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Surah Ma’arij Ayat 40 in Arabic Text

فَلَآ أُقْسِمُ بِرَبِّ ٱلْمَشَـٰرِقِ وَٱلْمَغَـٰرِبِ إِنَّا لَقَـٰدِرُونَ
Falaaa uqsimu bi Rabbil mashaariqi wal maghaaribi innaa laqaadiroon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 40

Sahih International
So I swear by the Lord of [all] risings and settings that indeed We are able

Yusuf Ali
Now I do call to witness the Lord of all points in the East and the West that We can certainly-

Abul Ala Maududi
I swear by the Lord of the easts and the wests that We have the power

Muhsin Khan
So I swear by the Lord of all [the three hundred and sixty (360)] points of sunrise and sunset in the east and the west that surely We are Able

But nay! I swear by the Lord of the rising-places and the setting-places of the planets that We verily are Able

Dr. Ghali
Yet no, I swear by The Lord of the easts and the wests; surely We are indeed (the) Determiners.

Abdel Haleem
and, by the Lord of every sunrise and sunset, We have the power

Quran 70 Verse 40 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ma’arij ayat 40, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(70:40) I swear[27] by the Lord of the easts and the wests[28] that We have the power

27. That is, the truth is not that which these people think it is.

28. Here, Allah has sworn an oath by Himself. The words Easts and Wests have been used because the sun rises and sets at a new angle every day during the year, and goes on rising and setting successively at different times around the globe. Thus considered the Easts and the Wests are not one but many. From another point of view as against the north and the south there is a direction of east and a direction of west. On this basis in( Surah Ash-Shuara, Ayat 28) and( Surah Al-Muzzammi1, Ayat 19 )the words Rabb-ulrnashriqi wal-maghrib have been used. From still another view-point the earth has two easts and two wests, for when the sun sets on one hemisphere, it rises on the other. On this basis the words Rabb-ul-mashriqayn wa Rabb-ulmaghribayn (Lord of two easts and two wests) have been used in (Surah Ar-Rahman, Ayat 17). (For further explanation, see (E.N. 17 of Surah Ar-Rahman).


The tafsir of Surah Al-Ma’arij verse 40 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Maarij ayat 36 which provides the complete commentary from verse 36 through 44.

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