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Surah Masad Ayat 2 in Arabic Text

مَآ أَغْنَىٰ عَنْهُ مَالُهُۥ وَمَا كَسَبَ
Maa aghnaa ‘anhu maaluhoo wa ma kasab

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 2

Sahih International
His wealth will not avail him or that which he gained.

Yusuf Ali
No profit to him from all his wealth, and all his gains!

Abul Ala Maududi
His wealth did not avail him, nor his acquisitions.

Muhsin Khan
His wealth and his children (etc.) will not benefit him!

Pickthall
His wealth and gains will not exempt him.

Dr. Ghali
In no way did his wealth avail him, neither whatever he earned;

Abdel Haleem
Neither his wealth nor his gains will help him:

Quran 111 Verse 2 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Masad ayat 2, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(111:2) His wealth did not avail him, nor his acquisitions.[2]


2. Abu Lahab was a stingy, materialistic man. Ibn Jarir has stated that once in the pre-Islamic days he was accused of having stolen two golden deer from the treasury of the Kabah. Though later the deer were recovered from another person, the fact that he was accused of stealing indicates the opinion the people of Makkah held of him. About his riches Qadi Rashid bin Zubair writes in his Adh-Dhakhair wat- Tuhaf: He was one of the four richest men of the Quraish, who owned one qintar (about 260 oz) of gold each. His love of wealth can be judged from the fact that when on the occasion of the battle of Badr the fate of his religion was going to be decided forever, and all the Quraish chiefs had personally gone to fight, he sent Aas bin Hisham to fight on his own behalf, telling him: This is in lieu of the debt of four thousand dirhams that you owe to me. Thus, he contrived a plan to realize his debt, for Aas had become bankrupt and there was no hope of the recovery of the debt from him.

Some commentators have taken maa kasaba in the meaning of the earning, i.e. the benefits that accrued to him from his wealth were his kasab (earning), and some other commentators have taken it to imply children, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) has said that a man’s son also is his kasab (earning). (Abu Daud, Ibn Abi Hatim). Both these meanings fully correspond to the fate met by Abu Lahab. For when he was afflicted with the malignant pustule, his wealth availed him nothing, and his children also left him alone to die a miserable, wretched death. They did not even bury him honorably. Thus, within a few years the people witnessed how the prophecy which had been made in this Surah about Abu Lahab was literally fulfilled.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Masad verse 2 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Masad ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 5.

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