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Surah An-Nisa Ayat 78 in Arabic Text

أَيْنَمَا تَكُونُوا۟ يُدْرِككُّمُ ٱلْمَوْتُ وَلَوْ كُنتُمْ فِى بُرُوجٍۢ مُّشَيَّدَةٍۢ ۗ وَإِن تُصِبْهُمْ حَسَنَةٌۭ يَقُولُوا۟ هَـٰذِهِۦ مِنْ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ وَإِن تُصِبْهُمْ سَيِّئَةٌۭ يَقُولُوا۟ هَـٰذِهِۦ مِنْ عِندِكَ ۚ قُلْ كُلٌّۭ مِّنْ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ فَمَالِ هَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ ٱلْقَوْمِ لَا يَكَادُونَ يَفْقَهُونَ حَدِيثًۭا
Ayna maa takoonoo yudrikkumul mawtu wa law kuntum fee buroojim mushai yadah; wa in tusibhum hasanatuny yaqooloo haazihee min indil laahi wa in tusibhum saiyi’atuny yaqooloo haazihee min ‘indik; qul kullum min ‘indillaahi famaa lihaaa ‘ulaaa’il qawmi laa yakaadoona yafqahoona hadeesaa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 78

Sahih International
Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction. But if good comes to them, they say, “This is from Allah “; and if evil befalls them, they say, “This is from you.” Say, “All [things] are from Allah.” So what is [the matter] with those people that they can hardly understand any statement?

Yusuf Ali
“Wherever ye are, death will find you out, even if ye are in towers built up strong and high!” If some good befalls them, they say, “This is from Allah”; but if evil, they say, “This is from thee” (O Prophet). Say: “All things are from Allah.” But what hath come to these people, that they fail to understand a single fact?

Abul Ala Maududi
Wherever you might be, death will overtake you even though you be in massive towers. And when some good happens to them, they say: ‘This is from Allah’; whereas when some misfortune befalls them, they say: ‘This is because of you’. Say: ‘All is from Allah.’ What has happened to this people that they seem to understand nothing?

Muhsin Khan
“Wheresoever you may be, death will overtake you even if you are in fortresses built up strong and high!” And if some good reaches them, they say, “This is from Allah,” but if some evil befalls them, they say, “This is from you (O Muhammad SAW).” Say: “All things are from Allah,” so what is wrong with these people that they fail to understand any word?

Pickthall
Wheresoever ye may be, death will overtake you, even though ye were in lofty towers. Yet if a happy thing befalleth them they say: This is from Allah; and if an evil thing befalleth them they say: This is of thy doing (O Muhammad). Say (unto them): All is from Allah. What is amiss with these people that they come not nigh to understand a happening?

Dr. Ghali
Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, (even) if you were in imposingly constructed towers.” And in case a fair (thing) alights upon (Literally: afflicts) them, they say, “This is from the Providence of Allah.” And in case an odious thing afflicts them, they say, “This is from your presence.” Say, All is from the Providence of Allah.” What is it then with these people! They almost do not comprehend any discourse.

Abdul Haleem
Death will overtake you no matter where you may be, even inside high towers.’ When good fortune comes their way, they say, ‘This is from God,’ but when harm befalls them, they say, ‘This is from you [Prophet].’ Say to them, ‘Both come from God.’ What is the matter with these people that they can barely understand what they are told?

Quran 4 Verse 78 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah An-Nisa ayat 78, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(4:78) Wherever you might be, death will overtake you even though you be in massive towers. And when some good happens to them, they say: ‘This is from Allah’; whereas when some misfortune befalls them, they say: ‘This is because of you’.[109] Say: ‘All is from Allah.’ What has happened to this people that they seem to understand nothing?


109. When such people encounter success and victory, they attribute it to the grace of God. They allow themselves to forget that this grace came to them through no one but the Prophet (peace be on him). When they are either beaten or face setbacks because of their own faults and weaknesses they gratuitously exonerate themselves and place the blame squarely on the Prophet (peace be on him).

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Nisa verse 78 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nisa ayat 77 which provides the complete commentary from verse 77 through 79.

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