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Surah Tur Ayat 40 in Arabic Text

أَمْ تَسْـَٔلُهُمْ أَجْرًۭا فَهُم مِّن مَّغْرَمٍۢ مُّثْقَلُونَ
Am tas’aluhum ajran fahum mim maghramim musqaloon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 40

Sahih International
Or do you, [O Muhammad], ask of them a payment, so they are by debt burdened down?

Yusuf Ali
Or is it that thou dost ask for a reward, so that they are burdened with a load of debt?-

Abul Ala Maududi
Or is it that you ask of them any recompense so that they should fear to be weighed down under the burden of debt?

Muhsin Khan
Or is it that you (O Muhammad SAW) ask a wage from them (for your preaching of Islamic Monotheism) so that they are burdened with a load of debt?

Or askest thou (Muhammad) a fee from them so that they are plunged in debt?

Dr. Ghali
Or even do you ask them for a reward, (and) so they are weighed down with heavy fines?

Abdel Haleem
Do you [Prophet] demand a payment from them that would burden them with debt?

Quran 52 Verse 40 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Tur ayat 40, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(52:40) Or is it that you ask of them any recompense so that they should fear to be weighed down under the burden of debt?[31]

31. The question is actually directed to the disbelievers. It means: If the Messenger had a selfish motive and had been exerting only for a personal gain from you, there would be a rational ground for you to avoid him. But you yourselves know that he is absolutely selfless in his invitation and is exerting himself only for your own benefit and well-being. Then, how is it that you are not even inclined to listen to him with a cool mind? There is also a subtle hint in this question. Like the self-styled guides and guardians of religious shrines of the world, the religious guides, priests and scholars of the polytheists of Arabia also were engaged in a religious business. In view of the same, this question was put before them: On the one hand, these dealers in religion are openly receiving gifts and offerings and fees for every religious service from you; on the other hand, a person who has ruined his trading business, is trying to show you the right way with highly rational arguments, absolutely selflessly. Is it not sheer senselessness that you shun him but run after them?


The tafsir of Surah Tur verse 40 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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