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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 603 pages of information about The Koran (Al-Qur'an).

11 Between idolatry and Islam.

SURA XLII.-COUNSEL [LXXXIII.]

Mecca.-53 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

HaMimAinSinKaf.1 Thus unto thee as unto those who preceded thee doth
God, the Mighty, the Wise, reveal!

All that is in the Heavens and all that is in the Earth is His:  and He is the
High, the Great!

Ready are the Heavens to cleave asunder from above for very awe:  and the angels celebrate the praise of their Lord, and ask forgiveness for the dwellers on earth:  Is not God the Indulgent, the Merciful?

But whose take aught beside Him as lords-God watcheth them! but thou hast them not in thy charge.

It is thus moreover that we have revealed to thee an Arabic Koran, that thou mayest warn the mother city2 and all around it, and that thou mayest warn them of that day of the Gathering, of which there is no doubt-when part shall be in Paradise and part in the flame.

Had God so pleased, He had made them one people and of one creed:  but He bringeth whom He will within His mercy; and as for the doers of evil, no patron, no helper shall there be for them.

Will they take other patrons than Him?  But God is man’s only Lord:  He quickeneth the dead; and He is mighty over all things.

And whatever the subject of your disputes, with God doth its decision rest.  This is God, my Lord:  in Him do I put my trust, and to Him do I turn in penitence;

Creator of the Heavens and of the Earth! he hath given you wives from among your own selves, and cattle male and female-by this means to multiply you:  Nought is there like Him! the Hearer, the Beholder He!

His, the keys of the Heavens and of the Earth!  He giveth with open hand, or sparingly, to whom He will:  He knoweth all things.

To you hath He prescribed the faith which He commanded unto Noah, and which we have revealed to thee, and which we commanded unto Abraham and Moses and Jesus, saying, “Observe this faith, and be not divided into sects therein.”  Intolerable to those who worship idols jointly with God

Is that faith to which thou dost call them.  Whom He pleaseth will God choose for it, and whosoever shall turn to Him in penitence will He guide to it.

Nor were they divided into sects through mutual jealousy, till after that “the knowledge” had come to them:  and had not a decree from thy Lord gone forth respiting them to a fixed time, verily, there had at once been a decision between them.3 And they who have inherited “the Book” after them, are in perplexity of doubt concerning it.

For this cause summon thou them to the faith, and go straight on as thou hast been bidden, and follow not their desires:  and say:  In whatsoever Books God hath sent down do I believe:  I am commanded to decide justly between you:  God is your Lord and our Lord:  we have our works and you have your works:  between us and you let there be no strife:  God will make us all one:  and to Him shall we return.

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