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 #8. Anfaal *SURAH*

In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful

1. They ask thee concerning (things taken as) spoils of war. Say:
"(such) spoils are at the disposal of Allah and the apostle: so
fear Allah and keep straight the relations between yourselves:
obey Allah and His apostle if ye do believe."

2. For believers are those who when Allah is mentioned feel a
tremor in their hearts and when they hear His signs rehearsed
find their faith strengthened and put (all) their trust in their

3. Who establish regular prayers and spend (freely) out of the
gifts We have given them for sustenance:

4. Such in truth are the believers: they have grades of dignity
with their Lord and forgiveness and generous sustenance

5. Just as thy Lord ordered thee out of thy house in truth even
though a party among the believers disliked it

6. Disputing with thee concerning the truth after it was made
manifest as if they were being driven to death and they
(actually) saw it

7. Behold! Allah promised you one of the two (enemy) parties that
it should be yours: ye wished that the one unarmed should be
yours but Allah willed to justify the truth according to His
words and to cut off the roots of the unbelievers

8. That He might justify and prove falsehood false distasteful
though it be to those in guilt

9. Remember ye implored the assistance of your Lord and He
answered you: "I will assist you with a thousand of the angels
ranks on ranks."

10. Allah made it but a message of hope and an assurance to your
heart: (in any case) there is no help except from Allah: and
Allah is exalted in power wise

11. Remember He covered you with a sort of drowsiness to give you
calm as from Himself and He caused rain to descend on you from
heaven to clean you therewith to remove from you the stain of
satan to strengthen your hearts, and to plant your feet firmly

12. Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I
am with you: give firmness to the believers: I will instil terror
into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks
and smite all their finger-tips off them

13. This because they contended against Allah and His apostle: if
any contend against Allah and His apostle Allah is strict in

14. Thus (will it be said): "Taste ye then of the (punishment):
for those who resist Allah is the penalty of the fire."

15. O ye who believe! when ye meet the unbelievers in hostile
array never turn your backs to them

16. If any do turn his back to them on such a day unless it be in
a stratagem of war or to retreat to a troop (of his own) He draws
on himself the wrath of Allah and his abode is Hell and evil
refuge (indeed)!

17. It is not ye who slew them; it was Allah: when thou threwest
(a handful of dust) it was not thy act but Allah's: in order that
He might test the believers by a gracious trial from Himself: for
Allah is He who heareth and knoweth (all things)

18. That and also because Allah is He who makes feeble the plans
and stratagems of the unbelievers

19. (O unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment now
hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong) it will
be best for you: if ye return (to the attack) so shall We. Not
the least good will your forces be to you even if they were
multiplied: for verily Allah is with those who believe

20. O ye who believe! obey Allah and his apostle and turn not
away from him when ye hear (him speak)

21. Nor be like those who say "we hear" but listen not:

22. For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are the deaf
and the dumb those who understand not

23. If Allah had found in them any good He would indeed have made
them listen; (as it is) if He had made them listen they would but
have turned back and declined (faith)

24. O ye who believe! give your response to Allah and His apostle
when He calleth you to that which will give you life; and know
that Allah cometh in between a man and his heart and that it is
He to whom Ye shall (all) be gathered

25. And fear tumult or oppression which affecteth not in
particular (only) those of you who do wrong and know that Allah
is strict in punishment

26. Call to mind when ye were a small (band) despised through the
land and afraid that men might despoil and kidnap you; but He
provided a safe asylum for you strengthened you with his aid and
gave you good things for sustenance: that ye might be grateful

27. O ye that believe! betray not the trust of Allah and the
apostle nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you

28. And know ye that your possessions and your progeny are but a
trial; and that it is Allah with whom lies your highest reward

29. O ye who believe! if ye fear Allah He will grant you a
criterion (to judge between right and wrong) remove from you
(all) evil (that may afflict) you and forgive you: for Allah is
the Lord of grace unbounded

30. Remember how the unbelievers plotted against thee to keep
thee in bonds or slay thee or get thee out (of thy home). They
plot and plan and Allah too, plans but the best of planners is

31. When Our signs are rehearsed to them they say: "we have heard
this (before): if we wished we could say (words) like these:
these are nothing but tales of the ancients."

32. Remember how they said: "O Allah! if this is indeed the truth
from Thee rain down on us a shower of stones from the sky or send
us a grievous penalty."

33. But Allah was not going to send them a penalty whilst thou
wast amongst them; nor was He going to send it whilst they could
ask for pardon

34. But what plea have they that Allah should not punish them
when they keep out (men) from the sacred Mosque and they are
not its guardians? No men can be its guardians except the
righteous; but most of them do not understand

35. Their prayer at the house (of Allah) is nothing but whistling
and clapping of hands: (its only answer can be) "taste ye the
penalty because ye blasphemed."

36. The unbelievers spend their wealth to hinder (men) from the
path of Allah and so will they continue to spend; but in the end
they will have (only) regrets and sighs; at length they will be
overcome: and the unbelievers will be gathered together to Hell

37. In order that Allah may separate the impure from the pure put
the impure one on another heap them together and cast them into
hell. They will be the ones to have lost

38. Say to the unbelievers if (now) they desist (from unbelief)
their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist the
punishment of those before them is already (a matter of warning
for them)

39. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression
and there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and
everywhere; but if they cease verily Allah doth see all that they

40. If they refuse be sure that Allah is your protector the best
to protect and the best to help

41. And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire (in
war) a fifth share is assigned to Allah and to the apostle and to
near relatives orphans the needy and the wayfarer if ye do
believe in Allah and in the revelation We sent down to Our
servant on the day of testing the day of the meeting of the two
forces. For Allah hath power over all things

