Surah Furqan Ayat 60 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 60
And when it is said to them, “Prostrate to the Most Merciful,” they say, “And what is the Most Merciful? Should we prostrate to that which you order us?” And it increases them in aversion.
When it is said to them, “Prostrate to (Allah) Most Gracious!”, they say, “And what is (Allah) Most Gracious? Shall we prostrate to that which thou commandest us?” And it increases their flight (from the Truth).
When it is said to them. “Prostrate yourselves before the Merciful,” they retort, “What is the Merciful? Would you have us prostrate ourselves before whomsoever you will?” And this invitation only helps to increase their hatred all the more.
And when it is said to them: “Prostrate to the Most Beneficent (Allah)! They say: “And what is the Most Beneficent? Shall we fall down in prostration to that which you (O Muhammad SAW) command us?” And it increases in them only aversion.
And when it is said unto them: Prostrate to the Beneficent! they say: And what is the Beneficent? Are we to prostrate to whatever thou (Muhammad) biddest us? And it increaseth aversion in them.
And when it is said to them, “Prostrate yourselves to The All-Merciful, ” they have said, “And what is The All-Merciful? Shall we prostrate ourselves to what you command us?” And it has increased them in repulsion. * A prostraion is to be peformed after reading this ⊃ ayah
Yet when they are told, ‘Bow down before the Lord of Mercy,’ they say, ‘What is the Lord of Mercy? Should we bow down before anything you command?’ and they turn even further away.
Quran 25 Verse 60 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Furqan ayat 60, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(25:60) When they are told: “Prostrate yourselves before the Merciful One,” they say: “What is the Merciful One? Shall we prostrate ourselves before whomsoever you command us to prostrate?” This even further increases their aversion.
73. This they said due to their arrogance and stubbornness just as Pharaoh had said to Prophet Moses: What is the Lord of the universe? For the disbelievers of Makkah were not unaware of the Merciful (Rahman), nor was Pharaoh unaware of the Lord of the universe. The wording of the verse itself shows that their question about the Merciful was not the result of their ignorance of Him but was due to their rebelliousness. Otherwise Allah would not have punished them for this but would have informed them politely that He Himself is Merciful. Besides this, it is well known historically that the word Rahman (Merciful) for Allah had been in common usage in Arabia since the ancient times. Please see also (E.N. 5 of Surah As-Sajdah) and (E.N. 35 of Surah Saba).
74. All scholars agree that here a prostration of recital (Sajdah Talawat) has been enjoined, which means that every reader and every hearer must prostrate himself on reciting or hearing the recital of this verse. According to traditions, the one who hears this verse being recited should say: Zadan Allahu khuduan – aenama – zada liladaai nufura: May Allah increase us in humility – even as – the enemies are increased in their hatred.
The tafsir of Surah Furqan verse 60 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Furqan ayat 55 which provides the complete commentary from verse 55 through 60.
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