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Ⅲ, 27-31.
the qur′ân.

bids you beware of Himself, for unto Him your journey is.

Say, ‘ If ye hide that which is in your breasts, or if ye show it, God knows it : He knows what is in the heavens and what is in the earth, for God is mighty over all.’

The day that every soul shall find what it has done of good present before it ; and what it has done of evil, it would fain that there were between itself and that a wide interval. ‘ God bids you beware of Himself, but God is gentle with His servants.’

Say, ‘ If ye would love God then follow me, and God will love you and forgive you your sins, for God is forgiving and merciful.’

Say, ‘ Obey God and the Apostle ; but if ye turn your backs God loves not misbelievers.’

30 Verily, God has chosen Adam, and Noah, and Abraham′s people, and Imrân′s[1] people above the world, — a seed, of which one succeeds the other, but God both hears and knows.

When Imrân′s wife said, ‘ Lord! I have vowed to Thee what is within my womb, to be dedicated unto Thee, receive it then from me. Verily, Thou dost hear and know.’ And when she brought it forth she said, ‘ Verily, I have brought it forth a female’ — but God knew best what she brought forth ; and a male is not like a female — ‘ I have called her Mary, and I seek a refuge in Thee for her and for her seed from Satan the pelted[2].’

  1. Amram, who, according to the Mohammedans, was the father of the Virgin Mary, (Miriam.) A confusion seems to have existed in the mind of Mohammed between Miriam ‘ the Virgin Mary,’ and Miriam the sister of Moses.
  2. The Mohammedan superstition is that the devils listen at the