←Prev   Ayah an-Nahl (The Bee) 16:70   Next→ 

Popular and/or Featured Works
Muhammad Asad   
AND GOD has created you, and in time will cause you to die; and many a one of you is reduced in old age to a most abject state, ceasing to know anything of what he once knew so well. Verily, God is all-knowing, infinite in His power
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
Allah has created you, and then causes you to die. And some of you are left to reach the most feeble stage of life so that they may know nothing after having known much. Indeed, Allah is All-Knowing, Most Capable.
Safi Kaskas   
And God has created you, and in time you will die, and some of you will come to an abject state in old age, ceasing to know anything that you once knew. God is All-knowing, All- Powerful!

Listen: 
Did you notice?

 You can SEARCH IslamAwakened: 

Source Arabic and Literal tools
Arabic   
‏وَٱللَّهُ خَلَقَكُمْ ثُمَّ يَتَوَفَّىٰكُمْ ۚ وَمِنكُم مَّن يُرَدُّ إِلَىٰٓ أَرْذَلِ ٱلْعُمُرِ لِكَىْ لَا يَعْلَمَ بَعْدَ عِلْمٍۢ شَيْـًٔا ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمٌۭ قَدِيرٌۭ ‎
Transliteration (2021)   
wal-lahu khalaqakum thumma yatawaffākum waminkum man yuraddu ilā ardhali l-ʿumuri likay lā yaʿlama baʿda ʿil'min shayan inna l-laha ʿalīmun qadīru
Word for Word
Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
  
And Allah created you, then will cause you to die. And among you (is one) who is sent back to the worst (of) the age, so that not he will know after knowledge a thing. Indeed, Allah (is) All-Knowing, All-Powerful.

