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al-Anfal (The Spoils of War)
as rendered by Sher Ali

Sher Ali rendition of Surah The Spoils of War(al-Anfal)
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8:1 They ask thee concerning the spoils. Say, `The spoils of war are for ALLAH and the Messenger. So fear ALLAH, and set things right among yourselves, and obey ALLAH and HIS Messenger, if you are believers.'
8:2 They are only the true believers whose hearts tremble when the name of ALLAH is mentioned, and when HIS Signs are recited to them they increase their faith, and who put their trust in their Lord.
8:3 Who observe Prayer and spend out of that which WE have provided for them.
8:4 These it is who are true believers. They have exalted grades of rank with their Lord, as well as forgiveness and an honourable provision.
8:5 This is because thy Lord has brought thee forth from thy house for a righteous purpose while a party of the believers were quite averse to it.
8:6 They (the disbelievers) dispute with thee concerning the truth after it has become manifest, as though they are being driven to death while they actually see it.
8:7 And remember when ALLAH promised you one of the two parties that it should be yours, and you wished that the one unarmed should be yours, but ALLAH desired to establish the Truth by HIS words and to cut off the root of the disbelievers,
8:8 That HE might establish the Truth and bring to naught that which is false, although the guilty may dislike it.
8:9 When you implored the help of your Lord, and HE answered your prayer saying, `I will surely help you with a thousand of the angels, rank on rank.'
8:10 And ALLAH made it only as a glad tidings so that your hearts might be at rest. But help comes from ALLAH alone; surely ALLAH is Mighty, Wise.
8:11 And when HE caused sleep to come upon you as a sign of security from HIM, and HE sent down water upon you from the clouds, that thereby HE might purify you, and remove from you the uncleanliness of Satan, and that HE might strengthen your hearts and make your steps firm therewith.
8:12 When thy Lord revealed to the angels, saying, `I am with you; so make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Smite them above their necks, and smite off all finger-tips.'
8:13 That is because they have opposed ALLAH and HIS Messenger. And whoso opposes ALLAH and HIS Messenger, Then ALLAH is surely Severe in retribution.
8:14 That is your punishment, taste it then; and remember that for disbelievers there is the punishment of the Fire.
8:15 O ye who believe ! when you meet those who disbelieve, advancing in force, turn not your backs to them.
8:16 And whoso turns his back to them on such a day, unless manoeuvring for battle or turning to join another company, he indeed draws upon himself the wrath of ALLAH, and Hell shall be his abode. And an evil resort it is.
8:17 So you slew them not; but it was ALLAH Who slew them. And thou threwest not when thou didst throw, but it was ALLAH Who threw, that HE might overthrow the disbelievers and that HE might confer on the believers a great favour from Himself. Surely, ALLAH is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
8:18 That is what happened; And know that ALLAH will weaken the design of the disbelievers.
8:19 If you, O disbelievers, sort a judgment, then judgment has indeed come to you. And if you desist, it will be better for you; but if you return to mischief, WE too will return to punishment. And your party shall be of no avail to you, however numerous it be, and know that ALLAH is with the believers.
8:20 O ye who believe ! obey ALLAH and HIS Messenger, and do not turn away from him while you hear his commands.
8:21 And be not like those who say, `We hear,' but they hear not.
8:22 Surely, the worst of beasts in the sight of ALLAH are the deaf and the dumb, who have no sense.
8:23 And if ALLAH had known any good in them, HE would certainly have made them hear. And if HE now makes them hear, they will turn away in aversion.
8:24 O ye who believe ! respond to ALLAH, and the Messenger when he calls you that he may give you life, and know that ALLAH comes in between a man and his heart, and that HE it is unto Whom you will be gathered.
8:25 And beware of an affliction which will surely not smite exclusively those among you who have done wrong. And know that ALLAH is Severe in requiting.
8:26 And remember when you were a few and deemed weak in the land, and were in fear lest people should snatch you away, but HE sheltered you and strengthened you with HIS help, and provided you with good things that you might be thankful.
8:27 O ye who believe ! prove not false to ALLAH and the Messenger, nor betray your trusts knowingly.
8:28 And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial and that it is ALLAH with Whom is a great reward.
