This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.
CHAPTER 17 MORE OF THE KORAN AND JIHAD (continued)
4:76 The believers fight for Allah’s cause [jihad] and the unbelievers fight for Satan. Therefore, fight against the friends of Satan. Truly Satan’s strategy is weak.
4:77 Look at those who were told, “Lay down your arms of war for a time, attend to your prayers, and pay the poor tax.” When they were told to resume fighting, some of them feared their fellow man more than they should have feared Allah, and said, “Lord! Why have you commanded us to fight? Why could you not have given us a longer respite?” Say: The joys of this world are fleeting. The world to come will be better for those of you who fear Allah, and you will never be treated unfairly in the least. Wherever you are, death will find you, even if you lock yourselves in high towers! If something good happens to them they say, “This is from Allah,” but if something evil happens to them they say, “It was the Messenger’s fault.” Say: Everything is from Allah! But what is wrong with these people that they fail to understand what is told to them?
4:79 Whatever good comes to you is from Allah, but whatever evil happens to you is from yourself. We have sent you to mankind as a Messenger, and Allah is sufficient as your witness. Those who obey the Messenger obey Allah. As for those who turn away from you, We have not sent you to watch over them.
4:81 They promise obedience to you, but when they leave you, they gather together at night and plan to do other than what you say. Allah writes down all they say. Therefore, leave them alone and put your trust in Allah. Allah is sufficient as your protector. Will they not study the Koran? Were it not from Allah, they surely would have found many contradictions in it. And when they hear any news, whether it is good or bad, they announce it to everyone. On the other hand, if they had told the Messenger or those in authority, the wise among them would have learned it from them. If it were not for Allah’s grace and mercy, all but a few of you would have followed Satan!
4:84 Therefore, fight for Allah’s cause [jihad]. Do not lay the burden on anyone but yourself, and stir up the faithful. It may be that Allah will restrain the unbelievers’ fury. Allah is mightier and stronger in His punishment.
4:85 Those who mediate between people for a good cause will gain from it, but those who mediate for an evil cause will bear the consequences. Allah has power over all things.
66:6 Oh, believers, save yourselves and your families from the Fire whose fuel is men and stones [ritual objects made from stone], over which are set fierce and mighty angels. They do not resist Allah’s commands, but do precisely what they are commanded. Oh, unbelievers, do not make excuses for yourselves this day. You are only being rewarded for your deeds.
66:8 Oh, believers, turn to Allah in true penitence. Maybe your Lord will cancel your evil deeds and will bring you into the Gardens beneath which the rivers flow on the day when Allah will not humiliate the Messenger or those who have shared his faith. Their light will run before them and on their right hands. They will say, “Lord perfect our light, and pardon us. You have power over all things.”
66:9 Oh, Messenger, make war on the unbelievers and hypocrites, and be hard on them. Hell will be their home, and wretched is the passage to it.
66:10 Allah sets forth as an example to unbelievers the wife of Noah and the wife of Lot. They were under two of Our righteous servants yet they both deceived them, so their husbands did not help them at all against Allah. It was said to them, “Enter into the Fire with those who enter.”
66:11 Allah also holds forth to those who believe the example of the wife of Pharaoh. She said, “Lord, build me a house with you in Paradise and deliver me from Pharaoh and his doings and deliver me from the wicked.”
66:12 Mary, the daughter of Imran who guarded her chastity and into whose womb We breathed of Our spirit, accepted the words of her Lord and of His revelations. She was one of the obedient.