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Ⅲ, 131-141.
the chapter or Imrân’s family.

then in the earth, and see what was the end of those who called (the prophets) liars.

This is an explanation unto men, and a guidance and a warning unto those who fear. Do not give way nor grieve, for ye shall have the upper hand if ye but be believers.

If a sore touch you, a sore like it has touched people : these are days[1] which we make to alternate amongst mankind that God may know who it is that believe, and may take from you witnesses[2], for God loves not the unjust ; 135 and that God may assay those who believe, and blot out the misbelievers. Do ye think that ye can enter Paradise and God not know those of you who have fought well, or know the patient ? Why, ye longed for death before ye met it ! Now ye have looked upon it and ye halt !

Mohammed is but an apostle ; apostles have passed away before his time ; what if he die or is killed, will ye retreat upon your heels ? He who retreats upon his heels does no harm to God at all ; but God will recompense the thankful. It is not for any soul to die, save by God’s permission written down for an appointed time ; but he who wishes for the reward of this world we will give him of it, and he who wishes for the reward of the future we will give him of it, and we will recompense the grateful.

140 How many prophets have myriads fought against! yet they did not give way at what befel them in God’s way ! Nor were they weak, nor did they demean themselves : — God loves the patient. And their word was only to say, ‘ Lord, forgive us

  1. Or ‘ battles.’
  2. Or ‘ martyrs.’