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Surah An-Naml Ayat 71 in Arabic Text

وَيَقُولُونَ مَتَىٰ هَـٰذَا ٱلْوَعْدُ إِن كُنتُمْ صَـٰدِقِينَ
Wa yaqooloona mataa haazal wa’du in kuntum saadiqeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 71

Sahih International
And they say, “When is [the fulfillment of] this promise, if you should be truthful?”

Yusuf Ali
They also say: “When will this promise (come to pass)? (Say) if ye are truthful.”

Abul Ala Maududi
They also say: “Tell us when this threat will come to pass, if you are truthful.”

Muhsin Khan
And they (the disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) say: “When (will) this promise (be fulfilled), if you are truthful?”

Pickthall
And they say: When (will) this promise (be fulfilled), if ye are truthful?

Dr. Ghali
And they say, “When will this promise (come to pass), in case you are sincere?”

Abdel Haleem
They also say, ‘When will this promise be fulfilled if what you say is true?’

Quran 27 Verse 71 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah An-Naml ayat 71, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(27:71) They also say: “Tell us when this threat will come to pass, if you are truthful.”[88]


88. The same threat which is implied in the preceding verse. What they meant was: “When will the scourge with which you threaten us overtake us? Why are we not being punished when we have not only rejected you but have also done whatever we could to frustrate your mission?”

Ibn-Kathir

71. And they say: “When this promise, if you are truthful” 72. Say: “Perhaps that which you wish to hasten on, may be close behind you.” 73. Verily, your Lord is full of grace for mankind, yet most of them do not give thanks. 74. And verily, your Lord knows what their breasts conceal and what they reveal. 75. And there is nothing hidden in the heaven and the earth but it is in a Clear Book.) Allah tells us about how the idolators asked about the Day of Resurrection, but thought it unlikely that it would ever come to pass.


﴿وَيَقُولُونَ مَتَى هَـذَا الْوَعْدُ إِن كُنتُمْ صَـدِقِينَ ﴾

(And they say: “When (will) this promise (be fulfilled), if you are truthful”) Allah said, responding to them:

﴿قُلْ﴾

(Say) `O Muhammad,’

﴿عَسَى أَن يَكُونَ رَدِفَ لَكُم بَعْضُ الَّذِى تَسْتَعْجِلُونَ﴾

(Perhaps that which you wish to hasten on, may be close behind you.) Ibn `Abbas said, “That which you wish to hasten on has come close to you, or some of it has come close.” This was also the view of Mujahid, Ad-Dahhak, `Ata Al-Khurasani, Qatadah and As-Suddi. This is also what is meant in the Ayat:

﴿وَيَقُولُونَ مَتَى هُوَ قُلْ عَسَى أَن يَكُونَ قَرِيبًا﴾

(And they say: “When will that be” Say: “Perhaps it is near!”) (17:51)

﴿يَسْتَعْجِلُونَكَ بِالْعَذَابِ وَإِنَّ جَهَنَّمَ لَمُحِيطَةٌ بِالْكَـفِرِينَ ﴾

(They ask you to hasten on the torment. And verily, Hell, of a surety, will encompass the disbelievers) (29:54).

﴿عَسَى أَن يَكُونَ رَدِفَ لَكُم﴾

(may be close behind you.) means, it is being hastened for you. This was reported from Mujahid. Then Allah says:

﴿وَإِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَذُو فَضْلٍ عَلَى النَّاسِ﴾

(Verily, your Lord is full of grace for mankind,) meaning, He abundantly bestows His blessings on them even though they wrong themselves, yet despite that they do not give thanks for those blessings, except for a few of them.

﴿وَإِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَيَعْلَمُ مَا تُكِنُّ صُدُورُهُمْ وَمَا يُعْلِنُونَ ﴾

(And verily, your Lord knows what their breasts conceal and what they reveal.) means, He knows what is hidden in their hearts just as He knows what is easily visible.

﴿سَوَآءٌ مِّنْكُمْ مَّنْ أَسَرَّ الْقَوْلَ وَمَنْ جَهَرَ بِهِ﴾

(It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceals his speech or declares it openly) (13:10),

﴿يَعْلَمُ السِّرَّ وَأَخْفَى﴾

(He knows the secret and that which is yet more hidden) (20: 7),

﴿أَلا حِينَ يَسْتَغْشُونَ ثِيَابَهُمْ يَعْلَمُ مَا يُسِرُّونَ وَمَا يُعْلِنُونَ﴾

(Surely, even when they cover themselves with their garments, He knows what they conceal and what they reveal) (11:5). Then Allah tells us that He is the Knower of the unseen in the heavens and on earth, and that He is the Knower of the unseen and the seen, i.e., that which is unseen by His servants and that which they can see. And Allah says:

﴿وَمَا مِنْ غَآئِبَةٍ﴾

(and there is nothing hidden) Ibn `Abbas said, “This means, there is nothing

﴿فِى السَّمَآءِ وَالاٌّرْضِ إِلاَّ فِى كِتَـبٍ مُّبِينٍ﴾

(in the heaven and the earth but it is in a Clear Book.) This is like the Ayah,

﴿أَلَمْ تَعْلَمْ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا فِى السَّمَآءِ وَالاٌّرْضِ إِنَّ ذلِكَ فِى كِتَـبٍ إِنَّ ذلِكَ عَلَى اللَّهِ يَسِيرٌ ﴾

(Know you not that Allah knows all that is in the heaven and on the earth Verily, it is (all) in the Book. Verily, that is easy for Allah.) (22:70)

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