5 Al-Ma'idah | The Food

  • 5:1

    O you who acknowledge, honor your contracts. Made lawful for you are all the animals of the livestock, except what is being recited to you, and what you are not allowed to hunt of the game while you are under restriction. God decrees as He pleases.

  • 5:2

    O you who acknowledge, do not violate God's decrees, nor the restricted month, nor the donations, nor what is regulated, nor maintainers of the Restricted Sanctuary who are seeking a bounty from their Lord and a blessing. When it is permitted for you, then you may hunt. Let not the hatred of another people, because they had barred you from the Restricted Temple, tempt you to aggress. Bond together in piety and righteousness, and do not bind together in sin and animosity. Be aware of God, for God's retribution is severe.

  • 5:3

    Forbidden to you is what is already dead, and the blood, the meat of pig, and animals sacrificed to other than God. The strangled, killed by a blow, fallen from height, gored, eaten by wild animals except what you managed to rescue, and those slaughtered on altars... Also what you divide through gambling. This is all vile. Today the ingrates have given up from your system, so do not revere them, but revere Me. Today I have perfected your system for you, completed My blessings upon you, and I have accepted peaceful surrenderas the system for you. So, whoever is forced by severe hunger and not seeking sin, then God is Forgiving, Compassionate.

  • 5:4

    They ask you what was made lawful to them, say, "All the good things have been made lawful for you, and what the trained dogs and birds catch; you teach them from what God teaches you." So eat from what they have captured for you and mention God's name upon it, and be aware of God. God is quick in reckoning.

  • 5:5

    Today, the good things have been made lawful to you, the food of those who have been given the book is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them; and the acknowledging independent women, and the independent women from the people of the book before you, when you have given them their wages, protected, chaste, and not seeking to take lovers. Whoever rejects acknowledgement, then his work has fallen, and in the Hereafter he is of the losers.

  • 5:6

    O you who acknowledge, when you rise to attend the contact prayer, then wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, and wipe your heads and your feet to the ankles; and if you have had intercourse, then you shall bathe. If you are ill, or traveling, or you have excreted feces, or you have had sexual contact with the women, and you could not find water, then you shall do ablution from clean soil; you shall wipe your faces and your hands. God does not want to make any hardship over you, but He wants to cleanse you and to complete His blessings upon you that you may be appreciative.

  • 5:7

    Recall God's blessings over you and His covenant that He has bound you with, for which you have said, "We hear and obey," and be aware of God; for God knows what is inside the chests.

  • 5:8

    O you who acknowledge, stand for God as witnesses for justice, and let not the hatred towards a people make you avoid being just. Be just, for it is closer to awareness, and be aware of God. God is Expert over what you do.

  • 5:9

    God has promised those who acknowledge and do right that they will have for-giveness and a great reward.

  • 5:10

    Those who reject and deny Our signs, they are the dwellers of hell.

  • 5:11

    O you who acknowledge, recall God's blessings upon you when a group desired to extend their hands against you, and He restrained their hands from you. So, revere God; and in God those who acknowledge should put their trust.

  • 5:12

    God took the covenant of the Children of Israel and sent from them twelve representatives, and God said, "I am with you if you hold the contact prayer, con-tribute towards betterment, acknowledge My messengers, support them, and give God a loan of righteousness; then I will cancel your sins and admit you into gardens with rivers flowing beneath." Whoever rejects after this from you, then he has strayed from the path.

  • 5:13

    But because of them breaking their covenant, We have cursed them, made their hearts become hardened. They take the words out of context; and they forgot much of what they were reminded of. You will still discover betrayal in them except for a few; so pardon them and overlook; God loves the good doers.

  • 5:14

    From those who have said, "We are Nazarenes," We have taken their covenant and they have forgotten much of what they were reminded of; so We planted between them animosity and hatred until the day of Resurrection; and God will inform them of what they had done.

  • 5:15

    People of the book, Our messenger has come to you to proclaim for you much of what you were hiding from the book, and to ignore over much. A light has come to you from God and a clarifying book.

