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AYAH al-Imran 3:106 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic يَوْمَ تَبْيَضُّ وُجُوهٌ وَتَسْوَدُّ وُجُوهٌ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ اسْوَدَّتْ وُجُوهُهُمْ أَكَفَرْتُم بَعْدَ إِيمَانِكُمْ فَذُوقُوا الْعَذَابَ بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَكْفُرُونَ zoom
Transliteration Yawma tabyaddu wujoohun wataswaddu wujoohun faamma allatheena iswaddat wujoohuhum akafartum baAAda eemanikum fathooqoo alAAathaba bima kuntum takfuroona zoom
Transliteration-2 yawma tabyaḍḍu wujūhun wataswaddu wujūhun fa-ammā alladhīna is'waddat wujūhuhum akafartum baʿda īmānikum fadhūqū l-ʿadhāba bimā kuntum takfurūna zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 (On the) Day would become white (some) faces and would become black (some) faces. As for those whose [their] faces turn black - "Did you disbelieve after your belief? Then taste the punishment for what you used to disbelieve." zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad on the Day [of Judgment] when some faces will shine [with happiness] and some faces will be dark [with grief]. And as for those with faces darkened, [they shall be told:] "Did you deny the truth after having attained to faith? Taste, then, this suffering for having denied the truth!" zoom
M. M. Pickthall On the Day when (some) faces will be whitened and (some) faces will be blackened; and as for those whose faces have been blackened, it will be said unto them: Disbelieved ye after your (profession of) belief? Then taste the punishment for that ye disbelieved. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some faces will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will be black, (will be said): "Did ye reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith." zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some faces will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will be black, (will be said): "Did ye reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith." zoom
Shakir On the day when (some) faces shall turn white and (some) faces shall turn black; then as to those whose faces turn black: Did you disbelieve after your believing? Taste therefore the chastisement because you disbelieved. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan On the Day when some faces are bright and some faces are dark, it will be said to those with darkened faces, Did you reject faith after accepting it? Taste, then, this punishment for having denied the truth! zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar on a Day when faces will brighten and faces will cloud over. As for those whose faces cloud over: Disbelieve you after your belief? Then experience the punishment for what you had been ungrateful. zoom
T.B.Irving One day some faces will turn white while other faces will turn black. Those whose faces are blackened [will be asked]: "Did you disbelieve after your [profession of] faith? Taste torment because you have disbelieved!" zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab On that Day some faces will be bright while others gloomy. To the gloomy-faced it will be said, “Did you disbelieve after having believed? So taste the punishment for your disbelief.” zoom
Safi Kaskas On the Day [of Judgment] when some faces are bright [with hope] while others are dark [with despair]. Those whose faces are darkened will be asked "Have you denied God's Truth after believing? Then experience the punishment for your unbelief." zoom
Abdul Hye  On the Day (of Resurrection) some faces will be brightened and some faces will be blackened. As for those with blackened faces (it will be said): “Did you disbelieve after your faith? Then taste the punishment (in hell) for your disbelief.” zoom
The Study Quran on the Day when faces whiten and faces blacken. As for those whose faces blacken, “Did you disbelieve after having believed? Then taste the punishment for having disbelieved.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) The Day on which faces will be whitened and faces will be blackened; as for those whose faces will be blackened: "Did you reject after believing Taste the retribution for what you rejected." zoom
Abdel Haleem On the Day when some faces brighten and others darken, it will be said to those with darkened faces, ‘How could you reject your faith after believing? Taste the torment for doing so,’ zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi On a day whereon faces become whitened and faces become blackened. Then as for those whose faces shall have become blackened: disbelieved ye after your profession of belief! taste the torment for that ye have been disbelieving. zoom
Ahmed Ali On the Day when some faces would be bright, and some others will be black (with despair), those with black faces (will be told): "Having come to the faith you denied it; now taste therefore the penalty for you disbelieved." zoom
Aisha Bewley on the Day when faces are whitened and faces are blackened. As for those whose faces are blackened: ´What! Did you become kafir after having had iman? Taste the punishment for your kufr!´ zoom
