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Surah Al-Anbiya Ayat 35 in Arabic Text

كُلُّ نَفۡسٖ ذَآئِقَةُ ٱلۡمَوۡتِۗ وَنَبۡلُوكُم بِٱلشَّرِّ وَٱلۡخَيۡرِ فِتۡنَةٗۖ وَإِلَيۡنَا تُرۡجَعُونَ
Kullu nafsin zaaa’iqatul mawt; wa nablookum bi sharri walkhairi fitnatanw wa ilainaa turja’oon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 35

Sahih International
Every soul will taste death. And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned.

Yusuf Ali
Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial. to Us must ye return.

Abul Ala Maududi
Every living being shall taste death and We shall subject you to ill and good by way of trial, and to Us shall all of you be eventually sent back.

Muhsin Khan
Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned.

Pickthall
Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil and with good, for ordeal. And unto Us ye will be returned.

Dr. Ghali
Every self will be tasting of death. And We try you with evil and charity (or: good) for a temptation, and to Us you will be returned.

Abdel Haleem
Every soul is certain to taste death: We test you all through the bad and the good, and to Us you will all return.

Quran 21 Verse 35 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Anbiya ayat 35, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(21:35) Every living being shall taste death[37] and We shall subject you to ill and good by way of trial,[38] and to Us shall all of you be eventually sent back.


37. This is a brief answer to all those warnings and curses with which the Prophet (peace be upon him) was being threatened and the conspiracies which the Quraish were hatching against him day and night. On the one hand, the women of the Quraish cursed him because according to them he had ruined their home life by enticing away their kith and kits. While on the other hand, the chiefs of the Quraish threatened him with horrible consequences for the propagation of Islam. After the emigration to Habash especially, which almost affected every home of Makkah, these curses and threats increased all the more. This verse is meant to comfort and console the Prophet (peace be upon him) as well so that he should continue his mission without any fear of their threats.

38. That is, Allah is always putting human beings to test and trial both through adversity and affluence. This is to judge whether prosperity makes them proud, cruel and slaves of their lusts or they become grateful to Allah. On the other hand, He inflicts adversity upon them in order to see whether they remain within the prescribed and lawful limits or become low-spirited and down-hearted. A sensible person therefore should not be deluded by prosperity and adversity, but should keep their trial element in view and try to pass through it gracefully.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Anbiya verse 35 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Anbiya ayat 34 which provides the complete commentary from verse 34 through 35.

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