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AYAH Yusuf 12:39 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic يَا صَاحِبَيِ السِّجْنِ أَأَرْبَابٌ مُّتَفَرِّقُونَ خَيْرٌ أَمِ اللَّهُ الْوَاحِدُ الْقَهَّارُ zoom
Transliteration Ya sahibayi alssijni aarbabun mutafarriqoona khayrun ami Allahu alwahidu alqahharu zoom
Transliteration-2 yāṣāḥibayi l-sij'ni a-arbābun mutafarriqūna khayrun ami l-lahu l-wāḥidu l-qahāru zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 O my two companions (of) the prison! Are lords separate better or Allah, the One the Irresistible? zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad "O my companions in imprisonment! Which is more reasonable: [belief in the existence of numerous divine] lords, each of them different from the other" -or [in] the One God, who holds absolute sway over all that exists? zoom
M. M. Pickthall O my fellow-prisoners! Are divers lords better, or Allah the One, Almighty? zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) "O my two companions of the prison! (I ask you): are many lords differing among themselves better, or the One Allah, Supreme and Irresistible? zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) "O my two companions of the prison! (I ask you): are many lords differing among themselves better, or the One God, Supreme and Irresistible? zoom
Shakir O my two mates of the prison! are sundry lords better or Allah the One, the Supreme? zoom
Wahiduddin Khan O my two fellow-prisoners! Are many diverse lords better, or God, the One, the Almighty? zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar O my two prison companions! Are ones that are different masters better or God, The One, The Omniscient? zoom
T.B.Irving "Both my jailmates, are separate lords better than God Alone, the Irresistible? zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab O my fellow-prisoners! Which is far better: many different lords or Allah—the One, the Supreme? zoom
Safi Kaskas Fellow prisoners, which is more reasonable: [belief in the existence of numerous divine] lords that are different from one another, or [in] the One God, who holds absolute power over all that exists? [:) zoom
Abdul Hye  O my 2 companions of the prison! Are many different Lords (worthy of worship) better or Allah, the One, the Irresistible? zoom
The Study Quran O my fellow prisoners! Are diverse lords better, or God, the One, the Paramount? zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) "O my fellow inmates, are various lords better, or God, the One, the Omniscient" zoom
Abdel Haleem Fellow prisoners, would many diverse gods be better than God the One, the All Powerful? [No indeed!] zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi O My two fellow-prisoners! are sundry lords better of Allah, the One, the Subduer zoom
Ahmed Ali (Tell me) O fellow-prisoners, are a number of gods better, or one God omnipotent? zoom
Aisha Bewley My fellow-prisoners, are many lords better, or Allah, the only One, the Conqueror? zoom
Ali Ünal "O my two fellow-prisoners! Are many diverse lords more reasonable and better (to attribute creation to and believe in and obey), or God, the One, the All-Overwhelming (holding absolute sway over all that exists)? zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i O my prison mates! Are different masters better, or Allah, the One, the All-paramount? zoom
Hamid S. Aziz O you two fellow-prisoners! Are manifold lords better, or Allah, the One, the Almighty? zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali O (you) two companions of the prison! Are (some) disunited lords more charitable (i.e., better) or Allah, The One, The Superb Vanquisher? zoom
Muhammad Sarwar "My fellow-prisoners can many different masters be considered better than One All-dominant God? zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani O my fellow prisoners, are different gods better or Allah, the One, the All-Dominant? zoom
Shabbir Ahmed "O My prison mates! Are several masters better, or Allah, the One, the Dominant?" zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed "O, the two companions of prison! Are many different lords (gods, who differ among themselves) better or Allah, the One Supreme and Irresistible? zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) O [my] two companions of prison, are separate lords better or Allah , the One, the Prevailing? zoom
Farook Malik O my fellow inmates! Tell me what is better; many different lords or one Allah, the Irresistible? zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey "Oh my companions of prison! Isn´t one God, Allah the Omnipotent, better than several independent gods?" zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar O two companions of the prison! Are many different nourishers-sustainers better (as a concept) or Allah, the One, the Irresistible (Who Alone is the Reality)? zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) 'O My fellow inmates, are diverse lords better, or God, the One, the Supreme?' zoom
Maududi Fellow-prisoners! Is it better that there be diverse lords, or just Allah, the One, the Irresistible? zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad My two prison mates, are several different masters better or the one dominant God? zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) “O my two companions of the prison. Are many lords differing among themselves better, or One God, Supreme and Irresistible? zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) "Omy fellow inmates, are various lords better, or God, the One, the Supreme?" zoom
Mohammad Shafi "O my two prison mates! Are sundry lords better or Allah the One, the Almighty?" zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian “Tell me my fellow prisoners, which belief is better: belief in many gods or relying upon One Supreme God?” zoom
Faridul Haque "O both my fellow-prisoners! Are various lords better, or One Allah, the Dominant above all?" zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah My fellowprisoners, say which is better, many gods at variance, or Allah the One, the Conqueror? zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali O my two fellow-prisoners, are sundry lords better or Allah the One, the Supreme? zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira You my two companions/friends (of) the prison/jail, are separate Lords better or God the one, the defeater/conqueror ? zoom
Sher Ali `O my two companions of the prison, are many lords differing among themselves better or ALLAH, the One, the Most Supreme? zoom
Rashad Khalifa "O my prison mates, are several gods better, or GOD alone, the One, the Supreme? zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) 'O my two fellow prisoners; are separate Lords better or Allah the One Omnipotent? zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar `My two fellow-prisoners! what is better? Diverse and numerous gods or Allah, the One, the Most Supreme? zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri O my two companions of the prison! (Say:) Are many separate gods better or One Allah, Who dominates and controls all? zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali "O two companions of the prison! Are many different lords (gods) better or Allah, the One, the Irresistible? zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry Say, which is better, my fellow-prisoners -- many gods at variance, or God the One, the Omnipotent? zoom
Edward Henry Palmer O ye twain fellow-prisoners! Are manifold lords better, or God, the one, the dominant? zoom
George Sale O my fellow-prisoners, are sundry lords better, or the only true and mighty God? zoom
John Medows Rodwell O my two fellow prisoners! are sundry lords best, or God, the One, the Mighty? zoom
N J Dawood (2014)  ‘Fellow prisoners! Are sundry gods better than God, the One who conquers all? zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb My two prison companions! Which is better: [to believe] in diverse lords, or to believe in God, the One who holds sway over all that exists? zoom
Ahmed Hulusi (Joseph said), “O my companions of prison... Are diverse Rabbs of differing qualities better, or Allah, the Wahid’ul Qahhar (the only ONE under whose command lays all things)?” zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli O my(two)mates of the prison! Are(many)diverse lords better, or Allah, the One, the All- Dominant zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim "Fellow - inmates", he said, "do you honestly believe that such an immense universe could be controlled with such precision by a group of creatures diverse in kind, nature and character or by Allah AL-Wahid (the One and only) Who is AL- Qahhar (the Omnipotent, Absolute and Irresistible!)" zoom
Mir Aneesuddin O my two companions of the prison ! are different masters better or Allah, the One, the Omnipotent? zoom

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