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Sura 9
Aya 2
فَسيحوا فِي الأَرضِ أَربَعَةَ أَشهُرٍ وَاعلَموا أَنَّكُم غَيرُ مُعجِزِي اللَّهِ ۙ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ مُخزِي الكافِرينَ

Muhammad Asad

[Announce unto them:] "Go, then, [freely] about the earth for four months1- but know that you can never elude God, and that, verily, God shall bring disgrace upon all who refuse to acknowledge the truth!"
  • These words, addressed to the mushrikin ("those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God") who have deliberately broken the treaties in force between them and the believers, indicate a cancellation of all treaty obligations on the latters' part. The period of four months which is to elapse between this announcement and the beginning (or resumption) of hostilities is a further elaboration of the injunction "cast it [i.e., the treaty] back at them in an equitable manner", given in 8:58 with reference to a breach of covenant by hostile unbelievers (see also note 62 on verse 58 of surah 8).