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Muhammad (Muhammad)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley

Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah Muhammad(Muhammad)
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47:1 As for those who are kafir and bar others from the Way of Allah, Allah will make their actions go astray.
47:2 But as for those who have iman and do right actions and have iman in what has been sent down to Muhammad — and it is the truth from their Lord — He will erase their bad actions from them and better their condition.
47:3 That is because those who are kafir follow falsehood whereas those who have iman follow the truth from their Lord. In that way Allah makes comparisons for mankind.
47:4 Therefore when you meet those who are kafir strike their necks. Then when you have decimated them, tie their bonds tightly and set them free or ransom them, until the war is finally over. That is how it is to be. If Allah willed, He could avenge Himself on them. But it is so that He can test some of you by means of others. As for those who fight in the Way of Allah, He will not let their actions go astray.
47:5 He will guide them and better their condition
47:6 and He will admit them into the Garden which He has made known to them.
47:7 You who have iman! if you help Allah, He will help you and make your feet firm.
47:8 But those who are kafir will have utter ruin and He will make their actions go astray.
47:9 That is because they hate what Allah has sent down, so He has made their actions come to nothing.
47:10 Have they not travelled about the earth and seen the final fate of those before them? Allah destroyed them utterly. And those who are kafir will suffer the same fate.
47:11 That is because Allah is the Protector of those who have iman and because those who are kafir have no protector.
47:12 Allah will admit those who have iman to Gardens with rivers flowing under them. Those who are kafir have their enjoyment, eating as cattle eat, but the Fire will be their final residence.
47:13 How many cities We have destroyed, greater in strength than your city which has driven you out, and there was no one to help them.
47:14 Is someone on a clear path from his Lord like those whose bad actions have been made to seem good to them and who follow their own desires?
47:15 An image of the Garden which is promised to those who have taqwa: in it there are rivers of water which will never spoil and rivers of milk whose taste will never change and rivers of wine, delightful to all who drink it, and rivers of honey of undiluted purity; in it they will have fruit of every kind and forgiveness from their Lord. Is that like those who will be in the Fire timelessly, for ever, with boiling water to drink which lacerates their bowels?
47:16 Among them are those who listen to you and then, when they leave your presence, say to those who have been given knowledge, ´What was that he just said?´ They are those whose hearts Allah has sealed up and who follow their own desires.
47:17 He increases in guidance those who are already guided and gives them their taqwa.
47:18 What are they awaiting but for the Hour to come upon them suddenly? Its Signs have already come. What good will their Reminder be to them when it does arrive?
47:19 Know then that there is no god except Allah and ask forgiveness for your wrongdoing, and for the men and women who have iman. Allah knows both your activity and your repose.
47:20 Those who have iman say, ´If only a sura could be sent down.´ But when a straightforward sura is sent down and fighting is mentioned in it, you see those with sickness in their hearts looking at you with the look of someone about to faint from fear of death. More fitting for them
47:21 would be obedience and honourable words. Once the matter is resolved upon, being true to Allah would be better for them.
47:22 Is it not likely that, if you did turn away, you would cause corruption in the earth and sever your ties of kinship?
47:23 Such are the people Allah has cursed, making them deaf and blinding their eyes.
47:24 Will they not then ponder the Qur´an or are there locks upon their hearts?
47:25 Those who have turned back in their tracks after the guidance became clear to them, it was Shaytan who talked them into it and filled them with false hopes.
47:26 That is because they said to those who hate what Allah has sent down, ´We will obey you in part of the affair.´ But Allah knows their secrets.
47:27 How will it be when the angels take them in death, beating their faces and their backs?
47:28 That is because they followed what angers Allah and hated what is pleasing to Him. So He made their actions come to nothing.
47:29 Or did those with sickness in their hearts imagine that Allah would not expose their malevolence?
47:30 If We wished, We would show them to you and you would know them by their mark and know them by their ambivalent speech. Allah knows your actions.
47:31 We will test you until We know the true fighters among you and those who are steadfast and test what is reported of you.
47:32 Those who are kafir and obstruct the Way of Allah, and are entrenched in hostility towards the Messenger after the guidance has become clear to them, do not harm Allah in any way and He makes their actions come to nothing.
47:33 You who have iman! obey Allah and obey the Messenger. Do not make your actions of no worth.
47:34 Those who are kafir and obstruct the Way of Allah, and then die kafir, Allah will not forgive them.
47:35 Do not become faint-hearted and call for peace when you are uppermost and Allah is with you — He would never cheat you of your deeds.
47:36 The life of this world is merely a game and a diversion. If you have iman and taqwa, He will pay you your wages and not ask you for all your wealth.
47:37 If He did ask you for it and put you under pressure, you would be tight-fisted and it would bring out your malevolence.
47:38 Here you are then: people who are called upon to spend in the Way of Allah and then some of you are tight-fisted! But whoever is tight-fisted is only tight-fisted to himself. Allah is Rich and you are poor. If you turn away, He will replace you with a people other than yourselves and they will not be like you.


   


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