سورة الأحزاب   

Surah Name: Al-Ahzab Meaning: The Confederates

  • Revealed at Madinah
  • Total Number of Rukū / Sections 9
  • Total Number of Āyāt / Parts 73
  • Sūrah / Chapter number 33
  • Rukū / Section 8 contains Āyāt / Parts 10
  • Siparah / Volume 21 & 22


يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاء الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَن يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا

Ya ayyuha a(l)nnabiyyu qul liazwajika wabanatika wanisai almumineena yudneena AAalayhinna min jalabeebihinna thalika adna an yuAArafna fala yuthayna wakana Allahu ghafooran raheema(n)

O Prophet-SW! Say you-SW to your-SW wives and your-SW daughters and women of the believers that they should let down upon them their wrapping-garments. That would be more likely to distinguish them. So that they will not be affronted. And Allah-SWT is ever Forgiving, Merciful.


لَئِن لَّمْ يَنتَهِ الْمُنَافِقُونَ وَالَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ وَالْمُرْجِفُونَ فِي الْمَدِينَةِ لَنُغْرِيَنَّكَ بِهِمْ ثُمَّ لَا يُجَاوِرُونَكَ فِيهَا إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

Lain lam yantahi almunafiqoona wa(a)llatheena fee quloobihim maradun wa(a)lmurjifoona fee almadeenati lanughriyannaka bihim thumma la yujawiroonaka feeha illa qaleela(n)

If the hypocrites and those in whose heart is a disease and the raisers of commotion in Madinah do not desist, We-SWT shall certainly set you up against them. Thence-forth they shall not be allowed to neighbour you therein, except for a little while.


مَلْعُونِينَ أَيْنَمَا ثُقِفُوا أُخِذُوا وَقُتِّلُوا تَقْتِيلًا

MalAAooneena aynama thuqifoo okhithoo waquttiloo taqteela(n)

Accursed, wherever found, they shall be seized and slain with a relentless slaughter.


سُنَّةَ اللَّهِ فِي الَّذِينَ خَلَوْا مِن قَبْلُ وَلَن تَجِدَ لِسُنَّةِ اللَّهِ تَبْدِيلًا

Sunnata Allahi fee allatheena khalaw min qablu walan tajida lisunnati Allahi tabdeela(n)

That has been the dispensation of Allah-SWT with those who have passed away before, and you shall not find any change in the dispensation of Allah-SWT .


يَسْأَلُكَ النَّاسُ عَنِ السَّاعَةِ قُلْ إِنَّمَا عِلْمُهَا عِندَ اللَّهِ وَمَا يُدْرِيكَ لَعَلَّ السَّاعَةَ تَكُونُ قَرِيبًا

Yasaluka a(l)nnasu AAani a(l)ssaAAati qul innama AAilmuha AAinda Allahi wama yudreeka laAAalla a(l)ssaAAata takoonu qareeba(n)

People question you-SW concerning the Hour. Say you-SW! Its knowledge is with Allah-SWT only. And what do you know? Perhaps the Hour may be near.


إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَعَنَ الْكَافِرِينَ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ سَعِيرًا

Inna Allaha laAAana alkafireena waaAAadda lahum saAAeera(n)

Verily Allah-SWT has cursed the infidels, and has prepared for them a Blaze.


خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا لَّا يَجِدُونَ وَلِيًّا وَلَا نَصِيرًا

Khalideena feeha abadan la yajidoona waliyyan wala naseera(n)

Abiders therein they shall be forever, and they will find neither a protecting friend nor a helper.


يَوْمَ تُقَلَّبُ وُجُوهُهُمْ فِي النَّارِ يَقُولُونَ يَا لَيْتَنَا أَطَعْنَا اللَّهَ وَأَطَعْنَا الرَّسُولَا

Yawma tuqallabu wujoohuhum fee a(l)nnari yaqooloona ya laytana ataAAna Allaha waataAAna a(l)rrasoola

On the Day when their faces shall be rolled in Fire, they will say Ah' That we had obeyed Allah-SWT and had obeyed the Messenger-SW!


وَقَالُوا رَبَّنَا إِنَّا أَطَعْنَا سَادَتَنَا وَكُبَرَاءنَا فَأَضَلُّونَا السَّبِيلَا

Waqaloo rabbana inna ataAAna sadatana wakubaraana faadalloona a(l)ssabeela

And they will say: Our Rabb-SWT ! We obeyed our chiefs and our elders and thee led us astray from the way.


رَبَّنَا آتِهِمْ ضِعْفَيْنِ مِنَ الْعَذَابِ وَالْعَنْهُمْ لَعْنًا كَبِيرًا

Rabbana atihim diAAfayni mina alAAathabi wa(i)lAAanhum laAAnan kabeera(n)

Our Rabb-SWT ! Give them punishment twofold, and curse them with a great curse.


In The Name of Allah-SWT the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

The Holy Prophet-SW Had Four Daughters, Not One

O’ Prophet-SW! Do tell your-SW wives, daughters and the believing women that when they go out of their houses they must cover themselves in cloaks, drawing one end from the heads partially onto their faces. The Quran uses the word 'daughters' in plural which refutes the claim or misconception of certain people or groups, that the Holy Prophet-SW had only one daughter. According to Shari’ah, the aim of Pardah is to shield oneself from the glances of the people. Muslim woman must wear something like a cloak and pull one end of it onto their faces.


This is also to ensure a separate identity for a believing woman so that she may stand out amongst the non believing and bondswomen, and no scoundrel may dare tease or vex her. Whatever took place prior to the revelation of these injunctions will be pardoned, as Allah-SWT is Forgiving, Merciful.


The hypocrites and those with diseased hearts only profess to be Muslims, whereas actually they are mischief mongers. Sometimes they raise slanderous accusation, at others they spread the rumour of an enemy onslaught causing alarm amongst the citizens. They will be subdued by the Holy Prophet-SW and his-SW devoted followers for sure, making their stay in this town untenable. Rather they will be hunted out and put to sword wherever found.


Punishment Of An Apostate Is Death

A non believer can live in an Islamic State by paying a special tax, but a hypocrite is taken as a Muslim so long as he manages to conceal his hypocrisy. But once he begins to oppose the land marks of Islam openly or causes distress to the Holy Prophet-SW his disbelief becomes evident. He will then be considered an apostate and the punishment for apostasy is death. So these hypocrites will be taken to task like those before them. This is Allah-SWT’s Way and His-SWT Way is the way of the Nature, which does not alter.


These infidels ask the Holy Prophet-SW about the Hour of the Doomsday. Let them know that it is within Allah-SWT jurisdiction, and He-SWT Alone knows the best. The Holy Prophet-SW concern is only to convey the Message of Allah-SWT and to tell that it shall occur. Who knows, it may be looming around the corner. But surely, it does not promise any good for a non believer. Allah-SWT curses the non believers and has ignited a Fire for them, wherein they will abide. They will not find any friend or helper. When they will be dragged on their arrogant faces into the Hell they will scream and plead wistfully: “Alas’ If only we had obeyed Allah-SWT and had submitted to His-SWT Messenger-SW.” “O Allah-SWT ! We followed our elders and leaders and they misled us from Your-SWT Path. So punish them twice as much for being stray themselves and for leading us astray, and accurse them with a mighty curse.”