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Surah Fussilat Ayat 42 in Arabic Text

لَّا يَأْتِيهِ ٱلْبَـٰطِلُ مِنۢ بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَلَا مِنْ خَلْفِهِۦ ۖ تَنزِيلٌۭ مِّنْ حَكِيمٍ حَمِيدٍۢ
Laa yaateehil baatilu mim baini yadaihi wa laa min khalfihee tanzeelum min Hakeemin Hameed

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 42

Sahih International
Falsehood cannot approach it from before it or from behind it; [it is] a revelation from a [Lord who is] Wise and Praiseworthy.

Yusuf Ali
No falsehood can approach it from before or behind it: It is sent down by One Full of Wisdom, Worthy of all Praise.

Abul Ala Maududi
Falsehood may not enter it from the front or from the rear. It is a revelation that has been sent down from the Most Wise, the Immensely Praiseworthy.

Muhsin Khan
Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it (it is) sent down by the All-Wise, Worthy of all praise (Allah).

Pickthall
Falsehood cannot come at it from before it or from behind it. (It is) a revelation from the Wise, the Owner of Praise.

Dr. Ghali
Untruth does not come up to it before (Literally: between its two hands) it nor from behind it; a successive sending down from (One) Ever-Wise, Ever-Praiseworthy.

Abdel Haleem
which falsehood cannot touch from any angle, a Revelation sent down from the Wise One, Worthy of All Praise-

Quran 41 Verse 42 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Fussilat ayat 42, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(41:42) Falsehood may not enter it from the front or from the rear.[52] It is a revelation that has been sent down from the Most Wise, the Immensely Praiseworthy.


52 “Falsehood . . . . from before it” means that none can succeed in proving anything wrong or any teaching false in the Quran by making a frontal attack on it; “nor from behind it” means that nothing can be discovered till Resurrection which may be opposed to the truths and realities presented by the Quran; no new science, if it is really a science, can be propounded, which may contradict the knowledge contained in the Quran; no new experiment or observation can be made to prove that the guidance given to man by the Quran in respect of the beliefs, morality, law, civilization or culture, and economic, social and political life is wrong. That which this Book has declared as the truth can never be proven to be falsehood and that which it has declared as falsehood can never be proven to be the truth. Furthermore, it also means that whether falsehood makes a frontal attack, or makes a surprise attack by deception, it cannot defeat the message which the Quran has brought. In spite of all sorts of open and secret machinations of the opponents the message will spread and none shall be able to defeat and frustrate it.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Fussilat verse 42 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Fussilat ayat 40 which provides the complete commentary from verse 40 through 43.

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