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40:15 The Raiser of Degrees on the Day of mutual meeting

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Raised high above ranks (or degrees), (He is) the Lord of the Throne (of Authority): by His Command doth He send the Spirit (of inspiration) to any of His servants he pleases, that it may warn (men) of the Day of Mutual Meeting,-

The Raiser of degrees, or in another rendering “Exalter of ranks,” means
the One who raises the seven heavens (Q) or the One who exalts the ranks of His
saints and friends in the Garden (Q). For Possessor of the Throne, see 17:42;
81:20; 85:15. God is also described as Lord of the Throne (9:129; 21:22; 23:86,
116; 27:26; 43:82), which is borne by angels (40:7; 69:17). Casts the Spirit is
understood to mean the Spirit of revelation or of prophethood (Q, Ṭs). It is also
understood as a reference to the Quran itself, to all revealed books, or to the
Archangel Gabriel (Ṭs). The Day of the Meeting most likely refers to the day of
the meeting between God and His creation, but it can also be understood to mean
the day on which many types of meetings will take place: the people of Heaven
will meet the people of the earth (Ṭs); the first generations of human beings will
meet the later generations of human beings (Q, Ṭs); the oppressed will meet their
oppressors (Q, Ṭs), as it is also a day of retribution; and every person will meet
his or her deeds (Q, Ṭs), since that is part of the Judgment


Nasr, Hossein (2015). Study Quran.

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