This phrase has several meanings:
- Whatever evil people have done, or whatever sin they have committed, they repel (its effect) immediately by repentance.
- Whatever evil they have done, they immediately do a good deed in atonement for it.
- They repel the evil done to them by doing good to those who did evil to them.
- "When they are deprived (of anything), they give; and when they are wronged, they forgive."
Fethullah Gulen writes about this matter:
The most distinctive feature of a soul overflowing with faith is to love all types of love that are expressed in deeds, and to feel enmity for all deeds in which enmity is expressed. To hate everything is a sign of insanity or of infatuation with Satan.
Accept how God treats you. Make it the measure by which you treat others, so that you may represent the truth among them, and be free from the fear of loneliness in either world.
"The Quran: Annotated Interpretation in Modern English" - Ali Unal, p. 506