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2:195 Make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction

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And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.

The following excerpt is taken from “The Holy Quran: Text, Translation, and Commentary” by Abdullah Yusuf Ali pg. 129-130:

Every fight requires the wherewithals for the
fight, the “sinews of war”.

  • If the war is just and in the cause of Allah, all who
    have wealth must spend it freely. That may be their
    contribution to the Cause, in addition to their
    personal effort, or if for any reason they are unable
    to fight.
  • If they hug their wealth, perhaps their own hands are
    helping in their own self destruction. Or if their wealth is being spent, not in the Cause of Allah, but in something which pleases their fancy, it may be that the advantage goes to the enemy, and they are by their action helping their own destruction. In all things, their standard should be, not selfishness, but the good of their brethren, for such good is pleasing to Allah.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (pg. 129-130). Microsoft Word – 002 Baqarah.doc (

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