Surah Mujadilah in Arabic with English Transliteration and Translation

58. Al-Mujadalah (The Pleading) – المجادلة

Al-Mujadilah is the 58th surah (chapter) of The Holy Qur’an. It consists of 22 ayat (verses) that were all revealed in Medina.


BEGINNING with an allusion to the wrongs done to woman in pre-Islamic times, followed by a divine reductio ad absurdum—and thus, a prohibition—of the pagan method of divorce known as zihar (see note 1 below, as well as a fuller explanation in note 3 on Surah Al-Ahzab [33]: 4), the surah proceeds to questions of faith and its absence as well as their repercussions on man’s social life, to the problem of hypocrisy, and ends with a discussion of the attitude which believers should adopt towards non-believers.

The date of revelation may be placed at the beginning of the year 5 H. or, possibly, towards the end of 4 H. The customary title of this surah is based on the mention of “her who pleads” in its first verse.

بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 1

قَدْ سَمِعَ اللَّهُ قَوْلَ الَّتِي تُجَادِلُكَ فِي زَوْجِهَا وَتَشْتَكِي إِلَى اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ يَسْمَعُ تَحَاوُرَكُمَا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ بَصِيرٌ

Qad sami’al laahu qawlal latee tujaadiluka fee zawjihaa wa tashtakeee ilal laahi wallaahu yasma’u tahaawurakumaa; innal laaha samee’um baseer

1. GOD has indeed heard the words of her who pleads with thee concerning her husband, and complains unto God.1

And God does hear what you both have to say:2 verily, God is all-hearing, all-seeing.


1 According to the classical commentators, this is a reference to the case of Khawlah (or Khuwaylah) bint Tha’labah, whose husband Aws ibn as-Samit divorced her by pronouncing the arbitrary pre-Islamic oath known as zihar (explained in note 3 on Al-Ahzab [33): 4). When she pleaded before the Prophet against this divorce—which deprived her of all her marital rights and, at the same time, made it impossible for her to remarry—the iniquitous custom of zihar was abolished by the revelation of verses 24 of this surah.

In view of the sequence, as well as of several Traditions to this effect, there is no doubt that the above verse alludes, in the first instance, to the divine condemnation of zihar. However, the deliberately unspecified reference to “her who pleads concerning her husband” seems to point to all cases where a wife has reason to complain against her husband: that is to say, not merely to an appeal against an unjustified or cruel divorce, but also to a wife’s demand for release from an unbearable marriage. Such a dissolution of the marriage-tie at the wife’s instance—termed khul’—is fully sanctioned by the shari’ah on the basis of Al-Baqarah [2]: 229 and a number of extremely well-authenticated Traditions. (For a fuller discussion of this problem, see note 218 on the second paragraph of Al-Baqarah [2]: 229.)

2 Lit,, “does hear the mutual contentions of both of you (tahawurakuma)”, i.e., of husband and wife alike,
embracing with His infinite wisdom and justice the innermost motivations of both. Alternatively—if the above verse is understood as referring specifically to the case of Khawlah—the second person indicated by the suffix kuma (“both of you”) may relate to the Prophet, who, before the revelation of this surah, thought that a divorce through zihar was valid and, therefore, repeatedly told Khawlah, “Thou art now indeed unlawful to him” (Tabari). This opinion was subsequently—almost immediately—reversed by the divine prohibition of zihar expressed in verses 2 ff.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 2

الَّذِينَ يُظَاهِرُونَ مِنْكُمْ مِنْ نِسَائِهِمْ مَا هُنَّ أُمَّهَاتِهِمْ ۖ إِنْ أُمَّهَاتُهُمْ إِلَّا اللَّائِي وَلَدْنَهُمْ ۚ وَإِنَّهُمْ لَيَقُولُونَ مُنْكَرًا مِنَ الْقَوْلِ وَزُورًا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَعَفُوٌّ غَفُورٌ

Allazeena yuzaahiroona minkum min nisaaa’ihim maa hunnaa ummahaatihim in ummahaatuhum illal laaa’ee waladnahum; wa innaahum la yaqooloona munkaram minal qawli wa zooraa; wa innal laaha la’afuwwun ghafoor

2. As for those of you who [henceforth] separate themselves from their wives by saying, “Thou art as unlawful to me as my mother”,3 [let them bear in mind that] they can never be [as) their mothers: none are their mothers save those who gave them birth: and so, behold, they but utter a saying that runs counter to reason,4 and is (therefore) false.

