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And remember We said: “Enter this town, and eat of the plenty therein as ye wish; but enter the gate with humility, in posture and in words, and We shall forgive you your faults and increase (the portion of) those who do good.”

According to Muhammad Asad:

The word qaryah primarily denotes a “village” or “town”, but is also used in the sense of
“land”. Here it apparently refers to Palestine.

According to Ibn Kathir,

The correct opinion about the meaning of,
`the holy land’ mentioned here is that it was
Bayt Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem), as As-Suddi, Ar Rabi bin Anas, Qatadah and Abu Muslim Al Asfahani, as well as others have stated.

However, some scholars said that;
the holy land is Jericho, (Ariha’) and this opinion
was mentioned from Ibn Abbas and AbdurRahman bin Zayd.


Asad, Muhammad (1980). The Message of the Quran.

Kathir, Ibn. Tafsir Ibn Kathir. (vo. 1 surah 2 verse 58).

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