Explanation of 27:47

  |   Quran

English Translation of Al-Quran [27].Surah Al-Naml [The Ants] Ayat 47. They said: "We augur ill omen from you and those with you." He said: "Your ill omen is with Allah; nay, but you are a people that are being tested." Ayat 48. And there were in the city nine men (from the sons of their chiefs), who made mischief in the land, and would not reform. Ayat 49. They said: "Swear one to another by Allah that we shall make a secret night attack on him and his household, and afterwards we will surely say to his near relatives: ‘We witnessed not the destruction of his household, and verily! We are telling the truth”. Tafseer of Surah Al Naml (The Ants) Ayat 47 to 49. They said: "Ill omen do we augur from thee and those that are with thee". He said: "Your ill omen is with Allah. yea, ye are a people under trial." All evil unpunished is not evil condoned, but evil given a chance for reform. They are on trial, by the mercy of Allah. What they call "ill omen" is really the just punishment for their ill-deeds, and that punishment rests with Allah. (Cf. 36:18-19). There were in the city nine men of a family, who made mischief in the land, and would not reform. They had made up their minds to wage a relentless war against justice. They did not destroy justice, but justice destroyed them. They said: "Swear a mutual oath by Allah that we shall make a secret night attack on him and his people, and that we shall then say to his heir (when he seeks vengeance): ´We were not present at the slaughter of his people, and we are positively telling the truth.´" A most dastardly plot, because (1) it was to be secret, (2) by night, (3) taking their victims unawares, and (4) because careful provision was made that they should all tell lies together, saying that they knew nothing about it, in order to evade the vengeance which Salih’s PBUH heirs (if any were left) or his tribe might want to exact! And yet such were exactly the plots laid against the Holy Prophet PBUH himself.