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afalā
أَفَلَا
Then (do) not
yatadabbarūna
يَتَدَبَّرُونَ
they ponder
l-qur'āna
ٱلْقُرْءَانَۚ
(on) the Quran?
walaw
وَلَوْ
And if
kāna
كَانَ
it had (been)
min
مِنْ
(of)
ʿindi
عِندِ
from
ghayri
غَيْرِ
other than
l-lahi
ٱللَّهِ
Allah,
lawajadū
لَوَجَدُوا۟
surely they (would have) found
fīhi
فِيهِ
in it
ikh'tilāfan
ٱخْتِلَٰفًا
contradiction.
kathīran
كَثِيرًا
much.

Afalaa yatadabbaroonal Qur'aan; wa law kaana min 'indi ghairil laahi la wajadoo fee hikh tilaafan kaseeraa

Sahih International:

Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction.

1 A. J. Arberry

What, do they not ponder the Koran? If it had been from other than God surely they would have found in it much inconsistency.

2 Abdul Haleem

Will they not think about this Quran? If it had been from anyone other than God, they would have found much inconsistency in it.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Ponder then they not on the Qur'an? Were it from other than Allah they would surely find therein many a contradiction.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Do they not consider the Qur'an (with care)? Had it been from other Than Allah, they would surely have found therein Much discrepancy.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Do they not ponder about the Qur'an? Had it been from any other than Allah, they would surely have found in it much inconsistency.

6 Ahmed Ali

Do they not ponder over the Qur'an? Had it been the word of any other but God they would surely have found a good deal of variation in it.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

So do they not ponder about the Qur’an? And had it been from anyone besides Allah, they would certainly find much contradiction in it.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Do they not contemplate the Quran? Had it been from [someone] other than Allah, they would have surely found much discrepancy in it.

9 Ali Ünal

Do they not contemplate the Qur’an (so that they may be convinced that it is from God)? Had it been from any other than God, they would surely have found in it much (incoherence or) inconsistency.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

Why do they not ponder over the Qur´ân? Had it been from anyone other than Allâh, they would surely have found a good deal of inconsistency therein.

11 English Literal

So do they not consider The Koran, and if (it) were from at other than God, they would have found in it much difference/disagreement.

12 Faridul Haque

So do they not ponder about the Qur’an? And had it been from anyone besides Allah, they would certainly find much contradiction in it.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

Fight, then, in the way of Allah; impose nothing on anyone else but on thyself (or you are responsible only for thyself), and urge on (or rouse, encourage) the believers. Perchance Allah will restrain the violence of those who disbelieve, for Allah is Mightier, severer in punishment.

14 Hilali & Khan

Do they not then consider the Quran carefully? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much contradictions.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

And they say: Obedience. But when they go out from thy presence, a party of them plan by night doing otherwise than what thou sayest. And Allah writes down what they plan by night, so turn aside from them and trust in Allah. And Allah is sufficient as having charge of affairs.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

Do they not then meditate on the Quran? And if it were from any other than Allah, they would have found in it many a discrepancy.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Will they not then ponder on the Qur'an? If it had been from other than Allah they would have found therein much incongruity.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Will they not ponder on the Quran? Had it not come from someone other than God, they would have certainly found therein many contradictions.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Will they not contemplate upon the Koran? If it had been from other than Allah, they would surely have found in it many contradictions.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Do they not then consider the Qur'an carefully Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely, have found therein contradictions in abundance.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Do they not ponder on the Quran? If it had been from anyone other than God, they would have found much inconsistency in it.

22 Talal Itani

Do they not ponder the Quran? Had it been from any other than God, they would have found in it much discrepancy.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

What, do they not ponder, do they [not] contemplate, the Qur'n?, and the marvellous truths contained in it. If it had been from other than God surely they would have found therein much inconsistency, [much] contradiction in meaning and irregularity in arrangement.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

The Qur'an is True

Allah says;

أَفَلَ يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْانَ

Do they not then consider the Qur'an carefully!

Allah commands them to contemplate about the Qur'an and forbids them from ignoring it, or ignoring its wise meanings and eloquent words.

Allah states that there are no inconsistencies, contradictions, conflicting statements or discrepancies in the Qur'an, because it is a revelation from the Most-Wise, Worthy of all praise. Therefore, the Qur'an is the truth coming from the Truth, Allah.

This is why Allah said in another Ayah,

أَفَلَ يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْانَ أَمْ عَلَى قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا

Do they not then think deeply in the Qur'an, or are their hearts locked up (from understanding it). (47;24)

Allah then said,

وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ غَيْرِ اللّهِ

Had it been from other than Allah,

meaning, had it been fraudulent and made up, as the ignorant idolators and hypocrites assert in their hearts.

لَوَجَدُواْ فِيهِ اخْتِلَفًا

they would surely, have found therein contradictions,

discrepancies and inconsistencies

كَثِيرًا



in abundance.

However, this Qur'an is free of shortcomings, and therefore, it is from Allah.

Similarly, Allah describes those who are firmly grounded in knowledge,

ءَامَنَّا بِهِ كُلٌّ مِّنْ عِندِ رَبِّنَا

We believe in it, all of it is from our Lord. (3;7)

meaning, the Muhkam sections (entirely clear) and the Mutashabih sections (not entirely clear) of the Qur'an are all true. So they understand the not entirely clear from the clear, and thus gain guidance.

As for those in whose heart is the disease of hypocrisy, they understand the Muhkam from the Mutashabih; thus only gaining misguidance.

Allah praised those who have knowledge and criticized the wicked.

Imam Ahmad recorded that `Amr bin Shu`ayb said that his father said that his grandfather said,

"I and my brother were present in a gathering, which is more precious to me than red camels. My brother and I came and found that some of the leaders of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah were sitting close to a door of his. We did not like the idea of being separate from them, so we sat near the room. They then mentioned an Ayah and began disputing until they raised their voices.

The Messenger of Allah was so angry that when he went out his face was red. He threw sand on them and said to them,

مَهْلً يَا قَوْمِ بِهَذَا أُهْلِكَتِ الاُْمَمُ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ بِاخْتِلَفِهِمْ عَلى أَنْبِيَايِهِمْ وَضَرْبِهِمِ الْكُتُبَ بَعْضَهَا بِبَعْضٍ إِنَّ الْقُرْانَ لَمْ يَنْزِلْ يُكَذِّبُ بَعْضُهُ بَعْضًا إِنَّمَا يُصَدِّقُ بَعْضُهُ بَعْضًا فَمَا عَرَفْتُمْ مِنْهُ فَاعْمَلُوا بِهِ وَمَا جَهِلْتُمْ مِنْهُ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلى عَالِمِه

Behold, O people! This is how the nations before you were destroyed, because of their disputing with their Prophets and their contradicting parts of the Books with other parts. The Qur'an does not contradict itself. Rather, it testifies to the truth of itself. Therefore, whatever of it you have knowledge in, then implement it, and whatever you do not know of it, then refer it to those who have knowledge in it."

Ahmad recorded that Abdullah bin `Amr said,

"I went to the Messenger of Allah one day. When we were sitting, two men disputed about an Ayah, and their voices became loud. The Prophet said,

إِنَّمَا هَلَكَتِ الاُْمَمُ قَبْلَكُمْ بِاخْتِلَفِهِمْ فِي الْكِتَاب

Verily, the nations before you were destroyed because of their disagreements over the Book.

Muslim and An-Nasa'i recorded this Hadith.
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