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Surah Al-Kahf Ayat 74 in Arabic Text

فَٱنطَلَقَا حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا لَقِيَا غُلَـٰمًۭا فَقَتَلَهُۥ قَالَ أَقَتَلْتَ نَفْسًۭا زَكِيَّةًۢ بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍۢ لَّقَدْ جِئْتَ شَيْـًۭٔا نُّكْرًۭا
Fantalaqaa hattaa izaa laqiyaa ghulaaman faqatalahoo qaala aqatalta nafsan zakiy yatam bighairi nafs; laqad ji’ta shai’an nukraa (End Juz 15)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 74

Sahih International
So they set out, until when they met a boy, al-Khidh r killed him. [Moses] said, “Have you killed a pure soul for other than [having killed] a soul? You have certainly done a deplorable thing.”

Yusuf Ali
Then they proceeded: until, when they met a young man, he slew him. Moses said: “Hast thou slain an innocent person who had slain none? Truly a foul (unheard of) thing hast thou done!”

Abul Ala Maududi
Then the two went forth until they met a lad whom he slew, whereupon Moses exclaimed: “What! Have you slain an innocent person without his having slain anyone? Surely you have done a horrible thing.”

Muhsin Khan
Then they both proceeded, till they met a boy, he (Khidr) killed him. Musa (Moses) said: “Have you killed an innocent person who had killed none? Verily, you have committed a thing “Nukra” (a great Munkar – prohibited, evil, dreadful thing)!”

Pickthall
So they twain journeyed on till, when they met a lad, he slew him. (Moses) said: What! Hast thou slain an innocent soul who hath slain no man? Verily thou hast done a horrid thing.

Dr. Ghali
So they (both) went off until, when they (both) met a youth, then he killed him. He said, “Have you killed a most cleansed self without (his having killed another) self? Indeed you have already come with a (highly) maleficent thing.”

Abdel Haleem
And so they travelled on. Then, when they met a young boy and the man killed him, Moses said, ‘How could you kill an innocent person? He has not killed anyone! What a terrible thing to do!’

Quran 18 Verse 74 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Kahf ayat 74, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(18:74) Then the two went forth until they met a lad whom he slew, whereupon Moses exclaimed: “What! Have you slain an innocent person without his having slain anyone? Surely you have done a horrible thing.”


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

74. Then they both proceeded till they met a boy, and he (Khidr) killed him. Musa said: “Have you killed an innocent person without Nafs Verily, you have committed a thing Nukr!” 75. He said: “Did I not tell you that you can have no patience with me” 76. He said: “If I ask you anything after this, keep me not in your company, you have received an excuse from me.”


The Story of killing the Boy

﴿فَانطَلَقَا﴾

(Then they both proceeded,) means, after the first incident,

﴿حَتَّى إِذَا لَقِيَا غُلاَمًا فَقَتَلَهُ﴾

(till they met a boy, and he (Khidr) killed him.) It has been stated previously that this boy was playing with other boys in one of the towns, and that Al-Khidr deliberately singled him out. He was the finest and most handsome of them all, and Al-Khidr killed him. When Musa, peace be upon him, saw that he denounced him even more fervently than in the first case, and said hastily:

﴿أَقَتَلْتَ نَفْسًا زَكِيَّةً﴾

(Have you killed an innocent person) meaning, a young person who had not yet committed any sin or done anything wrong, yet you killed him

﴿بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍ﴾

(without Nafs) with no reason for killing him.

﴿لَّقَدْ جِئْتَ شَيْئاً نُّكْراً﴾

(Verily, you have committed a thing Nukr!) meaning, something that is clearly evil.

﴿قَالَ أَلَمْ أَقُلْ لَّكَ إِنَّكَ لَن تَسْتَطِيعَ مَعِىَ صَبْراً ﴾

(He said: “Did I not tell you that you can have no patience with me”) Once again, Al-Khidr reiterates the condition set in the first place, so Musa says to him:

﴿إِن سَأَلْتُكَ عَن شَىْءٍ بَعْدَهَا﴾

(If I ask you anything after this,) meaning, `if I object to anything else you do after this,’

﴿فَلاَ تُصَاحِبْنِى قَدْ بَلَغْتَ مِن لَّدُنِّى عُذْراً﴾

(keep me not in your company, you have received an excuse from me.) `you have accepted my apology twice.’ Ibn Jarir narrated from Ibn `Abbas that Ubayy bin Ka`b said: “Whenever the Prophet mentioned anyone, he would pray for himself first. One day he said:

«رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْنَا وَعَلَى مُوسَى لَوْ لَبِثَ مَعَ صَاحِبِهِ لَأَبْصَرَ الْعَجَبَ، وَلَكِنَّهُ قَالَ:

﴿إِن سَأَلْتُكَ عَن شَىْءٍ بَعْدَهَا فَلاَ تُصَاحِبْنِى قَدْ بَلَغْتَ مِن لَّدُنِّى عُذْراً﴾»

(May the mercy of Allah be upon us and upon Musa. If he had stayed with his companion he would have seen wonders, but he said, (`If I ask you anything after this, keep me not in your company, you have received an excuse from me.’))”

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