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Surah Munafiqun Ayat 8 in Arabic Text

يَقُولُونَ لَئِن رَّجَعْنَآ إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ لَيُخْرِجَنَّ ٱلْأَعَزُّ مِنْهَا ٱلْأَذَلَّ ۚ وَلِلَّهِ ٱلْعِزَّةُ وَلِرَسُولِهِۦ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلَـٰكِنَّ ٱلْمُنَـٰفِقِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
Yaqooloona la’ir raja’naaa ilal madeenati la yukhrijannal a’azzu minhal azall; wa lillaahil ‘izzatu wa li Rasoolihee wa lilmu’mineena wa laakinnal munaafiqeena laa ya’lamoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 8

Sahih International
They say, “If we return to al-Madinah, the more honored [for power] will surely expel therefrom the more humble.” And to Allah belongs [all] honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.

Yusuf Ali
They say, “If we return to Medina, surely the more honourable (element) will expel therefrom the meaner.” But honour belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not.

Abul Ala Maududi
They say: “When we return to Madinah, the honourable ones will drive out from it those that are abject.” In truth, all honour belongs to Allah, and to His Messenger, and to the believers. But the hypocrites do not know.

Muhsin Khan
They (hyprocrites) say: “If we return to Al-Madinah, indeed the more honourable (‘Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul, the chief of hyprocrites at Al-Madinah) will expel therefrom the meaner (i.e. Allah’s Messenger SAW).” But honour, power and glory belong to Allah, His Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and to the believers, but the hypocrites know not.

Pickthall
They say: Surely, if we return to Al-Madinah the mightier will soon drive out the weaker; when might belongeth to Allah and to His messenger and to the believers; but the hypocrites know not.

Dr. Ghali
They say, “Indeed in case we return to Al-Madînah, indeed the mightier ones will definitely drive the humbler ones out of it.” And might belongs to Allah, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.

Abdel Haleem
They say, ‘Once we return to Medina the powerful will drive out the weak,’ but power belongs to God, to His Messenger, and to the believers, though the hypocrites do not know this.

Quran 63 Verse 8 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Munafiqun ayat 8, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(63:8) They say: “When we return to Madinah, the honourable ones will drive out from it those that are abject.”[15] In truth, all honour belongs to Allah, and to His Messenger, and to the believers.[16] But the hypocrites do not know.


15. Zaid bin Arqam says: When I reported these words of Abdullah bin Ubayy to the Prophet (peace be upon him), and Abdullah bin Ubayy came and disowned them on oath, the elderly people of the Ansar, and even my own uncle, reproved me for this; so much so that I felt that the Prophet (peace be upon him) had also mistaken me for a liar and Abdullah bin Ubayy for a truthful person. This caused me great anguish and grief. Then, when these verses were revealed, the Prophet (peace be upon him) called me, and taking hold of my ear, said: The boy’s ear was truthful Allah has himself testified to what it had heard. (Ibn Jarir. In Tirmidhi also there is a tradition on the same subject).

16. That is, all honor belongs to Allah in virtue of His essence, to the Prophet (peace be upon him) in virtue of his prophethood, and to the believers in virtue of their faith. As for the disbelievers, the wicked people and the hypocrites, they have no share whatsoever in the real true honor.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Munafiqun verse 8 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Munafiqun ayat 5 which provides the complete commentary from verse 5 through 8.

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