048.001 Lo! We have given thee (O Muhammad) a signal victory,
048.002 That Allah may forgive thee of thy sin that which is past and that which is to
come, and may perfect His favour unto thee, and may guide thee on a right path,
048.003 And that Allah may help thee with strong help -
048.004 He it is Who sent down peace of reassurance into the hearts of the believers
that they might add faith unto their faith. Allah's are the hosts of the heavens and the
earth, and Allah is ever Knower, Wise -
048.005 That He may bring the believing men and the believing women into Gardens
underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide, and may remit from them their
evil deeds - That, in the sight of Allah, is the supreme triumph -
048.006 And may punish the hypocritical men and the hypocritical women, and the
idolatrous men and the idolatrous women, who think an evil thought concerning
Allah. For them is the evil turn of fortune, and Allah is wroth against them and hath
cursed them, and hath made ready for them hell, a hapless journey's end.
048.007 Allah's are the hosts of the heavens and the earth, and Allah is ever Mighty,
048.008 Lo! We have sent thee (O Muhammad) as a witness and a bearer of good
tidings and a warner,
048.009 That ye (mankind) may believe in Allah and His messenger, and may honour
Him, and may revere Him, and may glorify Him at early dawn and at the close of day.
048.010 Lo! those who swear allegiance unto thee (Muhammad), swear allegiance
only unto Allah. The Hand of Allah is above their hands. So whosoever breaketh his
oath, breaketh it only to his soul's hurt; while whosoever keepeth his covenant with
Allah, on him will He bestow immense reward.
048.011 Those of the wandering Arabs who were left behind will tell thee: Our
possessions and our households occupied us, so ask forgiveness for us! They speak
with their tongues that which is not in their hearts. Say: Who can avail you aught
against Allah, if He intend you hurt or intend you profit ? Nay, but Allah is ever
Aware of what ye do.
048.012 Nay, but ye deemed that the messenger and the believers would never return
to their own folk, and that was made fairseeming in your hearts, and ye did think an
evil thought, and ye were worthless folk.
048.013 And so for him who believeth not in Allah and His messenger - Lo! We have
prepared a flame for disbelievers.
048.014 And Allah's is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. He forgiveth
whom He will, and punisheth whom He will. And Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
048.015 Those who were left behind will say, when ye set forth to capture booty: Let
us go with you. They fain would change the verdict of Allah. Say (unto them, O
Muhammad): Ye shall not go with us. Thus hath Allah said beforehand. Then they
will say: Ye are envious of us. Nay, but they understand not, save a little.
048.016 Say unto those of the wandering Arabs who were left behind: Ye will be
called against a folk of mighty prowess, to fight them until they surrender; and if ye
obey, Allah will give you a fair reward; but if ye turn away as ye did turn away
before, He will punish you with a painful doom.
048.017 There is no blame for the blind, nor is there blame for the lame, nor is there
blame for the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whoso obeyeth Allah and His
messenger, He will make him enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow; and
whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom.
048.018 Allah was well pleased with the believers when they swore allegiance unto
thee beneath the tree, and He knew what was in their hearts, and He sent down peace
of reassurance on them, and hath rewarded them with a near victory;
048.019 And much booty that they will capture. Allah is ever Mighty, Wise.
048.020 Allah promiseth you much booty that ye will capture, and hath given you this
in advance, and hath withheld men's hands from you, that it may be a token for the
believers, and that He may guide you on a right path.
048.021 And other (gain), which ye have not been able to achieve, Allah will
compass it, Allah is Able to do all things.
048.022 And if those who disbelieve join battle with you they will take to flight, and
afterward they will find no protecting friend nor helper.
048.023 It is the law of Allah which hath taken course aforetime. Thou wilt not find
for the law of Allah aught of power to change.
048.024 And He it is Who hath withheld men's hands from you, and hath withheld
your hands from them, in the valley of Mecca, after He had made you victors over
them. Allah is Seer of what ye do.
048.025 These it was who disbelieved and debarred you from the Inviolable Place of
Worship, and debarred the offering from reaching its goal. And if it had not been for
believing men and believing women, whom ye know not - lest ye should tread them
under foot and thus incur guilt for them unknowingly; that Allah might bring into His
mercy whom He will - If (the believers and the disbelievers) had been clearly
separated We verily had punished those of them who disbelieved with painful
048.026 When those who disbelieve had set up in their hearts zealotry, the zealotry of
the Age of Ignorance, then Allah sent down His peace of reassurance upon His
messenger and upon the believers and imposed on them the word of self-restraint, for
they were worthy of it and meet for it. And Allah is Aware of all things.
048.027 Allah hath fulfilled the vision for His messenger in very truth. Ye shall
indeed enter the Inviolable Place of Worship, if Allah will, secure, (having your hair)
shaven and cut, not fearing. But He knoweth that which ye know not, and hath given
you a near victory beforehand.
048.028 He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the religion of
truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religion. And Allah sufficeth as a
048.029 Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against
the disbelievers and merciful among themselves. Thou (O Muhammad) seest them
bowing and falling prostrate (in worship), seeking bounty from Allah and (His)
acceptance. The mark of them is on their foreheads from the traces of prostration.
Such is their likeness in the Torah and their likeness in the Gospel - like as sown corn
that sendeth forth its shoot and strengtheneth it and riseth firm upon its stalk,
delighting the sowers - that He may enrage the disbelievers with (the sight of) them.
Allah hath promised, unto such of them as believe and do good works, forgiveness
and immense reward.