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9th century North African folio of ayah 9-15

Surat Muhammad (Arabic: سورة محمد Muḥammad) is the 47th sura of the Qur'an with 38 ayat.

The surah orders believers to obey Muhammad and not to reject any part of what he has revealed, as well as to "smite" and "subdue" the "unbelievers" in battle.[Qur'an 47:4]. This is often used against Muslims to describe their religion as violent, but it cannot be taken out of context[citation needed]; the verse refers to the Battle of Badr, where the Meccans were gathering an army to attack Medina. This verse simply commanded the Muslims to defend themselves from this threat, and is not applicable in modern times[citation needed]. However, although Islam maintains peace and orders its followers to treat all peoples with the due respect reserved for God's creations, this surah explicitly states in verse 7, "Oh you who believe! If you make God victorious, then He will make you victorious and make your foothold firm." The mandate is quite clear: the believer must strive to do good works in God's name alone for that is his/her purpose on this Earth, in turn God will provide everything for the believer to ensure that his/her good works continue. These "good works" must be actions that are commanded by God, namely being charitable and generous; seeking justice and equality; and being in a state of continual repentance and mindfulness of the Creator. These "good works" will not be accepted if they are innovations—basically actions otherwise not prescribed in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

Previous Sura:
Al-Ahqaf
The Qur'an - Sura 47 Next Sura:
Al-Fath
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