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8:57 Severity and resoluteness

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 If ye gain the mastery over them in war, disperse, with them, those who follow them, that they may remember.

Yusuf Ali writes,

The purpose of the verse is to urge Muslims to
act against their enemies described above with a
severity and resoluteness which would serve as a
deterrent to other enemies of Islam who might be
inclined to follow their example and act treacherously
towards Muslims. (Eds.)

References:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 8 verse 57). Microsoft Word – 008 Anfal.doc (quran4u.com)

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