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Muhammad Asad
IT IS NOT of God's ordaining that certain kinds of cattle should be marked out by superstition and set aside from the use of man; yet those who are bent on denying the truth attribute their own lying inventions to God. And most of them never use their reason
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Allah has never ordained the ˹so-called˺ baḥîrah, sâ'ibah, waṣîlah, and ḥâm camels. But the disbelievers just fabricate lies about Allah, and most of them lack understanding.
Safi Kaskas
God has not ordained that certain kinds of cattle should be designated Bahirah, Saibah, Wasilah, or of Hami, and set aside from the use of man, yet the unbelievers invent lies about God. Most of them do not use reason.

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مَا جَعَلَ اللَّهُ مِن بَحِيرَةٍ وَلَا سَائِبَةٍ وَلَا وَصِيلَةٍ وَلَا حَامٍ وَلَٰكِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا يَفْتَرُونَ عَلَى اللَّهِ الْكَذِبَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمْ لَا يَعْقِلُون
Transliteration
Ma jaAAala Allahu min baheeratin wala sa-ibatin wala waseelatin wala hamin walakinna allatheena kafaroo yaftaroona AAala Allahi alkathiba waaktharuhum la yaAAqiloona
Transliteration-2
mā jaʿala l-lahu min baḥīratin walā sāibatin walā waṣīlatin walā ḥāmin walākinna alladhīna kafarū yaftarūna ʿalā l-lahi l-kadhiba wa-aktharuhum lā yaʿqilūn
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not has made Allah of a Bahirah and not a Saibah and not a Wasilah and not a Hami. [And] but those who disbelieved they invent against Allah the lie, and most of them (do) not use reason.

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad
IT IS NOT of God's ordaining that certain kinds of cattle should be marked out by superstition and set aside from the use of man; yet those who are bent on denying the truth attribute their own lying inventions to God. And most of them never use their reason
M. M. Pickthall
Allah hath not appointed anything in the nature of a Bahirah or a Sa'ibah or a Wasilah or a Hami, but those who disbelieve invent a lie against Allah. Most of them have no sense
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
It was not Allah who instituted (superstitions like those of) a slit-ear she-camel, or a she-camel let loose for free pasture, or idol sacrifices for twin-births in animals, or stallion-camels freed from work: It is blasphemers who invent a lie against Allah; but most of them lack wisdom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Allah has never ordained the ˹so-called˺ baḥîrah, sâ'ibah, waṣîlah, and ḥâm camels. But the disbelievers just fabricate lies about Allah, and most of them lack understanding.
Safi Kaskas
God has not ordained that certain kinds of cattle should be designated Bahirah, Saibah, Wasilah, or of Hami, and set aside from the use of man, yet the unbelievers invent lies about God. Most of them do not use reason.
Wahiduddin Khan
God has ordained no sanctity about animals described as bahirah, or saibah, or wasilah or ham.[11] Those who deny the truth invent falsehoods about God. Most of them do not use their reason
Shakir
Allah has not ordained (the making of) a bahirah or a saibah or a wasilah or a hami but those who disbelieve fabricate a lie against Allah, and most of them do not understand
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
God made not the thing called Bahirah nor Saibah nor Wasilah nor Hami, but those who were ungrateful, they devise lies against God and most of them are not reasonable.
T.B.Irving
God has not set up [especially] any slit-eared camel, nor is any [livestock] to be turned loose [to pasture freely], nor any twin-bearing goat or ewe nor any pensioned stallion, but rather those who disbelieve make up a lie about God. Most of them do not use their reason.
Abdul Hye
Allah has not instituted things like Bahira (a she-camel whose milk was spared for idols and nobody was allowed to milk it), or Saibah (a she-camel let loose for grazing for idols, and nothing was allowed to be carried on it), or a Wasilah (a she-camel set free for idols as it gave birth to a she-camel at its first delivery and then again at its second delivery) or Ham (a stallion camel freed from work for idols after it had finished a number of copulations assigned to it) (all these animals were liberated in honor of idols as practiced by pagan Arabs). But those who disbelieve invent a lie against Allah, but most of them don’t understand.
