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sa-ala
سَأَلَ
Asked
sāilun
سَآئِلٌۢ
a questioner
biʿadhābin
بِعَذَابٍ
about a punishment
wāqiʿin
وَاقِعٍ
bound to happen

Sa ala saaa'ilum bi'azaa binw-waaqi'

Sahih International:

A supplicant asked for a punishment bound to happen

1 A. J. Arberry

A questioner asked of a chastisement about to fall

2 Abdul Haleem

A man [mockingly] demanded the punishment.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

There hath asked an asker for the torment about to befall.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

A questioner asked about a Penalty to befall-

5 Abul Ala Maududi

A beseecher besought the visitation of chastisement,

6 Ahmed Ali

AN INQUIRER ASKED for the affliction that is to come

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

A requester seeks the punishment that will take place –

8 Ali Quli Qarai

An asker asked for a punishment sure to befall

9 Ali Ünal

A questioner (in mocking denial of the Day of Resurrection) has asked about the punishment certain to befall,

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

A solicitor solicited the punishment which is bound to befall.

11 English Literal

(An) asker/questioner asked/questioned with (about) a falling/landing torture.

12 Faridul Haque

A requester seeks the punishment that will take place -

13 Hamid S. Aziz

A questioner asked about the chastisement which must befall

14 Hilali & Khan

A questioner asked concerning a torment about to befall

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

From Allah, Lord of the ways of Ascent.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

One demanding, demanded the chastisement which must befall

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

A questioner questioned concerning the doom about to fall

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Someone has (needlessly) demanded to experience the torment (of God),

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

A caller supplicated about a punishment to fall on

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

A questioner asked concerning a torment about to befall

21 Wahiduddin Khan

A doubter once demanded that punishment be immediately meted out,

22 Talal Itani

A questioner questioned the imminent torment.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

A petitioner petitioned, a supplicator supplicated [for], an impending chastisement

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

A Request to hasten the Day of Judgement

Allah says that,

سَأَلَ سَايِلٌ بِعَذَابٍ وَاقِعٍ




A questioner asked concerning a torment about to befall,

This Ayah contains an assumed meaning that is alluded to by the letter "Ba". It is as though it is saying, a questioner requested to hasten on the torment that is about to fall.

It is similar to Allah's statement,

وَيَسْتَعْجِلُونَكَ بِالْعَذَابِ وَلَن يُخْلِفَ اللَّهُ وَعْدَهُ

And they ask you to hasten on the torment! And Allah fails not His promise. (22;47)

meaning, that its torment will occur and there is no avoiding it.

Al-`Awfi reported from Ibn `Abbas concerning the Ayah,
سَأَلَ سَايِلٌ بِعَذَابٍ وَاقِعٍ
(A questioner asked concerning a torment about to befall),

"That is the questioning of the disbelievers about the torment of Allah and it will occur to them."

Ibn Abi Najih reported from Mujahid that he said concerning Allah's statement
سَأَلَ سَايِلٌ
(A questioner asked),

"A person called out (requesting) for the torment that will occur in the Hereafter to happen."

Then he said, "This is their saying,

اللَّهُمَّ إِن كَانَ هَـذَا هُوَ الْحَقَّ مِنْ عِندِكَ فَأَمْطِرْ عَلَيْنَا حِجَارَةً مِّنَ السَّمَأءِ أَوِ ايْتِنَا بِعَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ

O Allah! If this is indeed the truth from you, then rain down stones on us from the sky or bring on us a painful torment." (8;32)

Allah's statement,

وَاقِعٍ