Ayah

وَلَمَّا وَرَدَ مَآءَ مَدۡيَنَ وَجَدَ عَلَيۡهِ أُمَّةً مِّنَ ٱلنَّاسِ يَسۡقُونَ وَوَجَدَ مِن دُونِهِمُ ٱمۡرَأَتَيۡنِ تَذُودَانِ ۖ قَالَ مَا خَطۡبُكُمَا ۖ قَالَتَا لَا نَسۡقِى حَتَّىٰ يُصۡدِرَ ٱلرِّعَآءُ ۖ وَأَبُونَا شَيۡخٌ كَبِيرٌ

Translation

And when he arrived at the watering (place) in Madyan, he found there a group of men watering (their flocks), and besides them he found two women who were keeping back (their flocks). He said: "What is the matter with you?" They said: "We cannot water (our flocks) until the shepherds take back (their flocks): And our father is a very old man."<br/>

Tafsir

And when he arrived at the Water of Midian, [the name of] a well therein, he found a group of people there watering, their flocks, and he found, besides them, two women holding back their flock, from the water. He, Moses, said, to the two: 'What is your business?', that is, 'What is the matter with you, that you are not watering?' They said, 'We do not water [our flock] until the shepherds have moved on (ri'aa'u, 'shepherds', the plural of raa'in) that is to say, until they have returned from the watering, for fear of being crushed [by the throng], after which we go to water (a variant reading [for yasdiru, 'move on'] is the 4th form [subjunctive] yusdira, 'to drive away', meaning, until they [the shepherds] have driven their flocks away from the water') and our father is a very old man', unable to [come and] water.

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