Mircea Eliade "From Primitives to Zen": 'THOSE WHO REPENT THEREAFTER


('Qur'an,' 11 1, 78-84)

Say: 'We believe in God, and that which has been sent

down on us, and sent down on Abraham and Ishmael,

Isaac and Jacob, and the Tribes, and in that which was

given to Moses and Jesus, and the Prophets, of their

Lord; we make no division between any of them, and

to Him we surrender.'

Whoso desires another religion than Islam, it shall

not be accepted of him; in the next world he shall

be among the losers.

How shall God guide a people who have disbelieved

After they believed, and bore witness that the

Messenger is true, and the clear signs came to them?

God guides not the people of the evildoers

Those- their recompense is that there shall rest

on them the curse of God and of the angels

and of men, altogether, therein dwelling forever,

the chastisement shall -not be lightened

for them; no respite shall be given them.

But those who repent thereafter, and make amends-

God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.

Translation by A. J. Arberry

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