M. H. Shakir, The Holy Quran; Arabic Text and English Translation; Foot-notes by M. H. Shakir (1974)
Allah Who smote, and that He might confer upon the believers a good gift from Himself; surely Allah is Hearing, Knowing.*
18. This, and that Allah is the weakener of the struggle of the unbelievers.
19. If you demanded a judg ment, the judgment has then indeed come to you; and if you desist, it will be better for you; and if you turn back (to fight), We (too) shall turn back, and your forces shall avail you nothing, though they may be many, and (know) that Allah is with the believers.
20. O you who believe! obey Allah and His Apostle and do not turn back from Him while you hear.
21. And be not like those who said, We hear, and they did not obey.
22. Surely the vilest of animals, in Allah’s sight, are the deaf, the dumb, who do not understand.
23. And if Allah had known any good in them He would have made them hear, and if He makes them hear they would turn back while they withdraw.
24. O you who believe! answer (the call of) Allah and
* The Kafers of Mecca would not allow Islam to grow and spread in peace at Medina. Abu Sufiyan, the chief of the Oomayya tribe, a bitter enemy of the Holy Prophet and Islam, with about 1000 well-armed and trained lighters, marched towards Medina, with the intention of killing the Apostle of Allah.