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 #9. Tauba *SURAH*

In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful

1. A (declaration) of immunity from Allah and His apostle to
those of the pagans with whom ye have contracted mutual alliances

2. Go ye then for four months backwards and forwards (as ye will)
throughout the land but know ye that ye cannot frustrate Allah
(by your falsehood) but that Allah will cover with shame those
who reject him

3. And an announcement from Allah and His apostle to the people
(assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage that Allah and His
apostle dissolve (treaty) obligations with the pagans. If then ye
repent it were best for you; but if ye turn away know ye that ye
cannot frustrate Allah. And proclaim a grievous penalty to those
who reject faith

4. (But the treaties are) not dissolved with those pagans with
whom Ye have entered into alliance and who have not subsequently
failed you in aught nor aided anyone against you. So fulfil your
engagements with them to the end of their term: for Allah loveth
the righteous

5. But when the forbidden months are past then fight and slay the
pagans wherever ye find them and seize them beleaguer them and
lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they
repent and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity
then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most

6. If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum grant it to him
so that he may hear the word of Allah and then escort him to
where he can be secure: that is because they are men without

7. How can there be a league before Allah and His apostle with
the pagans except those with whom ye made a treaty near the
sacred mosque? As long as these stand true to you stand ye true
to them: For Allah doth love the righteous

8. How (can there be such a league) seeing that if they get an
advantage over you they respect not in you the ties either of
kinship or of covenant? With (fair words from) their mouths they
entice you but their hearts are averse from you; and most of them
are rebellious and wicked

9. The signs of Allah have they sold for a miserable price and
(many) have they hindered from His way: evil indeed are the deeds
they have done

10. In a believer they respect not the ties either of kinship or
of covenant! It is they who have transgressed all bounds

11. But (even so) if they repent establish regular prayers and
practice regular charity they are your brethren in faith: (thus)
do We explain signs in detail for those who understand

12. But if they violate their oaths after their covenant and
taunt you for your faith fight ye the chiefs of unfaith: for
their oaths are nothing to them: that thus they may be restrained

13. Will ye not fight people who violated their oaths plotted to
expel the apostle and took the aggressive by being the first (to
assault) you? Do ye fear them? Nay it is Allah whom ye should
more justly fear if ye believe!

14. Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands cover
them with shame help you (to victory) over them heal the breasts
of believers

15. And still the indignation of their hearts. For Allah will
turn (in mercy) To whom He will; and Allah Is All-Knowing

16. Or think ye that ye Shall be abandoned as though Allah did
not know those among you who strive with might and main and take
none for friends and protectors except Allah his apostle and the
(community of) believers? But Allah is well-acquainted with (all)
that ye do

17. It is not for such as join gods with Allah to visit or
maintain the mosques of Allah while they witness against their
own souls to infidelity. The works of such bear no fruit: in fire
shall they dwell

18. The mosques of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such
as believe in Allah and the Last Day establish regular prayers
and practice regular charity and fear none (at all) except Allah.
It is they who are expected to be on true guidance

19. Do ye make the giving of drink to pilgrims or the maintenance
of the Sacred Mosque equal to (the pious service of) those who
believe in Allah and the Last Day and strive with might and main
in the cause of Allah? They are not comparable in the sight of
Allah: and Allah guides not those who do wrong

20. Those who believe and suffer exile and strive with might and
main in Allah's cause with their goods and their persons have the
highest rank in the sight of Allah: They are the people who will
achieve (salvation)

21. Their Lord doth give them Glad tidings of a Mercy from
Himself of His good pleasure and of gardens for them wherein are
delights that endure

22. They will dwell therein forever. Verily in Allah's presence
is a reward the greatest (of all)

23. O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and
your brothers if they love infidelity above faith: if any of you
do so they do wrong

24. Say: If it be that your fathers your sons your brothers your
mates or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the
commerce in which ye fear a decline; or the dwellings in which ye
delight are dearer to you than Allah or His apostle or the
striving in his cause; then wait until Allah brings about His
decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious

25. Assuredly Allah did help you in many battle-fields and on the
day of Hunain: Behold! your great numbers elated you but they
availed you naught the land for all that it is wide did constrain
you and ye turned back in retreat

26. But Allah did pour His calm on the apostle and on the
believers and sent down forces which ye saw not: He punished the
unbelievers: thus doth He reward those without faith

27. Again will Allah after this turn (in mercy) to whom He will:
for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

28. O ye who believe! truly the pagans are unclean; so let them
not after this year of theirs approach the Sacred Mosque. And if
ye fear poverty soon will Allah enrich you if He wills out of his
bounty for Allah is All-Knowing All-Wise

29. Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day nor
hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His
apostle nor acknowledge the religion of truth (even if they are)
of the People of the Book until they pay the Jizya with willing
submission and feel themselves subdued

30. The Jews call Uzair a son of Allah and the Christians call
Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouths; (in
this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say.
Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the

31. They take their priests and their anchorites to be their
lords in derogation of Allah and (they take as their Lord) Christ
the son of Mary; Yet they were commanded to worship but one
Allah: there is no god but He. Praise and glory to him: (far is
He) from having the parents they associate (with him)

32. Fain would they extinguish Allah's light with their mouths
but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected
even though the unbelievers may detest (it)

33. It is He who hath sent His apostle with guidance and religion
of truth to proclaim it over all religions even though the pagans
may detest (it).

34. O ye who believe! there are indeed many among the priests and
anchorites who in false hood devour the substance of men and
hinder (them) from the way of Allah. And there are those who bury
gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah: announce
unto them a most grievous penalty

35. On the day when heat will be produced out of that (wealth) in
the fire of hell and with it will be branded their foreheads
their flanks and their backs "this is the (treasure) which ye
buried for yourselves: taste ye then the (treasures) ye buried!"

36. The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a
year) so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the
earth; of them four are sacred; that is the straight usage. So
wrong not yourselves therein and fight the pagans all together as
they fight you all together. But know that Allah is with those
who restrain themselves

37. Verily the transposing (of a prohibited month) is an addition
to unbelief the unbelievers are led to wrong thereby: for they
make it lawful one year and forbidden another year in order to
adjust the number of months forbidden by Allah and make such
forbidden ones lawful. The evil of their course seems pleasing to
them. But Allah guideth not those who reject faith

38. O ye who believe! what is the matter with you then when ye
are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah ye cling heavily to
the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the hereafter?
But little is the comfort of this life as compared with the

39. Unless ye go forth He will punish you with a grievous penalty
and put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the
least. For Allah hath power over all things

40. If ye help not (your Leader) (it is no matter): for Allah did
indeed help him: when the unbelievers drove him out: he had no
more than one companion: they two were in the cave and he said to
his companion "have no fear for Allah is with us": then Allah
sent down his peace upon him and strengthened him with forces
which ye saw not and humbled to the depths the word of the
unbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights: for
Allah is Exalted in might Wise

41. Go ye forth (whether equipped) lightly or heavily and strive
and struggle with your goods and your persons in the cause of
Allah. That is best for you if ye (but) knew

42. If there had been immediate gain (in sight) and the journey
easy they would (all) without doubt have followed thee but the
distance was long (and weighed) on them. They would indeed swear
by Allah "If we only could we should certainly have come out with
you" they would destroy their own souls; for Allah doth know that
they are certainly lying.

43. Allah give thee grace! Why didst thou grant them exemption
until those who told the truth were seen by thee in a clear light
and thou hadst proved the liars?

44. Those who believe in Allah and the last day ask thee for no
exemption from fighting with their goods and persons. And Allah
knoweth well those who do their duty

45. Only those ask thee for exemption who believe not in Allah
and the Last Day and whose hearts are in doubt so that they are
tossed in their doubts to and fro

46. If they had intended to come out they would certainly have
made some preparation therefor; but Allah was averse to their
being sent forth; so He made them lag behind and they were told
"sit ye among those who sit (inactive)."

47. If they had come out with you they would not have added to
your (strength) but only (made for) disorder hurrying to and fro
in your midst and sowing sedition among you and there would have
been some among you who would have listened to them. But Allah
knoweth well those who do wrong

48. Indeed they had plotted sedition before and upset matters for
thee until The Truth arrived and the Decree of Allah became
manifest much to their disgust

49. Among them is (many) a man who says: "Grant me exemption and
draw me not into trial." Have they not fallen into trial already?
And indeed hell surrounds the unbelievers (on all sides)

50. If good befalls thee it grieves them; but if a misfortune
befalls thee they say "we took indeed our precautions beforehand"
and they turn away rejoicing

51. Say: "Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed
for us: He is our protector": and on Allah let the believers put
their trust

52. Say: "Can you expect for us (any fate) other than one of two
glorious things (martyrdom or victory)? But we can expect for
you either that Allah will send His punishment form Himself or by
our hands. So wait (expectant); we too will wait with you"

53. Say: "Spend (for the cause) willingly or unwillingly: not
from you will it be accepted: for ye are indeed a people
rebellious and wicked."

