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The Qurʾan What is This? A current English-language version of the Qur'an, published in 2004
Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

3. The Family of 'Imran (21 – 41)

21Give news of agonizing torment to those who ignore God's revelations, who unjustifiably kill prophets, who kill those who command that justice is done: 22the deeds of such people will come to nothing in this world and in the next and no one will help them. 23Have you considered those who were given a share of the Scripture? When they are asked to accept judgement from God's Scripture, some of them turn their backs and walk away, all because they declare, 24The Fire will only touch us for a limited number of days.’ The lies they have invented have led them astray in their own religion. 25How will they fare when We gather them together for a Day of which there is no doubt, when every soul will be paid in full for what it has done, and they will not be wronged?

26Say, ‘God, holder of all control,a Or sovereignty. You give control to whoever You will and remove it from whoever You will; You elevate whoever You will and humble whoever You will. All that is good lies in Your hand: You have power over everything. 27You merge night into day and day into night; You bring the living out of the dead and the dead out of the living; You provide limitlessly for whoever You will.’

28The believers should not make the disbelievers their allies rather than other believers—anyone who does such a thing will isolate himself completely from God—except when you need to protect yourselves from them. God warns you to beware of Him: the Final Return is to God. 29Say [Prophet], ‘God knows everything that is in your hearts, whether you conceal or reveal it; He knows everything in the heavens and earth; God has power over all things.’ 30On the Day when every soul finds all the good it has done present before it, it will wish all the bad it has done to be far, far away. God warns you to beware of Him, but God is compassionate towards His servants. 31Say, ‘If you love God, follow me, and God will love you and forgive you your sins; God is most forgiving, most merciful.’ 32Say, ‘Obey God and the Messenger,’ but if they turn away, [know that] God does not love those who ignore [His commands].

33God chose Adam, Noah, Abraham's family,a This means family in the widest sense of the term. and the family of ‘Imran, over all other people, 34in one line of descent—God hears and knows all. 35’Imran's wife said, ‘Lord, I have dedicated what is growing in my womb entirely to You; so accept this from me. You are the One who hears and knows all,’ 36but when she gave birth, she said, ‘My Lord! I have given birth to a girl’—God knew best what she had given birth to: the male is not like the female—’I name her Mary and I commend her and her offspring to Your protection from the rejected Satan.’ 37Her Lord graciously accepted her and made her grow in goodness, and entrusted her to the charge of Zachariah.

Whenever Zachariah went in to see her in her sanctuary, he found her supplied with provisions. He said, ‘Mary, how is it you have these provisions?’ and she said, ‘They are from God: God provides limitlessly for whoever He will.’ 38There and then Zachariah prayed to his Lord, saying, ‘Lord, from Your grace grant me virtuous offspring: You hear every prayer.’ 39The angels called out to him, while he stood praying in the sanctuary, ‘God gives you news of John, confirming a Word from God.b verse 45 below: Jesus was given the epithet ‘a Word from God’. One explanation is that this was because it was God's command that brought him into being, rather than the intervention of a human father (Razi). He will be noble and chaste, a prophet, one of the righteous.’ 40He said, ‘My Lord, how can I have a son when I am so old and my wife is barren?’ [An angel] said, ‘It will be so: God does whatever He will.’ 41He said, ‘My Lord, give me a sign.’ ‘Your sign,’ [the angel] said, ‘is that you will not communicate with anyone for three days, except by gestures. Remember your Lord often; celebrate His glory in the evening and at dawn.’

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a Or sovereignty.

a This means family in the widest sense of the term.

b verse 45 below: Jesus was given the epithet ‘a Word from God’. One explanation is that this was because it was God's command that brought him into being, rather than the intervention of a human father (Razi).

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