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Surah An-Nisa Ayat 42 in Arabic Text

يَوْمَئِذٍۢ يَوَدُّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ وَعَصَوُا۟ ٱلرَّسُولَ لَوْ تُسَوَّىٰ بِهِمُ ٱلْأَرْضُ وَلَا يَكْتُمُونَ ٱللَّهَ حَدِيثًۭا
Yawma’iziny yawad dullazeena kafaroo wa’asawur Rasoola law tusawwaa bihimul ardu wa laa yaktumoonal laaha hadeesaa (section 6)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 42

Sahih International
And We have already sent [messengers] to nations before you, [O Muhammad]; then We seized them with poverty and hardship that perhaps they might humble themselves [to Us].

Yusuf Ali
Before thee We sent (messengers) to many nations, and We afflicted the nations with suffering and adversity, that they might learn humility.

Abul Ala Maududi
And We did indeed send Messengers to other nations before you and then We seized those nations with misfortune and hardship so that they might humble themselves (before Us).

Muhsin Khan
Verily, We sent (Messengers) to many nations before you (O Muhammad SAW). And We seized them with extreme poverty (or loss in wealth) and loss in health with calamities so that they might believe with humility.

Pickthall
We have sent already unto peoples that were before thee, and We visited them with tribulation and adversity, in order that they might grow humble.

Dr. Ghali
And indeed We have already sent to nations even before you; so We took them (to task) with misery and tribulation, that possibly they would supplicate to (Us).

Abdel Haleem
We sent messengers before you [Prophet] to many communities and afflicted their people with suffering and hardships, so that they could learn humility.

Quran 4 Verse 42 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah An-Nisa 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

(4:42) Those who disbelieved and disobeyed the Messenger will wish on that Day that the earth were levelled with them. They will not be able to conceal anything from Allah.


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

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Nisa verse 42 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nisa ayat 40 which provides the complete commentary from verse 41 through 42.

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