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Surah Abasa Ayat 17 in Arabic Text

قُتِلَ ٱلْإِنسَـٰنُ مَآ أَكْفَرَهُۥ
Qutilal-insanu maa akfarah

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 17

Sahih International
Cursed is man; how disbelieving is he.

Yusuf Ali
Woe to man! What hath made him reject Allah;

Abul Ala Maududi
Accursed be man! How stubbornly he denies the Truth.

Muhsin Khan
Be cursed (the disbelieving) man! How ungrateful he is!

Pickthall
Man is (self-)destroyed: how ungrateful!

Dr. Ghali
Slain be man! How disbelieving he is!

Abdel Haleem
Woe to man! How ungrateful he is!

Quran 80 Verse 17 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Abasa ayat 17, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(80:17) Accursed[8] be man![910] How stubbornly he denies the Truth.


8. From here the rebuke turns directly against the disbelievers, who were treating the message of the truth with scant attention. Before this, from the beginning of the Surah to verse 16, the address though apparently directed to the Prophet (peace be upon him), was actually meant to reprimand the disbelievers, as if to say: O Prophet (peace be upon him), why are you ignoring a seeker after truth and paying all your attention to those who are worthless from your mission’s point of view? They do not deserve that a great Prophet like you should present a sublime thing like the Quran before them.

9. At all such places in the Quran, man does not imply every individual of the human race but the people whose evil traits of character are intended to be censured. At some places the word man is used because the evil traits are found in most of human beings, and at others for the reason that if the particular people are pin-pointed for censure, it engenders stubbornness. Therefore, admonition is given in general terms so as to be more effective. (For further explanation, see(E.N. 65 of Surah HaMim As- Sajdah); (E.N. 75 of Surah Ash-Shura).

Ibn-Kathir

17. Qutila mankind! How ungrateful he is! 18. From what thing did He create him 19. From a Nutfah He created him and then set him in due proportion. 20. Then He made the path easy for him. 21. Then He causes him to die and puts him in his grave. 22. Then when it is His will, He will resurrect him. 23. Nay, but has not done what He commanded him. 24. Then let man look at his food: 25. We pour forth water in abundance. 26. And We split the earth in clefts. 27. And We cause therein Habb to grow, 28. And grapes and Qadb, 29. And olives and date palms, 30. And Ghulb Hada’iq, 31. And fruits (Fakihah) and herbage (Abb). 32. A provision and benefit for you and your cattle.


The Refutation against Whoever denies Life after Death

Allah rebukes those who deny the Resurrection and the Final Gathering.

﴿قُتِلَ الإِنسَـنُ مَآ أَكْفَرَهُ ﴾

(Qutila mankind!) Ad-Dahhak reported from Ibn `Abbas that he said,

﴿قُتِلَ الإِنسَـنُ﴾

(Qutila mankind!) “May man be cursed.” Abu Malik also made a similar statement. He said, “This refers to the rejecting type of man, due to his abundant denial without any supporting argument. Rather he denies simply because he thinks it is farfetched and because he lacks knowledge of it.” Ibn Jurayj said,

﴿مَآ أَكْفَرَهُ﴾

(How ungrateful he is!) “This means none is worse in disbelief than he is.” Qatadah said,

﴿مَآ أَكْفَرَهُ﴾

(How ungrateful he is!) “This means none is more cursed than he is.” Then Allah explains how He created him from something despised and that He is able to bring him back to life just as He created him initially. Allah says,

﴿مِنْ أَىِّ شَىْءٍ خَلَقَهُ – مِن نُّطْفَةٍ خَلَقَهُ فَقَدَّرَهُ ﴾

(From what thing did He create him From a Nutfah He created him, and then set him in due proportion.) meaning, He decreed his life span, his sustenance, his deeds, and whether he would be miserable or happy.

