024.001 (Here is) a surah which We have revealed and enjoined, and wherein We
have revealed plain tokens, that haply ye may take heed.
024.002 The adulterer and the adulteress, scourge ye each one of them (with) a
hundred stripes. And let not pity for the twain withhold you from obedience to Allah,
if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of believers witness their
024.003 The adulterer shall not marry save an adulteress or an idolatress, and the
adulteress none shall marry save an adulterer or an idolater. All that is forbidden unto
024.004 And those who accuse honourable women but bring not four witnesses,
scourge them (with) eighty stripes and never (afterward) accept their testimony - They
indeed are evil-doers -
024.005 Save those who afterward repent and make amends. (For such) lo! Allah is
024.006 As for those who accuse their wives but have no witnesses except
themselves; let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies, (swearing) by Allah
that he is of those who speak the truth;
024.007 And yet a fifth, invoking the curse of Allah on him if he is of those who lie.
024.008 And it shall avert the punishment from her if she bear witness before Allah
four times that the thing he saith is indeed false,
024.009 And a fifth (time) that the wrath of Allah be upon her if he speaketh truth.
024.010 And had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy unto you, and that
Allah is Clement, Wise, (ye had been undone).
024.011 Lo! they who spread the slander are a gang among you. Deem it not a bad
thing for you; nay, it is good for you. Unto every man of them (will be paid) that
which he hath earned of the sin; and as for him among them who had the greater share
therein, his will be an awful doom.
024.012 Why did not the believers, men and women, when ye heard it, think good of
their own own folk, and say: It is a manifest untruth ?
024.013 Why did they not produce four witnesses ? Since they produce not witnesses,
they verily are liars in the sight of Allah.
024.014 Had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy unto you in the world
and the Hereafter an awful doom had overtaken you for that whereof ye murmured.
024.015 When ye welcomed it with your tongues, and uttered with your mouths that
whereof ye had no knowledge, ye counted it a trifle. In the sight of Allah it is very
024.016 Wherefor, when ye heard it, said ye not: It is not for us to speak of this.
Glory be to Thee (O Allah)! This is awful calumny.
024.017 Allah admonisheth you that ye repeat not the like thereof ever, if ye are (in
024.018 And He expoundeth unto you the revelations. Allah is Knower, Wise.
024.019 Lo! those who love that slander should be spread concerning those who
believe, theirs will be a painful punishment in the world and the Hereafter. Allah
knoweth. Ye know not.
024.020 Had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy unto you, and that Allah
is Clement, Merciful, (ye had been undone).
024.021 O ye who believe! Follow not the footsteps of the devil. Unto whomsoever
followeth the footsteps of the devil, lo! he commandeth filthiness and wrong. Had it
not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy unto you, not one of you would ever
have grown pure. But Allah causeth whom He will to grow. And Allah is Hearer,
024.022 And let not those who possess dignity and ease among you swear not to give
to the near of kin and to the needy, and to fugitives for the cause of Allah. Let them
forgive and show indulgence. Yearn ye not that Allah may forgive you ? Allah is
024.023 Lo! as for those who traduce virtuous, believing women (who are) careless,
cursed are they in the world and the Hereafter. Theirs will be an awful doom
024.024 On the day when their tongues and their hands and their feet testify against
them as to what they used to do,
024.025 On that day Allah will pay them their just due, and they will know that Allah,
He is the Manifest Truth.
024.026 Vile women are for vile men, and vile men for vile women. Good women are
for good men, and good men for good women; such are innocent of that which people
say: For them is pardon and a bountiful provision.
024.027 O ye who believe! Enter not houses other than your own without first
announcing your presence and invoking peace upon the folk thereof. That is better for
you, that ye may be heedful.
024.028 And if ye find no-one therein, still enter not until permission hath been given.
And if it be said unto you: Go away again, then go away, for it is purer for you. Allah
knoweth what ye do.
024.029 (It is) no sin for you to enter uninhabited houses wherein is comfort for you.
Allah knoweth what ye proclaim and what ye hide.
024.030 Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for
them. Lo! Allah is aware of what they do.
024.031 And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to
display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over
their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers
or husbands' fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their brothers or their
brothers' sons or sisters' sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who
lack vigour, or children who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not
stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto
Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed.
024.032 And marry such of you as are solitary and the pious of your slaves and maid-
servants. If they be poor, Allah will enrich them of His bounty. Allah is of ample
024.033 And let those who cannot find a match keep chaste till Allah give them
independence by His grace. And such of your slaves as seek a writing (of
emancipation), write it for them if ye are aware of aught of good in them, and bestow
upon them of the wealth of Allah which He hath bestowed upon you. Force not your
slave-girls to whoredom that ye may seek enjoyment of the life of the world, if they
would preserve their chastity. And if one force them, then (unto them), after their
compulsion, lo! Allah will be Forgiving, Merciful.
024.034 And verily We have sent down for you revelations that make plain, and the
example of those who passed away before you. An admonition unto those who ward
024.035 Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is
as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining
star. (This lamp is) kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the
West, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light
upon light. Allah guideth unto His light whom He will. And Allah speaketh to
mankind in allegories, for Allah is Knower of all things.
024.036 (This lamp is found) in houses which Allah hath allowed to be exalted and
that His name shall be remembered therein. Therein do offer praise to Him at morn
024.037 Men whom neither merchandise nor sale beguileth from remembrance of
Allah and constancy in prayer and paying to the poor their due; who fear a day when
hearts and eyeballs will be overturned;
024.038 That Allah may reward them with the best of what they did, and increase
reward for them of His bounty. Allah giveth blessings without stint to whom He will.
