Surah Al-Bayyina is the 98th surah of the Qur'an with 8 verses. The Surah is so designated after the word al-bayyinah occurring at the end of the first verse.The surah opens by condemning the polytheists of Arabia, as well as those amongst the People of the Book who had fallen into disbelief. However, they may be restored only by a "clear sign" from God who speaks holy and untainted words - the Prophet Muhammad bringing the Qur'an, which lays down proper laws and morality. The fifth verse explains that all God asks of mankind is "To praise God by offering Him devotion being true, to pray the Salah, and to give charity. And that is the Religion of Truth."
Those who cling to these simple truths will be offered the Gardens of Paradise, "underneath which rivers flow", as their prize; for God is pleased with them for being the best of possible creations. Those who turn away, however, shall meet the fires of Hell.
- Those who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists were not to be parted [from misbelief] until there came to them clear evidence –
- A Messenger from Allah, reciting purified scriptures
- Within which are correct writings.
- Nor did those who were given the Scripture become divided until after there had come to them clear evidence.
- And they were not commanded except to worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakat. And that is the correct religion.
- Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures.
- Indeed, they who have believed and done righteous deeds - those are the best of creatures.
- Their reward with Allah will be gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them and they with Him. That is for whoever has feared his Lord.