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Sura 17
Aya 52
يَومَ يَدعوكُم فَتَستَجيبونَ بِحَمدِهِ وَتَظُنّونَ إِن لَبِثتُم إِلّا قَليلًا

Yusuf Ali

“It will be on a Day when He will call you, and ye will answer (His call) with (words of) His praise, and ye will1 think that ye tarried but a little while!”2
  • It may be that this verse should not be in the inverted commas governed by the verb “say” in the last clause of the last verse. In that case, the answer to the sceptic would be finished in the last verse, and this verse would be a general statement applying also to the righteous, who will rise up celebrating the praises of God. But on the whole, I think it is better to take this verse as part of the answer to the sceptic referred to in the last verse.
  • Whatever may have been your spiritual blindness in this life, the “new creation” will have opened your eyes to the Truth. No one will any longer be in any delusion as regards the Reality of God, and will be forced by their new circumstances, to recognise the Truth and sing God’s praises. And all will be surprised at the seemingly short flight of time since they had their little ephemeral life on this earth. They will now appraise its true worth.