وَ سَیُجَنَّبُہَا الْاَتْقَی ﴿ۙ۱۷﴾

It will be kept far away from the most pious. (The first Caliph Abu Bakr Siddiq)

Tafsir al-Kabeer                                                                                                 التفسیر الکبیر                        

أَجْمَعَ الْمُفَسِّرُونَ مِنَّا عَلَى أَنَّ الْمُرَادَ مِنْهُ أَبُو بَكْرٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهُ.

The exegetists have formed consensus on the fact that the objective of this verse is indeed Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah be pleased with him.

وَاعْلَمْ أَنَّ الشِّيعَةَ بِأَسْرِهِمْ يُنْكِرُونَ هَذِهِ الرِّوَايَةَ

Note:  The shias deny this narration.

Tafsir al-Kabeer (Mafateeh al-Ghaib) of Imam Fakhruddin Muhammad ibn Umar al-Raazi al-Shafe’i t D. 606 A.H.

Tafsir al-Qurtubi                                                                                                                         تفسیر القرطبی                                                    

قَالَ ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ: هُوَ أَبُو بَكْرٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ

Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – said:  It is Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah be pleased with him.

Tafsir Qurtubi (Al-Jame’ Li Ahkaam al-Quran) Imam Shamsuddin Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Qurtubi t D. 671 A.H.

Tafsir al-Nasafi                                                                                                                                                      تفسیر النسفی                                 

{وَسَيُجَنَّبُهَا} وسيبعد منها {الأتقى} المؤمن

It will be kept far away from the most pious (believer).

وقيل الآية واردة في الموازنة بين حالتي عظيم من المشركين وعظيم من المؤمنين فأريد أن يبالغ فى صفتيهما فقيل الأشقى وجعل مختصا بالمصلى كأن النار لم تخلق إلا له وقيل الاتقى وجعل مختصا بالنجاة كأن الحنة لم تخلق إلا له وقيل هما أبو جهل وأبو بكر

It is also said that the verse was revealed to show a comparison between the two greatest examples of polytheists and believers and to signify their position.  It was “Most wicket” (for abu jahl) and made him the most suitable member for hell, as if it was created for his sake alone, and then stated “The most pious” (Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq – may Allah be pleased with him) and specified the salvation for him as if the paradise was created for him alone; and those two individuals are abu jahl and Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq – may Allah be pleased him.

Tafsir al-Nasafi (Madarik al-Tanzeel) of Imam Abul Barakaat Abdullah ibn Ahmed al-Nasafi t D. 710 A.H.

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