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Ⅵ, 83-91.
the chapter of cattle.

These are our arguments which we gave to Abraham against his people ; — we raise the rank of whom we will ; verily, thy Lord is wise and knowing. And we gave to him Isaac and Jacob, each did we guide. And Noah we guided before and all his seed, — David and Solomon and Job and Joseph and Moses and Aaron, — for thus do we reward those who do good. 85 And Zachariah and John and Jesus and Elias, all righteous ones; and Ishmael and Elisha and Jonas and Lot, each one have we preferred above the worlds ; and of their fathers and their seed and brethren ; we have chosen them and guided them into a right way.

That is God’s guidance ; He guides those whom He will of His servants; and if they associate aught with Him, — vain is that which they have worked.

It is to these we give the Book and judgment and prophecy; and if these disbelieve therein we have given them in charge to a people who shall not disbelieve.

90 It is these that God hath guided, and by their guidance be thou led.

Say, ‘I will not ask you for it a hire : it is naught save a reminder to the worlds.’

They do not prize God at His true worth when

they say, ‘God has never revealed to mortal anything.’ Say, ‘Who revealed the Book wherewith Moses came, a light and a guidance unto men ? Ye put it on papers which ye show, though ye hide much[1];

  1. The Jews are here, as frequently in the Qur’ân, accused of suppressing and altering those parts of their scriptures which referred, according to the Mussulman theory, to the mission of Mohammed.