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Surah Fajr Ayat 16 in Arabic Text

وَأَمَّآ إِذَا مَا ٱبْتَلَىٰهُ فَقَدَرَ عَلَيْهِ رِزْقَهُۥ فَيَقُولُ رَبِّىٓ أَهَـٰنَنِ
Wa ammaaa izaa mabtalaahu faqadara ‘alaihi rizqahoo fa yaqoolu Rabbeee ahaanan

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 16

Sahih International
But when He tries him and restricts his provision, he says, “My Lord has humiliated me.”

Yusuf Ali
But when He trieth him, restricting his subsistence for him, then saith he (in despair), “My Lord hath humiliated me!”

Abul Ala Maududi
But when He tests him by straitening his sustenance, he says: “My Lord has humiliated me.”

Muhsin Khan
But when He tries him, by straitening his means of life, he says: “My Lord has humiliated me!”

Pickthall
But whenever He trieth him by straitening his means of life, he saith: My Lord despiseth me.

Dr. Ghali
And just when He tries him, so He determines for him the right estimate of his provision, then he says, “My Lord has degraded me.”

Abdel Haleem
but when He tries him through the restriction of his provision, he says, ‘My Lord has humiliated me.’

Quran 89 Verse 16 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Fajr ayat 16, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(89:16) But when He tests him by straitening his sustenance, he says: “My Lord has humiliated me.”[9]


9. This then is man’s materialistic view of life. He regards the wealth and position and power of this world alone as everything. When he has it, he is filled with pride and says God has honored me; and when he fails to obtain it, he says: God has humiliated me. Thus, the criterion of honor and humiliation in his sight is the possession of wealth and position and power, or the absence of it, whereas the truth which he does not understand is that whatever Allah has given anybody in the world has been given for the sake of a trial. If he has given him wealth and power, it has been given for a trial to see whether he becomes grateful for it, or commits ingratitude. If he has made him poor, in this too there is a trial for him to see whether he remains content and patient in the will of God and faces his hardships bravely within permissible bounds, or becomes ready to transgress every limit of morality and honesty and starts cursing his God.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Fajr verse 16 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Fajr ayat 15 which provides the complete commentary from verse 15 through 21.

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