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al-Hashr (Exile, Banishment)
as rendered by N J Dawood (draft)

N J Dawood (draft) rendition of Surah Exile, Banishment(al-Hashr)
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59:1 59:1 All that is in the heavens and the earth gives glory to God. He is the Mighty, the Wise One.
59:2 It was He that drove the unbelievers at the first gathering out of their homes. You did not think that they would go; and they, for their part, fancied that their strongholds would protect them from God. But God's scourge fell upon them whence they did not expect it, casting such terror into their hearts that their dwellings were destroyed by their own hands as well as by the faithful. Learn from their example, you that have eyes.
59:3 Had God not decreed exile for them, He would have surely punished them in this world. But in the world to come the Fire shall be their scourge
59:4 because they have set themselves against God and His Apostle; and he that sets himself against God should know that God is stern in retribution.
59:5 It was God who gave you leave to cut down or spare their palm–trees, so that He might humiliate the evil–doers.
59:6 As for those spoils of theirs which God has assigned to His Apostle, you spurred neither horse nor camel to capture them: but God gives His Apostles authority over whom He will. God has power over all things.
59:7 The spoils taken from the town–dwellers and assigned by God to His Apostle shall belong to God, to the Apostle and his kinsfolk, to orphans, to the destitute and to the traveller in need; they shall not become the property of the rich among you. Whatever the Apostle gives you, accept it; and whatever he forbids you, abstain from it. Have fear of God; God is stern in retribution.
59:8 A share of the spoils shall also fall to the poor among the muhajirin who have been driven from their homes and their possessions, who seek God's grace and bounty and who help God and His Apostle. These are the true believers.
59:9 59:9 The men who stayed in their own city and embraced the Faith before them love those who have sought refuge with them; they do not covet what they are given, but rather prize them above themselves, though they are in want. Those that preserve themselves from their own greed shall surely prosper.
59:10 Those that came after them say: 'Forgive us, Lord, and forgive our brothers who embraced the Faith before us. Do not put in our hearts any malice towards the faithful. Lord, You are compassionate and merciful.'
59:11 Have you not considered the hypocrites? They say to their fellow–unbelievers among the People of the Book: 'If they drive you out, we will go with you. We will never obey any one who seeks to harm you. If you are attacked, we will certainly help you.' God bears witness that they are lying.
59:12 If they are driven out, they will not go with them, nor, if they are attacked, will they help them. Indeed, if they do go to their help, they will turn their backs in flight and leave them in the lurch.
59:13 Their dread of you is more intense in their hearts than their fear of God: so devoid are they of understanding.
59:14 They will never fight against you in a body except in fortified cities and from behind walls. Great is their valour among themselves; you think of them as one band, yet their hearts are divided. They are surely lacking in judgement.
59:15 Like those who were but recently punished before them, they tasted the fruit of their own deeds. Woeful punishment awaits them.
59:16 The hypocrites may be compared to Satan, who, when he ordered man to disbelieve and man did his bidding, said to him: 'I here and now disown you. I fear God? Lord of the Worlds.'
59:17 They shall both end in the Fire and remain therein for ever. Thus shall the wrongdoers be rewarded.
59:18 Believers, have fear of God. Let every soul look to what it offers for the morrow. Fear God; God is cognizant of all your actions.
59:19 Do not act like those who have forgotten God, so that He has caused them to forget themselves. Such men are evildoers.
59:20 The heirs of the Fire and the heirs of Paradise shall not be held equal. The heirs of Paradise alone shall be triumphant.
59:21 Had We brought down this Koran upon a mountain, you would have seen it humble itself and break asunder for fear of God. In such parables We speak to men, so that they may take thought.
59:22 He is God, besides whom there is no other deity. He knows the unknown and the manifest. He is the Compassionate, the Merciful.
59:23 He is God, besides whom there is no other deity. He is the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One, the Giver of Peace, the Keeper of Faith; the Guardian, the Mighty One, the All–powerful, the Most High! Exalted be God above their idols!
59:24 He is God, the Creator, the Originator, the Modeller. His are the most gracious names. All that is in the heavens and the earth gives glory to Him. He is the Mighty, the Wise One.


   


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