The Holy Qur'an Translation

 
 



Al≠Ahz‚b

In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
O thou Prophet, seek protection in ALLAH, and follow not the wishes of the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Verily, ALLAH is All-Knowing, Wise. (1) And follow that which is revealed to thee from thy Lord. Verily, ALLAH is Well-Aware of what you do. (2) And put thy trust in ALLAH, and ALLAH is sufficient as a Guardian. (3) ALLAH has not made for any man two hearts in his breast; nor has HE made those of your wives from whom you keep away by calling them mothers, your mothers in fact, nor has HE made those whom you adopt as sons, your sons in fact. These are merely the words of your mouths; but ALLAH declares the truth, and HE guides to the right path. (4) Call them after their fathers. That is more equitable in the sight of ALLAH. But if you know not their fathers, then they are your brothers in Faith and your friends. And there is no blame on you in respect of any mistake you may unintentionally make in this matter; but you will be called to account for that which your hearts purpose. And ALLAH is Most Forgiving. Ever Merciful. (5) The Prophet is nearer to the believers than their own selves, and his wives are as mothers to them. And blood-relations are nearer to one another, according to the Book of ALLAH, than other believers from among the Helpers and the Emigrants except that you show kindness to your friends. This is also written down in the Book. (6) And call to mind when WE took from the Prophets their covenant, and from thee, and from Noah and Abraham, and Moses and Jesus, son of Mary, and WE indeed, took from them a solemn covenant; (7) That ALLAH may question the truthful about their truthfulness. And for the disbelievers HE has prepared a painful punishment. (8) O ye who believe, remember the favour of ALLAH to you when there came against you hosts, and WE sent against them a wind and hosts that you saw not. And ALLAH sees what you do. (9) When they came upon you from above you, and from below you, and when your eyes became distracted, and your hearts reached up to your throats, and you thought diverse thoughts about ALLAH. (10) Then were the believers sorely tried, and they were shaken with a violent shaking. (11) And call to mind when the Hypocrites and those in whose hearts was a disease said, `ALLAH and HIS Messenger promised us only delusion;' (12) And when a party of them said, `O people of Yathrib, you can possibly make no stand against the enemy, therefore turn back. And a section of them even asked leave of the Prophet, say, `Our houses are exposed,' whereas they were not exposed. They only sought to flee. (13) If the enemy were to enter the Town from its environs, and then they were asked to join in the disturbance against the Muslims, they would certainly have done so, and would not have tarried in their houses save a little. (14) And truly they had already covenanted with ALLAH that they would not turn their backs. And a covenant with ALLAH will have to be answered for. (15) Say, `Flight shall not avail you if you flee from death or slaughter; and even then you will not be allowed to enjoy yourselves but a little.' (16) Say, `Who is it that can save you from ALLAH if it be HIS wish to do you harm, or can deprive you of it, if it be HIS wish to show you mercy ?' And they will not find for themselves any friend nor helper other than ALLAH. (17) Verily, ALLAH knows well those among you who hinder others from fighting and those who say to their brethren, `Come and be with us;' and they themselves come not to the fight but little, (18) Being niggardly of their help to you. But when danger comes, thou seest them looking towards thee, their eyes rolling like one who is fainting at the approach of death. But when the fear has passed away, they assail you with sharp tongues, being niggardly of any good coming to your way. These have never believed; so ALLAH has rendered their works null and void. And that is easy for ALLAH. (19) They still hope that the Confederates may not have gone away; and if the Confederates should come again, they would wish to be among the nomad Arabs in the desert, asking for news about you, they would fight but little. (20) Verily, you have in the Prophet of ALLAH an excellent model, for him who hopes to meet ALLAH and the Last Day and who remembers ALLAH much. (21) And when the believers saw the Confederates, they said, `This is what ALLAH and HIS Messenger promised us; and ALLAH and HIS Messenger spoke the truth.' And it only added to their faith and submission. (22) Among the believers are men who have been true to the covenant they had made with ALLAH. Some of them have fulfilled their vow, and there are others who wait, and they have not changed in the least. (23) That ALLAH may reward the truthful for their truth, and punish the hypocrites if HE so please, or turn to them in mercy. Verily, ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful. (24) And ALLAH turned back the disbelievers in their rage; they gained no