﴿ثُمَّ السَّبِيلَ يَسَّرَهُ ﴾

(Then He made the path easy for him.) Al-`Awfi reported from Ibn `Abbas, “Then He made his coming out of his mother’s belly easy for him.” This was also said by `Ikrimah, Ad-Dahhak, Abu Salih, Qatadah, As-Suddi, and it was the explanation preferred by Ibn Jarir. Mujahid said, “This is similar to Allah’s statement,

﴿إِنَّا هَدَيْنَـهُ السَّبِيلَ إِمَّا شَاكِراً وَإِمَّا كَفُوراً ﴾

(Verily, We guided him on the path, he is either grateful or ungrateful.) (76:3) meaning, We explained it to him, clarified it, and made it easy for him to act upon.” Al-Hasan and Ibn Zayd both said the same. This is the most correct view and Allah knows best. Concerning Allah’s statement,

﴿ثُمَّ أَمَاتَهُ فَأَقْبَرَهُ ﴾

(Then He causes him to die and puts him in his grave.) After creating man, Allah causes him to die and makes him the inhabitant of a grave. Allah said;

﴿ثُمَّ إِذَا شَآءَ أَنشَرَهُ ﴾

(Then when it is His will, He will resurrect him.) meaning, He resurrects him after his death and this is called Al-Ba`th (resurrection) and An-Nushur (resuscitation).

﴿وَمِنْ ءَايَـتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَكُمْ مِّن تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ إِذَآ أَنتُمْ بَشَرٌ تَنتَشِرُونَ ﴾

(And among His signs is this that He created you from dust, and then behold, you are human beings scattered.) (30:20)

﴿وَانظُرْ إِلَى العِظَامِ كَيْفَ نُنشِزُهَا ثُمَّ نَكْسُوهَا لَحْمًا﴾

(And look at the bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh.) (2:259) In the Two Sahihs it is narrated by way of Al-A`mash from Abu Salih, from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet said,

«كُلُّ ابْنِ آدَمَ يَبْلَى إِلَّا عَجْبَ الذَّنَبِ، مِنْهُ خُلِقَ، وَفِيهِ يُرَكَّب»

(All of the Sons of Adam (men) will decay except for the bone of coccyx (tailbone). From it he (man) was created and by it he will be reconstructed.)” Concerning Allah’s statement,

﴿كَلاَّ لَمَّا يَقْضِ مَآ أَمَرَهُ ﴾

(Nay, but has not done what He commanded him.) Ibn Jarir said, “Allah is saying, `Nay, the matter is not as this disbelieving man says. He claims that he has fulfilled Allah’s right upon him regarding himself and his wealth.

﴿لَمَّا يَقْضِ مَآ أَمَرَهُ﴾

(But he has not done what He commanded him.) Allah is saying that man has not fulfilled for his Lord the obligations that were imposed upon him.” What seems apparent to me of its actual meaning — and Allah knows best — is that the Ayah

﴿ثُمَّ إِذَا شَآءَ أَنشَرَهُ ﴾

(Then when it is His will, He will resurrect him.) means, He will resurrect him.

﴿كَلاَّ لَمَّا يَقْضِ مَآ أَمَرَهُ ﴾

(Nay! But he has not done what He commanded him.) means, He has not done it (resurrected them) as of yet, until the time period has expired and the extent of the earthly life of humanity is complete, according to the lives of all whom Allah has written it to exist from the time they are brought into existence into the world. Verily, Allah has decreed the existence of mankind, and its duration, therefore, when that is finished with Allah, He resurrects the creatures and repeats their creation just as He initially created them.

The Growth of the Seed and Other Things is a Proof of Life after Death

﴿فَلْيَنظُرِ الإِنسَـنُ إِلَى طَعَامِهِ ﴾

(Then let man look at his food) This is a call to reflect upon Allah’s favor. It also contains an evidence in the vegetation’s coming to life from the lifeless earth, that the bodies can be brought to life after being decayed bones and scattered dust.

﴿أَنَّا صَبَبْنَا الْمَآءَ صَبّاً ﴾

(We pour forth water in abundance.) meaning, `We sent it down from the sky to the earth.’

