9.1 . Freedom from obligation ( is proclaimed ) from Allah and His messenger toward those of the idolaters with whom ye made a treaty :
9.2 . Travel freely in the land four months , and know that ye cannot escape Allah and that Allah will confound the disbelievers ( in His guidance ) .
9.3 . And a proclamation from Allah and His messenger to all men on the day of the Greater Pilgrimage that Allah is free from obligation to the idolaters , and ( so is ) His messenger . So , if ye repent , it will be better for you ; but if ye are averse , then know that ye cannot escape Allah . Give tidings ( O Muhammad ) of a painful doom to those who disbelieve .
9.4 . Excepting those of the idolaters with whom ye ( Muslims ) have a treaty , and who have since abated nothing of your right nor have supported anyone against you . ( As for these ) , fulfill their treaty to them till their term . Lo! Allah loveth those who keep their duty ( unto Him ) .
9.5 . Then , when the sacred months have passed , slay the idolaters wherever ye find them , and take them ( captive ) , and besiege them , and prepare for them each ambush . But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor due , then leave their way free . Lo! Allah is Forgiving , Merciful .
9.6 . And if anyone of the idolaters seeketh thy protection ( O Muhammad ) , then protect him so that he may hear the word of Allah ; and afterward convey him to his place of safety . That is because they are a folk who know not .
9.7 . How can there be a treaty with Allah and with His messenger for the idolaters save those with whom ye made a treaty at the Inviolable Place of Worship? So long as they are true to you , be true to them . Lo! Allah loveth those who keep their duty .
9.8 . How ( can there be any treaty for the others ) when , if they have the upper hand of you , they regard not pact nor honor in respect of you? They satisfy you with their mouths the while their hearts refuse . And most of them are wrong doers .
9.9 . They have purchased with the revelations of Allah a little gain , so they debar ( men ) from His way . Lo! evil is that which they are wont to do .
9.10 . And they observe toward a believer neither pact nor honor . These are they who are transgressors .
9.11 . But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor due , then are they your brethren in religion . We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge .
9.12 . And if they break their pledges after their treaty ( hath been made with you ) and assail your religion , then fight the heads of disbelief Lo! they have no binding oaths in order that they may desist .
9.13 . Will ye not fight a folk who broke their solemn pledges , and purposed to drive out the messenger and did attack you first? What! Fear ye them? Now Allah hath more right that ye should fear Him , if ye are believers .
9.14 . Fight them! Allah will chastise them at your hands , and He will lay them low and give you victory over them , and He will heal the breasts of folk who are believers .
9.15 . And He will remove the anger of their hearts . Allah relenteth toward whom He will . Allah is Knower , Wise .
9.16 . Or deemed ye that ye would be left ( in peace ) when Allah yet knoweth not those of you who strive , choosing for familiar none save Allah and His messenger and the believers? Allah is Informed of what ye do .
9.17 . It is not for the idolaters to tend Allah ' s sanctuaries , bearing witness against themselves of disbelief . As for such , their works are vain and in the Fire they will abide .
9.18 . He only shall tend Allah ' s sanctuaries who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and observeth proper worship and payeth the poor due and feareth none save Allah . For such ( only ) is it possible that they can be of the rightly guided .
9.19 . Count ye the slaking of a pilgrim ' s thirst and tendance of the Inviolable Place of Worship as ( equal to the worth of him ) who believeth in Allah and the Last Day , and striveth in the way of Allah? They are not equal in the sight of Allah . Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk .
9.20 . Those who believe , and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah ' s way are of much greater worth in Allah ' s sight . These are they who are triumphant .