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AYAH al-Baqarah 2:104 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَقُولُوا رَاعِنَا وَقُولُوا انظُرْنَا وَاسْمَعُوا وَلِلْكَافِرِينَ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ zoom
Transliteration Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo la taqooloo raAAina waqooloo onthurna waismaAAoo walilkafireena AAathabun aleemun zoom
Transliteration-2 yāayyuhā alladhīna āmanū lā taqūlū rāʿinā waqūlū unẓur'nā wa-is'maʿū walil'kāfirīna ʿadhābun alīmun zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 O you who believe[d]! "(Do) not say "Raina" and say "Unzurna" and listen. And for the disbelievers (is) a punishment painful. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad O YOU who have attained to faith! Do not say [to the Prophet], "Listen to us," but rather say, "Have patience with us," and hearken [unto him], since grievous suffering awaits those who deny the truth. zoom
M. M. Pickthall O ye who believe, say not (unto the Prophet): "Listen to us" but say "Look upon us," and be ye listeners. For disbelievers is a painful doom. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) O ye of Faith! Say not (to the Messenger) words of ambiguous import, but words of respect; and hearken (to him): To those without Faith is a grievous punishment. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) O ye of Faith! Say not (to the Apostle) words of ambiguous import, but words of respect; and hearken (to him): To those without Faith is a grievous punishment. zoom
Shakir O you who believe! do not say Raina and say Unzurna and listen, and for the unbelievers there is a painful chastisement. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Believers, do not say to the Prophet, Raina but say, Unzurna, and listen to him with attention.[1] For those who deny the truth, there is a painful punishment. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar O those who believed! Say not: Look at us, but say: Wait for us patiently and hear. And for the ones who are ungrateful, there is a painful punishment. zoom
T.B.Irving You who believe, do not say: "Herd us,"; and say [instead]: "Watch over us," and [then] "Listen!" Disbelievers will have painful torment zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab O believers! Do not say, “Râ’ina.” But say, “Unẓurna,” and listen ˹attentively˺. And the disbelievers will suffer a painful punishment. zoom
Safi Kaskas Believers, do not say, "Listen to us," but, rather say, "Have patience and listen to us." Those who reject the truth will have painful punishment. zoom
Abdul Hye  O you who believe! Don’t say (to the prophet): “Raina” (pay attention to us) but say “Unzurna” (please look upon us) and listen. And for the disbelievers there is a painful punishment. zoom
The Study Quran O you who believe! Do not say, “Attend to us,” but say, “Regard us,” and listen! And the disbelievers shall have a painful punishment. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) O you who believe, do not Say: "Shepherd us," but Say: "Be patient with us," and listen. For the rejecters is a painful retribution. zoom
Abdel Haleem Believers, do not say [to the Prophet], ‘Raina,’ but say, ‘Unzurna,’ and listen [to him]: an agonizing torment awaits those who ignore [God’s words]. zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi O O Ye who believe! say not: Ra'ina, but say: Unzurna, and hearken; and unto the infidel shall be a torment afflictive. zoom
Ahmed Ali Say not (to the Prophet), O Believers: "Have regard for us (ra'ina)," but "look at us (unzurna)," and obey him in what he says. Painful is the nemesis for disbelievers. zoom
Aisha Bewley You who have iman! do not say, ´Ra´ina,´* say, ´Undhurna,´* and listen well. The kafirun will have a painful punishment. zoom
Ali Ünal O you who believe! Do not say (in your relationship and conversations with God’s Messenger,) ra‘ina (please attend to us), but say, unzurna (favor us with your attention), and pay heed to him. (And be assured that) for the unbelievers (who are disrespectful to God’s Messenger) is a painful punishment. zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i O you who have faith! Do not say Ra‘ina, but say Unurna, and listen! And there is a painful punishment for the faithless. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz O you men of faith! Say not "rahina" (a word having ambiguous meanings, including "attend to us") but say "unthurna" (an unambiguous word having the same meaning), but words of respect and hearken; for to disbelievers shall b zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali O you who have believed, do not say, "Raaina" (This from of the verb was used by the Jews and had a derisive connotation in Hebrew. Here in means "heed us") and say, "Look upon us and listen, " (Literally: hear) and to the disbelievers is a painful torment. zoom
Muhammad Sarwar Believers, do not address the Prophet as ra'ina (whereby the Jews, in their own accent, meant: Would that you would never hear, but call him unzurna) (meaning: Please speak to us slowly so that we understand), and then listen. The unbelievers will face a painful torment. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani O you who believe, do not say Ra‘ina, but say UnZurna, and listen, as there is a grievous punishment for the unbelievers. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Do not say (to the Prophet), "Listen to us." Instead, say, "Look upon us, or, grant us attention." And always be good listeners. There is a painful consequence for the rejecters of the Divine Commands. ('Ra'ina' also has another meaning to it, i.e. "Be our shepherd." Do not be vague and speak straight to the point (4:46), (33:70)). zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed O you who believe! Do not say ambiguous words like Raina (an insult in Hebrew, to the Prophet); But (say) clearly words of respect like Unzurna; (Make us understand), and listen carefully (to him); For those without Faith, there is a painful punishment. zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) O you who have believed, say not [to Allah 's Messenger], "Ra'ina" but say, "Unthurna" and listen. And for the disbelievers is a painful punishment. zoom
