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Surah Ash-Shu’ara Ayat 3 in Arabic Text

لَعَلَّكَ بَـٰخِعٌۭ نَّفْسَكَ أَلَّا يَكُونُوا۟ مُؤْمِنِينَ
La’allaka baakhi’un nafsaka allaa yakoonoo mu’mineen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 3

Sahih International
Perhaps, [O Muhammad], you would kill yourself with grief that they will not be believers.

Yusuf Ali
It may be thou frettest thy soul with grief, that they do not become Believers.

Abul Ala Maududi
(O Muhammad), you will perhaps grieve yourself to death because these people do not believe.

Muhsin Khan
It may be that you (O Muhammad SAW) are going to kill yourself with grief, that they do not become believers [in your Risalah (Messengership) and in your Message of Islamic Monotheism].

Pickthall
It may be that thou tormentest thyself (O Muhammad) because they believe not.

Dr. Ghali
You would possibly consume yourself that they are not believers.

Abdel Haleem
[Prophet], are you going to worry yourself to death because they will not believe?

Quran 26 Verse 3 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ash-Shu’ara ayat 3, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(26:3) (O Muhammad), you will perhaps grieve yourself to death because these people do not believe.[2]


2. The words bakhiun-nafsaka literally mean: You would kill yourself. The verse in fact describes the extreme anguish, anxiety and grief of the Prophet (peace be upon him) over the Makkan disbelievers’ ways of deviation, moral degradation, and obduracy and opposition to his message of reform. Sometimes it seemed as if his grief and mental suffering for their sake would cause his death. This state of the Prophet (peace be upon him) has been referred to at other places in the Quran as well, for instance in (Surah Al-Kahf, Ayat 6), thus: Well, O Muhammad, it may be that you will consume your life for their sake out of sorrow if they do not believe in this message. And in (Surah Al-Fatir, Ayat 8), thus: Let not your life be consumed in grief for their sake.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ash-Shura verse 3 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Shura ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 9.

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