Qul yaa qawmi' maloo 'alaa makaanatikum innee 'aamilun fasawfa ta'lamoona man takoonu lahoo 'aaqibatud daar; innahoo laa yuflihuz zaalimoon
Say, "O my people, work according to your position; [for] indeed, I am working. And you are going to know who will have succession in the home. Indeed, the wrongdoers will not succeed.
1 A. J. Arberry
Say: 'O my people, act according to your station; I am acting. And assuredly you will know who shall possess the Abode Ultimate. Surely the evildoers will not prosper.'
2 Abdul Haleem
[Prophet], say, ‘My people, you carry on as you are, and so will I: you will come to realize who will have a happy homecoming in the Hereafter.’ The evildoers will not prosper.
3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi
Say thou. O my people! go on acting in your way, verily I am going to act in my way, presently ye shall know whose will be the happy end of the abode; and verily the wrong-doers will not fare well.
4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali
Say; "O my people! Do whatever ye can; I will do (my part); soon will ye know who it is whose end will be (best) in the Hereafter; certain it is that the wrong-doers will not prosper."
5 Abul Ala Maududi
Say (O Muhammad!): 'O people! Work in your place; and I too am at work. Soon you will know in whose favour the ultimate decision will be. Surely the wrong-doers will not prosper.'
6 Ahmed Ali
Tell them: "O my people, go on acting on your part, I am acting on mine. You will soon know whose is the guerdon of life to come." The wicked will not succeed.
7 Ahmed Raza Khan
Say (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him), “O my people! Keep on with your works* in your positions, I am doing mine; soon you will come to know for whom is the abode of the Hereafter; undoubtedly the unjust are never successful.” (* This is said as a challenge)
8 Ali Quli Qarai
Say, ‘O my people, act according to your ability; I too am acting. Soon you will know in whose favour the outcome of that abode will be. Indeed the wrongdoers will not be felicitous.’
9 Ali Ünal
Say: "O my people! Do all that lies within your power, indeed I (too) am at work (doing my task). So in time you will come to know to whom the ultimate abode of happiness will belong. Indeed the wrongdoers do not prosper and attain their goals.
10 Amatul Rahman Omar
Say, `O my people! go on working according to (the utmost of) your capacities and positions. Surely, I am doing (my best)! Soon you shall come to know for whom is the (best) reward of this abode.´ Anyhow, the wrong-doers never attain their goal.
11 English Literal
Say: "You (my) nation, do/work at your capacity that I am doing/working, so you will know who (is to) be for him the home`s end/turn (result), that He does not make the unjust/oppressors succeed/win.
12 Faridul Haque
Say (O dear Prophet Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him), “O my people! Keep on with your works * in your positions, I am doing mine; soon you will come to know for whom is the abode of the Hereafter; undoubtedly the unjust are never successful.” (* This is said as a challenge.)
13 Hamid S. Aziz
Say (O Muhammad), "O my people! Work according to your power, verily, I, too, am working; and soon shall you come to know whose is the happy outcome in the Hereafter!" Certainly, the unjust shall not prosper.
14 Hilali & Khan
Say (O Muhammad SAW): "O my people! Work according to your way, surely, I too am working (in my way), and you will come to know for which of us will be the (happy) end in the Hereafter. Certainly the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.) will not be successful.
15 Maulana Mohammad Ali
Surely that which you are promised will come to pass, and you cannot escape (it).
16 Mohammad Habib Shakir
Say: O my people! act according to your ability; I too am acting; so you will soon come to know, for whom (of us) will be the (good) end of the abode; surely the unjust shall not be successful.
17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall
Say (O Muhammad): O my people! Work according to your power. Lo! I too am working. Thus ye will come to know for which of us will be the happy sequel. Lo! the wrong-doers will not be successful.
18 Muhammad Sarwar
(Muhammad), tell your people, "I shall do whatever I can and you may do whatever you want, but you will soon know who will be victorious. It is certain that the unjust will never have happiness."
19 Qaribullah & Darwish
Say: 'Work according to your station my people, for indeed I am working' You shall know to whom will be the good end of the abode. The harmdoers shall not be triumphant.
