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Surah Balad Ayat 5 in Arabic Text

أَيَحۡسَبُ أَن لَّن يَقۡدِرَ عَلَيۡهِ أَحَدٞ
Ayahsabu al-lai yaqdira ‘alaihi ahad

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 5

Sahih International
Does he think that never will anyone overcome him?

Yusuf Ali
Thinketh he, that none hath power over him?

Abul Ala Maududi
Does he think that no one can overpower him?

Muhsin Khan
Thinks he that none can overcome him?

Thinketh he that none hath power over him?

Dr. Ghali
Does he reckon that no one can ever determine over him?

Abdel Haleem
Does he think that no one will have power over him?

Muhammad Junagarhi
کیا یہ گمان کرتا ہے کہ یہ کسی کے بس میں ہی نہیں؟

Quran 90 Verse 5 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Balad ayat 5, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(90:5) Does he think that no one can overpower him?[6]

6. That is, is man, who is ever exposed to such hazards, involved in the delusion that he can do what he likes, and there is no superior power to seize and suppress him? The fact, however, is that even before the occurrence of the Hereafter in this world itself, he sees that his destiny every moment is being ruled by some other Being against Whose decrees all his plans and designs prove ineffective. A single jolt of the earthquake, a blast of wind, a flood in the river and a sea-storm are enough to show how weak and feeble man is against the divine forces. A sudden accident can reduce a strong and robust person to a cripple; one turn of the fortune deposes a mighty sovereign from the position of authority. When the fortunes of the nations, which have climbed to the very apex of glory and prosperity, change, they are humiliated and disgraced even in the world where no one could dare look at them in the face. How has then this man been deluded into thinking that no one else can have power over him.


The tafsir of Surah Balad verse 5 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Balad ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 10.

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