In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 1
Whatever is in the heavens and on earth, declares the Praises and Glory of Allah, - the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. 2
It is He Who has sent amongst the Unlettered a Messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, - although they had been, before, in manifest error; - 3
As well as (to confer all these benefits upon) others of them, who have not already joined them: and He is Exalted in Might, Wise. 4
Such is the Bounty of Allah, which He bestows on whom He will: and Allah is the Lord of the highest bounty. 5
The similitude of those who were charged with the (obligations of the) Mosaic Law, but who subsequently failed in those (obligations), is that of a donkey which carries huge tomes (but does not understand them). Evil is the similitude of people who falsify the Signs of Allah: and Allah does not guide people who do wrong. 6
Say: ''O you that stand on Judaism! If you think that you are friends to Allah, to the exclusion of (other) men, then express your desire for Death, if you are truthful!'' 7
But never will they express their desire (for Death), because of the (deeds) their hands have sent on before them! And Allah knows well those that do wrong! 8
Say: ''The Death from which you flee will truly overtake you: then you will be sent back to the Knower of things secret and open: and He will tell you (the truth of) the things that you did!'' 9
O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if you but knew! 10
And when the Prayer is finished, then you may disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of Allah: and celebrate the Praises of Allah often (and without stint): that you may prosper. 11
But when they see some bargain or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave you standing. Say: ''The (blessing) from the Presence of Allah is better than any amusement or bargain! And Allah is the Best to provide (for all needs).''
The Qur'an (by Abudallah Yusuf Ali) © 2005/2007 Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc.