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Surah Mu’minun Ayat 42 in Arabic Text

ثُمَّ أَنشَأْنَا مِنۢ بَعْدِهِمْ قُرُونًا ءَاخَرِينَ
Summa anshaanaa mim ba’dihim quroonan aakhareen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 42

Sahih International
Then We produced after them other generations.

Yusuf Ali
Then We raised after them other generations.

Abul Ala Maududi
Then, after them, We brought forth other generations.

Muhsin Khan
Then, after them, We created other generations.

Pickthall
Then after them We brought forth other generations.

Dr. Ghali
Thereafter even after them, We brought into being other generations.

Abdel Haleem
We raised other generations after them-

Quran 23 Verse 42 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Mu’minun ayat 42, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(23:42) Then, after them, We brought forth other generations.


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

42. Then, after them, We created other generations. 43. No nation can advance their term, nor can they delay it. 44. Then We sent Our Messengers in succession. Every time there came to a nation their Messenger, they denied him; so, We made them follow one another, and We made them as Ahadith. So, away with a people who believe not!


Mention of Other Nations Allah says:

﴿ثُمَّ أَنشَأْنَا مِن بَعْدِهِمْ قُرُوناً ءَاخَرِينَ ﴾

(Then, after them, We created other generations.) meaning, nations and peoples.

﴿مَّا تَسْبِقُ مِنْ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلَهَا وَمَا يَسْتَـْخِرُونَ ﴾

(No nation can advance their term, nor can they delay it.) means, they are taken at the appropriate time, as decreed by Allah in His Book that is preserved with Him, before they were created, nation after nation, century after century, generation after generation, successors after predecessors.

﴿ثُمَّ أَرْسَلْنَا رُسُلَنَا تَتْرَى﴾

(Then We sent Our Messengers in succession.) Ibn `Abbas said, “(This means) following one another in succession.” This is like the Ayah:

﴿وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِى كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولاً أَنِ اعْبُدُواْ اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُواْ الْطَّـغُوتَ فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ هَدَى اللَّهُ وَمِنْهُمْ مَّنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ الضَّلَـلَةُ﴾

(And verily, We have sent among every Ummah a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah, and avoid Taghut (all false deities).” Then of them were some whom Allah guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified) ﴿16:36﴾.

﴿كُلَّ مَا جَآءَ أُمَّةً رَّسُولُهَا كَذَّبُوهُ﴾

(Every time there came to a nation their Messenger, they denied him;) meaning the greater majority of them. This is like the Ayah:

﴿يحَسْرَةً عَلَى الْعِبَادِ مَا يَأْتِيهِمْ مِّن رّسُولٍ إِلاَّ كَانُواْ بِهِ يَسْتَهْزِءُونَ ﴾

(Alas for mankind! There never came a Messenger to them but they used to mock at him.) ﴿36:30﴾

﴿فَأَتْبَعْنَا بَعْضَهُمْ بَعْضاً﴾

(so We made them follow one another,) means, `We destroyed them,’ as Allah says:

﴿وَكَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا مِنَ الْقُرُونِ مِن بَعْدِ نُوحٍ﴾

(And how many generations have We destroyed after Nuh!) ﴿17:17﴾

﴿وَجَعَلْنَـهُمْ أَحَادِيثَ﴾

(and We made them as Ahadith) meaning, stories and lessons for mankind, as Allah says elsewhere:

﴿فَجَعَلْنَـهُمْ أَحَادِيثَ وَمَزَّقْنَـهُمْ كُلَّ مُمَزَّقٍ﴾

(so, We made them as tales (in the land), and We dispersed them all totally) ﴿34:19﴾.

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