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Surah Nazi’at Ayat 20 in Arabic Text

فَأَرَىٰهُ ٱلْـَٔايَةَ ٱلْكُبْرَىٰ
Fa araahul-aayatal kubra.

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 20

Sahih International
And he showed him the greatest sign,

Yusuf Ali
Then did (Moses) show him the Great Sign.

Abul Ala Maududi
Then Moses (went to Pharaoh and) showed him the Great Sign;

Muhsin Khan
Then [Musa (Moses)] showed him the great sign (miracles).

Pickthall
And he showed him the tremendous token.

Dr. Ghali
So he (Moses) showed him (Pharaoh) the greatest sign,

Abdel Haleem
Moses showed him the great sign,

Quran 79 Verse 20 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Nazi’at ayat 20, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(79:20) Then Moses (went to Pharaoh and) showed him the Great Sign;[9]


9. The great sign: The turning of the staff into a serpent, as has been mentioned at several places in the Quran. Obviously there could be no greater sign than that a lifeless staff should turn into a living serpent right in front of the eyes of the people, that it should devour the artificial serpents produced by the magicians out of their staffs and cords, and when the Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) should pick it up, it should become a walking stick again. This was proof that it was Allah, Lord of the worlds, Who had sent Moses (peace be upon him) as a Prophet.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah An-Naziat verse 20 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Naziat ayat 15 which provides the complete commentary from verse 15 through 26.

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