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

Translation:

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.

Commentary:

  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.

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