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AYAH al-Kahf 18:79 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic أَمَّا السَّفِينَةُ فَكَانَتْ لِمَسَاكِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ فِي الْبَحْرِ فَأَرَدتُّ أَنْ أَعِيبَهَا وَكَانَ وَرَاءَهُم مَّلِكٌ يَأْخُذُ كُلَّ سَفِينَةٍ غَصْبًا zoom
Transliteration Amma alssafeenatu fakanat limasakeena yaAAmaloona fee albahri faaradtu an aAAeebaha wakana waraahum malikun ya/khuthu kulla safeenatin ghasban zoom
Transliteration-2 ammā l-safīnatu fakānat limasākīna yaʿmalūna fī l-baḥri fa-aradttu an aʿībahā wakāna warāahum malikun yakhudhu kulla safīnatin ghaṣban zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 As for the ship, it was of (the) poor people working in the sea. So I intended that I cause defect (in) it (as there) was after them a king who seized every ship (by) force. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad "As for that boat, it belonged to some needy people who toiled upon the sea -and I desired to damage it because (I knew that] behind them was a king who is wont to seize every boat by brute force. zoom
M. M. Pickthall As for the ship, it belonged to poor people working on the river, and I wished to mar it, for there was a king behind them who is taking every ship by force. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) "As for the boat, it belonged to certain men in dire want: they plied on the water: I but wished to render it unserviceable, for there was after them a certain king who seized on every boat by force. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) "As for the boat, it belonged to certain men in dire want: they plied on the water: I but wished to render it unserviceable, for there was after them a certain king who seized on every boat by force. zoom
Shakir As for the boat, it belonged to (some) poor men who worked on the river and I wished that I should damage it, and there was behind them a king who seized every boat by force. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan The boat belonged to some poor people who made their living from the sea. I wanted to damage it because there was a king coming behind them who was seizing every boat by force. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar As for the vessel, it had been of some needy people who toil in the sea, so I wanted to mar it as there had been a king behind them taking every vessel forcefully. zoom
T.B.Irving "As for the ship, it belonged to some poor men who worked at sea. I wanted to damage it because there was a king behind them seizing every ship by force. zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab “As for the ship, it belonged to some poor people, working at sea. So I intended to damage it, for there was a ˹tyrant˺ king ahead of them who seizes every ˹good˺ ship by force. zoom
Safi Kaskas As for the ship, it belonged to poor people working at sea. I damaged it because there was a king after them who seized every [good] ship by force. zoom
Abdul Hye  As for the ship, it belonged to poor people working in the sea. I intended to damage it as there was a king after them who was seizing every ship by force. zoom
The Study Quran As for the ship, it belonged to indigent people who worked the sea. I desired to damage it, for just beyond them was a king who was seizing every ship by force. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) "As for the boat, it belonged to some poor people who were working the sea, so I wanted to damage it as there was a king coming who takes every boat by force." zoom
Abdel Haleem the boat belonged to some needy people who made their living from the sea and I damaged it because I knew that coming after them was a king who was seizing every [serviceable] boat by force. zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi As for the boat, it belonged to poor men working in the sea, so I intended to damage it, for there was before them a prince taking every boat by force. zoom
Ahmed Ali That boat belonged to poor people who used to toil on the sea. I damaged it because there was a king after them who used to seize every ship by force. zoom
Aisha Bewley As for the boat, it belonged to some poor people who worked on the sea. I wanted to damage it because a king was coming behind them, commandeering every boat. zoom
Ali Ünal "As for the boat, it belonged to some destitute people who worked on the sea – and I wished to damage it, for there was a king after them who was seizing every boat by force. zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i As for the boat, it belonged to some poor people who work on the sea. I wanted to make it defective, for behind them was a king seizing every ship usurpingly. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz As for the boat, it belonged to poor people, who toiled on the sea (or river), and I wished to damage it, for behind it was a king who seized on every boat by force. zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali As for the ship, then it belonged to (certain) indigent persons who did (their business) upon the sea. Then I willingly damaged it, (and) beyond them was a king who was taking away every ship by force. zoom
Muhammad Sarwar "The boat belonged to some destitute people who were using it as a means of their living in the sea. The king had imposed a certain amount of tax on every undamaged boat. I damaged it so that they would not have to pay the tax. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani As for the boat, it belonged to some poor people who worked at sea. So I wanted to make it defective, as there was a king across them who used to usurp every boat by force. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed "As for the boat, it belonged to poor people working on the river, and I wished to make it defective. For, behind them was a king who was taking every (good) boat by force. zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed "As for the boat, it belonged to certain men who were in great need: They used (it) for working the sea: I only wished to make it useless (temporarily), because, after them was a certain king who took over (seized) every boat by force. zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) As for the ship, it belonged to poor people working at sea. So I intended to cause defect in it as there was after them a king who seized every [good] ship by force. zoom