The Study Quran
God has not established ba?irah, or sa?ibah, or wa?ilah, or ?am. But those who disbelieve fabricate lies against God, and most of them do not understand
Dr. Kamal Omar
Allah has not instituted things like Bahira, and neither Saiba and nor Wasila and nor Ham. But those people who have disbelieved invent against Allah lies and falsehood, and most of them do not use intellect (and hence accept and patronise fake and mythological beliefs, concepts and customs)
Farook Malik
Allah did not institute superstitions like those of a slit-ear she-camel or a she-camel let loose for free pasture or idol sacrifices for twin-births in animals or stallion-camels freed from work; this lie is invented by the unbelievers against Allah, and most of them lack understanding
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
God did not institute the superstitions of Bahirah, Saibah, Wasilah, or of Hami; but those who disbelieve fabricate lies about God—most of them do not understand
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
In no way has Allah appointed (anything) as a Bahirah or a Saibah, or a Wasilah or a Ham; (3) but the ones who have disbelieved fabricate against Allah lies, and most of them do not consider
Muhammad Sarwar
God has not instituted the rites of Bahirah, Sa'ibah, Wasilah, nor of Hami (names of certain animals that the pagans would offer as sacrifice). It is the pagans who have attributed falsehood to God. Many of them have no understanding
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Allah has made no BaHirah, no Sa‘ibah, no WaSilah and no Hami (names of animals dedicated to idols on different grounds). But those who disbelieve coin a lie against Allah, and most of them do not understand
Shabbir Ahmed
Allah did not ordain that certain kinds of cattle and other livestock be marked out, assigned names, and set aside from human use or consumption. Disbelievers invented such superstitions and attributed them to Allah. Most of them do not use their intellect
Dr. Munir Munshey
Allah did not sanction (a special status for) the ´Bahirah´, the ´Saiba´, the ´Wasilah´, or the ´Haam´ _ (animals with characteristics revered by the pagans). Rather, the unbelievers made up such lies about Allah. Most of them just have no sense
Syed Vickar Ahamed
It was not Allah, who began (false beliefs like those of) a slit-ear female camel, and a female camel let loose for free grazing, and idol sacrifices for twin-births in animals, and stallion-camels freed from work: It is the blasphemers who invent a lie against Allah: But most of them (simply) lack wisdom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
Allah has not appointed [such innovations as] Bahira, Sa’ibah, WaYilah, or Ham. But those who disbelieve invent falsehood about Allah , and most of them do not reason
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
God did not institute any combination of livestock, nor livestock liberated for oaths, nor ones that give twin births, nor a stallion freed from work; but the people who rejected invented lies to God, and most of them do not understand
Abdel Haleem
God did not institute the dedication of such things as bahira, saiba, wasila, or ham to idols; but the disbelievers invent lies about God. Most of them do not use reason
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
Allah hath not appointed aught of the bahira or the sa'iba or the wasila or the ham, those who disbelieve have fabricated a lie against Allah, and most of them reflect not
Ahmed Ali
God has not sanctioned Baheerah or Sa'ibah, Waseelah or Ham. The unbelievers fabricate lies of God, for many of them are devoid of sense
Aisha Bewley
Allah did not institute any such thing as bahira or sa´iba or wasila or hami. Those who were kafir invented lies against Allah. Most of them do not use their intellect.
