Chapter Scripts

Surah Sad 38:61-70

38:61 [And] they will pray, “O our Sustainer! Whoever has prepared this for us, double Thou his suffering in the fire!”


The grant of “respite” to Iblis implies that he would have the power to tempt man until the end of time.

38:62 And they will add, “How is it that we do not see [here any of the] men whom we were wont to count among the wicked. 


Cf. 15 41 – “This is, with Me, a straight way” – and the corresponding note 31.

38:63 [And] whom we made the target of our derision? Or is it that [they are here, and) our eyes have missed them?”


The expression mutakallif denotes, primarily, “a person who takes too much upon himself”, be it in action or in feeling; hence, a person who pretends to be more than he really is, or to feel what he does not really feel, In this instance, it indicates the Prophet’s disclaimer of any “supernatural” status.

38:64 Such, Behold, will in truth be the [confusion and) mutual wrangling of the people of the fire!

38:65 Say [O Muhammad], “I am only a warner, and there is no deity whatever save God, the One, who holds absolute sway over all that exists.

38:66 The Sustainer of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the Almighty, the All-Forgiving!”

38:67 Say, “This is a message tremendous. 

38:68 [How can] you turn away from it?”

38:69 [Say, O Muhammad] “No knowledge would I have had of [what passed among] the host on high when they argued [against the creation of man]. 

38:70 Had it not been revealed unto me [by God] – to no other end than that I might convey [unto you] a plain warning.

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