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qāla
قَالَ
He said,
maʿādha
مَعَاذَ
"Allah forbid
l-lahi
ٱللَّهِ
"Allah forbid
an
أَن
that
nakhudha
نَّأْخُذَ
we take
illā
إِلَّا
except
man
مَن
(one) who,
wajadnā
وَجَدْنَا
we found
matāʿanā
مَتَٰعَنَا
our possession
ʿindahu
عِندَهُۥٓ
with him.
innā
إِنَّآ
Indeed, we
idhan
إِذًا
then
laẓālimūna
لَّظَٰلِمُونَ
surely (would be) wrongdoers."

Qaala ma'aazal laahi an naakhuza illaa manw wajadnaa mataa'anaa 'indahoo innaaa izal lazaalimoon

Sahih International:

He said, "[I seek] the refuge of Allah [to prevent] that we take except him with whom we found our possession. Indeed, we would then be unjust."

1 A. J. Arberry

He said, 'God forbid that we should take any other but him in whose possession we found the goods; for if we did so, we would be evildoers.'

2 Abdul Haleem

He replied, ‘God forbid that we should take anyone other than the person on whom we found our property: that would be unjust of us.’

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

He said: Allah forbid that we should take anyone but him with whom we found our stuff; verily then we should be the wrong-doers.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

He said; "Allah forbid that we take other than him with whom we found our property; indeed (if we did so), we should be acting wrongfully.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Joseph said: "Allah forbid that we should seize any except him with whom we found our good. Were we to do so, we would surely be one of the wrong-doers."

6 Ahmed Ali

"May God forgive us," he said, "if we hold any one but him with whom we found our property, or else we would be unjust."

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

He said, “The refuge of Allah from that we should take anyone except him with whom our property was found – we would then surely be unjust.”

8 Ali Quli Qarai

He said, ‘God forbid that we should detain anyone except him with whom we found our wares, for then we would indeed be wrongdoers.’

9 Ali Ünal

He said: "God forbid that we take any other but him with whom we found our merchandise; (if we did otherwise) then surely we (too) would be wrongdoers."

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

He said, `God forbid that we take anyone except the one with whom we found our property, for (otherwise) we would, of course, be unjust.´

11 English Literal

He said: "I seek protection (of) God, that we take except whom we found our belongings/effects/goods at him then we are unjust/oppressive (E) ."

12 Faridul Haque

He said, "The refuge of Allah from that we should take anyone except him with whom our property was found - we would then surely be unjust."

13 Hamid S. Aziz

They said, "O exalted one (ruler, minister)! Verily, he has a father, aged and venerable (who will grieve). Take then one of us instead of him; verily, we can see that you are of those who do good."

14 Hilali & Khan

He said: "Allah forbid, that we should take anyone but him with whom we found our property. Indeed (if we did so), we should be Zalimun (wrong-doers)."

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

They said: O chief, he has a father, a very old man, so take one of us in his place. Surely we see thee to be of the doers of good.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

He said: Allah protect us that we should seize other than him with whom we found our property, for then most surely we would be unjust.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

He said: Allah forbid that we should seize save him with whom we found our property; then truly we should be wrong-doers.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

He replied, "God forbid! How could I take someone in place of the thief? In doing so I would be committing injustice."

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

He replied: 'Allah forbid that we should seize any but he with whom our property was found, for then we should be harmdoers'

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

He said: "Allah forbid, that we should take anyone but him with whom we found our property. Indeed (if we did so), we should be wrongdoers."

21 Wahiduddin Khan

He replied, "God forbid that we should take anyone other than the person on whom we found our property. In that case, we would clearly be wrongdoers."

22 Talal Itani

He said, “God forbid that we should arrest anyone except him in whose possession we found our property; for then we would be unjust.”

23 Tafsir jalalayn

He said, `God forbid (ma`dha'Llhi, [lit.] `refuge is with God', is in the accusative because it is a verbal noun, the verb having been omitted and placed in a genitive annexation with its direct object, in other words, [understand it as] na`dhu bi'Llhi, `we seek refuge with God') that we should take anyone save him with whom we found our property -- he did not say `[save] him who stole [our property]', being careful not to lie; for then truly -- if we were to take anyone other than him -- we would be evildoers'.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

قَالَ مَعَاذَ اللّهِ أَن نَّأْخُذَ إِلاَّ مَن وَجَدْنَا مَتَاعَنَا عِندَهُ

He said;"Allah forbid, that we should take anyone but him with whom we found our property...",

according to the judgement that you gave for his punishment,

إِنَّـا إِذًا لَّظَالِمُونَ



Indeed, we should be wrongdoers.

if we take an innocent man instead of the guilty man.