But, behold, God is indeed an absolver of sins, much-forgiving:


3 For this explanatory rendering of the verb yuzahirun, see Surah Al-Ahzab [33], note 3. My interpolation of the word “henceforth” is necessary in view of the fact that the custom of zihar—in its sense of a definitive act of divorce—had been abolished by verses 24 of the present surah.

4 For this particular rendering of the term munkar, see Surah An-Nahl [16], note 109.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 3

وَالَّذِينَ يُظَاهِرُونَ مِنْ نِسَائِهِمْ ثُمَّ يَعُودُونَ لِمَا قَالُوا فَتَحْرِيرُ رَقَبَةٍ مِنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ يَتَمَاسَّا ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ تُوعَظُونَ بِهِ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ

Wallazeena yuzaahiroona min nisaaa’ihim summa ya’oodoona limaa qaaloo fatahreeru raqabatim min qabli any-yatamaaassaa; zaalikum too’azoona bih; wallaahu bimaa ta’maloona khabeer

3. hence, as for those who would separate themselves from their wives by saying, “Thou art as unlawful to me as my mother”, and thereafter would go back on what they have said, [their atonement] shall be the
freeing of a human being from bondage5 before the couple may touch one another again: this you are [hereby] exhorted to do – for God is fully aware of all that you do.6


5 I.e., the freeing or purchasing the freedom of a slave or captive. In modern times, when slavery is more or less non-existent, the concept of tahnr raqabah may, I believe, be legitimately extended to the redeeming of a human being from the bondage of debt or of great poverty.

6 Cf. Al-Baqarah [2]: 225—”God will not take you to task for oaths which you may have uttered without thought, but will take you to task [only] for what your hearts have conceived [in earnest]”.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 4

فَمَنْ لَمْ يَجِدْ فَصِيَامُ شَهْرَيْنِ مُتَتَابِعَيْنِ مِنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ يَتَمَاسَّا ۖ فَمَنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَإِطْعَامُ سِتِّينَ مِسْكِينًا ۚ ذَٰلِكَ لِتُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ حُدُودُ اللَّهِ ۗ وَلِلْكَافِرِينَ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

Famal lam yajid fa siyaamu shahraini mutataabi’ayni min qabli any-yatamaaassaa famal lam yastati’ fa-it’aamu sitteena miskeena; zaalika litu’minoo billaahi wa rasoolih’wa tilka hudoodul laah; wa lilkaafireena ‘azaabun aleem

4. However, he who does not have the wherewithal shall fast [instead] for two consecutive months7 before the couple may touch one another again; and he who is unable to do it shall feed sixty needy ones:8 this, so that you might prove your faith in God and His Apostle.9

Now these are the bounds set by God; and grievous suffering (in the life to come) awaits all who deny the truth.


7 I.e., in the manner prescribed for fasting during the month of Ramadan (see Al-Baqarah [2]: 183-187). As regards the phrase “he who does not find the wherewithal (lam yajid)”, it may indicate either a lack of financial means or the impossibility of finding anyone else who could be redeemed from factual or figurative bondage (see note 5 above). According to many Islamic scholars of our times (e.g., Rashid Ridi’, commenting on An-Nisa’ [4]: 92), this relates, in the first instance, to circumstances in which “slavery will have been abolished in accordance with the aim of Islam” (Manar V, 337).

8 Or, alternatively, one needy person for sixty days. The inability to fast for two consecutive months may be due either to ill-health or to really compelling external circumstances (for instance, the necessity of performing labours which require great physical and/or mental vigour and alertness).

