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   Quran /8- AL-'ANFÂL The Spoils of War Revealed at Madînah/


The sûrah outlines the body of rules to be followed in wartime, the reasons for declaring war, and the factors that would lead to victory. The sûrah also treats the subject of the spoils of war and the fate of the captives. Here we find the detailed narrative of the Battle of Badr, the circumstances preceding it and those succeeding it, and the reason for each, such as the ousting of the Prophet Muhammad from Makkah. And just as the reasons for war are stated, so, too, are those for peace, especially when the enemy inclines to peace. The sûrah tells those who believe to stick together and not to submit to oppression or persecution because of their faith, but to leave to another land where they can struggle with their fellow believers for the dignity of Islam and of themselves. In the Name of Allâh, The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful

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