Surah Nahl Ayat 38 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 38
And they swear by Allah their strongest oaths [that] Allah will not resurrect one who dies. But yes – [it is] a true promise [binding] upon Him, but most of the people do not know.
They swear their strongest oaths by Allah, that Allah will not raise up those who die: Nay, but it is a promise (binding) on Him in truth: but most among mankind realise it not.
They swear most solemnly in the name of Allah and say: “Allah shall not raise to life any who dies.” (Yes, He will do so); that is a promise by which He is bound, even though most people do not know that.
And they swear by Allah their strongest oaths, that Allah will not raise up him who dies. Yes, (He will raise them up), a promise (binding) upon Him in truth, but most of mankind know not.
And they swear by Allah their most binding oaths (that) Allah will not raise up him who dieth. Nay, but it is a promise (binding) upon Him in truth, but most of mankind know not,
And they have sworn by Allah the most earnest oaths (that) Allah will not make him who dies to rise again. Yes indeed, it is a promise truly (binding) upon Him; but most of mankind do not know.
They have sworn by God with their strongest oaths that He will not raise the dead to life. But He will- it is His binding promise, though most people do not realize it-
وه لوگ بڑی سخت سخت قسمیں کھا کھا کر کہتے ہیں کہ مردوں کو اللہ تعالیٰ زنده نہیں کرے گا۔ کیوں نہیں ضرور زنده کرے گا یہ تو اس کا برحق ﻻزمی وعده ہے، لیکن اکثر لوگ جانتے نہیں
Quran 16 Verse 38 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Nahl ayat 38, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(16:38) They swear most solemnly in the name of Allah and say: “Allah shall not raise to life any who dies.” (Yes, He will do so); that is a promise by which He is bound, even though most people do not know that.
There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.
38. And they swear by Allah with their strongest oaths, that Allah will not raise up one who dies. Yes, (He will raise them up), a promise (binding) upon Him in truth, but most of mankind know not. 39. In order that He may make clear to them what they differed over, and so that those who disbelieved may know that they were liars. 40. Verily, Our Word to a thing when We intend it, is only that We say unto it: “Be!” – and it is.
Allah tells us that the idolators swore by Allah their strongest oaths, meaning that they made oaths swore fervently that Allah would not resurrect the one who died. They considered that to be improbable, and did not believe the Messengers when they told them about that, swearing that it could not happen. Allah said, refuting them:
(Yes), meaning it will indeed happen,
(a promise (binding) upon Him in truth,) – meaning it is inevitable,
(but most of mankind know not.) means, because of their ignorance they oppose the Messengers and fall into disbelief. Then Allah mentions His wisdom and the reason why He will resurrect mankind physically on the Day of Calling (between the people of Fire and of Paradise). He says,
(In order that He may make clear to them) means, to mankind,
(what they differed over,) means, every dispute.
(that He may requite those who do evil with that which they have done (i. e. punish them in Hell), and reward those who do good, with what is best (i.e. Paradise).) (53:31)
(and so that those who disbelieved may know that they were liars.) meaning that they lied in their oaths and their swearing that Allah would not resurrect those who die. Thus they will be pushed down by force to the Fire with horrible force on the Day of Resurrection, and the guards of Hell will say to them:
(This is the Fire which you used to belie. Is this magic or do you not see Taste its heat, and whether you are tolerant of it or intolerant of it – it is all the same. You are only being requited for what you have done.) (52:14-16). Then Allah tells us about His ability to do whatever He wills, and that nothing is impossible for Him on earth or in heaven. When He wants a thing, all He has to do is say to it “Be!” and it is. The Resurrection is one such thing, when He wants it to happen, all He will have to do is issue the command once, and it will happen as He wills, as He says:
(And Our commandment is but one as the twinkling of an eye) (54:50) and,
(The creation of you all and the resurrection of you all are only as (the creation and resurrection of) a single person. ) ﴿31:28﴾ And in this Ayah, Allah says:
(Verily, Our Word to a thing when We intend it, is only that We say to it: “Be!” – and it is.) meaning, We issue the command once, and then it happens. Allah does not need to repeat or confirm whatever He commands, because there is nothing that can stop Him or oppose Him. He is the One, the Compelling, the Almighty, whose power, might and dominion have subjected all things. None has the right to be worshipped except Him, and there is no Lord other than Him.
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