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Surah Ibrahim Ayat 26 in Arabic Text

وَمَثَلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍۢ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ ٱجْتُثَّتْ مِن فَوْقِ ٱلْأَرْضِ مَا لَهَا مِن قَرَارٍۢ
Wa masalu kalimatin khabeesatin kashajaratin khabee satinij tussat min fawqil ardi maa lahaa min qaraar

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 26

Sahih International
And the example of a bad word is like a bad tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, not having any stability.

Yusuf Ali
And the parable of an evil Word is that of an evil tree: It is torn up by the root from the surface of the earth: it has no stability.

Abul Ala Maududi
And the example of an evil word is that of an evil tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, wholly unable to endure.

Muhsin Khan
And the parable of an evil word is that of an evil tree uprooted from the surface of earth having no stability.

Pickthall
And the similitude of a bad saying is as a bad tree, uprooted from upon the earth, possessing no stability.

Dr. Ghali
And the similitude of a wicked word is as a wicked tree: uprooted from above the earth; in no way does it have any stability.

Abdel Haleem
but an evil word is like a rotten tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, with no power to endure.

Quran 14 Verse 26 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ibrahim ayat 26, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(14:26) And the example of an evil word[37] is that of an evil tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, wholly unable to endure.[38]


37. Evil word is the opposite of pure word. It may be applied to everything that is unreal and wrong but here it stands for any false creed that one might adopt as a basis of his system of life, irrespective of whether it be atheism or heresy or disbelief or shirk or idol worship or any other ism that has not been brought by a Messenger.

38. And evil word (false creed) has no stability because it is against the law of nature. Therefore, everything in the universe opposes it and refutes it, as if the earth hates it and is ready to spit out its seeds every time they are sown in it, and if some seed succeeds in growing an evil tree, heaven suppresses down its branches. In fact, false creed could never have been allowed to develop, if man had not been given the freedom of choice and respite for work for the sake of his trial. That is why when same foolish people exert to establish a system of life on it, it is allowed to grow to a certain extent, but it produces nothing but harmful results as long as it lasts. And no sooner does it encounter with adverse circumstances than it is thoroughly uprooted from the earth.

The distinction between the pure word and the evil word is so apparent that anyone who makes a critical study of the religious, moral, intellectual and cultural history of the world can perceive it easily. For the pure word has always been the one and same during the whole history of mankind and has never been uprooted. On the contrary, there have been innumerable evil words but each and every one has been so uprooted that there has remained hardly anything of it except its name in the pages of history. Nay, some of these had proved to be so absurd that if these are mentioned today one wonders how one could have followed such nonsensical things.

There has been another noteworthy difference between the two words. Whenever and wherever the pure word has been adopted by an individual or a community, its blessings had not been confined to that individual and community but had benefited all around them. On the contrary, whenever and wherever an evil word has been adopted by an individual or a community, its evils had spread chaos and disorder all around them.

In this connection, it should also be noted that the parable of the pure word and the evil word explains the same theme that had been explained by the similitude of the mound of ashes that is blown away by the wind of the stormy day (Ayat 18) and of the foam of flood, and the scum of the melted metals. (Surah Ar-Raad, Ayat 17).

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ibrahim verse 26 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Ibrahim ayat 24 which provides the complete commentary from verse 24 through 26.

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