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Abdel Haleem, M. A. S. , trans. "The Pilgrimage." In The Qurʾan. Oxford Islamic Studies Online. May 22, 2022. <>.


Abdel Haleem, M. A. S. , trans. "The Pilgrimage." In The Qurʾan. Oxford Islamic Studies Online, (accessed May 22, 2022).

22. The Pilgrimage (25 – 46)

25As for the disbelievers, who bar others from God's path and from the Sacred Mosque—which We made for all people, residents and visitors alike—and who try to violate it with wrongdoing, We shall make them taste a painful punishment. 26We showed Abraham the site of the House, saying, ‘Do not assign partners to Me. Purify My House for those who circle around it, those who stand to pray, and those who bow and prostrate themselves. 27Proclaim the Pilgrimage to all people. They will come to you on foot and on every kind of swift mount, emerging from every deep mountain pass 28to attain benefits and celebrate God's name, on specified days, over the livestock He has provided for them—feed yourselves and the poor and unfortunate—29so let the pilgrims perform their acts of cleansing, fulfil their vows, and circle around the Ancient House.’30All this [is ordained by God]: anyone who honours the sacred ordinances of God will have good rewards from his Lord.

Livestock have been made lawful to you, except for what has been explicitly forbidden. Shun the filth of idolatrous beliefs and practices and shun false utterances.a Dedicating animals to idols.31Devote yourselves to God and assign Him no partners, for the person who does so is like someone who has been hurled down from the skies and snatched up by the birds or flung to a distant place by the wind.32All this [is ordained by God]: those who honour God's rites show the piety of their hearts.33Livestock are useful to you until the set time. Then their place of sacrifice is near the Ancient House:34We appointed acts of devotion for every community, for them to celebrate God's name over the livestock He provided for them: your God is One, so devote yourselves to Him. [Prophet], give good news to the humble 35whose hearts fill with awe whenever God is mentioned, who endure whatever happens to them with patience, who keep up the prayer, who give to others out of Our provision to them.

36We have made camelsb The term budn can refer to either camels or cows. part of God's sacred rites for you. There is much good in them for you, so invoke God's name over them as they are lined up for sacrifice, then, when they have fallen down dead, feed yourselves and those who do not ask, as well as those who do. We have subjected them to you in this way so that you may be thankful. 37It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches God but your piety. He has subjected them to you in this way so that you may glorify God for having guided you.

Give good news to those who do good: 38God will defend the believers; God does not love the unfaithful or the ungrateful. 39Those who have been attacked are permitted to take up arms because they have been wronged—God has the power to help them—40those who have been driven unjustly from their homes only for saying, ‘Our Lord is God.’ If God did not repel some people by means of others, many monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, where God's name is much invoked, would have been destroyed. God is sure to help those who help His cause—God is strong and mighty—41those who, when We establish them in the land, keep up the prayer, pay the prescribed alms, command what is right, and forbid what is wrong: God controls the outcome of all events.

42If they reject you [Prophet], so did the people of Noah before them, and those of ‘Ad, Thamud,43Abraham, Lot, 44Midian. Moses too was called a liar. I gave the disbelievers time, but in the end I punished them. How I condemned them! 45How many towns steeped in wrongdoing We have destroyed and left in total ruin; how many deserted wells; how many lofty palaces! 46Have these people [of Mecca] not travelled through the land with hearts to understand and ears to hear? It is not people's eyes that are blind, but their hearts within their breasts.


a Dedicating animals to idols.

b The term budn can refer to either camels or cows.

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