Ayah

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فَبَعَثَ
Then (was) sent
ٱللَّهُ
(by) Allah
غُرَابٗا
a crow
يَبۡحَثُ
it (was) scratching
فِي
in
ٱلۡأَرۡضِ
the earth
لِيُرِيَهُۥ
to show him
كَيۡفَ
how
يُوَٰرِي
to hide
سَوۡءَةَ
(the) dead body
أَخِيهِۚ
(of) his brother
قَالَ
He said
يَٰوَيۡلَتَىٰٓ
Woe to me
أَعَجَزۡتُ
Am I unable
أَنۡ
that
أَكُونَ
I can be
مِثۡلَ
like
هَٰذَا
this
ٱلۡغُرَابِ
[the] crow
فَأُوَٰرِيَ
and hide
سَوۡءَةَ
(the) dead body
أَخِيۖ
(of) my brother
فَأَصۡبَحَ
Then he became
مِنَ
of
ٱلنَّـٰدِمِينَ
the regretful
فَبَعَثَ
Then (was) sent
ٱللَّهُ
(by) Allah
غُرَابٗا
a crow
يَبۡحَثُ
it (was) scratching
فِي
in
ٱلۡأَرۡضِ
the earth
لِيُرِيَهُۥ
to show him
كَيۡفَ
how
يُوَٰرِي
to hide
سَوۡءَةَ
(the) dead body
أَخِيهِۚ
(of) his brother
قَالَ
He said
يَٰوَيۡلَتَىٰٓ
Woe to me
أَعَجَزۡتُ
Am I unable
أَنۡ
that
أَكُونَ
I can be
مِثۡلَ
like
هَٰذَا
this
ٱلۡغُرَابِ
[the] crow
فَأُوَٰرِيَ
and hide
سَوۡءَةَ
(the) dead body
أَخِيۖ
(of) my brother
فَأَصۡبَحَ
Then he became
مِنَ
of
ٱلنَّـٰدِمِينَ
the regretful

Translation

Then Allah sent a raven, who scratched the ground, to show him how to hide the shame of his brother. "Woe is me!" said he; "Was I not even able to be as this raven, and to hide the shame of my brother?" then he became full of regrets-

Tafsir

Then God sent forth a raven, scratching into the earth, digging up the soil with its beak and with its legs and throwing it up over a dead raven next to it until it completely hid it, to show him how he might hide the nakedness, the carcass, of his brother. He said, 'Woe to me! Am I not able to be as this raven, and so hide my brother's nakedness?' And he became one of the remorseful, for having carried him; he then dug [a hole] for him and covered him up.

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