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wawahabnā
وَوَهَبْنَا
And We gave
lidāwūda
لِدَاوُۥدَ
to Dawood
sulaymāna
سُلَيْمَٰنَۚ
Sulaiman,
niʿ'ma
نِعْمَ
an excellent
l-ʿabdu
ٱلْعَبْدُۖ
slave.
innahu
إِنَّهُۥٓ
Indeed, he
awwābun
أَوَّابٌ
(was) one who repeatedly turned.

Wa wahabnaa li Daawooda Sulaimaan; ni'mal 'abd; innahoo awwaab

Sahih International:

And to David We gave Solomon. An excellent servant, indeed he was one repeatedly turning back [to Allah].

1 A. J. Arberry

And We gave unto David Solomon; how excellent a servant he was! He was a penitent.

2 Abdul Haleem

We gave David Solomon. He was an excellent servant who always turned to God.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And We vouchsafed Unto Da-ud Sulaiman. How excellent a bondman! j Verily he was oft-returning.'

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

To David We gave Solomon (for a son),- How excellent in Our service! Ever did he turn (to Us)!

5 Abul Ala Maududi

We bestowed upon David (an illustrious son), Solomon. How excellent a servant (of Ours he was)! Indeed he constantly turned to Us in devotion.

6 Ahmed Ali

We bestowed Solomon on David who was an excellent devotee, for he turned to God in penitence.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And We bestowed Sulaiman to Dawud; what an excellent bondman! He is indeed most inclined.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

And to David We gave Solomon—what an excellent servant he was! Indeed, he was a penitent [soul].

9 Ali Ünal

We granted to David (who was perfectly righteous in his Caliphate) Solomon. How excellent a servant Solomon was! Surely he was one ever-turning (to God) in penitence.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And We gave (a pious son like) Solomon to David. How excellent a servant (of Ours) he was! For he turned to Us in obedience and repentance again and again.

11 English Literal

And We granted to David Soliman, blessed/praised the slave/servant that he truly is repentant

12 Faridul Haque

And We bestowed Sulaiman to Dawud; what an excellent bondman! He is indeed most inclined.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

And We bestowed on David, Solomon, a most excellent servant! Surely he was frequent in turning (to Allah).

14 Hilali & Khan

And to Dawud (David) We gave Sulaiman (Solomon). How excellent (a) slave! Verily, he was ever oft-returning in repentance (to Us)!

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

(This is) a Book that We have revealed to thee abounding in good, that they may ponder over its verses, and that the men of understanding may mind.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And We gave to Dawood Sulaiman, most excellent the servant! Surely he was frequent in returning (to Allah).

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

And We bestowed on David, Solomon. How excellent a slave! Lo! he was ever turning in repentance (toward Allah).

18 Muhammad Sarwar

We granted Solomon to David, a blessed servant of Ours and certainly the most repentant person.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

We gave Solomon to David; and he was an excellent worshiper, he was penitent.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And to Dawud We gave Sulayman. How excellent a servant! Verily, he was ever turning in repentance (to Us)!

21 Wahiduddin Khan

We gave David Solomon. He was an excellent servant who always turned to God.

22 Talal Itani

And We granted David, Solomon, an excellent servant. He was penitent.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

And We bestowed on David, Solomon, his son -- what an excellent servant!, that is, Solomon. Truly he was a penitent [soul], always returning [to God] with glorification and remembrance at all times.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

Suleiman the Son of Dawud

Allah tells,

وَوَهَبْنَا لِدَاوُودَ سُلَيْمَانَ

And to Dawud We gave Suleiman. How excellent a servant! Verily, he was ever turning in repentance (to Us)!

Allah tells us that he gave Suleiman to Dawud as a Prophet, as He says elsewhere;

وَوَرِثَ سُلَيْمَـنُ دَاوُودَ

And Suleiman inherited Dawud, (27;1)

meaning, he inherited Prophethood from him. Dawud had other sons besides Suleiman, for he had one hundred free wives.

نِعْمَ الْعَبْدُ إِنَّهُ أَوَّابٌ



How excellent a servant! Verily, he was ever oft-returning in repentance (to Us)!

This is praise for Suleiman, because he was very much obedient, worshipping Allah much and always turning to Allah in repentance.

إِذْ عُرِضَ عَلَيْهِ بِالْعَشِيِّ الصَّافِنَاتُ الْجِيَادُ