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AYAH an-Nisa` 4:125 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ دِينًا مِّمَّنْ أَسْلَمَ وَجْهَهُ لِلَّهِ وَهُوَ مُحْسِنٌ وَاتَّبَعَ مِلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا وَاتَّخَذَ اللَّهُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ خَلِيلًا zoom
Transliteration Waman ahsanu deenan mimman aslama wajhahu lillahi wahuwa muhsinun waittabaAAa millata ibraheema haneefan waittakhatha Allahu ibraheema khaleelan zoom
Transliteration-2 waman aḥsanu dīnan mimman aslama wajhahu lillahi wahuwa muḥ'sinun wa-ittabaʿa millata ib'rāhīma ḥanīfan wa-ittakhadha l-lahu ib'rāhīma khalīlan zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 And who (is) better (in) religion than (one) who submits his face to Allah and he (is) a good-doer and follows (the) religion (of) Ibrahim (the) upright? And Allah took Ibrahim (as) a friend. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad And who could be of better faith than he who surrenders his whole being unto God and is a doer of good withal, and follows the creed of Abraham, who turned away from all that is false - seeing that God exalted Abraham with His love? zoom
M. M. Pickthall Who is better in religion than he who surrendereth his purpose to Allah while doing good (to men) and followeth the tradition of Abraham, the upright? Allah (Himself) chose Abraham for friend. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) Who can be better in religion than one who submits his whole self to Allah, does good, and follows the way of Abraham the true in Faith? For Allah did take Abraham for a friend. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) Who can be better in religion than one who submits his whole self to God, does good, and follows the way of Abraham the true in Faith? For God did take Abraham for a friend. zoom
Shakir And who has a better religion than he who submits himself entirely to Allah? And he is the doer of good (to others) and follows the faith of Ibrahim, the upright one, and Allah took Ibrahim as a friend. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Who is better in faith than one who submits himself wholly to God, acts righteously, and follows the religion of Abraham, the upright in faith, whom God chose for a friend? zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar And who is fairer in the way of life than he who submitted his face to God and he is one who is a doer of good and followed the creed of Abraham, a monotheist? And God took Abraham to Himself as a friend. zoom
T.B.Irving Who is finer in religion than someone who peacefully commends his person to God while he acts kindly and follows the sect of Abraham the Enquirer? God adopted Abraham as a bosom friend. zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab And who is better in faith than those who ˹fully˺ submit themselves to Allah, do good, and follow the Way of Abraham, the upright? Allah chose Abraham as a close friend. zoom
Safi Kaskas Who could be better in faith than those who submit themselves to God, and do good, and follow the faith of Abraham, who turned away from all that is false? God took Abraham as a friend. zoom
Abdul Hye  And who can be better in religion than the one who submits face to Allah, is righteous, follows religion of Abraham the upright, and Allah did take Abraham as a friend? zoom
The Study Quran And who is better in religion than the one who submits his face to God, and is virtuous, and follows the creed of Abraham, as a ?anif? And God did take Abraham for a friend. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) And who is better in the system than one who surrenders himself to God, and is a good doer, and he followed the creed of Abraham in monotheism And God has taken Abraham as a friend. zoom
Abdel Haleem Who could be better in religion than those who direct themselves wholly to God, do good, and follow the religion of Abraham, who was true in faith? God took Abraham as a friend. zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi And who can be better in religion than he who submitteth his countenance unto Allah, and sincere, and followeth the faith of Ibrahim, the upright And Allah took Ibrahim for a friend. zoom
Ahmed Ali Whose way is better than that of the man who has submitted to God, and does good, and who follows the creed of Abraham the upright? And God chose Abraham as friend. zoom
Aisha Bewley Who could have a better deen than someone who submits himself completely to Allah and is a good-doer, and follows the religion of Ibrahim, a man of pure natural belief? Allah took Ibrahim as an intimate friend. zoom
