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They say: “If we were to follow the guidance with thee, we should be snatched away from our land.” Have We not established for them a secure sanctuary, to which are brought as tribute fruits of all kinds,- a provision from Ourselves? but most of them understand not.

Some Quraish said: “We see the truth of Islam,
but if we abandon our people, we shall lose our hold on
the land, and other people will dispossess us.”
The answer is twofold, one literal and the other of
deeper import.

  1. ‘Your land?
    Why, the sanctuary of Makkah is sacred and secure
    because Allah has made it so. If you obey Allah’s
    Word, you will be strengthened, not weakened.’
  2. ‘Makkah is the symbol of the Fortress of Spiritual
    Well-being. The Fruit of every Deed comes or should
    come as a tribute to Spiritual Well-being.
    What are you afraid of?
    It is Allah’s Fortress. The more you seek Allah, the
    stronger you are in the Fortress.’.

References:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 28 verse 57)Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (quran4u.com)

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