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allā
أَلَّا
That "Not
taʿbudū
تَعْبُدُوٓا۟
you worship
illā
إِلَّا
but
l-laha
ٱللَّهَۚ
Allah.
innanī
إِنَّنِى
Indeed, I am
lakum
لَكُم
to you
min'hu
مِّنْهُ
from Him
nadhīrun
نَذِيرٌ
a warner
wabashīrun
وَبَشِيرٌ
and a bearer of glad tidings."

Allaa ta'budooo illal laah; innanee lakum minhu nazeerunw wa basheer

Sahih International:

[Through a messenger, saying], "Do not worship except Allah. Indeed, I am to you from Him a warner and a bringer of good tidings,"

1 A. J. Arberry

'Serve you none but God' (I am to you a warner from Him and a bearer of good tidings)

2 Abdul Haleem

[Say, Prophet], ‘Worship no one but God. I am sent to you from Him to warn and to give good news.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Saying: ye shall not worship ought except Allah. Verily I am unto you from Him a warner and a bearer of glad tidings.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

(It teacheth) that ye should worship none but Allah. (Say); "Verily I am (sent) unto you from Him to warn and to bring glad tidings;

5 Abul Ala Maududi

that you may worship none but Allah. Verily, I have come to you as a warner and a bearer of good news from Him

6 Ahmed Ali

(Proclaiming) that you should worship none but God. Verily I bring to you from Him a message of warning and rejoicing,

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

“That do not worship anyone except Allah; indeed I am for you a Herald of Warning and Glad Tidings, from Him.”

8 Ali Quli Qarai

declaring: ‘Worship no one but Allah. I am indeed a warner to you from Him and a bearer of good news.

9 Ali Ünal

So that you worship none but God. (Say, O Messenger:) "Surely I am a warner for you (O people, against the evil consequences of all kinds of misguidance) and a bearer of glad tidings (of prosperity in return for faith and righteousness)."

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

(Say, O Prophet!) `You worship none but Allâh, (and) I am indeed to you a Warner (warning you against the evil consequences of disbelief and evil doings), and a Bearer of good tidings (to the righteous) from Him.

11 English Literal

That you not worship except God, that I am (E) to you from Him (a) warner/giver of notice, announcer of good news.

12 Faridul Haque

"That do not worship anyone except Allah; indeed I am for you a Herald of Warning and Glad Tidings, from Him."

13 Hamid S. Aziz

ALIF LAM RA. This is a Book whose signs (verses) are perfected (confirmed, fundamental and well-established) and then expounded (explained in detail), from the Wise One, the Aware:

14 Hilali & Khan

(Saying) worship none but Allah. Verily, I (Muhammad SAW) am unto you from Him a warner and a bringer of glad tidings.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

I, Allah, am the Seer. A Book, whose verses are characterized by wisdom, then they are made plain, from One Wise, Aware:

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

That you shall not serve (any) but Allah; surely I am a warner for you from Him and a giver of good news,

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

(Saying): Serve none but Allah. Lo! I am unto you from Him a warner and a bringer of good tidings.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

(It teaches), "People, do not worship anyone besides God. I, (Muhammad), am His Messenger sent to warn you and to give you the glad news.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Worship none except Allah. I am for you, a warner sent from Him and a bearer of glad tidings.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

(Saying) worship none but Allah. Verily, I (Muhammad) am unto you from Him a warner and a bringer of glad tidings.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

[It teaches] that you should worship none but God. I am sent to you from Him to warn you and to give you good tidings.

22 Talal Itani

That you shall worship none but God. “I am a warner to you from Him, and a bearer of good news.”

23 Tafsir jalalayn

[Saying;] `Worship none but God. Truly I am to you a warner from Him, of chastisement, if you disbelieve, and a bearer of good tidings', of reward, if you believe.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ اللّهَ


(Saying) worship none but Allah.

This means that this Qur'an descended, perfect and detailed, with the purpose of Allah's worship alone, without any partners.

This is similar to the statement of Allah, the Exalted,

وَمَأ أَرْسَلْنَا مِن قَبْلِكَ مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلاَّ نُوحِى إِلَيْهِ أَنَّهُ لا إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ أَنَاْ فَاعْبُدُونِ

And We did not send any Messenger before you but We revealed to him (saying);There is no God but I, so worship Me. (21;25)

It is similar to Allah's statement,

وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِى كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولاً أَنِ اعْبُدُواْ اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُواْ الْطَّـغُوتَ

And verily, We have sent among every Ummah a Messenger (proclaiming);`Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid Taghut (calling false deities).' (16;36)

In reference to Allah's statement,

إِنَّنِي لَكُم مِّنْهُ نَذِيرٌ وَبَشِيرٌ



Verily, I am unto you from Him a warner and a bringer of glad tidings.

This means, "Verily, I am unto you a warner of the punishment if you oppose Him (Allah), and a bringer of the good news of reward if you obey Him."

This meaning has been recorded in the authentic Hadith which states that the Messenger of Allah ascended mount As-Safa and called out to his near relatives of the Quraysh tribe. When they gathered around him, he said,

يَا مَعْشَرَ قُرَيْشٍ أَرَأَيْتُمْ لَوْ أَخْبَرْتُكُمْ أَنَّ خَيْلًا تُصَبِّحُكُمْ أَلَسْتُمْ مُصَدِّقِيَّ



O people of Quraysh, if I informed you that a cavalry was going to attack you in the morning, would you not believe me?

They replied, "We have not found you to be a liar."

He said,

فَإِنِّي نَذِيرٌ لَكُمْ بَيْنَ يَدَي عَذَابٍ شَدِيد

Verily I am a warner unto you before a severe punishment.

Concerning His statement