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Surah Yusuf Ayat 81 in Arabic Text

ٱرْجِعُوٓا۟ إِلَىٰٓ أَبِيكُمْ فَقُولُوا۟ يَـٰٓأَبَانَآ إِنَّ ٱبْنَكَ سَرَقَ وَمَا شَهِدْنَآ إِلَّا بِمَا عَلِمْنَا وَمَا كُنَّا لِلْغَيْبِ حَـٰفِظِينَ
Irji’ooo ilaaa abeekum faqooloo yaaa abaanaaa innab naka saraq; wa maa shahidnaaa illaa bimaa ‘alimnaa wa maa kunnaa lilghaibi haafizeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 81

Sahih International
Return to your father and say, “O our father, indeed your son has stolen, and we did not testify except to what we knew. And we were not witnesses of the unseen,

Yusuf Ali
“Turn ye back to your father, and say, ‘O our father! behold! thy son committed theft! we bear witness only to what we know, and we could not well guard against the unseen!

Abul Ala Maududi
So go back to your father and tell him: “Father! Your son has certainly been guilty of stealing. We did not see him stealing but testify according to what we know, and obviously we had no power to keep watch over that what is altogether hidden from us.

Muhsin Khan
“Return to your father and say, ‘O our father! Verily, your son (Benjamin) has stolen, and we testify not except according to what we know, and we could not know the unseen!

Pickthall
Return unto your father and say: O our father! Lo! thy son hath stolen. We testify only to that which we know; we are not guardians of the Unseen.

Dr. Ghali
Return to your father and so say, ‘O our father, surely your son stole; and in no way do we testify except to what we know; and in no way were we preservers of the Unseen.

Abdel Haleem
so go back to your father and say, “Your son stole. We can only tell you what we saw. How could we guard against the unforeseen?

Quran 12 Verse 81 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Yusuf ayat 81, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(12:81) So go back to your father and tell him: “Father! Your son has certainly been guilty of stealing. We did not see him stealing but testify according to what we know, and obviously we had no power to keep watch over that what is altogether hidden from us.


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

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Yusuf verse 81 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Yusuf ayat 80 which provides the complete commentary from verse 80 through 82.

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