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Ⅱ, 108-115.
the qurʼân.

But who is more unjust than he who prohibits God’s mosques[1], that His name should not be mentioned there, and who strives to ruin them ? ’Tis not for such to enter into them except in fear, for them is disgrace in this world, and in the future mighty woe.

God’s is the east and the west, and wherever ye turn there is God’s face ; verily, God comprehends and knows.

110 They say, ‘ God takes unto Himself a son.’ Celebrated be His praise[2]! Nay, His is what is in the heavens and the earth, and Him all things obey. The Originator of the heavens and the earth, when He decrees a matter He doth but say unto it, ‘ BE,’ and it is.

And those who do not know (the Scriptures) say, ‘ Unless God speak to us, or there comes a sign.’ So spake those before them like unto their speech. Their hearts are all alike. We have made manifest the signs unto a people that are sure.

We have sent thee with the truth, a bearer of good tidings and of warning, and thou shalt not be questioned as to the fellows of hell.

The Jews will not be satisfied with thee, nor yet the Christians, until thou followest their creed. Say, ‘ God’s guidance is the guidance ;’ and if thou followest their lusts after the knowledge that has come to thee, thou hast not then from God a patron or a help.

115 They to whom we have brought the Book

  1. Probably alluding to the occasion on which the Meccans prevented Mohammed from using the Kaabah, in the sixth year of the Higrah.
  2. I.e. God forbid !