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Surah Al-Ma’idah Ayat 50 in Arabic Text

أَفَحُكْمَ ٱلْجَـٰهِلِيَّةِ يَبْغُونَ ۚ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ حُكْمًۭا لِّقَوْمٍۢ يُوقِنُونَ
Afahukmal jaahiliyyati yabghoon; wa man ahsanu minal laahi hukmal liqawminy yooqinoon (section 7)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 50

Sahih International
Then is it the judgement of [the time of] ignorance they desire? But who is better than Allah in judgement for a people who are certain [in faith].

Yusuf Ali
Do they then seek after a judgment of (the days of) ignorance? But who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than Allah?

Abul Ala Maududi
(If they turn away from the Law of Allah) do they desire judgement according to the Law of Ignorance? But for those who have certainty of belief whose judgement can be better than Allah’s?

Muhsin Khan
Do they then seek the judgement of (the Days of) Ignorance? And who is better in judgement than Allah for a people who have firm Faith.

Pickthall
Is it a judgment of the time of (pagan) ignorance that they are seeking? Who is better than Allah for judgment to a people who have certainty (in their belief)?

Dr. Ghali
Is it then the judgment of (pagan) ignorance that they inequitably seek? And who is fairer in judgment than Allah, for a people having certitude?

Abdel Haleem
Do they want judgement according to the time of pagan ignorance? Is there any better judge than God for those of firm faith?

Quran 5 Verse 50 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Ma’idah ayat 50, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(5:50) (If they turn away from the Law of Allah) do they desire judgement according to the Law of Ignorance?[83] But for those who have certainty of belief whose judgement can be better than Allah’s?


83. The word jahiliyah (literally ‘ignorance’) is used as an antonym to Islam. Islam is the way of ‘ilm (true knowledge), since it is God Himself Who has shown this way, and His knowledge embraces everything. In contrast is the way that diverges from Islam – the path of Ignorance (jahiliyah). The pre-Islamic period in Arabia is designated as jahiliyah because this was the era when human beings derived their norms from either superstitious beliefs, conjectures and imagination or from their desires. Whenever such an attitude is adopted, it is bound to be designated as Ignorance. The appellation ‘jahiliyah’ will apply to every aspect of life which is developed in disregard of the knowledge made available by God, based only on man’s partial knowledge blended with imagination, superstitious fancies, conjectures and desires.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Maidah verse 50 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Maidah ayat 48 which provides the complete commentary from verse 48 through 50.

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