42. Remember ye were on the hither side of the valley and they on
the farther side and the caravan on lower ground than ye. Even if
ye had made a mutual appointment to meet ye would certainly have
failed in the appointment: but (thus ye met) that Allah might
accomplish a matter already enacted; that those who died might
die after a clear sign (had been given) and those who lived might
live after a clear sign (had been given). And verily Allah is He
Who heareth and knoweth (all things)

43. Remember in thy dream Allah showed them to thee as few: if He
had shown them to thee as many ye would surely have been
discouraged and ye would surely have disputed in (your) decision:
but Allah saved (you): for He knoweth well the (secrets) of (all)

44. And remember when ye met He showed them to you as few in your
eyes and He made you appear as contemptible in their eyes: That
Allah might accomplish a matter already enacted: for to Allah do
all questions go back (for decision)

45. O ye who believe! when ye meet a force be firm and call Allah
in remembrance much (and often); that ye may prosper

46. And obey Allah and His apostle; and fall into no disputes
lest ye lose heart and your power depart; and be patient and
persevering: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere

47. And be not like those who started from their homes insolently
and to be seen of men and to hinder (men) from the path of Allah:
for Allah compasseth round about all that they do

48. Remember satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them
and said: "No one among men can overcome you this day while I am
near to you": but when the two forces came in sight of each other
he turned on his heels and said: "Lo! I am clear of you; lo! I
see what ye see not; lo! I fear Allah, for Allah is strict in

49. Lo! the hypocrites say and those in whose hearts is a
disease: "these people their religion has misled them." But if
any trust in Allah behold! Allah is Exalted in might Wise

50. If thou couldst see when the angels take the souls of the
unbelievers (at death) (how) they smite their faces and their
backs (saying): "Taste the penalty of the blazing fire

51. "Because of (the deeds) which your (own) hands sent forth:
for Allah is never unjust to His servants:

52. "(Deeds) after the manner of the people of Pharaoh and of
those before them: they rejected the signs of Allah and Allah
punished them for their crimes: for Allah is strong and strict in

53. "Because Allah will never change the grace which He hath
bestowed on a people until they change what is in their (own)
souls: and verily Allah is He Who heareth and knoweth (all

54. "(Deeds) after the manner of the people of Pharaoh and those
before them": they treated as false the signs of their Lord; so
We destroyed them for their crimes and We drowned the people of
Pharaoh: for they were all oppressors and wrong-doers

55. For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who
reject Him: They will not believe

56. They are those with whom thou didst make a covenant but they
break their covenant every time and they have not the fear (of

57. If ye gain the mastery over them in war disperse with them
those who follow them that they may remember

58. If thou fearest treachery from any group throw back (their
covenant) to them (so as to be) on equal terms: for Allah loveth
not the treacherous

59. Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better
(of Allah): they will never frustrate (them)

60. Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your
power including steeds of war to strike terror into (the hearts
of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies and others besides whom
ye may not know but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend
in the cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you and ye shall not
be treated unjustly

61. But if the enemy incline towards peace do thou (also) incline
towards peace and trust in Allah: for He is the one that heareth
and knoweth (all things)

62. Should they intend to deceive thee verily Allah sufficeth
thee: He it is that hath strengthened thee with his aid and with
(the company of) the believers:

63. And (moreover) He hath put affection between their hearts:
not if thou hadst spent all that is in the earth couldst thou
have produced that affection but Allah hath done it: for He is
Exalted in might Wise

64. O Apostle! sufficient unto thee is Allah (unto thee) and unto
those who follow thee among the believers

65. O apostle! rouse the believers to the fight. If there are
twenty amongst you patient and persevering they will vanquish two
hundred: if a hundred they will vanquish a thousand of the
unbelievers: for these are a people without understanding

66. For the present Allah hath lightened your (task) for He
knoweth that there is a weak spot in you: but (even so) if there
are a hundred of you patient and persevering they will vanquish
two hundred and if a thousand they will vanquish two thousand
with the leave of Allah: for Allah is with those who patiently

67. It is not fitting for an apostle that he should have
prisoners of war until he hath thoroughly subdued the land. Ye
look for the temporal goods of this world; but Allah looketh to
the hereafter; and Allah is Exalted in might Wise

68. Had it not been for a previous ordainment from Allah a severe
penalty would have reached you for the (ransom) that ye took

69. But (now) enjoy what ye took in war lawful and good: but fear
Allah: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

70. O apostle! say to those who are captives in your hands: "If
Allah findeth any good in your hearts He will give you something
better than what has been taken from you and He will forgive you:
for Allah Is Oft- Forgiving Most Merciful

71. But if they have treacherous designs against thee (o
apostle!) they have already been in treason against Allah and so
hath He given (thee) power over them and Allah is He who hath
(full) knowledge and wisdom

72. Those who believed and adopted exile and fought for the faith
with their property and their persons in the cause of Allah as
well as those who gave (them) asylum and aid these are (all)
friends and protectors one of another. As to those who believed
but came not into exile ye owe no duty of protection to them
until they seek your aid in religion it is your duty to help them
except against a people with whom ye have a treaty of mutual
alliance: and (remember) Allah seeth all that ye do

73. The unbelievers are protectors one of another: unless ye do
this (protect each other) there would be tumult and oppression on
earth and great mischief

74. Those who believe and adopt exile and fight for the faith in
the cause of Allah as well as those who give (them) asylum and
aid these are (all) in very truth the believers: for them is the
forgiveness of sins and a provision most generous

75. And those who accept faith subsequently and adopt exile and
fight for the faith in your company they are of you. But kindred
by blood have prior rights against each other in the Book of
Allah. Verily Allah is well acquainted with all things