004 - Soorah an-Nisaa. - (The Women) - [Madanee]
[004:155] Because of their breaking the covenant, and of their rejecting the Ayāt (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allāh, and of their killing the Prophets unjustly, and of their saying: "Our hearts are wrapped (with coverings, i.e. we do not understand what the Messengers say)," nay, Allāh has set a seal upon their hearts because of their disbelief, so they believe not but a little.
[004:156] And because of their (Jews) disbelief and uttering against Maryam (Mary ['alayhas-salām]) a grave false charge (that she has committed illegal sexual intercourse);
[004:157] And because of their saying (in boast), "We killed Messiah 'Īsā (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allāh," but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but it appeared so to them [the resemblance of 'Īsā (Jesus) was put over another man (and they killed that man)], and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely, they killed him not [i.e. 'Īsā (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) ['alayhis-salām]]:
[004:158] But Allāh raised him ['Īsā (Jesus)] up (with his body and soul) to Himself (and he ['alayhis-salām] is in the heavens). And Allāh is Ever All-Powerful, All-Wise.
[004:159] And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) but must believe in him ['Īsā (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), as only a Messenger of Allāh and a human being] before his ['Īsā (Jesus) ['alayhis-salām] or a Jew's or a Christian's] death (at the time of the appearance of the angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he ['Īsā (Jesus)] will be a witness against them.
[004:160] For the wrongdoing of the Jews, We made unlawful for them certain good foods which had been lawful for them and for their hindering many from Allāh's way;
[004:161] And their taking of Ribā (usury) though they were forbidden from taking it and their devouring of men's substance wrongfully (bribery). And We have prepared for the disbelievers among them a painful torment.
[004:162] But those among them who are well-grounded in knowledge, and the believers, believe in what has been sent down to you (Muhammad [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam]) and what was sent down before you; and those who perform As-Salāt (the prayers), and give Zakāt (obligatory charity) and believe in Allāh and in the Last Day, it is they to whom We shall give a great reward.
(V.4:159) See the footnote of (V.3:55).
(V.4:159) -- "Before his death," has two interpretations: before Jesus' death after his descent from the heavens, or a Jew's or a Christian's death, at the time of the appearance of the Angel of Death when he will realize that 'Isā (Jesus) was only a Messenger of Allāh, and had no share in Divinity.