Surah Ash-Shu’ara Ayat 56 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 56
And indeed, we are a cautious society… “
“But we are a multitude amply fore-warned.”
But we are a numerous host, ever on guard.”
“But we are host all assembled, amply fore-warned.”
And lo! we are a ready host.
And surely we are indeed all wary.”
and we are a large army, on the alert.’
Quran 26 Verse 56 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ash-Shu’ara ayat 56, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(26:56) But we are a numerous host, ever on guard.”
43. All this shows that Pharaoh in fact was terror-stricken, but was trying to hide his fear under cover of fearlessness. On the one hand, he was mobilizing forces to face the situation; and on the other hand, he wanted to show that he was undaunted and undeterred, for a despotic ruler like Pharaoh could have no danger from a suppressed and slave community which had been living in disgrace for centuries. That is why his heralds made the people believe that the Israelites were just a handful of people, who could do them no harm, but had to be punished for the provocation they had caused. As for mobilization it was only a precautionary measure which had been taken to meet any eventuality in time.
The tafsir of Surah Ash-Shura verse 56 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Shura ayat 52 which provides the complete commentary from verse 52 through 59.
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