Quran English Translation Sura 7-10 P2


[7:144]  He said, “O Moses, I have chosen you, out of all the people, with My messages and by speaking to you. Therefore, take what I have given you and be appreciative.”

 

[7:145]  We wrote for him on the tablets all kinds of enlightenments and details of everything: “You shall uphold these teachings strongly, and exhort your people to uphold them – these are the best teachings. I will point out for you the fate of the wicked.”

 

[7:146]  I will divert from My revelations those who are arrogant on earth, without justification. Consequently, when they see every kind of proof they will not believe. And when they see the path of guidance they will not adopt it as their path, but when they see the path of straying they will adopt it as their path. This is the consequence of their rejecting our proofs, and being totally heedless thereof.

 

[7:147]  Those who reject our revelations and the meeting of the Hereafter, their works are nullified. Are they requited only for what they committed?

 

[7:148]  During his absence, Moses’ people made from their jewelry the statue of a calf, complete with the sound of a calf. Did they not see that it could not speak to them, or guide them in any path? They worshiped it, and thus turned wicked.

 

[7:149]  Finally, when they regretted their action, and realized that they had gone astray, they said, “Unless our Lord redeems us with His mercy, and forgives us, we will be losers.”

 

[7:150]  When Moses returned to his people, angry and disappointed, he said, “What a terrible thing you have done in my absence! Could you not wait for the commandments of your Lord?” He threw down the tablets, and took hold of his brother’s head, pulling him towards himself. (Aaron) said, “Son of my mother, the people took advantage of my weakness, and almost killed me. Let not my enemies rejoice, and do not count me with the transgressing people.”

 

[7:151]  (Moses) said, “My Lord, forgive me and my brother, and admit us into Your mercy. Of all the merciful ones, You are the Most Merciful.”

 

[7:152]  Surely, those who idolized the calf have incurred wrath from their Lord, and humiliation in this life. We thus requite the innovators.

 

[7:153]  As for those who committed sins, then repented thereafter and believed, your Lord – after this – is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

 

[7:154]  When Moses’ anger subsided, he picked up the tablets, containing guidance and mercy for those who reverence their Lord.

 

[7:155]  Moses then selected seventy men from among his people, to come to our appointed audience. When the quake shook them, he said, “My Lord, You could have annihilated them in the past, together with me, if You so willed. Would You annihilate us for the deeds of those among us who are foolish? This must be the test that You have instituted for us. With it, You condemn whomever You will, and guide whomever You will. You are our Lord and Master, so forgive us, shower us with Your mercy; You are the best Forgiver.

 

[7:156]  “And decree for us righteousness in this world, and in the Hereafter. We have repented to You.” He said, “My retribution befalls whomever I will. But My mercy encompasses all things. However, I will specify it for those who (1) lead a righteous life, (2) give the obligatory charity (Zakat), (3) believe in our revelations, and

 

[7:157]  “(4) follow the messenger, the gentile prophet (Muhammad), whom they find written in their Torah and Gospel.* He exhorts them to be righteous, enjoins them from evil, allows for them all good food, and prohibits that which is bad, and unloads the burdens and the shackles imposed upon them. Those who believe in him, respect him, support him, and follow the light that came with him are the successful ones.”

 

[7:158]  Say, “O people, I am GOD‘s messenger to all of you. To Him belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. There is no god except He. He controls life and death.” Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messenger, the gentile prophet, who believes in GOD and His words. Follow him, that you may be guided.

 

[7:159]  Among the followers of Moses there are those who guide in accordance with the truth, and the truth renders them righteous.

 

[7:160]  We divided them into twelve tribal communities, and we inspired Moses when his people asked him for water: “Strike the rock with your staff,” whereupon twelve springs gushed out therefrom. Thus, each community knew its water. And we shaded them with clouds, and sent down to them manna and quails: “Eat from the good things we provided for you.” It is not us that they wronged; it is they who wronged their own souls.

 

[7:161]  Recall that they were told, “Go into this town to live, and eat therefrom as you please, treat the people amicably, and enter the gate humbly. We will then forgive your transgressions. We will multiply the reward for the righteous.”

 

[7:162]  But the evil ones among them substituted other commands for the commands given to them. Consequently, we sent upon them condemnation from the sky, because of their wickedness.

