Surah 33 The Clans - Al-Ahzab, 73 verses (Madina)
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
- O Prophet! Fear God, and hearken not to the
Unbelievers and the Hypocrites: verily God is full of
Knowledge and Wisdom.
- But follow that which comes to thee by inspiration
from thy Lord: for God is well acquainted with (all)
that ye do.
- And put thy trust in God, and enough is God as a
disposer of affairs.
- God has not made for any man two hearts in his
(one) body: nor has He made your wives whom ye divorce
by Zihar your mothers: nor has He made your adopted
sons your sons. Such is (only) your (manner of) speech
by your mouths. But God tells (you) the Truth, and He
shows the (right) Way.
- Call them by (the names of) their fathers: that is
juster in the sight of God. But if ye know not their
father's (names, call them) your Brothers in faith, or
your maulas. But there is no blame on you if ye make a
mistake therein: (what counts is) the intention of your
hearts: and God is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.
- The Prophet is closer to the Believers than their
own selves, and his wives are their mothers.
Blood-relations among each other have closer personal
ties, in the Decree of God. Than (the Brotherhood of)
Believers and Muhajirs: nevertheless do ye what is just
to your closest friends: such is the writing in the
Decree (of God).
- And remember We took from the prophets their
covenant: As (We did) from thee: from Noah, Abraham,
Moses, and Jesus the son of Mary: We took from them a
- That (God) may question the (custodians) of Truth
concerning the Truth they (were charged with): And He
has prepared for the Unbelievers a grievous Penalty.
- O ye who believe! Remember the Grace of God,
(bestowed) on you, when there came down on you hosts
(to overwhelm you): But We sent against them a
hurricane and forces that ye saw not: but God sees
(clearly) all that ye do.
- Behold! they came on you from above you and from
below you, and behold, the eyes became dim and the
hearts gaped up to the throats, and ye imagined various
(vain) thoughts about God!
- In that situation were the Believers tried: they
were shaken as by a tremendous shaking.
- And behold! The Hypocrites and those in whose
hearts is a disease (even) say: "God and His Apostle
promised us nothing but delusion!"
- Behold! A party among them said: "Ye men of
Yathrib! ye cannot stand (the attack)! therefore go
back!" And a band of them ask for leave of the Prophet,
saying, "Truly our houses are bare and exposed," though
they were not exposed they intended nothing but to run
- And if an entry had been effected to them from the
sides of the (city), and they had been incited to
sedition, they would certainly have brought it to pass,
with none but a brief delay!
- And yet they had already covenanted with God not to
turn their backs, and a covenant with God must (surely)
be answered for.
- Say: "Running away will not profit you if ye are
running away from death or slaughter; and even if (ye
do escape), no more than a brief (respite) will ye be
allowed to enjoy!"
- Say: "Who is it that can screen you from God if it
be His wish to give you punishment or to give you
Mercy?" Nor will they find for themselves, besides God,
any protector or helper.
- Verily God knows those among you who keep back
(men) and those who say to their brethren, "Come along
to us", but come not to the fight except for just a
- Covetous over you. Then when fear comes, thou wilt
see them looking to thee, their eyes revolving, like
(those of) one over whom hovers death: but when the
fear is past, they will smite you with sharp tongues,
covetous of goods. Such men have no faith, and so God
has made their deeds of none effect: and that is easy
- They think that the Confederates have not
withdrawn; and if the Confederates should come (again),
they would wish they were in the deserts (wandering)
among the Bedouins, and seeking news about you (from a
safe distance); and if they were in your midst, they
would fight but little.
- Ye have indeed in the Apostle of God a beautiful
pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in God
and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise
- When the Believers saw the Confederate forces, they
said: "This is what God and his Apostle had promised
us, and God and His Apostle told us what was true." And
it only added to their faith and their zeal in
- Among the Believers are men who have been true to
their covenant with God: of them some have completed
their vow (to the extreme), and some (still) wait: but
they have never changed (their determination) in the
- That God may reward the men of Truth for their
Truth, and punish the Hypocrites if that be His Will,
or turn to them in Mercy: for God is Oft-Forgiving,
- And God turned back the Unbelievers for (all) their
fury: no advantage did they gain; and enough is God for
the believers in their fight. And God is full of
Strength, able to enforce His Will.
