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Surah Sajdah Ayat 11 in Arabic Text

قُلْ يَتَوَفَّىٰكُم مَّلَكُ ٱلْمَوْتِ ٱلَّذِى وُكِّلَ بِكُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكُمْ تُرْجَعُونَ
Qul yatawaffaakum malakul mawtil lazee wukkila bikum Thumma ilaa rabbikum turja’oon (section 1)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 11

Sahih International
Say, “The angel of death will take you who has been entrusted with you. Then to your Lord you will be returned.”

Yusuf Ali
Say: “The Angel of Death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your souls: then shall ye be brought back to your Lord.”

Abul Ala Maududi
Tell them: “The angel of death who has been charged with your souls shall gather you, and then you shall be brought back to your Lord.”

Muhsin Khan
Say: “The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls, then you shall be brought to your Lord.”

Pickthall
Say: The angel of death, who hath charge concerning you, will gather you, and afterward unto your Lord ye will be returned.

Dr. Ghali
Say, “The Angel of Death who has been entrusted with you will take you up; thereafter to your Lord you will be returned.”

Abdel Haleem
Say, ‘The Angel of Death put in charge of you will reclaim you, and then you will be brought back to your Lord.’

Quran 32 Verse 11 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Sajdah ayat 11, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(32:11) Tell them: “The angel of death who has been charged with your souls shall gather you, and then you shall be brought back to your Lord.”[21]


21. That is, “Your ego will not mix in the dust, but as soon as its term of action comes to an end, God’s angel of death will come and will take it out of the body and seize it completely. No part of it will be allowed to become dust with the body. It will be taken intact into custody and produced before its Lord.”

Let us consider in some detail the facts which have been presented in this brief verse:

(1) It says that death does not occur as a matter of course, like the stopping of a watch suddenly when it needs rewinding, but for this purpose Allah has appointed a special angel, who comes to receive the soul precisely in the manner as an official receiver takes something into his custody. From the details which have been mentioned at other places in the Quran, it becomes apparent that the chief angel of death has a whole staff of the angels under him, who perform a variety of duties in connection with causing the death, seizing the soul and taking it into custody. Moreover, their treatment of a guilty soul is different from their treatment of a believing, righteous soul. (For details, see (Surah An-Nisa: Ayat 97), (Surah Al-Anaam: Ayat 93), (Surah An-Nahl: Ayat 28), (Surah Al-Waqiah: Ayats 83-94).

(2) It also shows that man does not cease to exist after death, but his soul survives the body. The words of the Quran: “The angel of death shall seize you completely,” point out the same reality. For something which does not exist cannot be seized. Seizing something and taking it into custody implies that the seized thing should be in possession of the seizer.

(3) It also shows that at the time of death that which is seized is not the biological life of man but his self, his ego, which is connoted by the words like “I” and “we” and “you”. Whatever personality this ego may have developed during its life-activity in the world, the same is taken out intact as a whole, without effecting any increase or decrease in its characteristics, and the same is made to return to its Lord after death. The same personality will be given a new birth and a new body in the Hereafter; the same will be subjected to trial; the same will be called to account; and the same will have to experience rewards or punishments.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Sajdah verse 11 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Sajdah ayat 7 which provides the complete commentary from verse 10 through 11.

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