[7:163]  Remind them of the community by the sea, who desecrated the Sabbath. When they observed the Sabbath, the fish came to them abundantly. And when they violated the Sabbath, the fish did not come. We thus afflicted them, as a consequence of their transgression.

 

[7:164]  Recall that a group of them said, “Why should you preach to people whom GOD will surely annihilate or punish severely?” They answered, “Apologize to your Lord,” that they might be saved.

 

[7:165]  When they disregarded what they were reminded of, we saved those who prohibited evil, and afflicted the wrongdoers with a terrible retribution for their wickedness.

 

[7:166]  When they continued to defy the commandments, we said to them, “Be you despicable apes.”

 

[7:167]  Additionally, your Lord has decreed that He will raise up against them people who will inflict severe persecution upon them, until the Day of Resurrection. Your Lord is most efficient in enforcing retribution, and He is certainly the Forgiver, Most Merciful.

 

[7:168]  We scattered them among many communities throughout the land. Some of them were righteous, and some were less than righteous. We tested them with prosperity and hardship, that they may return.

 

[7:169]  Subsequent to them, He substituted new generations who inherited the scripture. But they opted for the worldly life instead, saying, “We will be forgiven.” But then they continued to opt for the materials of this world. Did they not make a covenant to uphold the scripture, and not to say about GOD except the truth? Did they not study the scripture? Certainly, the abode of the Hereafter is far better for those who maintain righteousness. Do you not understand?

 

[7:170]  Those who uphold the scripture, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), we never fail to recompense the pious.

 

[7:171]  We raised the mountain above them like an umbrella, and they thought it was going to fall on them: “You shall uphold what we have given you, strongly, and remember the contents thereof, that you may be saved.”

 

[7:172]  Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes. We bear witness.” Thus, you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, “We were not aware of this.”

 

[7:173]  Nor can you say, “It was our parents who practiced idolatry, and we simply followed in their footsteps. Will You punish us because of what others have innovated?”

 

[7:174]  We thus explain the revelations, to enable the people to redeem themselves.

 

[7:175]  Recite for them the news of one who was given our proofs, but chose to disregard them. Consequently, the devil pursued him, until he became a strayer.

 

[7:176]  Had we willed, we could have elevated him therewith, but he insisted on sticking to the ground, and pursued his own opinions. Thus, he is like the dog; whether you pet him or scold him, he pants. Such is the example of people who reject our proofs. Narrate these narrations, that they may reflect.

 

[7:177]  Bad indeed is the example of people who reject our proofs; it is only their own souls that they wrong.

 

[7:178]  Whomever GOD guides is the truly guided one, and whomever He commits to straying, these are the losers.

 

[7:179]  We have committed to Hell multitudes of jinns and humans. They have minds with which they do not understand, eyes with which they do not see, and ears with which they do not hear. They are like animals; no, they are far worse – they are totally unaware.

 

[7:180]  To GOD belongs the most beautiful names; call upon Him therewith, and disregard those who distort His names. They will be requited for their sins.

 

[7:181]  Among our creations, there are those who guide with the truth, and the truth renders them righteous.

 

[7:182]  As for those who reject our revelations, we lead them on without them ever realizing it.

 

[7:183]  I will even encourage them; My scheming is formidable.

 

[7:184]  Why do they not reflect upon their friend (the messenger)? He is not crazy. He is simply a profound warner.

 

[7:185]  Have they not looked at the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all the things GOD has created? Does it ever occur to them that the end of their life may be near? Which Hadith, beside this, do they believe in?

 

[7:186]  Whomever GOD commits to straying, there is no way for anyone to guide him. He leaves them in their sins, blundering.

 

[7:187]  They ask you about the end of the world (the Hour), and when it will come to pass. Say, “The knowledge thereof is with my Lord. Only He reveals its time. Heavy it is, in the heavens and the earth. It will not come to you except suddenly.” They ask you as if you are in control thereof. Say, “The knowledge thereof is with GOD,” but most people do not know.

 

[7:188]  Say, “I have no power to benefit myself, or harm myself. Only what GOD wills happens to me. If I knew the future, I would have increased my wealth, and no harm would have afflicted me. I am no more than a warner, and a bearer of good news for those who believe.”

 

[7:189]  He created you from one person (Adam). Subsequently, He gives every man a mate to find tranquility with her. She then carries a light load that she can hardly notice. As the load gets heavier, they implore GOD their Lord: “If You give us a good baby, we will be appreciative.”

