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Surah Al-Kahf Ayat 80 in Arabic Text

وَأَمَّا ٱلْغُلَـٰمُ فَكَانَ أَبَوَاهُ مُؤْمِنَيْنِ فَخَشِينَآ أَن يُرْهِقَهُمَا طُغْيَـٰنًۭا وَكُفْرًۭا
Wa aammal ghulaamu fakaana abawaahu mu’minaini fakhasheenaaa any yurhiqa humaa tughyaananw wa kufraa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 80

Sahih International
And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared that he would overburden them by transgression and disbelief.

Yusuf Ali
“As for the youth, his parents were people of Faith, and we feared that he would grieve them by obstinate rebellion and ingratitude (to Allah and man).

Abul Ala Maududi
As for the lad, his parents were people of faith, and we feared lest he should plague them with transgression and disbelief,

Muhsin Khan
“And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared lest he should oppress them by rebellion and disbelief.

Pickthall
And as for the lad, his parents were believers and we feared lest he should oppress them by rebellion and disbelief.

Dr. Ghali
And as for the youth, then his parents (Literally: his two fathers) were believers; so we were apprehensive he would oppress them with (his) in ordinance and disbelief.

Abdel Haleem
The young boy had parents who were people of faith, and so, fearing he would trouble them through wickedness and disbelief,

Quran 18 Verse 80 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Kahf ayat 80, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(18:80) As for the lad, his parents were people of faith, and we feared lest he should plague them with transgression and disbelief,


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

Ibn-Kathir

80. “And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared he would oppress them by rebellion and disbelief.” 81. “So we intended that their Lord should exchange him for them for one better in righteousness and nearer to mercy.”


Interpretation of why the Boy was killed

Ibn `Abbas narrated from Ubayy bin Ka`b that the Prophet said:

«الْغُلَامُ الَّذِي قَتَلَهُ الْخَضِرُ طُبِعَ يَوْمَ طُبِعَ كَافِرًا»

(The boy Al-Khidr killed was destined to be a disbeliever from the day he was created.) It was recorded by Ibn Jarir from Ibn `Abbas. He said:

﴿فَكَانَ أَبَوَاهُ مُؤْمِنَيْنِ فَخَشِينَآ أَن يُرْهِقَهُمَا طُغْيَـناً وَكُفْراً﴾

(his parents were believers, and we feared he would oppress them by rebellion and disbelief) Their love for him might make them follow him in disbelief. Qatadah said, “His parents rejoiced when he was born and grieved for him when he was killed. If he had stayed alive, he would have been the cause of their doom. So let a man be content with the decree of Allah, for the decree of Allah for the believer, if he dislikes it, is better for him than if He were to decree something that he likes for him.” An authentic Hadith says;

«لَا يَقْضِي اللهُ لِلْمُؤْمِنِ مِنْ قَضَاءٍ إِلَّا كَانَ خَيْرًا لَه»

(Allah does not decree anything for the believer except it is good for him.) And Allah says:

﴿وَعَسَى أَن تَكْرَهُواْ شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ﴾

(and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you.) ﴿2:216﴾.

﴿فَأَرَدْنَآ أَن يُبْدِلَهُمَا رَبُّهُمَا خَيْراً مِّنْهُ زَكَـوةً وَأَقْرَبَ رُحْماً ﴾

(So we intended that their Lord should exchange him for them for one better in righteousness and nearer to mercy. ) A child who was better than this one, a child for whom they would feel more compassion. This was the view of Ibn Jurayj.

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