Surah al-A`raf (The Elevated Places) 7 : 63
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Do you wonder
has come to you
that he may warn you
and that you may fear
1. Lessons/Guidance/Reflections/Gems[ edit ]
Here we note a gap in the story. It seems that they have wondered that God should choose a human being, one of their number, to bear a message from Him to them and that this human messenger should find within himself knowledge about his Lord which is not available to those who are not similarly chosen. This gap is indicated by what comes next.
There is nothing strange about this choice. Indeed, everything about human beings is amazing. Man deals with all the worlds and can have a direct link with his Lord because of what God has imparted to him and settled in his nature as a resut of breathing into him of His soul. God certainly knows best whom to choose as His messenger. If God chooses a human being to bear His message, then this honoured person can receive the message through his latent ability to be in contact with God who gives him his special status as a human being receiving honours no other creature receives.
Noah reveals to them the goal of his message: “That he might warn you, and that you may keep away from evil and be graced with His mercy.” (Verse 63) There is first the warning so that their hearts respond and steer away from evil, as a prelude to eventually receiving God’s grace. Noah himself has no personal interest or purpose other than this noble one.
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7. Period of Revelation[ edit ]
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]