The Quran

Commentaries for 7.48

Al Araf (The heights) - الأعراف

7.48 Abbas - Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs
(And the dwellers on the Heights call unto men) among the disbelievers (whom they know) that is before they entered hell (by their marks) by their darkened faces and blue eyes, ((saying)) O Walid Ibn al-Mughirah! O Abu Jahl Ibn Hisham! O Umayyah Ibn Khalaf! O Ubayy Ibn Khalaf al-Jumahi! O Aswad Ibn 'Abd al-Muttalib! O leaders! (What did your multitude) of wealth and servants (and that in which ye took your pride) which made you scorn belief in Muhammad (pbuh) and the Qur'an (avail you?)
7.48 Jalal - Al-Jalalayn
And those of the Heights call to men, from among the inhabitants of the Fire, whom they know by their mark, [saying]: ‘Your masses, of property, or your multitude, and your haughtiness, that is, your disdaining of belief, have not availed you, [as protection against] the Fire. And they also say to them, pointing to those [formerly] oppressed Muslims:
7.48-49 Kathir - Ibn Al Kathir
مَآ أَغْنَى عَنكُمْ جَمْعُكُمْ
("Of what benefit to you was your gathering...'') meaning, your great numbers,
وَمَا كُنتُمْ تَسْتَكْبِرُونَ
("...and your arrogance'') This Ayah means, your great numbers and wealth did not save you from Allah's torment. Rather, you are dwelling in His torment and punishment. `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported from Ibn `Abbas,
أَهَـؤُلاءِ الَّذِينَ أَقْسَمْتُمْ لاَ يَنَالُهُمُ اللَّهُ بِرَحْمَةٍ
(Are they those, of whom you swore that Allah would never show them mercy) refers to the people of Al-A`raf who will be told when Allah decrees:
ادْخُلُواْ الْجَنَّةَ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْكُمْ وَلاَ أَنتُمْ تَحْزَنُونَ
((Behold! It has been said to them): "Enter Paradise, no fear shall be on you, nor shall you grieve.'')
7.46-49 Maududi - Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an
The people on 'the Heights' will be those with pending cases. While their positive sides will not be so strong as to merit admission into Paradise, their negative sides will not be so weak as to condemn them to Hell. Therefore they will wait for the decisions of their cases on 'the Height' between Paradise and Hell.