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Surah Ar-Ra’d Ayat 39 in Arabic Text

يَمْحُوا۟ ٱللَّهُ مَا يَشَآءُ وَيُثْبِتُ ۖ وَعِندَهُۥٓ أُمُّ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ
Yamhul laahu maa yashaaa’u wa yusbitu wa ‘indahooo ummul Kitaab

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 39

Sahih International
Allah eliminates what He wills or confirms, and with Him is the Mother of the Book.

Yusuf Ali
Allah doth blot out or confirm what He pleaseth: with Him is the Mother of the Book.

Abul Ala Maududi
Allah effaces whatever He wills and retains whatever He wills. With Him is the Mother of the Book.

Muhsin Khan
Allah blots out what He wills and confirms (what He wills). And with Him is the Mother of the Book (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz)

Allah effaceth what He will, and establisheth (what He will), and with Him is the source of ordinance.

Dr. Ghali
Allah erases whatever He decides and He makes firm (whatever He decides), and in His Providence is the Essence (Literally: Mother) of the Book.

Abdel Haleem
God erases or confirms whatever He will, and the source of Scripture is with Him.

Quran 13 Verse 39 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ar-Ra’d ayat 39, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(13:39) Allah effaces whatever He wills and retains whatever He wills. With Him is the Mother of the Book.[58]

58. This is the answer to another objection raised against the revelation of the Quran. The disbelievers said: What was the need of this new Book, when there already had existed the former revealed Books? You say that this need has arisen because the former Books have been tampered with; therefore Allah has abrogated them and commanded that this new Book should be followed. This position you have taken is wrong for how can anyone tamper with the Book of Allah and how is it possible that any Book of Allah might be tampered with? Why did not Allah protect these Books from such things as these? You say that this Book has been revealed by the same Allah Who revealed the Torah and the Gospel. How is it then that your way is different from that of the Torah? You consider certain things lawful while they are unlawful according to the Torah, etc. etc. Detailed answers to these objections have been given in other Surahs but here only a brief and comprehensive answer has been given to them.

The Arabic word Umm-ul-Kitab literally means the Mother Book, that is, the Original Book which is the source and origin of all the revealed Books.


The tafsir of Surah Ar-Ra’d verse 39 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Rad ayat 38 which provides the complete commentary from verse 38 through 39.

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