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008 TheSpoilsOfWar

In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful.

1. They ask you about the windfalls. Say: The windfalls are
for Allah and the Apostle. So be careful of (your duty to) Allah
and set aright matters of your difference, and obey Allah and
His Apostle if you are believers.

2. Those only are believers whose hearts become full of fear
when Allah is mentioned, and when His communications are
recited to them they increase them in faith, and in their Lord do
they trust.

3. Those who keep up prayer and spend (benevolently) out of
what We have given them.

4. These are the believers in truth; they shall have from their
Lord exalted grades and forgiveness and an honorable sustenance.

5. Even as your Lord caused you to go forth from your house
with the truth, though a party of the believers were surely 

6. They disputed with you about the truth after it had become
clear, (and they went forth) as if they were being driven to death
while they saw (it).

7. And when.Allah promised you one of the two parties that it
shall be yours and you loved that the one not armed should he
yours and Allah desired to manifest the truth of what was true
by His words and to cut off the root of the unbelievers.

8. That He may manifest the truth of what was true and show
the falsehood of what was false, though the guilty disliked.

9. When you sought aid from your Lord, so He answered
you: I will assist you with a thousand of the angels following one

10. And Allah only gave it as a good news and that your
hearts might be at ease thereby; and victory is only from Allah;
surely Allah is Mighty, Wise.

11. When He caused calm to fall on you as a security from
Him and sent down upon you water from the cloud that He
might thereby purify you, and take away from you the uncleanness 
of the Shaitan, and that He might fortify your hearts and
steady (your) footsteps thereby.

12. When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you,
therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the
hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads
and strike off every fingertip of them.

13. This is because they acted adversely to Allah and His
Apostle; and whoever acts adversely to Allah and His Apostle-- 
then surely Allah is severe in requiting (evil).

14. This-- taste it, and (know) that for the unbelievers is the
chastisement of fire.

15. O you who believe! when you meet those who disbelieve
marching for war, then turn not your backs to them.

16. And whoever shall turn his back to them on that day-- 
unless he turn aside for the sake of fighting or withdraws to a
company-- then he, indeed, becomes deserving of Allah's wrath,
and his abode is hell; and an evil destination shall it be.

17. So you did not slay them, but it was Allah Who slew
them, and you did not smite when you smote (the enemy), but it
was Allah Who smote, and that He might confer upon the
believers a good gift from Himself; surely Allah is Hearing,

18. This, and that Allah is the weakener of the struggle of the

19. If you demanded a judgment, the judgment has then
indeed come to you; and if you desist, it will be better for you;
and if you turn back (to fight), We (too) shall turn back, and
your forces shall avail you nothing, though they may be many,
and (know) that Allah is with the believers.

20. O you who believe! obey Allah and His Apostle and do
not turn back from Him while you hear.

21. And be not like those who said, We hear, and they did not

22. Surely the vilest of animals, in Allah's sight, are the deaf,
the dumb, who do not understand.

23. And if Allah had known any good in them He would have
made them hear, and if He makes them hear they would turn
back while they withdraw.

24. O you who believe! answer (the call of) Allah and His
Apostle when he calls you to that which gives you life; and know
that Allah intervenes between man and his heart, and that to
Him you shall be gathered.

25. And fear an affliction which may not smite those of you in
particular who are unjust; and know that Allah is severe in
requiting (evil).

26. And remember when you were few, deemed weak in the
land, fearing lest people might carry you off by force, but He
sheltered you and strengthened you with His aid and gave you of
the good things that you may give thanks.

27. O you who believe! be not unfaithful to Allah and the
Apostle, nor be unfaithful to your trusts while you know.

28. And know that your property and your children are a
temptation, and that Allah is He with Whom there is a mighty

29. O you who believe! If you are careful of (your duty to)
Allah, He will grant you a distinction and do away with your
evils and forgive you; and Allah is the Lord of mighty grace.

30. And when those who disbelieved devised plans against
you that they might confine you or slay you or drive you away;
and they devised plans and Allah too had arranged a plan; and
Allah is the best of planners.

31. And when Our communications are recited to them, they
say: We have heard indeed; if we pleased we could say the like of
it; this is nothing but the stories of the ancients.

32. And when they said: O Allah! if this is the truth from
Thee, then rain upon us stones from heaven or inflict on us a
painful punishment.

33. But Allah was not going to chastise them while you were
among them, nor is Allah going to chastise them while yet they
ask for forgiveness.

34. And what (excuse) have they that Allah should not chastise 
them while they hinder (men) from the Sacred Mosque and
they are not (fit to be) guardians of it; its guardians are only
those who guard (against evil), but most of them do not know.

35. And their prayer before the House is nothing but whistling 
and clapping of hands; taste then the chastisement, for you

36. Surely those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder
(people) from the way of Allah; so they shall spend it, then it
shall be to them an intense regret, then they shall be overcome;
and those who disbelieve shall be driven together to hell.

37. That Allah might separate the impure from the good, and
put the impure, some of it upon the other, and pile it up
together, then cast it into hell; these it is that are the losers.

38. Say to those who disbelieve, if they desist, that which is
past shall be forgiven to them; and if they return, then what
happened to the ancients has already passed.

39. And fight with them until there is no more persecution
and religion should be only for Allah; but if they desist, then
surely Allah sees what they do.

40. And if they turn back, then know that Allah is your
Patron; most excellent is the Patron and most excellent the

41. And know that whatever thing you gain, a fifth of it
is for Allah and for the Apostle and for the near of kin and
the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, if you believe in
Allah and in that which We revealed to Our servant, on the day
of distinction, the day on which the two parties met; and Allah
has power over all things.

