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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
There is no blame on the weak, the sick, or those lacking the means ˹if they stay behind˺, as long as they are true to Allah and His Messenger. There is no blame on the good-doers. And Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Nor ˹is there any blame on˺ those who came to you ˹O Prophet˺ for mounts, then when you said, “I can find no mounts for you,” they left with eyes overflowing with tears out of grief that they had nothing to contribute. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Blame is only on those who seek exemption from you although they have the means. They preferred to stay behind with the helpless, and Allah has sealed their hearts so they do not realize ˹the consequences˺. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
They will make excuses to you ˹believers˺ when you return to them. Say, “Make no excuses, ˹for˺ we will not believe you. Allah has already informed us about your ˹true˺ state ˹of faith˺. Your ˹future˺ deeds will be observed by Allah and His Messenger as well. And you will be returned to the Knower of the seen and unseen, then He will inform you of what you used to do.” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
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When you return, they will swear to you by Allah so that you may leave them alone. So leave them alone—they are truly evil. Hell will be their home as a reward for what they have committed. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

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