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Ⅱ, 57-61.
the qur'ân.

When Moses, too, asked drink for his people and we said, ‘ Strike with thy staff the rock,’ and from it burst forth twelve springs; each man among them knew his drinking place. ‘ Eat and drink of what God has provided, and transgress not on the earth as evildoers.’

And when they said, ‘ O Moses, we cannot always bear one kind of food ; pray then thy Lord to bring forth for us of what the earth grows, its green herbs, its cucumbers, its garlic, its lentils, and its onions.’ Said he, ‘ Do ye ask what is meaner instead of what is best ? Go down to Egypt, — there is what ye ask.’ Then were they smitten with abasement and poverty, and met with wrath from God. That was because they had misbelieved in God’s signs and killed the prophets undeservedly; that was for that they were rebellious and had transgressed.

Verily, whether it be of those who believe, or those who are Jews or Christians or Sabaeans, whosoever believe in God and the last day and act aright, they have their reward at their Lord′s hand, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.

60 And when we took a covenant with you and held the mountain over you[1]; ‘Accept what we have brought you with strong will, and bear in mind what is therein, haply ye yet may fear.’

Then did ye turn aside after this, and were it not

for God's grace towards you and His mercy, ye would have been of those who lose. Ye know too of those among you who transgressed upon the


  1. The Mohammedan legend is that this was done by the angel Gabriel to terrify the people into obedience.