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Surah Dukhan Ayat 37 in Arabic Text

أَهُمْ خَيْرٌ أَمْ قَوْمُ تُبَّعٍۢ وَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ ۚ أَهْلَكْنَـٰهُمْ ۖ إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا۟ مُجْرِمِينَ
Ahum khayrun am qawmu Tubba’inw wallazeena min qablihim; ahlaknaahum innahum kaanoo mujrimeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 37

Sahih International
Are they better or the people of Tubba’ and those before them? We destroyed them, [for] indeed, they were criminals.

Yusuf Ali
What! Are they better than the people of Tubba and those who were before them? We destroyed them because they were guilty of sin.

Abul Ala Maududi
Are these better or the people of Tubba and those who went before them? We destroyed them for they were a criminal people.

Muhsin Khan
Are they better or the people of Tubba’ and those before them? We destroyed them because they were indeed Mujrimun (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, criminals, etc.).

Pickthall
Are they better, or the folk of Tubb’a and those before them? We destroyed them, for surely they were guilty.

Dr. Ghali
Are they more charitable, (i.e., better) or the people of Tubbac and the ones even before them? We caused them to perish; surely they were criminals.

Abdel Haleem
Are they better than the people of Tubbaand those who flourished before them? We destroyed them all- they were guilty.

Quran 44 Verse 37 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Dukhan ayat 37, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(44:37) Are these better or the people of Tubba[32] and those who went before them? We destroyed them for they were a criminal people.[33]


32. Tubba was the title of the kings of the Himyarites, like the titles of Khosroes, Caesar, Pharaoh etc. which have been associated with the kings of different countries. They were a branch of the Sabaeans, who attained domination over Saba in 115 B.C. and ruled it until 300 A.D. They have been a well known people of Arabia for centuries. (For details, see (E.N. 37 of Surah Saba).

33. This is the first answer to the disbelievers’ objection; it means: Any individual group or nation which denies the Hereafter becomes criminal. Perversion of the morals is its inevitable result, and human history bears evidence that whichever nation adopted this view of life ultimately perished. As for the question: Are they better or the people of Tubba or the people before them? It means this: The disbelievers of Makkah have not been able to attain to the prosperity and splendor that became the lot of the people of Tubba and of the people of Saba and of the people of Pharaoh and others before them. But this material prosperity and worldly splendor could not save them from the consequences of their moral degeneration. How will then the chiefs of the Quraish be saved from destruction on the strength of their puny resources and wealth? (For details, see (E.Ns 25 to 36 of Surah Saba).

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ad-Dukhan verse 37 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Dukhan ayat 34 which provides the complete commentary from verse 34 through 37.

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