Surah Hud >> Currently viewing Surah Hud Ayat 38 (11:38)

Surah Hud Ayat 38 in Arabic Text

وَيَصْنَعُ ٱلْفُلْكَ وَكُلَّمَا مَرَّ عَلَيْهِ مَلَأٌۭ مِّن قَوْمِهِۦ سَخِرُوا۟ مِنْهُ ۚ قَالَ إِن تَسْخَرُوا۟ مِنَّا فَإِنَّا نَسْخَرُ مِنكُمْ كَمَا تَسْخَرُونَ
Wa yasna’ul fulka wa kullamaa marra ‘alaihi mala’um min qawmihee sakhiroo minh; qaala in taskharoo minnaa fa innaa naskharu minkum kamaa taskharoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 38

Sahih International
And he constructed the ship, and whenever an assembly of the eminent of his people passed by him, they ridiculed him. He said, “If you ridicule us, then we will ridicule you just as you ridicule.

Yusuf Ali
Forthwith he (starts) constructing the Ark: Every time that the chiefs of his people passed by him, they threw ridicule on him. He said: “If ye ridicule us now, we (in our turn) can look down on you with ridicule likewise!

Abul Ala Maududi
As Noah was building the Ark, whenever the leading men of his nation passed by him, they would scoff at him. He said: ‘If you scoff at us, we too scoff at you in like manner.

Muhsin Khan
And as he was constructing the ship, whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him, they made a mockery of him. He said: “If you mock at us, so do we mock at you likewise for your mocking.

Pickthall
And he was building the ship, and every time that chieftains of his people passed him, they made mock of him. He said: Though ye make mock of Us, yet We mock at you even as ye mock;

Dr. Ghali
And he was working out (i.e., making) the Ship (s) (Arabic fulk “ship” can mean singular or plural) and whenever (some) chiefs of his people passed by him, they scoffed at him. He said, “In case you scoff at us, surely we will scoff at you, as you scoff.

Abdel Haleem
So he began to build the Ark, and whenever leaders of his people passed by, they laughed at him. He said, ‘You may scorn us now, but we will come to scorn you:

Quran 11 Verse 38 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Hud ayat 38, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(11:38) As Noah was building the Ark, whenever the leading men of his nation passed by him, they would scoff at him. He said: ‘If you scoff at us, we too scoff at you in like manner.


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Hud verse 38 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Hud ayat 36 which provides the complete commentary from verse 36 through 39.

Quick navigation links

Surah Hud
1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 . 9 . 10 . 11 . 12 . 13 . 14 . 15 . 16 . 17 . 18 . 19 . 20 . 21 . 22 . 23 . 24 . 25 . 26 . 27 . 28 . 29 . 30 . 31 . 32 . 33 . 34 . 35 . 36 . 37 . 38 . 39 . 40 . 41 . 42 . 43 . 44 . 45 . 46 . 47 . 48 . 49 . 50 . 51 . 52 . 53 . 54 . 55 . 56 . 57 . 58 . 59 . 60 . 61 . 62 . 63 . 64 . 65 . 66 . 67 . 68 . 69 . 70 . 71 . 72 . 73 . 74 . 75 . 76 . 77 . 78 . 79 . 80 . 81 . 82 . 83 . 84 . 85 . 86 . 87 . 88 . 89 . 90 . 91 . 92 . 93 . 94 . 95 . 96 . 97 . 98 . 99 . 100 . 101 . 102 . 103 . 104 . 105 . 106 . 107 . 108 . 109 . 110 . 111 . 112 . 113 . 114 . 115 . 116 . 117 . 118 . 119 . 120 . 121 . 122 . 123