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AYAH al-Ahqaf 46:17 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic وَالَّذِي قَالَ لِوَالِدَيْهِ أُفٍّ لَّكُمَا أَتَعِدَانِنِي أَنْ أُخْرَجَ وَقَدْ خَلَتِ الْقُرُونُ مِن قَبْلِي وَهُمَا يَسْتَغِيثَانِ اللَّهَ وَيْلَكَ آمِنْ إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ فَيَقُولُ مَا هَٰذَا إِلَّا أَسَاطِيرُ الْأَوَّلِينَ zoom
Transliteration Waallathee qala liwalidayhi offin lakuma ataAAidaninee an okhraja waqad khalati alquroonu min qablee wahuma yastagheethani Allaha waylaka amin inna waAAda Allahi haqqun fayaqoolu ma hatha illa asateeru al-awwaleena zoom
Transliteration-2 wa-alladhī qāla liwālidayhi uffin lakumā ataʿidāninī an ukh'raja waqad khalati l-qurūnu min qablī wahumā yastaghīthāni l-laha waylaka āmin inna waʿda l-lahi ḥaqqun fayaqūlu mā hādhā illā asāṭīru l-awalīna zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 But the one who says to his parents, "Uff to both of you! Do you promise me that I will be brought forth, and have already passed away the generations before me?" And they both seek help (of) Allah. "Woe to you! Believe! Indeed, (the) Promise (of) Allah (is) true." But he says, "Not (is) this but (the) stories (of) the former (people)." zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad But [there is many a one] who says to his parents [whenever they try to imbue him with faith in God]: “Fie upon both of you! Do you promise me that I shall be brought forth [from the dead], although [so many] generations have passed away before me?” And [while] they both pray for God’s help [and say], “Alas for thee! For, behold, God’s promise always comes true!” - he but answers, “All this is nothing but fables of ancient times!” zoom
M. M. Pickthall And whoso saith unto his parents: Fie upon you both! Do ye threaten me that I shall be brought forth (again) when generations before me have passed away? And they twain cry unto Allah for help (and say): Woe unto thee! Believe! Lo! the promise of Allah is true. But he saith: This is naught save fables of the men of old: zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) But (there is one) who says to his parents, "Fie on you! Do ye hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up, even though generations have passed before me (without rising again)?" And they two seek Allah's aid, (and rebuke the son): "Woe to thee! Have faith! for the promise of Allah is true." But he says, "This is nothing but tales of the ancients!" zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) But (there is one) who says to his parents, "Fie on you! Do ye hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up, even though generations have passed before me (without rising again)?" And they two seek God's aid, (and rebuke the son): "Woe to thee! Have faith! for the promise of God is true." But he says, "This is nothing but tales of the ancients!" zoom
Shakir And he who says to his parents: Fie on you! do you threaten me that I shall be brought forth when generations have already passed away before me? And they both call for Allah's aid: Woe to you! believe, surely the promise of Allah is true. But he says: This is nothing but stories of the ancients. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan But he who says to his parents, Shame upon you! Do you threaten me with being taken out of the grave after death while many a generation has passed away before me and none has risen from among them? The parents both cry for God's help and say to him, Believe! Alas for you! God's promise is true. But he says, These are nothing but ancient fables. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar But he who would say to ones who are his parents a word of disrespect to both of them: Promise you me that I will be brought out when generations before me passed away? And they will both cry to God for help: Woe unto thee! Believe! Truly, the promise of God is true. But he said: This is only the fables of the ancient ones. zoom
T.B.Irving Anyone who says to his parents: Phooey on you! Do you promise me that I´ll come forth [from my grave] while generations have passed on before me?"",-and while they both implore God´s help: ""It will be too bad for you! Believe: God´s promise will come true,"" he merely says: ""These are only legends about primitive men."" " zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab But some scold their parents, “Enough with you! Are you warning me that I will be brought forth ˹from the grave˺, while many generations had already perished before me ˹for good˺?” The parents cry to Allah for help, ˹and warn their child,˺ “Pity you. Have faith! Surely Allah’s promise is true.” But the deniers insist, “This is nothing but ancient fables.” zoom
Safi Kaskas As for him who says to his parents, "Enough of you; Are you warning me that I will be resurrected when generations have passed and gone before me?" While they both cry for God's help, "Please believe! The promise of God is true." But he says, "These are only ancient tales" zoom
Abdul Hye  But one who says to its parents: “Uff upon you both! Do you hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up again and surely generations before me have passed away (without rising)?” While they (father and mother) invoke Allah (for help and rebuke their son): “Woe to you! Believe! Surely, the Promise of Allah is true.” But he says: “This is nothing but the tales of the ancient.” zoom
