Sawaaa'um minkum man asarral qawla wa man jahara bihee wa man huwa mustakhfim billaili wa saaribum binnahaar
It is the same [to Him] concerning you whether one conceals [his] speech or one publicizes it and whether one is hidden by night or conspicuous [among others] by day.
1 A. J. Arberry
Alike of you is he who conceals his -- saying, and he who proclaims it, he who hides himself in the night, and he who sallies by day;
2 Abdul Haleem
It makes no difference whether any of you speak secretly or aloud, whether you are hiding under cover of night or walking about in the day:
3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi
Equal unto him is he among you who hideth the word and he who publisheth it, and he who hideth himself in the night and he who goeth about freely in the day.
4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali
It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceal his speech or declare it openly; whether he lie hid by night or walk forth freely by day.
5 Abul Ala Maududi
It is all the same for Him whether any of you says a thing secretly, or says it loudly, and whether one hides oneself in the darkness of night, or struts about in broad daylight.
6 Ahmed Ali
He who keeps his secret among you is the same to Him as he who speaks out publicly, and he who hides himself in the night and walks freely in the day.
7 Ahmed Raza Khan
Equal* are the one among you who speaks softly and one who speaks aloud, and one who is hidden during the night and one who walks during the daytime. (* For Allah.)
8 Ali Quli Qarai
It is the same [to Him] whether any of you speaks secretly, or does so loudly, or whether he lurks in the night, or is open to view in daytime.
9 Ali Ünal
(To Him) the one who holds his opinion in secret and the one who declares it are the same, and the one who hides himself (and his plans) under cover of night and the one who sallies out in the daylight.
10 Amatul Rahman Omar
He among you, who conceals his thoughts and he who speaks them aloud, and (also) he who lurks by night and he who goes forth (openly) by day are all alike (in His knowledge).
11 English Literal
(It is) equal/alike from you who kept the saying/opinion and belief secret and who publicized/declared with it, and who he is hidden at the night and clear/open at the daytime.
12 Faridul Haque
Equal * are the one among you who speaks softly and one who speaks aloud, and one who is hidden during the night and one who walks during the daytime. (* For Allah.)
13 Hamid S. Aziz
He is the Knower of the Invisible (or unseen or hidden) and the Visible (or obvious or apparent); He is the Great, the Most High (or the Most Exalted).
14 Hilali & Khan
It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceal his speech or declare it openly, whether he be hid by night or go forth freely by day.
15 Maulana Mohammad Ali
The Knower of the unseen and the seen, the Great, the Most High.
16 Mohammad Habib Shakir
Alike (to Him) among you is he who conceals (his) words and he who speaks them openly, and he who hides himself by night and (who) goes forth by day.
17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall
Alike of you is he who hideth the saying and he who noiseth it abroad, he who lurketh in the night and he who goeth freely in the daytime.
18 Muhammad Sarwar
It is all the same to Him whether you speak in secret or out loud, try to hide in the darkness of night or walk in the brightness of day.
19 Qaribullah & Darwish
Similar to yourself is he who conceals his saying, and he who proclaims it, he who hides himself in the night, and he who goes forth by day,
20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri
It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceals his speech or declares it openly, whether he be hid by night or goes forth freely by day.
21 Wahiduddin Khan
It makes no difference whether you converse in secret or aloud, whether you hide under the cloak of night or walk about freely in the light of day.
22 Talal Itani
It is the same; whether one of you conceals his speech, or declares it; whether he goes into hiding by night, or goes out by day.
23 Tafsir jalalayn
[They are all] the same, according to His knowledge, exalted be He, those of you who speak secretly and those who do so openly, and those who lurk, [who] hide themselves, in the night, in its darkness, and those who go forth, [those who] are manifest [to view] when they make their way, by day.
24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir
Allah's Knowledge encompasses all Things Apparent and Hidden
سَوَاء مِّنكُم مَّنْ أَسَرَّ الْقَوْلَ وَمَن جَهَرَ بِهِ
It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceals his speech or declares it openly,
Allah declares that His knowledge is encompassing all of His creation, those who declare their speech or hide it, He hears it and nothing of it ever escapes His observation.
Allah said in other Ayat,
وَإِن تَجْهَرْ بِالْقَوْلِ فَإِنَّهُ يَعْلَمُ السِّرَّ وَأَخْفَى
And if you speak aloud, then verily, He knows the secret and that which is yet more hidden. (20;7)
وَيَعْلَمُ مَا تُخْفُونَ وَمَا تُعْلِنُونَ
And (Allah) knows what you conceal and what you reveal.
A'ishah said, "All praise is due to Allah Whose hearing has encompassed all voices! By Allah, she who came to complain about her husband to the Messenger of Allah was speaking while I was in another part of the room, yet I did not hear some of what she said.
Allah sent down,
قَدْ سَمِعَ اللَّهُ قَوْلَ الَّتِى تُجَادِلُكَ فِى زَوْجِهَا وَتَشْتَكِى إِلَى اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ يَسْمَعُ تَحَاوُرَكُمأ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ بَصِيرٌ
Indeed Allah has heard the statement of her that disputes with you concerning her husband and complains to Allah. And Allah hears the argument between you both. Verily, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Seer. (58;1)
Allah said next,
وَمَنْ هُوَ مُسْتَخْفٍ بِاللَّيْلِ
whether he be hid by night,
in his house in the darkness of the night,
or goes forth freely by day.
moves about during the daylight; both are encompassed by Allah's knowledge.
Allah said in other Ayat,
أَلا حِينَ يَسْتَغْشُونَ ثِيَابَهُمْ
Surely, even when they cover themselves with their garments. (11;5)
وَمَا تَكُونُ فِى شَأْنٍ وَمَا تَتْلُواْ مِنْهُ مِن قُرْءَانٍ وَلَا تَعْمَلُونَ مِنْ عَمَلٍ إِلاَّ كُنَّا عَلَيْكُمْ شُهُودًا إِذْ تُفِيضُونَ فِيهِ وَمَا يَعْزُبُ عَن رَّبِّكَ مِن مِّثْقَالِ ذَرَّةٍ فِي الاٌّرْضِ وَلَا فِى السَّمَأءِ وَلَا أَصْغَرَ مِن ذَلِكَ وَلا أَكْبَرَ إِلاَّ فِى كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ
Neither you do any deed nor recite any portion of the Qur'an nor you do any deed, but We are witness thereof when you are doing it.
And nothing is hidden from your Lord (so much as) the weight of a speck of dust on the earth or in the heaven. Not what is less than that or what is greater than that but is (written) in a Clear Record. (10;61)
The Guardian Angels
Allah said next