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Before them (were many who) rejected messengers,- the people of Noah, and ‘Ad, and Pharaoh, the Lord of Stakes,

. The title of Pharaoh, “Lord of the Stakes”,
denotes power and arrogance, in all or any of the
following ways:

  • the stake makes a tent firm and stable, and is a
    symbol of firmness and stability;
  • many stakes mean a large camp and a numerous
    army to fight;
  • impaling with stakes was a cruel punishment resorted
    to by the Pharaohs in arrogant pride of power.

References:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 38 verse 12)Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (quran4u.com)

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