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Surah An-Nisa Ayat 21 in Arabic Text

وَكَيْفَ تَأْخُذُونَهُۥ وَقَدْ أَفْضَىٰ بَعْضُكُمْ إِلَىٰ بَعْضٍۢ وَأَخَذْنَ مِنكُم مِّيثَـٰقًا غَلِيظًۭا
Wa kaifa ta’khuzoonahoo wa qad afdaa ba’dukum ilaa ba’dinw wa akhazna minkum meesaaqan ghaleezaa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 21

Sahih International
And how could you take it while you have gone in unto each other and they have taken from you a solemn covenant?

Yusuf Ali
And how could ye take it when ye have gone in unto each other, and they have Taken from you a solemn covenant?

Abul Ala Maududi
How can you take it away after each one has enjoyed the other, and they have taken a firm covenant from you?

Muhsin Khan
And how could you take it (back) while you have gone in unto each other, and they have taken from you a firm and strong covenant?

Pickthall
How can ye take it (back) after one of you hath gone in unto the other, and they have taken a strong pledge from you?

Dr. Ghali
And how should you take it, and each of you has already gone privily with the other, (Literally: some of you have been privily with (some) and they have taken from you a solemn compact?

Abdul Haleem
How could you take it when this is unjust and a blatant sin? How could you take it when you have lain with each other and they have taken a solemn pledge from you?

Quran 4 Verse 21 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah An-Nisa ayat 21, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(4:21) How can you take it away after each one has enjoyed the other, and they have taken a firm covenant from you?[31]


31. The ‘firm covenant’ in this verse refers to marriage. For marriage is a firm covenant of fidelity. It is only because a woman has faith in the firmness of this covenant that she entrusts herself to a man. If a man decides of his own will to break it, he has no right to withdraw the amount he offered his wife by way of bridal-due at the time of entering into that covenant. (See Towards Understanding the Qur’an, vol. I,( Surah 2, n. 251)

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Nisa verse 21 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nisa ayat 19 which provides the complete commentary from verse 19 through 22.

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