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Surah Al-A’raf Ayat 86 in Arabic Text

وَلَا تَقْعُدُوا۟ بِكُلِّ صِرَٰطٍۢ تُوعِدُونَ وَتَصُدُّونَ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ مَنْ ءَامَنَ بِهِۦ وَتَبْغُونَهَا عِوَجًۭا ۚ وَٱذْكُرُوٓا۟ إِذْ كُنتُمْ قَلِيلًۭا فَكَثَّرَكُمْ ۖ وَٱنظُرُوا۟ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَـٰقِبَةُ ٱلْمُفْسِدِينَ
Wa laa taq’udoo bikulli siraatin too’idoona wa tasuddoona ‘an sabeelil laahi man aamana bihee wa tabghoonahaa ‘iwajaa; waz kurooo iz kuntum qaleelan fakassarakum wanzuroo kaifa kaana ‘aaqibatul mufsideen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 86

Sahih International
And do not sit on every path, threatening and averting from the way of Allah those who believe in Him, seeking to make it [seem] deviant. And remember when you were few and He increased you. And see how was the end of the corrupters.

Yusuf Ali
“And squat not on every road, breathing threats, hindering from the path of Allah those who believe in Him, and seeking in it something crooked; But remember how ye were little, and He gave you increase. And hold in your mind’s eye what was the end of those who did mischief.

Abul Ala Maududi
And do not lie in ambush by every path [of life] seeking to overawe or to hinder from the path of Allah those who believe, nor seek to make the path crooked. Remember, how you were once few, and then He multiplied you, and keep in mind what was the end of mischiefmakers.

Muhsin Khan
“And sit not on every road, threatening, and hindering from the Path of Allah those who believe in Him. and seeking to make it crooked. And remember when you were but few, and He multiplied you. And see what was the end of the Mufsidun (mischief-makers, corrupts, liars).

Pickthall
Lurk not on every road to threaten (wayfarers), and to turn away from Allah’s path him who believeth in Him, and to seek to make it crooked. And remember, when ye were but few, how He did multiply you. And see the nature of the consequence for the corrupters!

Dr. Ghali
And do not sit in every path, threatening and barring from the way of Allah (the ones) who believe in Him, and inequitably seeking to make (His way) crooked. And remember when you were few, then He multiplied you; and look how was the end of the corruptors.

Abdel Haleem
Do not sit in every pathway, threatening and barring those who believe in God from His way, trying to make it crooked. Remember how you used to be few and He made you multiply. Think about the fate of those who used to spread corruption.

Quran 7 Verse 86 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-A’raf ayat 86, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(7:86) And do not lie in ambush by every path [of life] seeking to overawe or to hinder from the path of Allah those who believe, nor seek to make the path crooked. Remember, how you were once few, and then He multiplied you, and keep in mind what was the end of mischiefmakers.


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

Ibn-Kathir

86. “And sit not on every road, threatening, and hindering from the path of Allah those who believe in Him, and seeking to make it crooked. And remember when you were but few, and He multiplied you. And see what was the end of the mischief-makers. 87. “And if there is a party of you who believes in that with which I have been sent and a party who does not believe, so be patient until Allah judges between us, and He is the best of judges.”


Prophet Shu`ayb forbade his people from setting up blockades on the roads, saying,

﴿وَلاَ تَقْعُدُواْ بِكُلِّ صِرَطٍ تُوعِدُونَ﴾

(“And sit not on every road, threatening,”) threatening people with death if they do not give up their money, as they were bandits, according to As-Suddi. Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid and several others commented:

﴿وَلاَ تَقْعُدُواْ بِكُلِّ صِرَطٍ تُوعِدُونَ﴾

(“And sit not on every road, threatening.”) the believers who come to Shu`ayb to follow him.” The first meaning is better, because Prophet Shu`ayb first said to them,

﴿بِكُلِّ صِرَطٍ﴾

(“on every road…”) He then mentioned the second meaning,

﴿وَتَصُدُّونَ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ مَنْ ءَامَنَ بِهِ وَتَبْغُونَهَا عِوَجًا﴾

(“and hindering from the path of Allah those who believe in Him, and seeking to make it crooked.”) meaning, you seek to make the path of Allah crooked and deviated,

﴿وَاذْكُرُواْ إِذْ كُنتُمْ قَلِيلاً فَكَثَّرَكُمْ﴾

(“And remember when you were but few, and He multiplied you.”) meaning, you were weak because you were few. But you later on became mighty because of your large numbers. Therefore, remember Allah’s favor.

﴿وَانظُرُواْ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَـقِبَةُ الْمُفْسِدِينَ﴾

(“And see what was the end of the mischief-makers. ”) from the previous nations and earlier generations. See the torment and punishment they suffered, because they disobeyed Allah and rejected His Messengers. Shu`ayb continued;

﴿وَإِن كَانَ طَآئِفَةٌ مِّنكُمْ ءامَنُواْ بِالَّذِى أُرْسِلْتُ بِهِ وَطَآئِفَةٌ لَّمْ يْؤْمِنُواْ﴾

(“And if there is a party of you who believes in that with which I have been sent and a party who does not believe,”) that is, if you divided concerning me,

﴿فَاصْبِرُواْ﴾

(“so be patient”) that is, then wait and see,

﴿حَتَّى يَحْكُمَ اللَّهُ بَيْنَنَا﴾

(“until Allah judges between us,”), and you,

﴿وَهُوَ خَيْرُ الْحَـكِمِينَ﴾

(“and He is the best of judges.”) Surely, Allah will award the best end to those who fear and obey Him and He will destroy the disbelievers.

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