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Surah Hud Ayat 53 in Arabic Text

قَالُوا۟ يَـٰهُودُ مَا جِئْتَنَا بِبَيِّنَةٍۢ وَمَا نَحْنُ بِتَارِكِىٓ ءَالِهَتِنَا عَن قَوْلِكَ وَمَا نَحْنُ لَكَ بِمُؤْمِنِينَ
Qaaloo yaa Hoodu maa ji’tanaa bibaiyinatinw wa maa nahnu bitaarikeee aalihatinaa ‘an qawlika wa maa nahnu laka bimu’mineen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 53

Sahih International
They said, “O Hud, you have not brought us clear evidence, and we are not ones to leave our gods on your say-so. Nor are we believers in you.

Yusuf Ali
They said: “O Hud! No Clear (Sign) that hast thou brought us, and we are not the ones to desert our gods on thy word! Nor shall we believe in thee!

Abul Ala Maududi
They said: ‘O Hud! You have not brought to us any clear evidence, and we are not going to forsake our gods merely because you say so. We are not going to believe you.

Muhsin Khan
They said: “O Hud! No evidence have you brought us, and we shall not leave our gods for your (mere) saying! And we are not believers in you.

Pickthall
They said: O Hud! Thou hast brought us no clear proof and we are not going to forsake our gods on thy (mere) saying, and we are not believers in thee.

Dr. Ghali
They said, “O H‍d, in no way have you come to us with a Supreme evidence, and in no way will we leave our gods for what you say; (Literally: for your saying) and in no way are we believers (with) you.

Abdel Haleem
They replied, ‘Hud, you have not brought us any clear evidence. We will not forsake our gods on the strength of your word alone, nor will we believe in you.

Quran 11 Verse 53 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Hud ayat 53, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(11:53) They said: ‘O Hud! You have not brought to us any clear evidence,[58] and we are not going to forsake our gods merely because you say so. We are not going to believe you.


58. That is, you have not brought a clear sign as evidence to prove conclusively to us that you have been sent by Allah and that the message you are presenting before us is the truth.

Ibn-Kathir

53. They said: “O Hud! No evidence have you brought us, and we shall not leave our gods for your (mere) saying! And we are not believers in you. 54. All that we say is that some of our gods (false deities) have seized you with evil (madness). He said: “I call Allah to witness and bear you witness that I am free from that which you ascribe as partners in worship, 55. Besides Him (Allah). So plot against me, all of you, and give me no respite.” 56. I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature but He has the grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path (the truth).


The Conversation between (the People of) `Ad and Hud

Allah, the Exalted, informs that they said to their Prophet,

﴿مَا جِئْتَنَا بِبَيِّنَةٍ﴾

(No evidence have you brought us.) This means that they claimed that Hud had not brought them any proof or evidence for what he claimed.

﴿وَمَا نَحْنُ بِتَارِكِى ءالِهَتِنَا عَن قَوْلِكَ﴾

(and we shall not leave our gods for your (mere) saying!) They were saying how could his mere statement, “Leave these gods,” be sufficient proof for them to leave their idols

﴿وَمَا نَحْنُ لَكَ بِمُؤْمِنِينَ﴾

(and we are not believers in you.) This means that they did not believe what he was saying was true.

﴿إِن نَّقُولُ إِلاَّ اعْتَرَاكَ بَعْضُ ءَالِهَتِنَا بِسُوءٍ﴾

(All that we say is that some of our gods have seized you with evil.) They were saying, “We think that some of our idols have afflicted you with madness and insanity in your intellect because you are trying to stop them from being worshipped and defame them.”

﴿قَالَ إِنِّى أُشْهِدُ اللَّهِ وَاشْهَدُواْ أَنِّى بَرِىءٌ مِّمَّا تُشْرِكُونَمِن دُونِهِ﴾

(He said: “I call Allah to witness and bear you witness, that I am free from that which you ascribe as partners in worship besides Him (Allah).)﴿11:54-55﴾ Here, he is saying, “Verily, I am innocent of all of the rivals and idols (that you associate with Allah).

﴿فَكِيدُونِى جَمِيعًا﴾

(So plot against me, all of you,) you and your gods if they are true.”

﴿ثُمَّ لاَ تُنظِرُونِ﴾

(and give me no respite.) the blinking of an eye.” Then, Allah says,

﴿إِنِّى تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ رَبِّى وَرَبِّكُمْ مَّا مِن دَآبَّةٍ إِلاَّ هُوَ ءاخِذٌ بِنَاصِيَتِهَآ﴾

(I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature but He has the grasp of its forelock.) Every creature is under His (Allah’s) power and His authority. He is the Best Judge, the Most Just, Who does not do any injustice in His ruling. For verily, He is upon the straight path. Verily, this argument contains a far-reaching proof and absolute evidence of the truthfulness of what Hud had come to them with. It also proves the falsehood of them worshipping idols that could not benefit nor harm them. Rather, these idols were inanimate objects that could not hear, see, befriend, or make enmity. The only One Who is worthy of having worship directed solely towards Him is Allah alone, without any partners. He is the One in Whose Hand is the sovereignty and He is in control of all things. There is nothing except that it is under His owner- ship, power and authority. Thus, there is no deity worthy of worship except Him and there is no Lord other than Him.

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