 

[7:190]  But when He gives them a good baby, they turn His gift into an idol that rivals Him. GOD be exalted, far above any partnership.

 

[7:191]  Is it not a fact that they are idolizing idols who create nothing, and are themselves created?

 

[7:192]  Idols that can neither help them, nor even help themselves?

 

[7:193]  When you invite them to the guidance, they do not follow you. Thus, it is the same for them whether you invite them, or remain silent.

 

[7:194]  The idols you invoke besides GOD are creatures like you. Go ahead and call upon them; let them respond to you, if you are right.

 

[7:195]  Do they have legs on which they walk? Do they have hands with which they defend themselves? Do they have eyes with which they see? Do they have ears with which they hear? Say, “Call upon your idols, and ask them to smite me without delay.

 

[7:196]  “GOD is my only Lord and Master; the One who revealed this scripture. He protects the righteous.

 

[7:197]  “As for the idols you set up beside Him, they cannot help you, nor can they help themselves.”

 

[7:198]  When you invite them to the guidance, they do not hear. And you see them looking at you, but they do not see.

 

[7:199]  You shall resort to pardon, advocate tolerance, and disregard the ignorant.

 

[7:200]  When the devil whispers to you any whisper, seek refuge in GOD; He is Hearer, Omniscient.

 

[7:201]  Those who are righteous, whenever the devil approaches them with an idea, they remember, whereupon they become seers.

 

[7:202]  Their brethren ceaselessly entice them to go astray.

 

[7:203]  If you do not produce a miracle that they demand, they say, “Why not ask for it?” Say, “I simply follow what is revealed to me from my Lord.” These are enlightenments from your Lord, and guidance, and mercy for people who believe.

 

[7:204]  When the Quran is recited, you shall listen to it and take heed, that you may attain mercy.

 

[7:205]  You shall remember your Lord within yourself, publicly, privately, and quietly, day and night; do not be unaware.

 

[7:206]  Those at your Lord are never too proud to worship Him; they glorify Him and fall prostrate before Him.

 

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Sura 8:  The Spoils of War (Al-Anfal)

Number of verses in sura: 75

Order of revelation: 88

 

[8:0]  In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

 

[8:1]  They consult you about the spoils of war. Say, “The spoils of war belong to GOD and the messenger.” You shall observe GOD, exhort one another to be righteous, and obey GOD and His messenger, if you are believers.

 

[8:2]  The true believers are those whose hearts tremble when GOD is mentioned, and when His revelations are recited to them, their faith is strengthened, and they trust in their Lord.

 

[8:3]  They observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and from our provisions to them, they give to charity.

 

[8:4]  Such are the true believers. They attain high ranks at their Lord, as well as forgiveness and a generous provision.

 

[8:5]  When your Lord willed that you leave your home, to fulfill a specific plan, some believers became exposed as reluctant believers.

 

[8:6]  They argued with you against the truth, even after everything was explained to them. They acted as if they were being driven to certain death.

 

[8:7]  Recall that GOD promised you victory over a certain group, but you still wanted to face the weaker group. It was GOD‘s plan to establish the truth with His words, and to defeat the disbelievers.

 

[8:8]  For He has decreed that the truth shall prevail, and the falsehood shall vanish, in spite of the evildoers.

 

[8:9]  Thus, when you implored your Lord to come to the rescue, He responded to you: “I am supporting you with one thousand angels in succession.”

 

[8:10]  GOD gave you this good news to strengthen your hearts. Victory comes only from GOD. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.

 

[8:11]  He caused peaceful slumber to overtake you and pacify you, and He sent down water from the sky to clean you therewith. He protected you from the devil’s curse, reassured your hearts and strengthened your foothold.

 

[8:12]  Recall that your Lord inspired the angels: “I am with you; so support those who believed. I will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved. You may strike them above the necks, and you may strike even every finger.”

 

[8:13]  This is what they have justly incurred by fighting GOD and His messenger. For those who fight against GOD and His messenger, GOD‘s retribution is severe.

 

[8:14]  This is to punish the disbelievers; they have incurred the retribution of Hell.

 

[8:15]  O you who believe, if you encounter the disbelievers who have mobilized against you, do not turn back and flee.

 

[8:16]  Anyone who turns back on that day, except to carry out a battle plan, or to join his group, has incurred wrath from GOD, and his abode is Hell; what a miserable destiny!

