63 The Hypocrites
63:1 When the Hypocrites come to thee, they say, “We bear witness that thou art indeed the Apostle of God.” Yea, God knoweth that thou art indeed His Apostle, and God beareth witness that the Hypocrites are indeed liars.
Allah seals the hearts of those who believe and then disbelieve so that they can understand nothing.
63:4 When thou lookest at them, their exteriors please thee; and when they speak, thou listenest to their words. They are as (worthless as hollow) pieces of timber propped up, (unable to stand on their own). They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies; so beware of them. The curse of God be on them! How are they deluded (away from the Truth)!
Disbelievers are deluded (Pickthill: perverted). They are the enemy, confounded by Allah.
63:7 They are the ones who say, “Spend nothing on those who are with God’s Apostle, to the end that they may disperse (and quit Medina).” But to God belong the treasures of the heavens and the earth; but the Hypocrites understand not.
63:8 They say, “If we return to Medina, surely the more honourable (element) will expel therefrom the meaner.” But honour belongs to God and His Apostle, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not.
Pickthill: “Might belongeth to Allah and to His messenger and to the believers.”
(Quoted by Osama bin Laden in his ‘’letter to America’’ as a justification for the 11 September 2001 attacks.)
Don’‘t let your children distract you from your duty to Allah.
63:10 and spend something (in charity) out of the substance which We have bestowed on you, before Death should come to any of you and he should say, “O my Lord! why didst Thou not give me respite for a little while? I should then have given (largely ) in charity, and I should have been one of the doers of good”.