008 - Soorah al-Anfaal - (The Spoils of War) - [Madanee]

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[008:041] And know that whatever of war-booty that you may gain, verily, one-fifth (1/5th) of it is assigned to All‚h, and to the Messenger [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam], and to the near relatives [of the Messenger (Muhammad [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam])], (and also) the orphans, Al-Mas‚kin (the needy) and the wayfarer, if you have believed in All‚h and in that which We sent down to Our slave (Muhammad [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam]) on the Day of Criterion (between right and wrong), the Day when the two forces met (the battle of Badr); and All‚h is Able to do all things.


[008:042] (And remember) when you (the Muslim army) were on the near side of the valley, and they on the farther side, and the caravan on the ground lower than you. Even if you had made a mutual appointment to meet, you would certainly have failed in the appointment, but (you met) that All‚h might accomplish a matter already ordained (in His Knowledge), so that those who were to be destroyed (for their rejecting the Faith) might be destroyed after a clear evidence, and those who were to live (i.e. believers) might live after a clear evidence. And surely, All‚h is All-Hearer, All-Knower.


[008:043] (And remember) when All‚h showed them to you as few in your (i.e. Muhammad's) dream; if He had shown them to you as many, you would surely have been discouraged, and you would surely have disputed in making a decision. But All‚h saved (you). Certainly, He is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts.


[008:044] And (remember) when you met (the army of the disbelievers on the day of the battle of Badr), He showed them to you as few in your eyes and He made you appear as few in their eyes, so that All‚h might accomplish a matter already ordained (in His Knowledge), and to All‚h return all matters (for decision).


[008:045] O you who believe! When you meet (an enemy) force, take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of All‚h much (both with tongue and mind), so that you may be successful.



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