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad   
AND GOD has created you, and in time will cause you to die; and many a one of you is reduced in old age to a most abject state, ceasing to know anything of what he once knew so well. Verily, God is all-knowing, infinite in His power
M. M. Pickthall   
And Allah createth you, then causeth you to die, and among you is he who is brought back to the most abject stage of life, so that he knoweth nothing after (having had) knowledge. Lo! Allah is Knower, Powerful
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)   
It is Allah who creates you and takes your souls at death; and of you there are some who are sent back to a feeble age, so that they know nothing after having known (much): for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
Allah has created you, and then causes you to die. And some of you are left to reach the most feeble stage of life so that they may know nothing after having known much. Indeed, Allah is All-Knowing, Most Capable.
Safi Kaskas   
And God has created you, and in time you will die, and some of you will come to an abject state in old age, ceasing to know anything that you once knew. God is All-knowing, All- Powerful!
Wahiduddin Khan   
God created you; then He shall cause you to die: and some shall have their lives prolonged to abject old age, ceasing to know anything after once having had knowledge. God is all knowing and powerful
Shakir   
And Allah has created you, then He causes you to die, and of you is he who is brought back to the worst part of life, so that after having knowledge he does not know anything; surely Allah is Knowing, Powerful
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar   
And God created you. Again, He calls you to Himself. And of you there are some who are returned to the most wretched of lifetimes so that he knows nothing after having knowledge of something. Truly, God is Knowing, Powerful.
T.B.Irving   
God has created you; then He will gather you (all) in. Some of you will be sent on to the feeblest age of all, so that they will not know a thing after once having had knowledge. God is Aware, Capable.
Abdul Hye   
And Allah has created you, then He will cause you to die, and there are some of you who are sent back to the worst of old age so that they know nothing after having known. Surely! Allah is the All-Knower, All-Powerful.
The Study Quran   
God created you; then He takes you [unto Himself]. And among you are those who are brought back to the weakest of ages, such that they know nothing after having had knowledge. Truly God is Knowing, Powerful
Dr. Kamal Omar   
And Allah has created you, afterwards He will cause you to die. And of you is that who is sent back to the weakest and tendermost portion of age (much similar to the times when he was a new born or an infant or a child), so that (then) he knows not anything after (he had attained considerable maturity and climax in) knowledge. Verily, Allah (Only) is All-Knowing, All-Capable
Farook Malik   
Allah is the One Who created you, then He causes you to die; there are some amongst you whose lives are prolonged to an abject old age so that they know nothing after having known much. In fact Allah is the All-Knowing, Almighty
Talal A. Itani (new translation)   
God created you; then He takes you away. Some of you will be brought back to the worst age, so that he will no longer know anything, after having acquired knowledge. God is Omniscient and Omnipotent
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali   
And Allah created you; thereafter He takes you (to Him); and of you is he who will be turned back to the most decrepit age, that after knowing somewhat, he may know nothing; surely Allah is Ever-Knowing, Ever-Determiner
Muhammad Sarwar   
God has created you and He causes you to die. Some of you will grow to an extremely old age and lose your memory. God is All-knowing and Almighty
Muhammad Taqi Usmani   
Allah has created you, then He takes you back. And among you there is one who is carried to the worst part of the age, so that he knows nothing after having knowledge. Surely, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful
Shabbir Ahmed   
And Allah has created you, and in time will cause you to die. There are some among you whose lives are prolonged to an abject old age, ceasing to know what they once knew so well. (The time to do good deeds is when you are capable). Verily, Allah is all-Knowing, the Powerful Appointer of His Laws (22:5)
Dr. Munir Munshey   
Allah created you and He will give you death. Some of you live to a feeble old age, so that once again you forget those few things you learn in life! Surely, Allah is the Knower and really Proficient
Syed Vickar Ahamed   
And (it is) Allah Who creates you and takes your souls at death; And there are some of you who are sent back to a weak (old) age, when they know nothing after having known (much in their young age): For Allah is All Knowing (Aleem), All Powerful (Khadir)
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)   
And Allah created you; then He will take you in death. And among you is he who is reversed to the most decrepit [old] age so that he will not know, after [having had] knowledge, a thing. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Competent
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)   
And God created you then He will take you. And some of you will continue to old age so that he will not know anything more after his knowledge. God is Knowing, Capable
Abdel Haleem   
It is God who has created you and in time will cause you to die. Some of you will be reduced, in old age, to a most abject state, so that, after having knowledge, they will know nothing at all: God is truly all knowing and all powerful
Abdul Majid Daryabadi   
And Allah hath created you, then He taketh your souls; of you are some who are brought back to the meanest of age, so that they know not aught after having knowledge; verily Allah is Knowing, Potent
Ahmed Ali   
It is God who creates you, then makes you die; and some reach the age of dotage when they forget what they had known before. God is indeed all-knowing and all-powerful
Aisha Bewley   
Allah created you and then will take you back again. And some of you revert to the lowest form of life so that after having knowledge, you know nothing at all. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.
Ali Ünal   
God has created you, then He causes you to die. And among you are those who are deferred to the age of senility so they do not know, of what they once knew, anything at all. Surely God is All-Knowing, All-Powerful
Ali Quli Qara'i   
Allah has created you, then He takes you away, and there are some among you who are relegated to the nethermost age so that he knows nothing after [having possessed] some knowledge. Indeed Allah is all-knowing, all-powerful
Hamid S. Aziz   
Allah created you; then He will take you to Himself; but amongst you are some whom He will thrust into the most decrepit stage of life, so that he may not know aught that once he knew. Verily, Allah is Knower, Powerful
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad   
And God created you and then makes you die. And some of you are returned to the meanest part of the life, so that they do not know anything after knowing. Indeed God is knowledgeable and capable
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)   
It is God who creates you and takes your souls at death. And of you, there are some who are sent back to a feeble age, so that they do not know after having known much, for God is All Knowing, All Powerful
Musharraf Hussain   
Allah created you and will let you to die; some of you will turn back to frail old age, when all they once knew they won’t know it anymore. Allah is the Knower and Powerful.
Maududi   
Allah has created you, and then He causes you to die. Some of you have your lives prolonged to an abject old age, when one loses all knowledge after having acquired it. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)   
And God has created you, then He will terminate your lives. And some of you will continue to old age so that he will not know anything more after his knowledge. God is Knowledgeable, Capable
Mohammad Shafi   
And Allah it is Who has created you. It is He then Who causes you to die. And among you there may be someone who, after having acquired knowledge, is reduced to such a decrepit state of life that he knows nothing. Allah is indeed Knowledgeable, Powerful

