1. Faith, then, allows what is anticipated by the Hope [of the Kingdom,] He who was given to them through oaths and by the Revelation of the Invisible.
2. And through this is the testimony over the priests.
3. For it is through faith that we learn how to win eternal lives* by the Manifestation* of Allaha, and [how to discern] those things that are visible from what is Invisible.
4. It was through faith that Abel offered the sacrifice to Allaha that was more acceptable than Cain’s, and because of it he was regarded as righteous, and it was Allaha who testified regarding his offering, and because of that as Abel was on his deathbed, he was still speaking of it.
5. Through faith Enoch passed on and did not taste death, and he was not to be found, because Allaha had moved him away. For before he had passed on, there had been the testimony, that he had glorified Allaha.
6. Without faith, then, no human being can glorify Allaha. For a person is responsible for what is offered to Allaha, that is an indication of faith and a proof that those who love Him, He repays.
7. Through faith as He spoke to Noah about the unforeseen, Noah complied and built the ark to save his household, so as through Him they may deserve to live in the world and become the heirs of righteousness through faith.
8. Through faith when Abraham was called on, he listened and went out to the country that was destined for him to receive as inheritance, and he set off not knowing where he was going.
9. It was through faith that he settled like a foreigner in a land to which he would be the heir, and he lived in the tabernacle with Isaac and Jacob, his children in the inheritance of the Kingdom.
10. For he held forth to the City that had a real foundation, a City that was crafted and built by Allaha Himself.
11. Through faith also Sarah, who was barren, received the vigor to conceive an offspring and she did not give birth in the season according to her years, because she upheld that faithful is the One Who bequeathed her the Kingdom.
12. Because of that from one who was retired through old age, were born many, like the stars in heaven and like the sand at the edge of the sea that is beyond number.
13. They all died while faithful, and all of them did not receive their lands, except from afar they saw [the Kingdom] and were overjoyed by it, and today as they are foreigners and settlers on the earth.
14. These things that are thus recorded [in Scriptures,] however, indicate that they yearned for their City.
15. And even though that they loved the City from where they had to get out, there was a season designated for them to return to it and revisit it.
16. Now, it was known then that they yearned for something better, that which was in heaven, because of which, Allaha was not embarrassed to be called their Allaha. For He did have a better city for them.
17. Through faith Abraham offered Isaac, as he was tested, raising his only child to the altar, the child he received through the Kingdom.
18. For he was Told that through Isaac your seed will be named,
19. And he reassured to himself that it is within the power of Allaha* to even raise the dead and, therefore, Isaac was given to him only figuratively.*
20. Through faith, according to what was destined, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau.
21. Through faith as Jacob was dying, he blessed one by one all the children of Joseph, so as the head of his staff would grow and proliferate. (Joseph son of Jacob and Rachael.)
22. Through faith when Joseph was dying, he reminded them of the Exodus of the children of Israel and he instructed them regarding his bones.
23. Through faith the parents of Moses hid him three months from the time he was born, to make sure that the child was well nurtured,* and they did not submit to the orders of the king.
24. Through faith when Moses was a man, he committed an offense so as not to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
25. And he chose for himself the tribulation of Allaha’s people and not the short season of sin’s pleasures.
26. And he viewed the Messiah’s riches that he harvested as better than his properties in Egypt, for he looked forward to his recompense.
27. Through faith he left Egypt and he did not submit to the king’s anger, and he preached as he saw fit regarding the Invisible Allaha.
28. Through faith he celebrated the Passover and sprinkled the blood so as the one who destroyed the first born heirs would not come near them.
29. Through faith they crossed the Red Sea as if it was dry land and the Egyptians were swallowed by it as they attacked them.
30. Through faith the walls of Jericho fell down, when they were circled seven days.
31. Through faith Rehab did not commit prostitution with those that did not obey when she received the spies in peace.
32. What else shall I say? For the season is short for me to comment on Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and other prophets,
33. Those who through faith won over kings, performed righteous acts, received the inheritance, closed the mouth of lions,
34. Who quenched the roaring fires,* were spared the sharp edge of the sword,* were restored from illness, were mighty in battle, and were able to beat back the assaults of the enemy.
35. And they returned to the women their children from the resurrection of the dead.* And others were killed by demons and could not be spared, so that they may receive a greater resurrection.
36. Others entered through being subjected to mockery and torture, others were delivered through imprisonment and were mobbed.
37. Others were stoned, others were hacked, others died by the open sword, others went around attired in sheep and goat skin sacks, impoverished, harried and pummeled by blows.
38. No one* saw fit to give them a place in this world, and they were as though lost in the wilderness, the mountains and the caves and the crevices of the earth.
39. And all these so there may be upon them the testimony of faith; they did not receive the land,
40. Because Allaha from the beginning gazed upon the role we would play in helping them, so as they did not perish* in spite [of all our efforts.]*
*11:3.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: “Lives of the universes.”
*11:3.2 Lit. Aramaic: “Milta.”
*11:19.1 Lit. Ar. id.: “The hands of Allaha.”
*11:19.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: “As parable.”
*11:23 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: “Was handsome.”
*11:34.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: “Powers of fire.”
*11: 34.2 Lit. Ar. id.: “Mouth of the sword.”
*11:35 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction retained: So they would not be subject to the second death.
*11:38 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: “No human being.”
*11:40.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: “Shrink.”
*11:40.2 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: “die meaninglessly.”