Ayah

كَأَنَّهُۥ جِمَٰلَتٌ صُفۡرٌ

Translation

"As if there were (a string of) yellow camels (marching swiftly)."<br/>

Tafsir

as if they were [dark] yellow camels (jimaalaatun is the plural of jimalatun, the plural of jamalun; a variant reading has jimaalatun), in terms of their shape and colour. In hadeeth [it is stated], 'The sparks of humans [thrown into the air by the Hellfire] are black as pitch (qeer)'; the Arabs call dark camels sufr, 'yellow', because a touch of yellow is mixed with their blackish colour, and therefore it is said that 'yellow' in this verse [actually] means 'black', on account of what has been mentioned; but some say no [to this interpretation]; (sharar is the plural of sharaara; qeer is qaar, 'pitch').

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