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al-Hashr (Exile, Banishment)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley

Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah Exile, Banishment(al-Hashr)
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59:1 Everything in the heavens and everything in the earth glorifies Allah. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.
59:2 It is He who expelled those who were kafir among the People of the Book from their homes to the first gathering-place.* You did not think that they would leave and they thought that their fortresses would protect them from Allah. Then Allah came upon them from where they least expected it and cast terror into their hearts. Their houses were pulled down by their own hands and by the hands of the muminun. People of insight, take note!
59:3 If Allah had not prescribed banishment for them, He would have punished them in the dunya. But in the akhira they will have the punishment of the Fire.
59:4 That is because they were entrenched in hostility towards Allah and His Messenger. If anyone is hostile towards Allah, Allah is Severe in Retribution.
59:5 Whatever palm-trees you cut down, or left standing upright on their roots, it was done by Allah´s permission in order to disgrace the deviators.
59:6 Whatever booty from them Allah has given to His Messenger — and you spurred on neither horse nor camel in its acquisition, but Allah gives power to His Messengers over anyone He wills, Allah has power over all things —
59:7 whatever booty Allah gives to His Messenger from city dwellers belongs to Allah and to the Messenger and to near relatives and orphans and the very poor and travellers, so that it does not become something which merely revolves between the rich among you. Whatever the Messenger gives you you should accept and whatever he forbids you you should forgo. Have taqwa of Allah — Allah is severe in retribution.
59:8 It is for the poor of the Muhajirun who were driven from their homes and wealth desiring the favour and the pleasure of Allah and supporting Allah and His Messenger. Such people are the truly sincere.
59:9 Those who were already settled in the abode, and in iman, before they came, love those who have made hijra to them and do not find in their hearts any need for what they have been given and prefer them to themselves even if they themselves are needy. It is the people who are safe-guarded from the avarice of their own selves who are successful.
59:10 Those who have come after them say, ´Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in iman and do not put any rancour in our hearts towards those who have iman. Our Lord, You are All-Gentle, Most Merciful.´
59:11 Did you not see the hypocrites saying to their brothers, those among the People of the Book who are kafir, ´If you are driven out we will leave with you, we will never obey anyone to your detriment. And if you are fought against we will help you´? Allah bears witness that they are truly liars.
59:12 If they are driven out they will not leave with them. If they are fought against they will not help them. And if they did help them they would turn their backs, and then they would not be helped.
59:13 You are a greater cause of terror in their breasts than Allah! That is because they are people who do not understand.
59:14 They will not fight against you all together as a group except in fortified towns or behind high walls. Their hostility towards each other is intense. They are full of bravado in each other´s company. You consider them united but their hearts are scattered wide. That is because they are people who do not use their intellect.
59:15 They are the same as those a short time before them who tasted the evil consequences of what they did. They will have a painful punishment.
59:16 They are like Shaytan when he says to a human being, ´Be kafir,´ and then when he becomes kafir, says, ´I wash my hands of you. Truly I fear Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.´
59:17 The final fate of both of them is that they will be timelessly, for ever in the Fire. That is the repayment of the wrongdoers.
59:18 You who have iman! have taqwa of Allah and let each self look to what it has sent forward for Tomorrow. Have taqwa of Allah. Allah is aware of what you do.
59:19 Do not be like those who forgot Allah so He made them forget themselves. Such people are the deviators.
59:20 The Companions of the Fire and the Companions of the Garden are not the same. It is the Companions of the Garden who are the victors.
59:21 If We had sent down this Qur´an onto a mountain, you would have seen it humbled, crushed to pieces out of fear of Allah. We make such examples for people so that hopefully they will reflect.
59:22 He is Allah — there is no god but Him. He is the Knower of the Unseen and the Visible. He is the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful.
59:23 He is Allah — there is no god but Him. He is the King, the Most Pure, the Perfect Peace, the Trustworthy, the Safeguarder, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Supremely Great. Glory be to Allah above all they associate with Him.
59:24 He is Allah — the Creator, the Maker, the Giver of Form. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.


   


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