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Surah Ghafir Ayat 85 in Arabic Text

فَلَمْ يَكُ يَنفَعُهُمْ إِيمَـٰنُهُمْ لَمَّا رَأَوْا۟ بَأْسَنَا ۖ سُنَّتَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّتِى قَدْ خَلَتْ فِى عِبَادِهِۦ ۖ وَخَسِرَ هُنَالِكَ ٱلْكَـٰفِرُونَ
Falam yaku yanfa ‘uhum eemaanuhum lammaa ra-aw ba’sana sunnatal laahil latee qad khalat fee ‘ibaadihee wa khasira hunaalikal kaafiroon (section 9)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 85

Sahih International
But never did their faith benefit them once they saw Our punishment. [It is] the established way of Allah which has preceded among His servants. And the disbelievers thereupon lost [all].

Yusuf Ali
But their professing the Faith when they (actually) saw Our Punishment was not going to profit them. (Such has been) Allah’s Way of dealing with His Servants (from the most ancient times). And even thus did the Rejecters of Allah perish (utterly)!

Abul Ala Maududi
But their believing after they had seen Our chastisement did not avail them. That has been Allah’s Way concerning His servants. And the unbelievers courted utter loss, then and there.

Muhsin Khan
Then their Faith (in Islamic Monotheism) could not avail them when they saw Our punishment. (Like) this has been the way of Allah in dealing with His slaves. And there the disbelievers lost utterly (when Our Torment covered them).

Pickthall
But their faith could not avail them when they saw Our doom. This is Allah’s law which hath ever taken course for His bondmen. And then the disbelievers will be ruined.

Dr. Ghali
Yet their belief did not in the least profit them as soon as they saw Our violence, the enactment of Allah, which has passed on His bondmen; and there over the disbelievers lost

Abdel Haleem
but believing after seeing Our punishment did not benefit them at all- this has always been God’s way of dealing with His creatures- there and then the disbelievers were lost.

Quran 40 Verse 85 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ghafir ayat 85, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(40:85) But their believing after they had seen Our chastisement did not avail them. That has been Allah’s Way concerning His servants.[113] And the unbelievers courted utter loss, then and there.


113. “Allah’s established way”: the Law that repentance and faith are beneficial only till the time man is not seized by the torment of Allah or death. Believing or repenting after the torment has arrived or the signs of death have appeared, is not acceptable to Allah.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Muminun verse 85 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Muminun ayat 82 which provides the complete commentary from verse 82 through 85.

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