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Surah Al-A’raf Ayat 88 in Arabic Text

قَالَ ٱلْمَلَأُ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱسْتَكْبَرُوا۟ مِن قَوْمِهِۦ لَنُخْرِجَنَّكَ يَـٰشُعَيْبُ وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ مَعَكَ مِن قَرْيَتِنَآ أَوْ لَتَعُودُنَّ فِى مِلَّتِنَا ۚ قَالَ أَوَلَوْ كُنَّا كَـٰرِهِينَ
Qaalal mala ul lazeenas takbaroo min qawmihee lanukhrijannaka yaa Shu’aibu wallazeena aamanoo ma’aka min qaryatinaaa aw lata’oo dunna fee millatinaa; qaala awa law kunnaa kaariheen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 88

Sahih International
Said the eminent ones who were arrogant among his people, “We will surely evict you, O Shu’ayb, and those who have believed with you from our city, or you must return to our religion.” He said, “Even if we were unwilling?”

Yusuf Ali
The leaders, the arrogant party among his people, said: “O Shu’aib! we shall certainly drive thee out of our city – (thee) and those who believe with thee; or else ye (thou and they) shall have to return to our ways and religion.” He said: “What! even though we do detest (them)?

Abul Ala Maududi
The haughty elders of his people said: ‘O Shu’ayb! We shall certainly banish you and your companions-in-faith from our town, or else you shall return to our faith.’ Shu’ayb said: ‘What! Even though we abhor [your faith]?

Muhsin Khan
The chiefs of those who were arrogant among his people said: “We shall certainly drive you out, O Shu’aib, and those who have believed with you from our town, or else you (all) shall return to our religion.” He said: “Even though we hate it!

Pickthall
The chieftains of his people, who were scornful, said: Surely we will drive thee out, O Shu’eyb, and those who believe with thee, from our township, unless ye return to our religion. He said: Even though we hate it?

Dr. Ghali
The chiefs who waxed proud among his people said, “Indeed we will definitely drive you out, O Shuaayb, and the ones who have believed with you, from our town, or (else) you indeed will definitely go back to our creed.” Said he, “Even if we hate (Literally: and even if we are hating “that”) it?

Abdel Haleem
His people’s arrogant leaders said, ‘Shuayb, we will expel you and your fellow believers from our town unless you return to our religion.’ He said, ‘What! Even if we detest it?

Quran 7 Verse 88 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-A’raf ayat 88, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(7:88) The haughty elders of his people said: ‘O Shu’ayb! We shall certainly banish you and your companions-in-faith from our town, or else you shall return to our faith.’ Shu’ayb said: ‘What! Even though we abhor [your faith]?


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

Ibn-Kathir

88. The chiefs of those who were arrogant among his people said: “We shall certainly drive you out, O Shu`ayb and those who have believed with you from our town, or else you (all) shall return to our religion.” He said: “Even though we hate it” 89. “We should have invented a lie against Allah if we returned to your religion, after Allah has rescued us from it. And it is not for us to return to it unless Allah, our Lord, should will. Our Lord comprehends all things in His knowledge. In Allah (Alone) we put our trust. Our Lord! Judge between us and our people in truth, for You are the best of those who give judgment.”


Allah describes the way the disbelievers answered His ProphetShu` ayb and those who believed in him, by threatening them withexpulsion from their village, or with forceful reversion to thedisbeliever’s religion.

The chiefs spoke the words mentioned here to the Messenger Shu`ayb, but intended it for those who followed his religion too. The statement,

﴿أَوَلَوْ كُنَّا كَـرِهِينَ﴾

(“Even though we hate it”), means, would you force us to do that, even though we hate what you are calling us to Certainly if we revert to your religion and accept your ways, we will have uttered a tremendous lie against Allah by calling partners as rivals to Him,

﴿وَمَا يَكُونُ لَنَآ أَن نَّعُودَ فِيهَآ إِلاَ أَن يَشَآءَ اللَّهُ رَبُّنَا﴾

(And it is not for us to return to it unless Allah, our Lord, should will.) This part of the Ayah refers all matters to Allah’s will, and certainly, He has perfect knowledge of all matters and His observation encompasses all things,

﴿عَلَى اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْنَا﴾

(In Allah (Alone) we put our trust. ), concerning all our affairs, what we practice of them and what we ignore,

﴿رَبَّنَا افْتَحْ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ قَوْمِنَا بِالْحَقِّ﴾

(Our Lord! Judge between us and our people in truth) judge between us and our people and give us victory over them,

﴿وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الْفَـتِحِينَ﴾

(for You are the best of those who give judgment) and You are the Most Just Who never wrongs any in His judgment.

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