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Surah Jinn Ayat 16 in Arabic Text

وَأَلَّوِ ٱسْتَقَـٰمُوا۟ عَلَى ٱلطَّرِيقَةِ لَأَسْقَيْنَـٰهُم مَّآءً غَدَقًۭا
Wa alla wis taqaamoo ‘alat tareeqati la asqaynaahum maa’an ghadaqa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 16

Sahih International
And [Allah revealed] that if they had remained straight on the way, We would have given them abundant provision

Yusuf Ali
(And Allah’s Message is): “If they (the Pagans) had (only) remained on the (right) Way, We should certainly have bestowed on them Rain in abundance.

Abul Ala Maududi
If people were to keep firmly to the Right Way, We would have vouchsafed them abundant rain

Muhsin Khan
If they (non-Muslims) had believed in Allah, and went on the Right Way (i.e. Islam) We should surely have bestowed on them water (rain) in abundance.

If they (the idolaters) tread the right path, We shall give them to drink of water in abundance

Dr. Ghali
And that if they had gone straight on the right mode (of life), indeed We would have made them to drink copious water.

Abdel Haleem
If they had taken to the right way, We would have given them abundant water to drink-

Quran 72 Verse 16 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Jinn ayat 16, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(72:16) If[15] people were to keep firmly to the Right Way, We would have vouchsafed them abundant rain[16]

15. The conversation of the jinn having come to an end, with this begins the speech of Allah.

16. This is the same thing as has been said in( Surah Nooh, Ayats 10-11). Seek forgiveness of Allah. He will send abundant rains for you from heaven. (For explanation, see( E.N. 12 of Surah Nooh). Abundance of water has been used for abundance of blessings metaphorically for human life, and habitations also depend on water. Without water there can be no human settlement, nor can man’s basic needs be fulfilled, nor his industries work and prosper.


The tafsir of Surah Jinn verse 16 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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