Surah Inshiqaq Ayat 21 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 21
And when the Qur’an is recited to them, they do not prostrate [to Allah]?
And when the Qur’an is read to them, they fall not prostrate,
and when the Qur’an is recited to them, they do not prostrate themselves?
And when the Quran is recited to them, they fall not prostrate,
And, when the Qur’an is recited unto them, worship not (Allah)?
And when the Qur’an is read to them, they do not prostrate themselves?*
Why, when the Quran is read to them, do they not prostrate themselves [to God]?
Quran 84 Verse 21 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Inshiqaq ayat 21, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(84:21) and when the Qur’an is recited to them, they do not prostrate themselves?
12. They do not fall prostrate: they do not bow down to God out of fear of Him. To perform a sajdah (prostration) here is confirmed by the practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him). lmam Malik, Muslim and Nasai have related a tradition concerning Abu Huraira saying that he recited this Surah in the Prayer and performing a sajdah here and said: The Prophet (peace be upon him) performed a sajdah at this point. Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Daud and Nasai have cited this statement of Abu Rafi: Abu Huraira recited this Surah in the Isha Prayer and performed a sajdah. When I asked why he had done so, he replied: I prayed under the leadership of Abul Qasim (peace be upon him) and he performed a sajdah here. Therefore, I will continue to perform this sajdah likewise as long as I live. Muslim, Abu Daud, Tirmidhi, Nasai, Ibn Majah and others have related another tradition saying that Abu Huraira said: We performed sajdah behind the Messenger (peace be upon him) of Allah in this Surah and in Iqra bi-ismi Rabbikalladhi khalaq.
The tafsir of Surah Inshiqaq verse 21 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Inshiqaq ayat 16 which provides the complete commentary from verse 16 through 25.
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