Surah Ash-Shu’ara Ayat 197 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 197
And has it not been a sign to them that it is recognized by the scholars of the Children of Israel?
Is it not a Sign to them that the Learned of the Children of Israel knew it (as true)?
Is it not a Sign to them – (to wit, the Makkans) – that the learned men of the Children of Israel know that?
Is it not a sign to them that the learned scholars (like ‘Abdullah bin Salam who embraced Islam) of the Children of Israel knew it (as true)?
Is it not a token for them that the doctors of the Children of Israel know it?
And was it not a sign for them, that it is known to the men of knowledge of the Seeds (Or: sons) of ? Israel)
Is it not proof enough for them that the learned men of the Children of Israel have recognized it?
Quran 26 Verse 197 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ash-Shu’ara ayat 197, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(26:197) Is it not a Sign to them (to wit, the Makkans) that the learned men of the Children of Israel know that?
123. That is, the learned men of the Israelites know that the teachings of the Quran are the same as of the former Scriptures. Though the people of Makkah themselves were un-initiated in the knowledge of the Book, there were many scholars among the Israelites living in the surrounding areas, who fully understood that the Quran did not bring a novel message, which was being presented by Muhammad bin Abdullah for the first time, but it was the same message which had been brought and preached by Prophets of Allah one after the other since thousands of years. Is it not then a convincing proof of the fact that the Quran has been sent down by the same Lord of the universe Who sent down the former Books.
According to Ibn Hisham’s Life of the Holy Prophet, a little before the revelation of these verses a deputation of 20 men, who had been influenced by the preaching of Jaafar, came to Makkah from Habash. They met the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Masjid al-Haram and asked him in the presence of the unbelieving Quraish what his teachings were. In response, the Prophet (peace be upon him) recited a few verses of the Quran, whereupon tears came down from their eyes and they believed in him there and then to be a true Messenger of Allah. When they took leave of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Abu Jahl met them along with a few other men of the Quraish and rebuked them, saying: Never has a more stupid company come here before: O foolish men, you were sent here by your people with a view to inquiring about this man, but no sooner did you meet him than you gave up your own faith. Those gentle people did not like to have a dispute with Abu Jahl, so they left him, saying: We have no wish to enter an argument with you. You are responsible for your faith and we are for ours. We adopted something in which we saw some good for ourselves. (Vol II, p. 32). This same incident has been mentioned in Surah Al-Qasas, thus: Those to whom We had given the Book before this, believe in the Quran and when it is recited to them, they say: We have believed in it. This is the very truth from our Lord. We were even before this followers of Islam. And when they heard vain and meaningless talk, they refrained from entering an argument, saying: For us are our deeds and for you yours, peace be to you, we do not like the ways of the ignorant. (verse 52-55).
The tafsir of Surah Ash-Shura verse 197 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Shura ayat 196 which provides the complete commentary from verse 196 through 199.
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