How are we Muslim believers to interpret this verse:
"Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them."
Are we to take this as a call to literal struggle against the kafir or is it metaphorical somehow?
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim (In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
This is during war only when the Kuffar come to annihilate you !!
However there are many more ayats which lays down the criteria of war.
[Anfaal 8:7 Behold! Allah/God promised you one of the two (enemy) parties, that it should be yours: you wished that the one unarmed should be yours, but Allah/God willed to justify the Truth according to His words and to cut off the roots of the Unbelievers;-
[Anfaal 8:8 That He might justify Truth and prove Falsehood false, distasteful though it be to those in guilt.
[Anfaal 8:9 Remember you implored the assistance of your Lord, and He answered you: "I will assist you with a thousand of the angels, ranks on ranks."
[Anfaal 8:10 Allah/God made it but a message of hope, and an assurance to your hearts: (in any case) there is no help except from Allah/God: and Allah/God is Exalted in Power, Wise.
[Anfaal 8:11 Remember He covered you with a sort of drowsiness, to give you calm as from Himself, and he caused rain to descend on you from heaven, to clean you therewith, to remove from you the stain of Satan, to strengthen your hearts, and to plant your feet firmly therewith.
[Anfaal 8:12 Remember your Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite you above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them."
[Anfaal 8:13 This because they contended against Allah/God and His Apostle: If any contend against Allah/God and His Apostle, Allah/God is strict in punishment.
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