﴿ثُمَّ شَقَقْنَا الاٌّرْضَ شَقّاً ﴾

(And We split the earth in clefts.) meaning, `We cause it (the water) to settle in it (the earth), and it enters into its boundaries, and mingles with the parts of the seeds that are left in the earth. From this the seeds grow, rise up and appear on the surface of the earth (in the form of vegetation).’

﴿فَأَنبَتْنَا فِيهَا حَبّاً – وَعِنَباً وَقَضْباً ﴾

(And We cause therein Habb to grow. And grapes and Qadb,) Al-Habb refers to all types of seeds (or grains). Grapes are well-known. Al-Qadb are the moist (green) herbal plants that animals graze on. It is also called Al-Qat. Ibn `Abbas, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak and As-Suddi, all said this. Al-Hasan Al-Basri said, “Al-Qadb is fodder.”

﴿وَزَيْتُوناً﴾

(And olives) It is well-known, and it is a food just as its juice is a food. It is eaten for breakfast and used as an oil.

﴿وَنَخْلاً﴾

(And date palms,) It (i.e., its fruit) is eaten as Balah, Busr, Rutab and Tamr, Niya’ and Matbukh, all of which are varieties of dates that range from unripe, ripe and dried in their textures. Its juice is also extracted to make pulpy fruit drinks and vinegar.

﴿وَحَدَآئِقَ غُلْباً ﴾

(And Ghulb Hada’iq,) meaning, gardens. Al-Hasan and Qatadah both said, “Ghulb are gardens of date palms that are thick and handsome.” Ibn `Abbas and Mujahid both said, “It means everything that is gathered and collected.” Allah said,

﴿وَفَـكِهَةً وَأَبّاً ﴾

(And fruits (Fakihah) and herbage (Abb).) Fakihah includes every type of fruit. Ibn `Abbas said, “Al-Fakihah is everything that is eaten ripe, and Al-Abb is what the earth grows that is eaten by grazing animals and not people.” In one narration reported from him he said, “It is the grass for the livestock animals.” Abu `Ubayd Al-Qasim bin Sallam reported from Ibrahim At-Taymi that he said, “Abu Bakr As-Siddiq was asked about Allah’s statement,

﴿وَفَـكِهَةً وَأَبّاً ﴾

(And fruits (Fakihah) and herbage (Abb).) and he said, `What sky would shade me and what earth would carry me if I said about the Book of Allah that which I did not have knowledge of.’ ” hIn reference to what Ibn Jarir recorded from Anas, that he said, “Umar bin Al-Khattab recited

﴿عَبَسَ وَتَوَلَّى ﴾

(He frowned and turned away.) then when he reached this Ayah

﴿وَفَـكِهَةً وَأَبّاً ﴾

(And fruits (Fakihah) and herbage (Abb).) he said, `We already know what Al-Fakihah is, but what is Al-Abb’ Then he said, `By your life, O Ibn Al-Khattab, this is something over burdensome (i.e., unnecessary to ask about).”’ This report has an authentic chain of narration. More than one person has narrated it from Anas. The meaning of the narration is that `Umar wanted to know how it looks, its type and its exact description, because he (`Umar) and everyone who reads this Ayah knows that it is one of the plants that grows from the earth. This is clear due to the Allah’s saying,

﴿فَأَنبَتْنَا فِيهَا حَبّاً – وَعِنَباً وَقَضْباً – وَزَيْتُوناً وَنَخْلاً – وَحَدَآئِقَ غُلْباً – وَفَـكِهَةً وَأَبّاً ﴾

(And We cause therein the Habb to grow. And grapes and Qadb, and olives and date palms. And Ghulb Hada’iq. And fruits (Fakihah) and herbage (Abb).) And then He says,

﴿مَتَـعاً لَّكُمْ وَلاًّنْعَـمِكُمْ ﴾

(A provision and benefit for you and your cattle.) meaning, a means of livelihood for you all and your cattle in this life until the (coming of) the Day of Judgement.

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