Are you a treacherous and ungrateful slave?

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
إن الله يدافع عن الذين آمنوا إن الله لا يحب كل خوان كفور
“Truly, Allaah defends those who believe. Verily, Allaah likes not any treacherous ingrate to Allaah [those who disobey Allaah but obey Shaytaan (Satan)]”[al-Hajj 22:38]

Imam al-Qurtubi said, commenting on this verse:
روي أنها نزلت بسبب المؤمنين لما كثروا بمكة وآذاهم الكفار ، وهاجر مَن هاجر إلى أرض الحبشة أراد بعض مؤمني مكة أن يقتل مَن أمكنه مِن الكفار ويغتال ويغدر ويحتال ، فنزلت هذه الآية إلى قوله { كفور } فوعد فيها سبحانه بالمدافعة ، ونهى أفصح نهي عن الخيانة والغدر .
It was narrated that this was revealed because of the believers whose numbers had increased in Makkah and they were being persecuted by the kuffaar. After some of them had migrated to Abyssinia, some of the believers in Makkah wanted to fight whomever they could of the kuffaar and to assassinate them, betray them and trick them.
So this verse was revealed, in which Allaah promised to defend the believers, and He expressly forbade treachery and betrayal. Tafseer al-Qurtubi, 12/67


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