Surah 8 - Al Anfal THE SPOILS OF WAR
008.001 They ask thee concerning (things taken as) spoils of war. Say: "(such)
are at the disposal of Allah and the Messenger: So fear Allah, and keep straight the
relations between yourselves: Obey Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe."
008.002 For, Believers are those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in
hearts, and when they hear His signs rehearsed, find their faith strengthened,
(all) their trust in their Lord;
008.003 Who establish regular prayers and spend (freely) out of the gifts We have
given them for sustenance:
008.004 Such in truth are the believers: they have grades of dignity with their Lord,
and forgiveness, and generous sustenance:
008.005 Just as thy Lord ordered thee out of thy house in truth, even though a
among the Believers disliked it,
008.006 Disputing with thee concerning the truth after it was made manifest, as if
they were being driven to death and they (actually) saw it.
008.007 Behold! Allah promised you one of the two (enemy) parties, that it should be
yours: Ye wished that the one unarmed should be yours, but Allah willed to justify the
Truth according to His words and to cut off the roots of the Unbelievers;-
008.008 That He might justify Truth and prove Falsehood false, distasteful though it
be to those in guilt.
008.009 Remember ye implored the assistance of your Lord, and He answered you:
"I will assist you with a thousand of the angels, ranks on ranks."
008.010 Allah made it but a message of hope, and an assurance to your hearts: (in any
case) there is no help except from Allah: and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.
008.011 Remember He covered you with a sort of drowsiness, to give you calm as
from Himself, and he caused rain to descend on you from heaven, to clean you
therewith, to remove from you the stain of Satan, to strengthen your hearts, and to
plant your feet firmly therewith.
008.012 Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I am with you:
give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers:
smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them."
008.013 This because they contended against Allah and His Messenger: If any contend
against Allah and His Messenger, Allah is strict in punishment.
008.014 Thus (will it be said): "Taste ye then of the (punishment): for those
resist Allah, is the penalty of the Fire."
008.015 O ye who believe! When ye meet the Unbelievers in hostile array, never
your backs to them.
008.016 If any do turn his back to them on such a day - unless it be in a stratagem of
war, or to retreat to a troop (of his own)- he draws on himself the wrath of Allah, and
his abode is Hell,- an evil refuge (indeed)!
008.017 It is not ye who slew them; it was Allah: when thou threwest (a handful
dust), it was not thy act, but Allah's: in order that He might test the Believers
gracious trial from Himself: for Allah is He Who heareth and knoweth (all things).
008.018 That, and also because Allah is He Who makes feeble the plans and stratagem
of the Unbelievers.
008.019 (O Unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment, now hath the
judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong), it will be best for you: if ye
(to the attack), so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to you even if they
were multiplied: for verily Allah is with those who believe!
008.020 O ye who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and turn not away from him
when ye hear (him speak).
008.021 Nor be like those who say, "We hear," but listen not:
008.022 For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are the deaf and the dumb,
who understand not.
008.023 If Allah had found in them any good. He would indeed have made them
listen: (As it is), if He had made them listen, they would but have turned back
008.024 O ye who believe! Give your response to Allah and His Messenger, when He
calleth you to that which will give you life; and know that Allah cometh in between a
man and his heart, and that it is He to Whom ye shall (all) be gathered.
008.025 And fear tumult or oppression, which affecteth not in particular (only) those
of you who do wrong: and know that Allah is strict in punishment.
008.026 Call to mind when ye were a small (band), despised through the land, and
afraid that men might despoil and kidnap you; But He provided a safe asylum for
strengthened you with His aid, and gave you Good things for sustenance: that ye
might be grateful.
008.027 O ye that believe! Betray not the trust of Allah and the Messenger, nor
misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you.
008.028 And know ye that your possessions and your progeny are but a trial; and that
it is Allah with Whom lies your highest reward.