  • 5:16

    God guides with it whoever follows His acceptance, to the ways of peace; and He brings them out of the darkness and into the light by His leave; and He guides them to a Straight Path.

  • 5:17

    Ingrates indeed are those who have said, "God is the Messiah the son of Mary." Say, "Who has any power against God if He had wanted to destroy the Mes-siah son of Mary, and his mother, and all who are on earth!" To God is the sovereignty of heavens and earth and all that is in-between; He creates what He pleases. God is capable of all things.

  • 5:18

    The Jews and the Nazarenes said, "We are God's children and His loved ones." Say, "Then why does He punish you for your sins?" No, you are merely humans from what He has created. He forgives whom He pleases, and He punishes whom He pleases. To God is the sovereignty of heavens, earth, and all that is in-between, and to Him is the destiny.

  • 5:19

    O people of the book, Our messenger has come to clarify for you after a period of absence of messengers; so that you cannot say, "No bearer of good news or warner has come to us;" for a bearer of good news and a warner has come to you; and God is capable of all things.

  • 5:20

    Moses said to his people, "My people, remember God's favor upon you that he made amongst you prophets, and made you sovereigns, and he gave you what He had not given any from the worlds."

  • 5:21

    "O my people, enter the holy land that God Has decreed for you, and do not turn your backs, or you will become losers."

  • 5:22

    They said, "O Moses, in it are a mighty people, and we will not enter it until they leave. So when they leave, then we will enter it."

  • 5:23

    Among those who were afraid, two men whom God had blessed, said, "Enter upon them through the gate; when you enter it then you will be the victors. You shall put your trust in God if you had acknowledged."

  • 5:24

    They said, "O Moses, we will never enter it as long as they are in it, so go you and your Lord and fight, we will stay right here!"

  • 5:25

    He said, "My Lord, I do not control except myself and my brother, so separate between us and between the wicked people."

  • 5:26

    He said, "Then it has become forbidden for them for forty years, and they will be lost in the land." Do not be sorrowful over the wicked people.

  • 5:27

    Recite for them the news of Adam's two sons in truth. They had both made an of-fering, and it was accepted from one of them, and not accepted from the other. He said, "I will kill you!"; he said, "God only accepts from the righteous."

  • 5:28

    "If you stretch your hand to kill me, I will not stretch my hand to kill you, for I fear God, the Lord of the worlds."

  • 5:29

    "I want you to have both my sin as well as your own sin, and you will then be among the dwellers of the fire. Such is the reward of the wicked."

  • 5:30

    So he found it in himself to kill his brother, and he killed him. He thus became one of the losers.

  • 5:31

    So God sent forth a raven to scratch the land and show him how to bury his brother's body. He said, "Woes on me, I failed to be like this raven and bury my brother's body!" So he became of those who regretted.

  • 5:32

    It is because of this that We have decreed for the Children of Israel, "Anyone who kills a person who has not committed murder, or who has not committed mischief in the land; then it is as if he has killed all the people! Whoever spares a life, then it is as if he has given life to all the people." Our messengers had come to them with clarification, but many of them are, after this, still transgressing on the earth.

  • 5:33

    The recompense of those who fight God and His messenger and seek to corrupt the land, is that they will be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off on alternate sides or that they be banished from the land. That is a disgrace for them in this world. In the Hereafter, they will have a great retribution;

  • 5:34

    Except for those who repent before you overpower them, then know that God is Forgiving, Compassionate.

  • 5:35

    O you who acknowledge, be aware of God and seek a way to Him, and strive in His cause; that you may succeed.

  • 5:36

    Those who have rejected, if they had all that is on earth and the same again with it to ransom against the retribution of the day of Resurrection, it will not be accepted from them; and they will have a painful retribution.

  • 5:37

    They want to get out of the fire, but they can never leave it; and they will have a lasting retribution.

  • 5:38

    The male thief, and the female thief, you shall mark, cut, or cut-off their hands/means as a punishment for their crime, and to serve as a deterrent from God. God is Noble, Wise.

