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inna
إِنَّ
Indeed,
alladhīna
ٱلَّذِينَ
those who
kafarū
كَفَرُوا۟
disbelieved
baʿda
بَعْدَ
after
īmānihim
إِيمَٰنِهِمْ
their belief
thumma
ثُمَّ
then
iz'dādū
ٱزْدَادُوا۟
they increased
kuf'ran
كُفْرًا
(in) disbelief
lan
لَّن
never
tuq'bala
تُقْبَلَ
will be accepted
tawbatuhum
تَوْبَتُهُمْ
their repentance,
wa-ulāika
وَأُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ
and those -
humu
هُمُ
they
l-ḍālūna
ٱلضَّآلُّونَ
(are) those who have gone astray.

Innal lazeena kafaroo ba'da eemaanihim summaz daadoo kufral lan tuqbala tawbatuhum wa ulaaa'ika humud daaalloon

Sahih International:

Indeed, those who reject the message after their belief and then increase in disbelief - never will their [claimed] repentance be accepted, and they are the ones astray.

1 A. J. Arberry

Surely those who disbelieve after they have believed and then increase in unbelief -- their repentance shall not be accepted; those are the ones who stray.

2 Abdul Haleem

[although] the repentance of those who, having believed, then increase in their disbelief, will not be accepted. They are the ones who have gone [far] astray:

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Verily those who disbelieve after they have believed and thereafter wax in infidelity, their- repentance shall by no means be accepted. These! they are the straying ones.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

But those who reject Faith after they accepted it, and then go on adding to their defiance of Faith,- never will their repentance be accepted; for they are those who have (of set purpose) gone astray.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Those who relieved and have har-dened in their disbelief after once believing, their (pretence to) repentance shall not be accepted. Indeed such men have altogether strayed.

6 Ahmed Ali

Those who deny, having once come to faith, and persist in denial, will not have their repentance accepted, for they have gone astray.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

Indeed those who disbelieve after having accepted faith, and advance further in their disbelief – their repentance will never be accepted; and it is they who are the astray.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Indeed those who turn faithless after their faith, and then advance in faithlessness, their repentance will never be accepted, and it is they who are the astray.

9 Ali Ünal

But those who have disbelieved after their (profession of) belief and then have hardened in unbelief, (they have lost the capacity for believing so they can no longer return to faith, nor repent until they are held in the jaws of death, and) their repentance (at that moment) will not be accepted. And they are those who are altogether astray.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

Verily, those who chose disbelief after they had believed and then go on increasing in disbelief, their repentance shall not be accepted and these are the people who are completely lost.

11 English Literal

That those who disbelieved after their faith/belief, then they increased disbelief, their repentance will never/not (be) accepted, and those are the misguided.

12 Faridul Haque

Indeed those who disbelieve after having accepted faith, and advance further in their disbelief - their repentance will never be accepted; and it is they who are the astray.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

Verily, those who disbelieve (or reject faith) and die in disbelief, there shall not be accepted from any one of them the earth-full of gold, though he should give it as a ransom. For them is grievous woe, and no helpers have they.

14 Hilali & Khan

Verily, those who disbelieved after their Belief and then went on increasing in their disbelief (i.e. disbelief in the Quran and in Prophet Muhammad SAW) - never will their repentance be accepted [because they repent only by their tongues and not from their hearts]. And they are those who are astray.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Except those who repent after that and amend, for surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

Surely, those who disbelieve after their believing, then increase in unbelief, their repentance shall not be accepted, and these are they that go astray.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Lo! those who disbelieve after their (profession of) belief, and afterward grow violent in disbelief: their repentance will not be accepted. And such are those who are astray.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Those who disbelieve, after having been believers and increase their disbelief, are lost and their repentance will not be accepted.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Indeed those who disbelieve after they have believed and increase in disbelief, their repentance shall not be accepted. These are those who are astray.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Verily, those who disbelieved after their belief and then went on increasing in their disbelief never will their repentance be accepted. And they are those who are astray.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

but as for those who are bent on denying the truth after accepting the true faith and grow in their refusal to acknowledge the truth, their repentance will not be accepted. They are the ones who have gone far astray.

22 Talal Itani

As for those who disbelieve after having believed, then plunge deeper into disbelief, their repentance will not be accepted; these are the lost.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

The following was revealed regarding the Jews; Surely those who disbelieve, in Jesus, after they have believed, in Moses, and then increase in unbelief, in Muhammad (s) -- their repentance shall not be accepted, when they are drawing their last gasps of life, or when they have died as disbelievers; those are the ones who go astray.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

Neither Repentance of the Disbeliever Upon Death, Nor His Ransoming Himself on the Day of Resurrection Shall be Accepted

Allah says;

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ بَعْدَ إِيمَانِهِمْ ثُمَّ ازْدَادُواْ كُفْرًا لَّن تُقْبَلَ تَوْبَتُهُمْ وَأُوْلَـيِكَ هُمُ الضَّألُّونَ




Verily, those who disbelieved after their belief and then went on increasing in their disbelief never will their repentance be accepted.

Allah threatens and warns those who revert to disbelief after they believed and who thereafter insist on disbelief until death. He states that in this case, no repentance shall be accepted from them upon their death.

Similarly, Allah said,

وَلَيْسَتِ التَّوْبَةُ لِلَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ السَّيِّيَـتِ حَتَّى إِذَا حَضَرَ أَحَدَهُمُ الْمَوْتُ

And of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil deeds until death faces one of them. (4;18)

This is why Allah said,

لَّن تُقْبَلَ تَوْبَتُهُمْ وَأُوْلَـيِكَ هُمُ الضَّألُّونَ


never will their repentance be accepted. And they are those who went astray.

to those who abandon the path of truth for the path of wickedness.

Al-Hafiz Abu Bakr Al-Bazzar recorded that Ibn Abbas said that;

some people embraced Islam, reverted to disbelief, became Muslims again, then reverted from Islam.

They sent their people inquiring about this matter and they asked the Messenger of Allah. On that, this Ayah was revealed,
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ بَعْدَ إِيمَانِهِمْ ثُمَّ ازْدَادُواْ كُفْرًا لَّن تُقْبَلَ تَوْبَتُهُمْ
(Verily, those who disbelieved after their belief and then went on increasing in their disbelief never will their repentance be accepted).

The chain of narration is satisfactory.

Thereafter, Allah said