54. The only reasons why their contributions are not accepted
are: that they reject Allah and His apostle; that they come to
prayer without earnestness; and that they offer contributions

55. Let not their wealth nor their (following in) sons dazzle
thee: in reality Allah's plan is to punish them with these things
in this life and that their souls may perish in their (very)
denial of Allah

56. They swear by Allah that they are indeed of you; but they are
not of you yet they are afraid (to appear in their true colors)

57. If they could find a place to flee to or caves or a place of
concealment they would turn straightway thereto with an obstinate

58. And among them are men who slander thee in the matter of (the
distribution of) the alms. If they are given part thereof they
are pleased but if not behold! they are indignant!

59. If only they had been content with what Allah and His apostle
gave them and had said "sufficient unto us is Allah! Allah and
His apostle will soon give us of his bounty: to Allah do we turn
our hopes!" (that would have been the right course)

60. Alms are for the poor and the needy and those employed to
administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been
(recently) reconciled (to truth); for those in bondage and in
debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: (thus is it)
ordained by Allah and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom

61. Among them are men who molest the Prophet and say "he is
(all) ear." Say "he listens to what is best for you; he believes
in Allah has faith in the believers and is a Mercy to those of
you who believe": but those who molest the apostle will have a
grievous penalty

62. To you they swear by Allah. In order to please you: but it is
more fitting that they should please Allah and His apostle if
they are believers

63. Know they not that for those who oppose Allah and His apostle
is the fire of Hell? wherein they shall dwell. That is the
supreme disgrace

64. The Hypocrites are afraid lest a Surah should be sent down
about them showing them what is (really passing) in their hearts.
Say: "Mock ye! but verily Allah will bring to light all that ye
fear (should be revealed)."

65. If thou dost question them they declare (with emphasis): "we
were only talking idly and in play." Say: "was it at Allah and
His signs and His" apostle that ye were mocking?"

66. Make ye no excuses: ye have rejected faith after ye had
accepted it. If We pardon some of you We will punish others
amongst you for that they are in sin

67. The Hypocrites men and women (have an understanding) with
each other: they enjoin evil and forbid what in just and are
close with their hands. They have forgotten Allah; so He hath
forgotten them. Verily the Hypocrites are rebellious and perverse

68. Allah hath promised the Hypocrites men and women and the
rejecters of faith the fire of hell: therein shall they dwell:
sufficient is it for them: for them is the curse of Allah and an
enduring punishment

69. As in the case of those before you: they were mightier than
you in power and more flourishing in wealth and children. They
had their enjoyment of their portion: and ye have of yours as did
those before you; and ye indulge in idle talk as they did. They!
their works are fruitless in this world and in the hereafter and
they will lose (all spiritual good)

70. Hath not the story reached them of those before them? The
people of Noah and Ad and Thamud; the people of Abraham the men
of Madyan and the cities overthrown. To them came their apostles
with clear signs. It is not Allah who wrongs them but they wrong
their own souls

71. The believers men and women are protectors one of another:
they enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil: they observe
regular prayers practice regular charity and obey Allah and His
apostle. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted
in power Wise

72. Allah hath promised to believers men and women gardens under
which rivers flow to dwell therein and beautiful mansions in
gardens of everlasting bliss. But the greatest bliss in the Good
Pleasure of Allah: that is the supreme felicity

73. O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the
Hypocrites and be firm against them. Their abode is hell an evil
refuge indeed

74. They swear by Allah that they said nothing (evil) but indeed
they uttered blasphemy and they did it after accepting Islam; and
they meditated a plot which they were enable to carry out: this
revenge of theirs was (their) only return for the bounty with
which Allah and His apostle had enriched them! If they repent it
will be best for them; but if they turn back (to their evil ways)
Allah will punish them with a grievous penalty in this life and
in the hereafter: they shall have none on earth to protect or
help them

75. Amongst them are men who made a covenant with Allah that if
He bestowed on them of His bounty they would give (largely) in
charity and be truly amongst those who are righteous

76. But when He did bestow of His bounty they became covetous and
turned back (from their covenant) averse (from its fulfillment)

77. So He hath put as a consequence hypocrisy into their hearts
(to last) till the day whereon they shall meet Him: because they
broke their covenant with Allah and because they lied (again and

78. Know they not that Allah doth know their secret (thoughts)
and their secret counsels and that Allah knoweth well all things

79. Those who slander such of the believers as give themselves
freely to (deeds of) charity as well as such as can find nothing
to give except the fruits of their labor and throw ridicule on
them Allah will throw back their ridicule on them: and they shall
have a grievous penalty

80. Whether thou ask for their forgiveness or not (their sin is
unforgivable) if thou ask seventy times for their forgiveness
Allah will not forgive them: because they have rejected Allah and
His apostle; and Allah guideth not those who are perversely

81. Those who were left behind (in the Tabuk expedition) rejoiced
in their inaction behind the back of the apostle of Allah: they
hated to strive and fight with their goods and their persons in
the cause of Allah: they said "Go not forth in the heat. Say "The
fire of Hell is fiercer in heat." If only they could understand!

