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وَوَجَدَكَ ضَآلاًّ فَهَدَىٰ
-Ad-Dhuhâ ( الضحى )

Tafsir al-Tustari

And did He not find you erring and then guide you?He said:He found you without knowledge of your own worth, so He made you aware of your great worth. He found you erring away from [understanding] the implications (maʿānī) of [God’s] unadulterated affection (maḥḍ mawadda) for you, so He gave you to drink of the draught of His affection in the cup of His love. Then He guided you to gnosis (maʿrifa) of Him and invested you with the robe of His prophethood and His messengership, that He might guide [you] by them [these distinctions] to proximity (qurb) with Him, and to His unicity (waḥdāniyya).He said:It also has another interpretation: And did he not find you, that is, your natural self (nafs al-ṭabʿ) in need (faqīra) of the way of gnosis (sabīl al-maʿrifa).

Tafsīr al-Tustarī, trans. Annabel Keeler and Ali Keeler
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