Surah Najm Ayat 34 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 34
And gave a little and [then] refrained?
Gives a little, then hardens (his heart)?
who gave a little, and then stopped?
And gave a little, then stopped (giving)?
And gave a little, then was grudging?
And gives little and (then) parsimoniously?
he only gave a little and then he stopped.
Quran 53 Verse 34 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Najm ayat 34, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(53:34) who gave a little, and then stopped?
34. The reference is to Walid bin Mughirah who was one of the prominent chiefs of the Quraish. According to Ibn Jarir Tabari, this person had first become inclined to accept the invitation of the Prophet (peace be upon him), but when a polytheist friend of his came to know of his intention to become a Muslim, he counseled him not to give up his ancestral faith, and asked him that if he was afraid of the punishment of the Hereafter, he should pay him a certain amount of money and he would take the responsibility to suffer the punishment on his behalf. Walid accepted the offer and turned away from Allah’s way. Then he paid only a little of the amount that he had promised to his polytheist friend and withheld the rest, The allusion to this incident was meant to toll the disbelievers of Makkah what kind of errors and follies they were involved in because of their heedlessness of the Hereafter and their ignorance of the divine religion.
The tafsir of Surah Tur verse 34 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Tur ayat 33 which provides the complete commentary from verse 33 through 41.
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