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waman
وَمَن
And whoever
jāhada
جَٰهَدَ
strives
fa-innamā
فَإِنَّمَا
then only
yujāhidu
يُجَٰهِدُ
he strives
linafsihi
لِنَفْسِهِۦٓۚ
for himself.
inna
إِنَّ
Indeed,
l-laha
ٱللَّهَ
Allah
laghaniyyun
لَغَنِىٌّ
(is) Free from need
ʿani
عَنِ
of
l-ʿālamīna
ٱلْعَٰلَمِينَ
the worlds.

Wa man jaahada fainnamaa yujaahidu linafsih; innal laaha laghaniyyun 'anil 'aalameen

Sahih International:

And whoever strives only strives for [the benefit of] himself. Indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.

1 A. J. Arberry

Whosoever struggles, struggles only to his own gain; surely God is All-sufficient nor needs any being.

2 Abdul Haleem

Those who exert themselves do so for their own benefit––God does not need His creatures––

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And whosoever strive, striveth only for himself: verily Allah is Independent of the worlds.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

And if any strive (with might and main), they do so for their own souls; for Allah is free of all needs from all creation.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Whosoever strives (in the cause of Allah) does so to his own good. Surely Allah stands in no need of anyone in the whole Universe.

6 Ahmed Ali

He who strives does so for himself. Verily God is independent of the creatures of the world.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And whoever strives in Allah's cause, strives only for his own benefit; indeed Allah is Independent of the entire creation.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Whoever strives, strives only for his own sake. Indeed Allah has no need of the creatures.

9 Ali Ünal

And whoever strives hard (against his carnal, evil-commanding soul and Satan to be a good Muslim and to resist all persecutions in God’s cause) strives for the good of his own soul only. Surely God is Self-Sufficient in absolute independence of all the worlds.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And he who strives hard (in the way of Allâh) does it, infact, for his own good. Verily, Allâh is Independent of the worlds.

11 English Literal

And who struggled/exerted , so but he struggles/exerts for his self, that God (is) rich (E) from (not in need to) the creations all together/(universes)

12 Faridul Haque

And whoever strives in Allah´s cause, strives only for his own benefit; indeed Allah is Independent of the entire creation.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

He who looks forward to the meeting with Allah, - verily, the appointed time is surely nigh, and He is the Hearer and Knower.

14 Hilali & Khan

And whosoever strives, he strives only for himself. Verily, Allah is free of all wants from the 'Alamin (mankind, jinns, and all that exists).

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Or do they who work evil think that they will escape Us? Evil is it that they judge!

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And whoever strives hard, he strives only for his own soul; most surely Allah is Self-sufficient, above (need of) the worlds.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

And whosoever striveth, striveth only for himself, for lo! Allah is altogether Independent of (His) creatures.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Whoever strives hard should know that it is for his own good. God is independent of the whole world.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

He who strives, strives for himself. Allah is the Rich, independent of the worlds.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And whosoever strives, he strives only for himself. Verily, Allah stands not in need of any of the creatures.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

And whoever strives, strives only for himself, God is independent of all His creation,

22 Talal Itani

Whoever strives, strives only for himself. God is Independent of the beings.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

And whoever struggles, in war or against [the temptations of] his own soul, struggles only for his own sake, because the benefits [to be reaped] from his struggle will be for his sake and not for God's. For truly God is Independent of [the creatures of] all the Worlds, mankind, jinn and angels, and [He is also without need] of their worship.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

وَمَن جَاهَدَ فَإِنَّمَا يُجَاهِدُ لِنَفْسِهِ

And whosoever strives, he strives only for himself.

This is like the Ayah,

مَّنْ عَمِلَ صَـلِحاً فَلِنَفْسِهِ

Whosoever does righteous good deed, it is for himself. (41;46)

Whoever does a righteous deed, the benefit of that deed will come back to him, for Allah has no need of the deeds of His servants, and even if all of them were to be as pious as the most pious man among them, that would not add to His dominion in the slightest.

Allah says;

وَمَن جَاهَدَ فَإِنَّمَا يُجَاهِدُ لِنَفْسِهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَغَنِيٌّ عَنِ الْعَالَمِينَ



And whosoever strives, he strives only for himself. Verily, Allah stands not in need of any of the creatures.

Then Allah tells us that even though He has no need of His creatures, He is kind and generous to them. He will still give to those who believe and do righteous deeds the best of rewards, which is that He will expiate for them their bad deeds, and will reward them according to the best deeds that they did. He will accept the fewest good deeds and in return for one good deed will give anything between ten rewards and seven hundred, but for every bad deed, He will give only one evil merit, or even that He may overlook and forgive.

This is like the Ayah,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَظْلِمُ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ وَإِن تَكُ حَسَنَةً يُضَـعِفْهَا وَيُوْتِ مِن لَّدُنْهُ أَجْراً عَظِيماً

Surely, Allah wrongs not even the weight of a speck of dust, but if there is any good, He doubles it, and gives from Him a great reward. (4;40)

And He says here;

وَالَّذِينَ امَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَنُكَفِّرَنَّ عَنْهُمْ سَيِّيَاتِهِمْ وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَحْسَنَ الَّذِي كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