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

17 Say, ‘Who is it that can protect you from Allah
should He desire to cause you ill,
or desire to grant you mercy?’
They will not find for themselves
any protector or helper besides Allah.
18 Allah knows those of you who discourage others,
and those who say to their brethren, ‘Come to us!’
and they take little part in the battle,
19 grudging you [their help].
So when there is panic,
you see them observing you,
their eyes rolling,
like someone fainting at death.
Then, when the panic is over,
they scald you with [their] sharp tongues
in their greed for riches.
They never have had faith.
So Allah has made their works fail,
and that is easy for Allah.
20 They suppose the confederates have not left yet,
and were the confederates to come [again],
they would wish
they were in the desert with the Bedouins
asking about your news,
and if they were with you
they would fight but a little.

21 In the Apostle of Allah there is certainly for you
a good exemplar,
for those who look forward to Allah and the Last Day,

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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 02 Dec. 2022: