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مَا
Not
kāna
كَانَ
was
ib'rāhīmu
إِبْرَٰهِيمُ
Ibrahim
yahūdiyyan
يَهُودِيًّا
a Jew
walā
وَلَا
and not
naṣrāniyyan
نَصْرَانِيًّا
a Christian
walākin
وَلَٰكِن
[and] but
kāna
كَانَ
was
ḥanīfan
حَنِيفًا
a true
mus'liman
مُّسْلِمًا
Muslim,
wamā
وَمَا
and not
kāna
كَانَ
was
mina
مِنَ
from
l-mush'rikīna
ٱلْمُشْرِكِينَ
the polytheists.

Maa kaana Ibraaheemu Yahoodiyyanw wa laa Nasraa niyyanw wa laakin kaana Haneefam Muslimanw wa maa kaana minal mushrikeen

Sahih International:

Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to Allah]. And he was not of the polytheists.

1 A. J. Arberry

No; Abraham in truth was not a Jew, neither a Christian; but he was a Muslim and one pure of faith; certainly he was never of the idolaters.

2 Abdul Haleem

Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian. He was upright and devoted to God, never an idolater,

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Ibrahim was not a Jew, nor a Nazarene, but he was an upright Muslim, nor was he of the associators.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith, and bowed his will to Allah's (Which is Islam), and he joined not gods with Allah.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian; he was a Muslim, wholly devoted to God. And he certainly was not amongst those who associate others with Allah in His divinity.

6 Ahmed Ali

Neither was Abraham a Jew nor a Christian, but upright and obedient, and not an idolater.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

Ibrahim was neither a Jew nor a Christian; but he was a Muslim, free from all falsehood; and was not of the polytheists.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian. Rather, he was a Hanif, a Muslim, and he was not one of the polytheists.

9 Ali Ünal

Abraham was not a Jew, nor a Christian; but he was one pure of faith and Muslim (who submitted to God with a sound heart). He was never of those who associate partners with God.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was upright who had submitted (to the will of God), and he was not one of the polytheists.

11 English Literal

Abraham was not a Jew and nor a Christian and but (he) was (a) true submitter/Moslem/Unifier of God a Moslem/submitter, and (he) was not from the sharers/takers of partners (with God).37

12 Faridul Haque

Ibrahim was neither a Jew nor a Christian; but he was a Muslim, free from all falsehood; and was not of the polytheists.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

Verily, the people who have most claim to (or are nearest of kin to) Abraham are those who follow him, and this prophet, and those who believe: - Allah is the patron of the believers.

14 Hilali & Khan

Ibrahim (Abraham) was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim Hanifa (Islamic Monotheism - to worship none but Allah Alone) and he was not of Al-Mushrikun (See V. 2:105).

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Behold! You are they who disputed about that of which you had knowledge; why then do you dispute about that of which you have no knowledge? And Allah knows while you know not.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

Ibrahim was not a Jew nor a Christian but he was (an) upright (man), a Muslim, and he was not one of the polytheists.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Abraham was not a Jew, nor yet a Christian; but he was an upright man who had surrendered (to Allah), and he was not of the idolaters.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Abraham was not a Jew or a Christian. He was an upright person who had submitted himself to the will of God. Abraham was not a pagan.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

No, Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Nazarene. He was of pure faith, a submitter (Muslim). He was never of the idolaters.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Ibrahim was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim Hanifa and he was not of the Mushrikin

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian. He was an upright man, one who had surrendered himself to God. He was not one of those who associate partners with God.

22 Talal Itani

Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a Monotheist, a Muslim. And he was not of the Polytheists.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

God, in order to dissociate Abraham [from their claims], said; No; Abraham in truth was not a Jew, neither a Christian, but he was a Muslim, professing the Oneness of God, and a hanf, who inclined away from all other religions towards the upright one; and he was never of the idolaters.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

مَا كَانَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ يَهُودِيًّا وَلَا نَصْرَانِيًّا وَلَكِن كَانَ حَنِيفًا مُّسْلِمًا

Ibrahim was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim Hanifa,

shunning Shirk and living in Iman,

وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ



and he was not of the Mushrikin.

This Ayah is similar to the Ayah in Surah Al-Baqarah,

وَقَالُواْ كُونُواْ هُودًا أَوْ نَصَـرَى تَهْتَدُواْ

And they say, "Be Jews or Christians, then you will be guided..." (2;135)

Allah said next,

إِنَّ أَوْلَى النَّاسِ بِإِبْرَاهِيمَ لَلَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُ وَهَـذَا النَّبِيُّ وَالَّذِينَ امَنُواْ وَاللّهُ وَلِيُّ الْمُوْمِنِينَ