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Boundaries and Precepts
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Prescribed rules guiding behavior, which one should not transgress. The phrase “God's boundaries” ( ḥudūd Allāh) occurs twelve times in the Qurʾān. It is used mainly as an admonitory conclusion to a preceding passage of legislation, as in “These are God's boundaries, do not approach them” ( q 2:187) or “These are God's boundaries, do not transgress them. Whoever does transgress God's boundaries, those are the wrongdoers” ( q 2:229) and “These are God's boundaries, and the unbelievers shall have a painful torment” ( q 58:4). q 4:13-4 balances reward with retribution (see reward and puni…

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Kimber, Richard, “Boundaries and Precepts”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 06 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00059>

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