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Holy Quran Section > English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali (Table of Contents) > Chapter 46 (Al-Ahqaf- The Sandhills) > Section 3 (Verses 21 to 26)


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Section/Ruku 3 [Verses 21 to 26]: The Fate of ‘Ad:
Chapter 46: (Al-Ahqaf: The Sandhills)
(Revealed at Makkah: 4 sections; 35 verses)

1. Translation:

21 And mention the brother of ‘Ad; when he warned his people in the sandy plains
a — and warners indeed came before him and after him — saying: Serve none but Allah. Surely I fear for you the chastisement of a grievous day.

22 They said: Hast thou come to us to turn us away from our gods? Then bring us that with which thou threatenest us, if thou art truthful.

23 He said: The knowledge is only with Allah, and I deliver to you that wherewith I am sent, but I see you are an ignorant people.

24 So when they saw it — a cloud advancing towards their valleys, they said: This is a cloud bringing us rain. Nay, it is that which you sought to hasten, a wind wherein is painful chastisement.

25 Destroying everything by the command of its Lord. So at dawn naught could be seen except their dwellings. Thus do We reward the guilty people.

26 And certainly We had given them power in matters in which We have not empowered you, and We had given them ears and eyes and hearts, but neither their ears, nor their eyes, nor their hearts availed them aught, since they denied the messages of Allah, and that which they mocked at encompassed them.

 2. Commentary:

21a. The brother of a people signifies their prophet, Hud being the prophet sent to ‘Ad. Ahqaf is plural of hiqf, which signifies a heap or hill of sand that has assumed a bowed form, and al-ahqaf applies, particularly to certain oblong tracts of sand in the region of Esh-Shihr (LL). Rodwell and Muir locate the ‘Adites in the country round about Ta’if; others in Hadramaut. The latter opinion is the correct one, as maps of Arabia plainly show Al-Ahqaf to be situated in Hadramaut. [Back to verse 21]

 

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