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Surah Mu’minun Ayat 108 in Arabic Text

قَالَ ٱخْسَـُٔوا۟ فِيهَا وَلَا تُكَلِّمُونِ
Qaalakh sa’oo feehaa wa laa tukallimoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 108

Sahih International
He will say, “Remain despised therein and do not speak to Me.

Yusuf Ali
He will say: “Be ye driven into it (with ignominy)! And speak ye not to Me!

Abul Ala Maududi
Allah will say: “Away from Me; stay where you are and do not address Me.

Muhsin Khan
He (Allah) will say: “Remain you in it with ignominy! And speak you not to Me!”

Pickthall
He saith: Begone therein, and speak not unto Me.

Dr. Ghali
He will say, “Begone into it spurned, and do not speak to Me.

Abdel Haleem
He will say, ‘Away with you! In you go! Do not speak to Me!

Quran 23 Verse 108 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Mu’minun ayat 108, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(23:108) Allah will say: “Away from Me; stay where you are and do not address Me.[98]


98. “Do not speak to Me”: Do not plead your case with Me. According to some traditions, these will be their last words and they shall never be allowed to speak again, but this is contradicted by the Quran itself in the succeeding verses. Therefore, it only means this that they will not be able to plead their case again.

Ibn-Kathir

108. He (Allah) will say: “Remain you in it with ignominy! And speak you not to Me!” 109. Verily, there was a party of My servants who used to say: “Our Lord! We believe, so forgive us and have mercy on us, for You are the Best of all who show mercy!” 110. But you took them for a laughing stock, so much so that they made you forget My remembrance while you used to laugh at them! 111. Verily, I have rewarded them this Day for their patience; they are indeed the ones that are successful.


Allah’s Response and Rejection of the Disbelievers

This is the response of Allah to the disbelievers when they ask Him to bring them out of the Fire and send them back to this world. He will say:

﴿اخْسَئُواْ فِيهَا﴾

(Remain you in it with ignominy!) meaning, abide therein, humiliated, despised and scorned.

﴿وَلاَ تُكَلِّمُونِ﴾

(And speak you not to Me!) means, `do not ask for this again, for I will not respond to you. Al-`Awfi reported from Ibn `Abbas concerning this Ayah,

﴿اخْسَئُواْ فِيهَا وَلاَ تُكَلِّمُونِ﴾

(Remain you in it with ignominy! And speak you not to Me!) “These are the words of Ar-Rahman when silencing them.” Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that `Abdullah bin `Amr said, “The people of Hell will call on Malik for forty years, and he will not answer them. Then he will respond and tell them that they are to abide therein. By Allah, their cries will mean nothing to Malik or to the Lord of Malik. Then they will call on their Lord and will say,

﴿قَالُواْ رَبَّنَا غَلَبَتْ عَلَيْنَا شِقْوَتُنَا وَكُنَّا قَوْماً ضَآلِّينَ – رَبَّنَآ أَخْرِجْنَا مِنْهَا فَإِنْ عُدْنَا فَإِنَّا ظَـلِمُونَ ﴾

(Our Lord! Our wretchedness overcame us, and we were (an) erring people. Our Lord! Bring us out of this. If ever we return (to evil), then indeed we shall be wrongdoers.) ﴿23:106-107﴾ Allah will not answer them for a time span equivalent to twice the duration of this world. Then He will reply:

﴿اخْسَئُواْ فِيهَا وَلاَ تُكَلِّمُونِ﴾

(Remain you in it with ignominy! And speak you not to Me!) By Allah, the people will not utter a single word after that, and they will merely be in the Fire of Hell, sighing in a high and low tone. Their voices are likened to those of donkeys, which start in a high tone and end in a low tone.” Then Allah will remind them of their sins in this world and how they used to make fun of His believing servants and close friends:

﴿إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَرِيقٌ مِّنْ عِبَادِى يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَآ ءَامَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَحِمِينَ فَاتَّخَذْتُمُوهُمْ سِخْرِيّاً﴾

(Verily, there was a party of My servants who used to say: “Our Lord! We believe, so forgive us and have mercy on us, for You are the Best of all who show mercy!” But you took them for a laughing stock,) meaning, `you made fun of them for calling on Me and praying to Me,’

﴿حَتَّى أَنسَوْكُمْ ذِكْرِى﴾

(so much so that they made you forget My remembrance) means, your hatred for them made you forget what I would do to you.

﴿وَكُنْتُمْ مِّنْهُمْ تَضْحَكُونَ﴾

(while you used to laugh at them!) means, at their deeds and worship. This is like the Ayah:

﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ أَجْرَمُواْ كَانُواْ مِنَ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ يَضْحَكُونَ – وَإِذَا مَرُّواْ بِهِمْ يَتَغَامَزُونَ ﴾

(Verily, those who committed crimes used to laugh at those who believed. And, whenever they passed by them, used to wink one to another.) ﴿83:29-30﴾ meaning, they used to slander them in mockery. Then Allah tells us how He will reward His friends and righteous servants, and says:

﴿إِنِّى جَزَيْتُهُمُ الْيَوْمَ بِمَا صَبَرُواْ﴾

(Verily, I have rewarded them this Day for their patience;) meaning, `for the harm and mockery that you inflicted on them,

﴿أَنَّهُمْ هُمُ الْفَآئِزُونَ﴾

(they are indeed the ones that are successful.) I have caused them to attain the victory of joy, safety, Paradise and salvation from the Fire.’

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