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walā
وَلَا
And (do) not
takūnū
تَكُونُوا۟
be
ka-alladhīna
كَٱلَّذِينَ
like those who
tafarraqū
تَفَرَّقُوا۟
became divided
wa-ikh'talafū
وَٱخْتَلَفُوا۟
and differed
min
مِنۢ
from
baʿdi
بَعْدِ
after
مَا
what
jāahumu
جَآءَهُمُ
came to them -
l-bayinātu
ٱلْبَيِّنَٰتُۚ
the clear proofs.
wa-ulāika
وَأُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ
And those
lahum
لَهُمْ
for them
ʿadhābun
عَذَابٌ
(is) a punishment
ʿaẓīmun
عَظِيمٌ
great.

Wa laa takoonoo kallazeena tafarraqoo wakhtalafoo mim ba'di maa jaaa'ahumul baiyinaat; wa ulaaa'ika lahum 'azaabun 'azeem

Sahih International:

And do not be like the ones who became divided and differed after the clear proofs had come to them. And those will have a great punishment.

1 A. J. Arberry

Be not as those who scattered and fell into variance after the clear signs came to them; those there awaits a mighty chastisement,

2 Abdul Haleem

Do not be like those who, after they have been given clear revelation, split into factions and fall into disputes: a terrible punishment awaits such people.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And be not like unto those who separated and differed among themselves after there had come unto them evidences. These! for them shall be a torment mighty.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs; For them is a dreadful penalty,-

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Do not be like those who fell into factions and differed among themselves after clear signs had come to them. A mighty chastisement awaits them on the Day when some faces will turn bright and ther faces will turn dark. Those whose faces have turned dark will be told: 'Did you fall into unbelief after you had been blessed with belief? Taste, then, chastise- ment for your unbelief.' And those whose faces have turned bright, they will be in the mercy of Allah, and therein they shall abide. These are the mes sages of Allah which We recite to you in truth, and Allah desires no wrong to the people of the world. To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth, and to Allah are all matters referred for decision.

6 Ahmed Ali

So be not like those who became disunited and differed among themselves after clear proofs had come to them. For them is great suffering.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And do not be like those who became divided and disputed after the clear signs had come to them; and for them is a terrible punishment.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Do not be like those who became divided [into sects] and differed after manifest signs had come to them. For such there will be a great punishment

9 Ali Ünal

Be not as those who split into parties and followed different ways after the manifest truths had come to them. Those are the ones for whom is a tremendous punishment.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And do not be like those who were disunited and fell into variance after clear proofs had come to them. It is these for whom a great punishment awaits.

11 English Literal

And do not be like those who separated and differed , from after what the evidences came to them, and those, for them (is a) great torture.

12 Faridul Haque

And do not be like those who became divided and disputed after the clear signs had come to them; and for them is a terrible punishment.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

On the day when faces shall be whitened and faces shall be blackened. As for those whose faces are blackened, - "Did you disbelieve after your faith, then taste the torment for your disbelief.”

14 Hilali & Khan

And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

And from among you there should be a party who invite to good and enjoin the right and forbid the wrong. And these are they who are successful.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And be not like those who became divided and disagreed after clear arguments had come to them, and these it is that shall have a grievous chastisement.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

And be ye not as those who separated and disputed after the clear proofs had come unto them. For such there is an awful doom,

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Do not be like those who turned into quarrelling sects after receiving clear authoritative evidence. They will suffer a great torment.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Do not follow the example of those who became divided and differed with one another after clear proofs had come to them. For those, there is a great punishment.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Do not be like those who, after they had been given clear evidence, split into factions and differed among themselves: a terrible punishment awaits such people.

22 Talal Itani

And do not be like those who separated and disputed after the clear proofs came to them; for them is a great punishment.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

Be not as those who scattered, in their religion, and disputed, over it, after the clear proofs came to them, and these are the Jews and the Christians, those there awaits a mighty chastisement.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

وَلَا تَكُونُواْ كَالَّذِينَ تَفَرَّقُواْ وَاخْتَلَفُواْ مِن بَعْدِ مَا جَاءهُمُ الْبَيِّنَاتُ

And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them.

In this Ayah, Allah forbids this Ummah from imitating the division and discord of the nations that came before them. These nations also abandoned enjoining righteousness and forbidding evil, although they had proof of its necessity.

وَأُوْلَـيِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ



It is they for whom there is an awful torment.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Amir Abdullah bin Luhay said,

"We performed Hajj with Muawiyah bin Abi Sufyan. When we arrived at Makkah, he stood up after praying Zuhr and said, `The Messenger of Allah said,

إِنَّ أَهْلَ الْكِتَابَيْنِ افْتَرَقُوا فِي دِينِهِمْ عَلى ثِنْتَيْنِ وَسَبْعِينَ مِلَّةً وَإِنَّ هذِهِ الاُْمَّةَ سَتَفْتَرِقُ عَلى ثَلَثٍ وَسَبْعِينَ مِلَّةً يَعْنِي الاَْهْوَاءَ كُلُّهَا فِي النَّارِ إِلاَّ وَاحِدَةً وَهِيَ الْجَمَاعَةُ

وَإِنَّهُ سَيَخْرُجُ فِي أُمَّتِي أَقْوَامٌ تَجَارَى بِهِمْ تِلْكَ الاْإَهْوَاءُ كَمَا يَتَجَارَى الْكَلَبُ بِصَاحِبِه لَاإ يَبْقَى مِنْهُ عِرْقٌ وَلَاإ مَفْصِلٌ إِلاَّ دَخَلَه

The People of the Two Scriptures divided into seventy-two sects. This Ummah will divide into seventy-three sects, all in the Fire except one, that is, the Jama`ah.

Some of my Ummah will be guided by desire, like one who is infected by rabies; no vein or joint will be saved from these desires.

Muawiyah said next;

By Allah, O Arabs! If you do not adhere to what came to you from your Prophet then other people are even more prone not to adhere to it."

Similar was recorded by Abu Dawud from Ahmad bin Hanbal and Muhammad bin Yahya.
The Benefits of Brotherly Ties and Unity and the Consequence of Division on the Day of the Gathering

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