Jul 162017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.


Today’s selection is from Surah 8 Al-Anfâl, verses 1-19. These verses discuss the Battle of Badr and the spoils that went with it.

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Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.

They ask you about booty (spoils of war). Tell them: “The Booty belongs to Allah and His Messenger: so fear Allah, end your disputes, and correct the relations among yourselves: obey Allah and His Messenger if you are true believers.”[1] The true believers are those whose hearts tremble with fear, when the name of Allah is mentioned, and whose faith grows stronger as they listen to His revelations and they put their trust in their Lord,[2] They are those who establish Salat (prayers) and spend in charity out of the sustenance which We have given them.[3] Those are the ones who are the true believers; they will have exalted ranks with their Lord, forgiveness for their sins, and honorable sustenance.[4] Your Lord ordered you to leave your home to fight for justice, but some of the believers were reluctant.[5] They argued with you about the truth after it had been made clear, as if they were being driven to death with their eyes wide open.[6] Remember, Allah promised you victory over one of the two enemy parties and you wished for the one which was unarmed, but Allah intended to prove the truth to be true according to His words and to cut off the roots of the unbelievers,[7] so that truth should come out as truth and falsehood should be proved as false, even though the criminals wished otherwise.[8] When you prayed to your Lord for help, He answered: “I will assist you with one thousand angels, one after another.”[9] By this good news, Allah sought to comfort your heart, for victory comes only from Allah; surely, Allah is Mighty, Wise.[10] 8:[1-10]

Remember (before the battle of Badr) when He caused drowsiness to overcome you as an assurance from Himself, and sent down water from the sky to cleanse you and to remove from you the uncleanliness caused by Shaitân, to strengthen your hearts and to steady your footsteps.[11] Then your Lord revealed His will to the angels: “I am with you, give courage to the believers. I will cast panic into the hearts of the unbelievers; therefore, smite their necks and beat every joint of their bodies.”[12] This is because they defied Allah and His Messenger. Whoever defies Allah and His Messenger should know that Allah is strict in retribution.[13] This is your punishment, so taste it, and there will also be the torture of hell-fire for the unbelievers.[14] O believers! When you encounter the unbelievers in a battle, never turn your backs to them;[15] and whoever turns his back to them on such an occasion – unless it be a strategy of war, or to join another troop – shall incur the wrath of Allah and his abode shall be hell, and how awful shall be that dwelling![16] In fact, it was not you who killed them, but it was Allah Who killed them; it was not you who threw the handful of sand, but it was Allah Who threw it so that He might pass the believers successfully through this excellent trial; surely, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.[17] This is it; and Allah will surely frustrate the evil plots of the unbelievers.[18] O unbelievers! You wanted a decision; lo! The decision, in shape of the believers’ victory, has come to you. Now if you desist, it will be better for you, and if you repeat your act of war against the believers, so shall We repeat the act of providing them assistance, and your forces, however large in number they may be, shall avail you nothing, for verily Allah is with the believers.[19] 8:[11-19]


This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.

Thank you and be well.