9 Sc., “by showing that you have renounced the practices of the Time of Ignorance” (Razi). In other words, the pronouncement of zihar is not to be considered a divorce, as was the case in pre-Islamic times, but solely as a reprehensible act which must be atoned for by a sacrifice.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 5

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُحَادُّونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ كُبِتُوا كَمَا كُبِتَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ ۚ وَقَدْ أَنْزَلْنَا آيَاتٍ بَيِّنَاتٍ ۚ وَلِلْكَافِرِينَ عَذَابٌ مُهِينٌ

Innal lazeena yuhaaaddoonal laaha wa Rasoolahoo kubitoo kamaa kubital lazeena min qablihim; wa qad anzalnaaa aayaatim baiyinaat; wa lilkaa fireena ‘azaabum muheen

5. Verily, those who contend against God and His Apostle shall be brought low even as those [evildoers) who lived before them were brought low after We had bestowed [on them] clear messages from on high.10

And [so,) for those who deny the truth there will be shameful suffering in store


10 Sc., “which they chose to disregard”. Thus, proceeding from the particular to the general, the present
passage connects with the reference, at the end of verse 4, to “all who deny the truth”, i.e., of divine revelation.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 6

يَوْمَ يَبْعَثُهُمُ اللَّهُ جَمِيعًا فَيُنَبِّئُهُمْ بِمَا عَمِلُوا ۚ أَحْصَاهُ اللَّهُ وَنَسُوهُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ

Yawma yab’asuhumul laahu jamee’an fayunabbi’uhum bimaa ‘amiloo; ahsaahul laahu wa nasooh; wallaahu ‘alaa kulli shai’in shaheed

6. on the Day when God will raise them all from the dead and will make them truly understand all that they did [in life]: God will have taken [all of] it into account, even though they [themselves] may have forgotten it—for God is witness unto everything.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 7

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ ۖ مَا يَكُونُ مِنْ نَجْوَىٰ ثَلَاثَةٍ إِلَّا هُوَ رَابِعُهُمْ وَلَا خَمْسَةٍ إِلَّا هُوَ سَادِسُهُمْ وَلَا أَدْنَىٰ مِنْ ذَٰلِكَ وَلَا أَكْثَرَ إِلَّا هُوَ مَعَهُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كَانُوا ۖ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُهُمْ بِمَا عَمِلُوا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ

Alam tara annal laaha ya’lamu maa fis samaawaati wa maa fil ardi maa yakoonu min najwaa salaasatin illaa Huwa raabi’uhum wa laa khamsatin illaa huwa saadisuhum wa laaa adnaa min zaalika wa laaa aksara illaa huwa ma’ahum ayna, maa kaanoo summa yunabbi’uhum bimaa ‘amiloo yawmal qiyaamah; innal laaha bikulli shai’in aleem

7. ART THOU NOT aware that God knows all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth?

Never can there be a secret confabulation between three persons without His being the fourth of them, nor between five without His being the sixth of them; and neither between less than that, or more, without His being with them wherever they may be. But in the end, on Resurrection Day, He will make them truly understand what they did: for, verily, God has full knowledge of everything.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 8

أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الَّذِينَ نُهُوا عَنِ النَّجْوَىٰ ثُمَّ يَعُودُونَ لِمَا نُهُوا عَنْهُ وَيَتَنَاجَوْنَ بِالْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَمَعْصِيَتِ الرَّسُولِ وَإِذَا جَاءُوكَ حَيَّوْكَ بِمَا لَمْ يُحَيِّكَ بِهِ اللَّهُ وَيَقُولُونَ فِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَوْلَا يُعَذِّبُنَا اللَّهُ بِمَا نَقُولُ ۚ حَسْبُهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ يَصْلَوْنَهَا ۖ فَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ

Alam tara ilal lazeena nuhoo ‘anin najwaa summa ya’oodoona limaa nuhoo ‘anhu wa yatanaajawna bil ismi wal’udwaani wa ma’siyatir rasooli wa izaa jaaa’ooka haiyawka bimaa lam yuhai yika bihil laahu wa yaqooloona fee anfusihim law laa yu’azzibunal laahu bimaa naqool; hasbuhum jahannnamu yaslawnahaa fabi’sal maseer

8. Art thou not aware of such as have been forbidden [to intrigue through] secret confabulations,11 and yet [always] revert to that which they have been forbidden, and conspire with one another with a view to sinful doings, and aggressive conduct, and disobedience to the Apostle?12

Now whenever such [people] approach thee, [O Muhammad,]13 they salute thee with a greeting which God has never countenanced;14 and they say to themselves, “Why does not God chastise us for what we are saying?”15

Hell shall be their allotted portion: they shall [indeed] enter it—and how vile a journey’s end!


