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Surah Tur Ayat 42 in Arabic Text

أَمْ يُرِيدُونَ كَيْدًۭا ۖ فَٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ هُمُ ٱلْمَكِيدُونَ
Am yureedoona kaidan fallazeena kafaroo humul makeedoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 42

Sahih International
Or do they intend a plan? But those who disbelieve – they are the object of a plan.

Yusuf Ali
Or do they intend a plot (against thee)? But those who defy Allah are themselves involved in a Plot!

Abul Ala Maududi
Or are they contriving a stratagem against you? If so, that stratagem will rebound against the unbelievers.

Muhsin Khan
Or do they intend a plot (against you O Muhammad SAW)? But those who disbelieve (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) are themselves in a plot!

Or seek they to ensnare (the messenger)? But those who disbelieve, they are the ensnared!

Dr. Ghali
Or even would they like plotting? Then the ones who have disbelieved are they who are (circumvented) in their plotting.

Abdel Haleem
Do they think they can ensnare you? It is the disbelievers who have been ensnared.

Quran 52 Verse 42 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Tur ayat 42, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(52:42) Or are they contriving a stratagem against you?[33] If so, that stratagem will rebound against the unbelievers.[34]

33. The allusion is to the secret plots that the disbelievers of Makkah used to devise in their meetings in order to defeat the mission of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and to kill him.

34. This is one of the clear prophecies of the Quran. In the initial stage at Makkah when the Prophet (peace be upon him) had no apparent power and support with him except a handful of the ill-equipped Muslims and the whole nation was opposing and resisting him relentlessly, the confrontation between Islam and disbelief appeared to be utterly unequal. No one at that time could imagine that after a few years the tables would be turned on disbelief. Rather, the superficial observer could safely predict that the strong opposition of the Quraish and entire Arabia would at last put an end to the message of Islam. But even under those conditions, a challenge was thrown to the disbelievers and they were told in clear terms: You may devise whatever plots you wish in order to frustrate this message, they will all recoil upon you, and you will never succeed in defeating and putting an end to it.


The tafsir of Surah Tur verse 42 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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