The Koran, Sura 4:153-158 PDF Print E-mail

The followers of the Book ask you to bring down to them a book from heaven; so indeed they demanded of Musa a greater thing than that, for they said Show us Allah manifestly; so the lightning overtook them on account of their injustice. Then they took the calf (for a god), after clear signs had come to them, but We pardoned this; and We gave to Musa clear authority.

And We lifted the mountain (Sainai) over them at (the taking of the covenant) and We said to them Enter the door making obeisance; and We said to them Do not exceed the limits of the Sabbath, and We made with them a firm covenant.

Therefore, for their breaking their covenant and their disbelief in the communications of Allah and their killing the prophets wrongfully and their saying Our hearts are covered; nay! Allah set a seal upon them owing to their unbelief, so they shall not believe except a few.

And for their unbelief and for their having uttered against Marium a grievous calumny.

And their saying Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure.

Nay! Allah took him up to Himself; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.

(From The Holy Qur'an, translated by M.H. Shakir and published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc., in .)