Say, “I have no power to benefit or protect myself, except by the Will of Allah. If I had known the unknown, I would have benefited myself enormously, and no harm would have ever touched me. I am only a warner and deliverer of good news for those who believe.”Quran 7:188 (Surah Al-Araf)
The Surah is named after the story of the men awaiting on the “Elevations” between Paradise and Hell.
It comprises of 206 Ayat.
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لَّاۤ أَمۡلِكُ لِنَفۡسِی نَفۡعࣰا وَلَا ضَرًّا 
إِلَّا مَا شَاۤءَ ٱللَّهُۚ 
وَلَوۡ كُنتُ أَعۡلَمُ ٱلۡغَیۡبَ لَٱسۡتَكۡثَرۡتُ مِنَ ٱلۡخَیۡرِ وَمَا مَسَّنِیَ ٱلسُّوۤءُۚ 
إِنۡ أَنَا۠ إِلَّا نَذِیرࣱ
 وَبَشِیرࣱ لِّقَوۡمࣲ یُؤۡمِنُونَ
Al-A’raf – The Elevations. Allah mentions Paradise and Hellfire and then speaks of the ‘elevations’ between them reserved for some amongst humanity. These people not knowing what will happen to them. The people of Hell-fire will be refused water as it will be prohibited for the disbelievers in the after-life.
اے محمدؐ، ان سے کہو 
"میں اپنی ذات کے لیے کسی نفع اور نقصان کا اختیار نہیں رکھتا، اللہ ہی جو کچھ چاہتا ہے وہ ہو تا ہے 
اور اگر مجھے غیب کا علم ہوتا تو میں بہت سے فائدے اپنے لیے حاصل کر لیتا 
اور مجھے کبھی کوئی نقصان نہ پہنچتا 
میں تو محض ایک خبردار کرنے والا 
اور خوش خبری سنانے والا ہوں اُن لوگوں کے لیے جو میری بات مانیں"
The basic theme of this Surah is Risalah, i.e. Allah’s message as it was sent through many messengers. Several Prophets and parts of their stories are mentioned to emphasize Prophets’ mission and their struggle with their people. The Surah tells us that Allah’s Prophets suffered for the cause of truth. Their enemies tried to harm them, but then Allah helped his prophets and defeated their enemies. The Surah emphasizes that the true message must be presented under all circumstances. After the Prophets it is the duty of the Believers to convey the message of Allah to all people.