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Surah Muhammad Ayat 21 in Arabic Text

طَاعَةٌۭ وَقَوْلٌۭ مَّعْرُوفٌۭ ۚ فَإِذَا عَزَمَ ٱلْأَمْرُ فَلَوْ صَدَقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ لَكَانَ خَيْرًۭا لَّهُمْ
Taa’atunw wa qawlum ma’roof; fa izaa ‘azamal amru falaw sadaqul laaha lakaana khairal lahum

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 21

Sahih International
Obedience and good words. And when the matter [of fighting] was determined, if they had been true to Allah, it would have been better for them.

Yusuf Ali
Were it to obey and say what is just, and when a matter is resolved on, it were best for them if they were true to Allah.

Abul Ala Maududi
(They keep affirming their) obedience and saying good words. But when a course of action was clearly determined, it would have been better for them if they had proved true to Allah.

Muhsin Khan
Obedience (to Allah) and good words (were better for them). And when the matter (preparation for Jihad) is resolved on, then if they had been true to Allah, it would have been better for them.

Pickthall
Obedience and a civil word. Then, when the matter is determined, if they are loyal to Allah it will be well for them.

Dr. Ghali
Obedience and beneficent saying. Then, when the Command is resolved, then if they were sincere to Allah, indeed it would be more charitable (i.e., better) for them.

Abdel Haleem
would be obedience and fitting words; it would also be better for them to be true to God when the decision to fight has been made.

Quran 47 Verse 21 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Muhammad ayat 21, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(47:21) (They keep affirming their) obedience and saying good words. But when a course of action was clearly determined, it would have been better for them if they had proved true to Allah.


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Muhammad verse 21 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Muhammad ayat 20 which provides the complete commentary from verse 20 through 23.

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