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Surah Zukhruf Ayat 31 in Arabic Text

وَقَالُوا۟ لَوْلَا نُزِّلَ هَـٰذَا ٱلْقُرْءَانُ عَلَىٰ رَجُلٍۢ مِّنَ ٱلْقَرْيَتَيْنِ عَظِيمٍ
Wa qaaloo law laa nuzzila haazal Quraanu ‘alaa rajulin minal qaryataini ‘azeem

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 31

Sahih International
And they said, “Why was this Qur’an not sent down upon a great man from [one of] the two cities?”

Yusuf Ali
Also, they say: “Why is not this Qur’an sent down to some leading man in either of the two (chief) cities?”

Abul Ala Maududi
They say: “Why was this Qur’an not sent down upon some great man from the two (main) cities?”

Muhsin Khan
And they say: “Why is not this Quran sent down to some great man of the two towns (Makkah and Ta’if)?”

Pickthall
And they say: If only this Qur’an had been revealed to some great man of the two towns?

Dr. Ghali
And they have said, “Had this Qur’an been successively sent down upon a man of eminence in the two towns?” (Makkah and At-Ta⊃ if)

Abdel Haleem
and they said, ‘Why was this Quran not sent down to a distinguished man, from either of the two cities?’

Quran 43 Verse 31 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Zukhruf ayat 31, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(43:31) They say: “Why was this Qur’an not sent down upon some great man from the two (main) cities?”[30]


30. The two towns: Makkah and Taif. What the disbelievers meant was: Had Allah really willed to send a messenger and intended to send down a book to him, He would have selected a great man from our these central cities for the purpose. For Allah could not have selected for this great mission a person who was born an orphan, who did not inherit much property, who passed his youth by tending goats, who even at present earned his living through business with his wife’s money, and who was neither the chief of a tribe nor the head of a family. Were not there well known chiefs like Walid bin Mughirah and Utbah bin Rabiah in Makkah, and nobles like Urwah bin Masud, Habib bin Amr, Kinanah bin Abdi Amr and Ibn Abd Yalil in Taif? This was their reasoning in the first instance, they were also not inclined to believe that a man could be a Messenger. But when the Quran refuted this misconception by argument and reason and they were told that in the past only men had come as Messengers and a man only could be a Messenger for the guidance of the people, and not another kind of being and the Messenger who came did not descend suddenly from heavens but were born in the same ordinary dwellings, walked about in the streets, had children and families and stood in need of food and drink (see (Surah An-Nahl, Ayat 43); (Surah Bani Israil, Ayats 94-95); (Surah Yousuf, Ayat 109); (Surah Al-Furqan, Ayats 7, 20); (Surah Al-Anbiya, Ayats 7-8); (Surah Ar-Raad, Ayat 38), they took this stand, saying: Well, even if a human being, he should be a big man, who should be wealthy, influential and awe-inspiring and having a large following. How could Muhammad bin Abdullah (peace be upon him) be fit for this appointment?

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Zukhruf verse 31 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Zukhruf ayat 26 which provides the complete commentary from verse 26 through 35.

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