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The Holy Quran, tr. by Yusuf Ali, [1934], at

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Sūra LXVI.

Taḥrīm, or Holding (something) to be Forbidden.

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

1. O Prophet! Why
Holdest thou to be forbidden
That which God has
Made lawful to thee?
Thou seekest to please
Thy consorts. But God
Is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

2. God has already ordained
For you, (O men),
The dissolution of your oaths
(In some cases): and God
Is your Protector, and He
Is Full of Knowledge
And Wisdom.

3. When the Prophet disclosed
A matter in confidence

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To one of his consorts,
And she then divulged it
(To another), and God made it
Known to him, he confirmed
Part thereof and repudiated
A part. Then when he
Told her thereof, she said,
"Who told thee this?"
He said, "He told me
Who knows and is well-acquainted
(With all things)"

4. If ye two turn in repentance
To Him, your hearts
Are indeed so inclined;
But if ye back up
Each other against him,
Truly God is his Protector,
And Gabriel, and (every)
Righteous one among those
Who believe,—and furthermore,
The angels—will back (him) up.

5. It may be, if he
Divorced you (all)

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That God will give him
In exchange Consorts
Better than you,
Who submit (their wills),
Who believe, who are devout,
Who turn to God in repentance,
Who worship (in humility),
Who travel (for Faith) and fast,—
Previously married or virgins.

6. O ye who believe!
Save yourselves and your
Families from a Fire
Whose fuel is Men
And Stones, over which
Are (appointed) angels
Stern (and) severe,
Who flinch not (from
Executing) the Commands
They receive from God,
But do (precisely) what
They are commanded.

7. (They will say),
"O ye Unbelievers!
Make no excuses
This Day! Ye are being

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But requited for
All that ye did!"


8. O ye who believe!
Turn to God
With sincere repentance:
In the hope that
Your Lord will remove
From you your ills
And admit you to Gardens
Beneath which Rivers flow,—
The Day that God
Will not permit
To be humiliated
The Prophet and those
Who believe with him.
Their Light will run
Forward before them
And by their right hands,
While they say, "Our Lord!
Perfect our Light for us,
And grant us Forgiveness:
For Thou hast power
Over all things."

9. O Prophet! Strive hard
Against the Unbelievers
And the Hypocrites,
And be firm against them.

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Their abode is Hell,—
An evil refuge (indeed).

10. God sets forth,
For an example
To the Unbelievers,
The wife of Noah
And the wife of Lūṭ:
They were (respectively)
Under two of our righteous
Servants, but they were
False to their (husbands),
And they profited nothing
Before God on their account,
But were told: "Enter ye
The Fire along with
(Others) that enter!"

11. And God sets forth,
As an example
To those who believe,
The wife of Pharaoh:

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Behold she said:
"O my Lord! build
For me, in nearness
To Thee, a mansion
In the Garden,
And save me from Pharaoh
And his doings,
And save me from
Those that do wrong";

12. And Mary the daughter
Of ‘Imrān, who guarded
Her chastity; and We
Breathed into (her body)
Of Our spirit; and she
Testified to the truth
Of the words of her Lord
And of his Revelations,
And was one of the
Devout (servants).

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Next: Sūra LXVII. Mulk, or Dominion.