The Study Quran As for one who says to his parents, “Fie upon you both! Do you promise me that I shall be brought forth when generations have passed away before me?” while they call upon God for succor, “Woe unto you! Believe! Surely God’s Promise is true.” Whereat he says, “This is naught but fables of those of old.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) And the one who says to his parents: "Enough of you! Are you promising me that I will be resurrected, when the generations who died before me never came back" While they both will implore God: "Woe to you; believe! For God's promise is the truth." He would Say: "This is nothing but tales from the past!" zoom
Abdel Haleem But some say to their parents, ‘What? Are you really warning me that I shall be raised alive from my grave, when so many generations have already passed and gone before me?’ His parents implore God for help; they say, ‘Alas for you! Believe! God’s promise is true,’ but still he replies, ‘These are nothing but ancient fables.’ zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi And he who saith Unto his parents: fie upon you both! threaten me ye that I shall be taken forth, whereas generations have passed away before me? and the twain implore Allah's assistance woe Unto thee! come to believe! verily the promise of Allah is true; yet he saith: naught is this but fables of the ancients." zoom
Ahmed Ali But he who says to his parents: "Shame on you: You intimidate me that I will be resurrected when many generations will have passed before me?" And (the parents) would implore God's help: "Woe to you. You better believe. The promise of God is certainly true." Yet he answers: "These are only fables of long ago." zoom
Aisha Bewley But what of him who says to his parents, ´Fie on you! Do you promise me that I will be resurrected when generations before me have passed away?´ They both call on Allah for help: ´Woe to you! Have iman! Allah´s promise is true.´ But he says, ´This is nothing but the myths of previous peoples.´ zoom
Ali Ünal But (there is many a one) who says to his parents (who call him to righteousness and faith): "Uff to you both! (I am fed up with you!) Do you threaten me that I will be brought forth from the dead (to a new life and judgment), while so many generations have passed away before me (and so far not a single person has been raised)?" And they both pray to God for help (in the guidance of their child, and say to him): "Woe to you! Believe! God’s promise is certainly true!" But he says: "All this is nothing but fables of the ancients!" zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i As for him who says to his parents, ‘Fie on you! Do you promise me that I shall be raised [from the dead] when generations have passed away before me?’ And they invoke Allah’s help [and say]: ‘Woe to you! Believe! Indeed Allah’s promise is true.’ But he says, ‘These are nothing but myths of the ancients.’ zoom
Hamid S. Aziz And he who says to his parents, "Fie on you! Do you threaten me that I shall be brought forth when generations have already passed away before me?" And they both (parents) call for Allah´s aid, (rebuking their son) "Woe to you! Have f zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali And he who says to his parents, "Fie upon you (both)! Do you (definitely) promise me that I will be brought out, when already generations have passed away before me?" And they both ask Allah for succor, "Woe to you! Believe; surely the promise of Allah is true." Yet he says, "In no way is this anything except myths of the earliest (people). zoom
Muhammad Sarwar There are people who say to their parents, "Fie upon you! Are you telling us that we shall be raised from our graves? So many people have died before us and (none of them have been raised)" Their parents plead to God and say to their child, "Woe to you! Have faith; the promise of God is certainly true" They reply, "What you say is only ancient legends". zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani And (Contrary to this is the case of) the one who said to his parents, .Fie upon you both! Do you promise to me that I shall be brought out (from the grave), while generations have passed before me?. And they (the parents) were crying for Allah‘s help, (and saying to their son,) .Woe to you. Accept the true faith. Allah‘s promise is certainly true. Then he says, .This is nothing but the tales of the ancients. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed And whoever says to his parents, "Shameful it is for both of you! Do you threaten me that I shall be brought forth again although so many generations have passed away before me?" And they both pray for Allah's help and say, "Alas for you! Believe! Behold, Allah's promise always comes true. But he replies, "All this is nothing but fables of the ancient." zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed But (there is such a person) who says to his parents, "Shame upon you! Do you hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up (for Judgment), even though generations have passed before me (without rising again)?” And they too seek Allah’s help, (and talk back to the son): “Misery to you! Have Faith! Verily, the Promise of Allah is true.” But he says: “This is nothing but stories from the distant past!" zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) But one who says to his parents, "Uff to you; do you promise me that I will be brought forth [from the earth] when generations before me have already passed on [into oblivion]?" while they call to Allah for help [and to their son], "Woe to you! Believe! Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth." But he says, "This is not but legends of the former people" - zoom
