Surah Al-Anfal Ayat 6 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 6
Arguing with you concerning the truth after it had become clear, as if they were being driven toward death while they were looking on.
Disputing with thee concerning the truth after it was made manifest, as if they were being driven to death and they (actually) saw it.
They disputed with you about the truth after that had become evident, as if they were being driven to death with their eyes wide open.
Disputing with you concerning the truth after it was made manifest, as if they were being driven to death, while they were looking (at it).
Disputing with thee of the Truth after it had been made manifest, as if they were being driven to death visible.
Disputing with you concerning the truth, after it had become evident, as though they were being driven to death while looking (at it).
and argued with you about the truth after it had been made clear, as if they were being driven towards a death they could see with their own eyes.
Quran 8 Verse 6 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Anfal ayat 6, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(8:6) They disputed with you about the truth after that had become evident, as if they were being driven to death with their eyes wide open.
4. When the people in question were required to fight, they were disinclined to do so for they felt that they were being driven to death and destruction. Their condition is somewhat similar for they are now required not to contend about spoils of war and wait for God’s command as to how the spoils of war should be distributed.
This verse could also mean that if Muslims obeyed God and followed the Prophet (peace be on him) rather than their own desires, they would witness as good a result as they witnessed on the occasion of the Battle of Badr. On this occasion too many were reluctant to take on the Quraysh and considered it nothing short of suicide see( verse 6). But when they obeyed the command of God and His Prophet (peace be on him), it proved to be a source of life and survival.
Incidentally, this statement in the Qur’in implicitly negates reports usually mentioned in the works of Sirah and Maghazi and which suggest that the Prophet (peace be on him) and his Companions had initially set out from Madina in order to raid the trading caravan of the Quraysh, and that it was only when they came to know that the Quraysh army was advancing to provide protection to the trading caravan that the Muslims were faced with the option of either attacking the caravan or the Quraysh army. The Qur’anic version is quite contrary. Accordingly, from the moment when the Prophet (peace be on him) set out from his house, he was intent upon a decisive battlewith the Quraysh. In addition, the decision as to whether the Muslims should confront the trading caravan or the army was taken at the very beginning rather than later on. It is also evident that even though it was quite clear that it was essential to confront the Quraysh army, a group of Muslims tried to avoid it and kept pleading for their viewpoint. Even when a firm decision had been taken that the Muslims would attack the Quraysh army rather than the caravan, this group set out for the encounter with the view that they were being driven to death and destruction.See (verses 5-8). Cf. al-Waqidi. vol. 1, pp. 19-21; Ibn Sa’d, vol. 2. pp. 11-14 – Ed.)
The tafsir of Surah Al-Anfal verse 6 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Anfal ayat 5 which provides the complete commentary from verse 6 through 8.
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