Surah Ali Imran

Quran Chapter 3

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1Alif. Lam. Meem.

2God—there is no god but He, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of all existence.

3He revealed to you the Book with truth, confirming what preceded it. He also revealed the Torah and the Gospel.

4Aforetime, as guidance for humanity. And He revealed the Criterion. Those who deny God’s revelations will face harsh punishment. God is Mighty, the Avenger.

5Nothing on earth or in the heavens is hidden from God.

6It is He who shapes you in the wombs as He wills. There is no deity but He, the Almighty, the Wise.

7It is He who revealed to you the Scripture. Some of its verses are definitive—they are the foundation of the Book—while others are allegorical. Those with deviant hearts pursue the allegorical, seeking discord and seeking its interpretation. However, none knows its interpretation except God and those firmly grounded in knowledge say, “We believe in it; all of it is from our Lord.” Only those endowed with understanding take heed.

8“Our Lord, don’t let our hearts deviate after You have guided us. Grant us mercy from Yourself; You are the Giver.”

9“Our Lord, You will gather humankind on a Day that’s inevitable.” God never breaks His promise.

10As for those who disbelieve, neither their wealth nor their children will avail them against God. These are Fuel for the Fire.

11Similar to the command of Pharaoh’s people and those before them; they denied Our revelations, so God seized them for their sins. God is severe in retribution.

12Tell those who disbelieve, “You will be overcome and gathered into Hell, a wretched destination.”

13There was a lesson for you in the two groups that met—one fighting for God’s cause and the other of unbelievers. They saw them with their own eyes, twice their number. God supports with His aid whom He wills. In this, there is a lesson for those with insight.

14Beautified for people is the love of desires—women, children, heaps of gold and silver, fine horses, livestock, and fertile lands. These are the pleasures of worldly life, but with God is the best return.

15Say, “Shall I inform you of something better than these? For the righteous, there are Gardens with their Lord, beneath which rivers flow, where they will reside forever, with purified spouses and God’s approval.” God is Seeing of the beings.

16Those who say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us our sins, and protect us from the suffering of the Fire.”

17The patient, the truthful, the obedient, those who spend, and those who seek forgiveness at dawn.

18God bears witness that there is no god except Him, and so do the angels and those endowed with knowledge. He upholds justice. There is no deity but He, the Mighty, the Wise.

19Religion with God is Submission. Those given the Scripture only disputed after knowledge had come to them, out of jealousy. Whoever denies the signs of God—God is swift in reckoning.

20If they argue with you, say, “I have submitted myself to God, and so have those who follow me.” To those who were given the Scripture and the unlettered, ask, “Have you submitted?” If they submit, they are guided, but if they turn away, your duty is only to convey the message. God is Observant of the beings.

21Give news to those who deny God’s revelations, kill the Prophets without right, and kill those who advocate for justice, of a severe punishment.

22Their deeds will be rendered worthless in this world and the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.

23Did you consider those who were given a portion of the Scripture? They were invited to the Book of God to judge between them, yet a group of them turned away in defiance.

24This is because they say, “The Fire will touch us only for a number of days.” What they used to invent deceived them in their religion.

25How will it be when We gather them on an inevitable Day? Every soul will be fully recompensed for what it has earned, and they won’t be treated unjustly.

26Say, “O God, Holder of all sovereigns, You grant sovereignty to whom You will, and You strip sovereignty from whom You will. You honor whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your hand is the good; You are capable of everything.”

27“You merge the night with the day, and the day with the night. You bring the living from the dead, and the dead from the living. And You supply whoever You will, without account.”

28Believers should not take unbelievers as protectors instead of believers. Whoever does so has nothing to do with God, unless it is to protect oneself from them out of caution. God warns you about Himself. To God is the final return.

29Say, “Whether you conceal what’s in your hearts or disclose it, God knows it.” He knows everything in the heavens and on earth. God is fully capable of all things.

30On the Day when every soul will find its good deeds presented, it will wish there was a great distance between itself and its wrongdoings. God cautions you about Himself, and God is full of kindness to the servants.

31Say, “If you love God, then follow me, and God will love you and forgive your sins.” God is Forgiving and Merciful.

32Say, “Obey God and the Messenger.” But if they turn away—God doesn’t love the disbelievers.

33God chose Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham, and Imran’s family over all worlds.

34They are offspring of one another. God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

35When Imran’s wife said, “O my Lord, I dedicate what’s in my womb to Your service, so accept it from me. You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.”