Ali Ünal On the Day when some faces turn bright and some faces turn dark: and as to those whose faces have turned dark (they will be told): "What, did you disbelieve after having believed? Taste, then, the punishment because you used to follow the way of unbelief!" zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i on the day when [some] faces will turn white and [some] faces will turn black. As for those whose faces turn black [it will be said to them], ‘Did you disbelieve after your faith? So taste the punishment because of what you used to disbelieve.’ zoom
Hamid S. Aziz On the day when faces shall be whitened and faces shall be blackened. As for those whose faces are blackened, - "Did you disbelieve after your faith, then taste the torment for your disbelief." zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali The Day when (some) faces are whitened, and (some) faces blackened. Then, as for the ones whose faces are blackened- "Did you disbelieve after your belief? Then taste the torment for that you disbelieved." zoom
Muhammad Sarwar On the day when some faces will become white and others black, God will ask the people with the faces which have become black, "Why did you give up your faith? Now suffer the torment for your disbelief". zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani on a day when some faces shall turn bright, and some faces shall turn dark. As for those whose faces turn dark, (they shall be questioned): .Did you disbelieve after you had accepted the Faith? Now taste the punishment, because you used to disbelieve. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed On the Day, the faces of those who convey the Word of Allah clearly, will be lit up by the Light, and the faces of those who becloud the Light with their sectarian beliefs, shall be portraits of gloom. This is because choosing a sect in DEEN is tantamount to disbelief. So taste a befitting chastisement for your disbelief. zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed On the Day when some faces will be (bright with joy) white and some faces will be (in gloom of) black: To those whose faces will be black, (will be said): "Did you reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the Penalty for rejecting Faith." zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) On the Day [some] faces will turn white and [some] faces will turn black. As for those whose faces turn black, [to them it will be said], "Did you disbelieve after your belief? Then taste the punishment for what you used to reject." zoom
Farook Malik On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some faces will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will be black, (will be said): "Did ye reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith." zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey That day, some faces would be bright (and radiant with joy), and some faces would be darkened (and grim with grief). Those with darkened faces (will be told), "Aren´t you those who rejected (the truth) after having believed (at first)? Now taste the torment! (It is) the result of your rejection." zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar The Day (some) faces attain brightness and (some) faces become dark; then as those people — their faces became dark, (will be questioned): “Did you reject Faith after (attaining) your Belief? Then taste the punishment of what you had been rejecting and denying. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) On the Day when some faces will be whitened, and some faces will be blackened. As for those whose faces are blackened: 'Did you disbelieve after your belief?' Then taste the punishment for having disbelieved. zoom
Maududi On the Day when some faces will turn bright and ther faces will turn dark. Those whose faces have turned dark will be told: ´Did you fall into unbelief after you had been blessed with belief? Taste, then, chastisement for your unbelief. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad On a day that some faces become white (and are honored) and some faces become black (and are ashamed). As for those whose faces turn black (they will be told): did you disbelieve after your belief, so taste the punishment because of what you used to disbelieve. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) That day some faces will be white, and some faces will be black. To those whose faces will be black will be said, “Did you disbelieve in it after accepting it? Then taste the penalty for rejecting faith.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) The Day on which faces will be lightened and faces will be darkened; as for those whose faces will be darkened: "Did you reject after believing? Taste the retribution for what you rejected." zoom
Mohammad Shafi That Daysome faces will brighten, and some faces will darken. Then those with darkened faces will be told, "Did you suppress the Truth after you had come to know the Truth!? Taste then the punishment since you suppressed the Truth!" zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian On the Day that some faces will be bright (and glowing with joy) and some faces dark (out of sorrow), the laters will be said: “Do you remember to have chosen the disbelief after the belief? Suffer then the punishment of your choice.” zoom
