English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 26: Al-Shuara — The Poets (Revealed at Makkah: 11 sections, 227 verses)

Section 6 (Verses 26:105–26:122): History of Noah


کَذَّبَتۡ قَوۡمُ نُوۡحِۣ الۡمُرۡسَلِیۡنَ ﴿۱۰۵﴾ۚۖ

26:105 The people of Noah rejected the messengers.

اِذۡ قَالَ لَہُمۡ اَخُوۡہُمۡ نُوۡحٌ اَلَا تَتَّقُوۡنَ ﴿۱۰۶﴾ۚ

26:106 When their brother Noah said to them: Will you not guard against evil?

اِنِّیۡ لَکُمۡ رَسُوۡلٌ اَمِیۡنٌ ﴿۱۰۷﴾ۙ

26:107 Surely I am a faithful messenger to you:

فَاتَّقُوا اللّٰہَ وَ اَطِیۡعُوۡنِ ﴿۱۰۸﴾ۚ

26:108 So keep your duty to Allah and obey me.

وَ مَاۤ اَسۡـَٔلُکُمۡ عَلَیۡہِ مِنۡ اَجۡرٍ ۚ اِنۡ اَجۡرِیَ اِلَّا عَلٰی رَبِّ الۡعٰلَمِیۡنَ ﴿۱۰۹﴾ۚ

26:109 And I ask of you no reward for it: my reward is only with the Lord of the worlds.

فَاتَّقُوا اللّٰہَ وَ اَطِیۡعُوۡنِ ﴿۱۱۰﴾ؕ

26:110 So keep your duty to Allah and obey me.

قَالُوۡۤا اَنُؤۡمِنُ لَکَ وَ اتَّبَعَکَ الۡاَرۡذَلُوۡنَ ﴿۱۱۱﴾ؕ

26:111 They said: Shall we believe in you when the lowest (people) follow you?

قَالَ وَ مَا عِلۡمِیۡ بِمَا کَانُوۡا یَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۱۱۲﴾ۚ

26:112 He said: And what knowledge do I have of what they did?

اِنۡ حِسَابُہُمۡ اِلَّا عَلٰی رَبِّیۡ لَوۡ تَشۡعُرُوۡنَ ﴿۱۱۳﴾ۚ

26:113 Their reckoning is only with my Lord, if you could perceive.

وَ مَاۤ اَنَا بِطَارِدِ الۡمُؤۡمِنِیۡنَ ﴿۱۱۴﴾ۚ

26:114 And I am not going to drive away the believers;

اِنۡ اَنَا اِلَّا نَذِیۡرٌ مُّبِیۡنٌ ﴿۱۱۵﴾ؕ

26:115 I am only a plain warner.

قَالُوۡا لَئِنۡ لَّمۡ تَنۡتَہِ یٰنُوۡحُ لَتَکُوۡنَنَّ مِنَ الۡمَرۡجُوۡمِیۡنَ ﴿۱۱۶﴾ؕ

26:116 They said: If you do not give up, Noah, you will certainly be stoned to death.

قَالَ رَبِّ اِنَّ قَوۡمِیۡ کَذَّبُوۡنِ ﴿۱۱۷﴾ۚۖ

26:117 He said: My Lord, my people call me a liar.

فَافۡتَحۡ بَیۡنِیۡ وَ بَیۡنَہُمۡ فَتۡحًا وَّ نَجِّنِیۡ وَ مَنۡ مَّعِیَ مِنَ الۡمُؤۡمِنِیۡنَ ﴿۱۱۸﴾

26:118 So judge between me and them openly, and deliver me and the believers who are with me.

فَاَنۡجَیۡنٰہُ وَ مَنۡ مَّعَہٗ فِی الۡفُلۡکِ الۡمَشۡحُوۡنِ ﴿۱۱۹﴾ۚ

26:119 So We delivered him and those with him in the laden ark.

ثُمَّ اَغۡرَقۡنَا بَعۡدُ الۡبٰقِیۡنَ ﴿۱۲۰﴾ؕ

26:120 Then We drowned the rest afterwards.1

اِنَّ فِیۡ ذٰلِکَ لَاٰیَۃً ؕ وَ مَا کَانَ اَکۡثَرُہُمۡ مُّؤۡمِنِیۡنَ ﴿۱۲۱﴾

26:121 Surely there is a sign in this, yet most of them do not believe.

وَ اِنَّ رَبَّکَ لَہُوَ الۡعَزِیۡزُ الرَّحِیۡمُ ﴿۱۲۲﴾٪

26:122 And surely your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.


  1. Wherever Noah is mentioned, only such of his people are spoken of as having been drowned who rejected and persecuted him; see also 11:42 foot­note.