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About This Surah

A Meccan sura. The title refers to the sand dunes mentioned in verse 21, where the people of ‘Ad used to live, and where they were destroyed when they rejected the warning of their prophet. It reflects one of the major themes of this sura: the inescapable punishment that awaits those who deny the truth and the Resurrection. Emphasis is placed on the fact that communities more established than the Meccans’ have been destroyed, and that even the jinn believes in the Qur’an before the disbelievers of Mecca do. Finally, the Prophet is encouraged to be steadfast and await God’s judgment on the disbelievers.

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

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