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Surah Al-Hijr Ayat 18 in Arabic Text

إِلَّا مَنِ ٱسْتَرَقَ ٱلسَّمْعَ فَأَتْبَعَهُۥ شِهَابٌۭ مُّبِينٌۭ
Illaa manis taraqas sam’a fa atba’ahoo shihaabum mubeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 18

Sahih International
Except one who steals a hearing and is pursued by a clear burning flame.

Yusuf Ali
But any that gains a hearing by stealth, is pursued by a flaming fire, bright (to see).

Abul Ala Maududi
save him who may eavesdrop, and then a bright flame pursues him.

Muhsin Khan
Except him (devil) that gains hearing by stealing, he is pursued by a clear flaming fire.

Pickthall
Save him who stealeth the hearing, and them doth a clear flame pursue.

Dr. Ghali
Excepting him who (gains) hearing by stealth, (and) so an evidently flaming (meteor) follows him up.

Abdel Haleem
any eavesdropper will be pursued by a clearly visible flame.

Quran 15 Verse 18 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Hijr ayat 18, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(15:18) save him who may eavesdrop,[11] and then a bright flame pursues him.[12]


11. This is the answer to the false claim of the soothsayers, diviners, hermits, conjurers and the like who pretended to receive communications from the Heaven. The Quran says that in fact they do not possess any means of obtaining information about unseen things. Satans, however, try to eaves-drop because they are by nature more like angels than human beings, but in reality, they succeed in obtaining very little information about it.

12. In Arabic the word shihab-i-mubin literally means a fiery flame. In Surah (As-Saffaat, Ayat 10), the same thing has been called shihab-i-thaqib (flame that pierces through darkness). This may or may not necessarily be a meteor for it is just possible that it may be some type of rays such as cosmic rays or even a stronger type which we have not been able to discover as yet. Anyhow, if the fiery flame that pursues Satans may be taken to be a meteor, a countless number of these can form a fortification around our sphere of the universe. Scientific observations made with the help of the telescope have shown that billions of these meteors are rushing from space in a mass of rainfall. towards the earth’s atmosphere. Such a scene was witnessed in an eastern pan of North America on November 13, 1833.

This is so strong a fortification that it can prevent Satans from passing through any fortified sphere. With the help of the above, one can form a mental picture of the “fortified spheres” . Though there is no visible “wall” to keep distinct and separate one sphere from the others, Allah has securely guarded each of these spheres by invisible “walls” against each other. That is why our planet has remained safe in spite of the occasional “rainfall” of countless meteors. For as soon as they cross the protective wall of our sphere, they are burnt to ashes. But sometimes a meteorite reaches the earth from outer space as if to warn the dwellers of this planet of the existence of the “power” of the Creator. For instance, the biggest of these weighs 645 pounds and it is obvious from this that if the earth had not been made safe and secure by means of “fortified spheres” the rain of the shooting stars would have utterly annihilated it long long ago. It is these “fortified spheres” which the Qur’an calls “buruj.”

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Hijr verse 18 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Hijr ayat 16 which provides the complete commentary from verse 16 through 20.

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