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Surah Taubah Ayat 121 in Arabic Text

وَلَا يُنفِقُونَ نَفَقَةًۭ صَغِيرَةًۭ وَلَا كَبِيرَةًۭ وَلَا يَقْطَعُونَ وَادِيًا إِلَّا كُتِبَ لَهُمْ لِيَجْزِيَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ أَحْسَنَ مَا كَانُوا۟ يَعْمَلُونَ
Wa laa yunfiqoona nafa qatan sagheeratanw wa laa kabeeratanw wa laa yaqta’oona waadiyan illaa kutiba lahum liyajziyahumul laahu ahsana maa kaanoo ya’maloon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 121

Sahih International
Nor do they spend an expenditure, small or large, or cross a valley but that it is registered for them that Allah may reward them for the best of what they were doing.

Yusuf Ali
Nor could they spend anything (for the cause) – small or great- nor cut across a valley, but the deed is inscribed to their credit: that Allah may requite their deed with the best (possible reward).

Abul Ala Maududi
Likewise, each amount they spend, be it small or large, and each journey they undertake, shall be recorded in their favour so that Allah may bestow upon them reward for their good deeds.

Muhsin Khan
Nor do they spend anything (in Allah’s Cause) – small or great – nor cross a valley, but is written to their credit, that Allah may recompense them with the best of what they used to do (i.e. Allah will reward their good deeds according to the reward of their best deeds which they did in the most perfect manner).

Pickthall
Nor spend they any spending, small or great, nor do they cross a valley, but it is recorded for them, that Allah may repay them the best of what they used to do.

Dr. Ghali
Nor do they expend any expense, small or great, nor do they cut across any valley, except that it is written for them, (i.e., written o their account) that Allah may recompense them for the fairest of whatever they were doing.

Abdel Haleem
if they spend a little or a lot for God’s cause, if they traverse a mountain pass, all this is recorded to their credit so that God can reward them in accordance with the best of their deeds.

Quran 9 Verse 121 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Taubah ayat 121, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(9:121) Likewise, each amount they spend, be it small or large, and each journey they undertake, shall be recorded in their favour so that Allah may bestow upon them reward for their good deeds.


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

Ibn-Kathir

121. Neither do they spend any contribution — small or great — nor cross a valley, but is written to their credit that Allah may recompense them with the best of what they used to do.) Allah said next,


﴿وَلاَ يُنفِقُونَ﴾

(Neithr do they spend), in reference to the fighters in Allah’s cause,

﴿نَفَقَةً صَغِيرَةً وَلاَ كَبِيرَةً﴾

(any contribution — small or great –), with regards to its amount,

﴿وَلاَ يَقْطَعُونَ وَادِيًا﴾

(nor cross a valley), while marching towards the enemy,

﴿إِلاَّ كُتِبَ لَهُمْ﴾

(but is written to their credit), for these actions that they take ﴿and which are under their control﴾,

﴿لِيَجْزِيَهُمُ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنَ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ﴾

(that Allah may recompense them with the best of what they used to do.) Certainly, the Leader of the faithful, `Uthman bin `Affan, may Allah be pleased with him, acquired a tremendous share of the virtues mentioned in this honorable Ayah. He spent large amounts and tremendous wealth on this battle (Tabuk). Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdur-Rahman bin Khabbab As-Sulami said; “The Messenger of Allah gave a speech in which he encouraged spending on the army of distress (for Tabuk). I`Uthman bin `Affan, may Allah be pleased with him said; `I will give one hundred camels with their saddles and supplies.’ Then he exhorted them some more. So `Uthman said; `I will give one hundred more camels with their saddles and supplies.’ Then he descended one step of the Minbar and exhorted them some more. So `Uthman bin `Affan said; `I will give one hundred more camels with their saddles and supplies.’ Then I saw Allah’s Messenger with his hand moving like this – and `Abdus-Samad’s ﴿one of the narrators﴾ hand went out like one in amazement – he said,

«مَا عَلَى عُثْمَانَ مَا عَمِلَ بَعْدَ هَذَا»

(It does not matter what `Uthman does after. ) It is also recorded in the Musnad that `Abdur-Rahman bin Samurah said, “`Uthman brought a thousand Dinars in his garment so that the Prophet could prepare supplies for the army of distress. `Uthman poured the money on the Prophet’s lap, and the Prophet started turning it around with his hand and declaring repeatedly,

«مَا ضَرَّ ابْنَ عَفَّانٍ مَا عَمِلَ بَعْدَ الْيَوْم»

(The son of `Affan (i.e., `Uthman) will never be harmed by anything he does after today.)” Qatadah commented on Allah’s statement,

﴿وَلاَ يَقْطَعُونَ وَادِيًا إِلاَّ كُتِبَ لَهُمْ﴾

(nor cross a valley, but is written to their credit), “The farther any people march forth away from their families in the cause of Allah, the nearer they will be to Allah.”

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