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Surah Al-Anbiya Ayat 46 in Arabic Text

وَلَئِن مَّسَّتۡهُمۡ نَفۡحَةٞ مِّنۡ عَذَابِ رَبِّكَ لَيَقُولُنَّ يَٰوَيۡلَنَآ إِنَّا كُنَّا ظَٰلِمِينَ
Wa la’in massat hum nafhatun min ‘azaabi Rabbika la yaqoolunna yaawailanaaa innnaa kunnaa zaalimeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 46

Sahih International
And if [as much as] a whiff of the punishment of your Lord should touch them, they would surely say, “O woe to us! Indeed, we have been wrongdoers.”

Yusuf Ali
If but a breath of the Wrath of thy Lord do touch them, they will then say, “Woe to us! we did wrong indeed!”

Abul Ala Maududi
Were only the slightest whiff from your Lord’s punishment to touch them, they would cry out: “Woe to us; we were indeed wrong-doers.”

Muhsin Khan
And if a breath (minor calamity) of the Torment of your Lord touches them, they will surely cry: “Woe unto us! Indeed we have been Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.).

Pickthall
And if a breath of thy Lord’s punishment were to touch them, they assuredly would say: Alas for us! Lo! we were wrong-doers.

Dr. Ghali
And indeed in case a gust of your Lord’s torment touched them, indeed they would definitely say, “O, woe to us! Surely we were an unjust (people).”

Abdel Haleem
yet if a mere breath of your Lord’s punishment touches them, they will be sure to cry, ‘Woe to us! We were wrong!’

Quran 21 Verse 46 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Anbiya ayat 46, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(21:46) Were only the slightest whiff from your Lord’s punishment to touch them,[47] they would cry out: “Woe to us; we were indeed wrong-doers.”


47. That is, the same scourge which they are demanding to be hastened and of which they are making fun.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Anbiya verse 46 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Anbiya ayat 44 which provides the complete commentary from verse 44 through 47.

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