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Surah An-Nisa Ayat 164 in Arabic Text

وَرُسُلًۭا قَدْ قَصَصْنَـٰهُمْ عَلَيْكَ مِن قَبْلُ وَرُسُلًۭا لَّمْ نَقْصُصْهُمْ عَلَيْكَ ۚ وَكَلَّمَ ٱللَّهُ مُوسَىٰ تَكْلِيمًۭا
Wa Rusulan qad qasas naahum ‘alaika min qablu wa Rusulal lam naqsushum ‘alaik; wa kallamallaahu Moosaa takleemaa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 164

Sahih International
And [We sent] messengers about whom We have related [their stories] to you before and messengers about whom We have not related to you. And Allah spoke to Moses with [direct] speech.

Yusuf Ali
Of some messengers We have already told thee the story; of others We have not;- and to Moses Allah spoke direct;-

Abul Ala Maududi
We revealed to the Messengers We have already told you of, and to the Messengers We have not told you of; and to Moses Allah spoke directly.

Muhsin Khan
And Messengers We have mentioned to you before, and Messengers We have not mentioned to you, – and to Musa (Moses) Allah spoke directly.

Pickthall
And messengers We have mentioned unto thee before and messengers We have not mentioned unto thee; and Allah spake directly unto Moses;

Dr. Ghali
And Messengers We have already narrated to you (about) even before and Messengers We have not narrated to you (about); and to M‍ûsa (Moses) Allah spoke long, (eloquent) speech.

Abdul Haleem
to other messengers We have already mentioned to you, and also to some We have not. To Moses God spoke directly.

Quran 4 Verse 164 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah An-Nisa ayat 164, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(4:164) We revealed to the Messengers We have already told you of, and to the Messengers We have not told you of; and to Moses Allah spoke directly.[206]


206. Revelation in the case of other Prophets meant either that they heard a voice or received a message from an angel. The privileged treatment accorded to Moses was that God communicated with him directly. This communication was similar to one that takes place between two persons, as is fully illustrated by the conversation reported in (Surah Ta Ha 20: 11 ff). This unique privilege of Moses is mentioned in the Bible as well, and in much the same manner. It mentions that the Lord used to speak to Moses ‘face to face, as a man speaks to his friend’ (Exodus 33: 11).

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Nisa verse 164 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nisa ayat 163 which provides the complete commentary from verse 163 through 165.

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