008.029 O ye who believe! If ye fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion (to judge
between right and wrong), remove from you (all) evil (that may afflict) you, and
forgive you: for Allah is the Lord of grace unbounded.
008.030 Remember how the Unbelievers plotted against thee, to keep thee in bonds,
or slay thee, or get thee out (of thy home). They plot and plan, and Allah too plans; but
the best of planners is Allah.
008.031 When Our Signs are rehearsed to them, they say: "We have heard this
(before): if we wished, we could say (words) like these: these are nothing but
008.032 Remember how they said: "O Allah if this is indeed the Truth from Thee,
down on us a shower of stones from the sky, or send us a grievous penalty."
008.033 But Allah was not going to send them a penalty whilst thou wast amongst
them; nor was He going to send it whilst they could ask for pardon.
008.034 But what plea have they that Allah should not punish them, when they keep
out (men) from the sacred Mosque - and they are not its guardians? No men can be its
guardians except the righteous; but most of them do not understand.
008.035 Their prayer at the House (of Allah) is nothing but whistling and clapping of
hands: (Its only answer can be), "Taste ye the penalty because ye blasphemed."
008.036 The Unbelievers spend their wealth to hinder (men) from the path of Allah,
and so will they continue to spend; but in the end they will have (only) regrets and
sighs; at length they will be overcome: and the Unbelievers will be gathered together
008.037 In order that Allah may separate the impure from the pure, put the impure,
one on another, heap them together, and cast them into Hell. They will be the ones to
008.038 Say to the Unbelievers, if (now) they desist (from Unbelief), their past
would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is
already (a matter of warning for them).
008.039 And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there
prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere; but if they cease,
Allah doth see all that they do.
008.040 If they refuse, be sure that Allah is your Protector - the best to protect and the
best to help.
008.041 And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire (in war), a fifth share
is assigned to Allah,- and to the Messenger, and to near relatives, orphans, the needy, and
the wayfarer,- if ye do believe in Allah and in the revelation We sent down to Our
servant on the Day of Testing,- the Day of the meeting of the two
forces. For Allah hath power over all things.
008.042 Remember ye were on the hither side of the valley, and they on the farther
side, and the caravan on lower ground than ye. Even if ye had made a mutual
appointment to meet, ye would certainly have failed in the appointment: But (thus ye
met), that Allah might accomplish a matter already enacted; that those who died might
die after a clear Sign (had been given), and those who lived might live after a
Sign (had been given). And verily Allah is He Who heareth and knoweth (all things).
008.043 Remember in thy dream Allah showed them to thee as few: if He had shown
them to thee as many, ye would surely have been discouraged, and ye would surely
have disputed in (your) decision; but Allah saved (you): for He knoweth well the
(secrets) of (all) hearts.
008.044 And remember when ye met, He showed them to you as few in your eyes,
and He made you appear as contemptible in their eyes: that Allah might accomplish
matter already enacted. For to God do all questions go back (for decision).
008.045 O ye who believe! When ye meet a force, be firm, and call Allah in
remembrance much (and often); that ye may prosper:
008.046 And obey Allah and His Messenger; and fall into no disputes, lest ye lose
and your power depart; and be patient and persevering: For Allah is with those who
008.047 And be not like those who started from their homes insolently and to be seen
of men, and to hinder (men) from the path of Allah: For Allah compasseth round about
all that they do.
008.048 Remember Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them, and said:
"No one among men can overcome you this day, while I am near to you": But when
the two forces came in sight of each other, he turned on his heels, and said: "Lo! I am
clear of you; lo! I see what ye see not; Lo! I fear Allah: for Allah is strict in
008.049 Lo! The hypocrites say, and those in whose hearts is a disease: "These
people,- their religion has misled them." But if any trust in Allah,
Exalted in might, Wise.
