And remember the incident when you killed a man and started
disputing as to who killed him, Allah made it known what
you concealed. So We said: "Strike the dead body with
a piece of the slaughtered cow." That’s how Allah
brought the dead to life to show you His Signs so that you
may understand His power to restore life. But
even after seeing that your hearts became hard like a rock
or even harder, for there are some rocks from which rivers
gush out, and there are some which break asunder and water
comes out of them, and there are some which fall down with
the fear of Allah. And Allah is not unaware of what you
Do you, O Believers, still hope
that they (people of the Book) will believe in what
you say, when some of them have already heard the word of
Allah and perverted it knowingly after they understood it?
When they meet the believers (Muslims) they say:
"We too are believers," but when they (people of the
Book) meet each other in private, they say: "Would you
disclose to the believers (Muslims) what Allah has
revealed to you? So that they (Muslims) may use it
as an argument against you in the court of your Rabb? Have
you no sense?" Do they not really know that Allah knows
what they conceal and what they reveal?
Among them there are some illiterates who do not know their Holy Book; they follow their own desires and do nothing but conjecture. Woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say: "This is from Allah," so that they may sell it for a petty price! Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they have earned.
The Jews say: "The fire shall not touch us except for
a few days." Ask them: “Have you obtained such a promise
from Allah which He would not break ? Or do you assert against
Allah what you do not know?" Yea! Those who commit evil
and become encircled in sin are the inmates of Hellfire;
they shall live there for ever. As for those who believe
and do good deeds, they will be the residents of Paradise
and live there forever.
Remember, We took a covenant (firm commitment) from
the children of Israel: "You shall worship none but Allah;
be good to your parents, relatives, orphans and destitute,
speak fair to the people, establish 'Salah', and pay 'Zakah.'"
But you broke the covenant, except a few of you, and you
paid no heed.
Also remember another covenant which We took from you: That you shall not shed blood among yourselves and you shall not expel your own people from your homes; you confirmed it and you are witness to it. Yet there you are, killing your own people, expelling a group amongst you from their homes, backing each other with sin and aggression; and if they come to you as captives, you trade them for ransoms whereas their expulsion was unlawful for you to begin with. Do you believe in a part of your Holy Book and reject the rest? So what other punishment do such people among you, who behave like this, deserve, than disgrace in this world and to be driven to grievous punishment on the Day of Judgment? Allah is not unaware of what you do. Such are the people who trade the life of this world at the expense of the Hereafter; so neither their punishment shall be lightened nor shall they be helped.