[A/I`mran 3:71] O People given the Book(s)! Why do you mix the truth with falsehood and conceal the truth, whereas you know?
[A/I`mran 3:72] And a group among the People given the Book(s) said, “Believe in what has been sent down to the believers in the morning and deny it by evening - perhaps they (the Muslims) may turn back (disbelieve).”
[A/I`mran 3:73] “And do not believe in anyone except him who follows your religion”; say (O dear Prophet Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him), “Only Allah’s guidance is the true guidance” - (so why not believe in it) if someone has been given similar to what was given to you, or if someone may be able to evidence it against you before your Lord; say (O dear Prophet Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him), “Undoubtedly the munificence lies only in Allah’s hand; He may bestow upon whomever He wills; and Allah is Most Capable, All Knowing.”
[A/I`mran 3:74] “He chooses by His mercy, whomever He wills; and Allah is the Owner of Great Munificence.”
[A/I`mran 3:75] Among the People given the Book(s) is one who, if you trust him with a heap of treasure, will return it to you; and among them is one who, if you trust him with (just) one coin, will not return it to you unless you constantly stand over him (keep demanding); that is because they say, “We are not obliged in any way, in the case of illiterates”; and they purposely fabricate lies against Allah.
[A/I`mran 3:76] Yes, why not? Whoever fulfilled his pledge and practised piety - and indeed Allah loves the pious.
[A/I`mran 3:77] Those who accept abject prices in exchange
of Allah’s covenant and their oaths, do not have a portion in the Hereafter
- Allah will neither speak to them nor look towards them on the Day of
Resurrection, nor will He purify them; and for them is a painful punishment.