36When she delivered her, she said, “My Lord, I have delivered a female.” And God knew what she had delivered, “And the male isn’t like the female. I have named her Mary, and I seek Your protection for her and her offspring from Satan, the outcast.”

37Her Lord graciously accepted her, made her grow in a beautiful manner, and entrusted her care to Zechariah. Whenever Zechariah visited her in the prayer chamber, he found her with provisions. He inquired, “Mary, from where did you get these?” She replied, “It is from God. God provides for whom He wills without measure.”

38At that moment, Zechariah prayed to his Lord: “My Lord, grant me, through Your mercy, a good offspring—You are the Hearer of Prayers.”

39As he stood in prayer in the prayer chamber, the angels called out to him: “God gives you good news of John, confirming a Word from God, a man of honor, virtue, and a righteous prophet.”

40He asked, “My Lord, how can I have a child when I have reached old age and my wife is barren?” He said, “Thus God does whatever He wills.”

41He then said, “My Lord, give me a sign.” He replied, “Your sign is that you shall not speak to anyone for three days except by signals. And remember your Lord often, and offer praises in the evening and the morning.”

42The angels announced, “O Mary, God has chosen you, purified you, and selected you above the women of the world.”

43“O Mary, devote yourself to your Lord, prostrate, and bow with those who bow down.”

44This is news from the unseen, which We reveal to you. You weren’t with them when they cast their lots to determine who would be Mary’s guardian, nor were you with them when they disputed.

45The angels announced, “O Mary, God gives you good news of a Word from Him. His name is Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary. He will be honored in the world, the Hereafter, and one of the nearest.

46He will speak to people in infancy and maturity, and will be righteous.”

47She asked, “My Lord, how can I have a child, when no man has touched me?” He replied, “It will be so; God creates whatever He wills. When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.”

48He will teach him the Scripture, wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel.

49As a messenger to the Children of Israel: “I bring you signs from your Lord. I create for you from clay the form of a bird, then I breathe into it, and by God’s permission, it becomes a bird. I heal the blind and the lepers, by God’s permission, and I revive the dead, by God’s permission. I inform you of what you eat and store in your homes. There is a sign for you in this, if you are believers.”

50“And I confirm the Torah that preceded me, and I make some of what was forbidden to you lawful. I bring clear evidence from your Lord, so fear God and obey me.”

51“God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. This is a straight path.”

52When Jesus sensed their disbelief, he asked, “Who will be my allies in God’s cause?” The disciples responded, “We are God’s allies. We have faith in God, and you can witness that we are submitters.”

53“Our Lord, we believe in what You’ve revealed, and we follow the Messenger, so record us among the witnesses.”

54They planned, and God planned. And God is the best of planners.

55God said, “O Jesus, I am concluding your life, elevating you to Myself, and purifying you from those who disbelieve. I will position those who follow you above those who disbelieve, until Resurrection Day. Then, to Me is your return, and I will arbitrate among you regarding your disputes.

56As for those who disbelieve, I will punish them severely in this world and the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.

57However, for those who believe and do righteous deeds, He will reward them fully. God doesn’t love the unjust.”

58These are the verses that We convey to you, and the Wise Reminder.

59In the sight of God, Jesus is like Adam: He created him from soil, then He said to him, “Be!” and he was.

60This is the truth from your Lord, so don’t be among the doubters.

61If anyone disputes with you about him, after the knowledge that has come to you, say, “Come, let us call our children and your children, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves, then we can make a prayer and invoke the curse of God upon the liars.”

62This is the factual narrative. There is no god but God. And certainly, God is the Mighty, the Wise.

63If they turn away, then God is aware of the corrupters.

64Say, “O People of the Scripture, let us come to a common word: that we worship none but God, that we associate nothing with Him, and that we don’t take each other as lords besides God.” If they turn away, say, “Bear witness that we are submissive.”

65O People of the Scripture, why do you argue about Abraham, when the Torah and the Gospel weren’t revealed until after him? Don’t you reason?

66Here you are, arguing about things you know of, but why do you argue about things you don’t know? God knows, and you don’t know.

67Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but a monotheist, a submitter, and he wasn’t of the polytheists.

68Those most deserving of Abraham are those who follow him, this Prophet and those who believe. God is the Ally of the believers.

69Some People of the Scripture wish to mislead you, but they only mislead themselves without realizing it.

70O People of the Scripture, why do you deny God’s verses, even while you witness them?

71O People of the Scripture, why do you mix truth with falsehood and knowingly conceal the truth?

72Some people of the Scripture say, “Believe in what was revealed to the believers at the beginning of the day, disbelieve at the end of the day, so they may return.”

73Believe in no one except those who follow your religion. Say, “God’s guidance is the guidance. If anyone is given the same as you were, or argues with you before your Lord, say, ‘All blessings are in God’s hand; He grants them to whom He wills. God’s bounty is infinite, and He is All-Knowing.’”

74He selects for His mercy whom He wills. And indeed, God is of great bounty.

75Among the People of the Scripture, there are those who, if entrusted with a fortune, will return it to you. Yet, there are others who, if entrusted with a single coin, won’t return it unless you constantly stand over them. That is because they say, “We are under no obligation towards the Gentiles.” They knowingly tell lies about God.

76But yes, whoever fulfills his pledge and acts righteously—God loves the righteous.

77Those who exchange God’s covenant and their oaths for a trivial gain will have no share in the Hereafter, and God will neither speak to them nor look at them on Resurrection Day nor purify them. A severe punishment awaits them.

78Some of them manipulate the Scripture with their tongues to make you think it’s from the Scripture when it’s not. And they say, “This is from God,” when it’s not from God. They tell a lie about God knowingly.

79It is not possible for a human to whom God has given the Scripture, wisdom, and prophethood to tell people, “Worship me apart from God.” Instead, “Be worshipers of the Lord, according to the Scripture you teach and study.”

80And he would not command you to take angels and prophets as lords. Would he command you to disbelief after you’ve submitted?

81God received a covenant from the prophets: “Having given you the Scripture and wisdom, if there comes to you a messenger confirming what you have, you must believe in him and support him.” He asked, “Do you agree and accept My covenant on these terms?” They responded, “We agree.” He said, “Then bear witness, and I am also among the witnesses.”

82Those who turn away after this are the transgressors.

83Do they seek a religion other than that of God, when everything in the heavens and on earth has submitted to Him, willingly or unwillingly, and to Him, they will be returned?

84Say, “We believe in God and in what was revealed to us, in what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in what was given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we are submissive.”

85Whoever seeks a religion other than Submission, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be among the losers.

86How can God guide those who disbelieved after their faith, and after they witnessed the truth of the Messenger and clear proofs came to them? God doesn’t guide the wrongdoing people.

87Upon such individuals rests the curse of God, the angels, and humanity.

88They will abide in it eternally; their torment won’t be alleviated, nor will they be granted any reprieve.

89Except for those who repent thereafter and reform. God is Forgiving and Merciful.

90Those who disbelieve after their belief, then increase in their disbelief, their repentance won’t be accepted—these are the astray.

91Those who reject faith and die as unbelievers, even if they were to offer a ransom equivalent to the earth’s weight in gold, it wouldn’t be accepted from them. These are destined for a painful punishment, and they will have no helpers.

92You won’t attain virtue until you give from what you hold dear. Whatever you give, God is fully aware of it.

93All food was lawful for the Children of Israel, except what Israel had prohibited for itself before the Torah was revealed. Say, “Bring the Torah and recite it—if you are truthful.”

94Those who fabricate lies about God after this are the wrongdoers.

95Say, “God speaks the truth. So, follow the religion of Abraham, the monotheist, who was not of those who associated.”

96The first house established for humanity is the one at Bakkah—blessed and a guidance for all peoples.

97Within it are clear signs, such as the standing place of Abraham. Whoever enters it attains tranquility. Pilgrimage to the House is a duty to God for those who can make the journey. But whoever refuses—God doesn’t need any being in the universe.

98Say, “O People of the Scripture, why do you deny God’s verses while God is a Witness to your actions?”

99Say, “O People of the Scripture, why do you deter believers from God’s path, attempting to make it seem crooked, even though you are witnesses? God is not unaware of what you do.”

100O you who have believed, if you obey some of those who were given the Scripture, they would turn you back, after your faith, into unbelievers.

101How can you disbelieve, when God’s revelations are being conveyed to you, and His Messenger is among you? Whoever holds fast to God will be guided to a straight path.

102O you who believe, revere God with the reverence He is due, and don’t die except as Submitters.