Farook Malik But he who rebukes his parents and says: "Uff (as if to say, do not bother me)! Do you threaten me with a resurrection, whereas many a generations have passed before me and none has come back from among them?" And they both cry for Allah’s help and say: "Woe to you! Be a good believer. Surely the promise of Allah is true." But he replies: "This is nothing but tales of the ancients." zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey (On the other hand), there is the one who says to his parents, "Oh really, I am fed up with you two! Are you really asking me to believe that I would be restored back to life (after my death)? Generations have passed before me, (and nobody has ever come back)!" His parents invoke Allah´s help and say, "Woe unto you! Believe it! Allah´s promise is indeed the truth." But he (doesn´t listen, and) says, "These are nothing but (old) tales of people long gone." zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And (on the other hand is) that one who said to his parents: “Fie upon you both! Do you twain hold out a promise to me that I shall be raised up (alive after becoming a part of the dust and mud), and surely, the generations have passed away before me (but none has risen from the dead)?” While those two (the father and the mother) both invoke Allah for help (and admonish their son thus): “What a pitty for you! Develop Faith, surely the Promise of Allah is true.” Still he utters: “This (Al-Kitab) is not but written records of the initial people.” zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) As for him who says to his parents, 'Enough of you! Are you promising me that I will be raised up, when generations have passed away before me?' While they cry for God's help, 'Woe to you! Believe! The promise of God is true!' But he says, 'These are nothing but tales of the ancients.' zoom
Maududi But he who says to his parents: "Fie on you! Do you threaten me that I shall be resurrected, although myriad generations have passed away before me (and not one of them was resurrected)?" The parents beseech Allah (and say to their child): "Woe to you, have faith. Surely Allah´s promise is true." But he says: "All this is nothing but fables of olden times." zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad And the one who said to his parent: ugh (yuck) to you, do you promise me that I am brought out while generations before me have passed away (and they were not resurrected)? And they both ask for God’s help (saying): woe to you, believe, as God’s promise is indeed true. Then he says: this is only stories of the earlier ones. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) But there is one who says to his parents a word of disrespect. “Do you promise me that I will be raised up, as will the generations who have passed away before me?” Then the parents seek God's help and say, “Woe to you. Believe, for the promise of God is true.” But he says, “This is nothing but tales of the ancient.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) And the one who says to his parents: "Enough of you! Are you promising me that I will be resurrected, when the generations who died before me never came back?" While they both will implore God: "Woe to you; believe! For the promise of God is the truth." He would say: "This is nothing except fictional tales of old!" zoom
Mohammad Shafi And he who says to his parents, "Fie upon you both! Do you tell me that I shall be brought out (to life again) and generations before me have passed away!?" And the two cry to Allah for help and say, "Woe to you! Believe! Allah's promise is indeed true." But he says, "These are nothing but fables of the ancient people!" zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian As for the one who mocks his parent saying: “Do you want me to believe that I will be brought back to life after my death? How come none has been brought back out of so many generations before?” The parents will turn then to God to guide their child and say: “Please believe; God’s promise is true.” Such disbeliever will then say: “These none senses are ancient mythology!” zoom
Faridul Haque And the one who said to his parents, “Uff - I am fed up with both of you! What! You promise me that I will be raised again whereas generations have passed away before me?” And they both seek Allah’s help and say to him, “May you be ruined, accept faith! Indeed Allah’s promise is true”; he therefore answers, “This is nothing except stories of former people.” zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah But he who says to his father and his mother, 'Fie on you! Do you promise me that I shall be brought forth, when entire generations have passed away before me? ' Yet they supplicate to Allah for help 'Woe to you! Believe, surely the promise of Allah is true. ' Then he says: 'This is nothing but fairytales of the ancients. ' zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali And he who says to his parents: Fie on you! Do you threaten me that I shall be brought forth, when generations have passed away before me? And they both call for Allah’s aid: Woe to thee! Believe; surely the promise of Allah is true. But he says: This is nothing but stories of the ancients. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira And who said to his parents: "Ugh to you (B) do you (B) promise me that (E) I will be brought out, and the generations/centuries had past/expired from before me?" And they (B), they (B) seek/ask for help (from) God: "Your calamity/scandal/woe believe, that truly God's promise (is) truth ." So he says: "That (is) not except the first's/beginner's myths/baseless stories ." zoom
