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Surah Al-A’raf Ayat 189 in Arabic Text

هُوَ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍۢ وَٰحِدَةٍۢ وَجَعَلَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا لِيَسْكُنَ إِلَيْهَا ۖ فَلَمَّا تَغَشَّىٰهَا حَمَلَتْ حَمْلًا خَفِيفًۭا فَمَرَّتْ بِهِۦ ۖ فَلَمَّآ أَثْقَلَت دَّعَوَا ٱللَّهَ رَبَّهُمَا لَئِنْ ءَاتَيْتَنَا صَـٰلِحًۭا لَّنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ ٱلشَّـٰكِرِينَ
Huwal lazee khalaqakum min nafsinw waahidatinw wa ja’ala minhaa zawjahaa liyas kuna ilaihaa falammaa taghash shaahaa hamalat hamlan khafeefan famarrat bihee falammaaa asqalad da’a wallaaha Rabbahumaa la’in aataitana saalihal lanakoonanna minash shaakireen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 189

Sahih International
It is He who created you from one soul and created from it its mate that he might dwell in security with her. And when he covers her, she carries a light burden and continues therein. And when it becomes heavy, they both invoke Allah, their Lord, “If You should give us a good [child], we will surely be among the grateful.”

Yusuf Ali
It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love). When they are united, she bears a light burden and carries it about (unnoticed). When she grows heavy, they both pray to Allah their Lord, (saying): “If Thou givest us a goodly child, we vow we shall (ever) be grateful.”

Abul Ala Maududi
It is He – Allah -Who created you from a single being, and out of it He made its mate, that he may find comfort in her. And when he covers her, she bears a light burden and goes about with it. Then, when she grows heavy, they pray to their Lord: ‘If You bestow upon us a healthy child, we will surely give thanks.’

Muhsin Khan
It is He Who has created you from a single person (Adam), and (then) He has created from him his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her. When he had sexual relation with her, she became pregnant and she carried it about lightly. Then when it became heavy, they both invoked Allah, their Lord (saying): “If You give us a Salih (good in every aspect) child, we shall indeed be among the grateful.”

Pickthall
He it is Who did create you from a single soul, and therefrom did make his mate that he might take rest in her. And when he covered her she bore a light burden, and she passed (unnoticed) with it, but when it became heavy they cried unto Allah, their Lord, saying: If thou givest unto us aright we shall be of the thankful.

Dr. Ghali
He is The One Who created you of one self, and made of it its spouse that he might serenely dwell with her. Then as soon as he (intimately) enveloped her, she bore a light burden, then she passed by with it; then when she became heavy, they both invoked Allah their Lord, “Indeed in case you bring us a righteous (child), (Or: of righteous disosition.) we indeed will be definitely of the thankful.”.

Abdel Haleem
It is He who created you all from one soul, and from it made its mate so that he might find comfort in her: when one [of them] lies with his wife and she conceives a light burden, going about freely, then grows heavy, they both pray to God, their Lord, ‘If You give us a good child we shall certainly be grateful,’

Quran 7 Verse 189 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-A’raf ayat 189, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(7:189) It is He – Allah -Who created you from a single being, and out of it He made its mate, that he may find comfort in her. And when he covers her, she bears a light burden and goes about with it. Then, when she grows heavy, they pray to their Lord: ‘If You bestow upon us a healthy child, we will surely give thanks.’


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

Ibn-Kathir

189. It is He Who has created you from a single person, and (then) He has created from him his wife, in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her. When he covered ﴿had sexual relation with﴾ her, she became pregnant and she carried it about (lightly). Then when it became heavy, they both invoked Allah, their Lord (saying): “If You give us a Salih (good in every aspect) child, we shall indeed be among the grateful.” 190. But when He gave them a Salih child, they ascribed partners to Him (Allah) in that which He has given to them. High be Allah, Exalted above all that they ascribe as partners to Him.


All Mankind are the Offspring of Adam

Allah states that He has created all mankind from Adam, peace be upon him, and from Adam, He created his wife, Hawwa’ and from them, people started to spread. Allah said in another Ayah,

﴿يأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَـكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنْثَى وَجَعَلْنَـكُمْ شُعُوباً وَقَبَآئِلَ لِتَعَـرَفُواْ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عَندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَـكُمْ﴾

(O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has Taqwa) ﴿49:13﴾, and,

﴿يَـأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُواْ رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِى خَلَقَكُمْ مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا﴾

(O mankind! Have Taqwa of your Lord, Who created you from a single person, and from him He created his wife.)﴿4:1﴾ In this honorable Ayah, Allah said;

﴿وَجَعَلَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا لِيَسْكُنَ إِلَيْهَا﴾

(And (then) He has created from him his wife, in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her.) so that he is intimate and compassionate with her. Allah said in another Ayah,

﴿وَمِنْ ءايَـتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَجاً لِّتَسْكُنُواْ إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُم مَّوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً﴾

(And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives (spouses) from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy.) ﴿30:21﴾ Indeed, there is no intimacy between two souls like that between the spouses. This is why Allah mentioned that the sorcerer might be able with his trick to separate between a man and his wife ﴿thus indicating the difficulty of separating them in normal circumstances﴾. Allah said next,

﴿فَلَمَّا تَغَشَّاهَا﴾

(When he covered her) meaning had sexual intercourses with her.