103Hold fast to the rope of God, all together, and don’t be divided. Remember God’s favor upon you, when you were enemies to each other, and He reconciled your hearts. By His grace, you became brethren. You were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from falling into it. Thus, God makes His revelations clear to you, so you may be guided.

104Let there emerge from among you a community calling for goodness, promoting righteousness, and deterring evil. These are the successful ones.

105Don’t be like those who split and disagreed after receiving clear proofs. For them is a severe punishment.

106On the Day when some faces will brighten, and others will darken. To those whose faces have darkened: “Did you disbelieve after having faith? So taste the punishment for your disbelief.”

107Those with bright faces will be in God’s mercy, forever.

108These are God’s revelations that We convey to you in truth. And God does not desire any injustice for the worlds.

109Everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to God, and all affairs are returned to Him.

110You are the best community ever raised among mankind, promoting what’s good, forbidding what’s evil, and you believe in God. If the People of the Scripture had believed, it would’ve been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are sinful.

111They won’t harm you except for some annoyance. If they fight you, they will turn their backs and flee, finding no support.

112They are marked by humiliation wherever they are found, except when they are under a covenant from God and a covenant from people. They drew upon themselves God’s wrath and are marked by misery. This is because they rejected God’s revelations, unjustly killed the prophets, and persistently defied and transgressed.

113Not all of them are alike. Among the People of the Scripture, an upright community recites God’s verses during the night hours, and they prostrate themselves.

114They believe in God and the Last Day, advocate for what’s right, forbid what’s wrong, and hasten to perform good deeds. These are among the righteous.

115No good deed of theirs is ever rejected. God is fully aware of the virtuous.

116As for the unbelievers, their wealth and children won’t avail against God. They are destined for the Fire, where they will remain forever.

117What they spend in this life is similar to a wind that has frost and strikes the harvest of a people who wronged themselves and destroys it. God didn’t wrong them, but they wronged themselves.

118O you who believe, don’t take as confidants those outside your ranks, as they will spare no effort to harm you. They desire your downfall. Their words show their hatred, but what their hearts conceal is far worse. We made the signs clear for you, if you would understand.

119Here you are, loving them, yet they don’t love you, while you believe in the entirety of the Scripture. When they encounter you, they say, “We believe.” But when they’re alone, they bite their fingertips in rage against you. Say, “Die in your rage!” God is fully aware of what’s in the hearts.

120If a good thing befalls you, it grieves them; but if a disaster strikes you, they rejoice. However, if you remain patient and righteous, their scheming won’t harm you at all. God encompasses all their actions.

121And when you departed from your family in the morning to position the believers at their battle posts. And God is Hearing and Knowing.

122Two groups among you were about to falter, but God was their supporter. In God, the believers should place their trust.

123God had already granted you victory at Badr when you were outnumbered. So, remember God, so you may be grateful.

124Remember when you were telling the believers, “Is it not enough that your Lord has reinforced you with three thousand angels sent down?”

125Yes, if you remain patient and mindful, and they attack you suddenly, your Lord will reinforce you with five thousand angels, clearly marked.

126God designed this as a message of reassurance to soothe your hearts. Victory comes solely from God, the Mighty, the Wise.

127His intent was to cut off a section of the unbelievers or restrain them, so they retreat in frustration.

128It’s not for you to decide whether He should forgive or punish them; they are wrongdoers.

129To God belongs everything in the heavens and everything on the earth. He forgives whom He wills and punishes whom He wills. God is Forgiving and Merciful.

130O you who believe, don’t consume usury, which accumulates and multiplies. Fear God, so that you may prosper.

131Protect yourselves from a Fire prepared for the unbelievers.

132And obey God and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy.

133Hurry to forgiveness from your Lord and a Paradise as vast as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious.

134Those who spend during ease and hardship, restrain their anger, and pardon people—God loves the doers of good.

135Those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves, remember God and seek forgiveness for their sins. Who but God can forgive sins? And they don’t knowingly persist in their wrongdoing.

136Their reward is forgiveness from their Lord, and gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will abide forever. How excellent is the reward for the workers!

137Numerous ways of life have passed before you. So, travel through the earth and observe how the end of the deniers was.

138This is a clear explanation for humanity, and guidance and advice for the righteous.

139Don’t lose heart or be sad; you are the superior ones—if you are believers.

140If a wound has touched you, similar wounds have touched the others. Such days We give to people by turns, so that God may identify those who believe, and take witnesses from among you. God doesn’t love the wrongdoers.

