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Surah Hud Ayat 8 in Arabic Text

وَلَئِنْ أَخَّرْنَا عَنْهُمُ ٱلْعَذَابَ إِلَىٰٓ أُمَّةٍۢ مَّعْدُودَةٍۢ لَّيَقُولُنَّ مَا يَحْبِسُهُۥٓ ۗ أَلَا يَوْمَ يَأْتِيهِمْ لَيْسَ مَصْرُوفًا عَنْهُمْ وَحَاقَ بِهِم مَّا كَانُوا۟ بِهِۦ يَسْتَهْزِءُونَ
Wala’in akharnaa ‘anhumul ‘azaaba ilaaa ummatim ma’doodatil la yaqoolunna maa yahbisuh; alaa yawma ya’teehim laisa masroofan ‘anhum wa haaqa bihim maa kaanoo bihee yastahzi’oon (section 1)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 8

Sahih International
And if We hold back from them the punishment for a limited time, they will surely say, “What detains it?” Unquestionably, on the Day it comes to them, it will not be averted from them, and they will be enveloped by what they used to ridicule.

Yusuf Ali
If We delay the penalty for them for a definite term, they are sure to say, “What keeps it back?” Ah! On the day it (actually) reaches them, nothing will turn it away from them, and they will be completely encircled by that which they used to mock at!

Abul Ala Maududi
And were We to put off the chastisement from them for a determined period, they will cry out: ‘What withholds Him from chastising?’ Surely when the day of the chastisement will come, nothing will avert it and the chastisement which they had ridiculed shall encompass them.

Muhsin Khan
And if We delay the torment for them till a determined term, they are sure to say, “What keeps it back?” Verily, on the day it reaches them, nothing will turn it away from them, and they will be surrounded by (fall in) that at which they used to mock!

Pickthall
And if We delay for them the doom until a reckoned time, they will surely say: What withholdeth it? Verily on the day when it cometh unto them, it cannot be averted from them, and that which they derided will surround them.

Dr. Ghali
And indeed in case We defer the torment from them till an (already) fixed round, (Literally: already numbered nation) indeed they will definitely say, “What is detaining it?” Verily, the day it will come up to them, it will not be turned about from them, and whatever they used to mock at will redound on them.

Abdel Haleem
If We defer their punishment for a determined time, they are sure to say, ‘What is holding it back?’ But on the Day it comes upon them, nothing will divert it from them; what they mocked will be all around them.

Quran 11 Verse 8 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Hud ayat 8, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(11:8) And were We to put off the chastisement from them for a determined period, they will cry out: ‘What withholds Him from chastising?’ Surely when the day of the chastisement will come, nothing will avert it and the chastisement which they had ridiculed shall encompass them.


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

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Hud verse 8 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Hud ayat 7 which provides the complete commentary from verse 7 through 8.

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