Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

If you repent 1 that is better for you;
but if you turn your backs [on Allah],
know that you cannot thwart Allah,
and inform the faithless of a painful punishment
4 (barring the polytheists with whom you have made a treaty,
and who did not violate any [of its terms] with you,
nor backed anyone against you.
So fulfill the treaty with them until [the end of] its term.
Indeed Allah loves the Godwary).
5 Then, when the sacred months have passed,
kill the polytheists wherever you find them,
capture them and besiege them,
and lie in wait for them at every ambush.
But if they repent,
and maintain the prayer and give the zakāt,
then let them alone.
Indeed Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful.
6 If any of the polytheists seeks asylum from you,
grant him asylum until he hears the Word of Allah.
Then convey him to his place of safety.
That is because they are a people who do not know.
7 How shall the polytheists have any [valid] treaty
with Allah and His Apostle?!
(Barring those with whom you made a treaty
at the Holy Mosque;
so long as they are steadfast with you,
be steadfast with them.
Indeed Allah loves the Godwary.)
8 How? For if they get the better of you,

1 That is, abandon idolatry.

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 13 Jun. 2024: