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Surah Al-Anbiya Ayat 108 in Arabic Text

قُلۡ إِنَّمَا يُوحَىٰٓ إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَآ إِلَٰهُكُمۡ إِلَٰهٞ وَٰحِدٞۖ فَهَلۡ أَنتُم مُّسۡلِمُونَ
Qul innamaa yoohaa ilaiya annamaaa ilaahukum illaahunw Waahid, fahal antum muslimoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 108

Sahih International
Say, “It is only revealed to me that your god is but one God; so will you be Muslims [in submission to Him]?”

Yusuf Ali
Say: “What has come to me by inspiration is that your Allah is One Allah: will ye therefore bow to His Will (in Islam)?”

Abul Ala Maududi
Say: “It is revealed to me that your God is only One God. Will you, then, submit to Him?”

Muhsin Khan
Say (O Muhammad SAW): “It is revealed to me that your Ilah (God) is only one Ilah (God – Allah). Will you then submit to His Will (become Muslims and stop worshipping others besides Allah)?”

Pickthall
Say: It is only inspired in me that your Allah is One Allah. Will ye then surrender (unto Him)?

Dr. Ghali
Say, “Surely what is revealed to me is only that your God is (only) one God; so will you then be Muslims?” (i.e., those who surrender (to Allah)

Abdel Haleem
Say, ‘What is revealed to me is that your God is one God- will you submit to Him?’

Quran 21 Verse 108 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Anbiya ayat 108, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(21:108) Say: “It is revealed to me that your God is only One God. Will you, then, submit to Him?”


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

108. Say: “It is revealed to me that your God is only one God. Will you then be Muslims” 109. But if they turn away say: “I give you a notice to be known to us all alike. And I know not whether that which you are promised is near or far.” 110. “Verily, He knows that which is spoken aloud and He knows that which you conceal.” 111. “And I know not, perhaps it may be a trial for you, and an enjoyment for a while.” 112. He said:”My Lord! Judge You in truth! Our Lord is the Most Gracious, Whose help is to be sought against that which you attribute!”


The main Objective of Revelation is that Allah be worshipped

Allah commands His Messenger to say to the idoators:

﴿إِنَّمَآ يُوحَى إِلَىَّ أَنَّمَآ إِلَـهُكُمْ إِلَـهٌ وَحِدٌ فَهَلْ أَنتُمْ مُّسْلِمُونَ﴾

(“It is revealed to me that your God is only one God. Will you then be Muslims”) meaning, will you then follow that and submit to it

﴿فَإِن تَوَلَّوْاْ﴾

(But if they turn away) means, if they ignore that to which you call them.

﴿فَقُلْ ءَاذَنتُكُمْ عَلَى سَوَآءٍ﴾

(say: “I give you a notice to be known to us all alike…”) meaning, `I declare that I am in a state of war with you as you are in a state of war with me. I have nothing to do with you just as you have nothing to do with me.’ This is like the Ayah:

﴿وَإِن كَذَّبُوكَ فَقُل لِّى عَمَلِى وَلَكُمْ عَمَلُكُمْ أَنتُمْ بَرِيئُونَ مِمَّآ أَعْمَلُ وَأَنَاْ بَرِىءٌ مِّمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ ﴾

(And if they belie you, say: “For me are my deeds and for you are your deeds! You are innocent of what I do, and I am innocent of what you do!”) ﴿10:41﴾

﴿وَإِمَّا تَخَافَنَّ مِن قَوْمٍ خِيَانَةً فَانبِذْ إِلَيْهِمْ عَلَى سَوَآءٍ﴾

(If you fear treachery from any people, throw back (their covenant) to them (so as to be) on equal terms (that there will be no more covenant between you and them)) ﴿8:58﴾ which means: so that both you and they will know that the treaty is null and void. Similarly, Allah says here:

﴿فَإِن تَوَلَّوْاْ فَقُلْ ءَاذَنتُكُمْ عَلَى سَوَآءٍ﴾

(But if they turn away say: “I give you a notice to be known to us all alike…”) meaning, `I have already informed you that I have nothing to do with you and you have nothing to do with me.’

No one knows when the Hour will come

﴿وَإِنْ أَدْرِى أَقَرِيبٌ أَم بَعِيدٌ مَّا تُوعَدُونَ﴾

(And I know not whether that which you are promised (i.e., the Day of Resurrection) is near or far.) meaning: `it will inevitably come to pass, but I have no knowledge of whether it is near or far.’

﴿إِنَّهُ يَعْلَمُ الْجَهْرَ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا تَكْتُمُونَ ﴾

(Verily, He (Allah) knows that which is spoken aloud (openly) and He knows that which you conceal.) Allah knows the Unseen in its entirety; He knows what His creatures do openly and what they do secretly. He knows what is visible and what is concealed; He knows what is secret and hidden. He knows what His creatures do openly and in secret, and He will requite them for that, for both minor and major actions.

﴿وَإِنْ أَدْرِى لَعَلَّهُ فِتْنَةٌ لَّكُمْ وَمَتَاعٌ إِلَى حِينٍ ﴾

(And I know not, perhaps it may be a trial for you, and an enjoyment for a while.) meaning, `I do not know, perhaps it is a trial for you, and an enjoyment for a while.’ Ibn Jarir said: `perhaps that is being delayed for you as a test for you, and enjoyment for an allotted time.’ This was narrated by `Awn from Ibn `Abbas. And Allah knows best.

﴿قَالَ رَبِّ احْكُم بِالْحَقِّ﴾

(He said: “My Lord! Judge You in truth!) means, judge between us and our people who disbelieve in the truth. Qatadah said: “The Prophets (peace be upon them) used to say:

﴿رَبَّنَا افْتَحْ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ قَوْمِنَا بِالْحَقِّ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الْفَـتِحِينَ﴾

(“Our Lord! Judge between us and our people in truth, for You are the Best of those who give judgment.”) ﴿7:89﴾, and the Messenger of Allah was commanded to say this too.” It was reported from Malik from Zayd bin Aslam that when the Messenger of Allah witnessed any fighting, he would say:

﴿رَبِّ احْكُم بِالْحَقِّ﴾

(“My Lord! Judge You in truth!”)

﴿وَرَبُّنَا الرَّحْمَـنُ الْمُسْتَعَانُ عَلَى مَا تَصِفُونَ﴾

(Our Lord is the Most Gracious, Whose help is to be sought against that which you attribute!) means, `against the various lies and fabrications that you utter, some of which are worse than others; Allah is the One Whose Help we seek against that.’ This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Al-Anbiya’. To Allah be praise and blessings.

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