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ⅩⅩⅩⅢ, 48-52.

ye have no term that ye need observe; so make them some provision, and let them go handsomely at large.

O thou prophet! verily, we make lawful for thee thy wives to whom thou hast given their hire[1], and what thy right hand possesses[2] out of the booty that God has granted thee/and the daughters of thy paternal uncle and the daughters of thy paternal aunts, and the daughters of thy maternal uncle and the daughters of thy maternal aunts, provided they have fled with thee, and any believing woman if she give herself to the prophet, if the prophet desire to marry her; — a special privilege this for thee, above the other believers.

50 We knew what we ordained for them concerning their wives and what their right hands possess, that there should be no hindrance to thee; and God is forgiving, merciful.

Put off[3] whomsoever thou wilt of them and take to thyself whomsoever thou wilt, or whomsoever thou era vest of those whom thou hast deposed[4], and it shall be no crime against thee. That is nigher to cheering their eyes and that they should not grieve, and should be satisfied with what thou dost bring them all; but God knows best what is in their hearts; and God is knowing, clement.

It is not lawful to thee to take women after (this), nor to change them for (other) wives, even though their beauty please thee; except what thy right hand possesses, for God is ever watchful over all.

  1. I. e. dowry.
  2. Slave girls.
  3. I. e. from her turn of conjugal rights.
  4. I.e. divorced.