20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri
Say: "O my people! Work according to your way, surely, I too am working, and you will come to know for which of us will be the (happy) end in the Hereafter. Certainly the wrongdoers will not be successful."
21 Wahiduddin Khan
Say, "O my people! Go on acting in your way; indeed I am going to act in my way; soon you will know whose end will be best in the Hereafter." Surely, the wrongdoers shall not prosper.
22 Talal Itani
Say, “O my people! Work according to your ability, and so will I.” You will come to know to whom will belong the sequel of the abode.” The wrongdoers will not prevail.
23 Tafsir jalalayn
Say, to them; `O my people, act according to your state, your circumstances; truly I am acting, according to my circumstances. And assuredly you will know whose (man; the relative particle introducing the object of the verb `you will know') sequel shall be the abode, that is, [who shall have] the praiseworthy sequel in the abode of the Hereafter; will it be us or yourselves? Surely the evildoers, the disbelievers, will not prosper', will not find happiness.
24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir
قُلْ يَا قَوْمِ اعْمَلُواْ عَلَى مَكَانَتِكُمْ إِنِّي عَامِلٌ فَسَوْفَ تَعْلَمُونَ
Say;"O my people! Work according to your way, surely, I too am working and you will come to know."
This contains a stern warning and a sure promise, saying; remain on your way, if you think that you are rightly guided, for I will remain on mine.
Allah said in another Ayah,
وَقُل لِّلَّذِينَ لَا يُوْمِنُونَ اعْمَلُواْ عَلَى مَكَانَتِكُمْ إِنَّا عَامِلُونَ
وَانْتَظِرُواْ إِنَّا مُنتَظِرُونَ
And say to those who do not believe;"Act according to Makanatikum, We are acting (in our way). And you wait! We (too) are waiting." (11;121-122)
Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn Abbas said that,
(according to Makanatikum...),
means, your way.
قُلْ يَا قَوْمِ اعْمَلُواْ عَلَى مَكَانَتِكُمْ إِنِّي عَامِلٌ
مَن تَكُونُ لَهُ عَاقِبَةُ الدِّارِ إِنَّهُ لَا يُفْلِحُ الظَّالِمُونَ
And you will come to know for which of us will be the (happy) end in the Hereafter. Certainly the wrongdoers will not be successful.
You will come to know if the happy end will be mine (Muhammad's) or yours (the disbelievers).
Allah has indeed kept His promise and allowed Muhammad to prevail in the land and rise above those who defied him. He conquered Makkah for him and made him triumphant over his people who rejected and showed enmity towards him. The Prophet's rule soon spread over the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen and Bahrain, and all this occurred during his lifetime. After his death, the various lands and provinces were conquered during the time of his successors, may Allah be pleased with them all.
Allah also said,
كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لاّغْلِبَنَّ أَنَاْ وَرُسُلِى إِنَّ اللَّهَ قَوِىٌّ عَزِيزٌ
Allah has decreed;"Verily, it is I and My Messengers who shall be the victorious." Verily, Allah is All-Powerful, Almighty. (58;21)
إِنَّا لَنَنصُرُ رُسُلَنَا وَالَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ فِى الْحَيَوةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيَوْمَ يَقُومُ الاإٌّشْهَـدُ
يَوْمَ لَا يَنفَعُ الظَّـلِمِينَ مَعْذِرَتُهُمْ وَلَهُمُ الْلَّعْنَةُ وَلَهُمْ سُوءُ الدَّارِ
Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe in this world's life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth. The Day when their excuses will be of no profit to the wrongdoers. Theirs will be the curse, and theirs will be the evil abode. (40;51-52)
وَلَقَدْ كَتَبْنَا فِى الزَّبُورِ مِن بَعْدِ الذِّكْرِ أَنَّ الاٌّرْضَ يَرِثُهَا عِبَادِىَ الصَّـلِحُونَ
And indeed We have written in the Zabur after the Dhikr that My righteous servants shall inherit the land. (21;105