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Surah Nahl Ayat 15 in Arabic Text

وَأَلْقَىٰ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ رَوَٰسِىَ أَن تَمِيدَ بِكُمْ وَأَنْهَـٰرًۭا وَسُبُلًۭا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
Wa alqaa fil ardi rawaasiya an tameeda bikum wa anhaaranw wa sublulal la ‘allakum tahtadoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 15

Sahih International
And He has cast into the earth firmly set mountains, lest it shift with you, and [made] rivers and roads, that you may be guided,

Yusuf Ali
And He has set up on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with you; and rivers and roads; that ye may guide yourselves;

Abul Ala Maududi
And He has placed firm mountains on the earth lest it should move away from you, and has made rivers and tracks that you may find your way,

Muhsin Khan
And He has affixed into the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with you, and rivers and roads, that you may guide yourselves.

Pickthall
And He hath cast into the earth firm hills that it quake not with you, and streams and roads that ye may find a way.

Dr. Ghali
And He has cast in the earth anchorages (i.e., mountains) so that it should not reel with you, and rivers and ways that possibly you would be guided,

Abdel Haleem
He has made mountains stand firm on the earth, to prevent it shaking under you, and rivers and paths so that you may find your way,

Quran 16 Verse 15 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Nahl ayat 15, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(16:15) And He has placed firm mountains on the earth lest it should move away from you,[12] and has made rivers and tracks[13] that you may find your way,


12. This shows that the real function of mountains is to regulate the motion and speed of the earth. We have come to this conclusion, for the Quran has made this benefit of mountains very prominent in many places. Therefore, their other benefits should be regarded as incidental.

13. Natural ways are those routes which are formed along the banks of streams, ravines and rivers. Though the importance of these ways is great even in the plains, one feels their sore need, especially in the mountainous regions.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah An-Nahl verse 15 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nahl ayat 14 which provides the complete commentary from verse 14 through 18.

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