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Surah Mu’minun Ayat 4 in Arabic Text

وَٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَوٰةِ فَـٰعِلُونَ
Wallazeena hum liz Zakaati faa’iloon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 4

Sahih International
And they who are observant of zakah

Yusuf Ali
Who are active in deeds of charity;

Abul Ala Maududi
who observe Zakah;

Muhsin Khan
And those who pay the Zakat.

Pickthall
And who are payers of the poor-due;

Dr. Ghali
And the ones who at giving the Zakat (i.e., paying the poor-dues) are active. (Literally: are performers)

Abdel Haleem
who pay the prescribed alms,

Quran 23 Verse 4 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Mu’minun 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

(23:4) who observe Zakah;[5]


5. The word Zakat literally means purification and development, to help something grow up smoothly and develop without obstruction. As an Islamic term, it implies both the portion of wealth taken out for the purpose of purifying the rest of wealth and the act of purification itself. The words of the original text mean that the believer constantly practices purification. Thus the meaning is not confined to the paying off of Zakat dues only but it is extended to self purification which includes purification of morals as well as wealth, property and life in general. Then it does not mean purification of one’s own self, but includes the purification of the lives of other people as well. So the verse means: The believers are the people who purify themselves as well as others. This thing has also been stated at other places in the Quran, for instance: Successful is he who practiced purification and remembered his Lord and prayed. (Surah Al-Aala, Ayats 14-15). And: Successful is he who purified himself and failure is he who corrupted it. (Surah Ash-Shams, Ayats 9-10). But this verse is more comprehensive in meaning because it stresses the purification of both society and one’s own person.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Al-Muminun verse 4 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Muminun ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 11.

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