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Al-Qur'an Surah An-Najm Verse 19

An-Najm [53]: 19 ~ English Qur'an Word By Word and Multi Tafseer

اَفَرَءَيْتُمُ اللّٰتَ وَالْعُزّٰى (النجم : ٥٣)

So have you seen
the Lat
and the Uzza


Afara'aytumul laata wal 'uzzaa (QS. an-Najm:19)

English / Sahih Translation:

So have you considered al-Lat and al-Uzza? (QS. An-Najm, ayah 19)

Mufti Taqi Usmani

Have you ever considered about the (idols of) Lāt and ‘Uzzā,

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Now, have you considered ˹the idols of˺ Lât and ’Uzza,

Ruwwad Translation Center

Have you [O disbelievers] thought about [the idols of] al-Lāt and al-‘Uzzā,

A. J. Arberry

Have you considered El-Lat and El-'Uzza

Abdul Haleem

[Disbelievers], consider al-Lat and al-Uzza,

Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Have ye then considered Al-Lat and AL-'uzza:

Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Have ye seen Lat. and 'Uzza,

Abul Ala Maududi

Have you ever thought about al-Lat and al-Uzza,

Ahmed Ali

Have you considered Lat and 'Uzza,

Ahmed Raza Khan

So did you observe the idols Lat and Uzza?

Ali Quli Qarai

Have you considered Lat and ‘Uzza?

Ali Ünal

(As compared to that) have you considered al-Lat and al-‘Uzza?

Amatul Rahman Omar

Have you had a look at Lât and `Uzzâ (the gods of idolaters),

English Literal

Did you see/understand Allata/Hashtaroot (most famous idol goddess in pre-Islamic ignorance) and Elozza (idol statue)?

Faridul Haque

So did you observe the idols Lat and Uzza?

Hamid S. Aziz

Have you seen Lat and Uzza,

Hilali & Khan

Have you then considered Al-Lat, and Al-'Uzza (two idols of the pagan Arabs).

Maulana Mohammad Ali

Certainly he saw of the greatest signs of his Lord.

Mohammad Habib Shakir

Have you then considered the Lat and the Uzza,

Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Have ye thought upon Al-Lat and Al-'Uzza

Muhammad Sarwar

(Can anything as such be considered true) of al-Lat, al-Uzza,

Qaribullah & Darwish

(Among the idols) have you considered allat and al'uzza,

Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Have you then considered Al-Lat, and Al-`Uzza.

Wahiduddin Khan

Have you really considered al-Lat and al-"Uzza,

Talal Itani

Have you considered al-Lat and al-Uzza?

Tafsir jalalayn

Have you considered al-Lt and al-`Uzz,

Tafseer Ibn Kathir

Refuting Idolatry, Al-Lat and Al-`Uzza

Allah the Exalted rebukes the idolators for worshipping idols and taking rivals to Him. They built houses for their idols to resemble the Ka`bah built by Prophet Ibrahim, Allah's Khalil.

أَفَرَأَيْتُمُ اللَّتَ

Have you then considered Al-Lat,
Al-Lat was a white stone with inscriptions on. There was a house built around Al-Lat in At-Ta'if with curtains, servants and a sacred courtyard around it. The people of At-Ta'if, the tribe of Thaqif and their allies, worshipped Al-Lat. They would boast to Arabs, except the Quraysh, that they had Al-Lat.

Ibn Jarir said,

"They derived Al-Lat's name from Allah's Name, and made it feminine. Allah is far removed from what they ascribe to Him. "

It was reported that Al-Lat is pronounced Al-Lat because, according to Abdullah bin Abbas, Mujahid, and Ar-Rabi` bin Anas, Al-Lat was a man who used to mix Sawiq (a kind of barley mash) with water for the pilgrims during the time of Jahiliyyah. When he died, they remained next to his grave and worshipped him."

Al-Bukhari recorded that Ibn Abbas said about Allah's statement,

اللَّتَ وَالْعُزَّى

Al-Lat, and Al-`Uzza.

"Al-Lat was a man who used to mix Sawiq for the pilgrims."

Ibn Jarir said,

"They also derived the name for their idol Al-`Uzza from Allah's Name Al-`Aziz. Al-`Uzza was a tree on which the idolators placed a monument and curtains, in the area of Nakhlah, between Makkah and At-Ta'if. The Quraysh revered Al-`Uzza."

