Ayah

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مَا
Not
تَسۡبِقُ
can precede
مِنۡ
any
أُمَّةٍ
nation
أَجَلَهَا
its term
وَمَا
and not
يَسۡتَـٔۡخِرُونَ
they (can) delay (it)
مَا
Not
تَسۡبِقُ
can precede
مِنۡ
any
أُمَّةٍ
nation
أَجَلَهَا
its term
وَمَا
and not
يَسۡتَـٔۡخِرُونَ
they (can) delay (it)

Translation

No people can hasten their term, nor can they delay (it).

Tafsir

No community can precede its term, by dying before it, nor be deferred, beyond it (the person [in the second verb yasta'khiroona, 'be deferred'] is masculine, having been feminine [in the first verb tasbiqu, 'precede'] because this [masculine plural] takes into account the [plural masculine] content [of the term 'community']).

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