Surah Hud Ayat 25 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 25
And We had certainly sent Noah to his people, [saying], “Indeed, I am to you a clear warner
We sent Noah to his people (with a mission): “I have come to you with a Clear Warning:
(Such were the circumstances) when We sent forth Noah to his people. (He said): ‘I have been sent to you to warn you plainly
And indeed We sent Nuh (Noah) to his people (and he said): “I have come to you as a plain warner.”
And We sent Noah unto his folk (and he said): Lo! I am a plain warner unto you.
And indeed We already sent Nûh (Noah) to his people (saying), “Surely I am for you an evident warner.
We sent Noah to his people to say, ‘I have come to you to give a clear warning:
Quran 11 Verse 25 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Hud ayat 25, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(11:25) (Such were the circumstances) when We sent forth Noah to his people. (He said): ‘I have been sent to you to warn you plainly
29.( E.Ns 47-50 of Surah Al-Aaraf )should be kept in view.
25. And indeed We sent Nuh to his people (and he said): “I have come to you as a plain warner.” 26. “That you worship none but Allah; surely, I fear for you the torment of a painful Day.” 27. The chiefs who disbelieved among his people said: “We see you but a man like ourselves, nor do we see any follow you but the meanest among us and they (too) followed you without thinking. And we do not see in you any merit above us, in fact we think you are liars.”
Allah, the Exalted, informs about Prophet Nuh. He was the first Messenger whom Allah sent to the people of the earth who were polytheists involved in worshipping idols. Allah mentions that he (Nuh) said to his people,
(I have come to you as a plain warner.) meaning, to openly warn you against facing Allah’s punishment if you continue worshipping other than Allah. Thus, Nuh said,
(That you worship none but Allah;) This can also be seen in his statement,
(surely, I fear for you the torment of a painful Day.) This means, “If you all continue doing this, then Allah will punish you with a severe punishment in the Hereafter.” Then Allah says,
(The chiefs who disbelieved among his people said;) The word `chiefs’ (Al-Mala’u) here means the leaders and the heads of the disbelievers. They said,
(We see you but a man like ourselves,) This means, “You are not an angel. You are only a human being, so how can revelation come to you over us We do not see anyone following you except the lowliest people among us, like the merchants, weavers and similar people. No people of nobility, or rulers among us follow you. These people who follow you are not known for their intelligence, wit, or sharp thinking. Rather, you merely invited them (to this Islam) and they responded to your call and followed you (ignorantly).” This is the meaning of their statement,
(nor do we see any follow you but the meanest among us and they (too) followed you without thinking.) The statement, “without thinking,” means that they merely followed the first thing that came to their minds. Concerning the statement,
(And we do not see in you any merit above us, in fact we think you are liars.) In this they are saying, “We do not see that you ﴿and your followers﴾ have any virtuous status above us in your physical appearance, your character, your provisions, or your condition, since you accepted this (new) religion of yours.”
s(in fact we think you are liars. ) This means, “We think you are lying about that which you are claiming for yourselves of righteousness, piety, worship and happiness in the abode of the Hereafter when you arrive there.” This was the response of the disbelievers to Nuh and his followers. This is a proof of their ignorance and their deficiency in knowledge and intelligence. For verily, the truth is not to be rejected because of the lowly status of those who follow it. Verily, the truth is correct in itself, regardless of whether its followers are of low status, or nobility. Actually, the reality concerning which there is no doubt, is that the followers of the truth are the noble ones, even though they may be poor. On the other hand, those who reject the truth are the lowly wretches, even though they may be wealthy. Thus, we see that usually the weakest of people are the ones who follow the truth, while the nobility and high-class people usually are opposed to the truth. This is as Allah says,
(And similarly, We sent not a warner before you to any town (people) but the luxurious ones among them said: “We found our fathers following a cerain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps.”)﴿43:23﴾ When Heraclius, the emperor of Rome, asked Abu Sufyan Sakhr bin Harb about the qualities of the Prophet , he said to him, “Are his followers the noble people, or the weak” Abu Sufyan said, “They are the weakest of them.” Then Heraclius said, “They (weak ones) are the followers of the Messengers.” Concerning their statement,
(without thinking. ) In reality this is not objectionable, or something derogatory, because the truth when it is made clear, does not leave room for second-guessing, or excessive thinking. Rather, it is mandatory that it should be followed and this is the condition of every pious, intelligent person. No one continues doubtfully pondering the truth (after it is made clear) except one who is ignorant and excessively critical. The Messengers – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them all – only delivered what was obvious and clear. Concerning Allah’s statement,
(And we do not see in you any merit above us,) They did not see this (the virtue of accepting Islam) because they were blind from the truth. They could not see, nor could they hear. Rather, they were wavering in their skepticism. They were wandering blindly in the darknesses of their ignorance. They, in reality, were the slanderers and liars, lowly and despicable. Therefore, in the Hereafter they will be the greatest losers.
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