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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

48. Triumph (22 – 29)

22If the disbelievers had fought against you, they would have taken flight and found no one to protect or support them:23such was God's practice in the past and you will find no change in God's practices. 24In the valley of Mecca it was He who held their hands back from you and your hands back from them after He gave you the advantage over thema A detachment of eighty Meccan fighters attacked the Prophet's camp but were captured. The Prophet released them after the treaty was signed. —God sees all that you do. 25They were the ones who disbelieved, who barred you from the Sacred Mosque, and who prevented the offering from reaching its place of sacrifice. If there had not been among them, unknown to you, believing men and women whom you would have trampled underfoot, inadvertently incurring guilt on their account— God brings whoever He will into His mercy —if the [believers] had been clearly separated, We would have inflicted a painful punishment on the disbelievers.26While the disbelievers had fury in their hearts— the fury of ignorance— God sent His tranquillity down on to His Messenger and the believers and made binding on them [their] promise to obey God,b The promise they made under the tree at Hudaybiyya (see verse 18). for that was more appropriate and fitting for them. God has full knowledge of all things.

27God has truly fulfilled His Messenger's vision: ‘God willing, you will most certainly enter the Sacred Mosque in safety, shaven-headed or with cropped hair,c These are some of the final rites of pilgrimage. without fear!’ —God knew what you did not —and He has granted you a speedy triumph. 28It was He who sent His Messenger, with guidance and the religion of Truth, for him to show that it is above all [false] religion. God suffices as a witness: 29Muhammad is the Messenger of God.

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a A detachment of eighty Meccan fighters attacked the Prophet's camp but were captured. The Prophet released them after the treaty was signed.

b The promise they made under the tree at Hudaybiyya (see verse 18).

c These are some of the final rites of pilgrimage.

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