al-Fath: The Victory

1. Verily, We have given you (O Muhammad) a manifest victory.

2. That All‚h may forgive you your sins of the past and the future, and complete His Favour on you, and guide you on the Straight Path;

3. And that All‚h may help you with strong help.

4. He it is Who sent down As-Sakinah (calmness and tranquillity) into the hearts of the believers, that they may grow more in Faith along with their (present) Faith. And to All‚h belong the hosts of the heavens and the earth, and All‚h is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise.

5. That He may admit the believing men and the believing women to Gardens under which rivers flow (i.e., Paradise), to abide therein forever, and to expiate from them their sins, and that is with All‚h, a supreme success,

6. And that He may punish the Mun‚fiqŻn (hypocrites), men and women, and also the MushrikŻn men and women, who think evil thoughts about All‚h, for them is a disgraceful torment, and the Anger of All‚h is upon them, and He has cursed them and prepared Hell for them, and worst indeed is that destination.

7. And to All‚h belong the hosts of the heavens and the earth. And All‚h is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise.

8. Verily, We have sent you (O Muhammad) as a witness, as a bearer of glad tidings, and as a warner.

9. In order that you (O mankind) may believe in All‚h and His Messenger, and that you assist and honour him, and (that you) glorify (All‚h's) praises morning and afternoon.

10. Verily, those who give Bai'‚ (pledge) to you (O Muhammad) they are giving Bai'‚ (pledge) to All‚h. The Hand of All‚h is over their hands. Then whosoever breaks his pledge, breaks only to his own harm, and whosoever fulfills what he has covenanted with All‚h, He will bestow on him a great reward.

11. Those of the bedouins who lagged behind will say to you: "Our possessions and our families occupied us, so ask forgiveness for us." They say with their tongues what is not in their hearts. Say: "Who then has any power at all (to intervene) on your behalf with All‚h, if He intends you hurt or intends you benefit? Nay, but All‚h is Ever All-Aware of what you do.

12. "Nay, but you thought that the Messenger and the believers would never return to their families; and that was made fair-seeming in their hearts, and you did think an evil thought and you became a useless people going for destruction."

13. And whosoever does not believe in All‚h and His Messenger (Muhammad), then verily, We have prepared for the disbelievers a blazing Fire.

14. And to All‚h belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, He forgives whom He wills, and punishes whom He wills. And All‚h is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

15. Those who lagged behind will say, when you set forth to take the spoils, "Allow us to follow you," They want to change All‚h's Words. Say: "You shall not follow us; thus All‚h has said beforehand." Then they will say: "Nay, you envy us." Nay, but they understand not except a little.

16. Say (O Muhammad) to the bedouins who lagged behind: "You shall be called to fight against a people given to great warfare, then you shall fight them, or they shall surrender. Then if you obey, All‚h will give you a fair reward, but if you turn away as you did turn away before, He will punish you with a painful torment."

17. No blame or sin is there upon the blind, nor is there blame or sin upon the lame, nor is there blame or sin upon the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whosoever obeys All‚h and His Messenger (Muhammad), He will admit him to Gardens beneath which rivers flow (Paradise); and whosoever turns back, He will punish him with a painful torment.

18. Indeed, All‚h was pleased with the believers when they gave their Bai'‚ (pledge) to you (O Muhammad) under the tree, He knew what was in their hearts, and He sent down As-Sakinah (calmness and tranquillity) upon them, and He rewarded them with a near victory,

19. And abundant spoils that they will capture. And All‚h is Ever All-Mighty, All-Wise.

20. All‚h has promised you abundant spoils that you will capture, and He has hastened for you this, and He has restrained the hands of men from you, that it may be a sign for the believers, and that He may guide you to a Straight Path.

21. And other (victories and much booty there are, He promises you) which are not yet within your power, indeed All‚h compasses them, And All‚h is Ever Able to do all things.

22. And if those who disbelieve fight against you, they certainly would have turned their backs, then they would have found neither a WalÓ (protector) nor a helper.

23. That has been the Way of All‚h already with those who passed away before. And you will not find any change in the Way of All‚h.

24. And He it is Who has withheld their hands from you and your hands from them in the midst of Makkah, after He had made you victors over them. And All‚h is Ever the All-Seer of what you do.

25. They are the ones who disbelieved (in the Oneness of All‚h Isl‚mic Monotheism), and hindered you from Al≠Masjid≠al≠Har‚m (the sacred mosque of Makkah) and the sacrificial animals, detained from reaching their place of sacrifice. Had there not been believing men and believing women whom you did not know, that you may kill them, and on whose account a sin would have been committed by you without (your) knowledge, that All‚h might bring into His Mercy whom He will, if they (the believers and the disbelievers) should have been apart, We verily had punished those of them who disbelieved, with painful torment.

26. When those who disbelieve had put in their hearts pride and haughtiness the pride and haughtiness of the time of ignorance, then All‚h sent down His Sakinah (calmness and tranquillity) upon His Messenger and upon the believers, and made them stick to the word of piety (i.e., none has the right to be worshipped but All‚h), and they were well entitled to it and worthy of it. And All‚h is the All-Knower of everything.

27. Indeed All‚h shall fulfil the true vision which He showed to His Messenger [i.e., the Prophet saw a dream that he has entered Makkah along with his companions, having their (head) hair shaved and cut short] in very truth. Certainly, you shall enter Al≠Masjid≠al≠Har‚m; if All‚h wills, secure, (some) having your heads shaved, and (some) having your head hair cut short, having no fear. He knew what you knew not, and He granted besides that a near victory.

28. He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad) with guidance and the religion of truth (Isl‚m), that He may make it (Isl‚m) superior over all religions. And All-Sufficient is All‚h as a Witness.

29. Muhammad is the Messenger of All‚h, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from All‚h and (His) Good Pleasure. The mark of them (i.e., of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of (their) prostration (during prayers). This is their description in the Taur‚t (Torah). But their description in the Injeel (Gospel) is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, it then becomes thick, and it stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. All‚h has promised those among them who believe (i.e., all those who follow Isl‚mic Monotheism, the religion of Prophet Muhammad till the Day of Resurrection) and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward (i.e., Paradise).

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