Al-Anfal

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For the genocide of Iraqi Kurds from 1986-1989, see Al-Anfal Campaign.
Al-Anfal
الأنفال
Classification Madinan
Meaning of the name The Spoils of War
Statistics
Sura number 8
Number of verses 75
Juz' number 9 to 10
Hizb number 18 to 19
Number of Sajdahs none
Previous Sura Al-A'raf
Next Sura At-Tawba

Sura Al-Anfal (Arabic: سورة الأنفال‎, Sūratu al-Anfāl, "The Spoils of War") is the eighth chapter of the Qur'an, with 75 verses. It is a Medinan sura, completed after the Battle of Badr. It forms a pair with the next sura, At-Tawba.

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Badr[edit]

Badr is also the subject of Sura 8: Al-Anfal, which details military conduct and operations. Though the Sura does not name Badr, it describes the battle several times:

These verses highlighted both the chance encounter of the battle (both sides had blundered into each other) as well as the underestimation of both the size of Meccan army by the Muslims and the fierceness of the Muslim army by the Meccans. The Meccan army was described in the second verses, and "Satan" may be referring to Amr ibn Hisham, who was hated by the Muslims and allegedly pushed for the battle repeatedly.

[Quran 8:17][edit]

One source states that Ubay ibn Khalaf was ransomed after Badr, but was killed by Muslims with a spear in the Battle of Uhud (625 CE). Verse [Quran 8:17] was revealed in this occasion.[1]

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Previous sura:
Al-A'raf
Sura 8 Next sura:
At-Tawba
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