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Surah Al-Anbiya Ayat 68 in Arabic Text

قَالُواْ حَرِّقُوهُ وَٱنصُرُوٓاْ ءَالِهَتَكُمۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ فَٰعِلِينَ
Qaaloo harriqoohu wansurooo aalihatakum in kuntum faa’ileen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 68

Sahih International
They said, “Burn him and support your gods – if you are to act.”

Yusuf Ali
They said, “Burn him and protect your gods, If ye do (anything at all)!”

Abul Ala Maududi
They said: “Burn him, and come to the support of your gods, if you are going to do anything.”

Muhsin Khan
They said: “Burn him and help your aliha (gods), if you will be doing.”

Pickthall
They cried: Burn him and stand by your gods, if ye will be doing.

Dr. Ghali
They said, “Burn him away and vindicate your gods, in case you are performing that.”

Abdel Haleem
They said, ‘Burn him and avenge your gods, if you are going to do the right thing.’

Quran 21 Verse 68 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Anbiya ayat 68, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(21:68) They said: “Burn him, and come to the support of your gods, if you are going to do anything.”


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

Ibn-Kathir

68. They said: “Burn him and help your gods, if you will be doing.” 69. We said: “O fire! Be you cool and safety for Ibrahim!” 70. And they wanted to harm him, but We made them the worst losers.


How Ibrahim was thrown into the Fire and how Allah controlled it

When their arguments were refuted and their incapability became clear, when truth was made manifest and falsehood was defeated, they resorted to using their power and strength, and said:

﴿حَرِّقُوهُ وَانصُرُواْ ءَالِهَتَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ فَـعِلِينَ﴾

(“Burn him and help your gods, if you will be doing.”) So they gathered together a huge amount of wood. As-Suddi said, “I if a woman was sick, she would make a vow that if she recovered she would bring wood to burn Ibrahim. Then they made a hole in the ground and set it aflame, and it burned with huge sparks and immense flames. There had never been a fire like it. They put Ibrahim, peace be upon him, into a catapult, at the suggestion of a nomadic Kurdish man from Persia.” Shu`ayb Al-Jaba’i said, “His name was Hayzan, and Allah caused the earth to swallow him up, and he will remain sinking into it until the Day of Resurrection. When they threw him he said, `Sufficient for me is Allah, and He is the best disposer of affairs.’ ” This is similar to what Al-Bukhari recorded from Ibn `Abbas that Ibrahim said, “`Sufficient for me is Allah, and He is the best disposer of affairs,” when he was thrown into the fire, and Muhammad said it when they said:

﴿إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُواْ لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَـناً وَقَالُواْ حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ﴾

(Verily, the people have gathered against you, therefore, fear them. But it increased them in faith, and they said: “Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the best disposer of affairs.”) ﴿3:173﴾. Sa`id bin Jubayr reported that Ibn `Abbas said: “When Ibrahim was thrown into the fire, the keeper (angel) of the rain said: `When will I be commanded to send rain’ But the command of Allah was more swift. Allah said:

﴿ينَارُ كُونِى بَرْداً وَسَلَـمَا عَلَى إِبْرَهِيمَ﴾

(O fire! Be you cool and safety for Ibrahim!), and there was no fire left on earth that was not extinguished.” Ibn `Abbas and Abu Al-`Aliyah said: “Were it not for the fact that Allah said,

﴿وَسَلَـماً﴾

(and safety), Ibrahim would have been harmed by its coldness.” Qatadah said: “On that day there was no creature that did not try to extinguish the fire for Ibrahim, except for the gecko.” Az-Zuhri said: “The Prophet commanded that it should be killed, and called it a harmful vermin.”

﴿وَأَرَادُواْ بِهِ كَيْداً فَجَعَلْنَـهُمُ الاٌّخْسَرِينَ ﴾

(And they wanted to harm him, but We made them the worst losers.) they were defeated and humiliated, because they wanted to plot against the Prophet of Allah, but Allah planned against them and saved him from the fire, and thus they were defeated.

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