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Surah Abasa Ayat 16 in Arabic Text

كِرَامٍۭ بَرَرَةٍۢ
Kiraamim bararah

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 16

Sahih International
Noble and dutiful.

Yusuf Ali
Honourable and Pious and Just.

Abul Ala Maududi
noble and purified.

Muhsin Khan
Honourable and obedient.

Noble and righteous.

Dr. Ghali
Honorable, benign.

Abdel Haleem
noble and virtuous scribes.

Quran 80 Verse 16 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Abasa ayat 16, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(80:16) noble[6] and purified.[7]

6. This refers to the angels who were writing the scrolls of the Quran under the direct guidance of Allah, were guarding them and conveying them intact to the Prophet (peace be upon him). Two words have been used to qualify them: karim, i.e. noble, and barara, i.e. virtuous. The first word is meant to say that they are so honored and noble that it is not possible that such exalted beings would commit even the slightest dishonesty in the trust reposed in them. The second word has been used to tell that they carry out the responsibility entrusted to them of writing down the scrolls, guarding them and conveying them to the Messenger with perfect honesty and integrity.

7. If the context in which these verses occur, is considered deeply, it becomes obvious that here the Quran has not been praised for the sake of its greatness and glory but to tell the arrogant people, who were repudiating its message with contempt, plainly: The glorious Quran is too holy and exalted a Book to be presented before you humbly with the request that you may kindly accept it if you so please. For it does not stand in need of you as you stand in need of it. If you really seek your well-being, you should clear your head of the evil thoughts and submit to its message humbly; otherwise you are not so self-sufficient of this Book as this Book is self-sufficient of you. Your treating it with scorn and contempt will not affect its glory and greatness at all, rather your own pride and arrogance will be ruined on account of it.


The tafsir of Surah Abasa verse 16 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Abasa ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 16.

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