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wa-in
وَإِن
And if
tadʿūhum
تَدْعُوهُمْ
you call them
ilā
إِلَى
to
l-hudā
ٱلْهُدَىٰ
the guidance,
لَا
not.
yattabiʿūkum
يَتَّبِعُوكُمْۚ
will they follow you.
sawāon
سَوَآءٌ
(It is) same
ʿalaykum
عَلَيْكُمْ
for you
adaʿawtumūhum
أَدَعَوْتُمُوهُمْ
whether you call them
am
أَمْ
or
antum
أَنتُمْ
you
ṣāmitūna
صَٰمِتُونَ
remain silent.

Wa in tad'oohum ilalhudaa laa yattabi'ookum; sawaaa'un 'alaikum a-da'awtumoohum am antum saamitoon

Sahih International:

And if you [believers] invite them to guidance, they will not follow you. It is all the same for you whether you invite them or you are silent.

1 A. J. Arberry

If you call them to guidance they will not follow you; equal it is to you whether you call them, or whether you are silent.

2 Abdul Haleem

If you [believers] call such people to guidance, they do not fol-low you: it makes no difference whether you call them or remain silent.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And if ye call them toward guidance they follow you not: it is the same to you whether ye call them or are silent.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

If ye call them to guidance, they will not obey; For you it is the same whether ye call them or ye hold your peace!

5 Abul Ala Maududi

And if you call them to true guidance, they will not follow you. It is all the same for you whether you call them to true guidance or keep silent.

6 Ahmed Ali

If you call them to guidance they will not follow you. It is all the same if you call them or hold your tongue.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And if you call the disbelievers to guidance, they do not follow you; it is the same for you, whether you invite them or remain silent.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

If you call them to guidance, they will not follow you: it is the same to you whether you call them or whether you are silent.

9 Ali Ünal

And if you call them in the direction of guidance, they do not follow you: It is the same for you whether you call to them or remain silent.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And if you (O Polytheists!) invite these (associated gods) for (your) guidance, they will not respond to you. It makes no difference to you whether you call them or you remain silent.

11 English Literal

And if you call them to the guidance, they do not follow you, (it is) equal/alike on you, if you called them, or you are silent.

12 Faridul Haque

And if you call the disbelievers to guidance, they do not follow you; it is the same for you, whether you invite them or remain silent.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

But if you call them unto guidance they follow you not. It is all the same to them if you call them or if you hold your tongue.

14 Hilali & Khan

And if you call them to guidance, they follow you not. It is the same for you whether you call them or you keep silent.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

And they cannot give them help, nor can they help themselves.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And if you invite them to guidance, they will not follow you; it is the same to you whether you invite them or you are silent.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

And if ye call them to the Guidance, they follow you not. Whether ye call them or are silent is all one for you.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Believers, even if you invite them to true guidance, they will not follow you. It makes no difference whether you invite them or whether you keep quiet.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

If you call them to guidance, they will not follow you. It is the same whether you call them or you are silent.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And if you call them to guidance, they follow you not. It is the same for you whether you call them or you keep silent.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

It makes no difference whether you call on them or remain silent. If you call them to the right path, they will not follow you.

22 Talal Itani

And if you invite them to guidance, they will not follow you. It is the same for you, whether you invite them, or remain silent.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

And if you call them, that is, the idols, to guidance, they will not follow you (read yatba`kum or yattabi`kum). It will be the same [response] for you, whether you call them, to it, or whether you are silent, [refraining] from calling them, they will not follow it, because they cannot hear.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

وَإِن تَدْعُوهُمْ إِلَى الْهُدَى لَا يَتَّبِعُوكُمْ

And if you call them to guidance, they follow you not.

Allah says, these idols do not hear the calls of those who worship them. Therefore, the result is the same, whether calling the idols or shunning them.

سَوَاء عَلَيْكُمْ أَدَعَوْتُمُوهُمْ أَمْ أَنتُمْ صَامِتُونَ



It is the same for you whether you call them or you keep silent.

Ibrahim, peace be upon said,

يأَبَتِ لِمَ تَعْبُدُ مَا لاأَ يَسْمَعُ وَلاأَ يَبْصِرُ وَلاأَ يُغْنِى عَنكَ شَيْياً

"O my father! Why do you worship that which hears not, sees not and cannot avail you in anything!" (19;42)

Next, Allah states,

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللّهِ عِبَادٌ أَمْثَالُكُمْ فَادْعُوهُمْ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُواْ لَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