  • 5:39

    Whoever repents after his wrongdoing and makes reparations, then God will accept his repentance. God is Forgiving, Compassionate.

  • 5:40

    Did you not know that God possesses the sovereignty of heavens and earth? He punishes whom He wills and He forgives whom He wills; and God is capable of all things.

  • 5:41

    O messenger, do not be saddened by those who compete with each other in rejection from among those who said, "We acknowledge" with their mouths while their hearts did not acknowledge. From among the Jews, there are those who listen to lies; they listen to people who never came to you; they distort the words from their context, and they say, "If you are given this, then take it; but if you are given anything different, then beware!" Whomever God wants to test, you will not possess anything for him against God. These are the ones whose hearts God did not want to cleanse; in this world, they will have humiliation, and in the Hereafter, they will have a great retribution.

  • 5:42

    They listen to lies, and consume money illicitly. If they come to you, then you may judge between them or turn away from them. If you turn away from them then they cannot harm you in the least; and if you judge then you should judge between them with justice. God loves those who are just.

  • 5:43

    How can they make you their judge when they have the Torah, containing God's judgment; then they turn away after that. They do not acknowledge.

  • 5:44

    We have sent down the Torah, in it is guidance and a light; the prophets who have peacefully surrendered judged with it for those who are Jews, as well as the Rabbis, and the Priests, for what they were entrusted of God's book, and they were witness over it. So do not revere the people but revere Me; and do not purchase with My signs a cheap price. Whoever does not judge with what God has sent down, then these are the ingrates.

  • 5:45

    We have decreed for them in it that a life for a life, and an eye for an eye, and a nose for a nose, and an ear for an ear, and a tooth for a tooth, and wounds to be similar; and whoever remits anything of it, then it will cancel sins for him. Who-ever does not judge by what God has sent down, then these are the wicked.

  • 5:46

    We followed their teaching with Jesus the son of Mary, authenticating what was present with him of the Torah. We gave him the Injeel, in it is guidance and light, and to authenticate what is present with him of the Torah, and a guidance and lesson for the righteous.

  • 5:47

    Let the people of the Injeel judge with what God has sent down in it. Whoever does not judge by what God has sent down, then these are the vile ones.

  • 5:48

    We have sent down to you the book with truth, authenticating what is present of the book and superseding it. So judge be-tween them by what God has sent down, and do not follow their desires from what has come to you of the truth. For each of you We have made laws, a structure. Had God willed, He would have made you all one nation, but He tests you with what He has given you, so advance the good deeds. To God you will return all of you, and He will inform you regarding that in which you dispute.

  • 5:49

    You should rule among them by what God has sent down, and do not follow their wishes, and beware lest they divert you away from some of what God has sent down to you. If they turn away, then know that God wants to inflict them with some of their sins. Indeed, many among the people are corrupt.

  • 5:50

    Is it the judgment of the days of ignorance that they seek? Who is better than God as a judge for a people that comprehend?

  • 5:51

    O you who acknowledge, do not take the Jews and the Nazarenes as allies, for they are allies to one another; and whoever takes them as such from amongst you is one of them. God does not guide the wicked people.

  • 5:52

    You will see those who have a disease in their hearts hurrying to them, saying, "We fear that a disaster will befall us!" Perhaps God will bring a victory or a decree from Himself, then they will become regretful over what they had kept hidden within themselves.

  • 5:53

    Those who acknowledge said, "Were these the ones who swore oaths by God that they were with you?" Their works have collapsed, and they have become losers.

  • 5:54

    O you who acknowledge, whoever from among you turns away from His system, then God will bring a people whom He loves and they love Him; humble towards those who acknowledge, dignified towards the ingrates; they strive in the cause of God and do not fear the blame of those who blame. This is God's grace, He bestows it upon whom He wills; God is Encompassing, Knowledgeable.

  • 5:55

    Your ally is God, His messenger and those who acknowledge, who hold the contact prayer, and contribute towards betterment, and they are kneeling.

