Surah Qaf Ayat 6 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 6
Have they not looked at the heaven above them – how We structured it and adorned it and [how] it has no rifts?
Do they not look at the sky above them?- How We have made it and adorned it, and there are no flaws in it?
Did they never observe the sky above them: how We built it and beautified it; and it has no cracks;
Have they not looked at the heaven above them, how We have made it and adorned it, and there are no rifts in it?
Have they not then observed the sky above them, how We have constructed it and beautified it, and how there are no rifts therein?
Have they not then looked at the heaven above them, how We have built it, and adorned it, and (how) in no way has it any rifts?
Do they not see the sky above them––how We have built and adorned it, with no rifts in it;
Quran 50 Verse 6 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Qaf ayat 6, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(50:6) Did they never observe the sky above them: how We built it and beautified it; and it has no cracks;
6. Here, by the sky is implied the whole firmament that man finds spread over him, day and night, in which the sun shines in the day and the moon and countless stars glitter at night, which amazes him even when he sees it with the bare eye, but which appears as a vast, limitless universe when he looks at it through the telescope.
7. This universe seems to be starting from nowhere and ending nowhere. Millions of times larger planets than our earth are moving in it like tiny balls; thousands of times brighter stars than our sun are shining in it our this entire solar system is located in a corner of its only one galaxy; only in this one galaxy there exist at least three thousand million other stars like our own sun, and man’s observation has so far discovered one million such galaxies. Out of the millions of galaxies our nearest, neighboring galaxy is so distant from us that its light reaches the earth in ten million years traveling at the speed of 186,000 miles per second. This shows the vastness of that part of the universe which has so far been observed and explored by man. As to how vast is the entire universe of God we have no means to estimate and judge. May be that the known universe of man does not bear with the entire universe even that ratio which a drop of water bears with the ocean. If about the God Who has brought this huge and wonderful universe into being, this tiny talking animal, called man, who creeps on the earth, asserts that He cannot recreate him once again after death, it would be due to narrowness of his own mind. The power of the Creator of the universe would not at all be affected by it.
8. That is, in spite of its amazing vastness the wonderful order of the universe is so coherent and firm and its composition so perfect that there is no crack or cleft in it, and its continuity breaks nowhere. This can be understood by an example. Radio astronomers of the present age have observed a galactic system which they have named Source 3C 295. They think that its rays which are now reaching us might have left it more than four thousand million years ago. The question is: How could it be possible for the rays to reach the earth from such a distant source had the continuity and coherence of the universe between the earth and the galaxy been broken somewhere and its composition been split at some point. Allah, in fact, alludes to this reality and puts this question before man: When you cannot point out even a small breach in this system of My universe, how did the concept of any weakness in My power enter your mind, that after the respite of your test is over, if I like to bring you back to life to subject you to accountability before Me, would I not be able to do so?
This is not only a proof of the possibility of the Hereafter but also a proof of Tauhid. These rays’ reaching the earth from a distance of four thousand million light years and being detected by the man made instruments expressly point to the fact that from the galaxy to the earth the entire world has been made up of one and the same substance continuously, one and the same kind of the forces are working in it, and they are functioning according to the same laws without any difference and disparity. Were it not so, the rays could neither have reached here, nor detected by the instruments which man had made after understanding the laws working on the earth and its surroundings. This proves that One God alone is the Creator of this whole universe and its Master and Ruler and Controller.
6. Have they not looked at the heaven above them, how We have made it and adorned it, and there are no Furuj in it 7. And the earth! We have spread it out, and set thereon Rawasi standing firm, and We planted in it every lovely (Bahij) pair. 8. An insight and a Reminder for every servant who turns to Allah in repentance. 9. And We send down blessed water (rain) from the sky, then We produce therewith Jannat and grain that are reaped. 10. And date palms Basiqat, with arranged clusters. 11. A provision for the servants. And We give life therewith to a dead land. Thus will be the Resurrection.
Allah the Exalted notifies the servants of His infinite power, which He demonstrated by creating what is bigger than that which they wondered about and whose possibility they discount,
(Have they not looked at the heaven above them, how We have made it and adorned it,) with lamps;
(and there are no Furuj in it) i.e., clefts, according to Mujahid. Others said that Furuj means, rifts, or cracks. All these meanings are close to one another. Allah the Exalted and Most Honored said,
(Who has created the seven heavens one above another; you can see no fault in the creation of the Most Gracious. Then look again: “Can you see any rifts” Then look again and yet again, your sight will return to you in a state of humiliation and worn out.) (67:2-4) fatigued, unable to discover any imperfection or shortcomings. The statement of Allah the Exalted, the Blessed,
(And the earth! We have spread it out, ) means, `We made it spacious and spread it out,’
(and set thereon Rawasi standing firm.) which are the mountains to save the earth from shaking along with its inhabitants,
(and We planted in it every lovely (Bahij) pair.) every kind and species of plant, fruit and vegetation,
(And of everything We have created pairs that you may reflect.)(51:49) Allah’s saying `Bahij’, meaning a beautiful scene,
(An insight and a Reminder for every servant who turns to Allah in repentance.) Allah says that observing the creation of the heavens and earth and all the great things that He has placed in them provides insight, proof and a lesson for every penitent servant who submits in humbleness and repentance to Allah feeling fear, in awe of Him. Allah the Exalted said,
(And We send down blessed water from the sky,) meaning beneficial,
(then We produce therewith Jannat), means special and public parks, gardens, etc.
(and grain that are reaped) grains that are harvested for food and for storage for later use,
(And date palms Basiqat,) meaning, tall and high, according to the explanation reported from Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid, `Ikrimah, Al-Hasan, Qatadah and As-Suddi. Allah said,
(with arrranged clusters.) producing fruits arranged in clusters,
(A provision for (Allah’s) servants.) for (Allah’s) creation,
(And We give life therewith to a dead land.) this is the land that was barren. However, when rain falls upon it, it is stirred to life; it swells and produces all of the lovely pairs such as flowers and the like — amazing on account of their beauty. All of this comes into existence after the land was without greenery, yet it was stirred back to life and became green. Indeed, this should provide proof of Resurrection after death and disintegration; thus Allah resurrects the dead. This sign of Allah’s ability that is seen and witnessed is greater than the denial of those who discount the possibility of Resurrection. Allah the Exalted and Most Honored said in other Ayat,
(The creation of the heavens and the earth is indeed greater than the creation of mankind;) (40:57),
(Do they not see that Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and was not wearied by their creation, is able to give life to the dead Yes, He surely is Able to do all things.)(46:33) and,
(And among His signs (is this), that you see the earth barren; but when We send down water to it, it is stirred to life and growth. Verily, He Who gives it life, surely is able to give life to the dead. Indeed He is Able to do all things.)(41:39)
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