible punishment awaits such people. 106On the Day when some faces brighten and others darken, it will be said to those with darkened faces, ‘How could you reject your faith after believing? Taste the torment for doing so,’ 107but those with brightened faces will be in God's grace, there to remain. 108These are God's revelations: We recite them to you [Prophet] with the Truth. God does not will injustice for His creatures. 109Everything in the heavens and earth belongs to God; it is to Him that all things return.

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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.

a Razi explains that the preposition min in the Arabic, usually translated as ‘let there be among you’, here applies to the whole community, not just part of it.

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