Surah Mursalat Ayat 16 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 16
Did We not destroy the former peoples?
Did We not destroy the men of old (for their evil)?
Did We not destroy many a nation of the earlier times?
Did We not destroy the ancients?
Destroyed We not the former folk,
Did We not cause the earliest people to perish;
Did We not destroy the first [of them]?
کیا ہم نے اگلوں کو ہلاک نہیں کیا؟
Quran verse 16 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Mursalat ayat 16, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(77:16) Did We not destroy many a nation of the earlier times?
8. This is an argument from history for the Hereafter, It means: Consider your own history in the world. Whichever nations denied the Hereafter and took this worldly life to be real life and based their moral attitude on the results appearing here regarding them as the criterion of good and evil, ultimately went to their doom without exception. This is a proof of the fact that the Hereafter is a reality overlooking and ignoring which causes the same kind of harm to a person which is caused when he chooses to close his eyes to the hard facts of life.” For further explanation, see (Surah Yunus, ayat 8) note 12; (Surah An-Naml, ayat 69) note 86, (Surah Ar-Rum, ayat 8) note 8, (Surah Saba, ayat 15) note 25.
16. Did We not destroy the ancients 17. So shall We make later generations to follow them. 18. Thus do We deal with the criminals. 19. Woe that Day to the deniers! 20. Did We not create you from a despised water 21. Then We placed it in a place of safety, 22. For a known period 23. So We did measure; and We are the best to measure. 24. Woe that Day to the deniers! 25. Have We not made the earth Kifat (a receptacle) 26. For the living and the dead 27. And have placed therein fixed towers, and have given you Furat water 28. Woe that Day to the deniers!
(Did We not destroy the ancients) meaning, those who rejected the Messengers and opposed what they came to them with.
(So shall We make later generations to follow them.) meaning, from those who are similar to them. Thus, Allah says,
(Thus do We deal with the criminals. Woe that Day to the deniers!) Ibn Jarir said this. Then Allah reminding His creatures of His favor, and using the beginning of creation to support the idea of repeating it, He says:
(Did We not create you from a despised water) meaning, weak and despised in comparison to the power of the Creator. This is similar to what has been reported in the Hadith of Busr bin Jahhash (that Allah says),
(“(O) Son of Adam ! How can you think that I am unable, and yet I created you from something like this (i.e., semen)”)
(Then We placed it in a place of safety,) meaning, `We gathered him in the womb, where the fluid of the man and the woman settles. The womb has been prepared for this, as a protector of the fluid deposited in it. Allah said:
(For a known period) meaning, for a fixed period of time, which is from six months to nine months. Thus, Allah says,
(So We did measure; and We are the best to measure. Woe that Day to the deniers!) Then Allah says,
(Have We not made the earth Kifat for the living and the dead) Ibn `Abbas said, “Kifat means a place of shelter.” Mujahid said, “It holds the dead so that nothing is seen of it.” Ash-Sha`bi said, “Its interior is for your dead and its surface is for your living.” Mujahid and Qatadah also said this.
(And have placed therein fixed towers,) meaning, the mountains. The earth is held in place with them so that it does not shake and sway.
(and have given you Furat water) meaning, cold and delicious water from the clouds or from what He causes to gush forth from the springs of the earth.
(Woe that Day to the deniers!) meaning, woe to whoever reflects upon these created things which demonstrate the greatness of their Creator, then after that continues to reject Him and disbelieve in Him.
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