Farook Malik O Believers, do not say to our Messenger: "Ra'ina" (an ambiguous word for: "Listen, may you become deaf" or "Our shepherd" or in Judeo-Arabic language conveys the sense, "our evil one.") But say "Unzurna" ("look upon" us "or pay attention" to us) and listen to him carefully; and remember that there is a painful punishment for the unbelievers. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey Oh you who believe! Do not say (to the messenger), "Rai´na" _ (´listen to us´ in Arabic, but an insult in Hebrew). Rather say, "Bear with us, and hear us out." There is a painful punishment for the unbelievers. zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar O you people who have Believed! Say not Ra’ina but say Unzurna and listen. And for the disbelievers is a punishment grievous. [Both these words are used to say: ‘Pay attention to us’. But the word Ra’ina with a little twist of the tongue could be disrespectful to some one by adopting another meaning]. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) O you who believe! Do not say ambiguous words, but say words of respect, and listen. The disbelievers will have a painful torment. zoom
Maududi O Believers, do not say. "Ra ´ina" but say, "Unzurna " and listen a to what is said; for the disbelievers deserve a painful punishment. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad You who believe, do not say: Ra’ina (watch for us), but say: Unzurna (watch over us), and do listen (to this command). And for the disbelievers there will be a painful punishment. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) O you people of faith, say not words of ambiguity, but words of respect, and act urgently. And for those without faith is a terrible punishment. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) O you who believe, do not say: "Shepherd us," but say: "Be patient with us," and listen. For the rejecters is a painful retribution. zoom
Mohammad Shafi O you who believe! Say not, "Raayinaa"h, but say, "Anzurnaa" and listen. And for those who suppress the Trut : a grievous punishment! zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian O’ believers, do not call the Prophet by the names which may be misinterpreted. Know that the disbelievers have to face an awful punishment. zoom
Faridul Haque O People who Believe, do not say (to the Prophet Mohammed- peace and blessings be upon him), "Raena (Be considerate towards us)" but say, "Unzurna (Look mercifully upon us)", and listen attentively from the start; and for the disbelievers is a painful punishment. (To disrespect the Holy Prophet – peace and blessings be upon him – is blasphemy.) zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah 'Believers, do not say 'Observe us (Ra'ina, in Hebrew means evil) ', but instead say: "Look after us (Undhurna), and listen' for the unbelievers is a painful punishment. zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali 0 you who believe, say not Raina and say Unzur-na, and listen. And for the disbelievers there is a painful chastisement. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira You, you those who believed, do not say: "Observe us ." And say: "Give us time And hear/listen, and to the disbelievers (is) a painful torture. zoom
Sher Ali O ye who believe, say not to the Prophet `Ra'ina,' but say `Unzurna' and hearken unto him. And for the disbelievers is a painful punishment. zoom
Rashad Khalifa O you who believe, do not say, "Raa`ena" (be our shepherd). Instead, you should say, "Unzurna" (watch over us), and listen. The disbelievers have incurred a painful retribution. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) O Men of faith do not say. Raina, but say humbly, respected Sir. "Look upon us" and from very beginning listen carefully, and for the disbeliveers is a grievous torment. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar O you who believe! say not (while addressing the Prophet), `Ra`ina!' (listen to us - a word used also for showing disrespect for the person addressed), rather say (an equivocal phrase), `Unzurna!' (- we beg your attention), and listen to him attentively, (that you stand not in need of any such phrases that have double meanings, one in a good sense, the other in a bad one). Indeed there awaits the disbelievers a grievous punishment. zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri O believers! (Seeking the kind attention of the Holy Prophet) do not say: ‘ra‘ina (Pay attention to us),’ but submit (most humbly): ‘unzurna (Bless us with your benevolent gaze),’ and be all ears (towards his gracious discourse). And there is grievous torment for the disbelievers. zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali O you who believe! Say not (to the Messenger Peace be upon him ) Raina but say Unzurna (Do make us understand) and hear. And for the disbelievers there is a painful torment. (See Verse 4:46) zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry O believers, do not say, 'Observe us,' but say, 'Regard us'; and give ear; for unbelievers awaits a painful chastisement. zoom
Edward Henry Palmer O ye who believe! say not 'ra'hina,' but say 'unthurna,' and hearken; for unto misbelievers shall be grievous woe. zoom
George Sale O true believers, say not to our Apostle, Raina; but say Ondhorna; and hearken: The infidels shall suffer a grievous punishment. zoom
John Medows Rodwell O ye who believe! say not to our apostle, "Raina" (Look at us); but say, "Ondhorna" (Regard us). And attend to this; for, the Infidels shall suffer a grievous chastisement. zoom
N J Dawood (2014) Believers, do not say rā‘inā; but say unʐurnā.¹ Take heed; woeful punishment awaits the unbelievers. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Ahmed Hulusi Neither the disbelievers of the People of the Book nor the dualists (those who assert existence to their egos or external objects; dualistic view) wish that any good should be revealed to you from your Rabb (the qualities of the Names within your essence). But Allah selects for His grace whom He wills, by way of his essence. Allah is the D’hul Fadhlul Azeem (possessor of great bounty). zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli Neither those who reject Faith from among the people of the (earlier) Book, nor those who take partners to Allah, wish that any good should be sent down upon you from your Lord, and Allah chooses especially whom He pleases for His Mercy and Allah is the Lord of Mighty Grace. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim O you, faithful believers: Do not address the Prophet in Hebrew disrespectfully. Do not say "Ra’ina" when you desire His attention, instead say, "‘Unzurna" or turn your attention directing your eye upon us; and those who defy Allah shall endure torture. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin O you who believe ! do not say, "Listen to us ," but say, "Look at us and listen," and for the infidels there is a painful punishment. zoom
The Ascendant Qur‘an, Muhammad H. al-‘Asi O You who are committed to [the power of ] Allah! Do not say [to the Prophet], “Listen to us,” but rather say, “Have patience with us,” and harken [unto him], since grievous suffering awaits those who deny the truth [of Allah’s power]. zoom

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