11 The prohibition referred to here arises from the Qur’anic statement, “No good comes, as a rule, out of secret confabulations—save those which are devoted to enjoining charity, or equitable dealings, or setting things to rights between people” (see An-Nisa’ [4]: 114 and the corresponding note 138). Although there is no doubt that, as the classical commentators point out, the “secret confabulations” spoken of in this passage relate to intrigues aimed against the Prophet and his followers by some of their unbelieving contemporaries, there is no doubt, either, that the passage has a general import, and is, therefore, valid for all times.

12 I.e., in the wider sense, disobedience to the Apostle’s ethical teachings.

13 The reference to “approaching” the Prophet has here a twofold meaning, relating literally to his unbelieving contemporaries, and figuratively to an intellectual “approach” to his person and his teachings by hostile critics of all later times. The same observation is valid with regard to the next clause as well.

14 Lit., “with which God has never saluted thee”. Historically, this is an allusion to the hostile attitude of the Jews of Medina towards the Prophet. It is recorded that instead of pronouncing the traditional greeting “Peace be upon thee” when encountering him, some of them used to mumble the word salam (“peace”) in such a way as to make it indistinguishable from Sam (“death”); and they employed the same scurrilous play of words with regard to the Prophet’s companions as well. (The relevant ahadith are quoted in full, with indication of the sources, by Tabari and Ibn Kathir in their commentaries on the above verse.) But see also the preceding note.

15 Sc., “if Muhammad is truly a prophet”.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 9

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا تَنَاجَيْتُمْ فَلَا تَتَنَاجَوْا بِالْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَمَعْصِيَتِ الرَّسُولِ وَتَنَاجَوْا بِالْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ

Yaaa ayyuhal lazeena aamanoo izaa tanaajaytum falaa tatanaajaw bil ismi wal ‘udwaani wa ma’siyatir rasooli wa tanaajaw bil birri wattaqwaa wattaqul laahal lazeee ilaihi tuhsharoon

9. [Hence,] O you who have attained to faith, when you do hold secret confabulations, do not conspire with one another with a view to sinful doings, and aggressive conduct, and disobedience to the Apostle,16 but [rather] hold counsel in the cause of virtue and Godconsciousness: and [always] remain conscious of God, unto whom you all shall be gathered.


16 See note 12.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 10

إِنَّمَا النَّجْوَىٰ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ لِيَحْزُنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَلَيْسَ بِضَارِّهِمْ شَيْئًا إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

Innaman najwaa minash shaitaani liyahzunal lazeena aamanoo wa laisa bidaaarrihim shai’an illaa bi-iznil laah; wa ‘alal laahi falyatawakkalil mu’minoon

10. [All other kinds of] secret confabulations are but of Satan’s doing, so that he might cause grief to those who have attained to faith; yet he cannot harm them in the least, unless it be by God’s leave:17 in God, then, let the believers place their trust!


17 I.e., in and by itself, the force of evil epitomized in the concept of “Satan” has no power whatever: cf. Surah Ibrahim [14]: 22—”I had no power at all over you: I but called you—and you responded unto me. Hence, blame not me, but blame yourselves.” (See also Razi’s views quoted in my note 31 on the abovementioned verse.) As regards the problem of God’s “letting” or “allowing” a person to go astray (implied in the phrase “unless it be by God’s leave”), see note 4 on Surah Ibrahim [14]: 4.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 11

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا قِيلَ لَكُمْ تَفَسَّحُوا فِي الْمَجَالِسِ فَافْسَحُوا يَفْسَحِ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ ۖ وَإِذَا قِيلَ انْشُزُوا فَانْشُزُوا يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ

Yaaa ayyuhal lazeena aamanoo izaa qeela lakum tafassahoo fil majaalisi fafsahoo yafsahil laahu lakum wa izaa qeelan shuzoo fanshuzoo yarfa’il laahul lazeena aamanoo minkum wallazeena ootul ‘ilma darajaat; wallaahu bimaa ta’maloona khabeer

11. O YOU who have attained to faith! When you are told, “Make room for one another in your collective life”,18 do make room: [and in return,] God will make room for you [in His grace].19

And whenever you are told, “Rise up [for a good deed]”, do rise up;20 [and] God will exalt by [many] degrees those of you who have attained to faith and, [above all,] such as have been vouchsafed [true] knowledge:21 for God is fully aware of all that you do.


