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Surah Al-Qasas Ayat 21 in Arabic Text

فَخَرَجَ مِنْهَا خَآئِفًۭا يَتَرَقَّبُ ۖ قَالَ رَبِّ نَجِّنِى مِنَ ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ
Fakharaja minhaa khaaa ‘ifany-yataraqqab; qaala Rabbi najjinee minal qawmiz zaalimeen (section 2)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 21

Sahih International
So he left it, fearful and anticipating [apprehension]. He said, “My Lord, save me from the wrongdoing people.”

Yusuf Ali
He therefore got away therefrom, looking about, in a state of fear. He prayed “O my Lord! save me from people given to wrong-doing.”

Abul Ala Maududi
Soon after hearing this Moses departed in a state of fear, looking around as one in apprehension and prayed: “My Lord, deliver me from these unjust people.”

Muhsin Khan
So he escaped from there, looking about in a state of fear. He said: “My Lord! Save me from the people who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers)!”

Pickthall
So he escaped from thence, fearing, vigilant. He said: My Lord! Deliver me from the wrongdoing folk.

Dr. Ghali
So he went out of it, frightened and on the watch. He said, “Lord! Safely deliver me from the unjust people.”

Abdel Haleem
So Moses left the city, fearful and wary, and prayed, ‘My Lord, save me from people who do wrong.’

Quran 28 Verse 21 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Qasas ayat 21, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(28:21) Soon after hearing this Moses departed in a state of fear, looking around as one in apprehension and prayed: “My Lord, deliver me from these unjust people.”


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

21. So he escaped from there, looking about in a state of fear. He said: “My Lord! Save me from the people who are wrongdoers!” 22. And when he went towards Madyan, he said: “It may be that my Lord guides me to the right way.” 23. And when he arrived at the water of Madyan, he found there a group of men watering, and besides them he found two women who were keeping back (their flocks). He said: “What is the matter with you” They said: “We cannot water (our flocks) until the shepherds take (their flocks). And our father is a very old man.” 24. So he watered (their flocks) for them, then he turned back to shade, and said: “My Lord! Truly, I am in need of whatever good that You bestow on me!”


Musa, peace be upon him, in Madyan, and how He watered the Flocks of the Two Women

When the man told Musa about how Fir`awn and his chiefs were conspiring against him, he left Egypt on his own. He was not used to being alone, because before that he had been living a life of luxury and ease, in a position of leadership.

﴿فَخَرَجَ مِنْهَا خَآئِفاً يَتَرَقَّبُ﴾

(So he escaped from there, looking about in a state of fear.) meaning, turning around and watching.

﴿قَالَ رَبِّ نَجِّنِى مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّـلِمِينَ﴾

(My Lord! Save me from the people who are wrongdoers!) means, from Fir`awn and his chiefs. It was mentioned that Allah sent to him an angel riding a horse, who showed him the way. And Allah knows best.

﴿وَلَمَّا تَوَجَّهَ تِلْقَآءَ مَدْيَنَ﴾

(And when he went towards (the land of) Madyan,) means, he took a smooth and easy route — and he rejoiced because of that.

﴿قَالَ عَسَى رَبِّى أَن يَهْدِيَنِى سَوَآءَ السَّبِيلِ﴾

(he said: “It may be that my Lord guides me to the right way.”) meaning, the most straight route. And Allah did indeed do that, for He guided him to the straight path in this world and the Hereafter, and caused him to be guided and to guide others.

﴿وَلَمَّا وَرَدَ مَآءَ مَدْيَنَ﴾

(And when he arrived at the water (a well) of Madyan,) means, when he reached Madyan and went to drink from its water, for it had a well where shepherds used to water their flocks,

﴿وَجَدَ عَلَيْهِ أُمَّةً مِّنَ النَّاسِ يَسْقُونَ وَوَجَدَ مِن دُونِهِمُ امْرَأَتَينِ تَذُودَانِ﴾

(he found there a group of men watering, and besides them he found two women who were keeping back.) means, they were stopping their sheep from drinking with the sheep of those shepherds, lest some harm come to them. When Musa, peace be upon him, saw them, he felt sorry for them and took pity on them.

﴿قَالَ مَا خَطْبُكُمَا﴾

(He said: “What is the matter with you”) meaning, `why do you not water your flocks with these people’

﴿قَالَتَا لاَ نَسْقِى حَتَّى يُصْدِرَ الرِّعَآءُ﴾

(They said: “We cannot water until the shepherds take…”) meaning, `we cannot water our flocks until they finish.’

﴿وَأَبُونَا شَيْخٌ كَبِيرٌ﴾

(And our father is a very old man.) means, `this is what has driven us to what you see.’

﴿فَسَقَى لَهُمَا﴾

(So he watered (their flocks) for them, )

﴿ثُمَّ تَوَلَّى إِلَى الظِّلِّ فَقَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّى لِمَآ أَنزَلْتَ إِلَىَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ﴾

(then he turned back to shade, and said: “My Lord! Truly, I am in need of whatever good that You bestow on me!”)

﴿إِلَى الظِّلِّ﴾

(to shade,) Ibn `Abbas, Ibn Mas`ud and As-Suddi said: “He sat beneath a tree.” `Ata’ bin As-Sa’ib said: “When Musa said:

﴿رَبِّ إِنِّى لِمَآ أَنزَلْتَ إِلَىَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ﴾

(“My Lord! Truly, I am in need of whatever good that You bestow on me!”) the women heard him.”

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