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AYAH an-Nahl 16:120 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic إِنَّ إِبْرَاهِيمَ كَانَ أُمَّةً قَانِتًا لِّلَّهِ حَنِيفًا وَلَمْ يَكُ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ zoom
Transliteration Inna ibraheema kana ommatan qanitan lillahi haneefan walam yaku mina almushrikeena zoom
Transliteration-2 inna ib'rāhīma kāna ummatan qānitan lillahi ḥanīfan walam yaku mina l-mush'rikīna zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 Indeed, Ibrahim was a nation obedient to Allah upright, and not he was of the polytheists. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad VERILY, Abraham was a man who combined within himself all virtues, devoutly obeying God's will, turning away from all that is false, and not being of those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God: zoom
M. M. Pickthall Lo! Abraham was a nation obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the idolaters; zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) Abraham was indeed a model, devoutly obedient to Allah, (and) true in Faith, and he joined not gods with Allah: zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) Abraham was indeed a model, devoutly obedient to God, (and) true in Faith, and he joined not gods with God: zoom
Shakir Surely Ibrahim was an exemplar, obedient to Allah, upright, and he was not of the polytheists. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Abraham was a community in himself devoted to God and true in faith, He was not one of the polytheists; zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar Abraham had been a community obedient to God—a monotheist—he is not among the ones who are polytheists. zoom
T.B.Irving Abraham formed a community that was devoted to God since he was righteous and was no associator; zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab Indeed, Abraham was a model of excellence: devoted to Allah, ˹perfectly˺ upright—not a polytheist— zoom
Safi Kaskas Truly, Abraham was equal to a community in himself; he was devoted to obeying God. He turned from all that is wrong-and he was not among those idolaters zoom
Abdul Hye  Surely, Abraham was a nation (a leader with all the good qualities), straight obedient to Allah, and he was not of the polytheists. zoom
The Study Quran Truly Abraham was a community, devoutly obedient to God, a ?anif, and he was not among the idolaters. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) Abraham was a nation, devoted to God, a monotheist, and he was not of those who set up partners. zoom
Abdel Haleem Abraham was truly an example: devoutly obedient to God and true in faith. He was not an idolater; zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi Verily Ibrahim was a pattern, devout unto Allah, upright, and, not of the associaters. zoom
Ahmed Ali Abraham was certainly a model of faith, obedient to God and upright, and not one of idolaters, zoom
Aisha Bewley Ibrahim was a community in himself, exemplary, obedient to Allah, a man of pure natural belief. He was not one of the idolaters. zoom
Ali Ünal Abraham was an exemplary leader, (whose self-dedication to the good of his community made him) as if a community, sincerely obedient to God as a man of pure faith (free from any stain of unbelief and hypocrisy), and he was not of those who associate partners with God – zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i Indeed Abraham was a nation obedient to Allah, a ḥana«f, and he was not one of the polytheists. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz Verily, Abraham was indeed, a model, devoutly obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the idolaters: zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali Surely, Ibrahim (Abraham) was a nation, (i.e., a leader,Imam) devout to Allah, unswervingly upright, and he was not of the associators, (Those who associate others with Allah) zoom
Muhammad Sarwar Abraham was, certainly, an obedient and upright person. He was not a pagan. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani Surely, Ibrahim was an Ummah (a whole community in himself), devoted to Allah, a man of pure faith; and he was not among the Mushriks (i.e. those who associate partners with Allah) zoom
Shabbir Ahmed Abraham was indeed a man who combined within himself all virtues, exemplary in his commitment to Allah, turning away from all that is false. (His impact on history was that of a whole nation). He upheld Strict Monotheism and never indulged in idolatry of any kind. (2:124-126), (14:35-37). zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed Verily, Ibrahim (Abraham) was a true model, (sincerely and) piously obedient to Allah, true in faith, and he did not join gods with Allah: zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) Indeed, Abraham was a [comprehensive] leader, devoutly obedient to Allah , inclining toward truth, and he was not of those who associate others with Allah . zoom
