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AYAH an-Naml 27:20 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic وَتَفَقَّدَ الطَّيْرَ فَقَالَ مَا لِيَ لَا أَرَى الْهُدْهُدَ أَمْ كَانَ مِنَ الْغَائِبِينَ zoom
Transliteration Watafaqqada alttayra faqala ma liya la ara alhudhuda am kana mina algha-ibeena zoom
Transliteration-2 watafaqqada l-ṭayra faqāla mā liya lā arā l-hud'huda am kāna mina l-ghāibīna zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 And he inspected the birds and said, "Why not I see the hoopoe or is he from the absent? zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad And [one day] he looked in vain for [a particular one of] the birds; and so he said: How is it that I do not see the hoopoe? Or could he be among the absent? zoom
M. M. Pickthall And he sought among the birds and said: How is it that I see not the hoopoe, or is he among the absent? zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) And he took a muster of the Birds; and he said: "Why is it I see not the Hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees? zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) And he took a muster of the Birds; and he said: "Why is it I see not the Hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees? zoom
Shakir And he reviewed the birds, then said: How is it I see not the hoopoe or is it that he is of the absentees? zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Then Solomon inspected the birds, and said, How is it that I do not see the hoopoe? Is he absent then? zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar And he reviewed the birds and said: Why see I not the hoopoe bird? Had it been among the ones who are absent? zoom
T.B.Irving He inspected the birds, and said: "What´s wrong with me that I do not see the plover? Or could it be absent? zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab ˹One day˺ he inspected the birds, and wondered, “Why is it that I cannot see the hoopoe? Or could he be absent? zoom
Safi Kaskas [One day] he inspected the birds and said, "Why do I not see the hoopoe, or is he absent without permission? zoom
Abdul Hye  He inspected the birds, and said: “What is the matter that I don’t see the hoopoe (old world bird) or is he among the absentees? zoom
The Study Quran And he surveyed the birds and said, “How is it that I do not see the hoopoe? Or is he among those who are absent? zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) And he inspected the birds, then said: "Why do I not see the hoopoe, or is he among those absent" zoom
Abdel Haleem Solomon inspected the birds and said, ‘Why do I not see the hoopoe? Is he absent? zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi And he sought after the birds and said: what aileth me that I see not the hoopoe; is he among the absentees? zoom
Ahmed Ali When he reviewed the Tair, he said: "How is it I do not see Hud-hud? Is he absent? zoom
Aisha Bewley He inspected the birds and said, ´How is it that I do not see the hoopoe? Or is it absent without leave? zoom
Ali Ünal (On another occasion) he inspected the birds and said: "How is it that I cannot see the hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees? zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i [One day] he reviewed the birds, and said, ‘Why do I not see the hoopoe? Or is he absent?’ zoom
Hamid S. Aziz And he reviewed the birds, and said, "How is it that I see not the hoopoe (perhaps used as a spy, messenger or observer or symbolizing one)? Is he then amongst the absent? zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali And he reviewed the birds; then he said, "what is it with me that I do not see the hoopoe? Or is he among the absent? zoom
Muhammad Sarwar (Solomon) inspected the birds and said, "How is it that I cannot see the hoopoe. Is he absent? zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani And (once) he (Sulaiman) checked the birds and said, .How is it with me that I do not see the hudhud (hoopoe)? Rather he has disappeared. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed (Leaving the peaceful tribe of An-Naml alone, Solomon marched forward.) As he examined the cavalry, he said, "How is it that I do not see the commander zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed And he took a troop of the birds, and he said: "Why is it I see not the Hoopoe? (A bird with feathers like a crown on its head ) or is he from those absent? zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) And he took attendance of the birds and said, "Why do I not see the hoopoe - or is he among the absent? zoom
Farook Malik He took a roll call of the birds and said: "I do not see the hoopoe, where is he? How could he be absent? zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey (At another time) while inspecting a flock of birds, he said, "What is wrong? I do not see the swan here! Is he absent?" zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And (Sulaiman) made the (military) review of the (regiments of the) birds, and said: “What is (gone wrong) with me that I do not see the hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees? zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) Then he inspected the birds, and said, 'Why do I not see the hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees? zoom
Maududi (On another occasion) Solomon inspected the birds and said: "Why is it that I do not see the hoopoe? Is he among the absentees? zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad And he inspected the birds, then he said: what is with me, I do not see hoopoe, is he absent? zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) And he looked over the birds and he said, “Why do I not see the hoopoe, or is it among the absentees? zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) And he inspected the birds, then said: "Why do I not see the hoopoe, or is he among those absent?" zoom
Mohammad Shafi And he (Solomon) inspected the rank of the birds, and said, "How come I do not see the Hudhud ? Or is he among the absentees? zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian Once he summoned all birds in his army. When he took the attendance, he realized that the Hoopoe was absent. zoom
Faridul Haque And he surveyed the birds – he therefore said, “What is to me that I do not see the Hudhud (hoopoe), or is he really absent?” zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah He reviewed the birds and said: 'Why is it that I do not see the hoopoe here? Or is he among the absent? zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali And he reviewed the birds, then said: How is it I see not Hudhud, or is it that he is one of the absentees? zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira And he seeked/searched the bird/birds , so he said: "Why (it is) not for me, I do not see the hoopoe bird/clucking bird , or he was from the absent? I will torture him strong (severe) torture." zoom
Sher Ali And he reviewed the birds and said, `How is it that I do not see Hudhud? Is he deliberately absent? zoom
Rashad Khalifa He inspected the birds, and noted: "Why do I not see the hoopoe? Why is he missing? zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) And he reviewed the birds, that he said, 'what happened to me that I do not see the hoopoe (Hud-Hud)? Or he is really not present. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar And (once) he reviewed the birds and the (cavalry of) swift running horses and said, `How is it that I do not see (my officer named) Hudhud? Is he deliberately absent? zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri And Sulayman (Solomon) inspected the birds and said: ‘How is it that I do not see the hoopoe? Or has he (really) vanished? zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali He inspected the birds, and said: "What is the matter that I see not the hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees? zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry And he reviewed the birds; then he said, 'How is it with me, that I do not see the hoopoe? Or is he among the absent? zoom
Edward Henry Palmer And he reviewed the birds, and said, 'How is it I see not the hoopoe? is he then amongst the absent? zoom
George Sale And he viewed the birds, and said, what is the reason that I see not the lapwing? Is she absent? zoom
John Medows Rodwell And he reviewed the birds, and said, "How is it that I see not the lapwing? Is it one of the absent? zoom
N J Dawood (2014) He inspected the birds and said: ‘Why is it that I do not see the lapwing? Is he not here? zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb He inspected the birds and said: 'Why is it that I do not see the hoopoe? Is he among the absentees? zoom
Ahmed Hulusi Then (one day, Solomon) inspected the birds and said, “Why can’t I see Hoopoe... Is he lost?” zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli And he reviewed the birds; then he said: �How is it with me that I do not see the hoopoe? Or is it that he is of the absentees?� zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim And he inspected the birds and took a muster of them, only to find one missing, he said: "Why do I not see the hoopoe or has he been among the absentees!" (A bird of the family upupidae especially the typical upupa epops, conspicuous by its variegated plumage and large erectile crest). zoom
Mir Aneesuddin And he sought for the birds, then said, "How is it that I do not see the hoopoe or is he among those who arc absent? zoom

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