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كَأَنَّهُۥ
As if they (were)
جِمَٰلَتٞ
camels
صُفۡرٞ
yellow
كَأَنَّهُۥ
As if they (were)
جِمَٰلَتٞ
camels
صُفۡرٞ
yellow

Translation

"As if there were (a string of) yellow camels (marching swiftly)."

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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