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Surah Zukhruf Ayat 38 in Arabic Text

حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا جَآءَنَا قَالَ يَـٰلَيْتَ بَيْنِى وَبَيْنَكَ بُعْدَ ٱلْمَشْرِقَيْنِ فَبِئْسَ ٱلْقَرِينُ
Hattaaa izaa jaaa’anaa qaala yaa laita bainee wa bainaka bu’dal mashriqaini fabi’sal qareen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 38

Sahih International
Until, when he comes to Us [at Judgement], he says [to his companion], “Oh, I wish there was between me and you the distance between the east and west – how wretched a companion.”

Yusuf Ali
At length, when (such a one) comes to Us, he says (to his evil companion): “Would that between me and thee were the distance of East and West!” Ah! evil is the companion (indeed)!

Abul Ala Maududi
But when he comes to Us, he will say (to his satan): “Would that there had been between me and you the distance as between the East and the West. How evil a companion you were!”

Muhsin Khan
Till, when (such a one) comes to Us, he says [to his Qarin (Satan / devil companion)] “Would that between me and you were the distance of the two easts (or the east and west)” a worst (type of) companion (indeed)!

Pickthall
Till, when he cometh unto Us, he saith (unto his comrade): Ah, would that between me and thee there were the distance of the two horizons – an evil comrade!

Dr. Ghali
Until, when he comes to Us, he says, “Oh, would that there had been between me and you the distance of the two easts!” (This is sometimes understood to mean the east and west; or the rising of the sun and moon; or the rising of the sun in summer and winter) Miserable then is the comrade!

Abdel Haleem
When such a person comes to Us, he will say [to his comrade], ‘If only you had been as far away from me as east is from west. What an evil comrade!’

Quran 43 Verse 38 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Zukhruf 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

(43:38) But when he comes to Us, he will say (to his satan): “Would that there had been between me and you the distance as between the East and the West. How evil a companion you were!”


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Zukhruf verse 38 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Zukhruf ayat 36 which provides the complete commentary from verse 36 through 45.

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