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Surah Ash-Shu’ara Ayat 40 in Arabic Text

لَعَلَّنَا نَتَّبِعُ ٱلسَّحَرَةَ إِن كَانُوا۟ هُمُ ٱلْغَـٰلِبِينَ
La’allanaa nattabi’us saharata in kaanoo humul ghaalibeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 40

Sahih International
That we might follow the magicians if they are the predominant?”

Yusuf Ali
“That we may follow the sorcerers (in religion) if they win?”

Abul Ala Maududi
We may perhaps follow the religion of the magicians if they triumph.”

Muhsin Khan
“That we may follow the sorcerers [who were on Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh) religion of disbelief] if they are the winners.”

Pickthall
(They said): Aye, so that we may follow the wizards if they are the winners.

Dr. Ghali
That possibly we would closely follow the sorcerers, in case they are the ones who are the overcomers?”

Abdel Haleem
We may follow the sorcerers if they win!”

Quran 26 Verse 40 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ash-Shu’ara ayat 40, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(26:40) We may perhaps follow the religion of the magicians if they triumph.”[33]


33. This sentence confirms the idea that those who had witnessed the miracle of Moses (peace be upon him) in the royal court and those who had heard of it reliably outside were losing faith in their ancestral religion, and now the strength of their faith depended on this that their own magicians also should give a performance similar to that of Moses (peace be upon him). That is why Pharaoh and his chiefs themselves regarded this contest as a decisive one, and their heralds were busy moving about in the land, impressing on the people that if the magicians won the day, they would yet be secured against the risk of being won over to Moses’ (peace be upon him) religion, otherwise there was every possibility of their creed being exposed and abandoned forever.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ash-Shura verse 40 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Shura ayat 38 which provides the complete commentary from verse 38 through 48.

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