Surah Hud Ayat 35 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 35
Or do they say [about Prophet Muhammad], “He invented it”? Say, “If I have invented it, then upon me is [the consequence of] my crime; but I am innocent of what [crimes] you commit.”
Or do they say, “He has forged it”? Say: “If I had forged it, on me were my sin! and I am free of the sins of which ye are guilty!
(O Muhammad!) Do they say that he himself has forged this message? Tell them: ‘If I have forged this, the guilt of it will fall upon me, but I am not responsible for the crimes you are committing.
Or they (the pagans of Makkah) say: “He (Muhammad SAW) has fabricated it (the Quran).” Say: “If I have fabricated it, upon me be my crimes, but I am innocent of (all) those crimes which you commit.”
Or say they (again): He hath invented it? Say: If I have invented it, upon me be my crimes, but I am innocent of (all) that ye commit.
Or even do they say, “He has fabricated it”? Say, “In case I have fabricated it, then upon me (rest) my criminal (deeds), and I am quit of (the crimes) you commit.”
If [these disbelievers] say, ‘He has made this up,’ say [Muhammad], ‘If I have made this up, I am responsible for my own crime, but I am innocent of the crimes you commit.’
Quran 11 Verse 35 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Hud ayat 35, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(11:35) (O Muhammad!) Do they say that he himself has forged this message? Tell them: ‘If I have forged this, the guilt of it will fall upon me, but I am not responsible for the crimes you are committing.
39. The wording of the verse shows that during the recital of the story of Prophet Noah (peace be upon him), the opponents of the Prophet (peace be upon him) might have felt that he himself had invented that story in order to hit them hard indirectly. So they might have interrupted him, saying: You are inventing such stories as these in order to apply these to us and hit us hard indirectly. That is why the narration of the story has been broken to answer their false accusation.
And the fact is that the mean people always behave like this. As they have no interest in goodness, they would turn to the dark side of everything. Even if one gives them wise counsel or teaches them a useful lesson or warns them of an error, they would never benefit from these nor mend their ways. Instead of this, they would search out for that aspect of the matter which will not only undo the wisdom and goodness of the counsel but also bring an accusation against the admonisher. It is obvious that in this way, even the best of counsels can be made void and ineffective, if the hearer dubs that as a hit and takes it ill as an affront. Moreover, their thinking is always based on suspicion and mistrust. Supposing there is a certain story which appears to be true. A wise man will take it as a fact and learn a lesson from it, even if it applies exactly to his own condition and points out his error. On the contrary, a suspicious and crooked man will at once jump to the conclusion without any proof at all that the story had been invented for the sole purpose of applying it to him in order to hit him hard.
The same was the condition of those who accused the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he himself had forged the story and ascribed it to Allah to make it more effective. Allah has asked him to say to them: If I have forged the story, I shall have to bear its consequences, but this cannot lessen the punishments of the crimes you are committing for which you alone will be held responsible.
35. Or they (the pagans of Makkah) say: “He has fabricated it.” Say: “If I have fabricated it, upon me be my crimes, but I am innocent of (all) those crimes which you commit.
This is presented in the middle of the story to affirm the story itself. It is as if Allah, the Exalted, is saying to Muhammad , “Or do these obstinate disbelievers say that he fabricated this and invented it himself”
(Say: “If I have fabricated it, upon me be my crimes…”) This means: such sin would be mine alone.
(but I am innocent of (all) those crimes which you commit.) This story is not invented, or fabricated falsely. Because he (the Prophet) knows better the punishment of Allah for one who lies on Allah.
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