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47:1  Those who disbelieve and bar people from the path of Allah, He renders their works go in vain
47:2  But as for those who bear faith and do deeds of righteousness and believe in that which is revealed to Muhammad, for it is the very Truth revealed by their Lord, He has purged them of their sins and has improved their (spiritual and temporal) condition
47:3  That is because those who disbelieve follow falsehood while those who believe follow the Truth (revealed) from their Lord. That is how Allah explains their condition to mankind (to make them understand)
47:4  So (believers! now that you know the will of your Lord), when you meet in (regular) battle those who disbelieve strike off their heads. After you have bound them fast in fetters (as prisoners of war), then, afterwards, (release them, a must), either by way of grace or by (accepting) ransom. (That is the law,) until war lays down its weapons (and it is over). Such is (the ordinance of Allah). Indeed if Allah pleased He could have punished them (in other ways). But (the ways of warfare have been resorted to) so that He may reveal your worth at the hands of one another. As of those who are slain in the cause of Allah He will never let their works go in vain
47:5  He will guide them (to success) and will improve their condition
47:6  Rather He will admit them into the Garden which He has made known to them (in the Qur'an)
47:7  O You who believe! if you help (the cause of) Allah He will help you and make your steps firm
47:8  As for those who disbelieve there awaits them perdition. He will make their works (to see Islam fail and come to nought) bear no fruit
47:9  That is because they consider the revelations of Allah a burden. That is why He has made their works all go waste
47:10  Have they not travelled in the land and seen how (miserable) was the end to which their predecessors (who had disbelieved in the former Prophets) had come? Allah utterly destroyed them. The same fate awaits these disbelievers
47:11  That is because, (whereas) Allah is a protecting friend of those who believe, the disbelievers have no protecting-friend
47:12  Allah will make those who believe and do deeds of righteousness enter the Gardens served with running streams (to keep them green and flourishing). As for the disbelievers they will enjoy themselves (a little in this life) and eat even as the cattle eat and the Fire will be the last resort for them
47:13  (Prophet!) so many townships were more powerful than this your town (of Makkah) which has driven you out, but We destroyed them, and they had no helper
47:14  Can those people who take their stand upon a clear proof from their Lord, be compared to those to whom the evils of their deeds are made to seem attractive and who follow their low desires
47:15  (Here is) a description of the Garden promised to those who guard against evil. Therein are streams of water (which is) unstaling, and streams of milk the taste and flavour of which does not change, and streams of juice extracted from grapes, a delight to the drinkers, and streams (too) of clarified honey, and they will have in it all kinds of fruit, and (a provision of) protection from their Lord. Can (those who enjoy such blessings of this Garden) be like those who shall abide in the Fire for long and who will be given boiling water to drink so that it tears their bowels into pieces
47:16  And there are some (hypocrites) among them who (pretend to) listen to you. Yet when they go out from your presence they say to those who have been given knowledge, `What was it he said just now?' These are the people whose hearts Allah has sealed and who follow their low desires
47:17  As for those who follow true guidance He leads them far ahead in their right ways (in the light of His guidance) and grants them piety and restraints from evil suited to their condition
47:18  These (disbelievers) only wait for the (promised) Hour (of doom) to take them unaware. Its signs have already appeared. But of what (avail) will their admonition be to them (and how will they be able to repent) when it actually comes upon them (all of a sudden)
47:19  (Believer!) know, therefore, that there is no other, cannot be and will never be One worthy of worship other than Allah and seek His protection and forgiveness for your (human) shortcomings and (also) for believing men and believing women. Allah knows your haunt (where you move about), and your resting-place
47:20  Those who believe say, `Why is no Surah (- Qur'anic chapter permitting us to go to war) revealed?' But when a (definite) Surah of basic and categorical meaning and speaking of war was revealed you find those in whose hearts is a disease (of hypocrisy) looking at you like the looking of a person whose understanding is clouded for (fear of approaching) death. Therefore woe to them
47:21  (More fitting and proper for them was) to obey and to say what is just and good. And when the matter (of fighting) is (once) resolved upon (and war breaks out) it is better for them if they remain true to Allah (and fulfill the covenant they made with Him)
47:22  (Hypocrites!) it is more likely that if you are given authority and power, you will create disorder in the land and violate your ties of kinship
47:23  Such are the people whom Allah has deprived of His mercy, so that He has made them deaf (to hear the truth) and has made their eyes blind (so they cannot see the right way)
47:24  Is it that they do not earnestly seek to understand the Qur'an? Rather (their) hearts are securely locked up by their own locks
47:25  Surely, those who turned back (to apostasy) after true guidance had dawned upon them, satan has made fair-seeming to them (this action of theirs) and has held out false hopes to them
47:26  That is because they (- the hypocrites) said (in secret) to these (Jews) who consider the revelations of Allah as a burden, `We will obey you in some matters.' But Allah knows their secrets
47:27  But how (will they fare), when the angels cause them to die, smiting them on their faces and their backs
47:28  (They will be treated) thus, because they followed that which called forth the displeasure of Allah and were averse to (seeking) His good pleasure. That is why He will make their deeds fruitless
47:29  Do the people with diseased minds suppose that Allah will never bring their malice to light
47:30  Indeed, if We so will We could show them to you so that you would know them by their appearance, yet you shall of course recognise them from the tenor of (their) speech. (Allah knows their empty words as) He knows your (solid) deeds
47:31  (Muslims!) We will put you to trial until We make manifest those among you who strive their utmost (in the cause of Allah), and those who persevere in patience, and We will (entrust you with such tasks as may) bring to light your reported mettle (and inner merits)
47:32  Those who disbelieve and hinder (people) from following the path of Allah and oppose the Messenger after true guidance has become clear to them, can do no harm to Allah. But He will let (such) deeds of theirs bear no fruit
47:33  O you who believe! obey Allah and obey the Messengers and do not let your deeds go in vain
47:34  Allah will never grant protection (from their sins) to those who disbelieved and hindered (people) from (following) the path of Allah and then died while they were (still) disbelievers
47:35  (Believers! when fighting once starts) do not be mean so as to sue for peace. You will certainly have the upper hand. Allah is with you. He will never let you suffer a loss in (the reward) of your (good) deeds
47:36  (Hypocrites!) the present life is only unreal and makes you ignore and forgetful (of your duties towards God). If you believe and guard against evil He will give you your reward and will not ask of you your wealth (to confiscate it from you but He wishes to repay the efforts you make with your wealth)
47:37  Should He ask you for it (- your wealth) and press you (for it), you would show stinginess and this (niggardliness) will bring to surface your malice (and hatred towards the divine Faith)
47:38  Behold! you are those who are called upon to spend in the cause of Allah. Yet some of you are niggardly. (Remember that) whoever is niggardly is niggardly only against his own self. Otherwise Allah is Self-sufficient (having no needs) and it is you who are the needy ones. And if you turn back (from the truth), He will replace you with another people and they will not (behave) like you