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AYAH al-Ma`idah 5:50 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic أَفَحُكْمَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ يَبْغُونَ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنَ اللَّهِ حُكْمًا لِّقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ zoom
Transliteration Afahukma aljahiliyyati yabghoona waman ahsanu mina Allahu hukman liqawmin yooqinoona zoom
Transliteration-2 afaḥuk'ma l-jāhiliyati yabghūna waman aḥsanu mina l-lahi ḥuk'man liqawmin yūqinūna zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 Is it then the judgment of [the] ignorance they seek? And who (is) better than Allah (in) judgment for a people (who) firmly believe. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad Do they, perchance, desire [to be ruled by] the law of pagan ignorance? But for people who have inner certainty, who could be a better law-giver than God? zoom
M. M. Pickthall Is it a judgment of the time of (pagan) ignorance that they are seeking? Who is better than Allah for judgment to a people who have certainty (in their belief)? zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) Do they then seek after a judgment of (the days of) ignorance? But who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than Allah? zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) Do they then seek after a judgment of (the days of) ignorance? But who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than God? zoom
Shakir Is it then the judgment of (the times of) ignorance that they desire? And who is better than Allah to judge for a people who are sure? zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Is it pagan laws that they wish to be judged by? Who is a better judge than God for men whose faith is firm? zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar Look they for a determination of Age of Ignorance? And who is fairer than God in determination for a folk who are certain? zoom
T.B.Irving Do they crave judgment [from the time] of Ignorance? Yet who is finer in judgment than God for any folk who are convinced? zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab Is it the judgment of ˹pre-Islamic˺ ignorance they seek? Who could be a better judge than Allah for people of sure faith? zoom
Safi Kaskas Do they want judgment according to the age of ignorance? Is there any better judge than God for those who are firm in faith? zoom
Abdul Hye  Do they seek the judgment of ignorance? Who is better than Allah in judgment for a people who have firm faith? zoom
The Study Quran Is it the judgment of the Age of Ignorance that they seek? And who is fairer in judgment than God, for a people who are certain. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) Is it the judgment of the days of ignorance that they seek Who is better than God as a judge for a people that comprehend zoom
Abdel Haleem Do they want judgement according to the time of pagan ignorance? Is there any better judge than God for those of firm faith? zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi Seek they then the judgement of Paganism? And who is better than Allah in judgement unto a people who are convinced? zoom
Ahmed Ali Do they seek a judgement of the days of pagan ignorance? But who could be a better judge than God for those who are firm in their faith? zoom
Aisha Bewley Do they then seek the judgement of the Time of Ignorance? Who could be better at giving judgement than Allah for people with certainty? zoom
Ali Ünal Or is it the law of the (pagan) Ignorance that they seek (to be judged and ruled by)? Who is better than God as law-giver and judge for a people seeking certainty (and authoritative knowledge)? zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i Do they seek the judgement of [pagan] ignorance? But who is better than Allah in judgement for a people who have certainty? zoom
Hamid S. Aziz Is it the judgment of the Time of Ignorance (i.e. before the Revelation) for which they crave? But who is better than Allah as judge for people who are certain? zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali Is it then the judgment of (pagan) ignorance that they inequitably seek? And who is fairer in judgment than Allah, for a people having certitude? zoom
Muhammad Sarwar Do they want judgments that are issued out of ignorance? Who is a better judge for the people whose belief is based on certainty, than God? zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani Is it, then, the judgement of (the days of) Ignorance that they seek? Who is better in judgement than Allah, for a people who believe? zoom
Shabbir Ahmed Do they want to turn back to the Ways of Ignorance? Who can provide more equitable rules than Allah to a people who have attained Conviction in the Truth? zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed Do they then try to find a judgment based upon (the days of) Ignorance? For a people whose Faith is assured, who but Allah can give better judgment? zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) Then is it the judgement of [the time of] ignorance they desire? But who is better than Allah in judgement for a people who are certain [in faith]. zoom
