Surah Najm Ayat 16 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 16
When there covered the Lote Tree that which covered [it].
Behold, the Lote-tree was shrouded (in mystery unspeakable!)
(This was) when the lote-tree was covered with that which covered it.
When that covered the lote-tree which did cover it!
When that which shroudeth did enshroud the lote-tree,
As that which envelops did envelop the Lote-Tree.
when the tree was covered in nameless [splendour].
Quran 53 Verse 16 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Najm ayat 16, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(53:16) (This was) when the lote-tree was covered with that which covered it. 
12. That is, its splendor and glory exceeds all description. The divine glory and effulgence was such as can neither be conceived by man nor can any human language depict it adequately.
The tafsir of Surah Tur verse 16 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Tur ayat 5 which provides the complete commentary from verse 5 through 18.
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