good. And ALLAH sufficed the believers in their fight. ALLAH is Powerful, Mighty. (25) And HE brought those of the People of the Book who had aided them down from their fortresses, and cast terror into their hearts. Some you slew, and some you took captive. (26) And HE made you inherit their land and their houses and their wealth, and also a land on which you have not yet set foot. And ALLAH has power over all things. (27) O Prophet ! say to thy wives, `If you desire the life of this world and its adornment, come then, I will provide for you and send you away in a handsome manner; (28) `But if you desire ALLAH and HIS Messenger and the Home of the Hereafter, then, truly, ALLAH has prepared for those of you, who do good, a great reward.' (29) O wives of the Prophet ! if any of you be guilty of manifestly dishonourable conduct, the punishment will be doubled for her. And that is easy for ALLAH. (30) But whoever of you is obedient to ALLAH and HIS Messenger and does good works, WE shall give her reward twice over; and WE have prepared for her an honourable provision. (31) O wives of the Prophet ! you are not like any other women if you are righteous. So be not soft in speech, lest he, in whose heart is a disease, should feel tempted; and speak decent words. (32) And stay in your houses with dignity, and display not your beauty like the displaying of the former days of ignorance, and observe Prayer, and pay the ZakŠt, and obey ALLAH and HIS Messenger. Surely, ALLAH desires to remove from you all uncleanness, O Members of the Household, and purify you completely. (33) And remember what is rehearsed in your houses of the Signs of ALLAH and wisdom. Verily, ALLAH is Subtle, All-Aware. (34) Surely, men who submit themselves to GOD and women who submit themselves to HIM, and believing men and believing women, and obedient men and obedient women, and truthful men and truthful women, and men steadfast in their faith and steadfast women, and men who are humble and women who are humble, and men who give alms and women who give alms, and men who fast and women who fast, and men who guard their chastity and women who guard their chastity and men who remember ALLAH much and women who remember HIM - ALLAH has prepared for all of them forgiveness and a great reward. (35) And it behoves not a believing man or a believing woman, when ALLAH and HIS Messenger have decided a matter, that they should exercise their own choice in the matter concerning them. And whoso disobeys ALLAH and HIS Messenger, surely, strays away in manifest error. (36) And call to mind when thou didst say to him on whom ALLAH had bestowed favours and on whom thou also hadst bestowed favours: `Keep thy wife to thyself, and fear ALLAH,' and thou didst conceal in thy heart what ALLAH was going to bring to light, and thou didst fear the people, whereas ALLAH has better right that thou shouldst fear HIM. Then, when Zaid had accomplished his want concerning her, WE joined her in marriage to thee, so that there may be no difficulty for the believers with regard to marriage with the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished their wants concerning them. And ALLAH's decree was bound to be fulfilled. (37) No blame can attach to the Prophet with respect to that which ALLAH has made incumbent upon him. Such, indeed, was the way of ALLAH with those who have passed before - and the command of ALLAH is a decree ordained - (38) Those who delivered the Messages of ALLAH and feared HIM, and feared none but ALLAH. And sufficient is ALLAH as a reckoner. (39) Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of ALLAH, and the seal of the Prophets and ALLAH has full knowledge of all things. (40) O ye who believe ! remember ALLAH much; (41) And glorify HIM morning and evening. (42) HE it is Who sends down HIS blessing on you, and HIS angels pray for you, that HE may bring you forth from all kinds of darkness into light. And HE is Merciful to the believers. (43) Their greeting on the day, when they meet HIM, will be `Peace.' And HE has prepared for them an honourable reward. (44) O Prophet ! truly WE have sent thee as a Witness and a Bearer of glad tidings, and a Warner, (45) And as a Summoner unto ALLAH by HIS command, and as a light-giving Lamp. (46) And announce to the believers the glad tidings that they will have great bounty from ALLAH. (47) And follow not the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and overlook their annoying talk and put thy trust in ALLAH; for ALLAH is sufficient as a guardian. (48) O ye who believe ! when you marry believing women and then divorce them before you have touched them, then you have no right to reckon the period of waiting with regard to them. So make some provision for them and send them away in a handsome manner. (49) O Prophet ! WE have made lawful to thee thy wives whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesses from among those whom ALLAH has given thee as gains of war, and the daughters of thy paternal uncle, and the daughters of thy paternal aunts, and the daughters of thy