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AYAH al-An`am 6:32 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَلَلدَّارُ الْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لِّلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ أَفَلَا تَعْقِلُونَ zoom
Transliteration Wama alhayatu alddunya illa laAAibun walahwun walalddaru al-akhirati khayrun lillatheena yattaqoona afala taAAqiloona zoom
Transliteration-2 wamā l-ḥayatu l-dun'yā illā laʿibun walahwun walalddāru l-ākhiratu khayrun lilladhīna yattaqūna afalā taʿqilūna zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 And not (is) the life (of) the world except a play and amusement; but the home (of) the Hereafter (is) best for those who (are) God conscious. Then, will you not reason? zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad And nothing is the life of this world but a play and a passing delight; and the life in the hereafter is by far the better for all who are conscious of God. Will you not, then, use your reason? zoom
M. M. Pickthall Naught is the life of the world save a pastime and a spot. Better far is the abode of the Hereafter for those who keep their duty (to Allah). Have ye then no sense? zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand? zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand? zoom
Shakir And this world's life is naught but a play and an idle sport and certainly the abode of the hereafter is better for those who guard (against evil); do you not then understand? zoom
Wahiduddin Khan The life of this world is but a sport and a pastime. Surely the Home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear God. Will you not understand? zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar And this present life is nothing but a pastime and diversion. And the Last Abode is better for those who are Godfearing. Will you not, then, be reasonable? zoom
T.B.Irving What does worldly life mean except some sport and amusement? The future Home is better for those who do their duty. Will you (all) not use your reason? zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab This worldly life is no more than play and amusement, but far better is the ˹eternal˺ Home of the Hereafter for those mindful ˹of Allah˺. Will you not then understand? zoom
Safi Kaskas The life of this world is nothing but play and amusement; and the life in the Hereafter is best for those who are mindful of God. Do you not understand? zoom
Abdul Hye  The life of this world is nothing but a play and a pastime. Abode of the Hereafter is better for those who fear Allah. Will you not then understand? zoom
The Study Quran The life of this world is naught but play and diversion. Better indeed is the Abode of the Hereafter for those who are reverent. Do you not understand? zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) This worldly life is nothing more than games and a diversion, and the abode of the Hereafter is far better for those who are righteous. Do you not understand zoom
Abdel Haleem The life of this world is nothing but a game and a distraction; the Home in the Hereafter is best for those who are aware of God. Why will you [people] not understand? zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi And naught is the life of world but a play and a sport, and surely the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who fear. Reflect then ye not? zoom
Ahmed Ali As for the life of this world, it is nothing but a frolic and frivolity. The final abode is the best for those who are pious and fear God. Do you not comprehend? zoom
Aisha Bewley The life of this world is nothing but a game and a diversion. The Next World is better for those who have taqwa. So will you not use your intellect? zoom
Ali Ünal And the present, worldly life is nothing but a play and pastime, and better is the abode of the Hereafter for those who keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and piety. Will you not, then, reason and understand? zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i The life of the world is nothing but play and diversion, and the abode of the Hereafter is surely better for those who are Godwary. Do you not apply reason? zoom
Hamid S. Aziz Naught is the life of this world but a game (or pastime) and a sport (or amusement). Surely, better by far is the abode of the Hereafter for those who fear (and do their duty). Will you not understand? zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali And in no way is the present life (Literally: the lowly life, i.e., the life of this world) (anything) except a plaything and a diversion, and the Last Residence is indeed most charitable for the ones who are pious. Do you then not consider? zoom
Muhammad Sarwar The worldly life is but useless amusement and sport (compared to) the life hereafter which is far better and is only for the pious. Will you not then understand? zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani The worldly life is nothing but a game and fun, and the last abode is surely much better for those who fear Allah. Would you still not understand? zoom
Shabbir Ahmed The life of this world is a play and a passing delight in comparison to the Eternal Life. The abode of the Hereafter is far better for those who live according to the Divine Laws. Will you not use Reason? zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed And what is the life of this world except play and amusement? But best is the Home in the Hereafter for those who are righteous. Will they not understand? zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah , so will you not reason? zoom
Farook Malik The life of this world is nothing but play and amusement, but the life of the Hereafter will be better for those who are righteous. Will you not use your common sense? zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey The life of this world is nothing more than play and pastime. The abode of the hereafter is certainly far better for the pious. Do you not understand? zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And this worldly life is nothing but play and amusement. And surely the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who pay obedience (to Allah). Will you then not use (your) intellect? zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) The life of this world is nothing but game and distraction, but the Home of the Hereafter is better for those who are righteous. Do you not understand? zoom
