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Surah Lail Ayat 20 in Arabic Text

إِلَّا ٱبْتِغَآءَ وَجْهِ رَبِّهِ ٱلْأَعْلَىٰ
Illab tighaaa’a wajhi rabbihil a ‘laa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 20

Sahih International
But only seeking the countenance of his Lord, Most High.

Yusuf Ali
But only the desire to seek for the Countenance of their Lord Most High;

Abul Ala Maududi
but only to seek the good pleasure of his Lord Most High.

Muhsin Khan
Except only the desire to seek the Countenance of his Lord, the Most High;

Except as seeking (to fulfil) the purpose of his Lord Most High.

Dr. Ghali
Except for seeking the Face of his Lord, The Most Exalted.

Abdel Haleem
but for the sake of his Lord the Most High––

Quran 93 Verse 20 Explanation

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


(92:20) but only to seek the good pleasure of his Lord Most High.[10]

10. This is further explanation of the sincerity of the pious man. He was not indebted in any way to the people on whom he spends his wealth so that he may be doing so in order to repay for favors received, or may be giving gifts and holding banquets to them in order to further benefit from them, but he is helping such people only in order to seek the goodwill of his Lord, the Supreme. He was neither indebted to them before, nor he expects any favors from them in the future. Its best illustration is the act of Abu Bakr Siddiq, he would purchase and set free the poor slaves and slaves-girls who accepted Islam in Makkah and were cruelly treated by their masters on that account. Ibn Jarir and Ibn Asakir have related, on the authority of Amir bin Abdullah bin Zubair, that when Abu Bakr’s father saw him spending money to purchase the freedom of the poor slaves and slave-girls, he said to him: Son, I see that you are getting the weak people free; had you spent this money on the freedom of strong, young men, they would have become your helpers and supporters. Abu Bakr replied: Dear father, I only seek the reward that is with Allah.


The tafsir of Surah Al-Lail verse 20 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Al-Lail ayat 12 which provides the complete commentary from verse 12 through 21.

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