Sher Ali But the one who says to his parents, `Fie on you both; do you threaten me that I shall be brought forth again, when generations have already passed away before me?' And they both cry unto ALLAH for help and say to him. `Woe unto thee ! believe, for the promise of ALLAH is true.' But he says, `This is nothing but the fables of the ancients.' zoom
Rashad Khalifa Then there is the one who says to his parents, "Woe to you; are you telling me that (after death) I will come back to life? How come those who died before us never come back?" The parents would cry for GOD's help and say, "Woe to you; please believe! GOD's promise is the truth." He would say, "Tales from the past!" zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) And he who said to his parents, 'Fie, I am fed up with you both, do you promise me that I shall be brought forth again, whilst generations have already passed before me? And they both cry unto Allah for help, Woe to you; believe you, verily the promise of Allah is true. Then he says, 'this is not but the tales of the ancients'. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar Yet there is another (hard-hearted) one who says to his parents, `Fie upon you both! Do you threaten me that I shall be resurrected (to live again after death), when so many generations have already passed away before me (without any one of them having been raised to life).' While both (- the believing parents) ask Allah's help (and say to their child), `Alas for you. Have faith, surely the promise of Allah is true.' But he says, `This is nothing but mere fables of the ancients.' zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri And he who says to his parents: ‘Fie on you! Do you promise me that I shall be brought forth (from the grave and given life once more) when generations have passed away before me?’ Now both (the parents) pray to Allah for help (and say to the son:) ‘Woe to you, (O son!) Accept faith. Surely, Allah’s promise is true.’ But he says (in reply): ‘These (words) are nothing but the fiction of the bygone people.’ zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali But he who says to his parents: "Fie upon you both! Do you hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up (again) when generations before me have passed away (without rising)?" While they (father and mother) invoke Allah for help (and rebuke their son): "Woe to you! Believe! Verily, the Promise of Allah is true." But he says: "This is nothing but the tales of the ancient." zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry But he who says to his father and his mother, 'Fie upon you! Do you promise me that I shall be brought forth, when already generations have passed away before me?' while they call upon God for succour -- 'Woe upon thee! Believe; surely God's promise is true'; then he says, 'This is naught but the fairy-tales of the ancients' -- zoom
Edward Henry Palmer But he who says to his parents, 'Fie upon you! Do ye promise me that I shall be brought forth when generations have passed away before me?' - then shall they both cry to God for help. Woe to thee! Believe! Verily, the promise of God is true. Then says he, 'This is but old folks' tales.' zoom
George Sale He who saith unto his parents, fie on you! Do ye promise me that I shall be taken forth from the grave, and restored to life; when many generations have passed away before me, and none of them have returned back? And his parents implore God's assistance, and say to their son, alas for thee! Believe: For the promise of God is true. But he answereth, this is no other than silly fables of the ancients. zoom
John Medows Rodwell But he who saith to his parents, "Fie on you both! Promise ye me that I shall be taken forth from the grave alive, when whole generations have already passed away before me?" But they both will implore the help of God, and say, "Alas for thee! Believe: for the promise of God is true." But he saith, "It is no more than a fable of the ancients." zoom
N J Dawood (2014) But he that says to his parents: ‘Fie on you both! Do you threaten me with a resurrection, when generations have passed away before me?‘ ― he that, when they pray for God‘s help and say: ‘Woe betide you! Have faith; the promise of God is true,‘ replies: ‘This is but a fable of the ancients‘ zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim But he who contemptuously says to his parents: " Fie on you " " How disgusting what both of you tell me!" "do you afford me ground of expectation of Resurrection when all generations who had departed life long ago never came out of their graves ? " They both-the parents-exercise pity and appeal to Allah for help and they rebuke him -the son- for his disposition and for want of Faith, and they utter denunciation against him and say to him: " You had better commit yourself to Allah Whose promise is true. " But he says to them: " This is nothing but fables of old." zoom
Mir Aneesuddin And he who says to his parents, “Fie* on you both, do you threaten me that I will be brought out when generations have passed away before me?” And they both seek Allah’s help, “Sorrowful is your state, believe, Allah’s promise is certainly true," then he says, "These are nothing but the stories of the ancient.” *An expression of disgust generations have passed away before me?” And they both seek Allah’s help, “Sorrowful is your state, believe, Allah’s promise is certainly true," then he says, "These are nothing but the stories of the ancient.” *An expression of disgust zoom

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