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63. Hypocrites

THIS CHAPTER like the previous one on Friday 62 contains II verses from Madina. It was revealed after Pilgrimage 22 and before The Pleading Woman 58. This places it following the battle of Uhud which occurred near Madina in the third year of the Hijra or 625 A.D. Its description of hypocrisy is very telling.

In the name of God, the Mercy-giving, the Merciful!

(i) * Whenever hypocrites come to you, they say: "We admit that you are God's messenger." God already knows that you are His messenger, while God testifies that the hypocrites are liars. * They use their faith as a disguise and obstruct God's way; they are evil because of what they have been doing. * That is because they have believed, then disbelieved; so their hearts are sealed off and they do not comprehend a thing.

* Whenever you see them, their physical appearance may attract you, while if they speak, you will listen to what they say as if they were just sticks of kindling all stacked up. They reckon every shout is [directed] against them. They are the [real] enemy, so beware of them! May God assail them! How they shrug things off!

** Whenever they are told: "Come, God's messenger will seek forgiveness for you," they twist their heads around and you will see them trying to slip away, while they act so haughty. * It is the same for them whether you seek forgiveness for them or do not seek forgiveness for them; God will never forgive them! God does not guide such immoral folk.

* They are the ones who say: "Do not spend anything on anyone who is with God's messenger until they desert [him]." God holds the treasures of Heaven and Earth, yet hypocrites do not comprehend this. * They say: "If we should ever return to the City, the grandees there would expel the lower [classes]." Yet influence belongs to God, His messenger and believers, even though hypocrites do not realize it.

On Paying Taxes

(ii) * You who believe, let neither your wealth nor your children distract you from remembering God. Those who do so will be the losers. ** Spend something from whatever We have provided you with before death comes to one of you and he says: "My Lord, if You would only delay things for me for a short while, then I will act charitably and become honorable!"

Eleventh Hour Repentance

* God will never postpone things for any soul once its deadline has arrived. God is Informed about anything you do!


Published with authorization from Dr.T.B.Irving.