Surah Nahl Ayat 4 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 4
He created man from a sperm-drop; then at once, he is a clear adversary.
He has created man from a sperm-drop; and behold this same (man) becomes an open disputer!
He created man out of a mere drop of fluid, and lo! he turned into an open wrangler.
He has created man from Nutfah (mixed drops of male and female sexual discharge), then behold, this same (man) becomes an open opponent.
He hath created man from a drop of fluid, yet behold! he is an open opponent.
He created man of a sperm-drop; yet, (behold) how he is an evident adversary.
He created man from a drop of fluid, and yet man openly challenges Him.
Quran 16 Verse 4 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Nahl ayat 4, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(16:4) He created man out of a mere drop of fluid, and lo! he turned into an open wrangler.
7. This has two meanings and both are meant here.
(1) Though Allah created man from an insignificant spermdrop, he is capable of arguing and giving reasons in support of his claim.
(2) Man who has such an insignificant origin, has become so vain that he does not hesitate to dispute even with his Creator.
If considered in its first sense, it is a chain in the series of arguments given in many succeeding verses to prove the truth of the message of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Please refer to (E.N. 15). If taken in the second sense, it is meant to warn man that he should not forget the insignificant origin of his existence while engaged in his rebellious arguments against his Creator. If he remembered the different stages of his humiliating birth and growth, he would consider many times before he assumed a haughty and rebellious attitude towards his Creator.
The tafsir of Surah An-Nahl verse 3 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nahl ayat 3 which provides the complete commentary from verse 3 through 4.
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