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Surah Al-An’am Ayat 20 in Arabic Text

ٱلَّذِينَ ءَاتَيْنَـٰهُمُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ يَعْرِفُونَهُۥ كَمَا يَعْرِفُونَ أَبْنَآءَهُمُ ۘ ٱلَّذِينَ خَسِرُوٓا۟ أَنفُسَهُمْ فَهُمْ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ
Allazeena aatainaa humul Kitaaba ya’rifoonahoo kamaa ya’rifoona abnaaa’ahum; allazeena khasirooo anfusahum fahum laa yu’minoon (section 2)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 20

Sahih International
Those to whom We have given the Scripture recognize it as they recognize their [own] sons. Those who will lose themselves [in the Hereafter] do not believe.

Yusuf Ali
Those to whom We have given the Book know this as they know their own sons. Those who have lost their own souls refuse therefore to believe.

Abul Ala Maududi
Those whom We have given the Book will recognize this just as they recognize their own ofspring; but those who have courted their own ruin will not believe.

Muhsin Khan
Those to whom We have given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) recognize him (i.e. Muhammad SAW as a Messenger of Allah, and they also know that there is no Ilah (God) but Allah and Islam is Allah’s Religion), as they recognize their own sons. Those who destroy themselves will not believe. (Tafsir At-Tabari)

Pickthall
Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognise (this revelation) as they recognise their sons. Those who ruin their own souls will not believe.

Dr. Ghali
The ones to whom We have brought the Book recognize it (just) as they recognize their sons. The ones who lost their (own) selves, so they do not believe.

Abdel Haleem
Those to whom We have given the Scripture know this as well as they know their own sons. Those who have lost their souls will not believe.

Quran 6 Verse 20 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-An’am ayat 20, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(6:20) Those whom We have given the Book will recognize this just as they recognize their own ofspring;[14] but those who have courted their own ruin will not believe.


14. Those who have knowledge of the Scriptures know for sure that God is One alone and that no one shares His godhead with Him. It is true that one can spot one’s own child even in the midst of a large crowd of children. The same can be said about those well-versed in the Scriptures. Even if the true concept of godhead were interspersed among numerous false beliefs and concepts about God, those well-versed in the scriptural lore would be able to recognize without doubt which doctrine was true.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Al-Anam verse 20 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Anam ayat 17 which provides the complete commentary from verse 17 through 21.

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