English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 58: Al-Mujadilah — The Pleading Woman (Revealed at Madinah: 3 sections, 22 verses)

Section 3 (Verses 58:14–58:22): Internal Enemy to be Guarded Against


اَلَمۡ تَرَ اِلَی الَّذِیۡنَ تَوَلَّوۡا قَوۡمًا غَضِبَ اللّٰہُ عَلَیۡہِمۡ ؕ مَا ہُمۡ مِّنۡکُمۡ وَ لَا مِنۡہُمۡ ۙ وَ یَحۡلِفُوۡنَ عَلَی الۡکَذِبِ وَ ہُمۡ یَعۡلَمُوۡنَ ﴿۱۴﴾

58:14 Have you not seen those who take for friends a people with whom Allah is displeased? They are neither of you nor of them, and they swear falsely, while they know.

اَعَدَّ اللّٰہُ لَہُمۡ عَذَابًا شَدِیۡدًا ؕ اِنَّہُمۡ سَآءَ مَا کَانُوۡا یَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۱۵﴾

58:15 Allah has prepared for them a severe punishment. Evil indeed is what they do!

اِتَّخَذُوۡۤا اَیۡمَانَہُمۡ جُنَّۃً فَصَدُّوۡا عَنۡ سَبِیۡلِ اللّٰہِ فَلَہُمۡ عَذَابٌ مُّہِیۡنٌ ﴿۱۶﴾

58:16 They take shelter under their oaths, so they turn (people) from Allah’s way; for them is a humiliating punishment.

لَنۡ تُغۡنِیَ عَنۡہُمۡ اَمۡوَالُہُمۡ وَ لَاۤ اَوۡلَادُہُمۡ مِّنَ اللّٰہِ شَیۡئًا ؕ اُولٰٓئِکَ اَصۡحٰبُ النَّارِ ؕ ہُمۡ فِیۡہَا خٰلِدُوۡنَ ﴿۱۷﴾

58:17 Of no avail against Allah, will be to them their wealth or their children. They are the companions of the Fire; in it they will abide.

یَوۡمَ یَبۡعَثُہُمُ اللّٰہُ جَمِیۡعًا فَیَحۡلِفُوۡنَ لَہٗ کَمَا یَحۡلِفُوۡنَ لَکُمۡ وَ یَحۡسَبُوۡنَ اَنَّہُمۡ عَلٰی شَیۡءٍ ؕ اَلَاۤ اِنَّہُمۡ ہُمُ الۡکٰذِبُوۡنَ ﴿۱۸﴾

58:18 On the day when Allah will raise them all up, they will swear to Him as they swear to you, and they think that they have some (excuse). Now surely they are the liars.

اِسۡتَحۡوَذَ عَلَیۡہِمُ الشَّیۡطٰنُ فَاَنۡسٰہُمۡ ذِکۡرَ اللّٰہِ ؕ اُولٰٓئِکَ حِزۡبُ الشَّیۡطٰنِ ؕ اَلَاۤ اِنَّ حِزۡبَ الشَّیۡطٰنِ ہُمُ الۡخٰسِرُوۡنَ ﴿۱۹﴾

58:19 The devil has gained mastery over them, so he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah. They are the devil’s party. Now surely the devil’s party are the losers.

اِنَّ الَّذِیۡنَ یُحَآدُّوۡنَ اللّٰہَ وَ رَسُوۡلَہٗۤ اُولٰٓئِکَ فِی الۡاَذَلِّیۡنَ ﴿۲۰﴾

58:20 Those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, they shall be among the most degraded.

کَتَبَ اللّٰہُ لَاَغۡلِبَنَّ اَنَا وَ رُسُلِیۡ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ قَوِیٌّ عَزِیۡزٌ ﴿۲۱﴾

58:21 Allah has written down: I shall certainly prevail, I and My messengers. Surely Allah is Strong, Mighty.1

لَا تَجِدُ قَوۡمًا یُّؤۡمِنُوۡنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَ الۡیَوۡمِ الۡاٰخِرِ یُوَآدُّوۡنَ مَنۡ حَآدَّ اللّٰہَ وَ رَسُوۡلَہٗ وَ لَوۡ کَانُوۡۤا اٰبَآءَہُمۡ اَوۡ اَبۡنَآءَہُمۡ اَوۡ اِخۡوَانَہُمۡ اَوۡ عَشِیۡرَتَہُمۡ ؕ اُولٰٓئِکَ کَتَبَ فِیۡ قُلُوۡبِہِمُ الۡاِیۡمَانَ وَ اَیَّدَہُمۡ بِرُوۡحٍ مِّنۡہُ ؕ وَ یُدۡخِلُہُمۡ جَنّٰتٍ تَجۡرِیۡ مِنۡ تَحۡتِہَا الۡاَنۡہٰرُ خٰلِدِیۡنَ فِیۡہَا ؕ رَضِیَ اللّٰہُ عَنۡہُمۡ وَ رَضُوۡا عَنۡہُ ؕ اُولٰٓئِکَ حِزۡبُ اللّٰہِ ؕ اَلَاۤ اِنَّ حِزۡبَ اللّٰہِ ہُمُ الۡمُفۡلِحُوۡنَ ﴿٪۲۲﴾

58:22 You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day2 loving those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even though they be their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kinsfolk.3 These are they into whose hearts He has impressed faith, and strengthened them with a Spirit from Himself, and He will make them enter Gardens in which rivers flow, abiding in them. Allah is well-pleased with them and they are well-pleased with Him. These are Allah’s party. Now surely it is Allah’s party who are the successful!


  1. Note the certain conviction of the final triumph of Truth, which is expressed here. The next verse concludes with similar words: Surely it is Allah’s party who are the successful.
  2. The Muslims are the people who believe in Allah and the Last Day.
  3. In a state of war between the two parties, friendly relations with the hostile tribes were prohibited, and these would have resulted in great harm to the weaker community of the Muslims. As to those who were not actually engaged in hostilities against the Muslims, see the express directions contained in 60:8.