Surah Al-Isra >> Currently viewing Surah Al-Isra Ayat 51 (17:51)

Surah Al-Isra Ayat 51 in Arabic Text

أَوْ خَلْقًۭا مِّمَّا يَكْبُرُ فِى صُدُورِكُمْ ۚ فَسَيَقُولُونَ مَن يُعِيدُنَا ۖ قُلِ ٱلَّذِى فَطَرَكُمْ أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍۢ ۚ فَسَيُنْغِضُونَ إِلَيْكَ رُءُوسَهُمْ وَيَقُولُونَ مَتَىٰ هُوَ ۖ قُلْ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَكُونَ قَرِيبًۭا
Aw khalqam mimmaa yakburu fee sudoorikum; fasa yaqooloona mai yu’eedunaa qulil lazee fatarakum awwala marrah; fasa yunghidoona ilaika ru’oosahum wa yaqooloona mataahoo; qul ‘asaaa any yakoona qareeba

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 51

Sahih International
Or [any] creation of that which is great within your breasts.” And they will say, “Who will restore us?” Say, “He who brought you forth the first time.” Then they will nod their heads toward you and say, “When is that?” Say, “Perhaps it will be soon –

Yusuf Ali
“Or created matter which, in your minds, is hardest (to be raised up),- (Yet shall ye be raised up)!” then will they say: “Who will cause us to return?” Say: “He who created you first!” Then will they wag their heads towards thee, and say, “When will that be?” Say, “May be it will be quite soon!

Abul Ala Maududi
or any other form of creation you deem hardest of all (to recreate from).” They will certainly ask: “Who will bring us back (to life)?” Say: “He Who created you in the first instance.” They will shake their heads at you and inquire: “When will that be?” Say: “Perhaps that time might have drawn near;

Muhsin Khan
“Or some created thing that is yet greater (or harder) in your breasts (thoughts to be resurrected, even then you shall be resurrected)” Then, they will say: “Who shall bring us back (to life)?” Say: “He Who created you first!” Then, they will shake their heads at you and say: “When will that be?” Say: “Perhaps it is near!”

Pickthall
Or some created thing that is yet greater in your thoughts! Then they will say: Who shall bring us back (to life). Say: He Who created you at the first. Then will they shake their heads at thee, and say: When will it be? Say: It will perhaps be soon;

Dr. Ghali
Or (some) creation from among that which is (yet) greatly (admired) in your breasts!” Then they will soon say, “Who will bring us back?” Say, “The one who originated you the first time.” Then they will wag their heads at you and they will say, “When will it be?” Say, “It may be drawing near.”

Abdel Haleem
or any other substance you think hard to bring to life.’ Then they will say, ‘Who will bring us back?’ Say, ‘The One who created you the first time.’ Then they will shake their heads at you and say, ‘When will that be?’ Say, ‘It may well be very soon:

Quran 17 Verse 51 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Isra ayat 51, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(17:51) or any other form of creation you deem hardest of all (to recreate from).” They will certainly ask: “Who will bring us back (to life)?” Say: “He Who created you in the first instance.” They will shake their heads at you and inquire: “When will that be?”[55] Say: “Perhaps that time might have drawn near;


55. “They will shake their heads at you” in astonishment or to express doubt or disapproval or to scoff at you.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Al-Isra verse 51 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Isra ayat 49 which provides the complete commentary from verse 49 through 52.

Quick navigation links

Surah Al-Isra
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