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Sura 10
Aya 14
ثُمَّ جَعَلناكُم خَلائِفَ فِي الأَرضِ مِن بَعدِهِم لِنَنظُرَ كَيفَ تَعمَلونَ

Yusuf Ali

Then We made you heirs in the land after them, to see how ye would behave!1
  • This is addressed to Quraish in the first instance, for they have succeeded to the heritage of ‘Ād and Thamūd. But the application is universal, and was true to the Abbasi Empire in the time of Harun al Rashid, or the Muslim Empire in Spain or the Turkish Empire in its palmiest days, and indeed, apart from political power, to the Muslims and non-Muslims of our own days.