Surah 8 Spoils of War - Al-Anfal, 75 verses (Madina)
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
- They ask thee concerning (things taken as) spoils
of war. Say: "(such) spoils are at the disposal of God
and the Apostle: So fear God, and keep straight the
relations between yourselves: Obey God and His Apostle,
if ye do believe."
- For, Believers are those who, when God is
mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and when they
hear His signs rehearsed, find their faith
strengthened, and put (all) their trust in their Lord;
- Who establish regular prayers and spend (freely)
out of the gifts We have given them for sustenance:
- Such in truth are the believers: they have grades
of dignity with their Lord, and forgiveness, and
- Just as thy Lord ordered thee out of thy house in
truth, even though a party among the Believers disliked
- Disputing with thee concerning the truth after it
was made manifest, as if they were being driven to
death and they (actually) saw it.
- Behold! God promised you one of the two (enemy)
parties, that it should be yours: Ye wished that the
one unarmed should be yours, but God willed to justify
the Truth according to His words and to cut off the
roots of the Unbelievers;-
- That He might justify Truth and prove Falsehood
false, distasteful though it be to those in guilt.
- 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."
- God made it but a message of hope, and an assurance
to your hearts: (in any case) there is no help except
from God: and God is Exalted in Power, Wise.
- 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.
- 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."
- This because they contended against God and His
Apostle: If any contend against God and His Apostle,
God is strict in punishment.
- Thus (will it be said): "Taste ye then of the
(punishment): for those who resist God, is the penalty
of the Fire."
- O ye who believe! when ye meet the Unbelievers in
hostile array, never turn your backs to them.
- 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
God, and his abode is Hell,- an evil refuge (indeed)!
- It is not ye who slew them; it was God: when thou
threwest (a handful of dust), it was not thy act, but
God's: in order that He might test the Believers by a
gracious trial from Himself: for God is He Who heareth
and knoweth (all things).
- That, and also because God is He Who makes feeble
the plans and stratagem of the Unbelievers.
- (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
return (to the attack), so shall We. Not the least good
will your forces be to you even if they were
multiplied: for verily God is with those who believe!
- O ye who believe! Obey God and His Apostle, and
turn not away from him when ye hear (him speak).
- Nor be like those who say, "We hear," but listen
- For the worst of beasts in the sight of God are the
deaf and the dumb,- those who understand not.
- If God 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 and declined
- O ye who believe! give your response to God and His
Apostle, when He calleth you to that which will give
you life; and know that God cometh in between a man and
his heart, and that it is He to Whom ye shall (all) be
- And fear tumult or oppression, which affecteth not
in particular (only) those of you who do wrong: and
know that God is strict in punishment.
- 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 you,
strengthened you with His aid, and gave you Good things
for sustenance: that ye might be grateful.
- O ye that believe! betray not the trust of God and
the Apostle, nor misappropriate knowingly things
entrusted to you.
- And know ye that your possessions and your progeny
are but a trial; and that it is God with Whom lies your
- O ye who believe! if ye fear God, 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 God is the Lord of grace unbounded.
- 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 God too plans;
but the best of planners is God.
- 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 tales of the
- Remember how they said: "O God if this is indeed
the Truth from Thee, rain down on us a shower of stones
form the sky, or send us a grievous penalty."
- But God 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.
- But what plea have they that God 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
- Their prayer at the House (of God) is nothing but
whistling and clapping of hands: (Its only answer can
be), "Taste ye the penalty because ye blasphemed."
- The Unbelievers spend their wealth to hinder (man)
from the path of God, 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 to Hell;-
- In order that God 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 have lost.
- 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).
- And fight them on until there is no more tumult or
oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God
altogether and everywhere; but if they cease, verily
God doth see all that they do.
- If they refuse, be sure that God is your Protector
- the best to protect and the best to help.
