Surah al-A`raf (The Elevated Places) 7 : 183

وَأُمْلِى لَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ كَيْدِى مَتِينٌ

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 Muhsin Khan
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 Yusuf Ali
Quran Project
And I will give them time. Indeed, My plan is firm.

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Explanatory Note

This serious and alarming threat was directed first of all at certain people in Makkah who denied God’s revelations, but Qur’ānic statements always go beyond the immediate occasion to have a more general import. It threatens these people because of their attitude towards the Muslim community, described here according to Islamic terminology as a nation or ummah. They are warned that they are only being given respite, and led on by a mighty scheme. This threat is followed by calling on them to use their hearts, eyes and ears, in order to spare themselves the fate of Hell. The Qur’ān also calls on them to reflect on the position of God’s Messenger who explains the truth to them and guides them to it, and to consider God’s dominion of the heavens and the earth and the indicators placed in this kingdom. It draws their attention to the fact that time passes and that their appointed hour is drawing near, while they remain unaware.

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6. Frequency of the word

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7. Period of Revelation

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A study of its contents clearly shows that the period of its revelation is about the same as that of Surah 6: al-An’am (The Grazing Livestock), i.e. the last year of the Prophet's life at Makkah, but it cannot be asserted with certainty which of these two were sent down earlier. The manner of its admonition clearly indicates that it belongs to the same period. [Ref: Mawdudi]

It is considered the longest surah revealed during the Makkan period. Some consider this surah to have been revealed after Surah 38: Sad. [Ref: Tafsir al-Maudheei, Dr. Mustafah Muslim, vol. 3, p. 2]

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