Ayah

Word by Word
أَوَلَمۡ
Do not
يَرَوۡاْ
they see
إِلَى
[to]
ٱلطَّيۡرِ
the birds
فَوۡقَهُمۡ
above them
صَـٰٓفَّـٰتٖ
spreading (their wings)
وَيَقۡبِضۡنَۚ
and folding
مَا
Not
يُمۡسِكُهُنَّ
holds them
إِلَّا
except
ٱلرَّحۡمَٰنُۚ
the Most Gracious
إِنَّهُۥ
Indeed He
بِكُلِّ
(is) of every
شَيۡءِۭ
thing
بَصِيرٌ
All-Seer
أَوَلَمۡ
Do not
يَرَوۡاْ
they see
إِلَى
[to]
ٱلطَّيۡرِ
the birds
فَوۡقَهُمۡ
above them
صَـٰٓفَّـٰتٖ
spreading (their wings)
وَيَقۡبِضۡنَۚ
and folding
مَا
Not
يُمۡسِكُهُنَّ
holds them
إِلَّا
except
ٱلرَّحۡمَٰنُۚ
the Most Gracious
إِنَّهُۥ
Indeed He
بِكُلِّ
(is) of every
شَيۡءِۭ
thing
بَصِيرٌ
All-Seer

Translation

Do they not observe the birds above them, spreading their wings and folding them in? None can uphold them except (Allah) Most Gracious: Truly (Allah) Most Gracious: Truly it is He that watches over all things.

Tafsir

Or have they not seen the birds above them, in the air, spreading their wings and closing?, their wings after spreading them? (in other words [read wa-yaqbidna] as wa-qaabidaatin [similar to saaffaatin, 'spreading']). Nothing sustains them, from falling, either when they are spreading them or closing them, except the Compassionate One, by His power. Indeed He is Seer of all things. The meaning is: have they not inferred from the fact that the birds [are able to] remain in the air that We have the power to do with them what has been mentioned above as well as [inflicting upon them] other kinds of chastisement?

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