Surah Ta-Ha Ayat 103 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 103
They will murmur among themselves, “You remained not but ten [days in the world].”
In whispers will they consult each other: “Yet tarried not longer than ten (Days);
They shall whisper among themselves: “You stayed on the earth barely ten days.”
In whispers will they speak to each other (saying): “You stayed not longer than ten (days).”
Murmuring among themselves: Ye have tarried but ten (days).
(Speaking) among themselves in a hushed voice, “Decidedly you lingered (nothing) except ten (days).”
they will murmur to one another, ‘You stayed only ten days [on earth]’-
Quran 20 Verse 103 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ta-Ha ayat 103, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(20:103) They shall whisper among themselves: “You stayed on the earth barely ten days.”
80. The original text may also be interpreted to mean: After your death, you may have passed hardly ten days till now. As regards to the interpretation adopted in the translation, it is supported by (Surah Ash-Shuara, Ayats 112-113): When Allah will ask them, for how many years did you stay on the earth? They will say: We stayed there for a day or part of a day. You may ask those who have kept the record. The second interpretation is supported by (Surah Ar-Room, Ayats 55-56): And on the day when Resurrection will take place, the criminals will declare under oaths: We have not remained in the state of death for more than an hour. And likewise they were deluded on the earth. On the other hand, those who have been given knowledge and faith will say: According to the Book of Allah, you have remained in this state up to the Day of Resurrection, and this is the very Day of Resurrection, but you did not know of it. Both the interpretations are supported by other verses of the Quran. It is clear from these that they will consider both the life on the earth and the life in the interval between death and Resurrection to be very short. They will consider the earthly life to be very short because, against all their expectations, they will have to face the eternal life in the Hereafter which they denied in their earthly life. As they had made no preparation for this life, they will regret that they had ruined their eternal life for the sake of a few transitory pleasures of the short life they had been given on the earth. As regards to the duration of the interval between death and Resurrection, they will consider it to be very short, for they will imagine that they had been suddenly awakened by the Trumpet from their last sleep or unconsciousness in their earthly life. Thus, they will not at first realize that the Trumpet was the signal for the Day of Resurrection because they had no expectation whatever that the Day of Resurrection would ever come. As a matter of fact, they used to make fun of this Day as a nonsensical thing.
The tafsir of Surah Ta-Ha verse 103 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Taha ayat 102 which provides the complete commentary from verse 102 through 104.
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