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Muhammad Asad
Or [do they think] that the hidden reality [of all that exists] is almost within their grasp, so that [in time] they can write it down
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Or do they have access to ˹the Record in˺ the unseen, so they copy it ˹for all to see˺?
Safi Kaskas
Or if they know the future, so they write [it] down?

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Arabic
أَمْ عِندَهُمُ الْغَيْبُ فَهُمْ يَكْتُبُون
Transliteration
Am AAindahumu alghaybu fahum yaktuboona
Transliteration-2
am ʿindahumu l-ghaybu fahum yaktubūn
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Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
Or with them (is) the unseen, so they write (it) down?

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad
Or [do they think] that the hidden reality [of all that exists] is almost within their grasp, so that [in time] they can write it down
M. M. Pickthall
Or possess they the Unseen so that they can write (it) down
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
Or that the Unseen in it their hands, and they write it down
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Or do they have access to ˹the Record in˺ the unseen, so they copy it ˹for all to see˺?
Safi Kaskas
Or if they know the future, so they write [it] down?
Wahiduddin Khan
Do they possess knowledge of the unseen, so that they can write it down
Shakir
Or have they the unseen so that they write (it) down
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
Or is the unseen with them and they write it down?
T.B.Irving
Do they have the Unseen which they are writing down?
Abdul Hye
Or is the (knowledge of) unseen with them and they write it down?
The Study Quran
Or do they possess the Unseen, such that they write it down
Dr. Kamal Omar
Or, with them (under their surveilance is) Al-ghaib (the unseen), so they record it down
Farook Malik
Do they have the knowledge of the unseen? Can they write it down
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
Or do they know the future, and they are writing it down
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
Or even do they have in their presence the Unseen, (and) so they are writing (it) down
Muhammad Sarwar
Do they have knowledge of the unseen, thus, are able to predict (the future)
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Or have they the knowledge of the Unseen, and they are recording it
Shabbir Ahmed
Or do they know the future so that they have it written down
Dr. Munir Munshey
Or, do they have (an access to) the unseen, and are they writing it down
Syed Vickar Ahamed
Or that the Unseen is in their hands, and they write it (the Suras) down
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
Or have they [knowledge of] the unseen, so they write [it] down
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
Or do they know the future, thus they have it recorde
Abdel Haleem
Do they have [access to] the unseen? Could they write it down
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
Is with them the Unseen, and they write it down
Ahmed Ali
Or do they have knowledge of the Unknown which they write down
Aisha Bewley
Or is the Unseen in their hands so they can write out what is to happen?
Ali Ünal
Or do they have the knowledge of the Unseen (and the Supreme Preserved Tablet) so that they write down the decrees (determining all events, and stipulating a way of life for others to follow)
Ali Quli Qara'i
Do they have [access to] the Unseen, which they write down
Hamid S. Aziz
Or have they the unseen so that they write it down
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
Or is the unseen with them, and they write it
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
Or is the unknown in their hands, and they write it down
Musharraf Hussain
Or do they have the knowledge of the unseen they write down?
Maududi
Or is it that they have access to (the Truths in) the realm beyond sense-perception which they are writing down
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
Or do they know the future, thus they have it recorded?
Mohammad Shafi
Or, have they the knowledge of the Unseen, which they have written down?

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
Or they have unseen with them by which they give command.
Rashad Khalifa
Do they know the future, and have it recorded?
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
Or, is the Unseen in their keeping, so they are writing it down
Maulana Muhammad Ali
Or possess they the unseen, so they write (it) down
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira
Or at them (is) the unseen/absent so they write/dictate
Bijan Moeinian
Do they have the knowledge of the unseen realities that they flatly refuse it
Faridul Haque
Or is the hidden with them, by which they pass judgements
Sher Ali
Do they possess knowledge of the unseen, so that they write it down
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
Do they have (the knowledge of) the unseen that they write down
Amatul Rahman Omar
Do they have (the knowledge of) the unseen so that they write down (and judge things in its light)
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
Or that the Ghaib (unseen) is with them, and they write it down

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry
Or is the Unseen in their keeping, and so they are writing it down
George Sale
Are the secrets of futurity with them; and do they transcribe the same from the table of God's decrees
Edward Henry Palmer
Or have they the unseen, so that they write it down
John Medows Rodwell
Have they such a knowledge of the secret things that they can write them down
N J Dawood (2014)
Or have they knowledge of what is hidden? Can they write it down

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto
Is the unseen with them so that they can write it?
Ahmed Hulusi
Or do they have (knowledge of) the unknown; is it them who determines (what is to transpire)?
Mir Aneesuddin
Or is (the knowledge of) the unseen with them that they write (it) down?
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim
Or do they realize the unseen or have knowledge of the invisible not apprehended by sight, and they commit it to writing

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)
Or that the Unseen in it their hands, and they write it down
OLD Literal Word for Word
Or with them (is) the unseen, so they write (it) down