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falā
فَلَآ
But nay!
uq'simu
أُقْسِمُ
I swear
bil-khunasi
بِٱلْخُنَّسِ
by the retreating planets,

Falaaa uqsimu bil khunnas

Sahih International:

So I swear by the retreating stars -

1 A. J. Arberry

No! I swear by the slinkers,

2 Abdul Haleem

I swear by the planets

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

I swear by the receding stars.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

So verily I call to witness the planets - that recede,

5 Abul Ala Maududi

No indeed; I swear by the alternating stars

6 Ahmed Ali

So, I call the receding stars to witness,

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

So by oath of those that revolve. (The planets.)

8 Ali Quli Qarai

So I swear by the stars that return,

9 Ali Ünal

Oh, I swear by the stars which recede (disappearing in the sun’s light),

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

Nay, I call to witness those (planets) that recede while advancing in one direction,

11 English Literal

So I do not swear/make oath by the planets .

12 Faridul Haque

So by oath of those that revolve. (The planets.)

13 Hamid S. Aziz

But nay! I swear by (or call to witness) the Planets,

14 Hilali & Khan

So verily, I swear by the planets that recede (i.e. disappear during the day and appear during the night).

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Running their course, (and) setting,

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

But nay! I swear by the stars,

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Oh, but I call to witness the planets,

18 Muhammad Sarwar

I do not need to swear by the orbiting

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Rather, I swear by the returning

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

But nay! I swear by Al-Khunnas.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

I swear by the receding stars,

22 Talal Itani

I swear by the galaxies.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

So I swear (fa-l; l is extra) by the receding [planets],

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

The Explanation of the Words Al-Khunnas and Al-Kunnas

Muslim recorded in his Sahih, and An-Nasa'i in his Book of Tafsir, in explaining this Ayah, from `Amr bin Hurayth that he said,

"I prayed the Morning prayer behind the Prophet , and I heard him reciting,

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