18 Lit., “in the assemblies (al-majalis)”. Although it is frequently assumed that this refers to the assemblies held by the Prophet, when his followers would throng around him in their eagerness the better to hear what he had to say, or—more generally—to congregations in mosques, etc., in later times, I am (with Razi) of the opinion that the plural noun majalis is used here in a tropical or metaphorical sense, denoting the totality of men’s social life. Taken in this sense, the “making room for one another” implies the mutual providing of opportunities for a decent life to all—and especially to the needy or handicapped—members of the community. See also next note.

19 Commenting on this passage, Razi says: “This verse indicates that if one widens the means (abwab) of happiness and well-being of God’s creatures (‘ibad), God will widen for him all that is good in this life and in the hereafter. Hence, no reasonable person (al-‘aqil) could ever restrict [the purport of] this ‘verse to merely making room for one another in an [actual) assembly.”

20 The interpretation implied in the words “for a good deed” interpolated by me above is analogous to
that offered by most of the classical commentators, and most explicitly by Tabari; in the words of Qatadah (ibid.), “Whenever you are called upon to do a good deed, respond to this call.”

21 Cf. the saying of the Prophet: “The superiority of a learned man (‘alim) over a [mere] worshipper (‘abid) is like the superiority of the moon on the night when it is full over all other stars” (Ibn Hanbal, Abu Da’ud, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i, Ibn Majah and Darimi).


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 12

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نَاجَيْتُمُ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدِّمُوا بَيْنَ يَدَيْ نَجْوَاكُمْ صَدَقَةً ۚ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ لَكُمْ وَأَطْهَرُ ۚ فَإِنْ لَمْ تَجِدُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ

Yaaa ayyuhal lazeena aamanooo izaa naajitumur Rasoola faqaddimoo baina yadai najwaakum sadaqah; zaalika khairul lakum wa athar; fa il lam tajidoo fa innal laaha ghafoorur Raheem

12. O YOU who have attained to faith! Whenever you [intend to] consult the Apostle, offer up something in charity on the occasion of your consultation:22 this will be for your own good, and more conducive to your [inner] purity. Yet if you are unable to do so,23 [know that,] verily, God is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.


22 This call to an exercise of charity on every occasion (bayna yaday) of one’s “consultation” with God’s Apostle has been widely misunderstood as applying only to factual consultations with him, i.e., in his lifetime, supposedly with a view to lessening the encroachments on his time by some of his too-eager followers. This misunderstanding, together with the qualified dispensation from the above-mentioned injunction expressed in the next verse, has given rise to the unwarranted contention by some of the commentators that this injunction has been “abrogated”. But apart from the fact that the theory of “abrogation” as such is entirely untenable (see Al-Baqarah [2]: 106 and the corresponding note 87), the above verse reveals its true meaning as soon as we realize that the term “the Apostle” (ar-rasul) is used in the Qur’an not merely to designate the unique person of the Prophet Muhammad but also the sum-total of the teachings conveyed by him to the world. This is evident from the many Qur’anic exhortations, “Pay heed unto God and the Apostle”, and, more specifically (in An-Nisa’ [4]: 59), “if you are at variance over any matter, refer it unto God [i.e., the Qur’an) and the Apostle [i.e., his sunnah]”, which latter is but meant to elucidate the former. Taken in this sense, the above reference to a “consultation with the Apostle” obviously applies not only to his person and his contemporaries, but rather to his teachings in general and to believers of all times and environments. In other words, every believer is exhorted to “offer up something in charity”—whether it be material alms to a needy person, or the imparting of knowledge to such as may be in need of enlightenment, or even a mere word of kindness to a weak human being—whenever he intends to immerse himself in a study of the Apostle’s teachings or, as the Qur’an phrases it, to “consult” him who has conveyed the divine writ to us.

