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al-Ahzab (The Clans, The Coalition, The Combined Forces, The Allies)
as rendered by Wahiduddin Khan
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Wahiduddin Khan rendition of Surah The Clans, The Coalition, The Combined Forces, The Allies(al-Ahzab)
33:1 O Prophet, have fear of God and do not yield to those who deny the truth and the hypocrites. God is all-knowing and all-wise
33:2 Follow what is revealed to you from your Lord. God is aware of all that you do
33:3 Put your trust in God; God is sufficient as a Guardian
33:4 God has not placed two hearts in any mans body, nor has He made your wivesfrom whom you keep away by saying, Be as my mothers backyour [real] mothers, neither He has made your adopted sons as your own sons. These are merely words which you utter with your mouths: but God speaks the truth and gives guidance to the right path
33:5 Call them after their own fathers; that is closer to justice in the sight of God. If you do not know their fathers, regard them as your brothers in faith and your protégés. You will not be blamed if you make a mistake, you will be held accountable only for what in your hearts you have done intentionally. God is forgiving and merciful
33:6 The Prophet has a higher claim on the believers than [they have on] their own selves, and his wives are their mothers. Blood relatives are closer to one another in God's Book than are believers and the Emigrants except that you want to show your friends a kindness. That is decreed in the Book
33:7 We took a solemn pledge from the prophets, from you and Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, the son of Mary We took a solemn pledge from all of them
33:8 So that God might ask those men of truth as to [what response] their truthfulness [had received on earth]. But for those who deny the truth, He has prepared a woeful punishment
33:9 You who have attained to faith, remember God's blessings upon you when mighty armies massed against you. We sent a violent wind against them and hosts that you could not see. God sees all that you do
33:10 When they came against you both from above you and from below you, your eyes rolled [with fear] and your hearts leapt up to your throats, and you entertained [ill] thoughts about God
33:11 There the faithful were put to the proof and they were shaken as if by an earthquake
33:12 The hypocrites and people with sickness in their hearts said, God and His Messenger have promised us nothing but delusions
33:13 Others said, People of Yathrib, you cannot withstand [the enemy] here: so go back! Yet others asked leave of the Prophet, saying, Our houses are exposed and [defenceless].They were in truth not exposed: they only wished to flee
33:14 If their town had been stormed, and they had been incited to sedition, they would have rebelled with little hesitation
33:15 They had already vowed before God that they would never turn their backs: and a vow made to God must be answered for
33:16 Say, Flight shall not avail you: if you manage to escape from death or killing, you will enjoy life only for a short while.[31]
33:17 Say, Who is there to shield you from God if He wishes to harm you? If God wishes to show you mercy, who can prevent Him. Besides God they shall find none to protect them, and none to bring them succour
33:18 God knows exactly who among you hold the others back, who say to their brethren, Come over to our side, and they seldom take part in the fighting
33:19 Begrudging you all help, but when danger comes, you can see them looking at you with rolling eyes as if in their death throes; but once their fear has passed, they come to you and do glib-talking in their greed for wealth. Such men have no faith, so God has foiled their actions. This is indeed easy for God
33:20 They thought the confederate tribes would never withdraw. Indeed, if the confederates should come again, they would prefer to be in the desert, among the Bedouins. There they would ask news of you [from a distance]. But if they were with you, they would take very little part in the fighting
33:21 You have indeed in the Prophet of God a good example for those of you who look to God and the Last Day, and remember God always
33:22 When the believers saw the confederates, they said, This is what God and His Messenger have promised us. Surely the promise of God and His Messenger has come true. It served to increase them in faith and submission
33:23 Among the believers there are men who have been true to the pledge they made with God. Among them are such as have fulfilled their vow, and some who [still] wait, without having changed [their resolve] in the least
33:24 God will surely reward the truthful for their truthfulness and punish the hypocrites, if He so wishes, or He may accept their repentance, for God is forgiving and merciful
33:25 God turned back those who denied the truth in their rage, without their having gained any advantage. God was enough to [protect] the believers in battle. God is strong and all-powerful
33:26 He brought down from their strongholds those People of the Book who supported the aggressors and filled their hearts with terror. Some of them you killed and others you took captive
33:27 He made you heirs to their lands, and their houses, and their possessions and lands on which you had not set foot before. God has power over all things
33:28 O Prophet, say to your wives, If you seek the life of this world and all its finery then come, I will make provision for you, and release you honourably
33:29 But if you seek God and His Messenger and the abode of the Hereafter, then know that God has prepared a great reward for those of you who do good deeds
33:30 Wives of the Prophet! Any one of you who commits a flagrant act of misconduct shall be doubly punished. That is easy enough for God
33:31 But those of you who obey God and His Messenger and do good deeds, shall be doubly rewarded. For them We have made an excellent provision
33:32 Wives of the Prophet, you are not like any other women. If you fear God, do not be too soft-spoken in case the ill-intentioned should feel tempted. Speak in an appropriate manner
33:33 Stay in your homes and do not flaunt your charms as in the former times of ignorance. Attend to your prayers, pay the zakat and obey God and His Messenger. Women of the [Prophets] Household, God seeks only to remove all impurity from you, and to make you completely pure
33:34 Bear in mind all that is recited in your homes of the revelations of God and of wisdom. God is all pervading and all aware
33:35 Surely, for men and women who have surrendered [to God] believing men and believing women, obedient men and obedient women, truthful men and truthful women, patient men and patient women, humble men and humble women, charitable men and charitable women, fasting men and fasting women, men and women who guard their chastity, men and women who are ever mindful of GodGod is ready with forgiveness and an immense reward
