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Those who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh) and hinder people from the path of Allâh. Allâh will cause their works to be null and void.
Yet those who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism and do righteous good deeds (in this ‘wordily life’), and believe in that which has been revealed to Muhammad- and it is the truth from their Lord - He will redeem them from their sins and improve their condition.
That is because those who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh) follow falsehood, and those who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism follow the Truth from their Lord. This is how Allâh presents to the people their parables.
Therefore, when you encounter (in battle) those who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh), smite the necks until when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then tie fast their bonds, then set them free, either as a favor or by taking ransom, till the war lays down its loads. That (is the ordinance). If Allâh willed, He would certainly chastise them (without you). But (He ordered you to fight) so that He may try some of you by means of others. Allâh will never allow the deeds of those who are slain in (serving) the cause of Allâh to be lost in vain.
He will illuminate their path and improve their condition,
Admitting them into ‘Al-Jannah’, which He has made known to them.
O’ you who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism, if you participate in supporting (the cause of) Allâh, He will certainly support you and plant firmly your feet.
But those who who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh) are the ones who are doomed to eternal perdition. He will make their deeds be lost in vain.
That is because they loathe what Allâh has sent down. Thus He has made their deeds null and void.
Have they, (-the Pagan Arabs-), not travelled in the land and seen the dreadful end of those before them? Allâh brought upon them utter destruction. Thus, those who lack Faith ( in Allâh) will also encounter similar perdition.
That is because Allâh is the guardian of those who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism, and because those who lack Faith (in Allâh) have no guardian.
It is absolutely without a doubt that Allâh will admit those who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism and do righteous acts (in this ‘worldly life’) into gardens, underneath which rivers flow. Yet those who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh) enjoy themselves and eat as cattle eat. Thus, Fire will be an eternal home for them.
So many townships more powerful than your town, (Mecca), that has expelled you, We have put an end to the existence of their inhabitants. And there was no helper for them.
Is the one who relies on clear proof from His Lord like the one whose evil deeds are made to seem appealing to him, and who takes in his self-deceived beliefs for the epistemic?
The similitude of ‘Al-Jannah’ which is promised to the ‘Pious’ (whose faith is unfeigned): therein are rivers of pure water, rivers of milk whereof the taste changes not, rivers of wine delicious to the drinkers, and rivers of raw honey. And for them therein are all kinds of fruits and protection from their Lord. (Are these) like those who abide in the Fire, and are given scalding water to drink, and so as to it tears up their intestines?
Among them are some who seek to listen to you, then as soon as they leave, they ask those who have been given the spiritual gift of knowledge, "What was it that he said just now?" Those upon whose hearts Allâh has set a seal have taken in their self-deceived beliefs for the epistemic.
As for those who attain spiritual insight, He will increase their inner guidance and spiritual transformation, and bestow on them their righteousness.
Are they waiting for the ‘Hour’ (of reckoning) to come on them all of a sudden? But some of its indications have already come. Thus, when it comes to them, how they will have their reminder?
So know, (O' ‘Muhammad’), that there is no god except Allâh and ask forgiveness for your sin, and for the ‘Monotheistic Believers’, men and women. Allâh knows well your movements (during the day) and your place of rest.
Those who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism say: "Why has a Sūrat (i.e. Chapter from the ‘Qur’ān’) not been sent down? But when a conclusive Sūrat is sent down, and fighting is mentioned therein, you see the ones in whose hearts is a disease looking at you as the one who is fainting even to death. But more adequate for them would be
Obedience, and speaking words of kindness. Then when the issue (of fighting) is determined, if they were true to Allâh, it would be better for them.
Then, is it expected that you will spread corruption in the land and sever your ties of kinship if you are given authority.
Those are the ones whom Allâh has cursed. Thus, He has made them deaf, and blinded their sights.
What! Do they not then think about the ‘Qur’ān’ carefully? or is that there are padlocks on their hearts?
Indeed, those who have turned back after the divine guidance has been manifested to them-the devil has adorned it for them, and has prolonged false hopes for them.
That is because they said to those who loathe what Allâh has sent down: “We will obey you in some issues.” Allâh knows their secrets.
Then how will it be for them when the ‘Angels’ take them in death, smiting their faces and their backs?
That is because they have followed what provokes the wrath of Allâh, and loathed His good pleasure. Thus, He made their deeds null and void.
Or do those in whose hearts is a disease deem that Allâh will not divulge their aversions?
If We willed, We could show them to you. Then you would know them by their marks. Definitely, you will know them by the tone of their voice. Allâh knows perfectly well your deeds.
We will cause you to experience hardship so that We may identify those who strive hard among you, and those who exercise patience, and may reveal your true character.
Definitely, those who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh), hinder (people) from the path of Allâh, and oppose the ‘Messenger’ after the divine guidance has been manifested to them, cannot cause any harm to Allâh. He will actually make their deeds null and void.
O’ you who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism, obey Allâh and obey the ‘Messenger’, and do not invalidate your deeds.!
Definitely, those who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh) and hinder (the people) from (serving) the cause of Allâh, and then die while they are still indulging in disbelief, not by any means will Allâh forgive them.
Therefore, do not weaken and cry out for peace since you are the uppermost. Allâh is (always) with you. And he will never deprive you of your deeds.
Indeed, this ‘worldly life’ is but recreation and amusement. But if you adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism and act piously, He will grant you your rewards. And he will not ask you to give away your entire wealth (as Zakāt).
If He should ask you for it and importune you, you would withhold, and He would divulge your aversions.
Behold! You are those who are called to expend on (serving) the cause of Allâh. Yet among you are some who withhold. Whoever withholds; he withholds only from his own self. Allâh is Self-Sufficient and you are the poor. If you take no no heed, He will replace you with other folk. Then they will not be like you.
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