Chapter 62: Congregation

Praying in Mosque

SECTION 1: Muslims Chosen for Divine Favors

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. Whatever is in the heavens and on earth, does declare the Praises and Glory of God, — the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. 2. It is He Who has sent amongst the Unlettered a messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom — although they had been, before, in manifest error; — 3. As well as (to confer all these benefits upon) others of them, who have not already joined them: and He is Exalted in Might, Wise. 4. Such is the Bounty of God, which He bestows on whom He will: and God is the Lord of the highest bounty.

5. The similitude of those who were charged with the (obligations of the) Mosaic Law, but who subsequently failed in those (obligations), is that of a donkey which carries huge tomes (but understands them not). Evil is the similitude of people who falsify the Signs of God: and God guides not people who do wrong. 6. Say: “O you that stand on Judaism! If you think that you are friends to God, to the exclusion of (other) men, then express your desire for Death, if you are truthful!” 7. But never will they express their desire (for Death), because of the (deeds) their hands have sent on before them! And God knows well those that do wrong! 8. Say: “The Death from which you flee will truly overtake you: then will you be sent back to the Knower of things secret and open: and He will tell you (the truth of) the things that you did!”

SECTION 2: Friday Prayers

9. O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of God, and leave off business (and traffic): that is best for you if you but knew! 10. And when the Prayer is finished, then may you disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of God: and celebrate the Praises of God often (and without stint): that you may prosper.

11. But when they see some bargain or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave you standing. Say: “The (blessing) from the Presence of God is better than any amusement or bargain! And God is the Best to provide (for all needs).”