024.039 As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are as a mirage in a desert. The
thirsty one supposeth it to be water till he cometh unto it and findeth it naught, and
findeth, in the place thereof, Allah Who payeth him his due; and Allah is swift at
024.040 Or as darkness on a vast, abysmal sea. There covereth him a wave, above
which is a wave, above which is a cloud. Layer upon layer of darkness. When he
holdeth out his hand he scarce can see it. And he for whom Allah hath not appointed
light, for him there is no light.
024.041 Hast thou not seen that Allah, He it is Whom all who are in the heavens and
the earth praise, and the birds in their flight ? Of each He knoweth verily the worship
and the praise; and Allah is Aware of what they do.
024.042 And unto Allah belongeth the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, and
unto Allah is the journeying.
024.043 Hast thou not seen how Allah wafteth the clouds, then gathereth them, then
maketh them layers, and thou seest the rain come forth from between them; He
sendeth down from the heaven mountains wherein is hail, and smiteth therewith
whom He will, and averteth it from whom He will. The flashing of His lightning all
but snatcheth away the sight.
024.044 Allah causeth the revolution of the day and the night. Lo! herein is indeed a
lesson for those who see.
024.045 Allah hath created every animal of water. Of them is (a kind) that goeth upon
its belly and (a kind) that goeth upon two legs and (a kind) that goeth upon four.
Allah createth what He will. Lo! Allah is Able to do all things.
024.046 Verily We have sent down revelations and explained them. Allah guideth
whom He will unto a straight path.
024.047 And they say: We believe in Allah and the messenger, and we obey; then
after that a faction of them turn away. Such are not believers.
024.048 And when they appeal unto Allah and His messenger to judge between them,
lo! a faction of them are averse;
024.049 But if right had been with them they would have come unto him willingly.
024.050 Is there in their hearts a disease, or have they doubts, or fear they lest Allah
and His messenger should wrong them in judgment ? Nay, but such are evil-doers.
024.051 The saying of (all true) believers when they appeal unto Allah and His
messenger to judge between them is only that they say: We hear and we obey. And
such are the successful.
024.052 He who obeyeth Allah and His messenger, and feareth Allah, and keepeth
duty (unto Him): such indeed are the victorious.
024.053 They swear by Allah solemnly that, if thou order them, they will go forth.
Say: Swear not; known obedience (is better). Lo! Allah is Informed of what ye do.
024.054 Say: Obey Allah and obey the messenger. But if ye turn away, then (it is) for
him (to do) only that wherewith he hath been charged, and for you (to do) only that
wherewith ye have been charged. If ye obey him, ye will go aright. But the messenger
hath no other charge than to convey (the message) plainly.
024.055 Allah hath promised such of you as believe and do good work that He will
surely make them to succeed (the present rulers) in the earth even as He caused those
who were before them to succeed (others); and that He will surely establish for them
their religion which He hath approved for them, and will give them in exchange
safety after their fear. They serve Me. They ascribe no thing as partner unto Me.
Those who disbelieve henceforth, they are the miscreants.
024.056 Establish worship and pay the poor-due and obey the messenger, that haply
ye may find mercy.
024.057 Think not that the disbelievers can escape in the land. Fire will be their home
- a hapless journey's end!
024.058 O ye who believe! Let your slaves, and those of you who have not come to
puberty, ask leave of you at three times (before they come into your presence): Before
the prayer of dawn, and when ye lay aside your raiment for the heat of noon, and after
the prayer of night. Three times of privacy for you. It is no sin for them or for you at
other times, when some of you go round attendant upon others (if they come into your
presence without leave). Thus Allah maketh clear the revelations for you. Allah is
024.059 And when the children among you come to puberty then let them ask leave
even as those before them used to ask it. Thus Allah maketh clear His revelations for
you. Allah is Knower, Wise.
024.060 As for women past child-bearing, who have no hope of marriage, it is no sin
for them if they discard their (outer) clothing in such a way as not to show adornment.
But to refrain is better for them. Allah is Hearer, Knower.
024.061 No blame is there upon the blind nor any blame upon the lame nor any blame
upon the sick nor on yourselves if ye eat from your houses, or the houses of your
fathers, or the houses of your mothers, or the houses of your brothers, or the houses of
your sisters, or the houses of your fathers' brothers, or the houses of your fathers'
sisters, or the houses of your mothers' brothers, or the houses of your mothers' sisters,
or (from that) whereof ye hold the keys, or (from the house) of a friend. No sin shall it
be for you whether ye eat together or apart. But when ye enter houses, salute one
another with a greeting from Allah, blessed and sweet. Thus Allah maketh clear His
revelations for you, that haply ye may understand.
024.062 They only are the true believers who believe in Allah and His messenger
and, when they are with him on some common errand, go not away until they have
asked leave of him. Lo! those who ask leave of thee, those are they who believe in
Allah and His messenger. So, if they ask thy leave for some affair of theirs, give leave
to whom thou wilt of them, and ask for them forgiveness of Allah. Lo! Allah is
024.063 Make not the calling of the messenger among you as your calling one of
another. Allah knoweth those of you who steal away, hiding themselves. And let
those who conspire to evade orders beware lest grief or painful punishment befall
024.064 Lo! verily unto Allah belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth.
He knoweth your condition. And (He knoweth) the Day when they are returned unto
Him so that He may inform them of what they did. Allah is Knower of all things.