008.050 If thou couldst see, when the angels take the souls of the Unbelievers
death), (How) they smite their faces and their backs, (saying): "Taste the penalty of
the blazing Fire-
008.051 "Because of (the deeds) which your (own) hands sent forth; for
unjust to His servants:
008.052 "(Deeds) after the manner of the people of Pharaoh and of those before
them: They rejected the Signs of Allah, and Allah punished them for their
crimes: for Allah is Strong, and Strict in punishment:
008.053 "Because Allah will never change the grace which He hath bestowed on a
people until they change what is in their (own) souls: and verily Allah is He Who
heareth and knoweth (all things)."
008.054 (Deeds) after the manner of the people of Pharaoh and those before them":
They treated as false the Signs of their Lord: so We destroyed them for their crimes,
and We drowned the people of Pharaoh: for they were all oppressors and wrong-doers.
008.055 For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who reject Him:
will not believe.
008.056 They are those with whom thou didst make a covenant, but they break their
covenant every time, and they have not the fear (of Allah).
008.057 If ye gain the mastery over them in war, disperse, with them, those who
follow them, that they may remember.
008.058 If thou fearest treachery from any group, throw back (their covenant)
them, (so as to be) on equal terms: for Allah loveth not the treacherous.
008.059 Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better (of the godly): they
will never frustrate (them).
008.060 Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power,
including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of
your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth
know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye
shall not be treated unjustly.
008.061 But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards
peace, and trust in Allah: for He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things).
008.062 Should they intend to deceive thee,- verily Allah sufficeth thee: He it
hath strengthened thee with His aid and with (the company of) the Believers;
008.063 And (moreover) He hath put affection between their hearts: not if thou
spent all that is in the earth, couldst thou have produced that affection, but
done it: for He is Exalted in might, Wise.
008.064 O Prophet! Sufficient unto thee is Allah,- (unto thee) and unto those who
follow thee among the Believers.
008.065 O Prophet! Rouse the Believers to the fight. If there are twenty amongst you,
patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred, they will
vanquish a thousand of the Unbelievers: for these are a people without understanding.
008.066 For the present, Allah hath lightened your (task), for He knoweth that there is
a weak spot in you: But (even so), if there are a hundred of you, patient and
persevering, they will vanquish two hundred, and if a thousand, they will vanquish
two thousand, with the leave of Allah: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.
008.067 It is not fitting for a prophet that he should have prisoners of war
hath thoroughly subdued the land. Ye look for the temporal goods of this world;
but Allah looketh to the Hereafter: And Allah is Exalted in might, Wise.
008.068 Had it not been for a previous ordainment from Allah, a severe penalty would
have reached you for the (ransom) that ye took.
008.069 But (now) enjoy what ye took in war, lawful and good: but fear Allah: for
Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
008.070 O Prophet! Say to those who are captives in your hands: "If Allah findeth any
good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken
you, and He will forgive you: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful."
008.071 But if they have treacherous designs against thee, (O Messenger!), they
already been in treason against Allah, and so hath He given (thee) power over them.
And Allah so He Who hath (full) knowledge and wisdom.
008.072 Those who believed, and adopted exile, and fought for the Faith, with
property and their persons, in the cause of Allah, as well as those who gave (them)
asylum and aid,- these are (all) friends and protectors, one of another. As to
believed but came not into exile, ye owe no duty of protection to them until they
come into exile; but if they seek your aid in religion, it is your duty to help
except against a people with whom ye have a treaty of mutual alliance. And
(remember) Allah seeth all that ye do.
008.073 The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, (protect
each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief.
008.074 Those who believe, and adopt exile, and fight for the Faith, in the cause of
Allah as well as those who give (them) asylum and aid,- these are (all) in very truth the
Believers: for them is the forgiveness of sins and a provision most generous.
008.075 And those who accept Faith subsequently, and adopt exile, and fight for the
Faith in your company,- they are of you. But kindred by blood have prior rights
against each other in the Book of Allah. Verily Allah is well-acquainted with all things.