Surah Al-Qasas Ayat 47 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 47
And if not that a disaster should strike them for what their hands put forth [of sins] and they would say, “Our Lord, why did You not send us a messenger so we could have followed Your verses and been among the believers?”…
If (We had) not (sent thee to the Quraish),- in case a calamity should seize them for (the deeds) that their hands have sent forth, they might say: “Our Lord! why didst Thou not sent us a messenger? We should then have followed Thy Signs and been amongst those who believe!”
(We did so) lest a calamity might seize them because of the misdeeds they committed whereafter they would say: “Our Lord, why did you not send a Messenger to us that we follow Your revelation and become among those who believe?”
And if (We had) not (sent you to the people of Makkah) in case a calamity should seize them for (the deeds) that their hands have sent forth, they should have said: “Our Lord! Why did You not send us a Messenger? We should then have followed Your Ayat (Verses of the Quran) and should have been among the believers.”
Otherwise, if disaster should afflict them because of that which their own hands have sent before (them), they might say: Our Lord! Why sentest Thou no messenger unto us, that we might have followed Thy revelations and been of the believers?
And had it not been (that you are sent to them), an affliction would afflict them for what their hands have forwarded, then they might say, “Our Lord, had You sent a Messenger to us, then we should have closely followed Your signs and been among the believers.”
and may not say, if a disaster should befall them as a result of what they have done with their own hands, ‘Lord, if only You had sent us a messenger, we might have followed Your message and become believers.’
Quran 28 Verse 47 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Qasas ayat 47, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(28:47) (We did so) lest a calamity might seize them because of the misdeeds they committed whereafter they would say: “Our Lord, why did you not send a Messenger to us that we follow Your revelation and become among those who believe?”
66. This very thing has been presented at several places in the Quran as the reason for sending the messengers, but it will not be correct to conclude from this that a messenger should be sent on every occasion at every place for this purpose. As long as the message of a prophet remains intact in the world and the means of conveying it to others exist, there is no need for a new prophet, unless need arises to supplement the previous message, or to supplant it by a new message, Nevertheless, when the teachings of the prophets are forgotten, or become mixed up with errors and deviations and can no longer be relied upon as means of guidance, then the people do get a chance to make the excuse that there existed no arrangement whatsoever to make them aware of the distinction between the truth and the untruth and guide them to the right way: so they could not be guided aright. To meet such an excuse, Allah sends the prophets in such conditions so that any one who follows a wrong way after that may himself be held responsible for his going astray.
The tafsir of Surah Qasas verse 47 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Qasas ayat 44 which provides the complete commentary from verse 44 through 47.
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