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Surah Dhariyat Ayat 18 in Arabic Text

وَبِٱلْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ
Wa bil as haari hum yastaghfiroon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 18

Sahih International
And in the hours before dawn they would ask forgiveness,

Yusuf Ali
And in the hour of early dawn, they (were found) praying for Forgiveness;

Abul Ala Maududi
and would ask for forgiveness at dawn,

Muhsin Khan
And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness,

Pickthall
And ere the dawning of each day would seek forgiveness,

Dr. Ghali
And before dawn, it is they (who) would seek forgiveness.

Abdel Haleem
praying at dawn for God’s forgiveness,

Quran 51 Verse 18 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Dhariyat ayat 18, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(51:18) and would ask for forgiveness at dawn,[16]


16. That is they did not belong to those who spent their nights in immoral and indecent acts and even then never thought of seeking Allah’s forgiveness. On the contrary, they spent a major part of the nights in the worship of Allah and then in the early hours of dawn sought His forgiveness, saying that they did not do full justice to the worship that was due from them. The words humyastaghfirun also contain an allusion to this that it befitted and suited them alone that they should exert their utmost in the service of their Lord and then, at the same time, should implore Him humbly for the forgiveness of their errors and shortcomings instead of exulting at and waging proud of their good acts. This could not be the way of those shameless, wicked people who committed sin and behaved arrogantly as well.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ad-Dhariyat verse 18 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Dhariyat ayat 15 which provides the complete commentary from verse 15 through 23.

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