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AYAH an-Nisa` 4:147 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic مَّا يَفْعَلُ اللَّهُ بِعَذَابِكُمْ إِن شَكَرْتُمْ وَآمَنتُمْ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ شَاكِرًا عَلِيمًا zoom
Transliteration Ma yafAAalu Allahu biAAathabikum in shakartum waamantum wakana Allahu shakiran AAaleeman zoom
Transliteration-2 mā yafʿalu l-lahu biʿadhābikum in shakartum waāmantum wakāna l-lahu shākiran ʿalīman zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 What would Allah do by punishing you if you are grateful and you believe? And Allah is All-Appreciative, All-Knowing. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad Why would God cause you to suffer [for your past sins] if you are grateful and attain to belief - seeing that God is always responsive to gratitude, all-knowing? zoom
M. M. Pickthall What concern hath Allah for your punishment if ye are thankful (for His mercies) and believe (in Him)? Allah was ever Responsive, Aware. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) What can Allah gain by your punishment, if ye are grateful and ye believe? Nay, it is Allah that recogniseth (all good), and knoweth all things. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) What can God gain by your punishment, if ye are grateful and ye believe? Nay, it is God that recogniseth (all good), and knoweth all things. zoom
Shakir Why should Allah chastise you if you are grateful and believe? And Allah is the Multiplier of rewards, Knowing zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Why should God punish you, if you render thanks to Him and believe in Him? God is appreciative and aware. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar What would God accomplish by your punishment if you gave thanks to Him and believed in Him? God had been One Who is Responsive, Knowing. zoom
T.B.Irving What does God accomplish through your torment, provided you act grateful and believe? God is Appreciative, Aware. zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab Why should Allah punish you if you are grateful and faithful? Allah is ever Appreciative, All-Knowing. zoom
Safi Kaskas Why should God punish you [for your past sins] if you become thankful and believe in Him? God is always responsive to gratitude and is All-Knowing. zoom
Abdul Hye  Why should Allah punish you if you have thanked (Him) and you have believed (in Him)? Allah is All-Appreciative (of good), All-Knower. zoom
The Study Quran Why should God punish you if you give thanks and believe? God is Thankful, Knowing. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) What would God want with your punishment if you were only thankful and believed God is Appreciative, Knowledgeable. zoom
Abdel Haleem Why should God make you suffer torment if you are thankful and believe in Him? God always rewards gratitude and He knows everything. zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi What will Allah do with your torment, if ye return thanks and believe? And Allah is ever Appreciative, Knowing. zoom
Ahmed Ali Why should God punish you if you acknowledge the truth and believe? God is responsive to gratitude and is cognisant. zoom
Aisha Bewley Why should Allah punish you if you are thankful and have iman? Allah is All-Thankful, All-Knowing. zoom
Ali Ünal What should God punish you if you are grateful (to Him) and believe (in Him)? God is Ever-Responsive to gratitude, All-Knowing. zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i Why should Allah punish you if you give thanks and be faithful? And Allah is appreciative, all-knowing. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz Why should Allah punish you, if you are grateful and believe? For Allah is Responsive and Aware. zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali What would Allah perform with tormenting you in case you thank (Him) and believe? And Allah has been Thankful, Ever-Knowing. zoom
Muhammad Sarwar Why should God punish you if you give thanks and believe in Him? God is All-rewarding and All-forgiving. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani What would Allah get by punishing you, if you are grateful and believe? Allah is Appreciating, All-Knowing. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed Why should Allah punish you if you are practically grateful in spending His Bounties on others and truly believe in His Laws? Allah is Appreciative, Knower. zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed What can Allah gain by your punishment, when you are grateful and you believe? No! It is Allah Who is Appreciative (Shakir) (for the all the good), All Knowing (Aleem). zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) What would Allah do with your punishment if you are grateful and believe? And ever is Allah Appreciative and Knowing. zoom
Farook Malik Why should Allah punish you if you are grateful and a true believer? Allah knows the grateful. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey If you believe and express gratitude, why would Allah want to punish you (for your past sins)? Indeed, Allah is ever so appreciative (of the grateful ones)! And He is the all-Knowing! zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar What does Allah (gain) through your punishment if you have thanked (Him) and have accepted Faith? And Allah is All-Appreciative, All-Knowing. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) What would God accomplish by your punishment, if you have given thanks, and have believed? God is Appreciative and Cognizant. zoom
Maududi Why should Allah deal chastisement to you if you are grateful to Him and believe? Allah is All-Appreciative, All-Knowing. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad What would God do with punishing you if you are thankful and you believe? God is appreciative and knowledgeable. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) What can God gain by your punishment, if you are grateful and believe? No, it is God Who recognizes good, and knows all things. 147 (End of Part 5) zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) What would God want with your punishment if you were only thankful and believed? God is Thankful, Knowledgeable. zoom
Mohammad Shafi Why should Allah punish you if you are grateful and you do believe!? And Allah is aware as to who is grateful. zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian What will God earn by punishing you, if you are a thankful believer? No way; God appreciates [the goodness] and knows [the truth.] zoom
Faridul Haque And what will Allah gain by punishing you, if you acknowledge the truth and accept faith? And Allah is Most Appreciative, All Knowing. zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah What, would Allah do with punishing you if you thank and believe! Allah is the Thanker, the Knower. zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali Why should Allah chastise you if you are grateful and believe? And Allah is ever Multiplier of rewards, Knowing. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira What God makes/does with your torture if you thanked/became grateful and you believed, and God was/is thankful/grateful, knowledgeable. zoom
Sher Ali Why should ALLAH punish you, if you are thankful and if you believe? And ALLAH is Appreciating, All-Knowing. zoom
Rashad Khalifa What will GOD gain from punishing you, if you became appreciative and believed? GOD is Appreciative, Omniscient. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) And what will Allah do by tormenting you? If you accept the just and accept faith. And Allah is Responsive, Aware. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar What Allah has to do with punishing you if you be grateful (to Him) and believe (in Him). Allah is Ever-Appreciating, All-Knowing. zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Why should Allah torment you if you become grateful and believe? And Allah is Most Appreciative (of every truth), Well Aware (of every act). zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali Why should Allah punish you if you have thanked (Him) and have believed in Him. And Allah is Ever AllAppreciative (of good), AllKnowing. zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry What would God do with chastising you if you are thankful, and believe? God is All-thankful, All-knowing. zoom
Edward Henry Palmer Why should God punish you, if ye are grateful and believe? for God is grateful and knowing. zoom
George Sale And how should God go about to punisth you, if ye be thankful and believe? For God is grateful and wise. zoom
John Medows Rodwell Why should God inflict a chastisement upon you, if ye are grateful, and believe? God is Grateful, Wise! zoom
N J Dawood (2014) And why should God punish you if you render thanks and truly believe in Him? God will surely recompense your labours, for He has full knowledge of them all. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb What can God gain by your punishment, if you are grateful and you believe? God is always responsive to gratitude, All- Knowing. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi Why should Allah make you suffer you if you are grateful and believe! Allah is the Shakur, the Aleem. zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli What can Allah gain by your punishment, if you be grateful and you believe? And Allah is All-Thankful, All-Knowing. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim Pause here - you people - and think What advantage or benefit does Allah derive from inflicting punishment on you if you impel yourselves to the feeling of gratitude and gratefulness and conform your will to His will! Indeed Allah has always acknowledged what is esteemed a worthy deed; and He is 'Alimun. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin What will Allah do (gain) by punishing you if you gratefully (acknowledge Him) and believe? And Allah is One Who acknowledges, Knowing. zoom

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