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Ⅸ, 121-129.
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the chapter of repentance.

a good work being written down to them ; verily, God wastes not the hire of those who do well.

Nor do they expend in alms a small or great expense, nor do they cross a wady[1] without it being written down to them; that God may reward them with better than that which they have done.

The believers should not march forth altogether ; and if a troop of every division of them march not forth, it is only that they may study their religion and warn their people when they return to them, that haply they may beware.

O ye who believe! fight those who are near to you of the misbelievers, and let them find in you sternness; and know that God is with those who fear.

125 And whenever a sûrah is sent down, there are some of them who say, ‘ Which of you has this increased in faith ?’ But as for those who believe, it does increase them in faith, and they shall rejoice: but as for those in whose hearts is sickness, it only adds a plague to their plague, and they die misbelievers.

Do they not see that they are tried in every year once or twice ? Yet they do not turn again, nor do they mind !

And whenever a sûrah is sent down, some of them look at the others — ‘ Does any one see you ?’ — Then they turn away! God has turned their hearts, for that they are a people who do not discern.

There has come to you an apostle from amongst


  1. A wady is the bed of a torrent, which in Arabia is generally dry, but occasionally after a storm is filled with the torrent.