Surah Qamar Ayat 23 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 23
Thamud denied the warning
The Thamud (also) rejected (their) Warners.
Thamud gave the lie to the warnings,
Thamud (people also) belied the warnings.
(The tribe of) Thamud rejected warnings
Thamûd cried lies to the warnings.
The people of Thamud also rejected the warnings:
Quran 54 Verse 23 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Qamar ayat 23, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(54:23) Thamud gave the lie to the warnings,
There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.
23. Thamud denied the warnings. 24. And they said: “A man, alone among us — shall we follow him Truly, then we should be in error and distress!” 25. “Is it that the Reminder is sent to him alone from among us Nay, he is an insolent liar!” 26. Tomorrow they will come to know who is the liar, the insolent one! 27. Verily, We are sending the she-camel as a test for them. So watch them, and be patient! 28. And inform them that the water is to be shared between (her and) them, each one’s right to drink being established (by turns). 29. But they called their comrade and he took (a sword) and killed (her). 30. Then, how was My torment and My warnings 31. Verily, We sent against them a single Sayhah, and they became like straw Al-Muhtazir. 32. And indeed, We have made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember; then is there any that will remember
Allah states here that the people of Thamud denied their Messenger Salih,
(And they said: “A man, alone among us — shall we follow him Truly, then we should be in error and distress!”) They said, `We would have earned failure and loss if we all submitted to a man from among us.’ They were amazed that the Reminder was sent to him alone among them, and therefore, accused him of being a liar,
(Nay, he is an insolent liar!), means, he has tresspassed the limits in his lies. Allah the Exalted responded,
(Tomorrow they will come to know who is the liar, the insolent one!), thus warning and threatening them and delivering a sure promise to them,
(Verily, We are sending the she-camel as a test for them.) To test and try the people of Thamud, Allah sent to them a superb, pregnant female camel that emerged from solid rock, according to their request, so that it would become a proof against them from Allah, the Exalted. Thereafter, they were supposed to believe in what was brought to them by Salih, peace be upon him. Allah ordered His servant and Messenger Salih,
(So watch them, and be patient!) Allah commanded, `await, O Salih, and see what will become of them and be patient; verily the better end will be yours and you will have success in this life and the Hereafter,’
(And inform them that the water is to be shared between them) one day for her to drink and one day for them to drink,
(He said: “Here is a she-camel: it has a right to drink, and you have a right to drink (water) on a day, known.”) (26:155) Allah’s statement,
(each one’s right to drink being established.) Mujahid said, “When she did not drink, they would drink the water, and when she drank, they would drink her milk.” Allah the Exalted said;
(But they called their comrade and he took and killed.) According to the Scholars of Tafsir, his name was Qudar bin Salif; he was the evilest among them,
(When the most wicked man among them went forth (to kill the she-camel).)(91:12) Allah said here,
(and he took) meaning to harm,
(and killed (her). Then, how was My torment and My warnings), `I tormented them, so how was the torment I sent on them because of their disbe- lief in Me and denying My Messenger’
(Verily, We sent against them a single Sayhah, and they became like straw Al-Muhtazir.) They all perished and none of them remained. They were no more, they died out, just as plants and grass dry and die out. As-Suddi said that they became like the dry grass in the desert when it becomes burned and the wind scatters it all about. Ibn Zayd said, “The Arabs used to erect fences (Hizar, from which the word, Al-Muhtazir, is derived) made of dried bushes, around their camels and cattle, so Allah said,
(like straw Al-Muhtazir.)
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