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ara-ayta
أَرَءَيْتَ
Have you seen
mani
مَنِ
(one) who
ittakhadha
ٱتَّخَذَ
takes
ilāhahu
إِلَٰهَهُۥ
(as) his god
hawāhu
هَوَىٰهُ
his own desire?
afa-anta
أَفَأَنتَ
Then would you
takūnu
تَكُونُ
be
ʿalayhi
عَلَيْهِ
over him
wakīlan
وَكِيلًا
a guardian?

Ara'aita manit takhaza ilaahahoo hawaahu afa anta takoonu 'alaihi wakeelaa

Sahih International:

Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him?

1 A. J. Arberry

Hast thou seen him who has taken his caprice to be his god? Wilt thou be a guardian over them?

2 Abdul Haleem

Think [Prophet] of the man who has taken his own passion as a god: are you to be his guardian?

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Hast thou observed him who hath taken as his god his own desire! wilt thou be over him a trustee?

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Seest thou such a one as taketh for his god his own passion (or impulse)? Couldst thou be a disposer of affairs for him?

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Have you ever considered the case of the person who has made his lust his god? Can you take the responsibility of guiding such a one aright?

6 Ahmed Ali

Have you considered him who takes his own lust for his god? Can you stand a surety for him?

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

Did you see the one who chose his own desires as his God? So will you accept the responsibility of guarding him?

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Have you seen him who has taken his desire to be his god? Is it your duty to watch over him?

9 Ali Ünal

Do you ever consider him who has taken his lusts and fancies for his deity? Would you then be a guardian over him (and thereby assume responsibility for guiding him)?

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

Have you considered (over the plight of) one who has taken his own low desires for his deity? Can you then be a guardian over such a one?

11 English Literal

Did you see who took/received his god (as) his self attraction for desire , so do you be on him a guardian/ally?

12 Faridul Haque

Did you see the one who chose his own desires as his God? So will you accept the responsibility of guarding him?

13 Hamid S. Aziz

"He well-nigh leads us astray from our gods, had we not been constant to them." But they shall know, when they see the torment, who errs most from the path.

14 Hilali & Khan

Have you (O Muhammad SAW) seen him who has taken as his ilah (god) his own desire? Would you then be a Wakil (a disposer of his affairs or a watcher) over him?

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

He had well-nigh led us astray from our gods had we not adhered to them patiently! And they will know, when they see the chastisement, who is more astray from the path.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

Have you seen him who takes his low desires for his god? Will you then be a protector over him?

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Hast thou seen him who chooseth for his god his own lust? Wouldst thou then be guardian over him?

18 Muhammad Sarwar

How can you be the guardian of those who have chosen their own desires as their Lord?

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Have you seen him who has made gods of his own desires? Would you be a guardian over him?

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Have you seen him who has taken as his god his own vain desire Would you then be a guardian over him

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Have you seen him who has taken his own desire to be his god? Can you be a guardian over him?

22 Talal Itani

Have you seen him who chose his desire as his god? Would you be an agent for him?

23 Tafsir jalalayn

Have you seen -- inform Me [about] -- him who has taken as his god his own desire?, that is, as something that will be bring about his ruin (the indirect object [ilhahu, `as his god'] precedes the direct object because it is more important; the clause [beginning] man ittakhadha, `him who has taken', constitutes the first direct object of a-ra'ayta, `have you seen', the second being [the following, a-fa-anta ...]) Will you be a guardian over him?, a protector to preserve him from following his desires? No.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

أَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَهَهُ هَوَاهُ

Have you seen him who has taken as his god his own vain desire!

meaning, whatever he admires and sees as good in his own desires becomes his religion and his way.

As Allah says;

أَفَمَن زُيِّنَ لَهُ سُوءَ عَمَلِهِ فَرَءَاهُ حَسَناً فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يُضِلُّ مَن يَشَأءُ

Is he then, to whom the evil of his deeds is made fair seeming. So that he consider it as good. Verily, Allah sends astray whom he wills. (35;8)

أَفَأَنتَ تَكُونُ عَلَيْهِ وَكِيلً



Would you then be a guardian over him!

Ibn Abbas said;

"During the Jahiliyyah, a man would worship a white rock for a while, then if he saw another that looked better, he would worship that and leave the first."

Then Allah said