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Surah Yunus Ayat 38 in Arabic Text

بَلْ كَذَّبُوا۟ بِمَا لَمْ يُحِيطُوا۟ بِعِلْمِهِۦ وَلَمَّا يَأْتِهِمْ تَأْوِيلُهُۥ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ كَذَّبَ ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ ۖ فَٱنظُرْ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَـٰقِبَةُ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ
‘Am yaqooloonaf taraahu qul fa’too bi sooratin mislihee wad’oo manis tata’tum min doonil laahi in kuntum saadiqeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 38

Sahih International
Or do they say [about the Prophet], “He invented it?” Say, “Then bring forth a surah like it and call upon [for assistance] whomever you can besides Allah, if you should be truthful.”

Yusuf Ali
Or do they say, “He forged it”? say: “Bring then a Sura like unto it, and call (to your aid) anyone you can besides Allah, if it be ye speak the truth!”

Abul Ala Maududi
Do they say that the Messenger has himself composed the Qur’an? Say: ‘In that case bring forth just one surah like it and call on all whom you can, except Allah, to help you if you are truthful.

Muhsin Khan
Or do they say: “He (Muhammad SAW) has forged it?” Say: “Bring then a Surah (chapter) like unto it, and call upon whomsoever you can, besides Allah, if you are truthful!”

Pickthall
Or say they: He hath invented it? Say: Then bring a surah like unto it, and call (for help) on all ye can besides Allah, if ye are truthful.

Dr. Ghali
Or (even) do they say, “He has fabricated it”? Say, “Then come up with a s‍rah like it and call on whom you can call apart from Allah, in case you are sincere.

Abdel Haleem
Or do they say, ‘He has devised it’? Say, ‘Then produce a sura like it, and call on anyone you can beside God if you are telling the truth.’

Quran 10 Verse 38 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Yunus ayat 38, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(10:38) Do they say that the Messenger has himself composed the Qur’an? Say: In that case bring forth just one surah like it and call on all whom you can, except Allah, to help you if you are truthful.[46]


46. There is a general misunderstanding that the challenge of the Quran to produce a book, nay, a Surah like this, is in regard to its eloquent, pure and unique literary excellence. This has been the natural result of the way in which discussions have been carried on to prove the miracle of the Quran. But the Quran is far above this that it should claim to be a unique and matchless book because of its excellent diction. There is no doubt at all that it is unique and matchless in this respect also, but the real basis of its claim and challenge, that no human brain is capable of producing a book like this, is its subject matter and teachings. The Quran itself has stated at different places those aspects which are a sure proof of its revelation from Allah and the refutation of the false aspersions that it was a human invention. This has already been explained at appropriate places and will be explained in the succeeding pages. See (E.N. 26, 27 of Surah At-Toor).

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Yunus verse 38 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Yunus ayat 37 which provides the complete commentary from verse 37 through 40.

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