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Ⅱ, 121-128.
the qurʼân.

And when Abraham raised up the foundations of the House with Ishmael, ‘ Lord ! receive it from us, verily, thou art hearing and dost know. Lord ! and make us too resigned[1] unto Thee, and of our seed also a nation resigned unto Thee, and show us our rites, and turn towards us, verily, Thou art easy to be turned and merciful. Lord ! and send them an apostle from amongst themselves, to read to them Thy signs and teach them the Book and wisdom, and to purify them; verily, Thou art the mighty and the wise.’

Who is averse from the faith of Abraham save one who is foolish of soul ? for we have chosen him in this world, and in the future he is surely of the righteous.

125 When his Lord said to him, ‘ Be resigned,’ he said, ‘ I am resigned[1] unto the Lord of the worlds.’

And Abraham instructed his sons therein, and Jacob (saying), ‘ O my sons ! verily, God has chosen for you a religion, do not therefore die unless ye be resigned[2].’

Were ye then witnesses when Jacob was facing death, when he said to his sons, ‘ What will ye serve when I am gone ?’ They said, ‘ We will serve thy God, the God of thy fathers Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, one God; and we are unto Him resigned.’

That is a nation that has passed away, theirs is what they gained; and yours shall be what ye have gained ; ye shall not be questioned as to that which they have done.


  1. 1.0 1.1 See note, p. 15.
  2. This sentence might be rendered ‘ until ye become Muslims.’