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Surah Saba Ayat 35 in Arabic Text

وَقَالُوا۟ نَحْنُ أَكْثَرُ أَمْوَٰلًۭا وَأَوْلَـٰدًۭا وَمَا نَحْنُ بِمُعَذَّبِينَ
Wa qaaloo nahnu aksaru amwaalanw wa awlaadanw wa maa nahnu bimu ‘azzabeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 35

Sahih International
And they said, “We are more [than the believers] in wealth and children, and we are not to be punished.”

Yusuf Ali
They said: “We have more in wealth and in sons, and we cannot be punished.”

Abul Ala Maududi
They always said: “We have more wealth and children than you have, and we shall not be chastised.”

Muhsin Khan
And they say: “We are more in wealth and in children, and we are not going to be punished.”

Pickthall
And they say: We are more (than you) in wealth and children. We are not the punished!

Dr. Ghali
And they said, “We are more (than you) in riches and children, and in no way will we be tormented”.

Abdel Haleem
They would say, ‘We have greater wealth and more children than you, and we shall not be punished.’

Quran 34 Verse 35 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Saba ayat 35, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(34:35) They always said: “We have more wealth and children than you have, and we shall not be chastised.”[55]


55. Their reasoning was: “We are greater favorites of Allah than you. That is why He has favored us with the blessings of which you are deprived, or have received them in lesser measure. Why should Allah have given us all these provisions and wealth and power, had He not been pleased with us? Now, how can we believe that Allah Who is showering us with all kinds of His blessings here will punish us in the Hereafter? He will punish only those who are deprived of His favors here,”

This misunderstanding of the world-worshippers has also been mentioned at several places in the Quran and refuted. For instance, see (Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayats 126, 212); (Surah At-Taubah, Ayats 55, 69); (Surah Hud, Ayats 3, 27); (Surah Ar-Raad, Ayats 26); (Surah Al-Kahf, Ayats 34 to 43); (Surah Maryam, Ayats 73 to 77); (Surah TaHa, Ayat 131); (Surah Al- Muminun, Ayats 55 to 61); (Surah Ash-Shuara, Ayat 111); (Surah Al-Qasas, Ayats 76 to 83); (Surah Ar-Rum, Ayat 9); (Surah Al-Muddaththir, Ayats 11-26): (Surah Al-Fajr, Ayats 15 to 20).

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Saba verse 35 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Saba ayat 34 which provides the complete commentary from verse 34 through 38.

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