8:29 O ye who believe ! if you do your duty to ALLAH, HE will grant you a distinction and will remove your evils from you and will forgive you; and ALLAH is the Lord of great bounty.
8:30 And remember when the disbelievers devised plans against thee that they might put thee in confinement or slay thee or expel thee. And they planned and ALLAH also planned, and ALLAH is the Best of planners.
8:31 And when OUR verses are recited to them, they say, `We have heard. If we wished we could certainly say the like of it. This is nothing but mere tales of the ancients'
8:32 And remember the time when they said, `O ALLAH, if this be indeed the truth from Thee, then rain down upon us stones from heaven or bring down upon us a grievous punishment.'
8:33 But ALLAH would not punish them while thou wast among them, and ALLAH would not punish them while they sought forgiveness.
8:34 And what excuse have they now that ALLAH should not punish them, when they hinder men from the Sacred Mosque, and they are not its true guardians? Its true guardians are only those who are righteous, but most of them know not.
8:35 And their prayer at the Sacred House is nothing but whistling and clapping of hands. `Taste then the punishment because you disbelieved.'
8:36 Surely, those who disbelieve, spend their wealth to turn people away from the way of ALLAH. They will surely continue to spend it; but then shall it become a source of regret for them, and then shall they be overcome. And the disbelievers shall be gathered unto Hell;
8:37 That ALLAH may separate the bad from the good, and put the bad, one upon another, and heap them up altogether, and then cast them into Hell. These indeed are the losers.
8:38 Say to those who disbelieve, if they desist, that which is past will be forgiven them; and if they return to their misdeeds, then verily the example of the former peoples has already gone before them.
8:39 And fight them until there is no persecution and religion is wholly to ALLAH. But if they desist, then surely ALLAH is Watchful of what they do.
8:40 And if they turn back, then know that ALLAH is your Protector - an excellent protector and an excellent Helper !
8:41 And know that whatever you take as spoils in war, a fifth thereof is for ALLAH and for the Messenger and the kindred and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, if you believe in ALLAH and what WE sent down to Our servant on the Day of Distinction, - the day when the two armies met - and ALLAH has power to do all that HE wills.
8:42 When you were on the nearer bank of the Valley, and they were on the further bank, and the caravan was below you. And if you had to make an appointment between you, you would have certainly differed with regard to the time of the appointment. But the encounter was brought about without appointment that ALLAH might accomplish the thing that was decreed, so that he, who had already perished by a clear proof, should perish, and he, would had already come to life by a clear proof, should live. And certainly ALLAH is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
8:43 When ALLAH showed them to thee in thy dream as few and if HE had shown them to thee as many, you would certainly have faltered and would have disagreed with one another about the matter; but ALLAH saved you. Surely, HE has full knowledge of what is in your breasts.
8:44 And remember when at the time of your encounter, HE made them appear to you as few in your eyes, and made you appear as few in their eyes, that ALLAH might bring about the thing that was decreed. And to ALLAH are all affairs referred for final decision.
8:45 O ye who believe ! When you encounter an army, be firm and remember ALLAH much that you may prosper.
8:46 And obey ALLAH and HIS Messenger and dispute not with one another, lest you falter and your strength depart from you. And be steadfast; surely, ALLAH is with the steadfast.
8:47 And be not like those who came forth from their homes boastfully, and to be seen of men, and who turn men away from the path of ALLAH, and ALLAH encompasses what they do.
8:48 And when Satan made their deeds seem fair to them and said, `None from among men shall prevail against you this day, and I am your protector.' But when the two armies came in sight of each other, he turned on his heels, and said, `Surely, I have nothing to do with you; surely, I see what you see not. surely I fear ALLAH; and ALLAH's punishment is severe.
8:49 When the Hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease said, `Their religion has deluded these men.' And whoso puts his trust in ALLAH, then surely, ALLAH is Mighty, Wise.
8:50 And if thou couldst see when the angels take away the souls of those who disbelieve, smiting their faces and their backs and saying: `Taste ye the punishment of burning.
8:51 `This torment is because of that which your hands have sent on before and know that ALLAH is not at all unjust to HIS servants.'
