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ⅩⅥ, 90-96.
the qur'ân.

90 Those who misbelieve and turn folks off God's path, we will add torment to their torment, for that they were evildoers.

And on the day when we will raise up in every nation a witness against them from among themselves, and we will bring thee as a witness against these[1]; for we have sent down to thee a book explaining clearly everything, and a guidance, and a mercy, and glad tidings to the believers.

Verily, God bids you do justice and good, and give to kindred (their due), and He forbids you to sin, and do wrong, and oppress ; He admonishes you, haply ye may be mindful !

Fulfil God's covenant when ye have covenanted, and break not your oaths after asseverating them, for ye thereby make God your surety ; verily, God knows what ye do.

And be not like her who unravels her yarn, fraying it out after she hath spun it close, by taking your oaths for mutual intrigue, because one nation is more numerous than another ; God only tries you therewith, but He will make manifest to you on the resurrection day that whereon ye did dispute[2].

95 But had God pleased He would have made you one nation; but He leads astray whom He will, and guides whom He will; — but ye shall be questioned as to that which ye have done.

Take not therefore your oaths for mutual intrigue,

lest a foot slip after being planted firmly, and ye


  1. The Meccans.
  2. The Arabs, like most half-savage tribes, used to consider superior numerical strength as entitling them to disregard a treaty.