Ayah

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هَلۡ
Has
أَتَىٰ
(there) come
عَلَى
upon
ٱلۡإِنسَٰنِ
man
حِينٞ
a period
مِّنَ
of
ٱلدَّهۡرِ
time
لَمۡ
not
يَكُن
he was
شَيۡـٔٗا
a thing
مَّذۡكُورًا
mentioned
هَلۡ
Has
أَتَىٰ
(there) come
عَلَى
upon
ٱلۡإِنسَٰنِ
man
حِينٞ
a period
مِّنَ
of
ٱلدَّهۡرِ
time
لَمۡ
not
يَكُن
he was
شَيۡـٔٗا
a thing
مَّذۡكُورًا
mentioned

Translation

Has there not been over Man a long period of Time, when he was nothing - (not even) mentioned?

Tafsir

Al-Insaan (the Human) Meccan or Medinese, consisting of 31 verses. Has there [ever] been - there has indeed [been] - for man, Adam, a period of time, forty years, in which he was a thing unmentioned? - he was during this [period] a fashioned in clay and not mentioned; alternatively what is meant by insaan, 'man', is the generic noun and by heen, 'a period of time', the period of gestation.

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