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Surah Nahl Ayat 8 in Arabic Text

وَٱلْخَيْلَ وَٱلْبِغَالَ وَٱلْحَمِيرَ لِتَرْكَبُوهَا وَزِينَةًۭ ۚ وَيَخْلُقُ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
Walkhaila wal bighaala wal hameera litarkaboohaa wa zeenah; wa yakhluqu maa laa ta’lamoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 8

Sahih International
And [He created] the horses, mules and donkeys for you to ride and [as] adornment. And He creates that which you do not know.

Yusuf Ali
And (He has created) horses, mules, and donkeys, for you to ride and use for show; and He has created (other) things of which ye have no knowledge.

Abul Ala Maududi
And He created horses and mules and asses for you to ride, and also for your adornment. And He creates many things (for you) that you do not even know about.

Muhsin Khan
And (He has created) horses, mules and donkeys, for you to ride and as an adornment. And He creates (other) things of which you have no knowledge.

Pickthall
And horses and mules and asses (hath He created) that ye may ride them, and for ornament. And He createth that which ye know not.

Dr. Ghali
And horses and mules and asses for you to ride, and as an adornment; and He creates what you do not know. 130

Abdel Haleem
horses, mules, and donkeys for you to ride and use for show, and other things you know nothing about.

Quran 16 Verse 8 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Nahl 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

(16:8) And He created horses and mules and asses for you to ride, and also for your adornment. And He creates many things (for you) that you do not even know about.[8]


8. That is, there are many agencies which are working for the good of man but he is quite unaware of such servants and the services rendered by them.

Ibn-Kathir

8. And (He has created) horses, mules and donkeys for you to ride, and as an adornment. And He creates (other) things of which you have no knowledge.


This refers to another category of animals that Allah has created as a blessing for His servants; horses, mules and donkeys, all of which He made for riding and adornment.

This is the main purpose for which these animals were created. It was reported in the Two Sahihs that Jabir bin `Abdullah said: “The Messenger of Allah forbade us to eat the meat of domestic donkeys, but he allowed us to eat the meat of horses.” Imam Ahmad and Abu Dawud reported with two chains of narration, each of which meet the conditions of Muslim, that Jabir said: “On the day of Khaybar we slaughtered horses, mules and donkeys. The Messenger of Allah forbade us from eating the mules and donkeys, but he did not forbid us from eating the horses.” According to Sahih Muslim, Asma’ bint Abi Bakr (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: “At the time of the Messenger of Allah we slaughtered a horse and ate it when we were in Al-Madinah.”

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