Surah Ankabut Ayat 18 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 18
And if you [people] deny [the message] – already nations before you have denied. And there is not upon the Messenger except [the duty of] clear notification.
“And if ye reject (the Message), so did generations before you: and the duty of the messenger is only to preach publicly (and clearly).”
And if you give the lie (to the Messenger), then many nations before you also gave the lie (to their Messengers). The Messenger is charged with no other duty than to deliver the Message in clear terms.”
“And if you deny, then nations before you have denied (their Messengers). And the duty of the Messenger is only to convey (the Message) plainly.”
But if ye deny, then nations have denied before you. The messenger is only to convey (the message) plainly.
And in case you (i.e., the disbelievers) cry lies, then nations already cried lies even before you. And in no way is the Messenger’s (duty) anything except the evident proclamation.”
If you say this is a lie, [be warned that] other communities before you said the same. The messenger’s only duty is to give clear warning.’
Quran 29 Verse 18 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ankabut ayat 18, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(29:18) And if you give the lie (to the Messenger), then many nations before you also gave the lie (to their Messengers). The Messenger is charged with no other duty than to deliver the Message in clear terms.”
30. That is, if you reject my invitation to Tauhid and deny my message that you have to return to your Lord and render an account of your deeds, it will not be a new thing. In the history of mankind many Prophets like Noah, Hud, Salih (peace be upon them) have also brought the same teachings, and their peoples denied them likewise. Now you may judge for yourselves as to whether they harmed the Prophets or only themselves.
The tafsir of Surah Ankabut verse 18 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Ankabut ayat 16 which provides the complete commentary from verse 16 through 18.
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