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Surah Al-A’raf Ayat 144 in Arabic Text

قَالَ يَـٰمُوسَىٰٓ إِنِّى ٱصْطَفَيْتُكَ عَلَى ٱلنَّاسِ بِرِسَـٰلَـٰتِى وَبِكَلَـٰمِى فَخُذْ مَآ ءَاتَيْتُكَ وَكُن مِّنَ ٱلشَّـٰكِرِينَ
Qaala yaa Moosaaa innis tafaituka ‘alan naasi bi Risaalaatee wa bi kalaamee fakhuz maaa aataituka wa kum minash shaakireen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 144

Sahih International
[Allah] said, “O Moses, I have chosen you over the people with My messages and My words [to you]. So take what I have given you and be among the grateful.”

Yusuf Ali
(Allah) said: “O Moses! I have chosen thee above (other) men, by the mission I (have given thee) and the words I (have spoken to thee): take then the (revelation) which I give thee, and be of those who give thanks.”

Abul Ala Maududi
He said: ‘O Moses! I have indeed preferred you to all others by virtue of the Message I have entrusted to you and by virtue of My speaking to you. Hold fast therefore, to whatever I have granted you, and give thanks.’

Muhsin Khan
(Allah) said: “O Musa (Moses) I have chosen you above men by My Messages, and by My speaking (to you). So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful.”

Pickthall
He said: O Moses! I have preferred thee above mankind by My messages and by My speaking (unto thee). So hold that which I have given thee, and be among the thankful.

Dr. Ghali
Said He, “O Mûsa! Surely I have elected you above mankind for My Messages and for My Words (to you); so take what I have brought you, and be of the thankful.”.

Abdel Haleem
He said, ‘Moses, I have raised you above other people by [giving you] My messages and speaking to you: hold on to what I have given you; be one of those who give thanks.’

Quran 7 Verse 144 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-A’raf ayat 144, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(7:144) He said: ‘O Moses! I have indeed preferred you to all others by virtue of the Message I have entrusted to you and by virtue of My speaking to you. Hold fast therefore, to whatever I have granted you, and give thanks.’


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

Ibn-Kathir

144. (Allah) said: “O Musa I have chosen you above men by My Messages, and by My speaking (to you). So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful.” 145. And We wrote for him on the Tablets the exhortation all things and the explanation for all things (and said): Hold unto these with firmness, and enjoin your people to take the better therein. I shall show you the home of the rebellious.


Allah chooses Musa and gives Him the Tablets

Allah states that He spoke to Musa directly and informed him that He has chosen him above the people of his time, by His Message and by speaking to him. Here we should mention that there is no doubt that Muhammad is the chief of all the Children of Adam, the earlier and later ones among them. This is why Allah has chosen him to be the Final and Last Prophet and Messenger, whose Law shall remain dominant and valid until the commencement of the Last Hour. Muhammad’s followers are more numerous than the followers of all Prophets and Messengers. After Muhammad , the next in rank of honor and virtue is Ibrahim upon him be peace,, then Musa, son of `Imran, who spoke to the Most Beneficent directly. Allah commanded Musa, saying,

﴿فَخُذْ مَآ ءاتَيْتُكَ﴾

(So hold to that which I have given you), of My Speech and conversation with you,

﴿وَكُنْ مِّنَ الشَّـكِرِينَ﴾

(and be of the grateful) , for it and do not ask for what is beyond your capacity to bear. Allah stated that He has written lessons and exhortation for all things and explanations for all things on the Tablets. It was said that in the Tablets, Allah wrote advice and the details of the commandments for lawful and prohibited matters. The Tablets contained the Tawrah, that Allah described;

﴿وَلَقَدْ ءَاتَيْنَا مُوسَى الْكِتَـبَ مِن بَعْدِ مَآ أَهْلَكْنَا الْقُرُونَ الاٍّولَى بَصَآئِرَ لِلنَّاسِ﴾

(And indeed We gave Musa — after We had destroyed the generations of old — the Scripture as an enlightenment for mankind)﴿28: 43﴾. It was also said that Allah gave Musa the Tablets before the Tawrah, and Allah knows best. Allah said next,

﴿فَخُذْهَا بِقُوَّةٍ﴾

(Hold unto these with firmness), be firm on the obedience,

﴿وَأْمُرْ قَوْمَكَ يَأْخُذُواْ بِأَحْسَنِهَا﴾

(and enjoin your people to take the better therein.) Sufyan bin `Uyaynah said, “Abu Sa`d narrated to us from `Ikrimah from Ibn `Abbas that “Musa, peace be upon him, was commanded to adhere to the toughest of what was ordained on his people.” Allah’s statement,

﴿سَأُوْرِيكُمْ دَارَ الْفَـسِقِينَ﴾

(I shall show you the home of the rebellious), means, you will witness the recompense of those who defy My order and deviate from My obedience, the destruction, demise and utter loss they will suffer.

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