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28:81 Then We caused the earth to swallow up him and his house; and he had not (the least little) party to help him against Allah, nor could he defend himself

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Then We caused the earth to swallow up him and his house; and he had not (the least little) party to help him against Allah, nor could he defend himself.

Besides the obvious moral in the literal interpretation of
the story, that material wealth is fleeting and may be a
temptation and a cause of fall, there are some
metaphorical implications that occur to me.

  1. Material wealth has no value in itself, but only a
    relative and local value.
  2. In body he was with Israel in the wilderness, but his
    heart was in Egypt with its fertility and its slavery.
    Such is the case of many hypocrites, who like to be
    seen in righteous company but whose thoughts,
    longings, and doing are inconsistent with such
    company.
  3. There is no good in this life but comes from Allah. To
    think otherwise is to set up a false god besides Allah,
    Our own merits are so small that they should never
    be the object of our idolatry.
  4. If Qarun on account of his wealth was setting himself
    up in rivalry with Moses and Aaron, he was blind to
    the fact that spiritual knowledge is far above any
    little cleverness in worldly affairs. Mob-leaders have
    no position before spiritual guides.

References:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 28 verse 81)Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (quran4u.com)

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