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9:6  If one amongst the Pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure

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 If one amongst the Pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure. That is because they are men without knowledge.

. Even among the enemies of Islam, actively
fighting against Islam, there may be individuals who may
be in a position to require protection. Full asylum is to be
given to them, and opportunities provided for hearing
the Word of Allah.
If they accept the Word, they become Muslims and
brethren, and no further question arises. If they do not
see their way to accept Islam, they will require double
protection:

  • from the Islamic forces openly fighting against their
    people, and
  • from their own people, as they detached themselves
    from them.
    Both kinds of protection should be ensured for them, and
    they should be safely escorted to a place where they can
    be safe. Such persons only err through ignorance, and
    there may be much good in them.

References:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 9 verse 6)Microsoft Word – 009 Tawbah.doc (quran4u.com)

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