Tafsir of Verse(s): [2]
وَالْقَمَرِ إِذَا تَلَاهَا 2
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* by the moon when following it; 2 This verse can be read as an allusion to the moon’s receiving its light from the sun (IK, Q, R) or to the new crescent moon, which at the start of each lunar month is visible above the horizon near where the sun sets and itself sets soon thereafter (IK, Q). It could also be seen as an allusion to the differing orbits of the moon and the sun, which can be used to measure the passage of time; see 36:40c.