141And thus, God purifies the believers and destroys the unbelievers.

142Did you think you would enter Paradise without God distinguishing those among you who strive for His cause and those who are steadfast?

143You were desiring death before you met it. Now, you’ve seen it while looking.

144Muhammad is only a messenger. Numerous messengers have preceded him. If he were to die or be killed, would you then turn back on your heels? Those who turn back won’t harm God in the least. God will reward the grateful.

145No soul can die except by God’s leave, at a time ordained. Whoever wants the rewards of this world, We will give him thereof. And whoever wants the rewards of the Hereafter, We will give him thereof. We will reward the thankful.

146How many a prophet fought alongside him, many godly men? They didn’t waver in the face of what afflicted them in God’s path, nor did they weaken or give in. God loves the steadfast.

147Their only plea was, “Our Lord, forgive us our sins and our excesses in our affairs, strengthen our foothold, and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”

148So, God granted them this world’s reward and the Hereafter’s excellent reward. And God loves the doers of good.

149O you who believe, if you listen to the non-believers, they will turn you back on your heels, and you will become losers.

150God is your Protector, and He is the best of helpers.

151We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they associate partners with God without His authorization. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.

152God fulfilled His promise to you when, by His permission, you were on the verge of defeating them. But you faltered, disputed, and disobeyed after He had shown you what you longed for. Some of you sought the worldly life, while others sought the Hereafter. Then He diverted you from them to test you. But He has since pardoned you. God is gracious to the believers.

153When you were fleeing, without looking back, while the Messenger was calling you from behind, He inflicted upon you one distress after another, so you would not grieve over what you missed or what befell you. God is fully aware of what you do.

154After the setback, He sent down tranquility upon you. A slumber overcame some of you, while others were concerned only about themselves, harboring misconceptions about God—thoughts of ignorance. They asked, “Do we have any say in the matter?” Say, “The entire affair rests with God.” They conceal within themselves what they don’t disclose to you. They say, “If we had control over the situation, we wouldn’t have been killed here.” Say, “Even if you had been inside your homes, those destined to be killed would have met their end.” Thus, God tests your inner selves and purifies your hearts. God is aware of the innermost thoughts.

155Those of you who turned back on the day the two armies met, Satan caused them to stumble due to some of their deeds. But God has forgiven them. God is Forgiving and Forbearing.

156O you who believe, don’t be like those who disbelieve, speaking of their brethren who marched in the land, or went on the offensive, “Had they stayed with us, they wouldn’t have died or been killed.” God makes this a source of regret in their hearts. God gives life and brings death, and God is observant of what you do.

157If you are killed or die in God’s cause, surely God’s forgiveness and mercy are better than what they accumulate.

158Whether you die or are killed, to God you will be gathered.

159Due to the Mercy of God, you were gentle with them. Had you been harsh and hard-hearted, they would’ve dispersed from around you. So forgive them, pray for their forgiveness, and consult with them in the matter. Once you’ve decided, put your trust in God. God loves those who trust.

160If God helps you, none can defeat you, and if He forsakes you, who else can assist you? Therefore, let the believers put their trust in God.

161It is not for a prophet to defraud. Whoever cheats will bring his cheating with him on Resurrection Day. Then, every soul will be fully compensated for its deeds and won’t be wronged.

162Is one who follows God’s approval like one who incurred God’s wrath and whose dwelling is Hell—a miserable destination?

163These are distinct positions before God, and God sees what they do.

164God has been gracious to the believers when He sent a Messenger from among them, who conveys His verses to them, purifies them, and teaches them the Scripture and wisdom. Before this, they were clearly astray.

165When tragedy befell you, even though you had inflicted twice as much, you asked, “How did this happen?” Say, “It is from your own selves.” God has power over all things.

166What transpired on the day the two armies met was, by God’s decree, to test the believers.

167And to expose the hypocrites. They were told, “Come, fight in the path of God, or at least defend.” They responded, “If we knew how to fight, we would follow you.” On that day, they were nearer to disbelief than to belief. They say with their mouths what’s not in their hearts. God is fully aware of what they conceal.

168Those who stayed behind said of their brothers, “If they had obeyed us, they wouldn’t have been killed.” Say, “Then fend off death from yourselves, if you are sincere.”

169Don’t consider those who were killed in God’s cause as dead. Instead, they are alive, in the presence of their Lord, being provided for.

