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Surah Ta-Ha Ayat 28 in Arabic Text

يَفْقَهُوا۟ قَوْلِى
Yafqahoo qawlee

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 28

Sahih International
That they may understand my speech.

Yusuf Ali
“So they may understand what I say:

Abul Ala Maududi
so that they may understand my speech;

Muhsin Khan
“That they understand my speech,

Pickthall
That they may understand my saying.

Dr. Ghali
That they may comprehend my saying.

Abdel Haleem
so that they may understand my words,

Quran 20 Verse 28 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ta-Ha ayat 28, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(20:28) so that they may understand my speech;[15]


15. Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) prayed to Allah for this because he was conscious that he was not a fluent speaker but was slow of speech. He also knew that as a Messenger he would have to be fluent in order to impress Pharaoh and his courtiers. This is confirmed by the Bible (Exodus 4: 10) but the Talmud gives a strange explanation for this impediment in his speech. According to it, when he was a child he burnt his tongue with a live coal to escape punishment from Pharaoh whose crown he had taken off from his head and put it on his own head. The same story has been adopted by many of our commentators though it is absurd on the face of it. Our interpretation is also confirmed by the Quran. The fact is, that at first he was not a fluent speaker and Pharaoh had also taunted him on this impediment. (Surah Az-Zukhruf, Ayat 52). Prophet Moses realized the same for he said: My brother Aaron is more fluent than me, so send him with me as a helper, so that he may support me (with his fluent speech). (Surah Al-Qasas, Ayat 34). Afterwards this impediment in his speech was removed and he was able to deliver very fluent speeches. This may be testified by his speeches which have been cited both in the Bible and in the Quran for they are masterpieces of eloquence and rhetoric.

Above all, it does not stand to reason that Allah should appoint a lisper or a stammerer or a stutterer as His Messenger. That is why the Messengers have always been the best of mankind in regard to their appearance, personality and capabilities for they had to be most impressive both in their appearance and conduct, so that they could not be made the target of ridicule and contempt by the people because of such personal defects as stammering or stuttering.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ta-Ha verse 28 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Taha ayat 22 which provides the complete commentary from verse 22 through 35.

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