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(5. Surat al-Ma'ida - The Table 
ayah 49 - 87

The Noble Qur'an
A New Rendering of its Meaning in English
by Abdalhaqq and Aisha Bewley
1999 Madinah Press,  664 Pages . Hardback. ISBN 1-874216-36-3
Ref:97bk Price: £ 20.00

In the Name of Allah, All-Merciful, Most Merciful

49   Judge between them by what Allah has sent down

         and do not follow their whims and desires.

     And beware of them lest they lure you away

         from some of what Allah has sent down to you.

     If they turn their backs, then know that Allah

         wants to afflict them with some of their wrong actions.

           Many of mankind are deviators.

50  Do they then seek the judgement of the Time of Ignorance?

       Who could be better at giving judgement than Allah

           for people with certainty?

51  You who have iman! do not take the Jews and Christians

           as your friends;

         they are the friends of one another.

     Any of you who takes them as friends is one of them.

         Allah does not guide wrongdoing people.

52  Yet you see those with sickness in their hearts rushing to them,

       saying, 'We fear the wheel of fate may turn against us.'

     But it may well be that Allah will bring about victory

       or some other contingency from Him.

     Then they will deeply regret their secret thoughts.

53  Those who have iman say,

       'Are these the people who swore by Allah,

         with their most earnest oaths, that they were with you?'

   Their actions have come to nothing and they now are losers.

54  You who have iman! if any of you renounce your deen,

       Allah will bring forward a people

     whom He loves and who love Him,

       humble to the muminun,

           fierce to the kafirun,

     who strive in the Way of Allah

       and do not fear the blame of any censurer.

     That is the unbounded favour of Allah

       which He gives to whoever He wills.

     Allah is Boundless, All-Knowing.

55  Your friend is only Allah and His Messenger

         and those who have iman:

     those who establish salat

         and pay zakat, and bow.

56  As for those who make Allah their friend,

       and His Messenger and those who have iman:

     it is the party of Allah who are victorious!

57  You who have iman! do not take as friends

       any of those given the Book before you or the kuffar

         who make a mockery and a game out of your deen.

       Have taqwa of Allah if you are muminun.

58  When you call to salat they make a mockery and a game of it.

       That is because they are people who do not use their intellect.

59  Say: 'People of the Book! do you resent us for any other reason

       than that we have iman in Allah

           and what was sent down to us,

               and what was sent down before,

           and because most of you are deviators?'

60   Say: 'Shall I tell you of a reward with Allah far worse than that:

       that of those whom Allah has cursed

         and with whom He is angry –

     turning some of them into monkeys and into pigs –

          and who worshipped false gods?

      Such people are in a worse situation

        and further from the right way.'

61  When they come to you, they say, 'We have iman.'

         But they entered with kufr and left with it.

     Allah knows best what they were hiding.

62  You see many of them rushing to wrongdoing and enmity

       and acquiring ill-gotten gains.

         What an evil thing they do!

63  Why do their scholars and rabbis not prohibit them

       from evil speech and acquiring ill-gotten gains?

         What an evil thing they invent!

64   The Jews say, 'Allah's hand is chained.'

        Their hands are chained

           and they are cursed for what they say!

     No! Both His hands are open wide

        and He gives however He wills.

     What has been sent down to you from your Lord

        increases many of them in insolence and kufr.

     We have incited enmity and hatred between them

         until the Day of Rising.

     Each time they kindle the fire of war,

         Allah extinguishes it.

     They rush about the earth corrupting it.

         Allah does not love corrupters.

65  If only the People of the Book had had iman and taqwa,

       We would have erased their evil deeds from them

           and admitted them into Gardens of Delight.

66  If only they had implemented the Torah and the Injil

       and what was sent down to them from their Lord,

    they would have been fed from above their heads

       and beneath their feet.

    Among them there is a moderate group

       but what most of them do is evil.

67  O Messenger! transmit what has been sent down to you

       from your Lord.

    If you do not do it you will not have transmitted His Message.

       Allah will protect you from people.

    Allah does not guide the people of the kafirun.

68  Say: 'People of the Book! you have nothing to stand on

       until you implement the Torah and the Injil

    and what has been sent down to you from your Lord.'

       What has been sent down to you from your Lord

           increases many of them in insolence and kufr.

       So do not waste your grief on the people of the kafirun.

69  Those who have iman and those who are Jews

       and the Sabaeans and the Christians,

    all who have iman in Allah and the Last Day and act rightly

       will feel no fear and will know no sorrow.

70  We made a covenant with the tribe of Israel

       and We sent Messengers to them.

    Each time a Messenger came to them

       with something their lower selves did not desire,

    they denied some and they murdered others.

71  They thought there would be no fitna.

       They were blind and deaf.

    Then Allah turned towards them.

        Then many of them went blind and deaf again.

            Allah sees what they do.

72  Those who say that the Messiah, son of Maryam, is Allah

             are kafirun.

     The Messiah said, 'Tribe of Israel! worship Allah,

         my Lord and your Lord.

     If anyone associates anything with Allah,

         Allah has forbidden him the Garden

             and his refuge will be the Fire.'

         The wrongdoers will have no helpers.

73   Those who say that Allah is the third of three

             are kafirun.

         There is no god but One God.

     If they do not stop saying what they say,

         a painful punishment will afflict

             those among them who are kafir.

74  Why do they not turn to Allah and ask for His forgiveness?

         Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

75  The Messiah, the son of Maryam, was only a Messenger,

         before whom other Messengers came and went.

     His mother was a woman of truth.

         Both of them ate food.

     See how We make the Signs clear to them!

         Then see how they are perverted!

76  Say: 'Do you worship, besides Allah,

       something which has no power to harm or help you

         when Allah is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing?'

77  Say: 'People of the Book! do not go to extremes in your deen,

         asserting other than the truth,

     and do not follow the whims and desires of people

         who were misguided previously

     and have misguided many others,

         and are far from the right way.'

78  Those among the tribe of Israel who were kafir

       were cursed on the tongue of Dawud

           and that of 'Isa, son of Maryam.

     That is because they rebelled

        and overstepped the limits.

79  They would not restrain one another

         from any of the wrong things that they did.

     How evil were the things they used to do!

80  You see many of them taking those who are kafir as their friends.

         What their lower selves have advanced for them is evil indeed,

             bringing Allah's anger down upon them.

         They will suffer punishment timelessly, for ever.

81  If they had had iman in Allah and the Prophet

         and what has been sent down to him,

     they would not have taken them as friends.

         But most of them are deviators.

82  You will find that the people most hostile

       to those who have iman

           are the Jews and the mushrikun.

     You will find the people most affectionate

       to those who have iman

           are those who say, 'We are Christians.'

     That is because some of them are priests and monks

           and because they are not arrogant.

83  When they listen to what has been sent down to the Messenger,

         you see their eyes overflowing with tears

             because of what they recognise of the truth.

     They say, 'Our Lord, we have iman!

         So write us down among the witnesses.

84  How could we not have iman in Allah,

         and the truth that has come to us,

     when we long for our Lord to include us among the salihun?'

85  Allah will reward them for what they say

       with Gardens with rivers flowing under them,

           remaining in them timelessly, for ever.

       That is the recompense of the good-doers.

86  As for those who are kafir and deny Our Signs,

       they are the Companions of the Blazing Fire.

87  You who have iman! do not make haram

       the good things Allah has made halal for you,

           and do not overstep the limits.

    Allah does not love people who overstep the limits.



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