23 Lit., “if you do not find”, sc., anyone on whom to bestow charity at that particular moment, or have—for whatever reason—no opportunity to exercise it.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 13

أَأَشْفَقْتُمْ أَنْ تُقَدِّمُوا بَيْنَ يَدَيْ نَجْوَاكُمْ صَدَقَاتٍ ۚ فَإِذْ لَمْ تَفْعَلُوا وَتَابَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكُمْ فَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ

‘A-ashfaqtum an tuqaddimoo baina yadai najwaakum sadaqaat; fa-iz lam taf’aloo wa taabal laahu ‘alaikum fa aqeemus Salaata wa aatuz Zakaata wa atee’ul laaha wa rasoolah; wallaahu khabeerum bimaa ta’maloon

13. Do you, perchance, fear lest [you may be sinning if] you cannot offer up anything in charity on the occasion of your consultation [with the Apostle]? But if you fail to do it [for lack of opportunity], and God turns unto you in His mercy, remain but constant in prayer and render [no more than] the purifying dues,24 and [thus] pay heed unto God and His Apostle: for God is fully aware of all that you do.


24 I.e., the obligatory tax (zakah) which is meant to purify a believer’s possessions and income from the taint of selfishness: implying that one’s inability to do more by way of charity does not constitute a sin.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 14

أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الَّذِينَ تَوَلَّوْا قَوْمًا غَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ مَا هُمْ مِنْكُمْ وَلَا مِنْهُمْ وَيَحْلِفُونَ عَلَى الْكَذِبِ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ

Alam tara ilal lazeena tawallaw qawman ghadibal laahu ‘alaihim maa hum minkum wa laa minhum wa yahlifoona ‘alal kazibi wa hum ya’lamoon

14. ART THOU NOT aware of those who would be friends with people whom God has condemned?25 They are neither of you [O believers] nor of those [who utterly reject the truth]: and so they swear to a falsehood the while they know [it to be false].


25 For the meaning of “God’s condemnation”, see note 4 on the last verse of Al-Fatiha [1]. In this particular context, the ones “who would be friends with people whom God has condemned” are the halfhearted who—while dimly perceiving the truth of God’s existence and self-revelation—are nevertheless unwilling
to surrender themselves to this truth for fear of estranging themselves from their God-denying environment and, thus, of losing what they regard as the material advantages of a spiritually uncommitted life: and it is this moral falsehood to which the last sentence of this verse refers. (See also the last verse of Surah Al-Mumtahina [60].)


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 15

أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُمْ عَذَابًا شَدِيدًا ۖ إِنَّهُمْ سَاءَ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

A’addal laahu lahum ‘azaaban shadeedan innahum saaa’a maa kaanoo ya’maloon

15. God has readied for them suffering severe [in the life to come]. Behold, evil indeed is what they are wont to do:


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 16

اتَّخَذُوا أَيْمَانَهُمْ جُنَّةً فَصَدُّوا عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُهِينٌ

Ittakhazooo aymaanahum junnatan fasaddoo ‘an sabeelil laahi falahum ‘azaabum muheen

16. they have made their oaths a cover [for their falseness], and thus they turn others away from the path of God:26 hence, shameful suffering awaits them.


26 I.e., by sowing doubts in other people’s hearts.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 17

لَنْ تُغْنِيَ عَنْهُمْ أَمْوَالُهُمْ وَلَا أَوْلَادُهُمْ مِنَ اللَّهِ شَيْئًا ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ

Lan tughniya ‘anhum amwaaluhum wa laaa awladuhum minal laahi shai’aa; ulaaa ‘ika As haabun Naari hum feehaa khaalidoon

17. Neither their worldly possessions nor their offspring will be of the least avail to them against God: it is they who are destined for the fire, therein to abide!


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 18

يَوْمَ يَبْعَثُهُمُ اللَّهُ جَمِيعًا فَيَحْلِفُونَ لَهُ كَمَا يَحْلِفُونَ لَكُمْ ۖ وَيَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ عَلَىٰ شَيْءٍ ۚ أَلَا إِنَّهُمْ هُمُ الْكَاذِبُونَ

Yawma yab’asuhumul laahujamee’an fa yahlifoona lahoo kamaa yahlifoona lakum wa yahsaboona annahum ‘alaa shai’; alaaa innahum humul kaaziboon

18. On the Day when God will raise them all from the dead, they will swear before Him as they [now] swear before you, thinking that they are on firm ground [in their assumptions].27

Oh, verily, it is they, they who are the [greatest] liars!28


27 Namely, that their preference of worldly benefits to a spiritual commitment is “reasonable” and, therefore, morally “justified”. It is to this flagrant self-deception that the next sentence refers.

