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Surah Al-Hijr Ayat 65 in Arabic Text

فَأَسْرِ بِأَهْلِكَ بِقِطْعٍۢ مِّنَ ٱلَّيْلِ وَٱتَّبِعْ أَدْبَـٰرَهُمْ وَلَا يَلْتَفِتْ مِنكُمْ أَحَدٌۭ وَٱمْضُوا۟ حَيْثُ تُؤْمَرُونَ
Fa asri bi ahlika biqit’im minal laili wattabi’ adbaarahum wa laa yaltafit minkum ahadunw wamdoo haisu tu’maroon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 65

Sahih International
So set out with your family during a portion of the night and follow behind them and let not anyone among you look back and continue on to where you are commanded.”

Yusuf Ali
“Then travel by night with thy household, when a portion of the night (yet remains), and do thou bring up the rear: let no one amongst you look back, but pass on whither ye are ordered.”

Abul Ala Maududi
So set out with your family in a watch of the night, and keep yourself behind them, and no one of you may turn around, and keep going ahead as you have been commanded.”

Muhsin Khan
“Then travel in a part of the night with your family, and you go behind them in the rear, and let no one amongst you look back, but go on to where you are ordered.”

Pickthall
So travel with thy household in a portion of the night, and follow thou their backs. Let none of you turn round, but go whither ye are commanded.

Dr. Ghali
So set forth with your family in a watch of the night and closely follow after them in the rear, and let not any of you turn round; and pass away to (the place) where you are commanded.”

Abdel Haleem
so leave in the dead of the night with your household, and walk behind them. Let none of you look back. Go where you are commanded.’

Quran 15 Verse 65 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Hijr ayat 65, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(15:65) So set out with your family in a watch of the night, and keep yourself behind them,[37] and no one of you may turn around,[38] and keep going ahead as you have been commanded.”


37. That is, you should walk behind your people lest anyone of them should stay behind.

38. It did not mean: “look not behind thee, lest thou be consumed,” as stated in the Bible. But it merely meant to warn them: None of you should turn round to see what was happening behind them lest you should stop to see when you heard the cries of the smitten people. For it is neither the time nor the place viewing the destruction nor shedding tears of regret. If you stop even for a minute in the territory of the smitten people you also might get hurt from the rain of stones.

Ibn-Kathir

65. “Then travel for a portion of the night with your family, and you go behind them in the rear, and let no one amongst you look back, but go on to where you are ordered.” 66. And We made this decree known to him that those (sinners) would be rooted out in the early morning.


Lut is ordered to leave with His Family during the Night

Allah tells us that His angels ordered Lut to set out after part of the night had passed. They told him to walk behind them, to protect them. Similarly, the Messenger of Allah would walk in the rear of the army on military campaigns, in order to help the weak and carry those who had no means of transport.

﴿وَلاَ يَلْتَفِتْ مِنكُمْ أَحَدٌ﴾

(and let no one amongst you look back,) meaning – when you hear the people screaming from their torment, do not turn around to look at them; leave them to face whatever punishment and vengeance is coming to them.

﴿وَامْضُواْ حَيْثُ تُؤْمَرُونَ﴾

(but go on to where you are ordered.) – it is as if they had a guide with them to show them the way.

﴿وَقَضَيْنَآ إِلَيْهِ ذَلِكَ الاٌّمْرَ﴾

(And We made this decree known to him) meaning – We already told him about that.

﴿أَنَّ دَابِرَ هَـؤُلآْءِ مَقْطُوعٌ مُّصْبِحِينَ﴾

(that those (sinners) would be rooted out in the early morning.) meaning in the morning, as in another Ayah:

﴿إِنَّ مَوْعِدَهُمُ الصُّبْحُ أَلَيْسَ الصُّبْحُ بِقَرِيبٍ﴾

(Indeed, morning is their appointed time. Is not the morning near) ﴿11:81﴾

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