  • 5:56

    Whoever allies God, His messenger and those who acknowledge; then the party of God is the ones who will be victorious.

  • 5:57

    O you who acknowledge, do not take as allies those who have taken your system as fun and games from among those who have been given the book before you and the ingrates. Be aware of God if you are those who acknowledge.

  • 5:58

    If you call to the contact prayer, they take it as fun and games. That is because they are a people who do not reason.

  • 5:59

    Say, "O people of the book, do you hate us simply because we acknowledge God and what was sent down to us and what was sent down before?" Alas, most of them are wicked.

  • 5:60

    Say, "Shall I inform you of worse than this as a punishment from God? Those whom God cursed and displeased with them, and He made from them apes, pigs and servants of the aggressor. Those have a worst place and are more astray from the right path."

  • 5:61

    If they come to you, they say, "We acknowledge," while they had entered in with rejection and went out with the same. God is aware of what they were hiding.

  • 5:62

    You see many of them hasten to sin, animosity, and consuming money illicitly. Miserable indeed is what they were doing.

  • 5:63

    Shouldn't the Rabbis and Priests deter them from speaking evil and consuming money illicitly? Miserable indeed is what they had done.

  • 5:64

    The Jews said, "The hand of God is tied-down!" Their hands will be tied-down, and they will be cursed for what they have said. No, His hands are wide open, spending as He wills. For many of them, what has been sent down to you will increase them in aggression and rejection; and We have cast between them ani-mosity and hatred until the day of Resurrection. Every time they ignite the fire of war, God puts it out; and they seek to make corruption in the land; and God does not like the corrupters.

  • 5:65

    If the people of the book only would have acknowledged and been aware, We would have cancelled for them their sins and admitted them to gardens of paradise.

  • 5:66

    If they had upheld the Torah, the Injeel, and what was sent down to them from their Lord, they would have been rewarded from above them and below their feet. From among them is a pious nation, but many of them commit evil.

  • 5:67

    O messenger, deliver what was sent down to you from your Lord; if you do not, then you have not delivered His message. God will protect you from the people. God does not guide the rejecting people.

  • 5:68

    Say, "O people of the book, you are not upon anything until you uphold the Torah and the Injeel and what was sent down to you from your Lord." For many of them, what was sent down to you from your Lord will only in-crease them in transgression and rejection. So do not feel sorry for the ingrates.

  • 5:69

    "Those who acknowledge, those who are Jewish, those who are the followers of other religions, and the Nazarenes… Whoever acknowledges God and the Last day and does good works, then they will have nothing to fear nor will they grieve."

  • 5:70

    We have taken the covenant of the Children of Israel and We sent to them Our messengers. Every time a messenger came to them with what their minds did not desire, a group of them they would reject, and a group of them they would kill.

  • 5:71

    They did not consider that it might be a test, so they turned blind and deaf. Then God accepted the repentance from them. But again many of them turned blind and deaf. God is watcher over what they do.

  • 5:72

    Ingrates indeed are those who have said, "God is the Messiah son of Mary!" Although the Messiah had said, "O Children of Israel, serve God, my Lord and your Lord. Whoever sets up partners with God, then God will forbid paradise for him, and his destiny will be the fire; and the wicked will have no supporters."

  • 5:73

    Ingrates indeed are those who have said, "God is the third of trinity!" There is no god but One god. If they do not cease from what they are saying, then those who reject from among them will be afflicted with a painful retribution.

  • 5:74

    Would they not repent to God and seek His forgiveness? God is Forgiving, Compassionate.

  • 5:75

    The Messiah son of Mary, was no more than a messenger; like the messengers before him. His mother was trustworthy, and they used to eat the food. See how We clarify the signs for them, then see how they deviate.

  • 5:76

    Say, "Do you serve other than God what cannot harm you or benefit you?" God is the Hearer, the Knower.

  • 5:77

    Say, "O followers of the book, do not overstep in your system other than the truth, and do not follow the desires of a people who have been misguided before, and they misguide many; and they strayed from the right path."

