When the hypocrites come to you, they say, `We bear witness that you are in fact the Messenger of Allâh.´ And Allâh knows that you are indeed His Messenger. Yet Allâh (at the same time) bears witness that the hypocrites are truly liars.
They take shelter behind their oaths (to hide their evil designs). Thus they keep people back from the way of Allâh. Surely, evil is the practice they follow.
That (they follow this practice) is because (outwardly) they believed but (inwardly) they disbelieved, so that their hearts are sealed and (now) they do not even understand.
When you see them, their (handsome) figures please you, and if they speak (a masked and polished speech), you listen to their speech. (They look) as though they were wooden statues clad in garments. They think every loud cry is one (raised) against them. They themselves are (your) enemies (in reality), so beware of them. May Allâh ruin them! To what (perversities) are they being turned away (from the Truth)?
And when it is said to them, `Come so that the Messenger of Allâh may ask forgiveness for you,´ they turn their heads aside (by way of refusal and out of scorn and pride). And you see them keeping others (also) back, while they swell big with pride.
It makes no difference to them whether you ask forgiveness for them or do not ask, Allâh will not forgive them. Indeed, Allâh will guide no transgressing people to success.
They are a people who say, `Do not spend on those who are with the Messenger of Allâh until they (are obliged to) disperse (and desert him). Yet the treasures of the heavens and the earth belong to Allâh, but the hypocrites do not understand (it).
They say, `If we return to Madînah, the most honourable and mightier will drive out the most mean from there.´ But (true) power and honour belongs to Allâh and His Messenger and to the believers. Yet the hypocrites do not know (it).
O you who believe! do not let your possessions and your children make you forget the remembrance of Allâh. And those who do so shall be the real losers.
And spend out of that with which We have provided you, before death visits one of you and he says, `My Lord! would that you had granted me reprieve for a short while, (for if you had,) I would have given alms and would have become of the righteous.´
And Allâh does not grant reprieve to a soul when its appointed time is come. And Allâh is Well-Aware of what you do.