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16:71 How can one associate in Allah’s Divinity?

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Allah has bestowed His gifts of sustenance more freely on some of you than on others: those more favoured are not going to throw back their gifts to those whom their right hands possess, so as to be equal in that respect. Will they then deny the favours of Allah?

Even in the little differences in gifts, which men
enjoy from Allah, men with superior gifts are not going
to abandon them so as to be equal with men of inferior
gifts, whom, perhaps, they hold in subjection. They will
never deny their own superiority.
How then (as the argument is pursued in the two
following verses), can they ignore the immense
difference between the Creator and created things, and
make the latter, in their thoughts, partners with Allah?


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 16 verse 71)Microsoft Word – 016 Nahl.doc (

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