Al-Quran Surah 26. Ash-Shu'araa, Ayah 215

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وَاخْفِضْ جَنَاحَكَ لِمَنِ اتَّبَعَكَ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Asad : and spread the wings of thy tenderness over all of the believers who may follow thee;94
Khattab :

and be gracious to the believers who follow you.

Malik : and lower your wing of kindness to those of the believers who follow you,
Pickthall : And lower thy wing (in kindness) unto those believers who follow thee.
Yusuf Ali : And lower thy wing to the Believers who follow thee. 3233
Transliteration : Waikhfid janahaka limani ittabaAAaka mina almumineena
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Asad 94 For an explanation of the metaphorical expression "lower thy wing"-rendered by me as "spread the wings of thy tenderness" - see 17:24 and the corresponding note [28]. The phrase "all of the believers who follow thee" shows that (contrary to the assumption of most of the commentators) the above passage is not addressed to the Prophet - since all who believe in him are, by definition, his followers, and vice versa - but to everyone who chooses to be guided by the Qur'an, and who is herewith called upon to extend his loving kindness and care to all believers who may "follow" him, i.e., who may regard him as spiritually or intellectually superior or more experienced. This interpretation also explains verse {213} above: for whereas the exhortation contained in that verse is meaningful with regard to all who may listen to or read the Qur'an, it would be meaningless with reference to its Prophet, for whom the principle of God's oneness and uniqueness was the unquestionable beginning and end of all truth.

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Yusuf Ali 3233 That is, be kind, gentle, and considerate with them, as a high flying bird is when she lowers her wing to her offspring. Cf. xvii. 24 and n. 2205, and xv. 88 and n. 201 1.

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