﴿حَمَلَتْ حَمْلاً خَفِيفًا﴾

(she became pregnant and she carried it about lightly) in reference to the first stage of pregnancy when the woman does not feel pain, for at that time, the fetus will be just a Nutfah (the mixture of the male and female discharge), then becomes an `Alaqah (a piece of thick coagulated blood) and then a Mudghah (a small lump of flesh). Allah said next,

﴿فَمَرَّتْ بِهِ﴾

(and she carried it about), she continued the pregnancy, according to Mujahid. It was reported that Al-Hasan, Ibrahim An-Nakha`i and As-Suddi said similarly. Maymun bin Mahran reported that his father said, “She found the pregnancy unnoticeable.” Ayyub said, “I asked Al-Hasan about the Ayah,

﴿فَمَرَّتْ بِهِ﴾

(and she carried it about) and he said, `Had you been an Arab, you would know what it means! It means that she continued the pregnancy ﴿through its various stages﴾.”’ Qatadah said,

﴿فَمَرَّتْ بِهِ﴾

(and she carried it about (lightly).), means, it became clear that she was pregnant. Ibn Jarir commented, “This Ayah means that the liquid remained, whether she stood up or sat down.” Al-`Awfi recorded that Ibn `Abbas said, “The semen remained in, but she was unsure if she became pregnant or not,

﴿فَلَمَّآ أَثْقَلَت﴾

(Then when it became heavy), she became heavier with the fetus”, As-Suddi said, “The fetus grew in her womb.”

﴿دَّعَوَا اللَّهَ رَبَّهُمَا لَئِنْ ءَاتَيْتَنَا صَـلِحاً﴾

(they both invoked Allah, their Lord (saying): “If You give us a Salih child,) if he is born human in every respect. Ad-Dahhak said that Ibn `Abbas commented, “They feared that their child might be born in the shape of an animal!” while Abu Al-Bakhtri and Abu Malik commented, “They feared that their newborn might not be human.” Al-Hasan Al-Basri also commented, “If You (Allah) give us a boy.”

﴿لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الشَّـكِرِينَ﴾

﴿فَلَمَّآ ءَاتَـهُمَا صَـلِحاً جَعَلاَ لَهُ شُرَكَآءَ فِيمَآ ءَاتَـهُمَا فَتَعَـلَى اللَّهُ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ ﴾

(we shall indeed be among the grateful. But when He gave them a Salih child, they ascribed partners to Him (Allah) in that which He has given to them. High be Allah, Exalted above all that they ascribe as partners to Him.) ﴿7:189-190﴾ Ibn Jarir recorded that Al-Hasan commented on this part of the Ayah,

﴿جَعَلاَ لَهُ شُرَكَآءَ فِيمَآ ءَاتَـهُمَا﴾

(they ascribed partners to Him (Allah) in that which He has given to them) “This occurred by followers of some religion, not from Adam ﴿or Hawwa’﴾.” Al-Hasan also said, “This Ayah refers to those among the offspring of Adam who fell into Shirk,

﴿جَعَلاَ لَهُ شُرَكَآءَ فِيمَآ ءَاتَـهُمَا﴾

(they ascribed partners to Him (Allah) in that which He has given to them.)” Qatadah said, “Al-Hasan used to say that it refers to the Jews and Christians. Allah gave them children, and they turned them into Jews and Christians.” The explanations from Al-Hasan have authentic chains of narration leading to him, and certainly, it is one of the best interpretations. This Ayah should therefore be understood this way, for it is apparent that it does not refer to Adam and Hawa’, but about the idolators among their offspring. Allah mentioned the person first ﴿Adam and Hawwa’﴾ and then continued to mention the species ﴿mankind, many of whom committed Shirk﴾. There are similar cases in the Qur’an. For cases, Allah said

﴿وَلَقَدْ زَيَّنَّا السَّمَآءَ الدُّنْيَا بِمَصَـبِيحَ﴾

(And indeed We have adorned the nearest heaven with lamps) It is well-known that the stars that were made as lamps in the sky are not the same as the shooting missiles that are thrown at the devils ﴿mentioned later in the Ayah﴾. There are similar instances in the Qur’an. Allah knows best.

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