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Surah As-Saff Ayat 8 in Arabic Text

يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِـُٔوا۟ نُورَ ٱللَّهِ بِأَفْوَٰهِهِمْ وَٱللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِۦ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ ٱلْكَـٰفِرُونَ
Yureedoona liyutfi’oo nooral laahi bi afwaahihim wallaahu mutimmu noorihee wa law karihal kaafiroon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 8

Sahih International
They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.

Yusuf Ali
Their intention is to extinguish Allah’s Light (by blowing) with their mouths: But Allah will complete (the revelation of) His Light, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).

Abul Ala Maududi
They seek to extinguish Allah’s light (by blowing) with their mouths, but Allah shall spread His light in all its fullness, howsoever the unbelievers may abhor this.

Muhsin Khan
They intend to put out the Light of Allah (i.e. the religion of Islam, this Quran, and Prophet Muhammad SAW) with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it).

Pickthall
Fain would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light however much the disbelievers are averse.

Dr. Ghali
They would (like) to extinguish the Light of Allah with their mouths; and Allah is perfecting His Light even though the disbelievers hate (that)

Abdel Haleem
they wish to put His light out with their mouths. But He will perfect His light, even though the disbelievers hate it;

Quran 61 Verse 8 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah As-Saff ayat 8, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(61:8) They seek to extinguish Allah’s light (by blowing) with their mouths, but Allah shall spread His light in all its fullness, howsoever the unbelievers may abhor this.[12]


12. One should bear in mind that these verses were sent down in A.H. 3 after the Battle of Uhud, when Islam was confined only to the city of Al-Madinah, the Muslims were only a few thousands in number, and entire Arabia was bent upon wiping out this religion. The defeat that the Muslims had suffered at Uhud, had sullied their image of power and the tribes of the surrounding areas had been emboldened. Under such conditions it was said: No one will succeed in blowing out this light of Allah, but it will shine forth and spread throughout the world. This was a clear prediction which literally came true. Who could know except Allah at that time of what was the future of Islam? Human eyes could only see that it was a flickering candle and violent winds were blowing to put it out forever.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah As-Saff verse 8 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Saff ayat 7 which provides the complete commentary from verse 7 through 9.

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