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Surah Hadid Ayat 17 in Arabic Text

ٱعۡلَمُوٓاْ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحۡيِ ٱلۡأَرۡضَ بَعۡدَ مَوۡتِهَاۚ قَدۡ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ ٱلۡأٓيَٰتِ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَعۡقِلُونَ
I’lamooo annal laaha yuhyil arda ba’da mawtihaa; qad baiyannaa lakumul Aayaati la’allakum ta’qiloon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 17

Sahih International
Know that Allah gives life to the earth after its lifelessness. We have made clear to you the signs; perhaps you will understand.

Yusuf Ali
Know ye (all) that Allah giveth life to the earth after its death! already have We shown the Signs plainly to you, that ye may learn wisdom.

Abul Ala Maududi
Know well that Allah revives the earth after it becomes lifeless. We have clearly shown Our Signs to you, perchance you will use your reason.

Muhsin Khan
Know that Allah gives life to the earth after its death! Indeed We have made clear the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) to you, if you but understand.

Know that Allah quickeneth the earth after its death. We have made clear Our revelations for you, that haply ye may understand.

Dr. Ghali
Know (The Arabic verb is in the plural form) that Allah gives life to the earth after its death. We have already made evident for you the signs, that possibly you would consider.

Abdel Haleem
Remember that God revives the earth after it dies; We have made Our revelation clear to you so that you may use your reason.

Muhammad Junagarhi
یقین مانوکہ اللہ ہی زمین کو اس کی موت کے بعد زنده کر دیتا ہے۔ ہم نے تو تمہارے لیے اپنی آیتیں بیان کردیں تاکہ تم سمجھو

Quran 57 Verse 17 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Hadid ayat 17, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(57:17) Know well that Allah revives the earth after it becomes lifeless. We have clearly shown Our Signs to you, perchance you will use your reason.[30]

30. The point contained here should be well understood. At several places in the Quran the Prophethood and the revelation of the Book have been compared to the rainfall, for the effects produced by them on humanity are precisely like those produced by rain on the soil. Just as the dead earth swells and blooms as soon as it receives a shower of rain, so it is with the dead humanity in a country where a Prophet is raised through Allah’s mercy and revelation begins to be sent down to him. It starts revealing those virtues which lay hidden and suppressed for ages. It starts manifesting from within itself excellent morals and good deeds and virtues of every kind. Allusion has been made to this truth here so as to open the eyes of the Muslims of the weak faith and to make them ponder their state. The way humanity was being reformed by the blessed rainfall of the Prophethood and revelation and the way it was being richly and generously blessed in every way was not a remote story for them. They were observing it themselves in the pious and righteous society of the companions and experiencing it day and night around them. Polytheism with all its evils was present before them while the virtues and good things emanating from Islam were also blooming and flourishing before their eyes. Therefore, they did not need to be told any details. An allusion was enough to the effect. The signs of how Allah grants life to the dead earth through the rainfall of His mercy have been shown to you. Now you should use your common sense and consider it for yourself as to what benefit you arc deriving from this blessing.


The tafsir of Surah Hadid verse 17 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Hadid ayat 16 which provides the complete commentary from verse 16 through 17.

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