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Surah Naba Ayat 21 in Arabic Text

إِنَّ جَهَنَّمَ كَانَتْ مِرْصَادًۭا
Inna jahan nama kaanat mirsaada

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 21

Sahih International
Indeed, Hell has been lying in wait

Yusuf Ali
Truly Hell is as a place of ambush,

Abul Ala Maududi
Surely the Hell is an ambush,

Muhsin Khan
Truly, Hell is a place of ambush,

Pickthall
Lo! hell lurketh in ambush,

Dr. Ghali
Surely Hell has been observing, (i.e., in expectation of the criminals).

Abdel Haleem
Hell lies in wait,

Quran 78 Verse 21 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Naba ayat 21, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(78:21) Surely the Hell is an ambush,[14]


14. An ambush: a place contrived to entrap game by surprise. Hell has been described as an ambush, because the rebels of God are fearless of it and are enjoying life thinking that the world is a haven of bliss for them. They do not know that Hell is lying in ambush for them, which will trap them suddenly and keep them trapped.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Naba verse 20 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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