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Deliverance
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Throughout the Qurʾān, but especially in later Meccan sūras, various forms of deliverance ( najjā/ anjā, anqadha, waqā) illustrate God's saving power (see power and impotence; salvation). God typically speaks in the divine plural, recalling specific settings in which he had acted on behalf of either the prophets or their people. Many of the references occur in the context of Muḥammad's efforts to counteract Meccan opposition (see opposition to muḥammad ).

Prominent among the beneficiaries of divine deliverance are the prophets (see prophets and prophethood ), several of whom God…

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Renard, John, “Deliverance”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00111>



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