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Surah Jinn Ayat 9 in Arabic Text

وَأَنَّا كُنَّا نَقْعُدُ مِنْهَا مَقَـٰعِدَ لِلسَّمْعِ ۖ فَمَن يَسْتَمِعِ ٱلْـَٔانَ يَجِدْ لَهُۥ شِهَابًۭا رَّصَدًۭا
Wa annaa kunnaa naq’udu minhaa maqaa’ida lis’sam’i famany yastami’il ‘aana yajid lahoo shihaabar rasada

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 9

Sahih International
And we used to sit therein in positions for hearing, but whoever listens now will find a burning flame lying in wait for him.

Yusuf Ali
‘We used, indeed, to sit there in (hidden) stations, to (steal) a hearing; but any who listen now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush.

Abul Ala Maududi
and that “we would take up stations in the heaven to try to hear but anyone who now attempts to listen finds a shooting meteor in wait for him”;

Muhsin Khan
‘And verily, we used to sit there in stations, to (steal) a hearing, but any who listens now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush.

Pickthall
And we used to sit on places (high) therein to listen. But he who listeneth now findeth a flame in wait for him;

Dr. Ghali
And that we used to sit (there) on seats for (over)hearing; yet whoever listens now finds a flaming (meteor) (closely) observing him.

Abdel Haleem
we used to sit in places there, listening, but anyone trying to listen now will find a shooting star lying in wait for him––

Quran 72 Verse 9 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Jinn ayat 9, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(72:9) and that “we would take up stations in the heaven to try to hear but anyone who now attempts to listen finds a shooting meteor in wait for him”;[9]


9. This is the reason why these jinn were now out searching as to what particularly had happened or was going to happen on the earth, which had necessitated strict security measures against eavesdropping so that they were driven away from wherever they tried to eavesdrop in any way.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Jinn verse 9 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Jinn ayat 8 which provides the complete commentary from verse 8 through 10.

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