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Surah Ahzab Ayat 15 in Arabic Text

وَلَقَدْ كَانُوا۟ عَـٰهَدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ مِن قَبْلُ لَا يُوَلُّونَ ٱلْأَدْبَـٰرَ ۚ وَكَانَ عَهْدُ ٱللَّهِ مَسْـُٔولًۭا
Wa laqad kaanoo ‘aahadul laaha min qablu laa yuwal loonal adbaar; wa kaana ‘ahdul laahi mas’oolaa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 15

Sahih International
And they had already promised Allah before not to turn their backs and flee. And ever is the promise to Allah [that about which one will be] questioned.

Yusuf Ali
And yet they had already covenanted with Allah not to turn their backs, and a covenant with Allah must (surely) be answered for.

Abul Ala Maududi
They had earlier covenanted with Allah that they would not turn their backs in flight. And a covenant made with Allah must needs be answered for.

Muhsin Khan
And indeed they had already made a covenant with Allah not to turn their backs, and a covenant with Allah must be answered for.

Pickthall
And verily they had already sworn unto Allah that they would not turn their backs (to the foe). An oath to Allah must be answered for.

Dr. Ghali
And indeed they had already covenanted with Allah earlier, that they would not turn their backs; and a covenant with Allah will be questioned.

Abdel Haleem
Yet they had already promised God that they would not turn tail and flee, and a promise to God will be answered for.

Quran 33 Verse 15 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ahzab ayat 15, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(33:15) They had earlier covenanted with Allah that they would not turn their backs in flight. And a covenant made with Allah must needs be answered for.[27]


27. That is, they had felt regret at the weakness they had shown on the occasion of the battle of Uhud and pledged to Allah that they would compensate for their error in any trial that they would confront in the future. But Allah cannot be deceived by empty words. He puts to one or the other test everyone who makes a pledge with Him so that his sincerity of intention or otherwise is found out. Therefore, just after two years of the battle of Uhud, He made them confront an even more serious danger and discovered how far they were sincere in their pledge.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ahzab verse 15 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Ahzab ayat 14 which provides the complete commentary from verse 14 through 17.

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