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Surah Waqi’ah Ayat 57 in Arabic Text

نَحْنُ خَلَقْنَـٰكُمْ فَلَوْلَا تُصَدِّقُونَ
Nahnu khalaqnaakum falaw laa tusaddiqoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 57

Sahih International
We have created you, so why do you not believe?

Yusuf Ali
It is We Who have created you: why will ye not witness the Truth?

Abul Ala Maududi
We have created you, then why would you not confirm it?

Muhsin Khan
We created you, then why do you believe not?

We created you. Will ye then admit the truth?

Dr. Ghali
We, Ever We, created you. Would you then sincerely admit (the Truth)?

Abdel Haleem
It was We who created you: will you not believe?

Quran 56 Verse 57 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Waqi’ah ayat 57, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(56:57) We have created you,[22] then why would you not confirm it?[23]

22. The arguments from here to verse 74 provide the reasoning to prove both the doctrines of Tauhid and of Hereafter rationally. For it was there two basic doctrines of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) teaching that the people of Makkah were debating and objecting to at that time.

23. That is, why don’t you confirm that We alone are your Lord and God and We have the power to create you once again.


57. We created you, then why do you believe not 58. Do you not see the semen you emit. 59. Is it you who create it, or are We the Creator 60. We have decreed death to you all, and We are not outstripped, 61. To transfigure you and create you in (forms) that you know not. 62. And indeed, you have already known the first form of creation, why then do you not remember

Proof that Resurrection will occur

Allah asserts that Resurrection will occur and refutes the misguided atheists who deny it, those who said,

﴿أَءِذَا مِتْنَا وَكُنَّا تُرَاباً وَعِظَـماً أَءِنَّا لَمَبْعُوثُونَ ﴾

(When we die and become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be resurrected) ﴿56:47﴾ They said this statement in denial and discounting Resurrection. Allah the Exalted said,

﴿نَحْنُ خَلَقْنَـكُمْ﴾

(We created you,) meaning, `We have created you after you were nothing. Therefore, is not that Who is able to start the creation, more able to bring it back’ Allah’s statement,

﴿فَلَوْلاَ تُصَدِّقُونَ﴾

(then why do you believe not) `why do you not then believe in Resurrection’ Then Allah said, while bringing forth evidence that Resurrection occurs,

﴿أَفَرَءَيْتُمْ مَّا تُمْنُونَ – أَءَنتُمْ تَخْلُقُونَهُ أَم نَحْنُ الْخَـلِقُونَ ﴾

(Do you not see the semen you emit. Is it you who create it, or are We the Creator) meaning, `do you make the semen remain in the wombs and create life from it therein, stage after stage Or is Allah the One Who does all this’ Allah said,

﴿نَحْنُ قَدَّرْنَا بَيْنَكُمُ الْمَوْتَ﴾

(We have decreed death to you all,) meaning, `We made death exist between you.’ Ad-Dahhak commented, “Allah made the residents of the heavens and earth equal with regards to death.” Allah said,

﴿وَمَا نَحْنُ بِمَسْبُوقِينَ﴾

(and We are not outstripped,) meaning, `We are never unable,’

﴿عَلَى أَن نُّبَدِّلَ أَمْثَـلَكُمْ﴾

(To transfigure you), meaning, `to change your current shapes, on the Day of Resurrection,’

﴿وَنُنشِئَكُمْ فِى مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ﴾

(and create you in that you know not.) meaning, `out of shapes and forms.’ Allah the Exalted said,

﴿وَلَقَدْ عَلِمْتُمُ النَّشْأَةَ الاٍّولَى فَلَوْلاَ تَذَكَّرُونَ ﴾

(And indeed, you have already known the first form of creation, why then do you not remember) meaning, `you know that Allah has created you after you were nothing. He created you and gave you hearing, sight and hearts. Will you not then remember and take heed that He Who is able to create you in the beginning is more able to bring you back and resurrect you to life anew’ Allah the Exalted said in other Ayat,

﴿وَهُوَ الَّذِى يَبْدَأُ الْخَلْقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيدُهُ وَهُوَ أَهْوَنُ عَلَيْهِ﴾

(And He it is Who originates the creation, then He will repeat it; and this is easier for Him.)(30:27),

﴿أَوَلاَ يَذْكُرُ إلإِنْسَـنُ أَنَّا خَلَقْنَاهُ مِن قَبْلُ وَلَمْ يَكُ شَيْئاً ﴾

(Does not man remember that We created him before, while he was nothing)(19:67),

﴿أَوَلَمْ يَرَ الإِنسَـنُ أَنَّا خَلَقْنَـهُ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ فَإِذَا هُوَ خَصِيمٌ مٌّبِينٌ – وَضَرَبَ لَنَا مَثَلاً وَنَسِىَ خَلْقَهُ قَالَ مَن يُحىِ الْعِظَـمَ وَهِىَ رَمِيمٌ – قُلْ يُحْيِيهَا الَّذِى أَنشَأَهَآ أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ خَلْقٍ عَلِيمٌ ﴾

(Does not man see that We have created him from Nutfah. Yet behold he (stands forth) as an open opponent. And he puts forth for Us a parable, and forgets his own creation. He says: ” Who will give life to these bones after they are rotten and have become dust” Say: “He will give life to them Who created them for the first time! And He is the All-Knower of every creation.”)(36:77-79), and,

﴿أَيَحْسَبُ الإِنسَـنُ أَن يُتْرَكَ سُدًى – أَلَمْ يَكُ نُطْفَةً مِّن مَّنِىٍّ يُمْنَى – ثُمَّ كَانَ عَلَقَةً فَخَلَقَ فَسَوَّى – فَجَعَلَ مِنْهُ الزَّوْجَيْنِ الذَّكَرَ وَالاٍّنثَى – أَلَيْسَ ذَلِكَ بِقَـدِرٍ عَلَى أَن يُحْيِىَ الْمَوْتَى ﴾

(Does man think that he will be left neglected Was he not a Nutfah of semen emitted Then he became an `Alaqah (a clot); then shaped and fashioned in due proportion. And made of him two sexes, male and female. Is not He able to give life to the dead)(75:36-40)

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