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Surah Al-Anbiya Ayat 52 in Arabic Text

إِذۡ قَالَ لِأَبِيهِ وَقَوۡمِهِۦ مَا هَٰذِهِ ٱلتَّمَاثِيلُ ٱلَّتِيٓ أَنتُمۡ لَهَا عَٰكِفُونَ
Iz qaala li abeehi wa qawmihee maa haazihit tamaaseelul lateee antum lahaa ‘aakifoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 52

Sahih International
When he said to his father and his people, “What are these statues to which you are devoted?”

Yusuf Ali
Behold! he said to his father and his people, “What are these images, to which ye are (so assiduously) devoted?”

Abul Ala Maududi
Recall, when he said to his father and his people: “What are these images to which you are devoutly clinging?”

Muhsin Khan
When he said to his father and his people: “What are these images, to which you are devoted?”

Pickthall
When he said unto his father and his folk: What are these images unto which ye pay devotion?

Dr. Ghali
As he said to his father and his people, “What are these statues to which you are consecrating (yourselves)?”

Abdel Haleem
He said to his father and his people, ‘What are these images to which you are so devoted?’

Quran 21 Verse 52 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Anbiya ayat 52, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(21:52) Recall,[54] when he said to his father and his people: “What are these images to which you are devoutly clinging?”


54. Before proceeding further, it should be kept in mind that the incident from the history of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) has been cited here to refute the erroneous creeds of the Quraish. This was meant to hit them hard for they were the descendants of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) and were proud of their relationship with him. It was he who had built the Kabah which had become the center of the entire Arabia and they, being its keepers, were its most important clan. Therefore, they could not remain indifferent to this answer.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Anbiya verse 52 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Anbiya ayat 51 which provides the complete commentary from verse 51 through 56.

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