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Surah Tur Ayat 36 in Arabic Text

أَمْ خَلَقُوا۟ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضَ ۚ بَل لَّا يُوقِنُونَ
Am khalaqus samaawaati wal ard; bal laa yooqinoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 36

Sahih International
Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Rather, they are not certain.

Yusuf Ali
Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, they have no firm belief.

Abul Ala Maududi
Or is it they who created the heavens and the earth? No; the truth is that they lack sure faith.

Muhsin Khan
Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they have no firm Belief.

Pickthall
Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they are sure of nothing!

Dr. Ghali
Or even did they create the heavens and the earth? No indeed, (but) they have no certitude.

Abdel Haleem
Did they create the heavens and the earth? No! They do not have faith.

Quran 52 Verse 36 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Tur ayat 36, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(52:36) Or is it they who created the heavens and the earth? No; the truth is that they lack sure faith.[28]


28. The questions asked before this were meant to make the disbelievers of Makkah realize that whatever they were saying to belie the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) claim to prophethood was highly irrational. Now in this verse the question put before them is: What is that in the message of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which you find so embarrassing for yourselves? He just says that Allah is your Creator and you should only serve Him. Why are you annoyed at it? Are you your own creators? Or, has this vast universe been created by you? If neither of these is true, and you admit that your Creator as well as the Creator of the universe is Allah alone, why do you then feel angry with the person who tells you that Allah alone is worthy of your service and worship? What you should actually feel angry about is that you worship him who is not your Creator instead of Him Who is your real Creator. You admit with the tongue that Allah alone is your Creator as well as of the whole universe, but if you really had faith in this, you would not have so maligned the person who was calling you to Allah’s service.

This was such a pungent and stinging question that it shook the polytheistic faith to the root. Bukhari and Muslim have related that after the Battle of Badr, Jubair bin Mutim came to Al-Madinah to negotiate release of the Quraish prisoners of war on behalf of the people of Makkah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) at that time was leading the Maghrib Prayer, and he recited this Surah at-Toour in it. Mutim himself has stated that when the Prophet (peace be upon him) reached this place, his heart seemed to be leaving his breast. One main reason of his embracing Islam afterwards was that Islam had taken root in his heart on hearing these very verses on that day.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Tur verse 36 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Tur ayat 35 which provides the complete commentary from verse 35 through 43.

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