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* تفسير Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs

{ أَوَلَمْ يَسِيروُاْ فِي ٱلأَرْضِ فَيَنظُرُواْ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَانُواْ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ كَانُواْ هُمْ أَشَدَّ مِنْهُمْ قُوَّةً وَآثَاراً فِي ٱلأَرْضِ فَأَخَذَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ بِذُنُوبِهِمْ وَمَا كَانَ لَهُم مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ مِن وَاقٍ }

(Have they not travelled) i.e. the disbelievers of Mecca (in the land to see) to reflect on (the nature of the consequence for) the requital of (those who disbelieved before them? They were mightier than these in power) in physical strength (and (in the) traces (which they left behind them) in the earth) they were more keen to possess the life of this world and to travel much farther in its pursuit. (Yet Allah sewed them for their sins) yet Allah punished them because of their sins and disbelief, (and they had no protector from Allah) from Allah's punishment.

Tafsir Ibn 'Abbas, trans. Mokrane Guezzou
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