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And if any of your wives deserts you to the Unbelievers, and ye have an accession (by the coming over of a woman from the other side), then pay to those whose wives have deserted the equivalent of what they had spent (on their dower). And fear Allah, in Whom ye believe.

. As the marriage was held to be dissolved (see n.
5422 above), there was no bar to the remarriage of the
refugee Muslim woman with a Muslim man on the
payment of the usual dower to her.

Unbelieving women in a Muslim society would
only be a clog and a handicap. There would be neither
happiness for them, nor could they conduce in any way
to a healthy life of the society in which they lived as
aliens. They were to be sent away, as their marriage was
held to be dissolved; and the dowers paid to them were
to be demanded from the guardians to whom they were
sent back, just as in the contrary case the dowers of
believing women were to be paid back to their Pagan ex-husbands.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 60 verse 11 Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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