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Surah Nahl Ayat 74 in Arabic Text

فَلَا تَضْرِبُوا۟ لِلَّهِ ٱلْأَمْثَالَ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
Falaa tadriboo lillaahil amsaal; innal laaha ya’lamu wa antum laa ta’lamoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 74

Sahih International
So do not assert similarities to Allah. Indeed, Allah knows and you do not know.

Yusuf Ali
Invent not similitudes for Allah: for Allah knoweth, and ye know not.

Abul Ala Maududi
So do not strike any similitudes to Allah. Allah knows whereas you do not know.

Muhsin Khan
So put not forward similitudes for Allah (as there is nothing similar to Him, nor He resembles anything). Truly! Allah knows and you know not.

Pickthall
So coin not similitudes for Allah. Lo! Allah knoweth; ye know not.

Dr. Ghali
So do not strike (any) similitudes for Allah; surely Allah knows and you do not know.

Abdel Haleem
So do not make up images about God: God knows and you do not.

Quran 16 Verse 74 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Nahl ayat 74, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(16:74) So do not strike any similitudes to Allah.[65] Allah knows whereas you do not know.


65. “So do not make up any similitude for Allah”: You should not compare Allah with others nor consider Him to be unapproachable like worldly kings and rulers, to whom none can have access without the mediation and intercession of their courtiers and servants. As Allah is not surrounded by angels, saints, favorites, etc. everyone can have direct access to Him without mediation by anyone. 7

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah An-Nahl verse 74 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nahl ayat 73 which provides the complete commentary from verse 73 through 74.

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