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Surah Bayyinah Ayat 4 in Arabic Text

وَمَا تَفَرَّقَ ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُوا۟ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ إِلَّا مِنۢ بَعْدِ مَا جَآءَتْهُمُ ٱلْبَيِّنَةُ
Wa maa tafarraqal lazeena ootul kitaaba il-la mim b’adi ma jaa-at humul baiyyinah

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 4

Sahih International
Nor did those who were given the Scripture become divided until after there had come to them clear evidence.

Yusuf Ali
Nor did the People of the Book make schisms, until after there came to them Clear Evidence.

Abul Ala Maududi
Nor did those to whom the Book had been given split up until after the Proof (of the Right Way) had come to them.

Muhsin Khan
And the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) differed not until after there came to them clear evidence. (i.e. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and whatever was revealed to him).

Pickthall
Nor were the People of the Scripture divided until after the clear proof came unto them.

Dr. Ghali
And in no way did the ones to whom the Book was brought (become) disunited, except ever after the Supreme Evidence came up to them.

Abdel Haleem
[Yet] those who were given the Scripture became divided only after they were sent [such] clear evi-dence

Quran 98 Verse 4 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Bayyinah ayat 4, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(98:4) Nor did those to whom the Book had been given split up until after the Proof (of the Right Way) had come to them.[6]


6. That is, the reason why the people of the Book beforethis were divided into countless sects because of differentkinds of errors and deviation, was not that Allah had failedto send a clear evidence from Himself for their guidance,but the fact that they adopted the wrong way afterguidance had come from Allah. Therefore, they themselveswere responsible for their deviation, for Allah had fulfilledHis obligation towards them. Likewise, since theirscriptures are no longer pure and their books no longerconsist of original and correct teachings, Allah by sending aMessenger of His, as a clear evidence, with a hallowedBook, containing sound and pure teachings, has againfulfilled His obligation towards them, so that even if afterthat they remained divided, they themselves should beresponsible for it and should have no excuse left to pleadbefore Allah. This has been stated at many places in theQuran, e.g. see ( Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayats 213, 253);(Surah Al-Imran, Ayat 19); (Surah Al-Maidah, Ayats 44-50); ( Surah Younus, Ayat 93);(Surah Ash-Shura, Ayats 13-15); (Surah Al-Jathiyah, Ayats 16-18),along with the corresponding notesfor full understanding.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Bayyinah verse 4 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Bayyinah ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 5.

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