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O believers! Remember Allah’s favour upon you when ˹enemy˺ forces came to ˹besiege˺ you ˹in Medina˺,1 so We sent against them a ˹bitter˺ wind and forces you could not see.2 And Allah is All-Seeing of what you do. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
˹Remember˺ when they came at you from east and west,1 when your eyes grew wild ˹in horror˺ and your hearts jumped into your throats, and you entertained ˹conflicting˺ thoughts about Allah.2 Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Then and there the believers were put to the test, and were violently shaken. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
And ˹remember˺ when the hypocrites and those with sickness in their hearts said, “Allah and His Messenger have promised us nothing but delusion!” Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
And ˹remember˺ when a group of them said, “O people of Yathrib!1 There is no point in you staying ˹here˺, so retreat!” Another group of them asked the Prophet’s permission ˹to leave˺, saying, “Our homes are vulnerable,” while ˹in fact˺ they were not vulnerable. They only wished to flee. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Had their city been sacked from all sides and they had been asked to abandon faith, they would have done so with little hesitation. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
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They had already pledged to Allah earlier never to turn their backs ˹in retreat˺. And a pledge to Allah must be answered for. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Fleeing will not benefit you if you ˹try to˺ escape a natural or violent death. ˹If it is not your time,˺ you will only be allowed enjoyment for a little while.”1 Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
Ask ˹them, O  Prophet˺, “Who can put you out of Allah’s reach if He intends to harm you or show you mercy?” They can never find any protector or helper besides Allah. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
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Allah knows well those among you who discourage ˹others from fighting˺, saying ˹secretly˺ to their brothers, “Stay with us,” and who themselves hardly take part in fighting. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

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