 

[8:17]  It was not you who killed them; GOD is the One who killed them. It was not you who threw when you threw; GOD is the One who threw. But He thus gives the believers a chance to earn a lot of credit. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.

 

[8:18]  Additionally, GOD thus nullifies the schemes of the disbelievers.

 

[8:19]  You sought victory (O disbelievers), and victory did come; it belonged to the believers. If you refrain (from aggression) it would be better for you, but if you return, so will we. Your armies will never help you, no matter how great. For GOD is on the side of the believers.

 

[8:20]  O you who believe, obey GOD and His messenger, and do not disregard him while you hear.

 

[8:21]  Do not be like those who say, “We hear,” when they do not hear.

 

[8:22]  The worst creatures in the sight of GOD are the deaf and dumb, who do not understand.

 

[8:23]  Had GOD known of any good in them, He would have made them hearers. Even if He made them hearers, they still would turn away in aversion.

 

[8:24]  O you who believe, you shall respond to GOD and to the messenger when he invites you to what gives you life. You should know that GOD is closer to you than your heart, and that before Him you will be summoned.

 

[8:25]  Beware of a retribution that may not be limited to the evildoers among you. You should know that GOD‘s retribution is severe.

 

[8:26]  Remember that you used to be few and oppressed, fearing that the people may snatch you, and He granted you a secure sanctuary, supported you with His victory, and provided you with good provisions, that you may be appreciative.

 

[8:27]  O you who believe, do not betray GOD and the messenger, and do not betray those who trust you, now that you know.

 

[8:28]  You should know that your money and your children are a test, and that GOD possesses a great recompense.

 

[8:29]  O you who believe, if you reverence GOD, He will enlighten you, remit your sins, and forgive you. GOD possesses infinite grace.

 

[8:30]  The disbelievers plot and scheme to neutralize you, or kill you, or banish you. However, they plot and scheme, but so does GOD. GOD is the best schemer.

 

[8:31]  When our revelations are recited to them, they say, “We have heard. If we wanted to, we could have said the same things. These are no more than tales from the past!”

 

[8:32]  They also said, “Our god, if this is really the truth from You, then shower us with rocks from the sky, or pour upon us a painful punishment.”

 

[8:33]  However, GOD is not to punish them while you are in their midst; GOD is not to punish them while they are seeking forgiveness.

 

[8:34]  Have they not deserved GOD‘s retribution, by repelling others from the Sacred Masjid, even though they are not the custodians thereof? The true custodians thereof are the righteous, but most of them do not know.

 

[8:35]  Their Contact Prayers (Salat) at the shrine (Ka`bah) were no more than a mockery and a means of repelling the people (by crowding them out). Therefore, suffer the retribution for your disbelief.

 

[8:36]  Those who disbelieve spend their money to repel others from the way of GOD. They will spend it, then it will turn into sorrow and remorse for them. Ultimately, they will be defeated, and all disbelievers will be summoned to Hell.

 

[8:37]  GOD will sift away the bad from the good, then pile the bad on top of each other, all in one pile, then throw it in Hell. Such are the losers.

 

[8:38]  Tell those who disbelieved: if they stop, all their past will be forgiven. But if they return, they will incur the same fate as their previous counterparts.

 

[8:39]  You shall fight them to ward off oppression, and to practice your religion devoted to GOD alone. If they refrain from aggression, then GOD is fully Seer of everything they do.

 

[8:40]  If they turn away, then you should know that GOD is your Lord and Master; the best Lord and Master, the best supporter.

 

[8:41]  You should know that if you gain any spoils in war, one-fifth shall go to GOD and the messenger, to be given to the relatives, the orphans, the poor, and the traveling alien. You will do this if you believe in GOD and in what we revealed to our servant on the day of decision, the day the two armies clashed. GOD is Omnipotent.

 

[8:42]  Recall that you were on this side of the valley, while they were on the other side. Then their caravan had to move to lower ground. Had you planned it this way, you could not have done it. But GOD was to carry out a predetermined matter, whereby those destined to be annihilated were annihilated for an obvious reason, and those destined to be saved were saved for an obvious reason. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.

 

[8:43]  GOD made them appear in your dream (O Muhammad) fewer in number. Had He made them appear more numerous, you would have failed, and you would have disputed among yourselves. But GOD saved the situation. He is Knower of the innermost thoughts.