- And those of the People of the Book who aided them
- God did take them down from their strongholds and
cast terror into their hearts. (So that) some ye slew,
and some ye made prisoners.
- And He made you heirs of their lands, their houses,
and their goods, and of a land which ye had not
frequented (before). And God has power over all things.
- O Prophet! Say to thy Consorts: "If it be that ye
desire the life of this World, and its glitter,- then
come! I will provide for your enjoyment and set you
free in a handsome manner.
- But if ye seek God and His Apostle, and the Home of
the Hereafter, verily God has prepared for the
well-doers amongst you a great reward.
- O Consorts of the Prophet! If any of you were
guilty of evident unseemly conduct, the Punishment
would be doubled to her, and that is easy for God.
- But any of you that is devout in the service of God
and His Apostle, and works righteousness,- to her shall
We grant her reward twice: and We have prepared for her
a generous Sustenance.
- O Consorts of the Prophet! Ye are not like any of
the (other) women: if ye do fear (God), be not too
complacent of speech, lest one in whose heart is a
disease should be moved with desire: but speak ye a
speech (that is) just.
- And stay quietly in your houses, and make not a
dazzling display, like that of the former Times of
Ignorance; and establish regular Prayer, and give
regular Charity; and obey God and His Apostle. And God
only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye
members of the Family, and to make you pure and
- And recite what is rehearsed to you in your homes,
of the Signs of God and His Wisdom: for God understands
the finest mysteries and is well-acquainted (with
- For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and
women, for devout men and women, for true men and
women, for men and women who are patient and constant,
for men and women who humble themselves, for men and
women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast
(and deny themselves), for men and women who guard
their chastity, and for men and women who engage much
in God's praise,- for them has God prepared forgiveness
and great reward.
- It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman,
when a matter has been decided by God and His Apostle
to have any option about their decision: if any one
disobeys God and His Apostle, he is indeed on a clearly
- Behold! Thou didst say to one who had received the
grace of God and thy favour: "Retain thou (in wedlock)
thy wife, and fear God." But thou didst hide in thy
heart that which God was about to make manifest: thou
didst fear the people, but it is more fitting that thou
shouldst fear God. Then when Zaid had dissolved (his
marriage) with her, with the necessary (formality), We
joined her in marriage to thee: in order that (in
future) there may be no difficulty to the Believers in
(the matter of) marriage with the wives of their
adopted sons, when the latter have dissolved with the
necessary (formality) (their marriage) with them. And
God's command must be fulfilled.
- There can be no difficulty to the Prophet in what
God has indicated to him as a duty. It was the practice
(approved) of God amongst those of old that have passed
away. And the command of God is a decree determined.
- (It is the practice of those) who preach the
Messages of God, and fear Him, and fear none but God.
And enough is God to call (men) to account.
- Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but
(he is) the Apostle of God, and the Seal of the
Prophets: and God has full knowledge of all things.
- O ye who believe! Celebrate the praises of God, and
do this often;
- And glorify Him morning and evening.
- He it is Who sends blessings on you, as do His
angels, that He may bring you out from the depths of
Darkness into Light: and He is Full of Mercy to the
- Their salutation on the Day they meet Him will be
"Peace!"; and He has prepared for them a generous
- O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a Witness, a
Bearer of Glad Tidings, and Warner,-
- And as one who invites to God's (grace) by His
leave, and as a lamp spreading light.
- Then give the Glad Tidings to the Believers, that
they shall have from God a very great Bounty.