  • 5:78

    Cursed are those who have rejected from among the Children of Israel by the tongue of David and Jesus son of Mary. That is for what they have disobeyed, and for what they transgressed.

  • 5:79

    They would not stop each other from doing sin. Wickedness is what they used to do.

  • 5:80

    You see many of them allying the ingrates. Wicked is what they have provided for themselves, for God's wrath is upon them, and in the retribution they will abide.

  • 5:81

    If they had only acknowledged God and the prophet, and what was sent down to him, then they would not have taken them as allies; but many of them are corrupt.

  • 5:82

    You will find the people with greatest animosity towards those who acknowledge are the Jews and those who set up partners; and you will find the closest in affection to those who acknowledge are those who said, "We are Nazarenes;" that is because amongst them are Priests and Monks, and they are not arrogant.

  • 5:83

    If they hear what was sent down to the messenger you see their eyes flooding with tears, for what they have known as the truth, they say, "Our Lord, we acknowledge, so record us with the witnesses."

  • 5:84

    "Why shouldn't we acknowledge God and what has come to us of the truth? We yearn that our Lord admits us with the righteous people."

  • 5:85

    So God rewarded them for what they have said with paradises that have rivers flowing beneath them, in them they shall abide; such is the reward of the good doers.

  • 5:86

    Those who rejected and denied Our signs, they are the dwellers of hell.

  • 5:87

    O you who acknowledge, do not forbid the good things that God has made lawful to you, and do not transgress; God does not like the transgressors.

  • 5:88

    Eat from what God has provided for you, good and lawful; and be aware of God in whom you acknowledge.

  • 5:89

    God will not hold you for your unintentional oaths, but He will hold you for what oaths you have made binding with consideration. Its cancellation shall be the feeding of ten poor people from the average of what you feed your family, or that you clothe them, or that you free a slave; whoever cannot find shall fast for three days; as an atonement when you swear. You shall fulfill your oaths. It is such that God clarifies for you His signs that you may be thankful.

  • 5:90

    O you who acknowledge, intoxicants, and gambling, and altars, and arrows of chance are tools of affliction used by the devil. You shall avoid him so that you may be successful.

  • 5:91

    The devil only wants to cause strife between you through intoxicants and gambling, and to repel you away from remembering God and from the contact prayer. Will you then desist?

  • 5:92

    Obey God and obey the messenger, and beware. If you turn away then know that the duty of the messenger is clear deliverance.

  • 5:93

    There is no sin upon those who acknowledge and do good works for what they eat when they are aware, acknowledge, and do good work; then they are aware and acknowledge, then they are aware and do good; God loves the good doers.

  • 5:94

    O you who acknowledge, God will test you with some of the game for hunting, coming within reach of your hands and your spears, so that God will know who reveres Him when unseen. Whoever transgresses after this, then he will have a painful retribution.

  • 5:95

    O you who acknowledge, do not kill any game while you are restricted; and who-soever of you kills it deliberately, then the recompense is to value what was killed against the livestock, which shall be judged by two equitable persons from you, and to make such as a donation to reach the Quadrangle. Or, its expiation shall be in using it to feed the needy ones, or by an equivalent fast; to taste the consequence of his deed; God forgives what has past. Whosoever returns, then God will avenge it. God is Noble, Avenger.

  • 5:96

    Lawful for you is the catch of the sea, to eat it as enjoyment for you and for those who travel; and forbidden for you is the catch of the land as long as you are under restriction; and be aware of God to whom you will be summoned.

  • 5:97

    God has made the Quadrangle, the Restricted Sanctuary, a maintenance for the people, and also the restricted month, the donations, the regulations so that you know that God knows what is in heavens and what is in earth, and that God is aware of all things.

  • 5:98

    Know that God is powerful in retribution, and that God is Forgiving, Compassionate.

  • 5:99

    The only duty of the messenger is to deliver. God knows what you reveal and what you conceal.

