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Surah An-Nisa Ayat 139 in Arabic Text

ٱلَّذِينَ يَتَّخِذُونَ ٱلْكَـٰفِرِينَ أَوْلِيَآءَ مِن دُونِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۚ أَيَبْتَغُونَ عِندَهُمُ ٱلْعِزَّةَ فَإِنَّ ٱلْعِزَّةَ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعًۭا
Allazeena yattakhizoo nal kaafireena awliyaaa’a min doonil mu’mineen; a-yabta ghoona ‘indahumul ‘izzata fainnnal ‘izzata lillaahi jamee’aa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 139

Sahih International
And they say, “What is in the bellies of these animals is exclusively for our males and forbidden to our females. But if it is [born] dead, then all of them have shares therein.” He will punish them for their description. Indeed, He is Wise and Knowing.

Yusuf Ali
They say: “What is in the wombs of such and such cattle is specially reserved (for food) for our men, and forbidden to our women; but if it is still-born, then all have share therein. For their (false) attribution (of superstitions to Allah), He will soon punish them: for He is full of wisdom and knowledge.

Abul Ala Maududi
And they say: ‘What is within the bellies of such-and-such cattle is exclusively for our males and is forbidden to our females; but if it be born dead, they all may share in it.’ He will soon requite them for all that they (falsely) attribute to Allah. He is All-Wise, All-Knowing.

Muhsin Khan
And they say: “What is in the bellies of such and such cattle (milk or foetus) is for our males alone, and forbidden to our females (girls and women), but if it is born dead, then all have shares therein.” He will punish them for their attribution (of such false orders to Allah). Verily, He is All-Wise, All-Knower. (Tafsir At-Tabari, Vol. 8, Page 49).

Pickthall
And they say: That which is in the bellies of such cattle is reserved for our males and is forbidden to our wives; but if it be born dead, then they (all) may be partakers thereof. He will reward them for their attribution (of such ordinances unto Him). Lo, He is Wise, Aware.

Dr. Ghali
And they have said, “What is within the bellies of these cattle (Arabic ‘ancam includes cattle, camels, sheep and goats) is exclusively for our males and prohibited to our spouses; and in case it is dead, then they shall be partners in it.” He will soon recompense them for their describing; surely He is Ever-Wise, Ever-Knowing.

Abdel Haleem
They also say, ‘The contents of these animals’ wombs will be reserved solely for our men and forbidden to our women, though if the offspring is stillborn they may have a share of it.’ He will punish them for what they attribute to Him: He is all wise, all aware.

Quran 4 Verse 139 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah An-Nisa ayat 139, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(4:139) who take the unbelievers for their allies in preference to the believers. Do they seek honour from them[169] whereas honour altogether belongs to Allah alone?


169. The term ‘jzzah denotes a position which is at once exalted and secure. In other words, the term signifies ‘inviolable honour and glory’.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Nisa verse 139 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nisa ayat 137 which provides the complete commentary from verse 137 through 140.

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