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al-Ahzab (The Clans, The Coalition, The Combined Forces, The Allies)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi

Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Clans, The Coalition, The Combined Forces, The Allies(al-Ahzab)
33:1 O Prophet! Fear Allah and obey not the disbelievers (suppressors of the Truth) and the hypocrites. Allah is indeed Knowledgeable, Wise.
33:2 And follow what is revealed to you from your Lord. Allah is indeed ever Aware of what you (all people) do;
33:3 And have trust in Allah! And Allah is sufficient as dispenser of affairs.
33:4 Allah has not made for any man two hearts within him. And He has not made your wives, whom you desert by Zihar (i.e. by uttering that your wives' backs are like your mothers' backs), your mothers. And He has not made your adopted sons your sons. These are just words uttered by your mouths. And Allah tells the truth and it is He Who shows the way.
33:5 Call them by names linking them to their fathers; this is the equitable thing to do by Allah's standards. And if you know not their fathers, then they are your brethren in faith and your wards. And there is no blame on you in that you make a mistake therein without any bad intention. And Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
33:6 The Prophet is closer to the believers than they are to themselves. And his wives are their mothers. And the womb (blood) relations are closer one to another, in Allah's Writ, than to the other believers and the migrants, except for what good you do to your bosom friends. This is as recorded in the Book.
33:7 And when We took a covenant from the prophets and from you (O Muhammad) — and from Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus son of Mary — We took from them a solemn covenant.
33:8 (The covenant taken was for the purpose) that He (Allah) may question the truthful of their truth, and He has prepared for the suppressors of the Truth a painful punishment.
33:9 O you who believe! Remember Allah's favour to you when there came against you armies against whom We sent a strong wind and armies that you saw not. And Allah does ever see what you do.
33:10 When they came upon you from above you and from below you, and when the eyes swooned and the hearts rose up to the throats, and you began to have misgivings about Allah.
33:11 There the believers were put on trial and shaken with a severe shaking.
33:12 And when the hypocrites and people with sick minds said, "Allah and His Messenger have promised us nothing but delusions."
33:13 And when a section of them said, "O people of Yathrib! You cannot make a stand, so go back. And a group of them sought permission of the Prophet, saying, "Our houses are exposed." And their houses were not exposed; they just wanted to run away!
33:14 And had an entry been made upon them from behind, and then they (hypocites) were asked to defect, they would certainly have done it with little hesitation.
33:15 And they did make a pledge with Allah before, that they would not turn their backs. And a pledge with Allah is bound to be questioned about.
33:16 Say, "Fleeing will profit you not, if you flee from death, natural or violent. And even then, (when, with Allah's will, you are given respite from death for the time being,) you will not be allowed to enjoy life on this earth but a little.
33:17 Say, "Who is it that can shield you from Allah, if He intends to harm you or He intends to show you mercy?" And they will find none as a wali to them or to help them besides Allah.
33:18 Allah does know those among you who hinder others and those who say to their brethren, "Come to us!" And they hardly come to fight in a battle.
33:19 They grudge any help to you. But when fear grips them, you will see them look at you with eyes rolling, as if death has overtaken them. But when fear is gone, they lash you with sharp tongues grudging over wealth. These people are not believers, so Allah has rendered their deeds null and void. And that is easy for Allah.
33:20 They (hypocrites) think the confederates are not gone. And should the confederates come again, they would like to be in the deserts with the Bedouins asking for news about you. And were they to be with you, they would hardly fight.
33:21 Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for anyone who turns to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.
33:22 And when the believers saw the Confederates, they said, "This is what Allah and His Messenger promised us, and Allah and His Messenger spoke the truth. And it increased in them nothing but faith and submission.
33:23 Of the believers there are men who are true to the promise they made to Allah. And of them is he who has fulfilled his vow, and of them is he who is waiting (to fulfill it). And they have not changed in the least.
33:24 (Mankind is variously tested in this world) so that Allah may reward the truthful for their truth, and punish the hypocrites if He so pleases, or pardon them. Allah is indeed ever Forgiving, Merciful.
