63: The Hypocrites
When the hypocrites come unto thee (O Muhammad), they say: We bear witness that thou art indeed Allah's messenger. And Allah knoweth that thou art indeed His messenger, and Allah beareth witness that the hypocrites indeed are speaking falsely. ||
They make their faith a pretext so that they may turn (men) from the way of Allah. Verily evil is that which they are wont to do, ||
That is because they believed, then disbelieved, therefore their hearts
are sealed so that they understand not. ||
Allah seals the hearts of those who believe and then disbelieve so that they can understand nothing.
And when thou seest them their figures please thee; and if they speak thou givest ear unto
their speech. (They are) as though they were blocks of wood in striped cloaks. They deem
every shout to be against them. They are the enemy, so beware of them.
Allah confound them! How they are perverted! ||
Disbelievers are perverted. They are the enemy, confounded by Allah.
And when it is said unto them: Come! The messenger of Allah will ask forgiveness for you! they avert their faces and thou seest them turning away, disdainful. ||
Whether thou ask forgiveness for them or ask not forgiveness for them is
all one for them; Allah will not forgive them. Lo! Allah guideth not the evil-living folk. ||
Don't bother to ask Allah to forgive the disbelievers. He will never forgive them.
Will Allah forgive anything?
They it is who say: Spend not on behalf of those (who dwell) with Allah's messenger that they may disperse (and go
away from you); when Allah's are the treasures of the heavens and the earth; but the hypocrites comprehend
They say: Surely, if we return to Al-Madinah the mightier will soon drive out the weaker; when might belongeth to Allah
and to His messenger and to the believers; but the hypocrites know not. ||
"Might belongeth to Allah and to His messenger and to the believers."
(Quoted by Osama bin Laden in his
'letter to America' as a justification
for the 11 September 2001 attacks.)
O ye who believe! Let not your wealth nor your
children distract you from remembrance of Allah. Those who do so, they are the losers. ||
Don't let your children distract you from your duty to Allah.
And spend of that wherewith We have provided you before death cometh unto one of you and he saith: My Lord! If only thou wouldst reprieve me for a little while, then I would give alms and be among the righteous. ||
But Allah reprieveth no soul when its term cometh, and Allah is Informed of what ye do. ||
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