Farook Malik By rejecting the Divine Law do they wish to be judged by the laws of ignorance? Who is a better Judge than Allah for those who believe in Him? zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey Do they, then, seek the rules (and rites) of the (pagan) ignorance (of earlier days)? For a nation with faith, who could be a better Judge (and Guide), if not Allah? zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar What then, a judgement based on ignorance (of Al-Kitab) — they seek? And who is better than Allah in judgement for a people who have firm Faith. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) Is it the laws of the time of ignorance that they desire? Who is better than God in judgment for people who are certain? zoom
Maududi (If they turn away from the Law of Allah) do they desire judgement according to the Law of Ignorance? But for those who have certainty of belief whose judgement can be better than Allah´s? zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad Are they looking for the judgment of the ignorance? Whose judgment is better than God for people who are certain? zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) Do they then seek a judgment of ignorance? But who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than God. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) Is it the judgment of the days of ignorance that they seek? Who is better than God as a judge for a people who comprehend? zoom
Mohammad Shafi Is it then that they desire the rule of the times of ignorance? And who is better to rule, for a people who are firm in Faith, than Allah? zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian Is it the laws of the ignorance (pre-Islamic) days that they want to return to? Never mind them as the Lord’s laws are the best for those who have chosen to believe. zoom
Faridul Haque So do they wish a judgement of ignorance? And whose judgement is better than that of Allah, for the people who are certain? zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah Is it pagan laws that they wish to be judged by? Who is a better judge than Allah for a nation whose belief is firm? zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali Is it then the judgment of ignorance that they desire? And who is better than Allah to judge for a people who are sure? zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira Is (it) the Pre-Islamic paganism's/ignorance's judgment/rule (that) they desire ? And who (is) better than God (in) judgment/ruling to a nation they be sure/certain? zoom
Sher Ali Do they then seek the judgment of the days of Ignorance. And who is better than ALLAH as a judge for a people who have firm faith? zoom
Rashad Khalifa Is it the law of the days of ignorance that they seek to uphold? Whose law is better than GOD's for those who have attained certainty? zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) Do they seek the judgement of the days of ignorance? And who is better in judgement than Allah for a people of firm faith? zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar Do they seek to enforce the law of (the days of) ignorance? And who is better than Allah in giving judgment for a people who are convinced (of their faith)? zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Do they seek the law of (the days of) ignorance? And who is better than Allah in (giving) judgment for a people who have firm faith? zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali Do they then seek the judgement of (the Days of) Ignorance? And who is better in judgement than Allah for a people who have firm Faith. zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry Is it the judgment of pagandom then that they are seeking? Yet who is fairer in judgment than God, for a people having sure faith? zoom
Edward Henry Palmer Is it the judgment of the Ignorance they crave? but who is better than God to judge for people who are sure? zoom
George Sale Do they therefore desire the judgment of the time of ignorance? But who is better than God, to judge between people who reason aright? zoom
John Medows Rodwell Desire they, therefore, the judgments of the times of(pagan) ignorance? But what better judge can there be than God for those who believe firmly? zoom
N J Dawood (2014) Is it the pagan laws that they wish to be judged by? And who is a better judge than God for those whose faith is firm? zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb Do they desire to be ruled by the law of pagan ignorance? But for those who are firm in their faith, who can be a better law- giver than God? zoom
Ahmed Hulusi Or do they want pagan laws (from the days of ignorance)? Who is a better judge than Allah for people whose faith is firm? zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli Is it then the judgement of (the times of ignorance) that they are seeking? And who is better than Allah judgement for a people of assured faith? zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim Is it the folly reign of paganism that they wish to institute! But who is a better judge than Allah to pass an equitable judgement upon people who lift to Him their inward sight! zoom
Mir Aneesuddin Then, do they seek the judgment of ignorance? And for a people who have certainty, who is better than Allah in judgment? zoom

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