82. Let them laugh a little: much will they weep: a recompense
for the (evil) that they do

83. If then Allah bring thee back to any of them and they ask thy
permission to come out (with thee) say: "Never shall ye come out
with me nor fight an enemy with me: for ye preferred to sit
inactive on the first occasion then sit ye (now) with those who
lag behind."

84. Nor do thou ever pray for any of them that dies nor stand at
his grave for they rejected Allah and His apostle and died in a
state of perverse rebellion.

85. Nor let their wealth nor their (following in) sons Dazzle
thee: Allah's plan is to punish them with these things in this
world and that their souls may perish in their (very) denial of

86. When a Surah comes down enjoining them to believe in Allah
and to strive and fight along with his apostle those with wealth
and influence among them ask thee for exemption and say: "Leave
us (behind): we would be with those who sit (at home)

87. They prefer to be with (the women) who remain behind (at
home): their hearts are sealed and so they understand not

88. But the apostle and those who believe with him strive and
fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all)
good things: and it is they who will prosper

89. Allah hath prepared for them gardens under which rivers flow
to dwell therein: that is the supreme felicity

90. And there were among the desert Arabs (also) Men who made
excuses and came to claim exemption; and those who were false to
Allah and His apostle (Merely) sat inactive. Soon will a grievous
penalty seize the unbelievers among them

91. There is no blame on those who are infirm or ill or who find
no resources to spend (on the cause) if they are sincere (in
duty) to Allah and His apostle: no ground (of complaint) can
there be against such as do right and Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most

92. Nor (is there blame) on those who came to thee to be provided
with mount and when thou saidst "I can find no mounts for you"
they turned back their eyes streaming with tears of grief that
they had no resources wherewith to provide the expenses

93. The ground (of complaint) is against such as claim exemption
while they are rich. They prefer to stay with the (women) who
remain behind: Allah hath sealed their hearts; so they know not
(what they miss)

94. They will present their excuses to you when ye return to
them. Say thou: "Present no excuses: we shall not believe you:
Allah hath already informed us of the true state of matters
concerning you: it is your actions that Allah and His apostle
will observe: in the end will ye be brought back to Him who
knoweth what is hidden and what is open: then will He show you
the truth of all that ye did

95. They will swear to you by Allah when ye return to them that
ye may leave them alone. So leave them alone: For they are an
abomination and Hell is their dwelling place a fitting recompense
for the (evil) that they did

96. They will swear unto you that ye may be pleased with them but
if ye are pleased with them Allah is not pleased with those who

97. The Arabs of the desert are the worst in unbelief and
hypocrisy and most fitted to be in ignorance of the command which
Allah hath sent down to his apostle: but Allah is All-Knowing

98. Some of the desert Arabs Look upon their payments as a fine
and watch for disasters for you: on them be the disaster of evil:
for Allah is He that heareth and knoweth (all things)

99. But some of the desert Arabs believe in Allah and The Last
Day and look on their payments as pious gifts bringing them
nearer to Allah and obtaining the prayers of the apostle. Aye
indeed they bring them nearer (to Him): soon will Allah admit
them to His Mercy: for Allah is Oft- Forgiving Most Merciful

100. The vanguard (of Islam) the first of those who forsook
(their homes) and of those who gave them aid and (also) those who
follow them in (all) good deeds well pleased is Allah with them
as are they with him: for them hath He prepared gardens under
which rivers flow to dwell therein for ever that is the supreme

101. Certain of the desert Arabs round about you are hypocrites
as well as (desert Arabs) among the Medina folk: they are
obstinate in hypocrisy thou knowest them not: We know them: twice
shall We punish them and in addition shall they be sent to a
grievous penalty

102. Others (there are who) have acknowledged their wrong-doings:
they have mixed an act that was good with another that was evil.
Perhaps Allah will turn unto them (in mercy): for Allah is
Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

103. Of their goods take alms that so thou mightest purify and
sanctify them and pray on their behalf. Verily thy prayers are a
source of security for them: and Allah is one who heareth and

104. Know they not that Allah doth accept repentance from His
votaries and receives their gifts of charity and that Allah is
verily He the Oft Returning Most-Merciful?

