002 - Soorah al-Baqarah - (The Cow) - [Makkee]

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[002.127] And (remember) when Ibrâhîm (Abraham) and (his son) Ismâ'îl (Ishmael) were raising the foundations of the House (the Ka'bah at Makkah), (saying), "Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower."

 

[002.128] "Our Lord! And make us submissive to You and of our offspring a nation submissive to You, and show us our Manâsik (all the ceremonies of pilgrimage – Hajj and 'Umrah), and accept our repentance. Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.

 

[002.129] "Our Lord! And send amongst them a Messenger of their own (and indeed Allâh answered their invocation by sending Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam]), who shall recite to them Your Verses and instruct them in the Book (this Qur'ân) and Al-Hikmah (full knowledge of the Islâmic laws and jurisprudence or wisdom or Prophet's Sunnah (legal ways), and purify them. Verily, You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise."

 

[002.130] And who turns away from the religion of Ibrâhîm (Abraham) (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism) except him who befools himself? Truly, We chose him in this world and verily, in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.

 

[002.131] When his Lord said to him, "Submit (i.e. be a Muslim)!" He said, "I have submitted myself (as a Muslim) to the Lord of the 'Alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists)."

 

[002.132] And this (submission to Allâh, Islâm) was enjoined by Ibrâhîm (Abraham) upon his sons and by Ya'qűb (Jacob) (saying), "O my sons! Allâh has chosen for you the (true) religion, then die not except in the Faith of Islâm (as Muslims – Islâmic Monotheism)."

 

[002.133] Or were you witnesses when death approached Ya'qűb (Jacob) ['alayhis-salâm] When he said to his sons, "What will you worship after me?" They said, "We shall worship your Ilâh (God – Allâh) the Ilâh (God) of your fathers, Ibrâhîm (Abraham), Ismâ'îl (Ishmael), Ishâq (Isaac), One Ilâh (God), and to Him we submit (in Islâm)."

 

[002.134] That was a nation who has passed away. They shall receive the reward of what they earned and you of what you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do.

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(V.2:127) See the footnote of (V.14:37).

 

(V.2:128) Manâsik: i.e. Ihrâm; Tawâf of the Ka'bah; Sa'y of As-Safâ and Al-Marwah, stay at 'Arafât, Muzdalifah and Mîna; Ramy of Jamarât; slaughtering of Hady (animal). For details see "The Book of Hajj and 'Umrah", Sahih Al-Bukhâri.

 

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