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Ⅳ, 54-63.
the qur'ân.

‘These are better guided in the way than those who believe’ 55 These are those whom God has cursed, and whom God has cursed no helper shall he find.

Shall they have a portion of the kingdom ? Why even then they would not give to men a jot[1].

Do they envy man for what God has given of His grace ? We have given to Abraham's people the Book and wisdom, and we have given them a mighty kingdom. And of them are some who believe therein, and of them are some who turn from it, but Hell is flaming enough for them.

Verily, those who disbelieve in our signs, we will broil them with fire ; whenever their skins are well done, then we will change them for other skins, that they may taste the torment. Verily, God is glorious and wise.

60 But those who believe and do aright, we will make them enter gardens beneath which rivers flow, and they shall dwell therein for ever and aye, for them therein are pure wives, and we will make them enter into a shady shade. Verily, God bids you pay your trusts to their owners, and when ye judge between men to judge with justice. Verily, God, excellent is what He admonishes you with ; verily, God both hears and sees.

O ye who believe ! obey God, and obey the Apostle and those in authority amongst you ; and if ye quarrel about anything, refer to God and the Apostle, if ye believe in God and the last day; that is better and fairer as a settlement.

Do ye not see those who pretend that they believe in what has been revealed to them, and what was

  1. Literally, a dent or cleft in a date stone.