8:52 Your condition will be like that of the people of Pharaoh and those before them, they disbelieved in the Signs of ALLAH; so ALLAH punished them for their sins. Surely, ALLAH is Powerful and Severe in punishing.
8:53 That is because ALLAH would never change a favour that HE has conferred upon a people until they change their own condition, and know that ALLAH is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
8:54 O disbelievers ! your condition will also be like that of the people of Pharaoh and those before them; they rejected the Signs of their Lord, so WE destroyed them for their sins. And WE drowned the people of Pharaoh, for they were all wrongdoers.
8:55 Surely, the worst of beasts in the sight of ALLAH are the disbelievers, who will not believe.
8:56 Those with whom thou hast made a covenant, - then they break their covenant every time, and they do not fear ALLAH.
8:57 So, if thou overcomest them in war, then thereby strike fear in those that are behind them, that they may be mindful.
8:58 And if thou fearest treachery from a people, throw back to them their covenant with equity. Surely, ALLAH loves not the treacherous.
8:59 And let not those who disbelieve think that they can outstrip US. Surely, they cannot frustrate Our purpose.
8:60 And make ready for them who fight you whatever you can of armed force and of mounted pickets at the frontier, whereby you may frighten the enemy of ALLAH and your enemy and others besides them whom you know not, but ALLAH knows them. And whatever you spend in the way of ALLAH, it shall be paid back to you in full and you shall not be wronged.
8:61 And if they incline towards peace, incline thou also towards it, and put thy trust in ALLAH. Surely, it is HE Who is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
8:62 And if they seek to deceive thee, then surely ALLAH is sufficient for thee. HE it is Who has strengthened thee with HIS help and with the believers;
8:63 And HE has put affection between their hearts. If thou hadst expended all that is in the earth, thou couldst not have put affection between their hearts, but ALLAH has put affection between them. Surely, HE is Mighty, Wise.
8:64 O Prophet, ALLAH is Sufficient for thee and those who follow thee of the believers.
8:65 O Prophet, urge the believers to fight. If there be of you twenty who are steadfast, they shall overcome two hundred; And if there be a hundred of you, they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they are a people do not understand.
8:66 For the present ALLAH has lighten your burden, for HE knows that there is weakness in you. So, if there be a hundred of you who are steadfast, they shall overcome two hundred; and if there be a thousand of you, they shall overcome two thousand by the command of ALLAH. And ALLAH is with those who are steadfast.
8:67 It does not behove a Prophet that he should have captives until he engages in regular fighting in the land. If you take captives, except in regular fighting, you will be regarded as desiring the goods of this world, while ALLAH desires for you the Hereafter. And ALLAH is Mighty, Wise.
8:68 Had there not been a decree from ALLAH which had gone before, great distress would have surely overtaken you in consequence of what you took.
8:69 So eat, of that which you have won in war as lawful and good, and fear ALLAH. Surely, ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful.
8:70 O Prophet, say to the captives who are in your hands, `If ALLAH knows any good in your hearts, HE will give you better than that which has been taken from you as ransom and will forgive you. And ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful.'
8:71 And if they intend to deal treacherously with thee, they have indeed been treacherous to ALLAH before, But HE gave thee power over them. And ALLAH is All-Knowing, Wise.
8:72 Surely, those who believed and left their homes and strove with their wealth and their lives for the cause of ALLAH, and those who gave them shelter and help - these are friends one of another. But as for those who believed but did not leave their homes, you are not at all responsible for their protection until they leave their homes. But if they seek your help in the matter of religion, then it is your duty to help them, except against a people between whom and yourselves there is a treaty. And ALLAH sees what you do.
8:73 And those who disbelieve - they are friends one of another. If you do not what you are commanded, there will be mischief in the land and great disorder.
8:74 And those who believed and left their homes and strove for the cause of ALLAH, and those who gave them shelter and help -these indeed are true believers. For them is forgiveness and an honorable provision.
8:75 And those who believe after this and leave their homes and strive for the cause of ALLAH along with you - these are of you; and as to blood relations, they are nearer one to another in the Book of ALLAH. Surely, ALLAH knows all things well.


   


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