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Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli

al-Anfal (The Spoils of War)
as rendered by Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli

Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli rendition of Surah The Spoils of War(al-Anfal)
8:1 They ask you about � �Anf?l �. Say: � �Anf?l � belong to Allah and the Messenger; so be in awe of Allah, and set aright the relations between yourselves, and obey Allah and His Messenger if you do believe �.
8:2 Verily believers are only those who, when Allah is mentiond, their hearts quake, and when His Signs are recited to them, it increases them in faith, and in their Lord (alone) do they trust.
8:3 Those who keep up prayer, and spend (benevolently) out of what We have provided them.
8:4 These are the believers in truth; they have ranks with their Lord, and forgiveness, and a noble sustenance.
8:5 Just as your Lord caused you to go forth from your house with the truth, though a party of the believers were certainly averse (to it) .
8:6 They dispute with you about the truth after it became clear, as if they see they are being driven unto death.
8:7 And (remember) when Allah promised you one of the two parties should be yours, and you loved that the one unarmed should be yours; but Allah desires to verify the truth by His words and to cut off the roots of infidels.
8:8 That He might verify the truth and bring vanity to naught, though the guilty were averse (to it) .
8:9 (Remember) when you were calling upon your Lord for succour, and He answered you (saying) : � I shall assist you with a thousand of the angels following one another �.
8:10 And Allah did not appoint it, save as good tidings and that your hearts thereby might be at rest; and no victory is there save from Allah, surely Allah is the Mighty the Wise.
8:11 11-(Remember) when He made the slumber fall upon you as a security from Him and sent down water from the sky upon you to purify you with it and take away from you the uncleanness of Satan and to fortify your hearts, and to steady (your) footsteps thereby.
8:12 (And remember) when your Lord revealed unto the angels, (saying) : � Verily I am with you, so confirm those who believe. Soon I will cast fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them�.
8:13 That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger; and whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger, then verily Allah is severe in retribution.
8:14 That (is your award) , therefore taste it, and (know) that for the disbelievers is the chastisement of the (Hell) Fire.
8:15 O� you who have Faith! when you meet those who disbelieve (to attack) in battle, then do not turn your backs to them.
8:16 And whoever turns his back to them on that day, unless withdrawing to fight again or removing to join another troop, he has incurred wrath from Allah, and his abode is Hell; and an evil destination it is.
8:17 You did not slay them, but Allah slew them; and you (O� Muhammad) did not throw when you did throw, but Allah threw, that He might test the believers by a gracious trial from Himself. Verily Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
8:18 That (was the grace of Allah) for you, and that Allah weakens the plan of disbelievers.
8:19 (O� infidels!) If (Islam�s) victory you are seeking, the victory has already come upon you, and if you desist, it will be better for you. But if you return, We (too) shall return, and your forces shall avail you nothing though they maybe many, and (know) that Allah is with the believers.
8:20 O� you who have Faith! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not turn away from him while you hear (him) .
8:21 And be not like those who say: � We heard �, but they do not hear (indeed) .
8:22 Verily the worst of animals in the sight of Allah are the deaf, the dumb, who do not understand.
8:23 And if Allah had known any good in them, He would have made them hear; and (even) if He had made them hear, they would have turned away, swerving aside.
8:24 O you who have Faith! Answer Allah and the Messenger when he invites you to that which gives you life, and know that Allah intervenes between a man and his heart, and that unto Him you shall be gathered.
8:25 And keep from the evil of an affliction which shall not smite in particular those of you who committed injustice (but all of you) ; and know that Allah is severe in retribution.
8:26 And remember when you were few, deemed weak in the land, and were fearful that people would snatch you away, but He gave you refuge (in Medina) , and strengthened you with His help, and provided you with the good things (of sustenance) in order that you might be thankful.
8:27 O you who have Faith! Do not betray Allah and the Messenger, and do not betray your trusts knowingly.
