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أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْاْ إِلَىٰ مَا خَلَقَ ٱللَّهُ مِن شَيْءٍ يَتَفَيَّؤُاْ ظِلاَلُهُ عَنِ ٱلْيَمِينِ وَٱلْشَّمَآئِلِ سُجَّداً لِلَّهِ وَهُمْ دَاخِرُونَ
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-An-Nahl ( النحل )

Tafsir al-Jalalayn

Or have they not observed the things which God has created, which cast a shadow, such as trees or a mountain, how their shadows incline to the right and to the left (shamā’il is the plural of shimāl), in other words, towards both sides, at the beginning of the day and at its end, prostrating to God (sujjadan is a circumstantial qualifier), that is to say, subservient to Him with respect to what is required of them, and [how] they, the shadows, are subject?, humbled: they [the shadows] are likened to rational beings [in this description].


Tafsir al-Jalalayn, trans. Feras Hamza
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