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Surah Al-A’raf Ayat 115 in Arabic Text

قَالُوا۟ يَـٰمُوسَىٰٓ إِمَّآ أَن تُلْقِىَ وَإِمَّآ أَن نَّكُونَ نَحْنُ ٱلْمُلْقِينَ
Qaaloo yaa Moosaaa immaaa an tulqiya wa immaaa an nakoona nahnul mulqeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 115

Sahih International
They said, “O Moses, either you throw [your staff], or we will be the ones to throw [first].”

Yusuf Ali
They said: “O Moses! wilt thou throw (first), or shall we have the (first) throw?”

Abul Ala Maududi
Then they said: ‘O Moses, will you [first] throw your rod, or shall we throw?’

Muhsin Khan
They said: “O Musa (Moses)! Either you throw (first), or shall we have the (first) throw?”

Pickthall
They said: O Moses! Either throw (first) or let us be the first throwers?

Dr. Ghali
They said, “O M‍ûsa! (Moses) Either you cast, or we ourselves will be the ones casting (first).”

Abdel Haleem
So they said, ‘Moses, will you throw first or shall we?’

Quran 7 Verse 115 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-A’raf ayat 115, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(7:115) Then they said: ‘0 Moses, will you [first] throw your rod, or shall we throw?’


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

Ibn-Kathir

115. They said: “O Musa! Either you throw (first), or shall we have the (first) throw” 116. He ﴿Musa﴾ said: “Throw you (first).” So when they threw, they bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them, and they displayed a great trick.) The magicians challenged Musa, when they said,


﴿إِمَّآ أَن تُلْقِىَ وَإِمَّآ أَن نَّكُونَ نَحْنُ الْمُلْقِينَ﴾

(Either you throw (first), or shall we have the (first) throw) before you. In another Ayah, they said,

﴿وَإِمَّآ أَن نَّكُونَ أَوَّلَ مَنْ أَلْقَى﴾

(Or we be the first to throw) ﴿20:65﴾. Musa said to them, you throw first. It was said that the wisdom behind asking them to throw first, is that – Allah knows best – the people might witness the magicians’ sorcery first. When the magicians had cast their spell and captured the eyes, the clear and unequivocal truth came, at a time when they all anticipated and waited for it to come, thus making the truth even more impressive to their hearts. This is what happened. Allah said,

﴿فَلَمَّآ أَلْقُوْاْ سَحَرُواْ أَعْيُنَ النَّاسِ وَاسْتَرْهَبُوهُمْ﴾

(So when they threw, they bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them,) meaning, they deceived the eyes and made them think that thet trick was real, when it was only an illusion, just as Allah said,

﴿فَأَوْجَسَ فِى نَفْسِهِ خِيفَةً مُّوسَى – قُلْنَا لاَ تَخَفْ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الاٌّعْلَى – وَأَلْقِ مَا فِى يَمِينِكَ تَلْقَفْ مَا صَنَعُواْ إِنَّمَا صَنَعُواْ كَيْدُ سَاحِرٍ وَلاَ يُفْلِحُ السَّـحِرُ حَيْثُ أَتَى ﴾

(So Musa conceived fear in himself. We (Allah) said: “Fear not! Surely, you will have the upper hand. And throw that which is in your right hand! It will swallow up that which they have made. That which they have made is only a magician’s trick, and the magician will never be successful, to whatever amount (of skill) he may attain”) ﴿20:67-69﴾. Ibn `Abbas commented that the magicians threw, “Thick ropes and long sticks, and they appeared to be crawling, an illusion that they created with their magic.”

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