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Surah Najm Ayat 9 in Arabic Text

فَكَانَ قَابَ قَوْسَيْنِ أَوْ أَدْنَىٰ
Fakaana qaaba qawsaini aw adnaa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 9

Sahih International
And was at a distance of two bow lengths or nearer.

Yusuf Ali
And was at a distance of but two bow-lengths or (even) nearer;

Abul Ala Maududi
until he was two bows’ length away, or nearer.

Muhsin Khan
And was at a distance of two bows’ length or (even) nearer,

Pickthall
Till he was (distant) two bows’ length or even nearer,

Dr. Ghali
So he was at two bows (distance) or (even) closer (still).

Abdel Haleem
until he was two bow-lengths away or even closer––

Quran 53 Verse 9 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Najm ayat 9, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(53:9) until he was two bows’ length away, or nearer.[8]


8. That is, After appearing on the uppermost edge of the sky, Gabriel started advancing towards the Prophet (peace be upon him) till he reached and hung suspended about him in mid air. Then he bent down to him and came within just two bow-lengths or even closer. The commentators generally have taken qaba-qausain in the meaning of two bow-lengths, but Abdullah bin Abbas and Abdullah bin Masud have taken qaus in the meaning of a dhira (an armlength, cubit), and have interpreted the words kama qaba qausain, saying that the distance between them was reduced to only two arm-lengths. And since all bows are not equal in length, the approximate distance has been expressed by two bow-lengths away or even closer.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Tur verse 9 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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