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Sura 9
Aya 62
يَحلِفونَ بِاللَّهِ لَكُم لِيُرضوكُم وَاللَّهُ وَرَسولُهُ أَحَقُّ أَن يُرضوهُ إِن كانوا مُؤمِنينَ

Muhammad Asad

[The hypocrites] swear to you by God [that they are acting in good faith], with a view to pleasing you [O believers] - the while it is God and His Apostle whose pleasure they should seek above all else, if indeed they are believers!1
  • Lit., "the while God and His Apostle are most entitled that they should seek His pleasure...", etc. As has been pointed out by many of the commentators (and most succinctly by Rashid Rida' in Manar X, 607 f.), there is no question of any juxtaposition of God and His Apostle in this phrase. This is made clear by the use of the singular pronoun in an yurduhu ("that they should seek His pleasure"), which is meant to bring out - in the inimitable elliptic form so characteristic of the Qur'an - the idea that God's pleasure is the only worthwhile goal of all human endeavour, and that a believer's duty to surrender to the Prophet's guidance is but an outcome of the fact that he is the bearer of God's message to man. Cf. in this connection, "Whoever pays heed unto the Apostle pays heed unto God thereby" (4:80), or, "Say [O Prophet]: 'If you love God, follow me, [and] God will love you'" (3:31).