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ٱسْتِكْبَاراً فِي ٱلأَرْضِ وَمَكْرَ ٱلسَّيِّىءِ وَلاَ يَحِيقُ ٱلْمَكْرُ ٱلسَّيِّىءُ إِلاَّ بِأَهْلِهِ فَهَلْ يَنظُرُونَ إِلاَّ سُنَّتَ ٱلأَوَّلِينَ فَلَن تَجِدَ لِسُنَّتِ ٱللَّهِ تَبْدِيلاً وَلَن تَجِدَ لِسُنَّتِ ٱللَّهِ تَحْوِيلاً
-Fâtir ( فاطر )

Tafsir al-Jalalayn

acting with disdain in the land, against faith (istikbāran fī’l-ardi, an object denoting reason) and devising, acts of, evil, in the way of idolatry and otherwise; and evil schemes will beset, surround, only their authors, namely, the one who devises [such evil] (the qualifying of makr, ‘scheme’, with the noun al-sayyi’, ‘evil’, is intrinsic [to the fact that it is a scheme], and so the annexation of the former to the latter is said to be alternative usage in which the annexed term is implied, as a precaution against annexing a noun to an adjective). So do they expect, do they await, anything but the precedent of the ancients?, God’s way [of dealing] with them, such as chastising them for their denial of the messengers? Yet you will never find any change in God’s precedent, and you will never find any revision in God’s precedent, that is to say, chastisement is never replaced by anything else, nor is it ever meted out other than to the one who deserves it.

Tafsir al-Jalalayn, trans. Feras Hamza
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