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Sura 7
Aya 83
فَأَنجَيناهُ وَأَهلَهُ إِلَّا امرَأَتَهُ كانَت مِنَ الغابِرينَ

Yusuf Ali

But we saved him and his family, except his wife: she was of those who legged behind.1
  • In the biblical narrative she looks back, a physical act (see n. 1049): here she is a type of those who lag behind, i.e. whose mental and moral attitude, in spite of their association with the righteous, is to hark back to the glitter of wickedness and sin (Cf. 37:135). The righteous should have one sole objective, the Way of God. They should not look behind, nor yet to the right or the left.