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Surah Ash-Shu’ara Ayat 165 in Arabic Text

أَتَأْتُونَ ٱلذُّكْرَانَ مِنَ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ
Ataatoonaz zukraana minal ‘aalameen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 165

Sahih International
Do you approach males among the worlds

Yusuf Ali
“Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males,

Abul Ala Maududi
What, of all creation will you go to (fornicate with) the males,

Muhsin Khan
“Go you in unto the males of the ‘Alamin (mankind),

Pickthall
What! Of all creatures do ye come unto the males,

Dr. Ghali
Do you come up to (stout) males of the worlds.

Abdel Haleem
Must you, unlike [other] people, lust after males

Quran 26 Verse 165 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ash-Shu’ara ayat 165, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(26:165) What, of all creation will you go to (fornicate with) the males,[108]


108. This can have two meanings. (1) Of all the creatures you have chosen males only for the purpose of gratifying your sex desires, whereas there are plenty of women in the world. (2) You alone are the people in the whole world, who go to men to satisfy the sex desires; even the animals do not resort to this. This second meaning has been explained in Surahs Al-Aaraf and Al-Ankabut thus: Have you become so shameless that you commit such indecent acts as no one committed before you in the world? (Surah Al-Aaraf, Ayat 80).

Ibn-Kathir

165. “Go you in unto the males of Al-`Alamin (people),” 166. “And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your wives Nay, you are a trespassing people!” 167. They said: “If you cease not, O Lut, verily, you will be one of those who are driven out!” 168. He said: “I am indeed of those who disapprove with severe anger and fury your behavior.” 169. “My Lord! Save me and my family from what they do.” 170. So, We saved him and his family, all, 171. Except an old woman among those who remained behind. 172. Then afterward We destroyed the others. 173. And We rained on them a rain, and how evil was the rain of those who had been warned! 174. Verily, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers. 175. And verily your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.


Lut’s Denunciation of His People’s Deeds, Their Response and Their Punishment

The Prophet of Allah forbade them from committing evil deeds and intercourse with males, and he taught them that they should have intercourse with their wives whom Allah had created for them. Their response was only to say:

﴿لَئِن لَّمْ تَنتَهِ يلُوطُ﴾

(If you cease not, O Lut,) meaning, `if you do not give up what you have brought,’

﴿لَتَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْمُخْرَجِينَ﴾

(verily, you will be one of those who are driven out!) meaning, `we will expel you from among us.’ This is like the Ayah,

﴿فَمَا كَانَ جَوَابَ قَوْمِهِ إِلاَّ أَن قَالُواْ أَخْرِجُواْ ءَالَ لُوطٍ مِّن قَرْيَتِكُمْ إِنَّهمْ أُنَاسٌ يَتَطَهَّرُونَ ﴾

(There was no other answer given by his people except that they said: “Drive out the family of Lut from your city. Verily, these are men who want to be clean and pure!”) (27:56). When he saw that they would not give up their ways, and that they were persisting in their misguidance, he declared his innocence of them, saying:

﴿إِنِّى لِعَمَلِكُمْ مِّنَ الْقَـلِينَ﴾

(I am, indeed, of those who disapprove with severe anger and fury) `Of those who are outraged, I do not like it and I do not accept it, and I have nothing to do with you. ‘ Then he prayed to Allah against them and said:

﴿رَبِّ نَّجِنِى وَأَهْلِى مِمَّا يَعْمَلُونَ ﴾

(My Lord! Save me and my family from what they do.) Allah says:

﴿فَنَجَّيْنَـهُ وَأَهْلَهُ أَجْمَعِينَ – إِلاَّ عَجُوزاً فِى الْغَـبِرِينَ ﴾

(So, We saved him and his family, all. Except an old woman among those who remained behind.) This was his wife, who was a bad old woman. She stayed behind and was destroyed with whoever else was left. This is similar to what Allah says about them in Surat Al-A`raf and Surah Hud, and in Surat Al-Hijr, where Allah commanded him to take his family at night, except for his wife, and not to turn around when they heard the Sayhah as it came upon his people. So they patiently obeyed the command of Allah and persevered, and Allah sent upon the people a punishment which struck them all, and rained upon them stones of baked clay, piled up. Allah says:

﴿ثُمّ دَمَّرْنَا الاٌّخَرِينَ وَأَمْطَرْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ مَّطَرًا﴾

(Then afterward We destroyed the others. And We rained on them a rain) until Allah’s saying;

﴿وَإِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ ﴾

(And verily, your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful. )

﴿كَذَّبَ أَصْحَـبُ لْـَيْكَةِ الْمُرْسَلِينَ – إِذْ قَالَ لَهُمْ شُعَيْبٌ أَلاَ تَتَّقُونَ إِنِّى لَكُمْ رَسُولٌ أَمِينٌ ﴾

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