33:36 It is not fitting for a believing man or woman to exercise any choice in his or her own affairs once God and His Messenger have reached a decision upon them. Anyone who disobeys God and His Messenger is in manifest error
33:37 You said to the man who had been favoured by God and by you, Keep your wife to yourself and have fear of God. You sought to hide in your heart what God wished to reveal. You were afraid of people, whereas it would have been more proper to fear God. When Zayd divorced his wife, We gave her to you in marriage, so that there should be no restriction on believers marrying the spouses of their adopted sons when they have divorced them. The commandment of God must be fulfilled
33:38 No blame shall be attached to the Prophet for doing what is sanctioned for him by God. This was God's way with those who went before him and the command of God is a decree determined
33:39 Those who conveyed God's messages and fear Him only: God suffices as a reckoner
33:40 Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but is God's Messenger and the seal of the Prophets. God has knowledge of all things
33:41 Believers, remember God often
33:42 Glorify Him morning and evening
33:43 It is He who sends blessings to you, as do His angels, so that He may bring you out of the darkness into the light. He is most merciful to the believers
33:44 On the Day they meet Him, they will be welcomed with the greeting, Peace! He has prepared an honourable reward for them
33:45 O Prophet, We have sent forth you as a witness, as a bearer of good news and a warner
33:46 As one who calls people to God by His leave, and guides them like a shining light
33:47 Convey to the believers the good news that God has bounteous blessings in store for them
33:48 Do not yield to those who deny the truth and the hypocrites: ignore their hurtful talk. Put your trust in God; God is your all sufficient guardian
33:49 Believers, if you marry believing women, and divorce them before the marriage is consummated, you are not required to observe a waiting period: make provision for them and release them in an honourable way
33:50 Prophet, We have made lawful for you the wives to whom you have given their dowers, as well as those whom your right hand possesses from among the captives of war whom God has bestowed upon you. and [We have made lawful to you] the daughters of your paternal uncles and aunts, and the daughters of your maternal uncles and aunts, who have migrated with you; and any believing woman who gives herself to the Prophet, provided the Prophet wants to marry her. This applies only to you and not to the rest of the believers. We know what We have prescribed for them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands may possess, in order that there may be no blame on you. God is most forgiving, most merciful
33:51 You may defer [the turn of] any of them that you please, and you may receive any you please: and there is no blame on you if you invite one whose [turn] you have set aside. That is more proper, so that their eyes may be cooled, and so that they may not grieve, and so that they will be satisfied with what you have given them. God knows what is in your hearts; and God is all knowing, and forbearing
33:52 It is not lawful for you to marry more women after this, nor to change them for other wives, even though their beauty may please you, except any that your right hand possesses. God is watchful over all things
33:53 Believers, do not enter the houses of the Prophet, unless you are invited for a meal. Do not linger until a meal is ready. When you are invited enter and when you have taken your meal, depart. Do not stay on, indulging in conversation. Doing that causes annoyance to the Prophet, though he is too reticent to tell you so, but God is not reticent with the truth. When you ask [the wives of the Prophet] for anything, ask them from behind a curtain. That will be purer for your hearts as well as their hearts. It is not right for you to cause annoyance to the Messenger of God or for you ever to marry his wives after him. Indeed that would be an enormity in the sight of God
33:54 Whether you reveal anything or hide it, God is aware of everything
33:55 There shall be no blame on them for appearing before their fathers, their sons, their brothers, their brothers sons, their sisters sons, their women or those whom their right hands may possess. Women, fear God. God observes all things
33:56 God and His angels bestow blessings on the Prophet. O believers, you also should invoke blessings on him and give him greetings of peace
33:57 Those who annoy God and His Messenger shall be cursed by God in this world and in the Hereafter. God has prepared for them a humiliating punishment
33:58 Those who affront believing men and believing women without their having deserved it [done any wrong] shall bear the weight of slander and flagrant sin
33:59 O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and wives of the believers that they should draw over themselves some of their outer garments [when in public], so as to be recognized and not harmed. God is most forgiving and most merciful
33:60 If the hypocrites and those who have tainted hearts and the scandal mongers of Madinah do not desist, We shall surely give you authority over them and their days in that city will be numbered
33:61 Accursed, wherever they are found, they will be seized and killed.[32]
33:62 Such has been God's way with those who have gone before them. You shall find no change in the ways of God
33:63 People will ask you about the Hour. Say, God alone has knowledge of it. Who knows? The Hour may well be near at hand
33:64 God has rejected those who deny the truth and prepared for them a blazing Fire
33:65 There they will live forever, and they will find therein neither friend nor helper
33:66 On the Day when their faces are turned over in the Fire, they shall say: Oh, would that we had obeyed God, and obeyed the Messenger
33:67 They shall say, Our Lord, we paid heed to our leaders and our elders, but they led us away from the right path
33:68 Our Lord, give them double punishment and curse them with a mighty curse
33:69 Believers, do not behave like those who slandered Moses. God cleared him of their allegations. He was honourable in the sight of God
33:70 Believers, fear God, and say the right word
33:71 He will bless your works for you and forgive you your sins. Whoever obeys God and His Messenger has indeed achieved a great success
33:72 We offered the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to bear it, because they were afraid of it. But man bore it: he surely proved unjust and ignorant
33:73 God will punish the hypocrites, both men and women, and polytheists, both men and women, but God will turn in His mercy to believing men and believing women; God is most forgiving and most merciful


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