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Surah An-Naml Ayat 50 in Arabic Text

وَمَكَرُوا۟ مَكْرًۭا وَمَكَرْنَا مَكْرًۭا وَهُمْ لَا يَشْعُرُونَ
Wa makaroo makranw wa makarnaa makranw wa hum laa yash’uroon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 50

Sahih International
And they planned a plan, and We planned a plan, while they perceived not.

Yusuf Ali
They plotted and planned, but We too planned, even while they perceived it not.

Abul Ala Maududi
Thus they planned and We too planned, the while they did not know.

Muhsin Khan
So they plotted a plot, and We planned a plan, while they perceived not.

Pickthall
So they plotted a plot: and We plotted a plot, while they perceived not.

Dr. Ghali
And they schemed a scheme, and We schemed a scheme, and they were not aware.

Abdel Haleem
So they devised their evil plan, but We too made a plan of which they were unaware.

Quran 27 Verse 50 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah An-Naml ayat 50, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(27:50) Thus they planned and We too planned, the while they did not know.[65]


65. That is, “Before they could make the night attack on the Prophet Salih (peace be upon him) at the appointed time, Allah sent down His scourge which destroyed their whole nation completely. It appears that they made this plot after hamstringing the she-camel. According to (Surah Hud: Ayat 65), when they had killed the she-camel, Prophet Salih (peace be upon him) gave them a notice to enjoy life in their houses for three more days, for then they would be seized by the torment. At this they might have thought that the torment with which Salih (peace be upon him) threatened them might come or might not, but they must take the vengeance on Salih himself. Therefore, most probably they chose the same night for the attack which Allah had appointed for sending down the torment, and thus were struck down by Allah even before they could touch the Prophet Salih (peace be upon him).”

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Naml verse 50 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Naml ayat 48 which provides the complete commentary from verse 48 through 53.

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