Chapter 63: The Hypocrites

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SECTION 1: The Hypocrites

 

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. When the Hypocrites come to you, they say, “We bear witness that you are indeed the Messenger of God.” Certainly, God knows that you are indeed His Messenger, and God bears witness that the Hypocrites are indeed liars. 2. They have made their oaths a screen (for their misdeeds): thus they obstruct (men) from the Path of God: truly evil are their deeds. 3. That is because they believed, then they rejected Faith: so a seal was set on their hearts: therefore they understand not.

 

4. When you look at them, their exteriors please you; and when they speak, you listen to their words. They are as (worthless as hollow) pieces of timber propped up, (unable to stand on their own). They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies; so beware of them. The curse of God be on them! How are they deluded (away from the Truth)! 5. And when it is said to them, “Come, the Messenger of God will pray for your forgiveness”, they turn aside their heads, and you would see them turning away their faces in arrogance.

 

6. It is equal to them whether you pray for their forgiveness or not. God will not forgive them. Truly God guides not rebellious transgressors. 7. They are the ones who say, “Spend nothing on those who are with God’s Messenger, to the end that they may disperse (and quit Madīnah).” But to God belong the treasures of the heavens and the earth; but the Hypocrites understand not. 8. They say, “If we return to Madīnah, surely the more honorable (element) will expel therefrom the meaner.” But honor belongs to God and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not.

 

SECTION 2: An Exhortation

 

9. O you who believe! Let not your riches or your children divert you from the remembrance of God. If any act thus, the loss is their own. 10. And spend something (in charity) out of the substance which We have bestowed on you, before Death should come to any of you and he should say, “O my Lord! Why did You not give me respite for a little while? I should then have given (largely) in charity, and I should have been one of the doers of good.” 11. But to no soul will God grant respite when the time appointed (for it) has come; and God is well acquainted with (all) that you do.