Ali Ünal Who is better in religion than he who has submitted his whole being to God (seeking only His good pleasure, as one devoted to) doing good, aware that God is seeing him, and who follows the way (millah) of Abraham being of pure faith (free of unbelief, of associating partners with God and of hypocrisy). God accepted Abraham as a friend (one close and trusted). zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i And who has a better religion than him who submits his will to Allah, being virtuous, and follows the creed of Abraham, a ḥana«f? And Allah took Abraham for a dedicated friend. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz Who has a better religion than he who surrenders himself to Allah, and does good, and follows the faith of Abraham, the upright? Allah took Abraham as a friend. zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali And who has a fairer religion than he who surrenders his face to Allah, and is a fair-doer, and closely follows the creed of Ibrahim (Abraham) the unswervingly upright? And Allah took to Him Ibrahim for a (close) fellow. zoom
Muhammad Sarwar Whose religion is better than that in which one submits himself to God, behaves righteously, and follows the upright religion of Abraham, God's chosen friend? zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani Who is better in Faith than one who has surrendered his self to Allah and is good in deeds, and has followed the creed of Ibrahim, the upright. Allah has made Ibrahim a friend. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed Who has a better DEEN (System of Life) than the one who submits completely to Allah, and thus becomes a benefactor of humanity? Such a person is, in fact, following the Way of Abraham, the upright whom Allah chose for friend. zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed And who can be better in religion than the one who submits his whole self to Allah, the doer of good deeds; And follows the way of Ibrahim (Abraham), the (one) true in faith? And Allah did take Ibrahim (Abraham) for a true friend; (Ibrahim is addressed as a true friend of Allah). zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) And who is better in religion than one who submits himself to Allah while being a doer of good and follows the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth? And Allah took Abraham as an intimate friend. zoom
Farook Malik Who has a better Deen (way of life or religion) than the one who is a Muslim (submits himself entirely) to Allah, does good to others and follows the faith of Abraham the upright one, whom Allah chose to be His friend? zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey Can there be any one with a better way of life than the person who submits his will to (the will of) Allah, performs the righteous deeds and follows the creed of Ibraheem, the devotee of Allah exclusively? And Allah did choose Ibraheem as His devoted friend. zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And who (is) better in religion than that who submitted his personality to Allah and he (is) a Muhsin and he adhered to and adopted the Millat of Ibrahim, the Unitarian. And Allah did take Ibrahim as an intimate friend. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) And who is better in religion than he who submits himself wholly to God, and is a doer of good, and follows the faith of Abraham the Monotheist? God has chosen Abraham for a friend. zoom
Maududi And whose way of life could be better than that of he who submits his whole being to Allah, does good, and follows exclusively the way of Abraham whom Allah took for a friend? zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad And whose way of life is better than someone who submitted his manner (of life) to God and is a good doer and follows the faith of monotheist Abraham? And God took Abraham as a friend. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) Who can be better in religion than one who submits their whole self to God, does right, and follows the way of Abraham, the intelligent in faith? For God took Abraham for a friend. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) And who is better in the system than the one who submits himself to God, and he is a good doer, and he follows the creed of Abraham in monotheism? And God took Abraham as a friend. zoom
Mohammad Shafi And who can be better in way of life than he who submits himself entirely to Allah, and is a doer of good, and devotedly follows Abraham's Creed ? And Allah did hold Abraham dear. zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian Who may have a better religion than the one who entirely submits himself to the will of God, is a graceful person and follows the tradition of Abraham (the faithful one that God chose as His beloved friend)? zoom
Faridul Haque And whose religion is better than one who submits his self to Allah and is virtuous and follows the religion of Ibrahim, who was far removed from all falsehood? And Allah made Ibrahim His close friend. zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah And who is better in religion than he who submits his face to Allah, being a gooddoer, and follows the Creed of Abraham, pure in faith? Allah took Abraham for a close friend. zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali And who is better in religion than he who submits himself entirely to Allah while doing good (to others) and follows the faith of Abraham, the upright one? And Allah took Abraham for a friend. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira And who (is in) a better religion from (than) who submitted/surrendered his face to God, and he is (a) good doer, and he followed Abraham's religion/faith, Unifier of God ? And God took Abraham (as) a faithful/close friend. zoom
