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lawlā
لَّوْلَا
Why (did) not
jāū
جَآءُو
they bring
ʿalayhi
عَلَيْهِ
for it
bi-arbaʿati
بِأَرْبَعَةِ
four
shuhadāa
شُهَدَآءَۚ
witnesses?
fa-idh
فَإِذْ
Then when
lam
لَمْ
not
yatū
يَأْتُوا۟
they brought
bil-shuhadāi
بِٱلشُّهَدَآءِ
the witnesses,
fa-ulāika
فَأُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ
then those
ʿinda
عِندَ
near Allah,
l-lahi
ٱللَّهِ
near Allah,
humu
هُمُ
they
l-kādhibūna
ٱلْكَٰذِبُونَ
(are) the liars.

Law laa jaaa'oo 'alaihi bi-arba'ati shuhadaaa'; fa iz lam yaatoo bishshuhadaaa'i fa ulaaa 'ika 'indal laahi humul kaaziboon

Sahih International:

Why did they [who slandered] not produce for it four witnesses? And when they do not produce the witnesses, then it is they, in the sight of Allah, who are the liars.

1 A. J. Arberry

Why did they not bring four witnesses against it? But since they did not bring the witnesses, in God's sight they are the liars.

2 Abdul Haleem

And why did the accusers not bring four witnesses to it? If they cannot produce such witnesses, they are the liars in God’s eyes.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Wherefore did they not bring four witnesses thereof? Then when they brought not the witnesses, those! with Allah they are the liars.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Why did they not bring four witnesses to prove it? When they have not brought the witnesses, such men, in the sight of Allah, (stand forth) themselves as liars!

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Why did the slanderers not bring four witnesses (to prove their charge)? Now that they have not brought witnesses, they themselves are liars in the sight of Allah.

6 Ahmed Ali

Why did they not bring four witnesses (in support of their charge)? And since they did not bring the four witnesses they are themselves liars in the sight of God.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

Why did they not bring four witnesses upon it? Since they did not bring witnesses, they themselves are liars before Allah.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Why did they not bring four witnesses to it? So when they could not bring the witnesses, they are liars in Allah’s sight.

9 Ali Ünal

Why did they not produce four witnesses (in support of the accusation)? Now that they have not produced witnesses, it is indeed they who are the liars in God’s sight.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

Why did they (- the fabricators of this charge) not bring four witnesses in support of this (accusation of theirs)? Since they failed to produce the (required) witnesses, it is they who are the very liars in the sight of Allâh.

11 English Literal

Unless they come on it with four witnesses/testifiers, so if they do not come with witnesses/testifiers, so those are at God they are the liars/deniers/falsifiers.

12 Faridul Haque

Why did they not bring four witnesses upon it? Since they did not bring witnesses, they themselves are liars before Allah.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

Why did not, when you heard it, the believers, men and women, think good of their own folk, and say, "This is an obvious lie?"

14 Hilali & Khan

Why did they not produce four witnesses? Since they (the slanderers) have not produced witnesses! Then with Allah they are the liars.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Why did not the believing men and the believing women, when you heard it, think well of their own people, and say: This is an evident falsehood?

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

Why did they not bring four witnesses of it? But as they have not brought witnesses they are liars before Allah.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Why did they not produce four witnesses? Since they produce not witnesses, they verily are liars in the sight of Allah.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Would that they had brought four witness to testify to their report. Since they brought none, they are liars before God.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Why, did they not bring four witnesses against it? But since they did not bring the witnesses, before Allah they are the liars.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Why did they not produce four witnesses against him Since they have not produced witnesses! Then with Allah, they are the liars.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Why did they not produce four witnesses? If they could not produce any witnesses, they were indeed liars in the sight of God!

22 Talal Itani

Why did they not bring four witnesses to testify to it? If they fail to bring the witnesses, then in God’s sight, they are liars.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

Why did they, that is, this band [of accusers], not produce four witnesses to it?, who had witnessed it. And since they did not produce the witnesses, those, in God's sight, in His judgement, they are liars, in this [matter].

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

لَوْلَا جَاوُوا عَلَيْهِ بِأَرْبَعَةِ شُهَدَاء

Why did they not produce four witnesses against him!

meaning, to prove that what they were saying was true.

فَإِذْ لَمْ يَأْتُوا بِالشُّهَدَاء فَأُوْلَيِكَ عِندَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْكَاذِبُونَ



Since they have not produced witnesses! Then with Allah they are the liars.

Allah has ruled that they are indeed wicked liars