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Surah Alaq Ayat 5 in Arabic Text

عَلَّمَ ٱلۡإِنسَٰنَ مَا لَمۡ يَعۡلَمۡ
‘Al lamal insaana ma lam y’alam

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 5

Sahih International
Taught man that which he knew not.

Yusuf Ali
Taught man that which he knew not.

Abul Ala Maududi
taught man what he did not know.

Muhsin Khan
Has taught man that which he knew not.

Teacheth man that which he knew not.

Dr. Ghali
He taught man what he did not know.

Abdel Haleem
who taught man what he did not know.

Muhammad Junagarhi
جس نے انسان کو وه سکھایا جسے وه نہیں جانتا تھا

Quran 96 Verse 5 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Alaq ayat 5, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(96:5) taught man what he did not know.[6]

6. That is, man originally was absolutely illiterate. Whatever of knowledge he obtained, he obtained it as a gift from Allah. Whatever doors of knowledge at any stage did Allah will to open for man, they went on opening up before him. This same thing has been expressed in the verse of the Throne (Ayat-ul-Kursi), thus: And the people cannot comprehend anything of His knowledge save what He Himself may please to reveal. (Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayat 255). Whatever man looks upon as his own scientific discovery was, in fact, unknown to him before. Allah gave him its knowledge whenever He willed without his realizing that Allah by His grace had blessed him with the knowledge of it.

These verses were the very first to be revealed to the Prophet (peace be upon him), as is stated in the Hadith reported by Aishah. This first experience was so intense and tremendous that the Prophet (peace be upon him) could not bear it any more. Therefore, at that time he was only made aware that the Being Whom he already knew and acknowledged as his Lord and Sustainer was in direct communion with him, had


The tafsir of Surah Alaq verse 5 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Alaq ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 5.

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