Sher Ali And who is better in faith than he who submits himself entirely to ALLAH, and he is a doer of good and follows the religion of Abraham? And ALLAH took Abraham for a special friend. zoom
Rashad Khalifa Who is better guided in his religion than one who submits totally to GOD, leads a righteous life, according to the creed of Abraham: monotheism? GOD has chosen Abraham as a beloved friend. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) And whose religion is; better than he who submits his face to Allah and he is a doer of good and follows the faith of Ibraham who was separate from every falsehood? And Allah took Ibraham for His fast friend. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar And who is better in faith than one who submits his whole attention to Allah and he is a doer of good to others and follows the religion of Abraham, the upright? And Allah had taken Abraham for a special friend. zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri And with regard to adopting the Din (Religion), who can be better than the one who submits his whole being entirely to Allah, whilst he also holds spiritual excellence, and persistently follows the Din (Religion) of Ibrahim (Abraham)—a devotee (to Allah and) upright? And Allah had taken Ibrahim (Abraham) for a sincere and intimate friend. (So, he also becomes Allah’s friend by virtue of his spiritual affiliation to Ibrahim [Abraham].) zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali And who can be better in religion than one who submits his face (himself) to Allah (i.e. follows Allahs Religion of Islamic Monotheism); and he is a Muhsin (a good-doer - see V.2:112). And follows the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham) Hanifa (Islamic Monotheism - to worship none but Allah Alone). And Allah did take Ibrahim (Abraham) as a Khalil (an intimate friend). zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry And who is there that has a fairer religion than he who submits his will to God being a good-doer, and who follows the creed of Abraham, a man of pure faith? And God took Abraham for a friend. zoom
Edward Henry Palmer Who has a better religion than he who resigns his face to God, and does good, and follows the faith of Abraham, as a 'Hanif?- for God took Abraham as a friend. zoom
George Sale Who is better in point of religion, than he who resigneth himself unto God, and is a worker of righteousness, and followeth the law of Abraham the orhodox? Since God took Abraham for his friend: zoom
John Medows Rodwell And who hath a better religion than he who resigneth himself to God, who doth what is good, and followeth the faith of Abraham in all sincerity? And God took Abraham for his friend. zoom
N J Dawood (2014) And who has a nobler religion than he who submits to God, does what is right, and follows the faith of saintly Abraham, God having chosen Abraham as His friend? zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb Who could be of better faith than he who surrenders himself completely to God, does what is good, and follows the creed of Abraham, who turned away from all that is false? For God has taken Abraham for a friend. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi Whose understanding of religion can be better than he who follows the people of Abraham as a doer of good (with the comprehension that his being is the manifestation of Allah’s Names) and in submission to Allah (without the concept of a deity; with the consciousness of being in servitude to Allah alone) and as a Hanif! Allah took Abraham as an intimate friend (Halil; Abraham was blessed with the station of Hullet) (More information on this topic can be found in The Perfect Man by Abdulkareem Al-Jili). zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli And who is better in religion than the one who surrenders himself entirely to Allah while he is righteous and follows the creed of Abraham. The upright one? And Allah tok Abraham as a Friend. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim And who has a better cosign of vantage affording piety of action and system of faith and worship than he who surrenders himself, his purpose and his reason to Allah. conforming his will to Allah's will while he imprints his deeds with wisdom and piety and follows the system of faith and worship of Ibrahim the orthodox Muslim, whom Allah has distinguished by His unique tutelary friendship! zoom
Mir Aneesuddin And who is better in religion than he who submits his person (attention) to Allah and he is (also) a doer of good and follows the religion (dictated by) Ibrahim, the upright? And Allah had taken Ibrahim as a friend. zoom

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