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al-Ahzab (The Clans, The Coalition, The Combined Forces, The Allies)
as rendered by Syed Vickar Ahamed
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Syed Vickar Ahamed rendition of Surah The Clans, The Coalition, The Combined Forces, The Allies(al-Ahzab)
33:1 O Prophet! Fear Allah and do not obey the unbelievers and the hypocrites (those who hide the truth). Surely, Allah is All Knower (Aleem), All Wise (Hakeem)
33:2 And follow the (guidance) which comes unto you from your Lord by (inner) Revelation: Verily, Allah knows (Khabir) well everything that you do
33:3 And put your trust in Allah, and Allah is enough to be a Disposer of affairs (Wakil)
33:4 Allah has not made for any man, two hearts in his (one) body: Nor, (O people!) has He (Allah) made your wives, whom you declare to be like your mother’s backs (and thus divorce them by the evil practice of Az-Zihar, see 58.2—4), your real mothers: Nor has He made your adopted sons your (real) sons. This is (only) your (manner of) speaking by your mouths. But Allah reveals (to you) the Truth, and He shows the (right) Way
33:5 Call them by (the names of) their fathers: That is more correct in the Sight of Allah. But if you do not know their fathers (names, then call them) your brothers in faith, or your freed helpers. And there is no sin on you if you made a mistake. Except unless your hearts willfully intended: And Allah is Often-Returning (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem)
33:6 The Prophet is closer to the believers than their own selves, and his wives are (in a holy sense) their mothers. By the Command of Allah, blood-relations among each other have closer personal ties, than (the brotherhood of) believers and those traveling from distant lands: However, you do what is just to your closest friends: Such is the writing in the Command (Book from Allah)
33:7 And remember that from the prophets, We took their truest Covenant (their Promise) as (We took, O Prophet!) from you: From Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), and Isa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary). From them, We took a strong Covenant
33:8 That (Allah) may question the truthful ones about the Truth they (were to protect). And for the unbelievers, He has prepared a painful penalty
33:9 O you who believe! Remember the Grace of Allah upon you, when crowds (of people) came down against you: But We sent a storm and forces to oppose them that you did not see. And, Allah is Ever All Seer (Baseer) all that you do
33:10 When they came upon you from above you and from below you, and when the eyes became dim, and the hearts came up to the throats, and you had many doubts about Allah
33:11 There the believers were tried in that event: They were shaken as by a huge shaking
33:12 And when the hypocrites (those who hide the truth) and those whose hearts have sickness (even) say: "Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad) promised us nothing but delusions (and false hopes)!"
33:13 And when a party among them said: "You men of Yathrib (the Prophet’s old town)! You cannot withstand (the attack), so go back!" And a group of them asked the Prophet to be excused (to go away), saying: "Truly, our houses are bare and in danger," even though they were not in (any) danger: They wanted nothing but to run away (from fighting)
33:14 And if an attack had come upon them from the (sides of the city), and they had been asked to rebel, certainly, they would have quickly made it true, with only a little delay
33:15 And indeed, they had already made a promise to Allah not to turn their backs (and run away), and a promise to Allah must be kept
33:16 Say: "Running away will not help you, if you are running away from death or slaughter; And even then (if you do run away), you may be allowed to enjoy no longer than a short time!"
33:17 Say: "Who is it that can save you from Allah; If it is He wishes to give you punishment or (wishes) to give you Mercy?" And, besides Allah, they will not find any protector or helpers for themselves
33:18 Surely, Allah knows those (people) among you who hold back (others) and those who say to their brothers: "Come along to us," while they do not come to fight except for only a little while
33:19 Being stingy towards you; Then when the fear comes, you will see them looking to you with their eyes turning like (the eyes of a person) for whom death is near: But when the fear is gone, they will strike at you with their sharp tongues (with the) love of things. Men like this do not have faith, therefore, Allah has made their actions have no effect: And that is easy for Allah (to do)
33:20 They think that the groups (opposing Islam) have not (lost and) withdrawn; And if those groups should come (again), they wish they were in the deserts together with the (wandering) Bedouins, and trying to find news about you (from far); And if they were in among you, they will fight very little
33:21 In the Messenger (Muhammad) of Allah, you have a beautiful (pattern of conduct) and example for one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who Praises Allah much (often and deeply)
33:22 And when the believers saw the Confederates (the armies and groups against Islam), they said; "This is what Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad) had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad) told us what was true." And it only added to their faith and their true cause (for Islam) in obedience
33:23 Among the believers are men who have been true to their Covenant (Promise) to Allah: Of them, some have completed their promise (fully) and some (still) waiting: But they have not changed (the willingness) even by a little
33:24 So that Allah may reward the men of truth for their Truth, and punish the hypocrites (who hide the truth), if that was His Will, or accept their repentance and turn to them: Verily, Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem)
33:25 And Allah drove back the unbelievers in spite of their anger: They did not gain any advantage; And Allah is enough for the believers in fight. And Allah is Full of Strength (Qh'avi), All Mighty (Aziz)
33:26 And those of the people of the Book who helped them— Allah did take them down from their firm places and cast extreme fear into their hearts; Some you killed, and some you took captives
33:27 And He made you take over their lands, and their houses, and their riches (belongings), and of a land that you had not even visited. And Allah is Able (Khadir) to do all things
33:28 O Prophet! Say to your wives (women of purity): "If what you like is the life of this world, and its (false) joys— Then come! I will provide for your enjoyment and set you free in a nice (and wealthy) way
33:29 "But if you like Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad) and the Home of the Hereafter, then surely, Allah has prepared for the well-doers from you a great (and generous) reward."
