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Surah Taubah Ayat 66 in Arabic Text

لَا تَعْتَذِرُوا۟ قَدْ كَفَرْتُم بَعْدَ إِيمَـٰنِكُمْ ۚ إِن نَّعْفُ عَن طَآئِفَةٍۢ مِّنكُمْ نُعَذِّبْ طَآئِفَةًۢ بِأَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا۟ مُجْرِمِينَ
Laa ta’taziroo qad kafartum ba’da eemaanikum; in na’fu ‘an taaa’ifatin minkum nu’az zib taaa’ifatan bi annahum kaanoo mujrimeen (section 8)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 66

Sahih International
Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after your belief. If We pardon one faction of you – We will punish another faction because they were criminals.

Yusuf Ali
Make ye no excuses: ye have rejected Faith after ye had accepted it. If We pardon some of you, We will punish others amongst you, for that they are in sin.

Abul Ala Maududi
Now, make no excuses. The truth is, you have fallen into unbelief after having believed. Even if We were to forgive some of you, We will surely chastise others because they are guilty.

Muhsin Khan
Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after you had believed. If We pardon some of you, We will punish others amongst you because they were Mujrimun (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, criminals, etc.).

Pickthall
Make no excuse. Ye have disbelieved after your (confession of) belief. If We forgive a party of you, a party of you We shall punish because they have been guilty.

Dr. Ghali
Do not excuse yourselves. You have readily disbelieved after your belief; in case We are clement towards a section of you, We will torment (another) section, for that they have been criminals.”.

Abdel Haleem
Do not try to justify yourselves; you have gone from belief to disbelief.’ We may forgive some of you, but We will punish others: they are evildoers.

Quran 9 Verse 66 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Taubah ayat 66, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(9:66) Now, make no excuses. The truth is, you have fallen into unbelief after having believed. Even if We were to forgive some of you, We will surely chastise others because they are guilty.[74]


74. That is, “Those foolish buffoons, who take interest in such conversations and mock even at serious things because there is nothing serious in the world for them, may be pardoned. But there are others who mock at these serious things deliberately with evil intentions, because they consider the Messenger (peace be upon him) and the way taught by him as ridiculous in spite of their professions of faith. As their real object is to discourage the believers from making preparations for Jihad, they are criminals and not buffoons; therefore they shall not be pardoned at all.”

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Taubah verse 66 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Taubah ayat 65 which provides the complete commentary from verse 65 through 66.

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