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Surah An-Nisa Ayat 86 in Arabic Text

وَإِذَا حُيِّيتُم بِتَحِيَّةٍۢ فَحَيُّوا۟ بِأَحْسَنَ مِنْهَآ أَوْ رُدُّوهَآ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ حَسِيبًا
Wa izaa huyyeetum bitahaiyyatin fahaiyoo bi ahsana minhaaa aw ruddoohaa; innal laaha kaana ‘alaa kulli shai’in Haseeba

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 86

Sahih International
And Ishmael and Elisha and Jonah and Lot – and all [of them] We preferred over the worlds.

Yusuf Ali
And Isma’il and Elisha, and Jonas, and Lot: and to all We gave favour above the nations:

Abul Ala Maududi
(And of his descendants We guided) Isma’il (Ishmael), al-Yasa’ (Elisha), Yunus (Jonah), and Lut (Lot). And each one of them We favoured over all mankind.

Muhsin Khan
And Isma’il (Ishmael) and Al-Yas’a (Elisha), and Yunus (Jonah) and Lout (Lot), and each one of them We preferred above the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns) (of their times).

Pickthall
And Ishmael and Elisha and Jonah and Lot. Each one (of them) did We prefer above (Our) creatures,

Dr. Ghali
And Ismail and Alyasaca and Yunus, and Lut; (Ishmael, Elisha, Jonah and Lot, respectively) and each one We graced over the worlds;

Abdel Haleem
Ishmael, Elisha, Jonah, and Lot. We favoured each one of them over other people,

Quran 4 Verse 86 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah An-Nisa ayat 86, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(4:86) When you are greeted with a salutation then return it with a better one, or at least the same.[114] Surely Allah takes good count of everything.


114. At that time the relations between the Muslims and non-Muslims were strained to the limit. It was feared, therefore, that the Muslims might feel inclined to treat the latter discourteously. They are accordingly asked to pay at least as much respect and consideration to others as is paid to them – and preferably more. Good manners and courtesy are to be matched by the Muslims. In fact, the mission entrusted to the Muslims requires them to excel others in this respect. Harshness, irritability and bitterness are not becoming in a people whose main function is to preach a message and invite people to it; a people committed to guiding mankind towards righteousness. While harshness and bitterness may at best satisfy one’s injured vanity, they are positively harmful to the cause that one seeks to promote.’

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Nisa verse 86 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nisa ayat 84 which provides the complete commentary from verse 84 through 87.

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