 

[8:44]  And when the time came and you faced them, He made them appear fewer in your eyes, and made you appear fewer in their eyes as well. For GOD willed to carry out a certain plan. All decisions are made by GOD.

 

[8:45]  O you who believe, when you encounter an army, you shall hold fast and commemorate GOD frequently, that you may succeed.

 

[8:46]  You shall obey GOD and His messenger, and do not dispute among yourselves, lest you fail and scatter your strength. You shall steadfastly persevere. GOD is with those who steadfastly persevere.

 

[8:47]  Do not be like those who left their homes grudgingly, only to show off, and in fact discouraged others from following the path of GOD. GOD is fully aware of everything they do.

 

[8:48]  The devil had adorned their works in their eyes, and said, “You cannot be defeated by any people today,” and “I will be fighting along with you.” But as soon as the two armies faced each other, he turned back on his heels and fled, saying, “I disown you. I see what you do not see. I am afraid of GOD. GOD‘s retribution is awesome.”

 

[8:49]  The hypocrites and those who harbored doubt in their hearts said, “These people are deceived by their religion.” However, if one puts his trust in GOD, then GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.

 

[8:50]  If you could only see those who disbelieved when the angels put them to death! They will beat them on their faces and their rear ends: “Taste the retribution of Hell.

 

[8:51]  “This is a consequence of what your hands have sent forth. GOD is never unjust towards the creatures.”

 

[8:52]  This is the same fate as that of Pharaoh’s people and those who disbelieved before them. They rejected GOD‘s revelations, and GOD punished them for their sins. GOD is powerful, and His retribution is severe.

 

[8:53]  GOD does not change a blessing He has bestowed upon any people unless they themselves decide to change. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.

 

[8:54]  Such was the case with the people of Pharaoh and others before them. They first rejected the signs of their Lord. Consequently, we annihilated them for their sins. We drowned Pharaoh’s people; the wicked were consistently punished.

 

[8:55]  The worst creatures in the sight of GOD are those who disbelieved; they cannot believe.

 

[8:56]  You reach agreements with them, but they violate their agreements every time; they are not righteous.

 

[8:57]  Therefore, if you encounter them in war, you shall set them up as a deterrent example for those who come after them, that they may take heed.

 

[8:58]  When you are betrayed by a group of people, you shall mobilize against them in the same manner. GOD does not love the betrayers.

 

[8:59]  Let not those who disbelieve think that they can get away with it; they can never escape.

 

[8:60]  You shall prepare for them all the power you can muster, and all the equipment you can mobilize, that you may frighten the enemies of GOD, your enemies, as well as others who are not known to you; GOD knows them. Whatever you spend in the cause of GOD will be repaid to you generously, without the least injustice.

 

[8:61]  If they resort to peace, so shall you, and put your trust in GOD. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.

 

[8:62]  If they want to deceive you, then GOD will suffice you. He will help you with His support, and with the believers.

 

[8:63]  He has reconciled the hearts (of the believers). Had you spent all the money on earth, you could not reconcile their hearts. But GOD did reconcile them. He is Almighty, Most Wise.

 

[8:64]  O you prophet, sufficient for you is GOD and the believers who have followed you.

 

[8:65]  O you prophet, you shall exhort the believers to fight. If there are twenty of you who are steadfast, they can defeat two hundred, and a hundred of you can defeat a thousand of those who disbelieved. That is because they are people who do not understand.

 

[8:66]  Now (that many new people have joined you) GOD has made it easier for you, for He knows that you are not as strong as you used to be. Henceforth, a hundred steadfast believers can defeat two hundred, and a thousand of you can defeat two thousand by GOD‘s leave. GOD is with those who steadfastly persevere.

 

[8:67]  No prophet shall acquire captives, unless he participates in the fighting. You people are seeking the materials of this world, while GOD advocates the Hereafter. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.

 

[8:68]  If it were not for a predetermined decree from GOD, you would have suffered, on account of what you took, a terrible retribution.

 

[8:69]  Therefore, eat from the spoils you have earned, that which is lawful and good, and observe GOD. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

 

[8:70]  O you prophet, tell the prisoners of war in your hands, “If GOD knew of anything good in your hearts, He would have given you better than anything you have lost, and would have forgiven you. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.”

 

[8:71]  And if they want to betray you, they have already betrayed GOD. This is why He made them the losers. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.

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