Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

5. Sūrat al-Mā’idah 1

In the Name of Allah,
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

1 O you who have faith!
Keep your agreements.
You are permitted animals of grazing livestock,
except what is [now] announced to you,
disallowing game
while you are in pilgrim sanctity.2
Indeed Allah decrees whatever He desires.
2 O you who have faith!
Do not violate Allah’s sacraments,
neither the sacred month,3 nor the offering,4
nor the necklaces,
nor those bound 5 for the Sacred House
who seek their Lord’s grace
and [His] pleasure.
But when you emerge from pilgrim sanctity
you may hunt for game.
Ill feeling for a people should not lead you,
because they barred you
from [entering] the Sacred Mosque,

1 The sūrah takes its name from ‘the table’ (al-mā’idah) mentioned in verses 112–115, towards its end.

2 That is, while you are in a state of iḥrām, while performing ḥajj or ‘umrah.

3 That is, the month of Dhū al-Ḥijjah, during which the ḥajj is performed.

4 That is, the sheep, camel or cow brought for the sacrifice. The ‘necklaces’ mean the token objects hung around the neck of the sacrificial animal.

5 That is, the pilgrims heading for ḥajj or ‘umrah.

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 30 Sep. 2023: