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Surah Ghafir Ayat 37 in Arabic Text

أَسْبَـٰبَ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ فَأَطَّلِعَ إِلَىٰٓ إِلَـٰهِ مُوسَىٰ وَإِنِّى لَأَظُنُّهُۥ كَـٰذِبًۭا ۚ وَكَذَٰلِكَ زُيِّنَ لِفِرْعَوْنَ سُوٓءُ عَمَلِهِۦ وَصُدَّ عَنِ ٱلسَّبِيلِ ۚ وَمَا كَيْدُ فِرْعَوْنَ إِلَّا فِى تَبَابٍۢ
Asbaabas samaawaati faattali’a ilaaa ilaahi Moosaa wa innee la azunnuhoo kaazibaa; wa kazaalika zuyyina li-Fir’awna sooo’u ‘amalihee wa sudda ‘anis sabeel; wa maa kaidu Fir’awna illaa fee tabaab (section 4)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 37

Sahih International
The ways into the heavens – so that I may look at the deity of Moses; but indeed, I think he is a liar.” And thus was made attractive to Pharaoh the evil of his deed, and he was averted from the [right] way. And the plan of Pharaoh was not except in ruin.

Yusuf Ali
“The ways and means of (reaching) the heavens, and that I may mount up to the god of Moses: But as far as I am concerned, I think (Moses) is a liar!” Thus was made alluring, in Pharaoh’s eyes, the evil of his deeds, and he was hindered from the Path; and the plot of Pharaoh led to nothing but perdition (for him).

Abul Ala Maududi
the highways to the heavens — and have a look at the God of Moses, although I am certain that Moses is a liar.” Thus Pharaoh’s evil deed was made to seem fair to him, and he was barred from the Right Path. Pharaoh’s guile only led him to his own perdition.

Muhsin Khan
“The ways of the heavens, and I may look upon the Ilah (God) of Musa (Moses) but verily, I think him to be a liar.” Thus it was made fair-seeming, in Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh) eyes, the evil of his deeds, and he was hindered from the (Right) Path, and the plot of Fir’aun (Pharaoh) led to nothing but loss and destruction (for him).

Pickthall
The roads of the heavens, and may look upon the god of Moses, though verily I think him a liar. Thus was the evil that he did made fairseeming unto Pharaoh, and he was debarred from the (right) way. The plot of Pharaoh ended but in ruin.

Dr. Ghali
The means of the heavens, (and) so view the God of Mû‍sa, (Moses) and surely I expect him to be a liar indeed.” And thus the odiousness of his deed (s) were adorned (i.e., made attractive) for Firaawn, and he was barred from the way; and in no way did Firaawn’s plotting (end) except in detriment.

Abdel Haleem
to the heavens to look for this God of Moses. I am convinced that he is lying.’ In this way the evil of Pharaoh’s deed was made alluring to him and he was barred from the right path- his scheming led only to ruin.

Quran 40 Verse 37 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ghafir 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

(40:37) the highways to the heavens � and have a look at the God of Moses, although I am certain that Moses is a liar.”[55] Thus Pharaoh’s evil deed was made to seem fair to him, and he was barred from the Right Path. Pharaoh’s guile only led him to his own perdition.


55. Pharaoh addresses these words to Haman, his minister, interposing in the speech of the Believer in a way as though he has no regard for what he was saying. Therefore, he turns away from him arrogantly and says to Haman: Build me a high tower so that I may climb it to see where the God of whom this Moses speaks, lives. (For explanation, see( Surah Al-Qasas, Ayat 38) and E.Ns thereof).

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Muminun verse 37 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Muminun ayat 36 which provides the complete commentary from verse 36 through 37.

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