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Surah Ash-Shu’ara Ayat 51 in Arabic Text

إِنَّا نَطْمَعُ أَن يَغْفِرَ لَنَا رَبُّنَا خَطَـٰيَـٰنَآ أَن كُنَّآ أَوَّلَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Innaa natma’u ai yaghfira lanaa Rabbunaa khataa yaanaaa an kunnaaa awwalal mu’mineen (section 3)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 51

Sahih International
Indeed, we aspire that our Lord will forgive us our sins because we were the first of the believers.”

Yusuf Ali
“Only, our desire is that our Lord will forgive us our faults, that we may become foremost among the believers!”

Abul Ala Maududi
and we surely expect that Our Lord will forgive us our sins for we are the first ones to believe.”

Muhsin Khan
“Verily! We really hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, as we are the first of the believers [in Musa (Moses) and in the Monotheism which he has brought from Allah].”

Pickthall
Lo! we ardently hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins because we are the first of the believers.

Dr. Ghali
Surely we long for (the fact) that our Lord should forgive us our sins, for that we are the first of the believers.”

Abdel Haleem
We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, as we were the first to believe.’

Quran 26 Verse 51 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ash-Shu’ara ayat 51, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(26:51) and we surely expect that Our Lord will forgive us our sins for we are the first ones to believe.”[40]


40. That is, we have to return to our Lord in any case. If you kill us now, we shall present ourselves before Him just today, and we have nothing to worry about this. We rather expect that we shall be forgiven our sins and errors because out of this entire gathering we were the first to believe as soon as reality became known to us.

This reply of the magicians made two things absolutely clear to the people who had been gathered together by Pharaoh heralds.

First, that Pharaoh was a dishonest obdurate and deceitful person. When he saw that Moses had come out successful in the contest which he himself had arranged to be decisive, he concocted a plot and forced the magicians to confess it by coercion and threats. Had there been any truth in it, the magicians would not have readily offered to have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides and get crucified. The fact that the magicians remained steadfast and firm in their belief, even in the face of such a horrible threat, proves that the accusation of plotting a conspiracy against Pharaoh was baseless. The fact was that the magicians being experts in their art had realized that what Moses (peace be upon him) had displayed was no magic, but surely a manifestation of the powers of Allah, Lord of the universe.

Secondly, thousands of the people who had gathered together from all corners of the land had themselves witnessed the great moral change that had occurred in the magicians as soon as they professed belief in the Lord of the universe. The same magicians who had been summoned to strengthen and secure the ancestral creed by means of their magic and who, a minute before, were humbly begging Pharaoh for rewards had now become so bold and ennobled spiritually that they would not take any notice of Pharaoh’s powers and his threats and were even prepared to face death and extreme physical torture for the sake of their faith. Thus psychologically there could not be a better occasion to expose the polytheistic creed of the Egyptians in their own eyes and help impress the truth of Moses’ (peace be upon him) religion in the minds of the people.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ash-Shura verse 50 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Shura ayat 49 which provides the complete commentary from verse 49 through 51.

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