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qul
قُل
Say,
لَّآ
"Not
amliku
أَمْلِكُ
I have power
linafsī
لِنَفْسِى
for myself
ḍarran
ضَرًّا
(for) any harm
walā
وَلَا
and not
nafʿan
نَفْعًا
(for) any profit
illā
إِلَّا
except
مَا
what
shāa
شَآءَ
Allah wills.
l-lahu
ٱللَّهُۗ
Allah wills.
likulli
لِكُلِّ
For every
ummatin
أُمَّةٍ
nation
ajalun
أَجَلٌۚ
(is) a term.
idhā
إِذَا
When
jāa
جَآءَ
comes
ajaluhum
أَجَلُهُمْ
their term,
falā
فَلَا
then not
yastakhirūna
يَسْتَـْٔخِرُونَ
they remain behind
sāʿatan
سَاعَةًۖ
an hour,
walā
وَلَا
and not
yastaqdimūna
يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ
they can precede (it)."

Qul laaa amliku linafsee darranw wa laa naf'an illaa maa shaaa'al laah; likulli ummatin ajalun izaa jaaa'a ajaluhum falaaa yastaakhiroona saa'a tanw wa laa yastaqdimoon

Sahih International:

Say, "I possess not for myself any harm or benefit except what Allah should will. For every nation is a [specified] term. When their time has come, then they will not remain behind an hour, nor will they precede [it]."

1 A. J. Arberry

Say: 'I have no power to profit for myself, or hurt, but as God will. To every nation a term; when their term comes they shall not put it back by a single hour nor put it forward.'

2 Abdul Haleem

Say [Prophet], ‘I cannot control any harm or benefit that comes to me, except as God wills. There is an appointed term for every community, and when it is reached they can neither delay nor hasten it, even for a moment.’

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Say thou: I own not any power of hurt or benefit unto myself, save that which Allah may will. For each community is a term; when their term hath arrived, not an hour can they stay behind nor can they advance.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Say; "I have no power over any harm or profit to myself except as Allah willeth. To every people is a term appointed; when their term is reached, not an hour can they cause delay, nor (an hour) can they advance (it in anticipation)."

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Tell them: 'I have no power to harm or benefit even myself, except what Allah may will. There is an appointed term for every people; and when the end of their term comes, neither can they put it off for an hour, nor can they bring it an hour before.

6 Ahmed Ali

Say: "I have no power over my own gain or loss other than what God may please." Every people have a certain term. When their time is come they can neither delay it an hour nor advance it a moment forward.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

Say, “I have no autonomy to benefit or hurt myself, except what Allah wills*; for every nation is a fixed promise; when their promise comes, they cannot postpone it nor can they advance it one moment. (* To empower me.)

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Say, ‘I have no control over any benefit for myself nor [over] any harm except what Allah may wish. There is a time for every nation: when their time comes, they shall not defer it by a single hour nor shall they advance it.’

9 Ali Ünal

Say (O Messenger): "I have no power to harm or benefit myself, except by God’s will. For every community there is an appointed term; and when the end of the term falls in, they can neither delay it by any period of time, however short, nor can they hasten it."

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

Say, `I have no power to hurt or to do good to myself. It shall happen as Allâh will. There is a term appointed for every nation (for the recompense of their actions). When their term comes they cannot remain behind (it) a single moment (to escape from it), nor can they get ahead (of it to avoid it).´

11 English Literal

Say: "I do not own/possess to myself harm and nor benefit/usefulness except, what God willed/wanted, to every/each nation/generation (is) a term/time, if their term/time came, so they do not delay/lag behind an hour, and nor advance/precede ."

12 Faridul Haque

Say, “I have no autonomy to benefit or hurt myself, except what Allah wills *; for every nation is a fixed promise; when their promise comes, they cannot postpone it or can they advance it one moment. (* To empower me.)

13 Hamid S. Aziz

But they say, "When will this promise come to pass, if you tell the truth?"

14 Hilali & Khan

Say (O Muhammad SAW): "I have no power over any harm or profit to myself except what Allah may will. For every Ummah (a community or a nation), there is a term appointed; when their term is reached, neither can they delay it nor can they advance it an hour (or a moment)." (Tafsir Al-Qurtubi).

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

And they say: When will this promise be fulfilled, if you are truthful?

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

Say: I do not control for myself any harm, or any benefit except what Allah pleases; every nation has a term; when their term comes, they shall not then remain behind for an hour, nor can they go before (their time).

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Say: I have no power to hurt or benefit myself, save that which Allah willeth. For every nation there is an appointed time. When their time cometh, then they cannot put it off an hour, nor hasten (it).

18 Muhammad Sarwar

(Muhammad), tell them, "I have no control over my suffering or benefits unless God wills. Every nation is destined to live for an appointed time. They can neither delay that time nor can they cause it to come sooner.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Say: 'I have no power to benefit or harm myself except as Allah wills. To every nation is a fixed term and when their term comes they cannot delay it for an hour, nor can they bring it forward.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Say: "I have no power over any harm or profit for myself except what Allah may will. For every Ummah, there is a term appointed; when their term comes, neither can they delay it nor can they advance it an hour (or a moment)."

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Say, "I have no control over any harm or benefit to myself, except by the will of God. For every people, however, there is an appointed term. When the end of their term arrives, they cannot postpone it for an hour, nor can they advance it."

22 Talal Itani

Say, “I have no power to harm or benefit myself, except as God wills. To every nation is an appointed time. Then, when their time arrives, they can neither postpone it by one hour, nor advance it.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

Say; `I have no power to, avert, hurt, from, myself, or to, bring, benefit, except as God might will, to give me power over; so how could I possess the power to bring about the chastisement? For every community there is an appointed time, a fixed period until they perish. When their time comes, they cannot put it off, they will not miss it, by a single hour, nor bring it forward, [nor] overtake it'.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

قُل لاَّ أَمْلِكُ لِنَفْسِي ضَرًّا وَلَا نَفْعًا


Say;"I have no power over any harm or profit to myself."

I will not say except what He has taught me. I also have no authority over anything that Allah has not shown to me. I am Allah's servant and His Messenger to you. I was told that the Hour is going to come, but He has not told me when it will occur.

إِلاَّ مَا شَاء اللّهُ

except what Allah may will.

لِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلٌ

For every Ummah, there is a term appointed;

meaning that for every generation or community there is a set term appointed for them.

إِذَا جَاء أَجَلُهُمْ

when their term comes,

When the end of that term approaches,

فَلَ يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً وَلَا يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ



neither can they delay it nor can they advance it an hour (or a moment).

This is similar to what Allah said in another Ayah;

وَلَن يُوَخِّرَ اللَّهُ نَفْساً إِذَا جَأءَ أَجَلُهَأ

And Allah grants respite to none when his appointed time (death) comes. (63;11)

Allah instructed His Messenger to tell the people that His punishment would come suddenly. He said;