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Ⅱ, 240-247.
the chapter of the heifer.

240 And if ye fear, then afoot[1] or on horseback ; but when ye are in safety remember God, how He taught you while yet ye did not know.

Those of you who die and leave wives, should bequeath to their wives maintenance for a year, without expulsion (from their home) ; but if they go out, there is no crime in you for what they do of themselves, in reason ; but God is mighty and wise.

And divorced women should have a maintenance in reason, — a duty this on those that fear. Thus does God explain to you His signs; haply ye may understand.

Dost thou not look at those who left their homes by thousands, for fear of death ; and God said to them ‘ Die,’ and then He quickened them again[2]? Verily, God is Lord of grace to men, but most men give no thanks.

245 Fight then in God’s way, and know that God both hears and knows.

Who is there that will lend to God a good loan ? He will redouble it many a double ; God closes His hand and holds it out, and unto Him shall ye return.

Dost thou not look at the crowd of the children of Israel after Moses’ time, when they said to a prophet of theirs[3], ‘ Raise up for us a king, and we will fight

  1. That is, if ye are in danger, say your prayers, as best you can, on foot or horseback, not staying so as to endanger your lives.
  2. The legend to which this alludes is variously told, but the most usually accepted version is that a number of the Israelites fled from their homes to avoid a gihâd or ‘ religious war,’ and were struck dead, and afterwards revived by the prophet Ezekiel’s intervention. The story is apparently a distorted version of Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones. Ezek. ⅹⅹⅹⅶ. 1-10.
  3. Samuel.