  • 5:100

    Say, "The bad and the good are not equal, even if the abundance of the bad pleases you." So be aware of God, O you who have intelligence, that you may succeed.

  • 5:101

    O you who acknowledge, do not ask about things, which if revealed to you, would harm you. If you ask about them after the Quran has been sent down, then they will become clear to you. God pardons for them, and God is Forgiving, Compassionate.

  • 5:102

    A community before you had asked the same, then they became ingrates in it.

  • 5:103

    God did not prohibit livestock for begetting five or seven, for oaths, for begetting twins, for fathering ten; but the people who rejected invented lies to God, and most of them do not reason.

  • 5:104

    If they are told, "Come to what God has sent down, and to the messenger;" they say, "We are content with what we found our fathers doing." What if their fathers did not know anything nor were they guided?

  • 5:105

    O you who acknowledge, you are responsible for yourselves. None of the misguided can harm you when you are guided. To God is your return, all of you, and then He will inform you of what you have done.

  • 5:106

    O you who acknowledge, witnessing a will when death is approaching to one of you shall be done by two who are just amongst you. Or, if you have ventured out in the land, then two others may suffice if death is approaching you; you will hold them after the contact prayer, and let them swear by God if you have doubt, "We will not sell it for any price, even if he was a near relative, and we will not conceal the testimony of God, or else we are then of the sinners.

  • 5:107

    In case it is noticed that they were biased, then two others belonging to the discriminated party shall take their place. They should swear by God, "Our testi-mony is more truthful than their testimony, and if we transgress, then we are of the wicked.

  • 5:108

    This is best so that they would bring the testimony on its face value, for fear that their oaths would be discarded after being made. Be aware of God, and listen; God does not guide the wicked people.

  • 5:109

    The day God will gather the messengers and He will say, "What was the response you received?"; they said, "We have no knowledge, you are the Knower of all the unseen."

  • 5:110

    God said, "O Jesus son of Mary, recall My blessings upon you and your mother that I supported you with the Holy Spirit; you spoke to the people in the cradle and in old age; and I taught you the book and the wisdom, and the Torah, and the Injeel; and you would create from clay the shape of a bird, then blow into it and it becomes a bird by My leave; and you heal the blind and the leper by My leave; and you brought out the dead by My leave. I have restrained the Children of Israel from you, that you came to them with proofs; but those who rejected amongst them said, "This is an obvious magic!"

  • 5:111

    I inspired the disciples that you shall acknowledge Me and My messenger; they Said, 'We acknowledge, and bear witness that we have peacefully surrendered.'

  • 5:112

    When the disciples said, "O Jesus son of Mary, can your Lord send down for us a feast from heaven?" he said, "Be aware of God if you are those who acknowledge."

  • 5:113

    They said, "We want to eat from it and to reassure our hearts, and so we know that you are truthful, and so that we can become a witness over it."

  • 5:114

    Jesus son of Mary said, "Our Lord and god, send down to us a feast from heaven, that it becomes a joy to us from the first to the last, and a sign from You, and provide for us, you are the best provider."

  • 5:115

    God said, "I will send it down to you, but whoever rejects after this from amongst you, I will punish him a punishment like no one else from the worlds will be punished!"

  • 5:116

    God will say, "O Jesus son of Mary, did you tell the people to take you and your mother as gods besides God?" He said, "Be you glorified, I cannot say what I have no right to. If I had said it then You know it, You know what is in my person while I do not know what is in Your person. You are the Knower of the unseen."

  • 5:117

    "I only said to them what You commanded me to say, that you shall serve God my Lord and your Lord; and I was witness over them as long as I was with them, but when You took me, You were watcher over them. You are witness over all things."

  • 5:118

    "If You punish them, then they are Your servants, and if You forgive them, then You are the Noble, Wise."

  • 5:119

    God will say, "This is a day when the truth will benefit the truthful." They will have gardens with rivers flowing beneath; eternally they will abide therein. God has become pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. Such is the greatest victory.

  • 5:120

    To God is the sovereignty of heavens, earth, and all that is in them; and He is capable of all things.