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Submitted by sTs (United Arab Emirates), May 21, 2008 at 03:15

First of all I don't like Yousuf Ali translation - I always find him in correct in translating the Arabic Language. Therefore I will give you Mohammad Khan version which I feel is a better translator than Yousuf Ali - although I find him not to be perfect too

Translation of Mohammad Khan is as follows with my personal interference


9:1 "Acquittal from Allah and His Messenger (Mohammad) to those of the pagans with whom you made a treaty"

The verse says that Allah and his Messenger are free from their treaty with the Pagans - and the explanation for the reason is because the pagans broke the terms of the treaty with the messengers and the believers so they are today free from keeping the treaty.

9:2 "So Travel freely for four months in the land, but know that you cannot escape Allah, Allah will disgrace the unbelievers'

This is a command from God, that for four month no one will come near them, although they should be persecuted for their evil deeds against the prophet and the beleivers (The pagans during the treaty killed some believers). The grace period is four months notice.

9:3 "And a declaration from Allah and His messenger to the people on the greatest Hajj day that Allah and His Messenger are free from all obligations (His treaty) with the unbelievers. But if you repent, it is better for you, but if you turn away, then know that you cannot escape (The punishment) from Allah. And give tidings of a painful torment to those who disbelieve.

and because of their breaking the treaty terms with Mohammad and his followers, Allah commanded that from this day on no pagan will go around the Kaba and no pagan will make pelgrimage to Mecca and no one will go around the kaba naked.

9:4 "Except those pagans with whom you have treaty and who have not break their treaty with you, nor have supported anyone agaisnt you. So fullfil their treaty to them for the end of their term. Surely Allah Loves the Pious

Muslims are instructed to maintain the treaty with those who do not break it. there were many pagan tribes in Arabia. and some had treaties and other did not have treaties and others broke their treaties. So here God says to Mohammad who keeps the terms of the treaty and do not deceive you then keep the treaty to the end of their terms.

These are the morals of the Muslims, unlike the Jews.

9:5 "Then when the sacred months came to pass, then kill the pagans (Who broke the treaty with you) and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush. But if they repent and perform the prayers and give Alms, then leave their way free. Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Graceful.

This verse talks about the tribes around Mecca who are pagans (worship idols) it does not talk about the people of the book and who broke their treaty with the prophet. the reason is because they broke the treaties with the prophet, which means they are hurting the Muslims and aggress against them.

9:6 "And if one of the pagans seeks your protection, then grant him your protection, so they may hear the Word of God, and escore him to where he can be secure, that is because they are men who don't know"

Those pagans who broke the treaty and now seek your protection, protect them and give them their secure.

This is the manner of Islam, what better treatment than this

I don't want to go on, what I showed you is enough for you if you hacve sense to understnad

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How can there be a league, before Allah and His Messenger, with the Pagans

What do you think, do you leave those who broke treaty with you and killed some of you????

Yes, what Mohammd did in the two incidents are retaliation for what the pagans did to the Muslims, they killed and tortured and stole all their belongings in Mecca.

You have BIG misconception about the explanation of the verses. you are so ignorant you need a lot of teaching


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