28 The definite article al prefixed to the participial noun kadhibun indicates that the people thus characterized have reached the utmost degree of self-deception; hence my interpolation of the adjective
“greatest” in consonance with Zamakhshari’s interpretation of the above phrase.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 19

اسْتَحْوَذَ عَلَيْهِمُ الشَّيْطَانُ فَأَنْسَاهُمْ ذِكْرَ اللَّهِ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ حِزْبُ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ أَلَا إِنَّ حِزْبَ الشَّيْطَانِ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَ

Istahwaza ‘alaihimush shaitaanu fa ansaahum zikral laah; ulaaa’ika hizbush shaitaaan; alaaa innaa hizbash shaitaani humul khaasiroon

19. Satan has gained mastery over them, and has caused them to remain oblivious of the remembrance of God.

Such as these are Satan’s partisans: oh, verily, it is they, the partisans of Satan, who will truly be the losers!


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 20

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُحَادُّونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ أُولَٰئِكَ فِي الْأَذَلِّينَ

Innal lazeena yuhaaaddoonal laaha wa Rasoolahooo ulaaa’ika fil azalleen

20. Verily, those who contend against God and His Apostle—it is they who [on Judgment Day] shall find themselves among the most abject.


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 21

كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَأَغْلِبَنَّ أَنَا وَرُسُلِي ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ قَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ

Katabal laahu la aghlibanna ana wa Rusulee; innal laaha qawiyyun ‘Azeez

21. [For] God has thus ordained: “I shall most certainly prevail, I and My apostles!” Verily, God is powerful, almighty!


Surah Al-Mujadalah Ayat 22

لَا تَجِدُ قَوْمًا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ يُوَادُّونَ مَنْ حَادَّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَوْ كَانُوا آبَاءَهُمْ أَوْ أَبْنَاءَهُمْ أَوْ إِخْوَانَهُمْ أَوْ عَشِيرَتَهُمْ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ كَتَبَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الْإِيمَانَ وَأَيَّدَهُمْ بِرُوحٍ مِنْهُ ۖ وَيُدْخِلُهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ۚ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ حِزْبُ اللَّهِ ۚ أَلَا إِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ

Laa tajidu qawmany yu’minoona billaahi wal yawmil aakhiri yuwaaaddoona man haaaddal laaha wa Rasoolahoo wa law kaanooo aabaaa’ahum aw abnaaa’ahum aw ikhwaa nahum aw ‘asheeratahum; ulaaa’ika kataba fee quloobihi mul eemaana wa ayyadahum biroohimminhu wa yudkhilu hum jannatin tajree min tahtihal anhaaru khaalideena feehaa; radiyal laahu ‘anhum wa radoo ‘anhu; ulaaa ‘ika hizbul laah; alaaa inna hizbal laahi humul muflihoon

22. Thou canst not find people who [truly) believe in God and the Last Day and [at the same time) love anyone who contends against God and His Apostle—even though they be their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or [others of] their kindred.29

(As for the true believers,] it is they in whose hearts He has inscribed faith, and whom He has strengthened with inspiration from Himself,30 and whom [in time] He will admit into gardens through which running waters flow, therein to abide. Well-pleased is God with them, and wellpleased are they with Him. They are God’s partisans: oh, verily, it is they, the partisans of God, who shall attain to a happy state!


29 The operative phrase of this passage is contained in the words, “anyone who contends against (man hadda) God and His Apostle”: i.e., anyone who is engaged in active hostility against God’s message and the person or the teachings of His Apostle. As regards relations with non-behevers who are not actively
hostile to Islam,, the Qur’an explicitly permits and implicitly ordains in many places (e.g., in Al-Mumtahina [60]: 8-9) kindness and friendliness towards them.

30 For my rendering of ruh as “inspiration” or, occasionally, as “divine inspiration”, see note 2 on Surah An-Nahl [16]: 2. As pointed out by Zamakhshari, the pronominal suffix in minhu may relate either to God—as in my rendering—or to the believers’ faith, in which latter case the phrase could be rendered as “strengthened with inspiration (flowing] therefrom”.


Source: The Message of the Quran by Muhammad Asad