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Surah Dukhan Ayat 38 in Arabic Text

وَمَا خَلَقْنَا ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا لَـٰعِبِينَ
Wa maa khalaqnas samaawaati wal arda wa maa baina humaa laa’ibeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 38

Sahih International
And We did not create the heavens and earth and that between them in play.

Yusuf Ali
We created not the heavens, the earth, and all between them, merely in (idle) sport:

Abul Ala Maududi
It was not in idle sport that We created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them.

Muhsin Khan
And We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, for mere play,

Pickthall
And We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, in play.

Dr. Ghali
And in no way did We create the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them both, playing;

Abdel Haleem
We were not playing a pointless game when We created the heavens and earth and everything in between;

Quran 44 Verse 38 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Dukhan ayat 38, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(44:38) It was not in idle sport that We created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them.


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

38. And We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, for mere play. 39. We created them not except with truth, but most of them know not. 40. Verily, the Day of Judgement is the time appointed for all of them — 41. The Day when a near relative cannot avail a near relative in aught, and no help can they receive, 42. Except him on whom Allah has mercy. Verily, He is the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.


This World was created for a Wisdom

Here Allah tells us of His justice, and that He is far above mere play, folly and falsehood. This is like the Ayah:

﴿وَمَا خَلَقْنَا السَّمَآءَ وَالاٌّرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا بَـطِلاً ذَلِكَ ظَنُّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فَوَيْلٌ لِّلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِنَ النَّارِ ﴾

(And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose! That is the consideration of those who disbelieve! Then woe to those who disbelieve from the Fire!) (38:27)

﴿أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَـكُمْ عَبَثاً وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لاَ تُرْجَعُونَ – فَتَعَـلَى اللَّهُ الْمَلِكُ الْحَقُّ لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ ﴾

(Did you think that We had created you in play, and that you would not be brought back to Us So Exalted be Allah, the True King: La ilaha illa Huwa, the Lord of the Supreme Throne!) (23:115-116) Then Allah says:

﴿إِنَّ يَوْمَ الْفَصْلِ مِيقَـتُهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ ﴾

(Verily, the Day of Judgement is the time appointed for all of them) This is the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will judge between all creatures, and He will punish the disbelievers and reward the believers.

﴿مِيقَـتُهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ﴾

(is the time appointed for all of them) means, He will gather all of them, the first and the last of them.

﴿يَوْمَ لاَ يُغْنِى مَوْلًى عَن مَّوْلًى شَيْئاً﴾

(The Day when a near relative cannot avail a near relative in aught,) means, no relative will be able to help another relative. This is like the Ayah:

﴿فَإِذَا نُفِخَ فِى الصُّورِ فَلاَ أَنسَـبَ بَيْنَهُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ وَلاَ يَتَسَآءَلُونَ ﴾

(Then, when the Trumpet is blown, there will be no kinship among them that Day, nor will they ask of one another.) (23:101)

﴿وَلاَ يَسْـَلُ حَمِيمٌ حَمِيماً يُبَصَّرُونَهُمْ﴾

(And no friend will ask a friend (about his condition). Though they shall be made to see one another) (70:10-11) which means, he will not ask his brother about how he is, even though he can see him with his own eyes.

﴿وَلاَ هُمْ يُنصَرُونَ﴾

(and no help can they receive,) means, no relative will help another, and no help will come to him from outside.

﴿إِلاَّ مَن رَّحِمَ اللَّهُ﴾

(Except him on whom Allah has mercy.) means, and nothing will be of any avail that Day except the mercy of Allah towards His creation.

﴿إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ﴾

(Verily, He is the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.) means, he is the Almighty, with immense mercy.

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