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Surah Zalzalah Ayat 3 in Arabic Text

وَقَالَ ٱلْإِنسَـٰنُ مَا لَهَا
Wa qaalal insaanu ma laha

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 3

Sahih International
And man says, “What is [wrong] with it?” –

Yusuf Ali
And man cries (distressed): ‘What is the matter with her?’-

Abul Ala Maududi
and man will cry out: “What is the matter with her?”

Muhsin Khan
And man will say: “What is the matter with it?”

Pickthall
And man saith: What aileth her?

Dr. Ghali
And man says, “What is it with it?”

Abdel Haleem
when man cries, ‘What is happening to it?’;

Quran 99 Verse 3 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Zalzalah ayat 3, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(99:3) and man will cry out: “What is the matter with her?”[3]


3. Man here may as well imply every man, for after resurrection and coming to senses the first impression of every man will be as to what was happening around him; afterwards he will realize that it was the Resurrection Day. Man may also imply the man who denies the Hereafter, for what he regarded as impossible would be happening in front of him and causing him confusion and bewilderment. As for the believers, they will not be bewildered and confused, for everything would be taking place according to their belief and conviction. To an extent, this second meaning is supported by verse 52 of Surah YaSeen, in which it has been said that the deniers of the Hereafter at that time will exclaim: Ah, who has roused us from our sleeping place? And the reply given would be: This is the same which the Merciful God had promised and the Messengers sent by God had spoken the truth. This verse does not expressly say that this answer to the disbelievers would actually be given by the believers, for there is no indication of it in the verse. The probability, however, is that the believers will give them this answer.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Zalzalah verse 3 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Zalzalah ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 8.

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