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Surah Ash-Shu’ara Ayat 20 in Arabic Text

قَالَ فَعَلْتُهَآ إِذًۭا وَأَنَا۠ مِنَ ٱلضَّآلِّينَ
Qaala fa’altuhaaa izanw wa ana minad daaaleen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 20

Sahih International
[Moses] said, “I did it, then, while I was of those astray.

Yusuf Ali
Moses said: “I did it then, when I was in error.

Abul Ala Maududi
Moses replied: “I committed that act erringly.

Muhsin Khan
Musa (Moses) said: “I did it then, when I was an ignorant (as regards my Lord and His Message).

Pickthall
He said: I did it then, when I was of those who are astray.

Dr. Ghali
He (M‍ûsa) (Moses) said, “lo, I performed it and I was of the erring.

Abdel Haleem
Moses replied, ‘I was misguided when I did it

Quran 26 Verse 20 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ash-Shu’ara ayat 20, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(26:20) Moses replied: “I committed that act erringly.[16]


16. The word dalalat does not always mean straying away, but it is also used in the sense of ignorance, folly, error, forgetfulness, inadvertence, etc. As mentioned in Surah Al- Qasas, Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) had only given a blow to the Egyptian (Copt) when he saw him beating an Israelite cruelly. A blow does not cause death, nor is it given with the intention of causing death. It was only an accident that the Egyptian died. As such, it was not a case of deliberate murder but of accidental murder. A murder was committed but not intentionally, nor was any weapon used, which is usually employed for murder, or which can cause murder.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ash-Shura verse 20 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Shura ayat 10 which provides the complete commentary from verse 10 through 22.

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