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This Meccan sura deals with the obduracy of the disbelievers, the truthfulness of the Qur’an, the unity of God, and the inevitability of Resurrection. The title refers to a term used to describe the Qur’an in verse 3 and again in verse 44. The sura makes several references to the senses (verses 5, 20–2, 44) which the disbelievers shut off from perceiving the Truth in this world, and which will then testify against their ‘owners’ on the Day of Resurrection, and it describes the arrogance displayed by people when all is well, contrasted with their humility and despair when difficulties strike (verses 49–51).

Source: The Qur’an (Oxford World’s Classics) by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem (Amazon Kindle Edition)

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