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So, when you encounter those who disbelieve, then (aim at) smiting the necks, until when you have broken their strength thoroughly, then tie fast the bond, (by making them captives). Then choose (to release them) either (as) a favour (shown to them,), or (after receiving) ransom,until the war throws down its load of arms. That (is Our command.) If Allah willed, He would have (Himself) subjected them to retribution, but (Allah ordered you to fight,) so that He may test some of you through some others. And those who are killed in Allah’s way, He will never let their deeds go to waste.

— Mufti Taqi Usmani

So when you meet the ones who have disbelieved, then it is striking of the necks until, when you have subjugated (Wrongly understood by Arberry and others to mean "slaughter") them, then uphold the bonds; (i.e., take them captives) then (it is) either being bounteous (i.e., "showing" bounty by setting them free) hereafter (to them), or (exacting) ransom, until the war lays down its encumbrances. So it shall be; and if Allah had (so) decided, He would have vindicated Himself upon them; but that He may try some of you by means of others (Literally: by means of some "others"). And the ones who have been killed in the way of Allah, then He will never send their deeds into error.

— Dr. Ghali

When you meet the disbelievers in battle, strike them in the neck, and once they are defeated, bind any captives firmly––later you can release them by grace or by ransom––until the toils of war have ended. That [is the way]. God could have defeated them Himself if He had willed, but His purpose is to test some of you by means of others. He will not let the deeds of those who are killed for His cause come to nothing;

— Abdul Haleem

Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks until, when ye have routed them, then making fast of bonds; and afterward either grace or ransom till the war lay down its burdens. That (is the ordinance). And if Allah willed He could have punished them (without you) but (thus it is ordained) that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He rendereth not their actions vain.

— Pickthall

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.

— Yusuf Ali

Бас, (эй мўминлар), қачон сизлар (жанг майдонида) кофир бўлган кимсалар билан тўқнашганларингизда бўйинларига урингиз — ўлдирингиз! Энди қачон уларни(нг кўпларини) қириб (мағлуб қилганингиздан кейин уларни асир олиб) арқонлар билан боғлангиз! Сўнг ё (уларни озод қилиб юбориш билан) марҳамат кўрсатурсизлар ё (уларни қўйиб юбориш учун) фидя-товон олурсизлар. Токи уруш юкларини қўйгунича (яъни, тўхтагунича сизларга буюрилган иш) мана шудир. Агар Аллоҳ хоҳласа улардан (жанг-жадалсиз ҳам) ғолиб бўлур (яъни, уларни йўқ қилиб юборур) эди, лекин У зот сизларнинг айримларингизни айримларингиз билан имтиҳон қилиш учун сизларни жангга буюрди). Аллоҳ йўлида ўлдирилган зотларнинг амалларини ҳаргиз зое кеткизмас.

— Alauddin Mansour

So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure [their] bonds,1 and either [confer] favor2 afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens.3 That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah - never will He waste their deeds.

— Saheeh International

When you meet the unbelievers (in battle), smite their necks until you have crushed them, then bind your captives firmly; thereafter (you are entitled to) set them free, either by an act of grace, or against ransom, until the war ends.1 That is for you to do. If Allah had so willed, He would have Himself exacted retribution from them. (But He did not do so) that He may test some of you by means of others.2 As for those who are slain in the way of Allah, He shall never let their works go to waste.3

— Tafheem-ul-Quran - Abul Ala Maududi

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