8:28 And know that your wealth and your children are a (means of) trial, and that Allah � with Him is a great reward.
8:29 O you who have Faith! If you be in awe of Allah, He will assign for you a discrimination (between right and wrong) , and absolve you of your misdeeds, and forgive you, and Allah is the Lord of Mighty Grace.
8:30 And (remember) when those who disbelieved plotted against you to take you captive, or to kill you, or to expel you. They devised and Allah devised, and Allah is the best devisers.
8:31 And when Our signs are recited to them, they say: � We have heard. If we like, we (too) can say the like of this (Qur�?n) . This is naught but the tales of the ancients �.
8:32 And (remember) when they said: � O Allah! if this (Qur�?n) is the truth from You, then rain down upon us stones from the sky, or bring us a painful punishment �.
8:33 But Allah is not to punish them while you are among them, nor is Allah to chastise them while they seek forgiveness.
8:34 And what (plea) have they that Allah should not chastise them, while they bar (people) from the Holy Mosque, and they are not guardians of it? Its guardians are not but only the pious ones, but most of them do not know.
8:35 And their prayer at the (Sacred) House is naught but whistling and clapping. Therefore taste the punishment for what you used to disbelieve.
8:36 Verily those who disbelieve spend their wealth in order that they hinder (men) from the way of Allah, and still they will spend it, (too) , then it will be to them a cause of regret, then they will be overcome, and those who disbelieve will be mustered unto Hell.
8:37 So that Allah may separate the corrupt from the good and place corrupt one another, and pile them up all together, and put them in Hell; those are the losers.
8:38 Tell those who disbelieve, if they desist (from corruptions) what has past will be forgiven for them, but if they return (thereto) , then what happened to the ancients has already passed.
8:39 And fight with them until there be no mischief and the religion be wholly for Allah. But if they desist, then verily Allah sees what they do.
8:40 And if they turn away, then know that Allah is your guardian � an excellent Guardian, and an excellent Helper!
8:41 And know that whatever thing you gain (of booties) , a fifth of it is for Allah and for the Messenger and for the near relatives (Ahlul-Bayt) and the orphans, and the needy and the way-farer, if you believe in Allah and what We sent down to Our servant on the day of distinction (of right from wrong) , the day when the two hosts encountered (the day of Battle of Badr) , and surely Allah is All-powerful over everything.
8:42 (Remember) when you were on the down side, and they were on the up side, while the caravan (of the enemy) was in below you; and had you agreed together on a tryst, you would have surely failed the tryst, but in order that Allah might bring about a matter which was to be done, that he who perishes may perish by a clear proof, and verily Allah is All, Hearing, All- knowing.
8:43 (Remember) when Allah showed them to you as few in your dream and had He shown them as many, you would have become dishearted and disputed about the matter; but Allah did save (you) . Surely He is aware of what is in the breasts.
8:44 And (remember) when He showed them to you, when you encountered (the enemy) , as few in your eyes, and He made you few in their eyes in order that Allah may enact the matter which was destined to be done, and unto Allah all matters are returned.
8:45 O you who have Faith! when you encounter a host (in battle) , then stand firm, and remember Allah much, that you may be prosperous.
8:46 And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute, for you will become dishearted and your power will depart; and be patient, verily Allah is with the patient.
8:47 And do not be like those who got out from their homes boastfully and to show off to men and barring from Allah�s way, and verily Allah encompasses what they do.
8:48 And (remember) when Satan made their deeds fair seeming to them and said: � Today none of people shall overcome you, and I will be a protector for you.� But when the two hosts sighted each other, he turned upon his heels, and said: � Indeed I am quit of you. Verily I see what you do not see. Surely I fear Allah, and Allah is severe in retribution �.
8:49 (Remember) when the hypocrites said, and those in whose hearts was a disease: � Their religion has deluded them.� But whoever puts his trust in Allah, then Allah is indeed the Mighty, the Wise.
