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the qurʼân.

not, save only a call and a cry[1]; deafness, dumbness, blindness, and they shall not understand.

O ye who do believe! eat of the good things wherewith we have provided you, and give thanks unto God if it be Him ye serve. He has only forbidden for you what is dead, and blood, and flesh of swine, and whatsoever has been consecrated to other than God[2]; but he who is forced, neither revolting nor transgressing, it is in no sin for him ; verily, God is forgiving and merciful.

Verily, those who hide what God has revealed of the Book, and sell it for a little price, they shall eat nothing in their bellies save fire ; and God will not speak to them on the day of resurrection, nor will He purify them, but for them is grievous woe.

170 They who sell guidance for error, and pardon for torment, how patient must they be of fire !

That (is), because God has revealed the Book with truth, and verily those who disagree about the Book are in a wide schism.

Righteousness is not that ye turn your faces towards the east or the west, but righteousness is, one who believes in God, and the last day, and the angels, and the Book, and the prophets, and who gives wealth for His love to kindred, and orphans, and the poor, and the son of the road[3], and beggars, and those in captivity; and who is steadfast in prayer, and gives alms; and those who are sure of


  1. I. e. as cattle hear the sound of the drover without understanding the meaning of his words, so the infidels fail to comprehend the meaning and importance of the words that are preached to them.
  2. At the time of slaughtering an animal the Muslims always repeat the formula bismiʼllâh, in the name of God.
  3. I. e. the wayfarer.