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Surah Maryam Ayat 81 in Arabic Text

وَٱتَّخَذُوا۟ مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ ءَالِهَةًۭ لِّيَكُونُوا۟ لَهُمْ عِزًّۭا
Wattakhazoo min doonil laahi aalihatal liyakoonoo lahum ‘izzaa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 81

Sahih International
And they have taken besides Allah [false] deities that they would be for them [a source of] honor.

Yusuf Ali
And they have taken (for worship) gods other than Allah, to give them power and glory!

Abul Ala Maududi
They have taken other gods instead of Allah that they may be a source of strength for them.

Muhsin Khan
And they have taken (for worship) aliha (gods) besides Allah, that they might give them honour, power and glory (and also protect them from Allah’s Punishment etc.).

Pickthall
And they have chosen (other) gods beside Allah that they may be a power for them.

Dr. Ghali
And they have taken to themselves (other) gods apart from Allah, that they would be for them a might (i.e. that gods would make mighty).

Abdel Haleem
They have taken other gods beside God to give them strength,

Quran 19 Verse 81 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Maryam ayat 81, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(19:81) They have taken other gods instead of Allah that they may be a source of strength for them.[49]


49. The Arabic word Izzan (from Izat) implies a powerful and strong person whom nobody may dare do any harm; here it means a person’s having such a strong supporter that no enemy or opponent of his may even cherish an evil intention against him.

Ibn-Kathir

81. And they have taken gods besides Allah, that they might give them honor, power and glory. 82. Nay, but they will deny their worship of them, and will become their adversaries. 83. See you not that We have sent the Shayatin against the disbelievers to push them to do evil. 84. So make no haste against them; We only count out to them a (limited) number.


The Idols of the Polytheists will deny Their Worship

Allah, the Exalted, informs about the disbelievers who associate partners with their Lord, that they have taken gods besides Allah, so that these gods may be a source of honor and might for them. They think that these gods give them power and make them victorious. Then, Allah mentions that the matter is not as they claim, and it will not be as they hope. He says,

﴿كَلاَّ سَيَكْفُرُونَ بِعِبَـدَتِهِمْ﴾

(Nay, but they will deny their worship of them,) on the Day of Judgement.

﴿وَيَكُونُونَ عَلَيْهِمْ ضِدّاً﴾

(and will become their adversaries.) This means that they will be foes in a state other than what they think about these gods. This is similar to Allah’s statement,

﴿وَمَنْ أَضَلُّ مِمَّن يَدْعُو مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ مَن لاَّ يَسْتَجِيبُ لَهُ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَـمَةِ وَهُمْ عَن دُعَآئِهِمْ غَـفِلُونَ – وَإِذَا حُشِرَ النَّاسُ كَانُواْ لَهُمْ أَعْدَآءً وَكَانُواْ بِعِبَادَتِهِمْ كَـفِرِينَ ﴾

(And who is more astray than one who calls upon, besides Allah, such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection, and who are (even) unaware of their calls to them And when mankind are gathered, they will become their enemies and will deny their worshipping.) ﴿46:5-6﴾ As-Suddi said,

﴿كَلاَّ سَيَكْفُرُونَ بِعِبَـدَتِهِمْ﴾

(Nay, but they will deny their worship of them,) “This means their worshipping of the idols. ” Allah said,

﴿وَيَكُونُونَ عَلَيْهِمْ ضِدّاً﴾

(and will become their adversaries) contrary to what they hoped for from these gods. As-Suddi said,

﴿وَيَكُونُونَ عَلَيْهِمْ ضِدّاً﴾

(and will become their adversaries.) “They will be in severe opposition and argument.” Ad-Dahhak said,

﴿وَيَكُونُونَ عَلَيْهِمْ ضِدّاً﴾

(and will become their adversaries.) “This means enemies.”

The Power of the Devils over the Disbelievers

Concerning Allah’s statement,

﴿أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّآ أَرْسَلْنَا الشَّيَـطِينَ عَلَى الْكَـفِرِينَ تَؤُزُّهُمْ أَزّاً ﴾

(See you not that We have sent the Shayatin against the disbelievers to push them to do evil.) `Ali bin Abi Talhah said that Ibn `Abbas said, “They will lead them astray with temptation.” Al-`Awfi said that Ibn `Abbas said, “They will incite them against Muhammad and his Companions.” Qatadah said, “They will harass them and disturb them until they disobey Allah.” `Abdur-Rahman bin Zayd said, “This is similar to Allah’s statement,

﴿وَمَن يَعْشُ عَن ذِكْرِ الرَّحْمَـنِ نُقَيِّضْ لَهُ شَيْطَاناً فَهُوَ لَهُ قَرِينٌ ﴾

(And whosoever turns away blindly from the remembrance of the Most Gracious, We appoint for him a Shaytan to be a companion for him.)” ﴿43:36﴾ Concerning Allah’s statement,

﴿فَلاَ تَعْجَلْ عَلَيْهِمْ إِنَّمَا نَعُدُّ لَهُمْ عَدّاً ﴾

(So make no haste against them; We only count out to them a (limited) number.) This means, “Do not be hasty with the punishment that is going to befall them, O Muhammad.”

﴿إِنَّمَا نَعُدُّ لَهُمْ عَدّاً﴾

(We only count out to them a number. ) This means, “We are only delaying them for a fixed appointment whose time is numbered. They are destined for that and there is no escaping the torment of Allah and His exemplary punishment.” Allah says,

﴿وَلاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ اللَّهَ غَـفِلاً عَمَّا يَعْمَلُ الظَّـلِمُونَ﴾

(And consider not that Allah is unaware of that which the wrongdoers do.) ﴿14:42﴾ And He says,

﴿فَمَهِّلِ الْكَـفِرِينَ أَمْهِلْهُمْ رُوَيْداً ﴾

(So give a respite to the disbelievers; deal gently with them for a while.) ﴿86:17﴾ And Allah says,

﴿إِنَّمَا نُمْلِى لَهُمْ لِيَزْدَادُواْ إِثْمَاً﴾

(We postpone the punishment only so that they may increase in sinfulness.) ﴿3:178﴾

﴿نُمَتِّعُهُمْ قَلِيلاً ثُمَّ نَضْطَرُّهُمْ إِلَى عَذَابٍ غَلِيظٍ ﴾

(We let them enjoy for a little while, then in the end We shall oblige them to (enter) a great torment.) ﴿31:24﴾

﴿قُلْ تَمَتَّعُواْ فَإِنَّ مَصِيرَكُمْ إِلَى النَّارِ﴾

(Say: “Enjoy! But certainly, your destination is the (Hell) Fire.”) ﴿14:30﴾ As-Suddi said,

﴿إِنَّمَا نَعُدُّ لَهُمْ عَدّاً﴾

(We only count out to them a (limited) number. ) means years, months, days and hours.”

﴿يَوْمَ نَحْشُرُ الْمُتَّقِينَ إِلَى الرَّحْمَـنِ وَفْداً ﴾

﴿وَنَسُوقُ الْمُجْرِمِينَ إِلَى جَهَنَّمَ وِرْداً ﴾

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