Surah Ash-Shu’ara Ayat 223 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 223
They pass on what is heard, and most of them are liars.
(Into whose ears) they pour hearsay vanities, and most of them are liars.
on those who whisper hearsay in the ears of people; and most of them are liars.
Who gives ear (to the devils and they pour what they may have heard of the unseen from the angels), and most of them are liars.
They listen eagerly, but most of them are liars.
They are eager on hearing, and most of them are liars.
who readily lends an ear to them, and most of them are liars:
Quran 26 Verse 223 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ash-Shu’ara ayat 223, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(26:223) on those who whisper hearsay in the ears of people; and most of them are liars.
141. That is, the people who follow and accompany the poets, are wholly different in their characteristics, habits and temper from those who follow and accompany Muhammad (peace be upon him). The difference between the two groups is so obvious that one group can be easily distinguished from the other. On the one side, there are the people who are characterized by the high seriousness, civilized and gentle behavior, righteousness and fear of God, sense of responsibility and a high regard for the rights of others. People who are fair and just in their dealings, who do not utter a word except in the cause of goodness, who have a high and pure ideal before them, which they pursue with single-minded devotion and for whose attainment they expend all their energies and capabilities. On the other side, there are the people whose only pastime is to portray erotic scenes of love and wine-drinking, mocking and jesting, satirizing and eulogizing, or to arouse feelings of hatred and enmity and vengeance against others, or to describe charms of unchaste women to the brothel or of chaste ladies in the houses, only for the sake of pleasing the people and winning their applause. From the crowds who throng the poetic sessions and follow the famous poets, one cannot help forming the impression that those people are free from every moral restriction, who have no object in life except to gratify the lusts of the flesh like animals, and who have no idea whatever of the higher and nobler ideals and ends of life. The person who cannot see the obvious difference between the two types is indeed blind. But if in spite of seeing and knowing the difference, only for the purpose of suppressing the truth, he says that Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions are no different from the poets and their followers, he is not only a liar but has also transgressed all bounds of modesty and decency.
The tafsir of Surah Ash-Shura verse 223 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Shura ayat 221 which provides the complete commentary from verse 222 through 227.
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