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Ⅳ, 124-132.
the qur'ân.

Abraham, as a ʿHanîf ? — for God took Abraham as a friend.

125 And God’s is what is in the heavens and in the earth, and God encompasses all things !

They will ask thee a decision about women ; say, ‘ God decides for you about them, and that which is rehearsed to you in the Book ; about orphan women to whom ye do not give what is prescribed for them, and whom ye are averse from marrying; and about weak children ; and that ye stand fairly by orphans ; — and what ye do of good, verily, that God knows.’

And if a woman fears from her husband perverseness or aversion, it is no crime in them both that they should be reconciled to each other, for reconciliation is best. For souls are prone to avarice ; but if ye act kindly and fear God, of what ye do He is aware.

Ye are not able, it may be, to act equitably to your wives, even though ye covet it ; do not however be quite partial, and leave one as it were in suspense ; but if ye be reconciled and fear, then God is forgiving and merciful ; but if they separate, God can make both independent out of His abundance ; for God is abundant, wise.

130 God’s is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth ! We have ordained to those who have been given the Book before you, and to you too that ye fear God ; — but if ye misbelieve, verily, God’s is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth, and God is rich and to be praised !

God’s is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth ! and God sufficeth for a guardian !

If He will He can make ye pass away, O men ! and can bring others; — God is able to do all that.