maternal uncle, and the daughters of thy maternal aunts who have emigrated with thee and any other believing woman if she offers herself for marriage to the Prophet provided the Prophet desires to marry her; this provision is only for thee, and not for other believers - WE have already made known what WE have enjoined on them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess - in order that there may be no difficulty for thee in explaining the Law to them. And ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful. (50) Thou mayest put aside any of them that thou pleasest, and keep with thyself whom thou pleasest; and if thou desirest to take back any of those whom thou hast put aside, there is no blame on thee. That is more likely that their eyes may be cooled, and that they may not grieve, and that they may all be pleased with that which thou hast given them. And ALLAH knows what is in your hearts; and ALLAH is All-Knowing, Forbearing. (51) It is not allowed to thee to marry women after that, nor to change them for other wives even, though their goodness please thee, except any that thy right hand possesses. And ALLAH is Watchful over all things. (52) O ye who believe ! enter not the houses of the Prophet unless leave is granted to you for a meal, not waiting till it is cooked. But enter when you are invited, and when you have had your meal, disperse, without seeking to engage in talk. That causes inconvenience to the Prophet, and he feels shy of asking you to leave, but ALLAH is not shy of saying what is true. And when you ask them - the wives of the Prophet - for anything, ask them from behind a curtain. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts. And it behoves you not to cause inconvenience to the Messenger of ALLAH, nor that you should ever marry his wives after him. That, indeed, is a monstrous thing in the sight of ALLAH. (53) Whether you disclose a thing or conceal it, ALLAH knows all things well. (54) There is no blame on them in this respect with regard to their fathers or their sons or their brothers, or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters, or their womenfolk or those whom their right hands possess. And fear ALLAH, O wives of the Prophet. Verily, ALLAH is a Witness over all things. (55) ALLAH sends down HIS blessings on the Prophet and HIS angels pray for him. O ye who believe, you too should invoke HIS blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace. (56) Verily, those who malign ALLAH and HIS Messenger - ALLAH has cursed them in this world and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them an abasing punishment. (57) And those, who malign believing men and believing women for what they have not earned, shall bear the guilt of a calumny and a manifest sin. (58) O Prophet ! tell thy wives and thy daughters, and the women of the believers, that they should pull down upon them of their outer cloaks from their heads over their faces. That is more likely that they may thus be recognized and not molested. And ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful. (59) If the Hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease and those who cause agitation in the City by spreading false rumours, desist not, WE shall, surely, urge thee on against them; then they will not dwell therein as thy neighbours save for a little while. (60) They are accursed. Wherever they are found they will be seized, and cut into pieces. (61) Such has been the way of ALLAH with those who passed away before, and never thou wilt find a change in the way of ALLAH. (62) People ask thee concerning the Hour. Say, `The knowledge of it is with ALLAH alone.' And what will make thee know that the Hour may be nigh ? (63) ALLAH has, surely, cursed the disbelievers, and has prepared for them a blazing fire, (64) Wherein they will abide forever. They will find therein no friend, nor helper. (65) On the day when their faces are turned over into the fire they will say, `O, would that we had obeyed ALLAH and obeyed the Messenger !' (66) And they will say, `Our Lord, we obeyed our chiefs and our great ones and they led us astray from the way, (67) `Our Lord, give them double punishment and curse them with a mighty curse.' (68) O ye who believe ! be not like those who maligned Moses; but ALLAH cleared of what they said about him. And he had a great position in the sight of ALLAH. (69) O ye who believe ! Fear ALLAH and say the straightforward word. (70) HE will set right you actions for you and forgive you your sins. And whoso obeys ALLAH and HIS Messenger shall, surely, attain a supreme triumph. (71) Verily, WE have offered the trust of the Divine Law to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to bear it and were afraid of it. But man bore it. Indeed, he is capable of being unjust to, and neglectful of, himself. (72) The consequence is that ALLAH will punish hypocritical men and hypocritical women, and idolatrous men and idolatrous women; and ALLAH turns in Mercy to believing men and believing women; and ALLAH is Most forgiving Merciful. (73)