English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 34: Al-Saba — The Saba (Revealed at Makkah: 6 sections, 54 verses)

Section 4 (Verses 34:31–34:36): The Leaders of Evil


وَ قَالَ الَّذِیۡنَ کَفَرُوۡا لَنۡ نُّؤۡمِنَ بِہٰذَا الۡقُرۡاٰنِ وَ لَا بِالَّذِیۡ بَیۡنَ یَدَیۡہِ ؕ وَ لَوۡ تَرٰۤی اِذِ الظّٰلِمُوۡنَ مَوۡقُوۡفُوۡنَ عِنۡدَ رَبِّہِمۡ ۚۖ یَرۡجِعُ بَعۡضُہُمۡ اِلٰی بَعۡضِۣ الۡقَوۡلَ ۚ یَقُوۡلُ الَّذِیۡنَ اسۡتُضۡعِفُوۡا لِلَّذِیۡنَ اسۡتَکۡبَرُوۡا لَوۡ لَاۤ اَنۡتُمۡ لَکُنَّا مُؤۡمِنِیۡنَ ﴿۳۱﴾

34:31 And those who disbelieve say: We do not believe in this Quran, nor in what is before it. And if you could see when the wrongdoers are made to stand before their Lord, throwing back the blame to one another! Those who were considered weak say to those who were proud: If it were not for you, we would have been believers.

قَالَ الَّذِیۡنَ اسۡتَکۡبَرُوۡا لِلَّذِیۡنَ اسۡتُضۡعِفُوۡۤا اَنَحۡنُ صَدَدۡنٰکُمۡ عَنِ الۡہُدٰی بَعۡدَ اِذۡ جَآءَکُمۡ بَلۡ کُنۡتُمۡ مُّجۡرِمِیۡنَ ﴿۳۲﴾

34:32 Those who were proud say to those who were considered weak: Did we turn you away from the guidance after it had come to you? But you (yourselves) were guilty.

وَ قَالَ الَّذِیۡنَ اسۡتُضۡعِفُوۡا لِلَّذِیۡنَ اسۡتَکۡبَرُوۡا بَلۡ مَکۡرُ الَّیۡلِ وَ النَّہَارِ اِذۡ تَاۡمُرُوۡنَنَاۤ اَنۡ نَّکۡفُرَ بِاللّٰہِ وَ نَجۡعَلَ لَہٗۤ اَنۡدَادًا ؕ وَ اَسَرُّوا النَّدَامَۃَ لَمَّا رَاَوُا الۡعَذَابَ ؕ وَ جَعَلۡنَا الۡاَغۡلٰلَ فِیۡۤ اَعۡنَاقِ الَّذِیۡنَ کَفَرُوۡا ؕ ہَلۡ یُجۡزَوۡنَ اِلَّا مَا کَانُوۡا یَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۳۳﴾

34:33 And those who were considered weak say to those who were proud: But (it was your) planning by night and day when you told us to disbelieve in Allah and to set up likes with Him. And they will manifest regret when they see the punishment. And We put chains on the necks of those who disbelieve. They will not be recompensed but for what they did.

وَ مَاۤ اَرۡسَلۡنَا فِیۡ قَرۡیَۃٍ مِّنۡ نَّذِیۡرٍ اِلَّا قَالَ مُتۡرَفُوۡہَاۤ ۙ اِنَّا بِمَاۤ اُرۡسِلۡتُمۡ بِہٖ کٰفِرُوۡنَ ﴿۳۴﴾

34:34 And We never sent a warner to a town but those who led easy lives in it said: We are disbelievers in that with which you are sent.

وَ قَالُوۡا نَحۡنُ اَکۡثَرُ اَمۡوَالًا وَّ اَوۡلَادًا ۙ وَّ مَا نَحۡنُ بِمُعَذَّبِیۡنَ ﴿۳۵﴾

34:35 And they say: We have more wealth and children, and we cannot be punished.

قُلۡ اِنَّ رَبِّیۡ یَبۡسُطُ الرِّزۡقَ لِمَنۡ یَّشَآءُ وَ یَقۡدِرُ وَ لٰکِنَّ اَکۡثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا یَعۡلَمُوۡنَ ﴿٪۳۶﴾

34:36 Say: Surely my Lord amplifies provision for whom He pleases, and restricts (it also), but most people do not know.1


  1. This expression is always used to signify that Allah will give ample means of subsistence to the weaker party and strengthen them against the wealthy transgressors.