Ali Ünal
God has not ordained anything (in the nature) of a bahirah, nor a sa’ibah, nor a wasilah, nor ham. But those who disbelieve fabricate falsehoods against God – most of them do not reason and indeed are devoid of sense
Ali Quli Qara'i
Allah has not prescribed any such thing as Bahira, Sa’ibah, WaYilah, or Ham; but those who are faithless fabricate lies against Allah, and most of them do not apply reason
Hamid S. Aziz
And Allah has not instituted (superstitions like those of) Bahirah or Saibah, nor Wazilah nor Hami, (classes of cattle revered and liberated in honour of idols) but those who disbelieve invent a lie against Allah, for most of them have no sense
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
God did not make Bahirah or Sa'ibah or Wasilah or Hami (unlawful), but those who disbelieved attribute lies to God, and most of them do not understand
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
It was not God who instituted superstitions like a slit-ear she-camel, or a she-camel let loose for free pasture, or idol sacrifices for twin-births in animals, or stallion-camels freed from work. Blasphemers invent a lie against God, but most of them lack wisdom
Musharraf Hussain
Allah didn’t order the veneration of: camels whose ears are split before being turned loose; she-camels which roam free; camels dedicated to idols that can’t be slaughtered; and camels which mustn’t be mounted; rather it was the disbelievers who invented lies about Allah, and most of them lack the power of reason.
Maududi
Allah has neither appointed (cattle devoted to idols such as) Bahirah, Sa´ibah, Wasilah nor Ham; but those who disbelieve forge lies against Allah and of them most have no understanding (and therefore succumb to such superstitions)
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
God did not decree any restrictions for combining of livestock, or roaming livestock, or ones that give twin births, or a male camel freed from work; but the people who rejected invented lies to God, and most of them do not comprehend
Mohammad Shafi
Allah has not made any bahirah, saibah, wasilah or ham, but those who suppress the Truth fabricate the lie against Allah. And most of them understand not

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Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
Allah has not appointed any 'Bahira' and nor 'Saiba' and nor 'Wasila' and nor 'Hami' (names of sacred animals she camels and she goats of the time of Pagans) but yes, the infidels fabricate the lie against Allah. And most of them are perfectly unwise.
Rashad Khalifa
GOD did not prohibit livestock that begets certain combinations of males and females, nor livestock liberated by an oath, nor the one that begets two males in a row, nor the bull that fathers ten. It is the disbelievers who invented such lies about GOD. Most of them do not understand.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
Allah has not made cattle, a slit eared shecamel, nor a freely grazing shecamel, nor a shecamel that bore twins, nor an uncastrated camel (dedicated to idols), but those who disbelieve invent lies against Allah. Most of them do not understand
Maulana Muhammad Ali
Allah has not ordained a bahirah or a sa’ibah or a wasilah or a hami, but those who disbelieve fabricate a lie against Allah. And most of them understand not
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira
God did not make/create from a female camel in Pre-Islamic paganism whose ears were split after five deliveries and left to roam alone for their idols and of no benefit to man , and nor a female camel in Pre-Islamic paganism which gave birth to ten female litters and left to roam and feed freely and forbidden from use , and nor a female camel who gave birth seven times and was left to roam and not be slaughtered , and nor a male camel who fathered ten deliveries and was left to roam without benefit to man , and but those who disbelieved they fabricate on God the lies/falsehood, and most of them do not reason/understand/comprehend. (DISCREPANCY EXISTS ABOUT THE PRECEDING BOLD TERM
Bijan Moeinian
God has never ordained your superstitious practices such as: splitting the ear of a camel whose fifth new born is a male, to let loose a camel as a fulfillment of a vow, not to use the first born twin camel or respect the he-camel as soon as his “grandson” grows up and fits for riding! These practices are falsely attributed to the Lord and most disbelievers follow it blind folded without thinking about them
Faridul Haque
Allah has not appointed (commanded to sacrifice) the camel with ears sliced (Bahira) or the she-camel (Saibah) or the she-goat (Wasilah) or the breeding camel (Hami), but the disbelievers fabricate lies against Allah; and most of them do not have any sense at all
Sher Ali
ALLAH has not ordained any `Bahira' or `Sa'ibah' or Wasilah' or `Hami' but those who disbelieve forge a lie against ALLAH, and most of them do not make use of their understanding
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
