Surah Waqi’ah Ayat 9 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 9
And the companions of the left – what are the companions of the left?
And the Companions of the Left Hand,- what will be the Companions of the Left Hand?
And the People on the Left: and how miserable will be the People on the Left!
And those on the Left Hand (i.e. those who will be given their Record in their left hands), Who will be those on the Left Hand? (As a disgrace for them, because they will enter Hell).
And (then) those on the left hand; what of those on the left hand?
And the companions of the Sinister (befalling), what (will become) of the companions of the Sinister (befalling)? (Or: the Left Hand)
Those on the Left––what people they are!
Quran 56 Verse 9 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Waqi’ah ayat 9, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(56:9) And the People on the Left: and how miserable will be the People on the Left!
6. The word mashamah in ashab-al-mashamah, in the original, is from shum which means misfortune, ill-luck and bad omen. In Arabic the left hand also is called shuma. The Arabs regarded shimal (the left hand) and shum (bad omen) as synonyms, the left hand being a symbol of weakness and indignity. If a bird flew left on the commencement of a journey, they would take it as a bad omen; if they made a person sit on their left, it meant they regarded him as a weak man. Therefore, ashab-almashamah implies ill-omened people, or those who would suffer disgrace and ignominy, and would be made to stand on the left side in the court of Allah.
The tafsir of Surah Waqiah verse 9 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Waqiah ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 12.
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