33:25 And Allah repelled the disbelievers consumed in their rage; they gained no advantage (in their armed invasion against Medina). And Allah sufficed the believers in the war. And Allah is Strong, Omnipotent.
33:26 And He sent down those of the People of the Book who backed them (the Confedrates) from their fortresses and He cast terror into their minds; some you killed and some you took captive.
33:27 And He made you heirs to their land and their dwellings and their property, and to lands on which you have not yet set foot. And Allah has power over all things.
33:28 O Prophet, tell you wives, "If you desire the life of this world and its glitter, well then, I will make an adequate provision for you and give you a gracious release."
33:29 And if you desire Allah and His Messenger and the abode of the Hereafter, then Allah has indeed prepared a great reward for the virtuous ones among you.
33:30 O wives of the Prophet! Whoever of you is guilty of manifestly improper conduct, double is the punishment for her. And this is easy for Allah.
33:31 And whoever of you (Prophet's wives) is devoted to Allah and His Messenger and performs good deeds, We shall reward her twice, and We have prepared for her a generous provision.
33:32 O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other woman. If you fear Allah, be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease be moved by desire. And speak in a normal, appropriate, matter-of-fact manner.
33:33 And stay at home and display not the display of the ignorance of yore. And establish prayer, give charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah only desires to rid you of anything bad and unclean, O people of the (Prophet's) household, and to cleanse you thoroughly.
33:34 And remember what is recited in your houses of the Verses of Allah and the Wisdom. Allah is indeed ever Meticulous, Aware.
33:35 Indeed, the men who submit and the women who submit, and the men who believe and the women who believe, and the men devoted to Allah and the women devoted to Allah, and the truthful men and the truthful women, and the men exercising patience and the women exercising patience, and the humble men and the humble women, and the men who give sadaqah and the women who give sadaqah, and the men who fast and the women who fast, and the men who guard their chastity and the women who guard, and the men who remember Allah much and the women who remember — Allah is prepared to forgive them and grant them a great reward.
33:36 And it behoves not a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah — and His Messenger — has decided an affair, to exercise a choice in their matter. And whoever revolts against Allah and His Messenger, he surely and clearly goes astray.
33:37 And when you said to him whom Allah and you had shown favour to, "Keep your wife to yourself and fear Allah!" And you concealed in your heart what Allah would bring to light. And you feared men, and Allah has a greater right that you should fear Him! So when Zaid completed necessary divorce formalities from her (Zaid's wife), We gave her in marriage to you, so that there should be no difficulty for the believers about the wives of their adopted sons, when they (adopted sons) have completed necessary divorce formalities from them (their wives). And Allah's decree does ever get implemented.
33:38 There can be nothing forbidden for the Prophet in what Allah has ordained for him. Such has been the way of Allah with those who have gone before. And Allah's decree is a thing destined.
33:39 [And such shall be the way of Allah with] those who convey Messages of Allah and fear Him, and fear none but Allah. And Allah is Sufficient to keep accounts.
33:40 Muhammad is not father to any of you men, but he is Messenger of Allah and Seal of the Prophets. And Allah does know all things.
33:41 O you who believe! Remember Allah much and often.
33:42 And glorify Him morning and evening.
33:43 He it is Who blesses you — and so do His angels — that He may bring you out of darkness into light. And He is ever Merciful to the believers.
33:44 Their salutation on the day they meet Him will be, "Peace!" And He has prepared for them a noble reward.
33:45 O Prophet! We have indeed sent you as a witness, and to convey good news (to the people) and to warn (them).
33:46 And as one who invites people to Allah with His permission, and as a lighted lamp.
33:47 And give the believers the good news that they shall have a great favour from Allah.
33:48 And obey not those who suppress the Truth and obey not the hypocrites, and tolerate the annoyance they cause you, and trust Allah. And Allah is sufficient as dispenser of affairs.
33:49 O you who believe! When you marry believing women and then divorce them before you touch them, you have in their case no waiting period which you should observe. However make a good provision for them and set them free in a fair manner.
