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Sura 36
Aya 68
وَمَن نُعَمِّرهُ نُنَكِّسهُ فِي الخَلقِ ۖ أَفَلا يَعقِلونَ

Yusuf Ali

If We grant long life to any, We cause him to be reversed in nature:1 Will they not then understand?
  • This connects on with the last verse. Everything is possible with God. If you doubt how man can be transformed from his present nature, contemplate the transformations he already undergoes in his present nature at different ages. As a child, his powers of mind and body are still undeveloped. As he grows, they grow, and certain moral qualities, such as courage, daring, the will to conquer, unfold themselves. In extreme old age these are again obscured, and a second childhood supervenes. The back of the man who walked proudly straight and erect is now bent. If the transformations take place even in his present nature and constitution, how much easier was it for God to cast him in an immobile mould? But God granted him instead the high possibilities and responsibilities referred to in the last note.