During the battle of Uhud, Abu Sufyan said, "We have Al-`Uzza, but you do not have Al-`Uzza."

Allah's Messenger replied,

قُولُوا اللهُ مَوْلَانَا وَلَا مَوْلَى لَكُم

Say, "Allah is Our Supporter, but you have no support."
Manat was another idol in the area of Mushallal near Qudayd, between Makkah and Al-Madinah. The tribes of Khuza`ah, Aws and Khazraj used to revere Manat during the time of Jahiliyyah. They used to announce Hajj to the Ka`bah from next to Manat.

Al-Bukhari collected a statement from A'ishah with this meaning.

There were other idols in the Arabian Peninsula that the Arabs revered just as they revered the Ka`bah, besides the three idols that Allah mentioned in His Glorious Book. Allah mentioned these three here because they were more famous than the others.

An-Nasa'i recorded that Abu At-Tufayl said,

"When the Messenger of Allah conquered Makkah, he sent Khalid bin Al-Walid to the area of Nakhlah where the idol of Al-`Uzza was erected on three trees of a forest. Khalid cut the three trees and approached the house built around it and destroyed it. When he went back to the Prophet and informed him of the story, the Prophet said to him,

ارْجِعْ فَإِنَّكَ لَمْ تَصْنَعْ شَيْيًا

Go back and finish your mission, for you have not finished it.

Khalid went back and when the custodians who were also its servants of Al-`Uzza saw him, they started invoking by calling Al-`Uzza! When Khalid approached it, he found a naked woman whose hair was untidy and who was throwing sand on her head. Khalid killed her with the sword and went back to the Messenger of Allah , who said to him,

تِلْكَ الْعُزَّى

That was Al-`Uzza!"

Muhammad bin Ishaq narrated,

"Al-Lat belonged to the tribe of Thaqif in the area of At-Ta'if. Banu Mu`attib were the custodians of Al-Lat and its servants."

I say that the Prophet sent Al-Mughirah bin Shu`bah and Abu Sufyan Sakhr bin Harb to destroy Al-Lat. They carried out the Prophet's command and built a Masjid in its place in the city of At-Ta'if.

Muhammad bin Ishaq said that Manat used to be the idol of the Aws and Khazraj tribes and those who followed their religion in Yathrib (Al-Madinah). Manat was near the coast, close to the area of Mushallal in Qudayd. The Prophet sent Abu Sufyan Sakhr bin Harb or `Ali bin Abi Talib to demolish it.

Ibn Ishaq said that Dhul-Khalasah was the idol of the tribes of Daws, Khath`am and Bajilah, and the Arabs who resided in the area of Tabalah.

I say that Dhul-Khalasah was called the Southern Ka`bah, and the Ka`bah in Makkah was called the Northern Ka`bah. The Messenger of Allah sent Jarir bin Abdullah Al-Bajali to Dhul-Khalasah and he destroyed it.

Ibn Ishaq said that Fals was the idol of Tay' and the neighboring tribes in the Mount of Tay', such as Salma and Ajja.

Ibn Hisham said that some scholars of knowledge told him that the Messenger of Allah sent Ali bin Abi Talib to Fals and he destroyed it and found two swords in its treasure, which the Prophet then gave to Ali as war spoils.

Muhammad bin Ishaq also said that the tribes of Himyar, and Yemen in general, had a house of worship in San`a' called Riyam. He mentioned that there was a black dog in it and that the religious men who went with Tubba` removed it, killed it and demolished the building.

Ibn Ishaq said that Ruda' was a structure of Bani Rabi`ah bin Ka`b bin Sa`d bin Zayd Manat bin Tamim, which Al-Mustawghir bin Rabi`ah bin Ka`b bin Sa`d demolished after Islam.

In Sindad there was Dhul-Ka`bat, the idol of the tribes of Bakr and Taghlib, the sons of the Wa'il, and also the Iyad tribes.
Refuting the Idolators Who appoint Rivals to Allah and claim that the Angels were Females

Allah the Exalted said,

أَفَرَأَيْتُمُ اللَّتَ اللَّتَ وَالْعُزَّى

وَمَنَاةَ الثَّالِثَةَ الاُْخْرَى