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Surah Nahl Ayat 86 in Arabic Text

وَإِذَا رَءَا ٱلَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا۟ شُرَكَآءَهُمْ قَالُوا۟ رَبَّنَا هَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ شُرَكَآؤُنَا ٱلَّذِينَ كُنَّا نَدْعُوا۟ مِن دُونِكَ ۖ فَأَلْقَوْا۟ إِلَيْهِمُ ٱلْقَوْلَ إِنَّكُمْ لَكَـٰذِبُونَ
Wa izaa ra al lazeena ashrakoo shurakaaa’ahum qaaloo Rabbana haaa’ulaaa’i shurakaaa’unal lazeena kunnaa nad’oo min doonika fa alqaw ilaihimul qawla innakum lakaaziboon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 86

Sahih International
And when those who associated others with Allah see their “partners,” they will say,” Our Lord, these are our partners [to You] whom we used to invoke besides You.” But they will throw at them the statement, “Indeed, you are liars.”

Yusuf Ali
When those who gave partners to Allah will see their “partners”, they will say: “Our Lord! these are our ‘partners,’ those whom we used to invoke besides Thee.” But they will throw back their word at them (and say): “Indeed ye are liars!”

Abul Ala Maududi
And when those who associated others with Allah in His Divinity will see those to whom they ascribed this share, they will say: “Our Lord! These are the beings to whom we ascribed a share in Your Divinity and whom we called upon instead of You,” whereupon those beings will fling at them the words: “You are liars.”

Muhsin Khan
And when those who associated partners with Allah see their (Allah’s so-called) partners, they will say: “Our Lord! These are our partners whom we used to invoke besides you.” But they will throw back their word at them (and say): “Surely! You indeed are liars!”

Pickthall
And when those who ascribed partners to Allah behold those partners of theirs, they will say: Our Lord! these are our partners unto whom we used to cry instead of Thee. But they will fling to them the saying: Lo! ye verily are liars!

Dr. Ghali
And when the ones who associated (others with Him) see their associates, they will say, “Our Lord, these are our associates whom we used to invoke apart from You.” They will then cast at them the saying, “Surely you are liars indeed.” 134

Abdel Haleem
When the idolaters see the partners they joined with God they will say, ‘Our Lord, these are the partners we used to invoke beside You,’ but the partners will retort, ‘You are liars,’

Quran 16 Verse 86 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Nahl ayat 86, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(16:86) And when those who associated others with Allah in His Divinity will see those to whom they ascribed this share, they will say: “Our Lord! These are the beings to whom we ascribed a share in Your Divinity and whom we called upon instead of You,” whereupon those beings will fling at them the words: “You are liars.”[83]


83. It does not mean that they would deny the fact that the mushriks used to invoke their help. They will call them liars in the sense that they had made them deities without their knowledge, information and permission, as if to say: We never told you to leave Allah aside and pray to us for help. As a matter of fact, we never approved of this. Nay, we were utterly unaware of this that you were invoking us. It was an utter lie that you considered us to be able to hear your prayers, answer them and help you out of your difficulties. As you yourselves were responsible for this shirk, why are you involving us in its consequences?

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah An-Nahl verse 86 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Nahl ayat 84 which provides the complete commentary from verse 84 through 88.

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