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qāla
قَالَ
He said,
hal
هَلْ
"Should
āmanukum
ءَامَنُكُمْ
I entrust you
ʿalayhi
عَلَيْهِ
with him
illā
إِلَّا
except
kamā
كَمَآ
as
amintukum
أَمِنتُكُمْ
I entrusted you
ʿalā
عَلَىٰٓ
with
akhīhi
أَخِيهِ
his brother
min
مِن
before?
qablu
قَبْلُۖ
before?
fal-lahu
فَٱللَّهُ
But Allah
khayrun
خَيْرٌ
(is) the best
ḥāfiẓan
حَٰفِظًاۖ
Guardian
wahuwa
وَهُوَ
and He
arḥamu
أَرْحَمُ
(is the) Most Merciful
l-rāḥimīna
ٱلرَّٰحِمِينَ
(of) the merciful."

Qaala hal aamanukum 'alihi illaa kamaa amintukum 'alaaa akheehimin qabl; fal laahu khairun haafizanw wa Huwa arhamur Raahimeen

Sahih International:

He said, "Should I entrust you with him except [under coercion] as I entrusted you with his brother before? But Allah is the best guardian, and He is the most merciful of the merciful."

1 A. J. Arberry

He said, 'And shall I entrust him to you otherwise than as I entrusted before his brother to you? Why, God is the best guardian, and He is the most merciful of the merciful.'

2 Abdul Haleem

He said, ‘Am I to entrust him to you as I did his brother before? God is the best guardian and the Most Merciful of the merciful.’

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

He said: I intrust you with him only as I intrusted you with his brother aforetime; Allah is the best Guard, and He is the Most Merciful of the merciful.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

He said; "Shall I trust you with him with any result other than when I trusted you with his brother aforetime? But Allah is the best to take care (of him), and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!"

5 Abul Ala Maududi

The father said: "Shall I trust you with regard to him as I had trusted you earlier with regard to his brother? Allah is the Best Protector and is the Most Merciful."

6 Ahmed Ali

He replied: "Should I trust you with him as I did his brother? But God is the best of guardians, and most merciful of all."

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

He said, “Shall I trust you regarding him the same way I had trusted you earlier regarding his brother? Therefore Allah is the Best Protector; and He is More Merciful than all those who show mercy.”

8 Ali Quli Qarai

He said, ‘Should I not trust you with him just as I trusted you with his brother before? Yet Allah is the best of protectors, and He is the most merciful of merciful ones.’

9 Ali Ünal

He said: "Shall I to entrust him to you as I once entrusted his brother to you before? However, God is the Best as protector and He is the Most Merciful of the merciful."

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

(Jacob) said, `Shall I trust you with him as I trusted you with his brother before? (I would rather trust Allâh.) Allâh is the best Guardian and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.´

11 English Literal

He said: "Do I, I entrust you on him, except as I entrusted you on his brother from before? So God (is the) best protector , and he (is) most merciful (of) the merciful."

12 Faridul Haque

He said, "Shall I trust you regarding him the same way I had trusted you earlier regarding his brother? Therefore Allah is the Best Protector; and He is More Merciful than all those who show mercy."

13 Hamid S. Aziz

And when they returned to their father, they said, "O our father! A measure is withheld from us; so send with us our brother that we may obtain the measure, and, verily, we will guard him well."

14 Hilali & Khan

He said: "Can I entrust him to you except as I entrusted his brother [Yusuf (Joseph)] to you aforetime? But Allah is the Best to guard, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy."

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

So when they returned to their father, they said: O our father, the measure is withheld from us, so send with us our brother that we may get the measure, and we will surely guard him.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

He said: I cannot trust in you with respect to him, except as I trusted in you with respect to his brother before; but Allah is the best Keeper, and He is the most Merciful of the merciful ones.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

He said: Can I entrust him to you save as I entrusted his brother to you aforetime? Allah is better at guarding, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Jacob replied, "How can I trust you after what happened to his brother before? Only God is the best Protector. His mercy is far greater than that of others."

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

He replied: 'Am I to trust you with him as I once trusted you with his brother? Why, Allah is the Best of guardians, and He is the Most Merciful of theMerciful'

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

He said: "Can I entrust him to you except as I entrusted his brother [Yusuf] to you aforetime But Allah is the Best to guard, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy."

21 Wahiduddin Khan

He replied, "Am I to trust you with him as I once trusted you with his brother? But God is the best of guardians, the Most Merciful of all."

22 Talal Itani

He said, “Shall I trust you with him, as I trusted you with his brother before? God is the Best Guardian, and He is the Most Merciful of the merciful.”

23 Tafsir jalalayn

He said, `Should I -- [I will] only -- trust you with him like I trusted you with his brother, Joseph, before? despite [the fact] that you have done to him what you have done? Yet God is best at guarding (hifzan; a variant reading has hfizan, `a guardian', as a specification, similar to when they say li'Llhi darruhu frisan, `By God, how excellent a horseman he is!'); and He is the Most Merciful of merciful ones', and so I hope that He will show favour [to me] by guarding him.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

قَالَ هَلْ امَنُكُمْ عَلَيْهِ إِلاَّ كَمَا أَمِنتُكُمْ عَلَى أَخِيهِ مِن قَبْلُ

He said;"Can I entrust him to you except as I entrusted his brother (Yusuf) to you aforetime!

He asked them, `Will you do to him except what you did to his brother Yusuf before, when you took him away from me and separated me from him.'

فَاللّهُ خَيْرٌ حَافِظًا وَهُوَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ



But Allah is the Best to guard, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.

Yaqub said, `Allah has the most mercy with me among all those who show mercy, He is compassionate with me for my old age, feebleness and eagerness for my son. I invoke Allah to return him to me, and to allow him and I to be together; for surely, He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.