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Surah Yaseen Ayat 21 in Arabic Text

ٱتَّبِعُوا۟ مَن لَّا يَسْـَٔلُكُمْ أَجْرًۭا وَهُم مُّهْتَدُونَ
Ittabi’oo mal-laa yas’alukum ajranw-wa hum muhtadoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 21

Sahih International
Follow those who do not ask of you [any] payment, and they are [rightly] guided.

Yusuf Ali
“Obey those who ask no reward of you (for themselves), and who have themselves received Guidance.

Abul Ala Maududi
follow those who do not ask any recompense from you and are rightly-guided.

Muhsin Khan
“Obey those who ask no wages of you (for themselves), and who are rightly guided.

Pickthall
Follow those who ask of you no fee, and who are rightly guided.

Dr. Ghali
Closely follow (the ones) who ask of you no reward, and they are rightly-guided.

Abdel Haleem
Follow them: they are not asking you to reward them and they are rightly guided.

Quran 36 Verse 21 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Yaseen ayat 21, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(36:21) follow those who do not ask any recompense from you and are rightly-guided.[17]


17. That servant of God, in this one sentence, put together all the arguments required for determining the genuineness of Prophethood. The genuineness of a Prophet can be determined by two things. First, his word and deed; second, his being selfless. What the person meant to say was this: First, whatever these people are saying is perfectly reasonable, and their own character also is pure; second, no one can prove that they are calling the people to this faith on account of a selfish motive. Therefore, there is no reason why they should not be listened to. By citing this reasoning of the person the Quran set a criterion before the people of how to judge and determine the genuineness of the Prophethood of a Prophet, as if to say: The word and deed of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) bear full evidence that he is on the right path. Then, no one can point out any selfish motive or interest behind his struggle of preaching his message. Therefore, there is no reason why a sensible person should reject what he presents.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Yaseen verse 21 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Yaseen ayat 20 which provides the complete commentary from verse 20 through 25.

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