In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
ALL that is in the Heavens, and all that is on the Earth, uttereth the Praise
of God, the King! the Holy! the Mighty! the Wise!
It is He who hath sent to the pagan folk (Arabs) an Apostle from among
themselves, to rehearse His signs to them, and to purify them, and to impart
to them a knowledge of "the Book" and wisdom; for aforetime were they in
And others among them have not yet overtaken those who preceded them in the
faith. But He is the Mighty, the Wise!
This is the goodness of God: He bestoweth it on whom He will: God is of
They on whom the burden of the law was laid, and would not bear it, are like
an ass beneath a load of books. A sorry likeness this, for the people who
give the lie to the signs of God! God guideth not the people who do this
SAY: O ye Jews, if ye profess that ye rather than other men are the friends
of God, then wish for death if ye are men of truth.
But never on account of their previous handywork will they wish for it, and
God knoweth the wrong doers.
SAY: Verily the death from which ye flee will surely meet you. Then shall ye
be brought back to Him who knoweth alike the things done in secret and
openly: and He will tell you of your actions.
O ye who believe! When ye are summoned to prayer on the day of THE ASSEMBLY,
haste to the commemoration of God, and quit your traffic. This, if ye knew
it, will be best for you.
And when the Prayer is ended, then disperse yourselves abroad and go in quest
of the bounties of God; and, that it may be well with you, oft remember God.
But when they get a sight of merchandise or sport, they disperse after it,
and leave thee standing alone. SAY: God hath in reserve what is better than
sport or wares. And God is the best provider!
- -- SURA LXII. THE ASSEMBLY [XCIV.], MEDINA