Surah al-A`raf (The Elevated Places) 7 : 29

قُلْ أَمَرَ رَبِّى بِٱلْقِسْطِ ۖ وَأَقِيمُوا۟ وُجُوهَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَٱدْعُوهُ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ ٱلدِّينَ ۚ كَمَا بَدَأَكُمْ تَعُودُونَ

Translations

 
 Muhsin Khan
 Pickthall
 Yusuf Ali
Quran Project
Say, [O Muhammad], "My Lord has ordered justice and that you maintain yourselves [in worship of Him] at every place [or time] of prostration, and invoke Him, sincere to Him in religion." Just as He originated you, you will return [to life] -

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Explanatory Note

This is what God has enjoined. It runs opposite to their practices in which they follow their fathers and implement their man-made laws. It is also contrary to exposing one’s nakedness after God has given human beings, out of His grace, clothing to cover themselves and garments with which they appear beautiful. Furthermore, it is contrary to having two different sources of reference in their lives, one for lawmaking and another for worship; for that is a practical form of associating partners with God.
 
At this point they are given a reminder and a warning. They should always remember that they will return to God after they have finished their present life which is meant as a test for them. When they return to God they will be in two groups: those who followed God’s commandments and those who followed Satan.
 
This is a remarkable picture showing the starting point and the finishing line in the great journey of life: “As it was He who brought you into being in the first instance, so also [to Him] you will return.” (Verse 29)

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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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9. Relevant Hadith

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Ibn `Abbas (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) stood up and gave us a speech, saying  ”O people! You will be gathered to Allah while barefooted, naked and uncircumcised, ‘As We began the first creation, We shall repeat it. (It is) a promise binding upon Us. Truly, We shall do it’) 21:104”

Ibn Mas`ud (RA) that Al-Bukhari recorded, that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “By He, other than Whom there is no god, one of you might perform the deeds of the people of Paradise until only the length of an arm or a forearm would separate him from it. However, that which was written in the Book takes precedence, and he commits the work of the people of the Fire and thus enters it. And one of you might perform the deeds of the people of the Fire until only the length of an arm or a forearm separates between him and the Fire. However, that which was written in the Book takes precedence, and he performs the work of the people of Paradise and thus enters Paradise.” (Bukhari)

Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Every child is born upon the Fitrah, it is only his parents who turn him into a Jew, a Christian or a Zoroastrian.”

`Iyad bin Himar (RA) said that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, ”Allah said, `I created My servants Hunafa' (monotheists), but the devils came to them and deviated them from their religion.” (Muslim)

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