- And obey not (the behests) of the Unbelievers and
the Hypocrites, and heed not their annoyances, but put
thy Trust in God. For enough is God as a Disposer of
- O ye who believe! When ye marry believing women,
and then divorce them before ye have touched them, no
period of 'Iddat have ye to count in respect of them:
so give them a present. And set them free in a handsome
- O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to
whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy
right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom
God has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal
uncles and aunts, and daughters of thy maternal uncles
and aunts, who migrated (from Makka) with thee; and any
believing woman who dedicates her soul to the Prophet
if the Prophet wishes to wed her;- this only for thee,
and not for the Believers (at large); We know what We
have appointed for them as to their wives and the
captives whom their right hands possess;- in order that
there should be no difficulty for thee. And God is
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
- Thou mayest defer (the turn of) any of them that
thou pleasest, and thou mayest receive any thou
pleasest: and there is no blame on thee if thou invite
one whose (turn) thou hadst set aside. This were nigher
to the cooling of their eyes, the prevention of their
grief, and their satisfaction - that of all of them -
with that which thou hast to give them: and God knows
(all) that is in your hearts: and God is All-Knowing,
- It is not lawful for thee (to marry more) women
after this, nor to change them for (other) wives, even
though their beauty attract thee, except any thy right
hand should possess (as handmaidens): and God doth
watch over all things.
- O ye who believe! Enter not the Prophet's houses,-
until leave is given you,- for a meal, (and then) not
(so early as) to wait for its preparation: but when ye
are invited, enter; and when ye have taken your meal,
disperse, without seeking familiar talk. Such
(behaviour) annoys the Prophet: he is ashamed to
dismiss you, but God is not ashamed (to tell you) the
truth. And when ye ask (his ladies) for anything ye
want, ask them from before a screen: that makes for
greater purity for your hearts and for theirs. Nor is
it right for you that ye should annoy God's Apostle, or
that ye should marry his widows after him at any time.
Truly such a thing is in God's sight an enormity.
- Whether ye reveal anything or conceal it, verily
God has full knowledge of all things.
- There is no blame (on these ladies if they appear)
before their fathers or their sons, their brothers, or
their brother's sons, or their sisters' sons, or their
women, or the (slaves) whom their right hands possess.
And, (ladies), fear God; for God is Witness to all
- God and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O
ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute
him with all respect.
- Those who annoy God and His Apostle - God has
cursed them in this World and in the Hereafter, and has
prepared for them a humiliating Punishment.
- And those who annoy believing men and women
undeservedly, bear (on themselves) a calumny and a
- O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the
believing women, that they should cast their outer
garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most
convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not
molested. And God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
- Truly, if the Hypocrites, and those in whose hearts
is a disease, and those who stir up sedition in the
City, desist not, We shall certainly stir thee up
against them: Then will they not be able to stay in it
as thy neighbours for any length of time:
- They shall have a curse on them: whenever they are
found, they shall be seized and slain (without mercy).
- (Such was) the practice (approved) of God among
those who lived aforetime: No change wilt thou find in
the practice (approved) of God.
- Men ask thee concerning the Hour: Say, "The
knowledge thereof is with God (alone)": and what will
make thee understand?- perchance the Hour is nigh!
- Verily God has cursed the Unbelievers and prepared
for them a Blazing Fire,-
- To dwell therein for ever: no protector will they
find, nor helper.
- The Day that their faces will be turned upside down
in the Fire, they will say: "Woe to us! Would that we
had obeyed God and obeyed the Apostle!"
- And they would say: "Our Lord! We obeyed our chiefs
and our great ones, and they misled us as to the
- "Our Lord! Give them double Penalty and curse them
with a very great Curse!"
- O ye who believe! Be ye not like those who vexed
and insulted Moses, but God cleared him of the
(calumnies) they had uttered: and he was honourable in
- O ye who believe! Fear God, and (always) say a word
directed to the Right:
- That He may make your conduct whole and sound and
forgive you your sins: He that obeys God and His
Apostle, has already attained the highest achievement.
- We did indeed offer the Trust to the Heavens and
the Earth and the Mountains; but they refused to
undertake it, being afraid thereof: but man undertook
it;- He was indeed unjust and foolish;-
- (With the result) that God has to punish the
Hypocrites, men and women, and the Unbelievers, men and
women, and God turns in Mercy to the Believers, men and
women: for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Surah 32 The Prostration
Surah 33 The Clans
Surah 34 Saba