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Surah Jinn Ayat 12 in Arabic Text

وَأَنَّا ظَنَنَّآ أَن لَّن نُّعۡجِزَ ٱللَّهَ فِي ٱلۡأَرۡضِ وَلَن نُّعۡجِزَهُۥ هَرَبٗا
Wa annaa zanan naaa al lan nu’jizal laaha fil ardi wa lan nu’jizahoo haraba

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 12

Sahih International
And we have become certain that we will never cause failure to Allah upon earth, nor can we escape Him by flight.

Yusuf Ali
‘But we think that we can by no means frustrate Allah throughout the earth, nor can we frustrate Him by flight.

Abul Ala Maududi
and that “we thought that we will neither be able to frustrate Allah on earth, nor frustrate Him by flight”;

Muhsin Khan
‘And we think that we cannot escape (from the punishment of) Allah in the earth, nor can we escape (from the punishment) by flight.

And we know that we cannot escape from Allah in the earth, nor can we escape by flight.

Dr. Ghali
And that we surmised that we can never defy Allah in the earth, and we can never defy Him by escaping.

Abdel Haleem
We know we can never frustrate God on earth; we can never escape Him.

Muhammad Junagarhi
اور ہم نے سمجھ لیا کہ ہم اللہ تعالیٰ کو زمین میں ہرگز عاجز نہیں کرسکتے اور نہ ہم بھاگ کر اسے ہرا سکتے ہیں

Quran 72 Verse 12 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Jinn ayat 12, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(72:12) and that “we thought that we will neither be able to frustrate Allah on earth, nor frustrate Him by flight”;[12]

12. That is, we were led by this very idea to the way of success. As we were not fearless of Allah and we believed that we would not be able to avoid His punishment if we disobeyed Him. So when we heard the divine revelation that had been sent to show the right way, we could not have the courage and boldness to persist in the beliefs that our foolish people had spread among us after we have known the truth.


The tafsir of Surah Jinn verse 12 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Jinn ayat 11 which provides the complete commentary from verse 11 through 17.

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