Maududi The life of this world is nothing but a sport and a pastime, and the life of the Hereafter is far better for those who seek to ward off their ruin. Will you not, then, understand? zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad And this world’s life is only a play and an amusement, and certainly the home of the hereafter is better for those who control themselves. Do you not understand? zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) What is the life of the present but play and entertainment? Best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will you not then understand? zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) And the worldly life is nothing more than play and distraction, and the abode of the Hereafter is far better for those who are righteous. Do you not comprehend? zoom
Mohammad Shafi And the life of this world is nothing but play and pastime. And, certainly, the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who fear Allah. Don't you then understand? zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian The life of this world is nothing but a pass-time entertainment (full of illusions and vanities.) It is the eternal life in Hereafter which is worth while to [sacrifice for by] those who chose righteousness. Do you not get it? zoom
Faridul Haque The life of this world is nothing except a pastime and sport; and undoubtedly the abode of the Hereafter is better for the pious; so do you not have sense? zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah The life of this world is but playing and an amusement. Surely, the Everlasting home is better for the cautious. Will you not understand? zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali And this world’s life is naught but a play and an idle sport. And certainly the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who keep their duty. Do you not then understand? zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira And the life the present/worldly life is not except playing/amusement/enjoyment and play things , and (the) end's (other life's) house/home (E) (is) better to those who fear and obey, so do you not reason/understand? zoom
Sher Ali And the life of this world is nothing but a sport and pastime. And surely the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who are righteous. Will you not then understand? zoom
Rashad Khalifa The life of this world is no more than illusion and vanity, while the abode of the Hereafter is far better for the righteous. Do you not understand?! zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) And worldly life is nothing but a play and amusement. And undoubtedly, the last abode is better for those who fear. Do you not then? zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar The life of this world is nought but a futile and frivolous thing causing diversion (from God). And certainly, the last abode is the best for those who guard against evil. Have you no sense? zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri And (the luxury of) the worldly life is nothing but play and funfair, and certainly, it is the home of the Hereafter which is better for the Godfearing. Do you not understand (this reality)? zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali And the life of this world is nothing but play and amusement. But far better is the house in the Hereafter for those who are AlMuttaqoon (the pious - see V.2:2). Will you not then understand? zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry The present life is naught but a sport and a diversion; surely the Last Abode is better for those that are godfearing. What, do you not understand? zoom
Edward Henry Palmer The life of this world is nothing but a game and a sport, and surely the next abode were better for those who fear. What! do they not understand? zoom
George Sale And the life of this world is nothing but a sport and pastime. And surely the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who are righteous. Will you not then understand? zoom
John Medows Rodwell The life in this world is but a play and pastime; and better surely for men of godly fear will be the future mansion! Will ye not then comprehend? zoom
N J Dawood (2014) The life of this world is but a sport and a diversion. Surely better is the life to come for those that fear God. Will you not understand? zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb The life of this world is nothing but a sport and a passing delight. Surely the life in the hereafter is by far the better for those who are God-fearing. Will you not, then, use your reason? zoom
Ahmed Hulusi The life of your world (the lowest of the low; the world of conditionings) is nothing but amusement and entertainment! The eternal life to come is surely better for the protected ones... Will you still not use your reason? zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli And the life of the world is naught but play and pastime, and certainly the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who keep from evil; have you then no sense ? zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim Indeed life here is but an illusive and rapid change of feeling, fancy and thought and an amusement bringing happiness to those who cannot think, whereas, the abode in heaven's realm Hereafter is far better and indeed blissful but for those who entertain the profound reverence dutiful to Allah; can you people not reflect! zoom
Mir Aneesuddin And the life of this world is nothing but sport and pastime, whereas the home of the hereafter is better for those who guard (against evil). Do you not then understand? zoom

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