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Surah Tur Ayat 41 in Arabic Text

أَمْ عِندَهُمُ ٱلْغَيْبُ فَهُمْ يَكْتُبُونَ
Am ‘indahumul ghaibu fahum yaktuboon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 41

Sahih International
Or have they [knowledge of] the unseen, so they write [it] down?

Yusuf Ali
Or that the Unseen in it their hands, and they write it down?

Abul Ala Maududi
Or is it that they have access to (the Truths in) the realm beyond sense-perception which they are writing down?

Muhsin Khan
Or that the Ghaib (unseen) is with them, and they write it down?

Or possess they the Unseen so that they can write (it) down?

Dr. Ghali
Or even do they have in their presence the Unseen, (and) so they are writing (it) down?

Abdel Haleem
Do they have [access to] the unseen? Could they write it down?

Quran 52 Verse 41 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Tur ayat 41, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(52:41) Or is it that they have access to (the Truths in) the realm beyond sense-perception which they are writing down?[32]

32. That is, what particular knowledge do you have to refute the truths that the Messenger (peace be upon him) is presenting before you, which you may present with the claim that you directly know the realities hidden behind the phenomenal world? Do you really have the knowledge that God is not One, but all those whom you have set up as deities also possess godly attributes and powers? Have you really seen the angels and found that they are girls, and, God forbid, are begotten of God? Do you really know that the revelation has neither come to Muhammad (peace be upon him), nor it can come to any man, from God? Do you really have the knowledge that no Resurrection will take place, that there is going to be no life after death, that there will be no Hereafter when man will be subjected to accountability and rewarded or punished according to his deeds? If you claim to possess any such knowledge, can you give in writing that you are belying what the Prophet (peace be upon him) says about the unseen realities on the ground that you have peeped into the hidden realities and seen that the truth is not that which the Prophet (peace be upon him) presents. Here, one may express the misgiving that if in response to this, those people had given this in writing, in their stubbornness, will not this reasoning have become meaningless? But this misgiving is misplaced because even if they had given this in writing on account of their stubbornness, the common people of society in which this challenge had been given openly were not blind: everyone of them would have understood that the writing had been given out of sheer stubbornness, and no one, in fact, was refuting what the Prophet (peace be upon him) said on the basis that he had the knowledge that it was false.


The tafsir of Surah Tur verse 41 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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