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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

47. Muhammad (27 – 38)

27How will they feel when the angels take them in death and beat their faces and their backs 28because they practised things that incurred God's wrath, and disdained to please Him? He makes their deeds go to waste.

29Do the corrupt at heart assume that God will not expose their malice? 30We could even point them out to you [Prophet] if We wished, and then you could identify them by their marks, but you will know them anyway by the tone of their speech. God knows everything you [people] do. 31We shall test you to see which of you strive your hardest and are steadfast; We shall test the sincerity of your assertions.32Those who disbelieve, bar others from God's path, and oppose the Messenger when they have been shown guidance, do not harm God in any way. He will make their deeds go to waste— 33believers, obey God and the Messenger: do not let your deeds go to waste— 34God will not forgive those who disbelieve, bar others from God's path, and die as disbelievers.

35So [believers] do not lose heart and cry out for peace. It is you who have the upper hand: God is with you. He will not begrudge you the reward for your [good] deeds: 36the life of this world is only a game, a pastime, but if you believe and are mindful of God, He will recompense you. He does not ask you to give up [all] your possessions— 37you would be grudging if He were to ask you and press you for them, and He would bring your ill-will to light— 38though now you are called upon to give [a little] for the sake of God, some of you are grudging. Whoever is grudging is so only towards himself: God is the source of wealth and you are the needy ones. He will substitute other people for you if you turn away, and they will not be like you.

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