8:50 And had you seen when the angles take away the souls of those who disbelieve, smiting their faces and their backs (and saying) : � Taste the punishment of the burning �.
8:51 This is for what your hands have sent ahead, and that Allah is not unjust unto the servants.
8:52 (O� Prophet! the manner of pagans of your time is also) like the manner of Pharaoh�s clan and those before them, they disbelieved in Allah�s Signs, so Allah seized them for their sins. Verily Allah is strong, severe in retribution.
8:53 That is because Allah does not change a blessing He has bestowed on a people unless they change what is in their own selves, and Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
8:54 Like the manner of Pharaoh�s clan and those before them, they denied the Signs of their Lord, so We destroyed them for their sins, and We drowned pharaoh�s clan, and all of them were unjust.
8:55 Verily the worst of animals in Allah�s sight are those who disbelieve, so they will not have faith.
8:56 Those with whom you made a covenant, then they break their covenant every time, and they are not pious.
8:57 So, when you confront them in war, (by punishing them) scatter the ones behind them so that they might be admonished.
8:58 And if you fear treachery from a people, break off (the covenant) with them in like manner. Verily Allah does not like the treacherous.
8:59 And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they have excelled (the Muslims) : verily they shall not weaken (you) .
8:60 And prepare against them whatever you can of (military) power and of war-horses, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah, and your enemy, and others besides them, whom you do not know (but) Allah knows them. And whatever things you spend in the way of Allah shall be repaid to you in full, and you will not be dealt with unjustly.
8:61 And if they incline to peace, then you (too) incline to it and put your trust in Allah; verily He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
8:62 And if they intend to deceive you, Allah is indeed sufficient for you. It is He Who strengthened you with His help and with (the support of) the believers.
8:63 And He caused affection between their hearts. Had you spent all that is in the earth, you could not have caused affection between their hearts, but Allah caused affection between them; verily He is the Mighty, the Wise.
8:64 O Prophet! Allah suffices you, and the believers who follow you.
8:65 O Prophet! Urge on the believers to fight. If there be of you twenty patient (steadfast men) , they shall overcome two hundred, and if there be of you a hundred (steadfast ones) , they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, for they are a people who do not understand.
8:66 Now Allah has lightened it for you, and He knows that there is weakness in you. So, if there be of you a hundred patient (steadfast men) , they will overcome two hundred; and if there be of you a thousand, they will overcome two thousand by the leave of Allah; and Allah is with the patient (steadfast ones) .
8:67 It is not (fit) for any prophet to have captives unless he has thoroughly triumphed in the land. You desire the transitory world, while Allah desires (for you) the Hereafter; and Allah is the Mighty the Wise.
8:68 Had it not been for a prior ordinance from Allah, there would have fallen you a great chastisement for what you had taken to (improperly) .
8:69 Eat then of what you have acquired in war as booty, (which is) lawful and good; and be in awe of Allah; verily Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
8:70 O Prophet! Say to the captives in your hands: � If Allah knows any good in your hearts, He will give you better than what has been taken away from you, and He will forgive you; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
8:71 And if they intend to betray against you, then they have been betraying Allah from before, but He gave (you) power over them; and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
8:72 Verily those who believed and migrated and strove with their properties and their selves in the way of Allah, and those who gave shelter and helped (the strivers) , those are friends one of another. And those who believed but they did not migrate, you have not any friendship towards them until they migrate. Yet if they ask your help for (the sake of) religion, then it is your duty to help (them) , save against a people with whom you have a treaty; and Allah sees all that you do.
8:73 And (as for) those who disbelieve, they are friends one of another. If you do not so, there will be confusion in the earth and a greater mischief.
8:74 And (as for) those who believed and migrated and strove in the way of Allah, and those who gave shelter and helped, those are the believers truly; for them is forgiveness and a noble sustenance.
8:75 And those who believed afterwards and migrated and strove with you, they are of you, and the blood relations are nearer to each other in the book of Allah; verily Allah knows everything.


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