Translation of the meanings of the Holy Qur-an
in English by Dr. Taqiud Din Hilali and Dr. Muhsin Khan

8. Surah al-Anfal (The Spoils of War)

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1. They ask you [O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)] about the spoils of war. Say: "The spoils are for Allah and the Messenger." So fear Allah and adjust all matters of difference among you, and obey Allah and His Messenger
[O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)], if you are believers.
   
 
2. The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Qur-an) are recited unto them, they (i.e. the Verses) increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone);
   
 
3. Who perform As-Salat (Iqamat­as-Salat) and spend out of that We have provided them.
   
 
4. It is they who are the believers in truth. For them are grades of dignity with their Lord, and Forgiveness and a generous provision (Paradise).
   
 
5. As your Lord caused you [O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)] to go out from your home with the truth, and verily, a party among the believers disliked it;
   
 
6. Disputing with you concerning the truth after it was made manifest, as if they were being driven to death, while they were looking (at it).
   
 
7. And (remember) when Allah promised you (Muslims) one of the two parties (of the enemy i.e. either the army or the caravan) that it should be yours, you wished that the one not armed (the caravan) should be yours, but Allah willed to justify the truth by His Words and to cut off the roots of the disbelievers (i.e. in the battle of Badr).
   
 
8. That He might cause the truth to triumph and bring falsehood to nothing, even though the Mujrimun (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, criminals, etc.) hate it.
   
 
9. (Remember) when you sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying): "I will help you with a thousand of the angels each behind the other (following one another) in succession."
   
 
10. Allah made it only as glad tidings, and that your hearts be at rest therewith. And there is no victory except from Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.
   
 
11. (Remember) when He covered you with a slumber as a security from Him, and He caused water (rain) to descend on you from the sky, to clean you thereby and to remove from you the Rijz (whispering, evil-suggestions, etc.) of Shaytan (Satan), and to strengthen your hearts, and make your feet firm thereby.
   
 
12. (Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels, "Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes."
   
 
13. This is because they defied and disobeyed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever defies and disobeys Allah and His Messenger, then verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.
   
 
14. This is the torment, so taste it, and surely for the disbelievers is the torment of the Fire.
   
 
15. O you who believe! When you meet those who disbelieve, in a battle-field, never turn your backs to them.
   
 
16. And whoever turns his back to them on such a day - unless it be a stratagem of war, or to retreat to a troop (of his own), - he indeed has drawn upon himself wrath from Allah. And his abode is Hell, and worst indeed is that destination!
   
 
17. You killed them not, but Allah killed them. And you [O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)] threw not when you did throw but Allah threw, that He might test the believers by a fair trial from Him. Verily, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
   
 
18. This (is the fact) and surely, Allah weakens the deceitful plots of the disbelievers.
   
 
19. (O disbelievers) if you ask for a judgement, now has the judgement come unto you and if you cease (to do wrong), it will be better for you, and if you return (to the attack), so shall We return, and your forces will be of no avail to you, however numerous it be, and verily, Allah is with the believers.
   
 
20. O you who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and turn not away from him [i.e. Messenger O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)] while you are hearing.
   
 
21. And be not like those who say: "We have heard," but they hear not.
   
 
22. Verily! The worst of (moving) living creatures with Allah are the deaf and the dumb, those who understand not (i.e. the disbelievers).
   
 
23. Had Allah known of any good in them, He would indeed have made them listen, and even if He had made them listen, they would but have turned away, averse (to the truth).
   
 
24. O you who believe! Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he (Peace be upon him) calls you to that which will give you life, and know that Allah comes in between a person and his heart (i.e. He prevents an evil person to decide anything). And verily to Him you shall (all) be gathered.
   
 
25. And fear the Fitnah (affliction and trial, etc.) which affects not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong (but it may afflict all the good and the bad people), and know that Allah is Severe in punishment.
   
 
26. And remember when you were few and were reckoned weak in the land, and were afraid that men might kidnap you, but He provided a safe place for you, strengthened you with His Help, and provided you with good things so that you might be grateful.
   
 
27. O you who believe! Betray not Allah and His Messenger, nor betray knowingly your Amanat (things entrusted to you, and all the duties which Allah has ordained for you).
   
 
28. And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial and that surely with Allah is a mighty reward.
   
 
29. O you who believe! If you obey and fear Allah, He will grant you Furqan a criterion [(to judge between right and wrong), or (Makhraj, i.e. making a way for you to get out from every difficulty)], and will expiate for you your sins, and forgive you, and Allah is the Owner of the Great Bounty.
   
 
30. And (remember) when the disbelievers plotted against you [O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)] to imprison you, or to kill you, or to get you out (from your home, i.e. Makkah); they were plotting and Allah too was planning, and Allah is the Best of the planners.

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