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Surah Al-A’raf Ayat 152 in Arabic Text

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّخَذُوا۟ ٱلْعِجْلَ سَيَنَالُهُمْ غَضَبٌۭ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَذِلَّةٌۭ فِى ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا ۚ وَكَذَٰلِكَ نَجْزِى ٱلْمُفْتَرِينَ
Innal lazeenat takhazul ‘ijla-sa yanaaluhum ghadabum mir Rabbihim wa zillatun fil hayaatid dunyaa; wa kazaalika najzil muftareen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 152

Sahih International
Indeed, those who took the calf [for worship] will obtain anger from their Lord and humiliation in the life of this world, and thus do We recompense the inventors [of falsehood].

Yusuf Ali
Those who took the calf (for worship) will indeed be overwhelmed with wrath from their Lord, and with shame in this life: thus do We recompense those who invent (falsehoods).

Abul Ala Maududi
In reply they were told: ‘Verily those who worshipped the calf will certainly incur indignation from their Lord, and will be abased in the life of this world. Thus do We reward those who fabricate lies.

Muhsin Khan
Certainly, those who took the calf (for worship), wrath from their Lord and humiliation will come upon them in the life of this world. Thus do We recompense those who invent lies.

Pickthall
Lo! Those who chose the calf (for worship), terror from their Lord and humiliation will come upon them in the life of the world. Thus do We requite those who invent a lie.

Dr. Ghali
Surely the ones who took to themselves the Calf anger will soon pertain to them from their Lord, and humiliation in the present life; (Literally: the lowly life, i.e., the life of this world) and thus We recompense the fabricators..

Abdel Haleem
Those who took to worshipping the calf will be afflicted by their Lord’s wrath, and by disgrace in this life.’ This is the way We repay those who invent such falsehoods,

Quran 7 Verse 152 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-A’raf ayat 152, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(7:152) In reply they were told: ‘Verily those who worshipped the calf will certainly incur indignation from their Lord, and will be abased in the life of this world. Thus do We reward those who fabricate lies.


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

Ibn-Kathir

152. Certainly, those who took the calf (for worship), wrath from their Lord and humiliation will come upon them in the life of this world. Thus do We recompense those who invent lies. 153. But those who committed evil deeds and then repented afterwards and believed, verily, your Lord after (all) that is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.) The `wrath’ mentioned here that struck the Children of Israel because of their worshipping the calf, means, Allah did not accept their repentance until some of them ﴿who did not worship the calf﴾ killed others ﴿who worshipped the calf﴾. We mentioned this story in Surat Al-Baqarah,


﴿فَتُوبُواْ إِلَى بَارِئِكُمْ فَاقْتُلُواْ أَنفُسَكُمْ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ عِندَ بَارِئِكُمْ فَتَابَ عَلَيْكُمْ إِنَّهُ هُوَ التَّوّابُ الرَّحِيمُ﴾

(So turn in repentance to your Creator and kill yourselves (the guilty), that will be better for you before your Creator.” Then He accepted your repentance. Truly, He is the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.) ﴿2:54﴾ As for the humiliation mentioned in the Ayah, it pertains to the disgrace and humiliation that the Jews suffered in the life of this world. Allah’s statement,

﴿وَكَذَلِكَ نَجْزِى الْمُفْتَرِينَ﴾

(Thus do We recompense those who invent lies) is for all those who invent an innovation (in religion). Surely, the disgrace resulting from inventing an innovation (in religion) and defying Allah’s Message, will be placed in the heart and from there on to the shoulders. Al-Hasan Al-Basri said; “The disgrace of innovation will weigh on their shoulders even if they were to gallop on their mules or trot on their work horses.” Ayyub As-Sakhtiyani narrated from Abu Qilabah Al-Jarmi that he commented on this Ayah,

﴿وَكَذَلِكَ نَجْزِى الْمُفْتَرِينَ﴾

(Thus do We recompense those who invent lies.) “By Allah! This Ayah is for all those who invent a lie, until the Day of Resurrection.” Also, Sufyan bin `Uyaynah said, “Every person who invents a Bid`ah (innovation in the religion) will taste disgrace.”Allah tells His servants that He accepts repentance from His servants for any sin, even Shirk, Kufr, hypocrisy and disobedience. Allah said:

﴿وَالَّذِينَ عَمِلُواْ السَّيِّئَاتِ ثُمَّ تَابُواْ مِن بَعْدِهَا وَءَامَنُواْ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ﴾

(But those who committed evil deeds and then repented afterwards and believed, verily, your Lord) O Muhammad, Messenger of Repentance and Prophet of Mercy,

﴿مِن بَعْدِهَا﴾

(after that) after committing that evil action,

﴿لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ﴾

(is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.) Ibn Abi Hatim reported that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud was asked about a man committing fornication with a woman and then marrying her, and Ibn Mas`ud recited this Ayah,

﴿وَالَّذِينَ عَمِلُواْ السَّيِّئَاتِ ثُمَّ تَابُواْ مِن بَعْدِهَا وَءَامَنُواْ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ مِن بَعْدِهَا لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ ﴾

(But those who committed evil deeds and then repented afterwards and believed, verily, your Lord after (all) that is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.) `Abdullah recited this Ayah ten times, neither allowing nor disallowing it.

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