Ayah

أَفَلَمۡ يَرَوۡاْ إِلَىٰ مَا بَيۡنَ أَيۡدِيهِمۡ وَمَا خَلۡفَهُم مِّنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِ ۚ إِن نَّشَأۡ نَخۡسِفۡ بِهِمُ ٱلۡأَرۡضَ أَوۡ نُسۡقِطۡ عَلَيۡهِمۡ كِسَفًا مِّنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَءَايَةً لِّكُلِّ عَبۡدٍ مُّنِيبٍ

Translation

See they not what is before them and behind them, of the sky and the earth? If We wished, We could cause the earth to swallow them up, or cause a piece of the sky to fall upon them. Verily in this is a Sign for every devotee that turns to Allah (in repentance).<br/>

Tafsir

Have they not observed what is before them and what is behind them, in other words, what is above them and what is beneath them, of sky and earth? If We will [it], We can make the earth swallow them or let fall on them fragments (read kisfan or kisafan: 'large pieces') from the sky (a variant reading has the third person singular for all three verbs [sc. yashaa', 'He will', yakhsif, 'He makes to swallow', yusqit, 'He lets fall']). Surely in that, which is observed, there is a sign for every penitent servant, turning back to his Lord, [signs] indicating God's power to resurrect and to do what He will.

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