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Surah Ankabut Ayat 6 in Arabic Text

وَمَن جَـٰهَدَ فَإِنَّمَا يُجَـٰهِدُ لِنَفْسِهِۦٓ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَغَنِىٌّ عَنِ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ
Wa man jaahada fainnamaa yujaahidu linafsih; innal laaha laghaniyyun ‘anil ‘aalameen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 6

Sahih International
And whoever strives only strives for [the benefit of] himself. Indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.

Yusuf Ali
And if any strive (with might and main), they do so for their own souls: for Allah is free of all needs from all creation.

Abul Ala Maududi
Whosoever strives (in the cause of Allah) does so to his own good. Surely Allah stands in no need of anyone in the whole Universe.

Muhsin Khan
And whosoever strives, he strives only for himself. Verily, Allah is free of all wants from the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns, and all that exists).

And whosoever striveth, striveth only for himself, for lo! Allah is altogether Independent of (His) creatures.

Dr. Ghali
And whoever strives, then surely he strives only for himself; surely Allah is indeed (so) Ever-Affluent (as to dispense) with the worlds.

Abdel Haleem
Those who exert themselves do so for their own benefit––God does not need His creatures––

Quran 29 Verse 6 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ankabut ayat 6, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(29:6) Whosoever strives(in the cause of Allah) does so to his own good.[8] Surely Allah stands in no need of anyone in the whole Universe.[9]

8. The word mujahadah means to struggle and exert one’s utmost against an opponent, and when the particular opponent force is not pointed out, the word implies an allout, many sided struggle. The struggle that a believer has to make in the world is of this very nature. He has to fight against Satan, who frightens him every moment of the possible losses that they have to incur for the sake of good and allures him with the benefits and pleasures of the evil. He has to fight his own self also, which exerts to make him the slave of its lusts. He has also to fight all those men, from home to the world outside, whose ideology, trends, morality, customs, way of life and social and economic principles may be in conflict with his faith. And he has to fight that state too, which enforces its laws independent of obedience to Allah, and employs its forces to promote evil instead of the good. This struggle is not of a day or two, but of a lifetime, of every moment of the day and night. And it is not a struggle in one field only but on every front of life. It is about this that Hasan Basri has said: “Man exerts in the way of Allah, even though he may not strike one sword at any time.”

9. That is, Allah is not asking you to exert your utmost because he stands in need of any help from you to establish His Godhead and keep it established and sustained. But He instructs you to enter this conflict because this opens the way to your own progress. Through this way only, you can get rid of the evil and follow the way of truth. Through this way alone you can develop the ability and power to rise as the standard bearers of goodness in the world and become worthy of Allah’s Paradise in the Hereafter. By waging this war you will not do any favor to Allah but will only be helping your own selves.


The tafsir of Surah Ankabut verse 6 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Ankabut ayat 5 which provides the complete commentary from verse 5 through 7.

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