Surah Qamar Ayat 24 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 24
And said, “Is it one human being among us that we should follow? Indeed, we would then be in error and madness.
For they said: “What! a man! a Solitary one from among ourselves! shall we follow such a one? Truly should we then be straying in mind, and mad!
saying: “Are we to follow a single mortal, one from among ourselves? If we do that, we shall surely be in error and folly.
For they said: “A man! Alone from among us, that we are to follow? Truly, then we should be in error and distress or madness!”
For they said; Is it a mortal man, alone among us, that we are to follow? Then indeed we should fall into error and madness.
So they said, “Should we closely follow a mortal, one out of ourselves? Lo, surely we are indeed in error and insanity!
they said, ‘What? A man? Why should we follow a lone man from amongst ourselves? That would be misguided; quite insane!
Quran 54 Verse 24 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Qamar ayat 24, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(54:24) saying: “Are we to follow a single mortal, one from among ourselves? If we do that, we shall surely be in error and folly.
17. In other words, there were three reasons for their refusal to obey and follow the Prophet Salih:
(1) He is a human being and not a super-human person so that we may regard him as superior to ourselves.
(2) He is a member of our own nation, he is in no way superior to us.
(3) He is a single man, one from among ourselves. He is not a prominent chief with a large following, or an army of soldiers. Or a host of attendants so that we may acknowledge his superiority. They wanted that a Prophet should either be a superman, or if he be a common man, he should not have been born in their own land and nation, but should have descended from above, or sent from another land, and if nothing else, he should at least have been a rich man, whose extraordinary splendor should make the people believe why Allah had selected him alone for the leadership of the nation. This same was the error of ignorance in which the disbelievers of Makkah were involved. They also refused to acknowledge the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a Prophet on the basis that he was a man who moved about in the streets like the common men, had been born among them only the other day and now was claiming that God had appointed him as a Prophet.
The tafsir of Surah Qamar verse 24 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Qamar ayat 23 which provides the complete commentary from verse 23 through 32.
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