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)   
Allah has created you. Then He will cause you to die. And some of you are turned towards the worst part of life. So that they know not after having knowledge. No doubt. Allah is All Knowing. All Doing.
Rashad Khalifa   
GOD created you, then He terminates your lives. He lets some of you live to the oldest age, only to find out that there is a limit to the knowledge they can acquire. GOD is Omniscient, Omnipotent.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah   
Allah created you, and causes you to die. There are some of you who, after knowing something, will be kept back to the vilest state of life, knowing nothing. Allah is the Knowing, Powerful
Maulana Muhammad Ali   
And Allah creates you, then He causes you to die; and of you is he who is brought back to the worst part of life, so that he knows nothing after having knowledge. Surely Allah is Knowing, Powerful
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira   
And God created you, then He makes you die, and from you who is returned to the lifetime's worst/meanest/despised, so that (he) not know after knowledge a thing, that your Lord (is) knowledgeable, capable
Bijan Moeinian   
God has created you and will subject you to death. He allows some to grow old and learn as much as they can. Such people, however, at their old days remember nothing. Only God is the Knowledgeable One (knows everything) and the Most Powerful (not subject to aging.
Faridul Haque   
And Allah created you, and will then remove your souls; and among you is one who is sent back to the most lowly age, so knowing nothing after having had knowledge; indeed Allah knows everything, is Able to do all things
Sher Ali   
And ALLAH creates you, then HE causes you to die; and there are some among you who are driven to the worst state of life with the result that they know nothing after having had knowledge. Surely, ALLAH is All-Knowing, Powerful
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri   
And Allah has brought you into being; then He causes you to die; and He turns some of you to the most worthless age (i.e., senility) so that after knowing (so much in life) he should now know nothing (i.e., man may see to his helplessness and paucity of resources before death). Surely, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful
Amatul Rahman Omar   
Allah has created you, then He causes you to die; and there are some of you who are driven to the worst part of life (-very advanced old age), with the result that he knows nothing after (having had) knowledge. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali   
And Allah has created you and then He will cause you to die, and of you there are some who are sent back to senility, so that they know nothing after having known (much). Truly! Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry   
God created you; then He will gather you to Him; and some of you will be kept back unto the vilest state of life, that after knowing somewhat, they may know nothing; God is All-knowing, All-powerful
George Sale   
God hath created you, and He will hereafter cause you to die: And some of you shall have his life prolonged to a decrepit age, so that he shall forget whatever he knew; for God is wise and powerful
Edward Henry Palmer   
God created you; then He will take you to Himself; but amongst you are some whom He will thrust into the most decrepit age; so that he may not know aught that once he knew. Verily, God is knowing, powerful
John Medows Rodwell   
And God hath created you; by and bye will he take you to himself; and some among you will he carry on to abject old age, when all that once was known is known no longer. Aye, God is Knowing, Powerful
N J Dawood (2014)   
God created you, and He will then reclaim you. Some among you shall have their lives prolonged to abject old age, when all that they once knew they shall know no more. All-knowing is God, and Almighty

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto   
Allah creates you and takes your souls at death. Of you there are some who are sent back to a feeble age so that they know nothing after having known. Indeed, Allah is the All-knowing, the Most Capable.
Irving & Mohamed Hegab   
Allah (God) has created you; then He will gather you (all) in. Some of you will be sent on to the feeblest age of all, so that they will not know a thing after once having had knowledge. Allah (God) is All-Knowing, Capable.
Sayyid Qutb   
It is God who has created you; and in time will cause you to die. Some of you are left to the most feeble stage of life, so that they no longer know what they had previously known. God is indeed All-Knowing, infinite in His power.
Ahmed Hulusi   
Allah created you... Then He will cause you to die (not ‘kill’ you – ‘cause you to die’)! And some shall be left to live until old age until they can no longer comprehend the things they once knew... Indeed, Allah is the Aleem, the Qadir.
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli   
And Allah has created you, then He will cause you to die, and some of you will be kept back unto lowest state of the age, so that after knowing somewhat, they may know nothing. Verily, Allah is All- Knowing, All- Powerful.
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim   
And Allah is He Who brought you people into being and caused you to exist. Then He disembodies your souls and deprives you of animate existence, and among you is he who is carried through the stealing steps of age to advanced life that he loses the wits once about him and he loses remembrance of the knowledge he formerly mastered and he becomes the abject heir of an illustrious name
Mir Aneesuddin   
And Allah creates you then He takes you back (causes you to die) and among you is he who (on account of old age) is brought back to the worst part of life, so that he does not know anything (even) after (having had) knowledge. Allah is certainly Knowing, Powerful.

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)   
It is God who creates you and takes your souls at death; and of you there are some who are sent back to a feeble age, so that they know nothing after having known (much): for God is All-Knowing, All-Powerful
OLD Literal Word for Word   
And Allah created you, then will cause you to die. And among you (is one) who is sent back to the worst (of) the age, so that not he will know after knowledge a thing. Indeed, Allah (is) All-Knowing, All-Powerful