33:30 O Wives of the Prophet! If any of you were guilty of open ill-conduct, the punishment will be doubled to her, and that is easy for Allah (to do)
33:31 And if any of you who is true and sincere in the obedience of Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and works good deeds of righteousness— We shall give her, her reward twice: And We have prepared for her a noble portion
33:32 O Wives of the Prophet! You are not like any (other) women: If you fear (Allah), do not be soft in (your) speech (about what is said while you teach Islam), in case a person in whose heart is a sickness should be moved with desire: But you speak honorably (in what is to be said)
33:33 And remain quietly (and peacefully) in your houses, and do not make a display of yourselves, like in the earlier days without (true) guidance, and establish regular Prayer, and give regular Charity; And obey Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad). And Allah only wants to remove all bad from you, you, members of the Family (of the Prophet), and to make you pure and pristine (totally cleansed)
33:34 And remember to repeat (to others) what is recited to you in your homes regarding the Signs of Allah and His Wisdom (Al-Hikmah): Verily, Allah is always informed of every detail (Lateef) (and) Well-Acquainted (Khabir) will all things
33:35 Verily, the Muslim men and women— The believing men and women— The (deeply) religious men and women— The true men and women— The men and women who are patient and constant— The men and women who make themselves humble (before Allah)— The men and women who give charity— The men and women who fast— The men and women who guard their chastity— And the men and women who remember Allah much— With their hearts and (words on) their tongues; For them (such men and women) Allah has prepared forgiveness and great reward
33:36 It is not right for a believer, man or woman, when something has been already judged by Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), to have any choice about the judgment: And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), he is indeed on a clearly wrong path
33:37 And (remember) when (O Prophet)! You said to the person (Zaid) who had received the gift from Allah and your favor: "You keep (the marriage with) your wife and fear Allah. But you did hide in your heart what Allah was about to make it clear: You did fear the people, but it is better that you fear Allah. So, when Zaid had dissolved (his marriage) with her, after the necessary (steps of divorce), We joined her in marriage with you: So, that there are no questions for the believers (regarding the) marriage with the wives of their adopted sons, after they have dissolved the marriage with the necessary (steps) with them (their ex-wives). And Allah’s (Divine) Order must be completed and fulfilled
33:38 There can be no blame for the Prophet in what Allah has made legal for him. It was done by those in the old and past days (and approved) by Allah; And the Command of Allah is a decision made
33:39 (And for) those who convey the Messages of Allah, and fear Him and fear no one but Allah. And Allah is enough to bring (men) to account (Hasib)
33:40 Muhammad (the Prophet) is not the father of any (one) of your men, but (he is) a Messenger of Allah, and the Seal (at the end) of the prophets. And Allah is All Knowing (Aleem) of all things
33:41 O you who believe! Remember (and Glorify Allah), and do this (deeply and a great) many times
33:42 And Glorify Him (with Praise), morning and afternoon
33:43 It is He Who sends blessings upon you like His angels do, so that He may take you out from depths of darkness into Light: And verily, He is Full of Mercy (Raheem) for the believers
33:44 On the Day when they will meet Him, the greetings (of joy) for them will be: "Peace!"; And He has made a great Reward for them
33:45 O Prophet! Truly, We have sent you as a witness, a bearer of happy news (to the believers), and a warner (to the disbelievers)&mdash
33:46 And (We have sent you) as one who invites to (the Protection of) Allah, by His Leave, and as a Lamp spreading Light
33:47 And give the glad news to the believers, that they shall have large Bounty from Allah
33:48 And do not obey the unbelievers and the hypocrites (those who hide the truth); Overlook and ignore them, and have trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah as a Trustee (Wakil)
33:49 O you who believe! When you marry believing women, and then divorce them before you have touched them, you do not have to wait the period of waiting for them (to complete the divorce): So, give them a present, and set them free in a wholesome (and happy) way
33:50 O Prophet! Verily, We have made it lawful for you, your wives to whom you have paid their dowers; And those whom your right hand possesses from the prisoners of war whom Allah has given to you; And the daughters of your uncles and aunts, from your fathers side; And the daughters of your uncles and aunts, from your mothers side; Those who moved with you (from Makkah to Medinah); And any believing woman who gives herself to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her; This is only for you (O Prophet), as a privilege and not for (all) the believers; Indeed, We know that for them, We have made lawful their wives and those prisoners whom their right hands possess— So that there should be no difficulty on you. And Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem)
