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Al-Adiyat: Horses and I don’t know what

August 17, 2010 2 comments

By the steeds that run, with panting breath
And strike sparks of fire
And push home the charge in the morning
And raise the dust in clouds the while
And penetrate into the midst of the massed foe…

OK, horses charging into the enemy ranks, got it. Not sure what that's all about, but…

Truly Man is to his Lord ungrateful
And to that (fact) he bears witness (by his deeds);
And violent is he in his love of wealth

I wonder, is this in reference to a specific person? Is this Walid b. Mughirah again, the Qurayshi military chief?

Does he not know when that which in the graves is scattered abroad
And that which is hidden in the human hearth is made manifest
That their Lord had been well-acquainted with them even to that day

God knows what's hidden in your heart. Got it. A lot of extra verse to convey that message. I must be missing a lot here.