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(2:17) The similitude of the fire

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Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness. So they could not see.

Abdullah Yusuf Ali writes,

“The man wanted light; he only kindled a fire. It
produced a blaze, and won the applause of all around.
But it did not last long. When the flame when out as
was inevitable, the darkness was worse than before.
And they all lost their way.
So hypocrisy, deception, arrogant compromise with evil,
cynicism, or duplicity may win temporary applause. But
the true light of faith and sincerity is wanting, and
therefore it must mislead and ruin all concerned. In the
consternation they cannot speak or hear each other, and
of course they cannot see; so they end like the
deliberate rejecters of Faith (2:7), wildly groping about,
dumb, deaf and blind.”


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 2 verse 17). Microsoft Word – 002 Baqarah.doc (

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