42. When you were on the nearer side (of the valley) and they
were on the farthest side, while the caravan was in a lower place
than you; and if you had mutually made an appointment, you
would certainly have broken away from the appointment, but--
in order that Allah might bring about a matter which was to be
done, that he who would perish might perish by clear proof, and
he who would live might live by clear proof; and most surely
Allah is Hearing, Knowing;

43. When Allah showed them to you in your dream as few;
and if He had shown them to you as many you would certainly
have become weak-hearted and you would have disputed about
the matter, but Allah saved (you); surely He is the Knower of
what is in the breasts.

44. And when He showed them to you, when you met, as few
in your eyes and He made you to appear little in their eyes, in
order that Allah might bring about a matter which was to be
done, and to Allah are all affairs returned.

45. O you who believe! when you meet a party, then be firm,
and remember Allah much, that you may be successful.

46. And obey Allah and His Apostle and do not quarrel for
then you will be weak in hearts and your power will depart, and
be patient; surely Allah is with the patient.

47. And be not like those who came forth from their homes in
great exultation and to be seen of men, and (who) turn away
from the way of Allah, and Allah comprehends what they do.

48. And when the Shaitan made their works fair seeming to
them, and said: No one can overcome you this day, and surely I
am your protector: but when the two parties came in sight of
each other he turned upon his heels, and said: Surely I am clear
of you, surely I see what you do not see, surely I fear Allah; and
Allah is severe in requiting (evil).

49. When the hypocrites and those in whose hearts was disease 
said: Their religion has deceived them; and whoever trusts
in Allah, then surely Allah is Mighty, Wise.

50. And had you seen when the angels will cause to die those
who disbelieve, smiting their faces and their backs, and (saying):
Taste the punishment of burning.

51. This is for what your own hands have sent on before, and
because Allah is not in the least unjust to the servants;

52. In the manner of the people of Firon and those before
them; they disbelieved in Allah's communications, therefore Allah
destroyed them on account of their faults; surely Allah is strong,
severe in requiting (evil).

53. This is because Allah has never changed a favor which He
has conferred upon a people until they change their own condition; 
and because Allah is Hearing, Knowing;

54. In the manner of the people of Firon and those before
them; they rejected the communications of their Lord, therefore
We destroyed them on account of their faults and We drowned
Firon's people, and they were all unjust.

55. Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who
disbelieve, then they would not believe.

56. Those with whom you make an agreement, then they
break their agreement every time and they do not guard (against 

57. Therefore if you overtake them in fighting, then scatter by
(making an example of) them those who are in their rear, that
they may be mindful.

58. And if you fear treachery on the part of a people, then
throw back to them on terms of equality; surely Allah does not
love the treacherous.

59. And let not those who disbelieve think that they shall
come in first; surely they will not escape.

60. And prepare against them what force you can and horses
tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and
your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know
(but) Allah knows them; and whatever thing you will spend in
Allah's way, it will be paid back to you fully and you shall not be
dealt with unjustly.

61. And if they incline to peace, then incline to it and trust in
Allah; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing.

62. And if they intend to deceive you-- then surely Allah is
sufficient for you; He it is Who strengthened you with His help
and with the believers

63. And united their hearts; had you spent all that is in the
earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allah united
them; surely He is Mighty, Wise.

64. O Prophet! Allah is sufficient for you and (for) such of the
believers as follow you.

65. O Prophet! urge the believers to war; if there are twenty
patient ones of you they shall overcome two hundred, and if
there are a hundred of you they shall overcome a thousand of
those who disbelieve, because they are a people who do not

66. For the present Allah has made light your burden, and He
knows that there is weakness in you; so if there are a hundred
patient ones of you they shall overcome two hundred, and if
there are a thousand they shall overcome two thousand by
Allah's permission, and Allah is with the patient.

67. It is not fit for a prophet that he should take captives
unless he has fought and triumphed in the land; you desire the
frail goods of this world, while Allah desires (for you) the
hereafter; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.

68. Were it not for an ordinance from Allah that had already
gone forth, surely there would have befallen you a great chastisement 
for what you had taken to.

69. Eat then of the lawful and good (things) which you have
acquired in war, and be careful of (your duty to) Allah; surely
Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

70. O Prophet! say to those of the captives who are in your
hands: If Allah knows anything good in your hearts, He will give
to you better than that which has been taken away from you and
will forgive you, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

71. And if they intend to act unfaithfully towards you, so
indeed they acted unfaithfully towards Allah before, but He gave
(you) mastery over them; and Allah is Knowing, Wise.

72. Surely those who believed and fled (their homes) and
struggled hard in Allah's way with their property and their souls,
and those who gave shelter and helped-- these are guardians of
each other; and (as for) those who believed and did not fly, not
yours is their guardianship until they fly; and if they seek aid
from you in the matter of religion, aid is incumbent on you
except against a people between whom and you there is a treaty,
and Allah sees what you do.

73. And (as for) those who disbelieve, some of them are the
guardians of others; if you will not do it, there will be in the land
persecution and great mischief.

74. And (as for) those who believed and fled and struggled
hard in Allah's way, and those who gave shelter and helped,
these are the believers truly; they shall have forgiveness and
honorable provision.

75. And (as for) those who believed afterwards and fled and
struggled hard along with you, they are of you; and the possessors
of relationships are nearer to each other in the ordinance of
Allah; surely Allah knows all things.