Surah Al-Anbiya Ayat 6 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 6
Not a [single] city which We destroyed believed before them, so will they believe?
(As to those) before them, not one of the populations which We destroyed believed: will these believe?
Not one township that We destroyed before them believed. Would they, then, believe?
Not one of the towns (populations), of those which We destroyed, believed before them (though We sent them signs), will they then believe?
Not a township believed of those which We destroyed before them (though We sent them portents): would they then believe?
In no way did any town that We caused to perish believe before them. Would they then believe?
But of the communities We destroyed before them not a single one believed. Will these now believe?
Quran 21 Verse 6 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Anbiya ayat 6, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(21:6) Not one township that We destroyed before them believed. Would they, then, believe?
8. This contains a concise answer to the demand for a sign in the previous verse.
(1) You ask for signs like the ones which were shown by the former Messengers but you forget that those obdurate people did not believe in spite of the signs shown to them.
(2) While demanding a sign, you fail to realize that the people, who disbelieved even after seeing a sign, were inevitably destroyed.
(3) It is indeed a favor of Allah that He is not showing the sign as demanded by you. Therefore, the best course for you would be to believe without seeing a sign. Otherwise, you will meet the same doom that the former communities met, when they did not believe even after seeing the signs.
The tafsir of Surah Anbiya verse 6 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Anbiya ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 2 through 6.
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