Surah Al-Isra (The Night Journey ) 17 : 100

قُل لَّوْ أَنتُمْ تَمْلِكُونَ خَزَآئِنَ رَحْمَةِ رَبِّىٓ إِذًا لَّأَمْسَكْتُمْ خَشْيَةَ ٱلْإِنفَاقِ ۚ وَكَانَ ٱلْإِنسَٰنُ قَتُورًا

Translations

 
 Muhsin Khan
 Pickthall
 Yusuf Ali
Quran Project
Say [to them], "If you possessed the depositories of the mercy of my Lord, then you would withhold out of fear of spending." And ever has the human being been stingy.

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Explanatory Note

Yet those who made such suggestions and demands as related in the sūrah were themselves misers. Had they been in charge of God’s grace, they would have held on to it, fearing to expend it.

“Say: Had you possessed the treasures of my Lord’s mercy, you would have been tight-fisted for fear of spending them. For man has always been niggardly.” (Verse 100

) This is an image of utter stinginess, because God’s grace encompasses everything. It will never be exhausted or diminished. Yet in their miserly attitude, they would have withheld God’s grace from His creation, had they been placed in charge of administering it.

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The very first verse indicates that this Surah was revealed on the occasion of the ascension (Mi’raj). According to the narrations (hadith) on the life of the Prophet, this event happened one year before migration (Hijrah). Thus this Surah was revealed in the last stage of Prophethood in Makkah.

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The Prophet had been propagating Monotheism (Tawhid) for twelve years now. In spite of all the opposition, Islam had spread to every corner of Arabia and there was hardly a clan which had not been influenced by the invitation. In Makkah itself, the true Believers had formed themselves into a small community.  A large number of the people from the Aws and Khazraj tribes (two influential clans of Madinah) had also now accepted Islam. Thus the time had come for the Muslims to emigrate from Makkah to Madinah, at behest of the Aws and Khazraj to establish an Islamic state.

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