Faridul Haque On the Day (of Resurrection) when some faces will be shining and some faces black; so, (to) those whose faces are blackened, “What! You disbelieved after you had accepted faith! Therefore now taste the punishment, the result of your disbelief.” zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah The Day when faces will be whitened and faces blackened. To those whose faces have become blackened it will be said: 'Did you disbelieve after you had believed? Then taste the punishment for that you disbelieved! ' zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali On the day when (some) faces turn white and (some) faces turn black. Then as to those whose faces are black: Did you disbelieve after your belief? So taste the chastisement because you disbelieved. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira A day (when) faces whiten and faces blacken, so but whose faces blackened, (will be told): "Did you disbelieve after your faith/belief? So taste/experience the torture because (of) what you were disbelieving." zoom
Sher Ali On the day when some faces shall be white, and some faces shall be black. As for those whose faces will be black, it will be said to them: `Did you disbelieve after believing? Taste then the punishment because you disbelieved.' zoom
Rashad Khalifa The day will come when some faces will be brightened (with joy), while other faces will be darkened (with misery). As for those whose faces are darkened, they will be asked, "Did you not disbelieve after believing? Therefore, suffer the retribution for your disbelief." zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) On the day when some faces shall be white, and some black. Then those whose faces: have been blackened, (they will be told) 'did you become infidels after accepting faith? Then now taste the torment, the recompense of your infidelity. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar On the day when some faces shall be lit up by happiness and some faces shall be clouded because of sorrow. (It will be said to) those whose faces are clouded, `Is it not (true) that you disbelieved after your belief? Taste now, the punishment because you disbelieved.' zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri On the Day when many faces will be bright and many others will be dark, the ones with dark faces (will be asked): ‘Did you reject faith after you had believed? So taste the torment for the disbelief you had been committing.’ zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali On the Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) when some faces will become white and some faces will become black; as for those whose faces will become black (to them will be said): "Did you reject Faith after accepting it? Then taste the torment (in Hell) for rejecting Faith." zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry the day when some faces are blackened, and some faces whitened. As for those whose faces are blackened -- 'Did you disbelieve after you had believed? Then taste the chastisement for that you disbelieved!' zoom
Edward Henry Palmer on the day when faces shall be whitened and faces shall be blackened. As for those whose faces are blackened,- 'Did ye misbelieve after your faith, then taste the torment for your misbelief!' zoom
George Sale On the day of resurrection some faces shall become white, and other faces shall become black. And unto them whose faces shall become black, God will say, have ye returned unto your unbelief, after ye had believed? Therefore taste the punishment, for that ye have been unbelievers: zoom
John Medows Rodwell On THE DAY when faces shall turn white, and faces shall turn black! And as to those whose faces shall have turned black ". . . .What! after your belief have ye become infidels? Taste then the chastisement, for that ye have been unbelievers." zoom
N J Dawood (2014) on the day when some faces will be bright with joy and others blackened. The black-faced will be asked: ‘Did you recant after embracing the true Faith? Taste then the scourge, for you were unbelievers!‘ zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb on the day when some faces will shine with happiness and some faces will be blackened. Those whose faces are blackened [shall be told]: “Did you disbelieve after having embraced the faith? Taste, then, this suffering for having sunk into disbelief.” zoom
Ahmed Hulusi But those whose faces shine (as the result of their comprehension of their essence), they will be in the grace of Allah... They will abide therein eternally. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim This shall be on the day when countenances speak different languages; some being effulgent with splendour and bright light, beaming with joy and hope while others are dark and gloomy. Rebuked for want of faith, they shall be told: "How could you deny Allah after you have recognized Him. You have well deserved to be put to the torment in requital of infidelity". zoom
Mir Aneesuddin On the day when (some) faces will be white while (other) faces will be black, then as for those whose faces will be black, (it will be said), "Did you become infidels after your belief ? Then taste the punishment because you did not believe." zoom

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