- And know that out of all the booty that ye may
acquire (in war), a fifth share is assigned to God,-
and to the Apostle, and to near relatives, orphans, the
needy, and the wayfarer,- if ye do believe in God 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 God hath power over all things.
- 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 God 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 Clear Sign (had been
given). And verily God is He Who heareth and knoweth
- Remember in thy dream God 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 God saved (you): for
He knoweth well the (secrets) of (all) hearts.
- 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 God might accomplish a
matter already enacted. For to God do all questions go
back (for decision).
- O ye who believe! When ye meet a force, be firm,
and call God in remembrance much (and often); that ye
- And obey God and His Apostle; and fall into no
disputes, lest ye lose heart and your power depart; and
be patient and persevering: For God is with those who
- 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 God: For God compasseth round about
all that they do.
- 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 God: for God is
strict in punishment."
- Lo! the hypocrites say, and those in whose hearts
is a disease: "These people,- their religion has misled
them." But if any trust in God, behold! God is Exalted
in might, Wise.
- If thou couldst see, when the angels take the souls
of the Unbelievers (at death), (How) they smite their
faces and their backs, (saying): "Taste the penalty of
the blazing Fire-
- "Because of (the deeds) which your (own) hands sent
forth; for God is never unjust to His servants:
- "(Deeds) after the manner of the people of Pharaoh
and of those before them: They rejected the Signs of
God, and God punished them for their crimes: for God is
Strong, and Strict in punishment:
- "Because God will never change the grace which He
hath bestowed on a people until they change what is in
their (own) souls: and verily God is He Who heareth and
knoweth (all things)."
- (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.
- For the worst of beasts in the sight of God are
those who reject Him: They will not believe.
- They are those with whom thou didst make a
covenant, but they break their covenant every time, and
they have not the fear (of God).
- If ye gain the mastery over them in war, disperse,
with them, those who follow them, that they may
- If thou fearest treachery from any group, throw
back (their covenant) to them, (so as to be) on equal
terms: for God loveth not the treacherous.
- Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the
better (of the godly): they will never frustrate
- 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 God and
your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know,
but whom God doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the
cause of God, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall
not be treated unjustly.
- But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou
(also) incline towards peace, and trust in God: for He
is One that heareth and knoweth (all things).
- Should they intend to deceive thee,- verily God
sufficeth thee: He it is That hath strengthened thee
with His aid and with (the company of) the Believers;
- And (moreover) He hath put affection between their
hearts: not if thou hadst spent all that is in the
earth, couldst thou have produced that affection, but
God hath done it: for He is Exalted in might, Wise.
- O Apostle! sufficient unto thee is God,- (unto
thee) and unto those who follow thee among the
- O Apostle! 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.
- For the present, God 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 God: for God is with those who patiently
- It is not fitting for an apostle that he should
have prisoners of war until he hath thoroughly subdued
the land. Ye look for the temporal goods of this world;
but God looketh to the Hereafter: And God is Exalted in
- Had it not been for a previous ordainment from God,
a severe penalty would have reached you for the
(ransom) that ye took.
- But (now) enjoy what ye took in war, lawful and
good: but fear God: for God is Oft-forgiving, Most
- O Apostle! say to those who are captives in your
hands: "If God findeth any good in your hearts, He will
give you something better than what has been taken from
you, and He will forgive you: for God is Oft-forgiving,
- But if they have treacherous designs against thee,
(O Apostle!), they have already been in treason against
God, and so hath He given (thee) power over them. And
God so He Who hath (full) knowledge and wisdom.
- Those who believed, and adopted exile, and fought
for the Faith, with their property and their persons,
in the cause of God, as well as those who gave (them)
asylum and aid,- these are (all) friends and
protectors, one of another. As to those who 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 them,
except against a people with whom ye have a treaty of
mutual alliance. And (remember) God seeth all that ye
- 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.
- Those who believe, and adopt exile, and fight for
the Faith, in the cause of God 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.
- 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 God. Verily God is
well-acquainted with all things.
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