Allah has not made (lawful in the Shariah a cattle dedicated to idols), such as a Bahira, a Sa’iba, a Wasila or a Ham. But the disbelievers fabricate lies against Allah and most of them do not have sense
Amatul Rahman Omar
Allah has not instituted (superstition like those of) any Bahirah (-an animal having her ear slit and let loose for free pasture, dedicated to some god, their milk was not used, nor their back, nor their meat); or Sa'ibah (-an animal having given birth to ten females, liberated to pasture where she would, not be ridden, nor milk drunk except by her young); or Wasilah (-an animal which gave birth to seven females consecutively and at the seventh birth she bore a pair male and female. Each of the latter was let loose and the milk of the animal drunk by men only and not by women;) or Hami (-an animal that is left at liberty without being made use of in any way whatsover). But those who disbelieve have fabricated a lie (by such superstitious dedications) in the name of Allah. Most of them cannot refrain (from such polytheistic superstitions)
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
Allah has not instituted things like Baheerah (a shecamel whose milk was spared for the idols and nobody was allowed to milk it) or a Saibah (a shecamel let loose for free pasture for their false gods, e.g. idols, etc., and nothing was allowed to be carried on it), or a Waseelah (a shecamel set free for idols because it has given birth to a shecamel at its first delivery and then again gives birth to a shecamel at its second delivery) or a Ham (a stallioncamel freed from work for their idols, after it had finished a number of copulations assigned for it, all these animals were liberated in honour of idols as practised by pagan Arabs in the preIslamic period). But those who disbelieve invent lies against Allah, and most of them have no understanding

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry
God has not appointed cattle dedicated to idols, such as Bahira, Sa'iba, Wasila, Hami; but the unbelievers forge against God falsehood, and most of them have no understanding
George Sale
God has not ordained any 'Bahira' or 'Sa'ibah' or Wasilah' or 'Hami' but those who disbelieve forge a lie against God, and most of them do not make use of their understanding
Edward Henry Palmer
And God has not ordained any Ba'hirah or Saibah, nor Wazilah nor 'Hami, but those who misbelieve invent a lie against God, for most of them do not understand
John Medows Rodwell
God hath not ordained anything on the subject. of Bahira, or Saiba, or Wasila, or Hami; but the unbelievers have invented this lie against God: and most of them had no understanding
N J Dawood (2014)
God demands neither a bahīrah, nor a sā‘ibah, nor a waşīlah, nor a ḥāmi.¹ The unbelievers invent falsehoods about God; and most of them are lacking in judgement

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto
Allah never dictated [superstitious rituals like] slitting the ears of a female camel, releasing a female camel into open fields, sacrificing twin births in animals, and releasing stallion camels from work. Only unbelievers invent such lies against Allah. Most of them lack reasoning skills.
Sayyid Qutb
It was not God who instituted [superstitions like those of] a slit- ear she camel, or a she-camel let loose for free pasture, or idol sacrifices for twin-births in animals, or stallion-camels freed from work. It is unbelievers who attribute their own lying inventions to God. Most of them never use their reason.
Ahmed Hulusi
Allah has not appointed (sacrifices known as) bahirah, sai’bah or wasilah or ham (these are fabricated traditions of some people). But those who deny the knowledge of the reality are inventing falsehood about Allah! Most of them do not use their reason!
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli
Allah has not appointed any Bahirah, Sa'ibah, Wasilah, and Ham, but those who disbelieve make up a lie against Allah, and most of them do not understand
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim
Allah never authorized you to proclaim unlawful what He has rendered lawful. Never did Allah impose the dedication of certain animals under any form of superstitions. Thus, you profanely relieve from service, designate by a descriptive name and dedicate to idols
Mir Aneesuddin
Allah has not appointed the making of Bahira (a slit-ear she camel), or a Saibah (a she camel let loose for free pasture), or a Wasilah (idol sacrifice for twin births in animals), or a Hami (stallion camel freed from work), but those who do not believe forge a lie against Allah and the majority of them does not understand.

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)
It was not God who instituted (superstitions like those of) a slit-ear she- camel, or a she-camel let loose for free pasture, or idol sacrifices for twin-births in animals, or stallion-camels freed from work: It is blasphemers who invent a lie against God; but most of them lack wisdom
OLD Literal Word for Word
Allah has not made of a Bahirah and not a Saibah and not a Wasilah and not a Hami. [And] but those who disbelieved they invent against Allah the lie, and most of them (do) not use reason