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فَإِن تَوَلَّوْاْ فَقُلْ ءَاذَنتُكُمْ عَلَىٰ سَوَآءٍ وَإِنْ أَدْرِيۤ أَقَرِيبٌ أَم بَعِيدٌ مَّا تُوعَدُونَ
-Al-Anbiyâ’ ( الأنبياء )

Tafsir al-Jalalayn

But if they turn away, from this, say: ‘I have proclaimed to you, I have notified you of [my declaration of] war [on you], all alike (‘alā sawā’ is a circumstantial qualifier referring to both the subject of the verb and the object) that is to say, you are [all] equal in having knowledge of this: I shall not proceed independently without [having first informed] you, in order for you to make preparations, although I do not know whether near or far is that which you have been promised’, with respect to chastisement, or to the [Day of] Resurrection that comprises this [chastisement]; only God knows it.

Tafsir al-Jalalayn, trans. Feras Hamza
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