Farook Malik In fact Abraham was a nation in himself, an upright man obedient to Allah, and he was not of the pagans. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey And Ibraheem was a nation (all by himself), obedient to Allah and a true believer. He was not an idolater. zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar Indeed Ibrahim happened to be an Ummah (in himself) completely content in Allah, absolutely Unitarian. And he does not become of those who set up partners (to Allah)- zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) Abraham was an exemplary leader, devoted to God, a monotheist, and was not of the polytheists. zoom
Maududi Indeed Abraham was a whole community by himself, obedient to Allah, exclusively devoted to Him. And he was never one of those who associated others with Allah in His Divinity. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad Indeed Abraham was a leader, obedient to God, a monotheist and he was not of the polytheists. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) Abraham is indeed a model, devoutly obedient to God, intelligent in faith, and he did not join gods with God. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) Abraham was a nation, dutiful to God, a monotheist, and he was not of the polytheists. zoom
Mohammad Shafi Abraham was indeed an institution by himself, firmly committed to Allah. And he was never a polytheist. zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian As for Abraham, He was a model in submission to the Lord. By nature upright, he never worshipped none but God. zoom
Faridul Haque Indeed Ibrahim was a leader, obedient to Allah, and detached from all; and he was not a polytheist. zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah Abraham was (equal to) a nation, obedient to Allah, of pure faith and was not among the idolaters, zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali Surely Abraham was a model (of virtue), obedient to Allah, upright, and he was not of the polytheists. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira That Abraham was a nation/constitution/(set example) (he) was obeying humbly/holding the prayer to God, a submitter/Moslem/Unifier of God, and (he) was not from the sharers/takers of partners (with God). zoom
Sher Ali Abraham was indeed a paragon of virtue, obedient to ALLAH, ever inclined to HIM , and he was not of those who set up equals with ALLAH; zoom
Rashad Khalifa Abraham was indeed an exemplary vanguard in his submission to GOD, a monotheist who never worshiped idols. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) No doubt, Ibrahim was a Leader, obedient to Allah and separate from all other and was not a polytheist zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar The truth of the matter is that Abraham was a paragon of virtue; obedient to Allah, upright, and he was not of the polytheists, zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Surely, Ibrahim (Abraham) was an Umma ([Community] in himself), exclusively obedient to Allah, turning away from all falsehood (ever inclined and given to Him alone) and was not of those who associate partners with Allah, zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali Verily, Ibrahim (Abraham) was an Ummah (a leader having all the good righteous qualities), or a nation, obedient to Allah, Hanifa (i.e. to worship none but Allah), and he was not one of those who were Al-Mushrikoon (polytheists, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, and those who joined partners with Allah). zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry Surely, Abraham was a nation obedient unto God, a man of pure faith and no idolater, zoom
Edward Henry Palmer Verily, Abraham was a high priest, a 'Hanif, and was not of the idolaters: zoom
George Sale Abraham was a model of true religion, obedient unto God, orthodox, and was not an idolater: zoom
John Medows Rodwell Verily, Abraham was a leader in religion: obedient to God, sound in faith: he was not of those who join gods with God. zoom
N J Dawood (2014) Abraham was a paragon of piety, an upright man obedient to God: he was no idolater. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb In truth Abraham was a model, devoutly obedient to God, and true in faith. He was not one of those who associated partners with God. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi Indeed, Abraham was a community in himself, obedient to Allah... He was a Hanif (non-dualist who refused to accept the concept of gods/deities besides Allah)... He was not of the dualists (who ascribed partners to Allah). zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli Verily, Abraham was a nation (by himself) obedient to Allah, upright, and he was not of the polytheists, zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim Ibrahim (Abraham) was indeed a perfect example of excellence, submissive to the will of Allah and an Orthodox Muslim. He never incorporated with Allah other deities. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin Ibrahim was certainly a leader obedient to Allah, upright, and he was not of the polytheists, zoom

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