Chapter Scripts

Surah Al-Kahf: 18:101-110

18:101 Those whose eyes had been veiled against any remembrance of Me because they could not bear to listen [to the voice of truth]!


i.e., on the Day of Judgment alluded to in the preceding verse.

18:102 Do they who are bent on denying the truth think, perchance, that they could take [any of] My creatures for protectors against Me? Verily, We have readied hell to welcome all who [thus] deny the truth!


This is an allusion not only to the worship of created beings or forces of nature but also to the popular belief that saints, whether alive or dead, could effectively “intercede” with God in behalf of anyone whom He has rejected.

18:103 Say “Shall we tell you who are the greatest losers in whatever they may do?


i.e., of God’s oneness and uniqueness, and hence of the fact that no created being can have any “influence” on God’s judgment.

18:104 [It is] they whose labor has gone astray in [the pursuit of no more than] this world’s life, and who nonetheless think that they are doing good works. 


Although each of their good actions will be taken into account on Judgment Day in accordance with the Qur’anic statement that “he who shall have done an atom’s weight of good, shall behold it” (99:7), the above verse implies that whatever good such sinners may do is far outweighed by their godlessness (Al-Qadi ‘Iyad, as quoted by Razi).

18:105 It is they who have chosen to deny their Sustainer’s messages and the truth that they are destined to meet Him.” Hence, all their [good] deeds come to naught, and no weight shall We assign to them on Resurrection Day. 

Lit., “if We were to produce the like of it (i.e., of the sea] in addition”. It is to be noted that, as pointed out by Zamakhshari, the term al-Bahr (“the sea”) is used here in a generic sense, comprising all the seas that exist: hence, the expression “the like of it” has been rendered by me as “sea upon sea”.

18:106 That will be their recompense – [their] hell – for having denied the truth and made My messages and My apostles a target of their mockery.

18:107 [But] verily, as for those who attain to faith and do righteous deeds – the gardens of paradise will be there to welcome them. 

18:108 Therein will they abide, [and] never will they desire any change therefrom.

18:109 Say “If all the sea were ink for my Sustainer’s words, the sea would indeed be exhausted ere my Sustainer’s words are exhausted! And [thus it would be] if we were to add to it sea upon the sea.”

18:110 Say [O Prophet]: “I am but a mortal man like all of you. It has been revealed unto me that your God is the One and Only God. Hence, whoever looks forward [with hope and awe] to meeting his Sustainer [on Judgment Day], let him do righteous deeds, and let him not ascribe unto anyone or anything a share in the worship due to his Sustainer!”


The divine scriptures are God’s beacons to the world. Surely God offered His trust to the heavens and the earth, and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it. And man undertook it.
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