Posted by: Haroon Rashid | August 5, 2012

Quranic Verse – In Man there is a Lesson

And Allah created you and then He will cause you to die; and among you there are some who are sent back to senility, so that they know nothing after having known (much). Truly, Allah is Knowing, capable of all things.”

Surah An-Nahl (16:70)

Interpretation of the meaning (Tafsir Ibn Kathir):

In Man there is a Lesson:

And Allah created you and then He will cause you to die; and among you there are some who are sent back to senility,” – Allah tells us that He is controlling the affairs of His servants. He is the One Who created them out of nothing, then He will cause them to die. But there are some of them that He allows to grow old, which is a physical weakness, as Allah says:

Allah is He Who created you in (a state of) weakness, then gave you strength after weakness, then after strength gave (you) weakness” (30:54)

so that they know nothing after having known.” – meaning, after he knew things, he will reach a stage where he knows nothing because of weakness of mind due to old age and senility.

Thus Al-Bukhari, when commenting on this Ayah, reported:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Allah’s Apostle used to invoke thus: “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from miserliness, laziness; from old geriatric age the punishment in the grave; from the affliction of Ad-Dajjal; and from the afflictions of life and death.”

Bukhari :: Book 6 :: Volume 60 :: Hadith 230

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