33:51 You can postpone (the turn of) any of them (the women) whom you please, and you may receive any whom you please: And there is no blame on you if you invite one whose (turn) you had put aside. This is better for (their peace of mind), the cooling of eyAes (in the joy of seeing you), to keep off their sorrow, and for their satisfaction— That all of them (are happy) with what you have to give to them: And Allah knows (all) that is in your hearts: And Allah is All Knowing (Aleem), Most Forbearing (Haleem)
33:52 (O Prophet!) It is not lawful for you (to marry more) women after this, or to change them for (other) wives, even though their beauty may attract you, except any (women whom) your right hand should possess (as handmaidens): And Allah is Watchful (Raqib) over all things
33:53 O you who believe! Do not enter the Prophet’s houses— Unless permission is given to you— (If you go) for a meal, do not be (so early as) to wait for its preparation: But when you are invited, enter (his house); And when you have taken your meal, go away, without trying to get into idle talk. Verily, such (behavior) does not please the Prophet: And he is (too) shy to ask you to leave, but Allah is not shy (to tell you) the truth. And when you ask (his ladies) for anything you may want, ask them with a screen between (them and you): That allows greater purity in your hearts and theirs. And it is not right for you that you may displease Allah’s Messenger (Muhammad), nor that you may marry his widows after him (after his death at any time). Truly, in Allah’s sight, such a thing is an enormous and evil act
33:54 Whether you openly say anything or hide it, surely, Allah is All Knowing (Aleem) of all things
33:55 There is no sin (on the women when they go) before their fathers, or their sons, their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their (believing) women, or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess. And, fear Allah: Verily, Allah is Witness (Shaheed) for all things
33:56 Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you who believe! Send your blessings on him (the Prophet), and salute him with all respect
33:57 Verily, those who displease Allah and His Prophet (Muhammad)— Allah has cursed them in this world and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a demeaning punishment
33:58 And those who annoy (and unjustly displease) believing men and women have (the guilt on themselves of) slander and an evident sin
33:59 O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters, and the believing women, that they should wear their outer clothes over their bodies (when outside): That is most suitable (and appropriate), so that they should be known (as believing women) and not be annoyed (or attacked). And Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem)
33:60 Truly, if those hypocrites (who lie against Islam) and those in whose hearts is a disease, cause unrest in the City (Medinah), do not stop (their mischief and wickedness), We shall certainly make you stand up against them: Then will they not be able to stay in it (the City) as your neighbors for a long time
33:61 They have evil (curse around and) upon them: Wherever they are found, they shall be caught and killed
33:62 Such was the practice (approved) by Allah, among those who lived before: (And) you will find no change in the practice (approved) by Allah
33:63 People ask you about the (final) Hour: Say: "Its knowledge is with Allah (Alone):" And what will make you understand? Just in case the Hour is near
33:64 Surely, Allah has cursed the unbelievers and prepared a blazing Fire for them
33:65 To live in there for ever: They will not find any protector or any helper
33:66 The Day when their faces will be turned over in the Fire, they will say: "Sorrow upon us! If only we had obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger (Muhammad)!"
33:67 And they will say: "Our Lord! Verily, we obeyed our chiefs and our great ones, and they misled us from the (right) path
33:68 "Our Lord! Give them double the penalty and send them the curse (torment) of a mighty Curse!"
33:69 O you who believe! You do not be like those who annoyed and insulted Musa (Moses), but Allah saved him from what (insults) they said, and he (Musa) was honorable in Allah’s Sight
33:70 O you who believe! Fear Allah, and always speak words straight (to the point)
33:71 That He (Allah) may make your actions pure and true and forgive you your sins: And he who obeys Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), he has already reached the greatest goals
33:72 Truly, We did offer the trust, duty and responsibility to the heavens, and the earth, and the mountains; But they refused to undertake it, because they were afraid of it: But man undertook it— Verily, he was being ignorant (and foolish about the responsibility)&mdash
33:73 (And hence) Allah has to punish those hypocrites (who lie and hide the truth), men and women, and the unbelievers, men and women, and Allah will pardon (receive the repentance of) the true believers, both men and women: And Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem)


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