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Surah Al-Ma’idah Ayat 53 in Arabic Text

وَيَقُولُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ أَهَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ ٱلَّذِينَ أَقْسَمُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ جَهْدَ أَيْمَـٰنِهِمْ ۙ إِنَّهُمْ لَمَعَكُمْ ۚ حَبِطَتْ أَعْمَـٰلُهُمْ فَأَصْبَحُوا۟ خَـٰسِرِينَ
Wa yaqoolul lazeena aamanooo ahaaa’ulaaa’il lazeena aqsamoo billaahi jahda aimaanihim innahum lama’akum; habitat a’maaluhum fa asbahoo khaasireen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 53

Sahih International
And those who believe will say, “Are these the ones who swore by Allah their strongest oaths that indeed they were with you?” Their deeds have become worthless, and they have become losers.

Yusuf Ali
And those who believe will say: “Are these the men who swore their strongest oaths by Allah, that they were with you?” All that they do will be in vain, and they will fall into (nothing but) ruin.

Abul Ala Maududi
while those who believe will exclaim: ‘Are these the self-same people who solemnly swore by Allah that they were with you?’ All their acts have gone to waste and now they are the losers.

Muhsin Khan
And those who believe will say: “Are these the men (hypocrites) who swore their strongest oaths by Allah that they were with you (Muslims)?” All that they did has been in vain (because of their hypocrisy), and they have become the losers.

Pickthall
Then will the believers say (unto the people of the Scripture): are these they who swore by Allah their most binding oaths that they were surely with you? Their works have failed, and they have become the losers.

Dr. Ghali
And the ones who have believed say, “Are these the ones who swore by Allah their most earnest oaths that surely they were indeed with you? Their deeds are frustrated, so they have become losers.”

Abdel Haleem
and the believers will say, ‘Are these the men who swore by God using their strongest oaths that they were with you?’ All they did was in vain: they have lost everything.

Quran 5 Verse 53 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Ma’idah ayat 53, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(5:53) while those who believe will exclaim: ‘Are these the self-same people who solemnly swore by Allah that they were with you?’ All their acts have gone to waste and now they are the losers.[86]


86. However much they might profess to follow Islam – by performing Prayers, by observing Fasts, by paying Zakah, by taking part in wars in the cause of God – all was reduced to naught because they had not devoted themselves to the service of the One True God. In pursuit of their worldly ambitions they had split their souls into two, distributing half to God and half to those in rebellion against Him.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Maidah verse 53 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Maidah ayat 51 which provides the complete commentary from verse 51 through 53.

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