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Surah Sad Ayat 49 in Arabic Text

هَـٰذَا ذِكْرٌۭ ۚ وَإِنَّ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ لَحُسْنَ مَـَٔابٍۢ
Haazaa zikrun wa inna lil muttaqeena la husna ma aab

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 49

Sahih International
This is a reminder. And indeed, for the righteous is a good place of return

Yusuf Ali
This is a Message (of admonition): and verily, for the righteous, is a beautiful Place of (Final) Return,-

Abul Ala Maududi
This was a remembrance. An excellent retreat awaits the God-fearing

Muhsin Khan
This is a Reminder, and verily, for the Muttaqun (pious and righteous persons – see V. 2:2) is a good final return (Paradise),

This is a reminder. And lo! for those who ward off (evil) is a happy journey’s end,

Dr. Ghali
This is a Remembrance; and surely for the pious is indeed a fair resorting.

Abdel Haleem
This is a lesson. The devout will have a good place to return to:

Quran 38 Verse 49 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Sad ayat 49, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(38:49) This was a remembrance. An excellent retreat awaits the God-fearing

50. The Prophet AlYasa (peace be upon him) has been mentioned only twice in the Quran, in Surah Al-Anaam, Ayat 86 and here, without any detail about him. Only his name appears in the chain of the Prophets. He was one of the major Prophets of Israel, belonged to Abel Meholah, a place on the river Jordan, and is well known as Elisha among the Jews and Christians. When the Prophet Elijah (peace be upon him) had taken refuge in the Sinai peninsula, he was commanded to return to Syria and Palestine for some important works, one of which was to prepare the Prophet Elisha for his successor-ship. Accordingly, when the Prophet Elijah came to his town, he found Elisha ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. The Prophet Elijah passed by him and cast his mantle upon him, and he left the oxen and followed him. (I Kings, 19:15-21). He remained under training with him for 10 to 12 years. Then, when Allah recalled Elijah, he was appointed Prophet in his place. (2 Kings, oh.2). The Second Book of the Kings gives a detailed account of the Prophet Elisha (chs, 2 to 13), which shows that when the Israeli state of northern Palestine got lost in polytheism, idol-worship and moral evils, Elisha a pointed Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, king of Israel against the royal dynasty due to whose misdeeds those evils had spread in Israel. Jehu not only put an end to Baal-worship, but also condemned to death every member of the wicked family, including its children. But in spite of this reformist revolution the evils that had taken root in Israel could not be completely eradicated, and after the death of the Prophet Elisha they assumed enormous proportions; so much so that the Assyrians began to invade Samaria whenever they pleased. (For details, see E.N. 7 of Surah Bani-Israil) and (E.Ns 70, 71 of Surah As-Saaffat).

51. Dhul-Kifil also has been mentioned only twice in the Quran, in (Surah Al Anbiya, Ayat 85) and here. For our research about him see (E.N. 81 of Surah Al-Anbiya).


49. And verily, for those who have Taqwa is a good final return. 50. `Adn Paradise, whose doors will be opened for them. 51. Therein they will recline; therein they will call for fruits in abundance and drinks; 52. And beside them will be Qasirat-at-Tarf, (and) of equal ages. 53. This it is what you are promised for the Day of Reckoning! 54. (It will be said to them)! Verily, this is Our provision which will never finish.

The Final Return of the Blessed

Allah tells us that His blessed, believing servants will have a good final return in the Hereafter, which means their ultimate destination. Then He explains it further, as He says:

﴿جَنَّـتِ عَدْنٍ﴾

(`Adn Gardens) meaning, eternal gardens (of Paradise),

﴿مُّفَتَّحَةً لَّهُمُ الاٌّبْوَابُ﴾

(whose doors will be opened for them.) means, when they come to them (these gardens), their gates will open for them.

﴿مُّتَّكِئِينَ فِيهَا﴾

(Therein they will recline;) It was said that this means that they will sit cross-legged on chairs beneath canopies.

﴿يَدْعُونَ فِيهَا بِفَـكِهَةٍ كَثِيرَةٍ﴾

(therein they will call for fruits in abundance) means, whatever they ask for, they will find it, and it will be prepared just as they wanted it.


(and drinks;) means, whatever kind of drink they want, the servants will bring it to them,

﴿بِأَكْوَابٍ وَأَبَارِيقَ وَكَأْسٍ مِّن مَّعِينٍ ﴾

(With cups, and jugs, and a glass of flowing wine.) (56: 18).

﴿وَعِندَهُمْ قَـصِرَتُ الطَّرْفِ﴾

(And beside them will be Qasirat-at-Tarf (chaste females)) means, they restrain their glances from anyone except their husbands, and do not turn to anyone else.


((and) of equal ages.) means, they will all be of the same age. This is the understanding of Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, Mujahid, Sa`id bin Jubayr, Muhammad bin Ka`b and As-Suddi.

﴿هَـذَا مَا تُوعَدُونَ لِيَوْمِ الْحِسَابِ ﴾

(This it is what you are promised for the Day of Reckoning!) means, `this that We have mentioned of the features of Paradise is what He has prepared for His pious servants who will reach it after they have been resurrected from their graves and been saved from the Fire.’ Then Allah tells us that Paradise will never come to an end or disappear or cease to be. He says:

﴿إِنَّ هَـذَا لَرِزْقُنَا مَا لَهُ مِن نَّفَادٍ ﴾

(Verily, this is Our provision which will never finish.) This is like the Ayat:

﴿مَا عِندَكُمْ يَنفَدُ وَمَا عِندَ اللَّهِ بَاقٍ﴾

(Whatever is with you, will be exhausted, and whatever is with Allah will remain) (16:96).

﴿عَطَآءً غَيْرَ مَجْذُوذٍ﴾

(a gift without an end.) (11:108)

﴿لَهُمْ أَجْرٌ غَيْرُ مَمْنُونٍ﴾

(for them is a reward that will never come to an end.) (84:25).

﴿أُكُلُهَا دَآئِمٌ وِظِلُّهَا تِلْكَ عُقْبَى الَّذِينَ اتَّقَواْ وَّعُقْبَى الْكَـفِرِينَ النَّارُ﴾

(its provision is eternal and so is its shade; this is the end of those who have Taqwa, and the end (final destination) of the disbelievers is Fire.)(13:35). And there are many similar Ayat.

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