Al Maidah

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   Chapter 5 of the Quran  
The Table

Date of RevelationMedinian
Number of Verses121

This chapter, like its immediate predecessors, deals mainly with Christianity and particularly rejects the doctrine that the Law is a curse. It opens with the injunction that an covenants must be kept and fulfilled and that it is necessary to lay down laws as to what is lawful and what unlawful. 

The chapter proceeds to claim that the Quran has laid down final commandments bearing upon man's complete development and that it is in this respect that the Quran constitutes the final revealed Law of,God. This claim of the Quran is embodied in the 4th verse wherein God says: 

This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour upon you and have chosen for you Islam as religion. (Quran 5:4)

This verse epitomises the above-mentioned claim and constitutes a general proclamation to the effect that Islam as a religion is perfect in all respects and is the complete manifestation of God's favour and, as a code of laws, is beyond reproach and above criticism. This claim of Islam also implies the inference that it is wrong to regard the Law as a curse because the Law is meant to help man in his moral and spiritual development and only that Law can be condemned as a curse which, instead of fulfilling this purpose, leads to the degradation of man.