170Rejoicing in what God bestowed upon them of His bounty, they are glad for those who haven’t yet joined them, because they will have no fear or sadness.

171They rejoice in God’s favor and bounty, and that God won’t let the reward of the believers go to waste.

172Those who respond to God and the Messenger, even in the face of adversity, and maintain their righteousness and devotion, are promised a grand reward.

173Those to whom people said, “The people have amassed against you, so fear them,” it only increased their faith, and they responded, “God is sufficient for us, and what an excellent guardian He is.”

174So they returned with a favor and bounty from God, and no harm touched them. They followed the pleasure of God; and God possesses great bounty.

175It is only Satan who frightens his followers. So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are true believers.

176Don’t grieve over those who rush into disbelief. They can’t harm God. God intends to give them no share in the Hereafter, and for them is a painful punishment.

177Those who purchase disbelief at the cost of faith can’t harm God at all, and a severe punishment awaits them.

178Don’t assume that the respite We grant the unbelievers is for their good. We only delay their punishment so they may increase in sin. And they will face a humiliating punishment.

179God will not leave the believers in the condition you’re in until He distinguishes the wicked from the good. Nor would God disclose to you the unseen. However, God selects from His messengers whom He wills. So, believe in God and His messengers. If you maintain your faith and righteousness, you will receive an immense reward.

180Let not those who withhold what God has given them of His bounty think it’s good for them. In fact, it’s detrimental to them. They will be besieged by what they hoarded on Resurrection Day. To God belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth; and God is well-acquainted with what you do.

181God has heard the statement of those who said, “God is impoverished, and we are wealthy.” We will record what they said, along with their unjust killing of the prophets, and We will say, “Taste the suffering of the blaze.”

182This is because of what your hands have put forth. God is never unjust to the beings.

183Those who say, “God covenanted with us that we shouldn’t believe in any messenger unless he brings us a sacrificial offering consumed by fire.” Say, “Surely, messengers have come to you before me with clear signs and with what you said. Why then did you kill them, if you are truthful?”

184If they reject you, so were messengers before you also rejected. They came with clear signs, scriptures, and the Enlightening Book.

185Every soul will taste death. Then, you will receive your full compensation on Resurrection Day. Whoever is swayed from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has succeeded. The life of this world is nothing but an enjoyment of delusion.

186You will be tested in your possessions and yourselves, and you will hear many hurtful comments from those who were given the Scripture before you, and from the idolaters. But if you are patient and righteous, that will be a pivotal stance.

187God took a covenant from those given the Scripture: “You must make it known to people and not conceal it.” Yet they threw it away behind their backs, selling it for a trivial price. Evil is what they’ve purchased!

188Don’t think that those who take pride in their deeds, and they love to be praised for what they haven’t done, will evade punishment. A severe punishment awaits them.

189To God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. God has power over all things.

190In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the cycle of night and day, there are signs for those with discernment.

191Those who remember God while standing, sitting, or on their sides, and reflect upon the creation of the heavens and the earth: “Our Lord, You didn’t create all this in vain. Glory be to You. Protect us from the torment of the Fire.”

192“Our Lord, indeed, whomever You admit to the Fire, You’ve utterly disgraced. The wrongdoers have no helpers.”

193“Our Lord, we’ve heard a caller calling to faith: ‘Believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord, forgive us of our sins, wipe away from us our misdeeds, and make us die with the virtuous.”

194“Our Lord, fulfill what You’ve promised us through Your messengers, and don’t disgrace us on Resurrection Day. Surely, You never break Your promise.”

195Their Lord responded to them, “I won’t allow the work of any worker among you, whether male or female, be wasted. You are from one another. Those who emigrated, were expelled from their homes, suffered in My cause, fought, and were killed—I will absolve them of their misdeeds, and I will admit them into Gardens through which rivers flow. This is a reward from God, and with God lies the best reward.”

196Let not the activities of the unbelievers in the land deceive you.

197It’s a brief enjoyment. Then their dwelling will be Hell—what a wretched resting place!

198However, those who revere their Lord will have Gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will dwell forever—a welcome from God. What is with God is best for the pure.

199Among the People of the Scripture, there are some who believe in God, in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed to them. They are humble towards God, they don’t sell God’s verses for a meager price. These will have their reward with their Lord. God is swift in reckoning.

200O you who believe, be patient, vie in perseverance, stand firm, and be mindful of God, so that you may succeed.