Skip to main content
wayaḥlifūna
وَيَحْلِفُونَ
And they swear
bil-lahi
بِٱللَّهِ
by Allah
innahum
إِنَّهُمْ
indeed, they
laminkum
لَمِنكُمْ
surely (are) of you,
wamā
وَمَا
while not
hum
هُم
they
minkum
مِّنكُمْ
(are) of you,
walākinnahum
وَلَٰكِنَّهُمْ
but they
qawmun
قَوْمٌ
(are) a people
yafraqūna
يَفْرَقُونَ
(who) are afraid.

Wa yahlifoona billaahi innnahum laminkum wa maa hum minkum wa laakinnahum qawmuny yafraqoon

Sahih International:

And they swear by Allah that they are from among you while they are not from among you; but they are a people who are afraid.

1 A. J. Arberry

They swear by God that they belong with you, but they are not of you they are a people that are afraid.

2 Abdul Haleem

They swear by God that they belong with you [believers], but they do not. They are cowardly:

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And they swear by Allah that they are surely of you, whereas they are not of you; but they are a people who dread.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

They swear by Allah that they are indeed of you; but they are not of you; yet they are afraid (to appear in their true colours).

5 Abul Ala Maududi

They swear by Allah that they are part of you whereas they are certainly not part of you. They are merely a people who dread you.

6 Ahmed Ali

They swear by God they are with you, though in fact they are not. They are only a frightened lot.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And they (the hypocrites) swear by Allah that they are from among you (Muslims); and they are not from among you – however those people are afraid.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

They swear by Allah that they belong to you, but they do not belong to you. Rather, they are a frightened lot.

9 Ali Ünal

They swear by God that they are indeed of you (belonging with the believers), yet they are not of you. They are only a people ridden by fear (and thereby pretending to be of you).

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And they swear by Allâh that they indeed belong to you, but they do not belong to you, on the other hand they are too timid a people (to appear in their true colours).

11 English Literal

And they swear/take oath by God, that they truly are from you (E), and they are not from you, and however they are a nation afraid/separating.

12 Faridul Haque

And they (the hypocrites) swear by Allah that they are from among you (Muslims); and they are not from among you - however those people are afraid.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

They swear by Allah that, in truth, they are of you; but they are not of you, and they are a people who do stand aside in fear.

14 Hilali & Khan

They swear by Allah that they are truly of you while they are not of you, but they are a people (hypocrites) who are afraid (that you may kill them).

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Let not then their wealth nor their children excite thine admiration. Allah only wishes to chastise them therewith in this world’s life and (that) their souls may depart while they are disbelievers.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And they swear by Allah that they are most surely of you, and they are not of you, but they are a people who are afraid (of you).

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

And they swear by Allah that they are in truth of you, when they are not of you, but they are folk who are afraid.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

They swear by God that they are believers like you but they are not believers. They are a people who only cause differences.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

They swear by Allah that they belong with you, yet they are not of you. They are a nation that are afraid.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

They swear by Allah that they are truly of you while they are not of you, but they are a people (hypocrites) who are afraid (that you may kill them).

21 Wahiduddin Khan

They swear by God that they are believers like you; but they are not. They are afraid [to appear in their true colours]:

22 Talal Itani

They swear by God that they are of you. But they are not of you. They are divisive people.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

And they swear by God that they truly are of you, that is, [that they are] believers; but they are not of you; they are a folk who are afraid, that you should deal with them as you have done with the idolaters, and so they swear merely in pretence, in order to protect themselves.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

Exposing Hypocrites' Fright and Fear

Allah describes to His Prophet the fright, fear, anxiety and nervousness of the hypocrites,

وَيَحْلِفُونَ بِاللّهِ إِنَّهُمْ لَمِنكُمْ

They swear by Allah that they are truly of you,

swearing a sure oath,

وَمَا هُم مِّنكُمْ

while they are not of you,

in reality,

وَلَـكِنَّهُمْ قَوْمٌ يَفْرَقُونَ



but they are a people who are afraid,

and this is what made them swear