Please see author's note on Surah 9.
Surah 9. At-Taubah – The Repentance
[Author’s Note] This is the 9th Surah of the Qur’an. It has 129 verses. Humanity must abstain from associating others with God -- the One True God. This injunction applies to matters of worship, obedience and Law-giving. Ascribing partners to God does not upset Him. He is too High and Glorious to feel offended. Idolatry in any form only harms us by dragging down the honor granted to humans by the Sublime Creator. And it divides mankind into castes and sects. The idolaters, and others who associate gods besides the One True God, are the believers’ brothers and sisters once they embrace the Truth. And eventually humankind will become one community. It is customary to omit Bismillah before this Surah as it is considered to be a continuation of the last Surah, Al-Anfal. However, the matter is absolutely insignificant and proper references are imperative in ‘The Qur’an As It Explains Itself’. Al-Anfal is the 8th and this is the 9th Chapter of the Qur’an.
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(With the Glorious Name of God, the Instant and Sustaining Source of all Mercy and Kindness)
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