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Surah Al-Ma’idah Ayat 23 in Arabic Text

قَالَ رَجُلَانِ مِنَ ٱلَّذِينَ يَخَافُونَ أَنْعَمَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمَا ٱدْخُلُوا۟ عَلَيْهِمُ ٱلْبَابَ فَإِذَا دَخَلْتُمُوهُ فَإِنَّكُمْ غَـٰلِبُونَ ۚ وَعَلَى ٱللَّهِ فَتَوَكَّلُوٓا۟ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ
Qaala rajulaani minal lazeena yakhaafoona an’amal laahu ‘alaihimad khuloo ‘alaihimul baab, fa izaa dakhaltumoohu fa innakum ghaaliboon; wa ‘alal laahi fatawakkalooo in kuntum mu’mineen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 23

Sahih International
Said two men from those who feared [to disobey] upon whom Allah had bestowed favor, “Enter upon them through the gate, for when you have entered it, you will be predominant. And upon Allah rely, if you should be believers.”

Yusuf Ali
(But) among (their) Allah-fearing men were two on whom Allah had bestowed His grace: They said: “Assault them at the (proper) Gate: when once ye are in, victory will be yours; But on Allah put your trust if ye have faith.”

Abul Ala Maududi
Two from among these who were frightened but upon whom Allah had bes-towed His favour said: ‘Enter upon them through the gate – for if you do enter – you will be the victors. And put your trust in Allah if indeed you are men of faith.’

Muhsin Khan
Two men of those who feared (Allah and) on whom Allah had bestowed His Grace [they were Yusha’ (Joshua) and Kalab (Caleb)] said: “Assault them through the gate, for when you are in, victory will be yours, and put your trust in Allah if you are believers indeed.”

Pickthall
Then out spake two of those who feared (their Lord, men) unto whom Allah had been gracious: Enter in upon them by the gate, for if ye enter by it, lo! ye will be victorious. So put your trust (in Allah) if ye are indeed believers.

Dr. Ghali
Said two men of the ones that feared Allah) (and) whom Allah had favored, “Enter in upon them (by) the gate. So, when you enter it, then surely you will be overcoming them. And so put all your trust in Allah in case you are believers.”

Abdel Haleem
Yet two men whom God had blessed among those who were afraid said, ‘Go in to them through the gate and when you go in you will overcome them. If you are true believers, put your trust in God.’

Quran 5 Verse 23 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Ma’idah ayat 23, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(5:23) Two from among these who were frightened but upon whom Allah had bes-towed His favour[45] said: ‘Enter upon them through the gate – for if you do enter – you will be the victors. And put your trust in Allah if indeed you are men of faith.’


45. This could have two meanings: either that two of those who feared the high-handed people of the Promised Land made that statement or that two of those who feared God did so. (However, most Qur’anic commentators subscribe to the latter meaning – Ed.)

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Maidah verse 23 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Maidah ayat 20 which provides the complete commentary from verse 20 through 26.

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