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Surah Ash-Shu’ara Ayat 74 in Arabic Text

قَالُوا۟ بَلْ وَجَدْنَآ ءَابَآءَنَا كَذَٰلِكَ يَفْعَلُونَ
Qaaloo bal wajadnaaa aabaaa ‘anaa kazaalika yaf’aloon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 74

Sahih International
They said, “But we found our fathers doing thus.”

Yusuf Ali
They said: “Nay, but we found our fathers doing thus (what we do).”

Abul Ala Maududi
They answered: “No; but we found our forefathers doing so.”

Muhsin Khan
They said: “Nay, but we found our fathers doing so.”

Pickthall
They said: Nay, but we found our fathers acting on this wise.

Dr. Ghali
They said, “No indeed, (but) we found our fathers thus performing.”

Abdel Haleem
They replied, ‘No, but this is what we saw our fathers doing.’

Quran 26 Verse 74 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ash-Shu’ara ayat 74, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(26:74) They answered: “No; but we found our forefathers doing so.”[53]


53. That is, we do not worship and serve them because they hear our prayers and supplications, or that they can harm and benefit us, but because we have seen our elders worshiping and serving them. Thus, they themselves admitted that the only reason of their worshiping the idols was the blind imitation of their forefathers. In other words, they meant this: There is nothing new in what you are telling us, We know that these are idols of stone and wood, which do not hear anything, nor can harm or do good, but we cannot believe that our elders who have been worshiping them since centuries, generation after generation, were foolish people. They must have had some good reason for worshiping these lifeless images, so we are doing the same as we have full faith in them.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ash-Shura verse 74 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Shura ayat 69 which provides the complete commentary from verse 69 through 77.

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