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إِنَّمَا مَثَلُ ٱلْحَيَاةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا كَمَآءٍ أَنزَلْنَاهُ مِنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ فَٱخْتَلَطَ بِهِ نَبَاتُ ٱلأَرْضِ مِمَّا يَأْكُلُ ٱلنَّاسُ وَٱلأَنْعَامُ حَتَّىٰ إِذَآ أَخَذَتِ ٱلأَرْضُ زُخْرُفَهَا وَٱزَّيَّنَتْ وَظَنَّ أَهْلُهَآ أَنَّهُمْ قَادِرُونَ عَلَيْهَآ أَتَاهَآ أَمْرُنَا لَيْلاً أَوْ نَهَاراً فَجَعَلْنَاهَا حَصِيداً كَأَن لَّمْ تَغْنَ بِٱلأَمْسِ كَذٰلِكَ نُفَصِّلُ ٱلآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
-Yûnus ( يونس )

Tafsir al-Jalalayn

The likeness, the description, of the life of this world is only as water, rain, which We send down from the heaven, then the plants of the earth mingle with it, [they mingle] because of it, attaching themselves one to another, whereof mankind eat, [plants] such as wheat and barley and so on, and cattle [eat], of pasture, until, when the earth has taken on its ornaments, its splendour of plants, and has adorned itself, with flowers (izzayyanat, ‘adorned itself’, is originally tazayyanat, but the tā’ has been substituted with the zāy and assimilated with it) and its inhabitants think that they are masters of it, fully capable of harvesting its fruits, Our command, Our decree or Our chastisement, comes upon it by night or day, and We make it, that is, its crops, as reaped corn, like that which has been reaped with sickles, as though (ka-an is softened, in other words [read it as] ka-annahā) the previous day it had not flourished, [as though] it never were. Thus do We detail, [do] We make clear, the signs for a people who reflect.

Tafsir al-Jalalayn, trans. Feras Hamza
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