When the hypocrites come to you, [O Muúammad], they say, "We testify that you are the Messenger of AllŒh." And AllŒh knows that you are His Messenger, and AllŒh testifies that the hypocrites are liars.
And when you see them, their forms please you, and if they speak, you listen to their speech. [They are] as if they were pieces of wood propped up – they think that every shout is against them. They are the enemy, so beware of them. May AllŒh destroy them; how are they deluded?
1- i.e., bodies with empty minds and empty hearts.
They are the ones who say, "Do not spend on those who are with the Messenger of AllŒh until they disband." And to AllŒh belong the depositories of the heavens and the earth, but the hypocrites do not understand.
They say, "If we return to al-Mad¥nah, the more honored [for power] will surely expel therefrom the more humble." And to AllŒh belongs [all] honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.
And spend [in the way of AllŒh] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, "My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be of the righteous."