48:16 qul lil mukhal-lafiyna minal a’Åraabi sa tud’Awna ilaa qawmin uliy ba’sin shadiydin tuqaatiluunahum aw yuslimuun* fain tuTiy’UU yu’tikumul-laahu ajran Hasanaa* wa in tatawal-law kamaa tawal-laytum min qablu yu’Adh-dhibkum ‘Adhaaban aliymaa
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Ahmed Raza Khan: Mohammed Aqib Qadri:
Say to the ignorant who stayed behind, "You will soon be called against a nation of great military strength - to fight against them or that they become Muslims; so if you obey, Allah will give you an excellent reward; and if you turn away, the way you had turned away before, He will mete out a painful punishment to you."
Say to the desert Arabs who lagged behind: "Ye shall be summoned (to fight) against a people given to vehement war: then shall ye fight, or they shall submit. Then if ye show obedience, Allah will grant you a goodly reward, but if ye turn back as ye did before, He will punish you with a grievous Penalty."
Say unto those of the wandering Arabs who were left behind: Ye will be called against a folk of mighty prowess, to fight them until they surrender; and if ye obey, Allah will give you a fair reward; but if ye turn away as ye did turn away before, He will punish you with a painful doom.