Farook Malik As for the boat, it belonged to some poor fishermen who toiled on the river. I intended to damage it because in their rear there was a king who was seizing every boat by force. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey "As for the ship, it belongs to some poor folks who operate it in the sea. I sought to make it defective; a king nearby, seizes all the (defect-free) ships forcibly." zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar As for the ferry-boat, so it belonged to the poor people, they work in the sea. So I intended that I should create a defect to it (so that it does not remain without blemish) because there is after them a head of state who seizes all ferry-boats as impounded. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) As for the boat, it belonged to paupers working at sea. I wanted to damage it because there was a king coming after them seizing every boat by force. zoom
Maududi As for the boat it belonged to some poor people who worked on the river, and I desired to damage it for beyond them lay the dominion of a king who was wont to seize every boat by force. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad As for the boat, it belonged to some needy people working in the sea, then I decided to damage it because a king was after them who would take every boat by force. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) “As for the boat, it belonged to people in dire want. They plied on the water, so I wished to render it unserviceable, for there was after them a king who had every boat seized by force. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) "As for the boat, it belonged to some poor people who were working the sea, so I wanted to damage it as there was a king coming who takes every boat by force." zoom
Mohammad Shafi "As for the boat, it belonged to some poor men who worked on the river. And I wished to make it defective as there was, across them, a king who seized every boat by force." zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian “The ship [that I made defective] belonged to a bunch of poor fishermen. There was a king passing by his army who was confiscating every boat [for the use in his army.]” zoom
Faridul Haque "In respect of the boat - it belonged to the poor people who worked on the river, so I wished to flaw it - and behind them was a king who would capture every sound ship." zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah As for the ship, it belonged to poor people working on the sea. I rendered it imperfect because behind them there was a king who was taking every ship by brutal force. zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali As for the boat, it belonged to poor people working on the river, and I intended to damage it, for there was behind them a king who seized every boat by force. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira As for the ship/boat, so it was to (owned by) poorest of poor/poor oppressed working in the sea/ocean/river , so I wanted that I defect it , and behind them was a king he takes/receives every ship/boat forcefully/unjustly/violently. zoom
Sher Ali `As for the boat, it belonged to certain poor people who worked on the sea and I desired to damage it, for there was behind them a king who seized every boat by force; zoom
Rashad Khalifa "As for the ship, it belonged to poor fishermen, and I wanted to render it defective. There was a king coming after them, who was confiscating every ship, forcibly. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) As for the boat, it belonged to certain poor people who were working in the sea, then I intended to make it faulty and behind them, there was a king who used to seize every perfect boat forcibly. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar `As for the boat it belonged to (certain) poor people who worked on the river, and in their rear there was a (brutal) king who seized every (good) boat by force, so I chose to damage it (the boat). zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri As for the boat, that belonged to some poor people who used to toil for wages on the river. So I decided to make it defective (because) a (cruel) king was (standing) ahead of them, snatching every (undamaged) boat by force (from the owners without any compensation). zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali "As for the ship, it belonged to Masakeen (poor people) working in the sea. So I wished to make a defective damage in it, as there was a king after them who seized every ship by force. zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry As for the ship, it belonged to certain poor men, who toiled upon the sea; and I desired to damage it, for behind them there was a king who was seizing every ship by brutal force. zoom
Edward Henry Palmer As for the bark it belonged to poor people, who toiled on the sea, and I wished to damage it, for behind it was a king who seized on every bark by force. zoom
George Sale The vessel belonged to certain poor men, who did their business in the sea: And I was minded to render it unserviceable, because there was a king behind them, who took every sound ship by force. zoom
John Medows Rodwell "As to the vessel, it belonged to poor men who toiled upon the sea, and I was minded to damage it, for in their rear was a king who seized every ship by force. zoom
N J Dawood (2014) As for the ship, it belonged to some poor fellows who had laboured at sea. I wanted to damage it because at their rear there was a king who was taking every ship by force. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb As for the boat, it belonged to some needy people who toiled upon the sea — and I desired to slightly damage it because behind them there was a king who was taking every boat by force. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi “Let us start with the boat: That boat belonged to the poor people working at sea. I willed to make it faulty because they were to meet a king who would seize every boat by force (since the king was not to take a damaged boat, I actually salvaged the boat for the people in order to help them). zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli As for the ship, it belonged to (some) poor people working on the sea, and I intended to damage it, for there was after them a king who seized every (safe) ship by force. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim "As to the boat", said the teacher, "it belonged to poor people –seamen- making a living, and I intended to make it defective to prevent their king, who pursues boat-owners, from capturing their boat". zoom
Mir Aneesuddin As for the boat, it belongs to poor people who work in the sea, I intended to make it defective because there is a king who is after them (and) he takes every boat by force. zoom

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