Ayah

وَمَا يَسۡتَوِى ٱلۡأَحۡيَآءُ وَلَا ٱلۡأَمۡوَٰتُ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُسۡمِعُ مَن يَشَآءُ ۖ وَمَآ أَنتَ بِمُسۡمِعٍ مَّن فِى ٱلۡقُبُورِ

Translation

Nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allah can make any that He wills to hear; but thou canst not make those to hear who are (buried) in graves.<br/>

Tafsir

nor are the living equal to the dead, the believers and the disbelievers [respectively] (the addition of the particle laa, 'nor', in all three instances is for emphasis). Indeed God makes to hear whomever He will, to be guided, so that such [a person] then responds to Him by embracing faith. But you cannot make those who are in the graves to hear, namely, the disbelievers - whom He has likened to the dead - [to hear] and so respond.

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