105. And say: "Work (righteousness): soon will Allah observe your
work and His apostle and the believers: soon will ye be brought
back to the knower of what is hidden and what is open: then will
He show you the truth of all that ye did."

106. There are (yet) others held in suspense for the command of
Allah whether He will punish them or turn in mercy to them: and
Allah is All- Knowing Wise

107. And there are those who put up a mosque by way of mischief
and infidelity to disunite the believers and in preparation for
one who warred against Allah and His apostle aforetime. They will
indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good; but Allah
doth declare that they are certainly liars

108. Never stand thou forth therein. There is a mosque whose
foundation was laid from the first day on piety; it is more
worthy of thy standing forth (for prayer) therein. In it are men
who love to be purified; and Allah loveth those who make
themselves pure

109. Which then is best? he that layeth his foundation on piety
to Allah and His good pleasure? or he that layeth his foundation
on an undermined sand-cliff ready to crumble to pieces? And it
doth crumble to pieces with him into the fire of Hell. And Allah
guideth not people that do wrong

110. The foundation of those who so build is never free from
suspicion and shakiness in their hearts until their hearts are
cut to pieces. And Allah is All-Knowing Wise

111. Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and
their good; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise):
they fight in His cause and slay and are slain: a promise binding
on Him in truth through the Law the Gospel and the Qur'an: and
who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in
the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement

112. Those that turn (to Allah) in repentance: that serve Him and
praise Him that wander in devotion to the Cause of Allah; that
bow down and prostrate themselves in prayer; that enjoin good and
forbid evil; and observe the limits set by Allah; (these do
rejoice). So proclaim the glad tidings to the Believers

113. It is not fitting for the prophet and those who believe that
they should pray for forgiveness for pagans even though they be
of kin after it is clear to them that they are companions of the

114. And Abraham prayed for his father's forgiveness only because
of a promise he had made to him. But when it became clear to him
that he was an enemy to Allah he dissociated himself from him:
for Abraham was most tender-hearted forbearing

115. And Allah will not mislead a people after He hath Guided
them in order that He may make clear to them what to fear (and
avoid) for Allah hath knowledge of all things

116. Unto Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the
earth. He giveth life and He taketh it. Except for Him ye have no
protector nor helper

117. Allah turned with favor to the prophet the Muhajirs and the
Ansar who followed Him in a time of distress after that the
hearts of a part of them had nearly swerved (from duty); but He
turned to them (also): for He is unto them Most Kind Most

118. (He turned in mercy also) to the three who were left Behind:
(they felt guilty) to such a degree that the earth seemed
constrained to them for all its speciousness and their (very)
souls seemed straitened to them and they perceived that there is
no fleeing from Allah and no refuge but to Himself. Then He
turned to them that they might repent: for Allah is Oft-Returning
Most Merciful

119. O ye who believe! fear Allah and be with those who are true
(in word and deed)

120. It was not fitting for the people of Medina and the bedouin
Arabs of the neighborhood to refuse to follow Allah's Apostle nor
to prefer their own lives to his: because nothing could they
suffer or do but was reckoned to their credit as a deed of
righteousness whether they suffered thirst or fatigue or hunger
in the cause of Allah or trod paths to raise the ire of the
unbelievers or received any injury whatever from an enemy: for
Allah suffereth not the reward to be lost of those who do good

121. Nor could they spend anything (for the cause) small or great
nor cut across a valley but the deed is inscribed to their
credit; that Allah might requite their deed with the best
(possible reward)

122. Nor should the believers all go forth together: if a
contingent from every expedition remained behind they could
devote themselves to studies in religion and admonish the people
when they return to them that thus they (may learn) to guard
themselves (against evil)

123. O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers who gird you about
and let them find firmness in you; and know that Allah is with
those who fear him

124. Whenever there cometh down a Surah some of them say: "which
of you has had his faith increased by it? Yea those who believe
their faith is increased and they do rejoice

125. But those in whose hearts is a disease it will add doubt to
their doubt and they will die in a state of unbelief

126. See they not that they are tried every year once or twice?
Yet they turn not in repentance and they take no heed

127. Whenever there cometh down a Surah they look at each other
(saying) "doth anyone see you?" Then they turn aside: Allah hath
turned their hearts (from the light); for they are a people that
understand not

128. Now hath come unto you an apostle from amongst yourselves:
it grieves him that ye should perish: ardently anxious is he over
you: to the believers is he most kind and merciful

129. But if they turn away Say : "Allah sufficeth me: There is
not god but He: On Him is my trust - He the Lord of the Throne
(Of Glory) Supreme!