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Al-A'raf
الأعراف
Classification Makkan
Meaning of the name The Heights
Statistics
Sura number 7
Number of verses 206
Juz' number 8 to 9
Hizb number 16 to 18
Number of Sajdahs 1 (verse 206)
Previous Sura Al-An'am
Next Sura Al-Anfal
Listen to Surah Al A'raf
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Sura Al-A'raf (Arabic: سورة الأعراف‎, Sūratu al-A'rāf, "The Heights") is the seventh chapter of the Qur'an, with 206 verses. It is a Meccan sura.

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Verses

Verses [Qur'an 7:46] refer to the concept of Aʿraf (a place between Heaven and Hell) and those who are in Aʿraf. Aʿraf is the fortress that separates The Garden of Paradise from The Fire of Hell. On Judgement Day, the masses will come toward Aʿraf, none knowing whether they are destined for paradise, or hell. But there will be some people, standing on Aʿraf, who will recognize some faces among the crowd and salute them, while recognizing others and condemning them and asking God not to join them with them (literally witnessing).

In accordance with the description of these people, verse 22:78 mentions that if believers strive as they should do,Muhammad will be a witness to them, and they will be witnesses for the mankind. So it is likely that who is meant by that are selected people from among the crowd, like messengers, prophets those who had followed them and striven/died/been killed in the right cause of God, and those who were bestowed with Paradise when they were alive, who are given the right to witness on the rest of mankind. This sura describes the downfall of various tribes and condemns their act of sins like heresy, cheating and sodomy.

Verse [Qur'an 7:96] states:

And if the people of the towns had believed and guarded (against evil) We would certainly have opened up for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they rejected, so We overtook them for what they had earned.

This verse is quoted in the Shi'a view of Fatimah's last public speech.

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Al-An'am The Qur'an - Sura 7 Next Sura:
Al-Anfal
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