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Submitted by rashid (United Kingdom), Jun 6, 2007 at 06:38

YUSUFALI: Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah's Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.

basically, when you meet the enemies in battle - please note the word battle - fight them, subdue them - keep them at bay - and after war, you either set the prisoners free graciously or exchange them in ransom. if Quran was so bloodthirsty, it wouldn't give you these choices. Either set them free, or do ransom. It doesn't say kill the prisoners. Why don't you guys read the verses carefully, or does it serve your purpose not to? the purpose to deny the fact the Quran is not a bloodthirsty book. you just quote out of context and not the other verses which say that if the unbelivers inclined to peace you incline to peace.

This verse is to boost up the morale of the muslims - Allah knows that the muslims are frightened so he wants give them something that'll give them hope. also don't your u.s generals do the same thing in a war. or do they say if someone fights you the battlefield give them a kiss on the cheek? No, they don't.

Open your minds, people. Islam is a religion of peace.



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