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Muhammad (Muhammad)
as rendered by N J Dawood (draft)

N J Dawood (draft) rendition of Surah Muhammad(Muhammad)
47:1 God will bring to nothing the deeds of those who disbelieve and debar others from His path.
47:2 As for the faithful who do good works –– and believe in what has been revealed to Muhammad –– which is the Truth from their Lord –– He will forgive them their sins and ennoble their state.
47:3 This, because the unbelievers follow falsehood, while the faithful follow the truth from their Lord. Thus God lays down for mankind their rules of conduct.
47:4 When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take a ransom from them, until War shall lay down her burdens. Thus shall you do. Had God willed, He could Himself have punished them; but He has ordained it thus that He may test you, the one by the other. As for those who are slain in the cause of God, He will not allow their works to perish.
47:5 He will vouchsafe them guidance and ennoble their state;
47:6 He will admit them to the Paradise He has made known to them.
47:7 Believers, if you help God, God will help you and make you strong.
47:8 But the unbelievers shall be consigned to perdition. He will bring their deeds to nothing.
47:9 Because they have abhorred His revelations, He will frustrate their works.
47:10 Have they never journeyed through the land and seen what was the end of those who have gone before them? God destroyed them utterly. A similar fate awaits the unbelievers,
47:11 because God is the protector of the faithful: because the unbelievers have no protector.
47:12 God will admit those who embrace the true Faith and do good works to gardens watered by running streams. The unbelievers take their fill of pleasure and eat as cattle eat: but the Fire shall be their home.
47:13 How many cities were mightier than your own city, which has cast you out. We destroyed them all, and there was none to help them.
47:14 Can he who follows the guidance of his Lord be compared to him who is led by his desires and whose foul deeds seem fair to him?
47:15 Such is the Paradise which the righteous have been promised: Therein shall flow rivers of water undefiled, and rivers of milk for ever fresh; rivers of wine delectable to those that drink it, and rivers of clarified honey. There shall they eat of every fruit, and receive forgiveness from their Lord. Are they to be compared to those who shall abide in Hell forever, and drink scalding water which will tear their bowels?
47:16 Some of them indeed listen to you, but no sooner do they leave your presence than they ask those endowed with knowledge: 'What did he say just now?' Such are the men whose hearts are sealed by God, and who follow their base desires.
47:17 As for those who follow the right path, He will increase their guidance and show them the way to righteousness.
47:18 Are they waiting for the Hour of Doom to overtake them unawares? Its portents have already come. How else will they be warned when it does overtake them?
47:19 Know that there is no deity but God. Implore Him to forgive your sins and to forgive the true believers, men and women. God knows your busy haunts and resting–places.
47:20 47:20 The faithful say: 'If only a Chapter were revealed!' But when a forthright Chapter is revealed and war is mentioned in it, you see the infirm of heart staring at you as though they are fainting away for fear of death.
47:21 Yet obedience and courteous speech would become them more. Indeed, should war be decided upon, it would be better for them to be true to God.
47:22 If you renounced the Faith, you would surely do evil in the land and violate the ties of blood.
47:23 Such are those on whom God has laid His curse, leaving them deaf and sightless.
47:24 Will they not ponder on the Koran? Are there locks upon their hearts?
47:25 Those who return to unbelief after God's guidance has been revealed to them are seduced by Satan and inspired by him.
47:26 That is because they say to those who abhor the Word of God: 'We shall obey you in some matters.' God knows their secret talk.
47:27 What will they do when the angels carry off their souls, striking their faces and their backs?
47:28 That is because they follow what has incurred the wrath of God and abhor what pleases Him. He will surely bring their works to nothing.
47:29 Or do the feeble–hearted think that God will not reveal their malice?
47:30 If We pleased, We could point them out to you and you would recognize them promptly by their looks. But you will surely know them from the tenor of their words. God has knowledge of all your actions.
47:31 We shall put you to the proof until We know the valiant and the resolute among you, and test all that is said about you.
47:32 The unbelievers who debar others from the path of God and disobey the Apostle after they have seen the light shall in no way harm God. He will bring their works to nothing.
47:33 Believers, obey God and obey the Apostle, and let not your labours come to nothing.
47:34 Those that disbelieve and debar others from God's path and in the end die unbelievers shall not be shown forgiveness by God.
47:35 Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand. God is on your side and will not grudge you the recompense of your labours.
47:36 The life of this world is but a sport and a diversion. He will reward you if you believe in Him and guard yourselves against evil. He does not ask for all your wealth.
47:37 If He demanded all and strongly pressed you, you would grow tight–fisted, and this would show your malice.
47:38 You are called upon to give in the cause of God. Some among you are ungenerous; yet whoever is ungenerous to this cause is ungenerous to himself. Indeed, God does not need you, but you need Him. If you pay no heed, He will replace you by others who shall bear no resemblance to yourselves.


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