33:50 O Prophet! We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given you as prisoners of war, and the daughters of your paternal uncles and the daughters of your paternal aunts, and the daughters of your maternal uncles and the daughters of your maternal aunts who migrated with you; and a believing woman, if she gives herself to the Prophet, if the Prophet desires to marry her. This is a special provision for you only, not for the (other) believers. We do know what We have ordained for them concerning their wives and concerning those whom their right hands possess. We give this clarification in order that no blame may lie on you. Andh Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
33:51 You (Prophet) may defer the turn of any you please of them (Prophet's wives), and take to you any you please. And you may wish for any of those you had put off — no blame on you. They are thus more likely to calm down and not grieve, and be pleased, all of them, with what you give them. And Allah knows what is in your minds. And Allah is Knowledgeable, Kind.
33:52 No more wives are allowed to you after this. Nor are you allowed to exchange them (existing wives) for other wives, though the latters' beauty be pleasing to you, except those whom your right hand possesses (slaves). And Allah is Watchful over everything.
33:53 O you who believe! Enter not the houses of the Prophet unless invited there for a meal, but then go not there too early as to wait for the meal to be ready. But enter at the time you are invited, and as soon as you have finished your meals, disperse! And linger not for a customary talk. This does indeed cause inconvenience to the Prophet, but he is too embarrassed to tell you. And Allah is not embarrassed to express the truth. And when you ask for anything from them (ladies of the Prophet's household), ask of them from behind a curtain. This would be better for the purity of your hearts and of theirs. And it behoves you not to cause inconvnience to the Messenger of Allah, nor to marry his wives after him. This is indeed a matter of great significance with Allah.
33:54 Whether you do a thing openly or do it in secrecy, Allah does in any case know everything.
33:55 No blame on them (ladies of Prophet's household) in respect of their fathers, their sons, their brothers, their brothers' sons, their sisters' sons, their own women, or of what their right hands possess (slaves).And O ladies! Fear Allah and obey Him. Allah is indeed Witness over all things.
33:56 Indeed, Allah and His angels bless the Prophet. O you who believe! Bless him and greet him nicely.
33:57 Allah has cursed those who do indeed displease Allah and His Messenger — cursed them in this world and the Hereafter. And He has prepared for them a disgracful punishment.
33:58 And those who harm believing men and believing women unjustly, they become guilty of slander and manifest sin.
33:59 O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of believers to put on their outer-garments over their bodies in such a way that they are recognised and not molested.h And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
33:60 If the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease and those who spread rumours and trouble in Madinah desist not, We shall certainly urge you on against them. And then they shall not be your neighbours therein but for a little while.
33:61 Accursed, they will be seized and slain wherever found.
33:62 That was the way Allah dealt with those who have gone before. And you will find no change in Allah's way.
33:63 People ask you about the Hour (the time when the present world will end and the Hereafter begin). Say, "Information about it is only with Allah. And what do you know, the Hour may be nigh?"
33:64 Allah has indeed cursed the suppressors of Truth and prepared for them a burning Fire.
33:65 They will abide therein forever. They will find neither a wali nor anyone to help.
33:66 That day when their faces are turned about in the Fire, they will say, "Woe to us! Would that we had obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger!"
33:67 And they will say, "Our Lord! We only obeyed our bosses and our seniors. And they led us astray from the right path."
33:68 "Our Lord! Give them a double punishment and give them a severe curse."
33:69 O you who believe! Be not like those who offended Moses, but Allah cleared him of what they said. And he had an honourable standing with Allah.
33:70 O you who believe! Fear Allah and speak in appropriate and straight (unambiguous and to the point) words.
33:71 He (Allah) will improve your deeds for you, and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, he/she does certainly achieve a great success.
33:72 We did indeed offer the trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they were unwilling to bear its burden and were apprehensive of it. And man bore that burden! He has indeed been unjust and ignorant.
33:73 That Allah may punish the hypocrites, men and women, and the polytheists, men and women. And Allah will turn mercifully to the believing men and the believing women. And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.


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