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Those ˹hypocrites˺ who remained behind rejoiced for doing so in defiance of the Messenger of Allah and hated ˹the prospect of˺ striving with their wealth and their lives in the cause of Allah. They said ˹to one another˺, “Do not march forth in the heat.” Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “The Fire of Hell is far hotter!” If only they could comprehend! Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
So let them laugh a little—they will weep much as a reward for what they have committed. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
If Allah returns you ˹O Prophet˺ to a group of them and they ask to go forth with you, say, “You will not ever go forth or fight an enemy along with me. You preferred to stay behind the first time, so stay with those ˹helpless˺ who remain behind.” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
And do not ever offer ˹funeral˺ prayers for any of their dead, nor stand by their grave ˹at burial˺, for they have lost faith in Allah and His Messenger and died rebellious. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
And let neither their wealth nor children impress you ˹O Prophet˺. Allah only intends to torment them through these things in this world, and ˹then˺ their souls will depart while they are disbelievers. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
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Whenever a sûrah is revealed stating, “Believe in Allah and struggle along with His Messenger,” the rich among them would ask to be exempt, saying, “Leave us with those who remain behind.” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
They preferred to stay behind with the helpless, and their hearts have been sealed so they do not comprehend. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
But the Messenger and the believers with him strived with their wealth and their lives. They will have all the best, and it is they who will be successful. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Allah has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow, to stay there forever. That is the ultimate triumph. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
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Some nomadic Arabs ˹also˺ came with excuses, seeking exemption. And those who were untrue to Allah and His Messenger remained behind ˹with no excuse˺. The unfaithful among them will be afflicted with a painful punishment. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

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