Sura Kahf | 2018-07-07 |

Sura Kahf

Verses (58-59)

    7 July, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Sura Kahf

The names of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful


58.          But your Lord is Most Forgiving,

                Full of Mercy. If He were

                To call them (at once) to account

                For what they have earned,

                Then surely He would

                Have hastened their Punishment:

                But they have their appointed

                Time, beyond which 1 they

                Will find no refuge.

59.          Such were the populations

                We destroyed when they

                Committed iniquities; but

                We fixed an appointed time

                For their destruction. 2




1. Min duni-hi should we take the pronoun to refer to “the appointed time,” or to “your Lord,” mentioned at the beginning of the verse? Most Commentators take the former view, and I have translated accordingly. But I agree with those who take the latter view, and the better translation would be: “But they have their appointed time, and except with Allah, they will find no refuge,” That means that even during the period allowed them, when they are left to wander astray as they have rejected Allah Grace. Allah Mercy is open to them if they will repent and return; but nothing but Allah Mercy can save them.

2. The instances of exemplary Punishment in former times were also subject to this rule, that Allah gives plenty of rope to the wicked, in case they might turn, repent and obtain His Mercy.


(Source: The Meaning of the Glorious Quran by Abdullah Yusuf Ali)