Ayah

قَالُواْ تَقَاسَمُواْ بِٱللَّهِ لَنُبَيِّتَنَّهُۥ وَأَهۡلَهُۥ ثُمَّ لَنَقُولَنَّ لِوَلِيِّهِۦ مَا شَهِدۡنَا مَهۡلِكَ أَهۡلِهِۦ وَإِنَّا لَصَٰدِقُونَ

Translation

They said: "Swear a mutual oath by Allah that we shall make a secret night attack on him and his people, and that we shall then say to his heir (when he seeks vengeance): 'We were not present at the slaughter of his people, and we are positively telling the truth.'"<br/>

Tafsir

They said, that is, some said to others, 'Swear to one another by God that we will attack him by night (la436 nubayyitannahu; or [read] la-tubayyitunnahu, 'that you will attack him by night') together with his folk, that is, those who believed in him, in other words, [swear] that we will kill them at night; then we will surely say (la-naqoolanna; or [read] la-taqoolunna, 'you surely will say') to his heir, the avenger of his blood, that we did not witness, we were not present at, the destruction of his folk (read muhlika or mahlika, meaning 'the destroying of them' or 'their death' [respectively]), and so we do not know who killed them, and [that] indeed we are being truthful'.

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