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Surah Naba Ayat 20 in Arabic Text

وَسُيِّرَتِ ٱلْجِبَالُ فَكَانَتْ سَرَابًا
Wa suyyi raatil jibaalu fa kaanat saraaba

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 20

Sahih International
And the mountains are removed and will be [but] a mirage.

Yusuf Ali
And the mountains shall vanish, as if they were a mirage.

Abul Ala Maududi
and the mountains will be set in motion and become a mirage.

Muhsin Khan
And the mountains shall be moved away from their places and they will be as if they were a mirage.

And the hills are set in motion and become as a mirage.

Dr. Ghali
And the mountains are made to travel, (and) so have become a mirage.

Abdel Haleem
when the mountains will vanish like a mirage.

Quran 78 Verse 20 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Naba ayat 20, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(78:20) and the mountains will be set in motion and become a mirage.[13]

13. One should bear in mind the fact that here also, as at many other places in the Quran, the different states of Resurrection have been mentioned all together. In the first verse, mention has been made of what will happen at the final sounding of the Trumpet and in the following two verses of the state which will appear at the second sounding of the Trumpet. This we have already explained in E.N. 10 of Surah Al-Haaqqah above. The heavens shall be opened means: All obstacles in the heavens will be removed and every heavenly calamity from every side will befall freely as though all doors for it were open and no door had remained closed to obstruct its happening. The mountains will be set in motion till they become as a mirage means: In no time will the mountains be uprooted from their places and then will be scattered away in particles leaving nothing but vast, empty sand plains behind. This same state has been described in Surah TaHa, thus: They ask you, well, where will the mountains go on that Day? Say to them: My Lord will reduce them to fine dust and scatter it away. He will turn the earth into an empty level plain, wherein you will neither see any curve nor crease. (verses 105-107 and the corresponding E. N . 83).


The tafsir of Surah Naba verse 19 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Naba ayat 17 which provides the complete commentary from verse 17 through 30.

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