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Ⅳ, 41-47.
the qur'ân.

who are miserly and bid men be miserly too, and who hide what God has given them of His grace; — but we have prepared for the misbelievers shameful woe.

And those who expend their wealth in alms for appearance sake before men, and who believe not in God nor in the last day; — but whosoever has Satan for his mate, an evil mate has he.

What harm would it do them if they believed in God and in the last day, and expended in alms of what God has provided them with ? but God knows about them.

Verily, God would not wrong by the weight of an atom; and if it's[1] a good work, He will double it and bring from Himself a mighty hire.

45 How then when we bring from every nation a witness, and bring thee as a witness against these on the day when those who misbelieve and rebel against the Apostle would fain that the earth were levelled with them ? but they cannot hide the news from God.

O ye who believe ! approach not prayer while ye are drunk, until ye well know what ye say; nor yet while polluted, — unless ye be passing by the way, — until ye have washed yourselves. But if ye are sick, or on a journey, or one of you come from the privy, or if ye have touched a woman, and ye cannot find water, then use good surface sand and wipe your faces and your hands therewith ; verily, God pardons and forgives.

Do ye not see those who have been given a portion of the Book ? they buy error, and they


  1. The abbreviated form taku (for takun) is used in the Arabic.