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AYAH al-An`am 6:56 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic قُلْ إِنِّي نُهِيتُ أَنْ أَعْبُدَ الَّذِينَ تَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ قُل لَّا أَتَّبِعُ أَهْوَاءَكُمْ قَدْ ضَلَلْتُ إِذًا وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُهْتَدِينَ zoom
Transliteration Qul innee nuheetu an aAAbuda allatheena tadAAoona min dooni Allahi qul la attabiAAu ahwaakum qad dalaltu ithan wama ana mina almuhtadeena zoom
Transliteration-2 qul innī nuhītu an aʿbuda alladhīna tadʿūna min dūni l-lahi qul lā attabiʿu ahwāakum qad ḍalaltu idhan wamā anā mina l-muh'tadīna zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 Say, "Indeed I [I] am forbidden that I worship those whom you call besides Allah." Say, "Not I follow your (vain) desires, certainly I would go then, and not I (would be) from the guided-ones." zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad SAY [to the deniers of the truth]: "Behold, I have been forbidden to worship those [beings] whom you invoke instead of God." Say: "I do not follow your errant views -or else I should have gone astray, and should not be among those who have found the right path." zoom
M. M. Pickthall Say: I am forbidden to worship those on whom ye call instead of Allah. Say: I will not follow your desires, for then should I go astray and I should not be of the rightly guided. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) Say: "I am forbidden to worship those - others than Allah - whom ye call upon." Say: "I will not follow your wain desires: If I did, I would stray from the path, and be not of the company of those who receive guidance." zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) Say: "I am forbidden to worship those - others than God - whom ye call upon." Say: "I will not follow your wain desires: If I did, I would stray from the path, and be not of the company of those who receive guidance." zoom
Shakir Say: I am forbidden to serve those whom you call upon besides Allah. Say: I do not follow your low desires. for then indeed I should have gone astray and I should not be of those who go aright. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Say, I am forbidden to worship those you call upon besides God. Say, I do not follow your whims and desires. If I did, I would go astray and cease to be rightly guided. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar Say: I was prohibited that I worship those whom you call to other than God. Say: I will not follow your desires, for, then, I would have gone astray. I would not be of the ones who are truly guided. zoom
T.B.Irving SAY: "I am forbidden to serve those whom you appeal to instead of to God." SAY: "I do not follow your whims: in that case I would go astray and not be guided." zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “I have been forbidden to worship those you invoke besides Allah.” Say, “I will not follow your desires, for I then would certainly be astray and not one of those ˹rightly˺ guided.” zoom
Safi Kaskas Say, "I am forbidden to worship those you call on instead of God." Say, "I do not follow your vain desires, for if I did, I would stray from among those who have found the right path." zoom
Abdul Hye  Say (O Muhammad): “I am forbidden that I worship those whom you call upon besides Allah.” Say: “I will not follow your desires, then I will go astray, and I will not be of the guided.” zoom
The Study Quran Say, “I am forbidden to worship those whom you call upon apart from God.” Say, “I will not follow your caprices, for then I would have gone astray, and I would not be among the rightly guided.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) Say: "I am warned not to serve those you call upon other than God" Say: "I will not follow your desires, otherwise I would go astray and I would not be of those guided." zoom
Abdel Haleem Say, ‘I am forbidden to worship those you call on other than God.’ Say, ‘I will not follow your vain desires, for if I did, I would stray from the path and cease to be rightly guided.’ zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi Say thou: verily I am forbidden to worship those whom ye call upon beside Allah. Say thou: I shall not follow your vain desires, for then I shall be gone astray, and shall not remain of the guided. zoom
Ahmed Ali Tell them: "I am forbidden to worship those you invoke apart from God." And say: "I will not follow your wishes. If I do, I shall be lost and not be one of those who follow the right path." zoom
Aisha Bewley Say: ´I am forbidden to worship those you call upon besides Allah.´ Say: ´I do not follow your whims and desires. If I did I would go astray and not be among the guided.´ zoom
Ali Ünal Say (to those associating partners with God): "I have been forbidden to worship those beings whom you deify and invoke apart from God." Say: "I do not follow your lusts and fancies – or else I would go astray and would not be of those who are rightly guided." zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i Say, ‘I have been forbidden to worship those whom you invoke besides Allah.’ Say, ‘I do not follow your desires, for then I will have gone astray, and I will not be among the [rightly] guided.’ zoom
Hamid S. Aziz Say, "I am forbidden to worship those you call upon anything beside Allah." Say, "I will not follow your lusts (desires, prejudices, fantasies), for then would I err and not be of the rightly guided." zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali Say, "Surely I am forbidden to worship the ones you invoke apart from Allah." Say, "I do not ever follow your prejudices, (then) lo, I have already erred, and in no way would I be of the rightly- guided." zoom
Muhammad Sarwar (Muhammad), tell them, "I am commanded not to worship the idols instead of God. I do not follow your desires lest I go astray and miss the true guidance" zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani Say, .I have been forbidden from worshiping those whom you invoke beside Allah. Say, .I do not follow your desires, because if I were to do that, I would be going astray and would no more be of those on the right path. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed Say, "I am forbidden to worship and obey on whom you call instead of Allah." Say, "I will not follow your desires, otherwise I will go astray and not be among the rightly guided." zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed Say: "I am forbidden to worship those— Other than Allah— Whom you call upon." Say: "I will not follow your idle wishes: If I did, I would wander away from the Path, and (then I will) not be of the company of those who receive (true) guidance." zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) Say, "Indeed, I have been forbidden to worship those you invoke besides Allah ." Say, "I will not follow your desires, for I would then have gone astray, and I would not be of the [rightly] guided." zoom
Farook Malik O Muhammad, tell them: "I am forbidden to worship those whom you call upon besides Allah." Say: "I am not going to follow your wishes: if I do, I would be lost and cease to be from the rightly guided." zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey Say, "I have been forbidden to worship those beings you invoke other than Allah." Say, "I would certainly be (gravely) misguided if I follow your vain desires; I would not be on the right path!" zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar Say: “I have been forbidden that I pay obedience to those whom you invoke besides Allah.” Say: “I will not follow your vain desires. (If I did it), surely I have lost the track then, and (thus) I would not be out of those who are guided.” zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) Say, 'I am forbidden from worshiping those you pray to besides God.' Say, 'I will not follow your desires; else I would be lost and not be of those guided.' zoom
Maududi Say (O Muhanimad!): ´I have been forbidden to serve those to whom you call other than Allah.´ Say: ´I do not follow your desires, for were I to do that, I would go astray and would not be of those who are rightly guided.´ zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad Say: I am forbidden to serve those you call on other than God. Say: I do not follow your desires, then I have lost (the right path) and will not be of the guided. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) Say, “I am forbidden to worship those other than God that you call upon.” Say, “I will not follow your vain desires. If I did, I would stray from the path, and not be of the company of those who receive guidance.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) Say: "I am prohibited from serving those you call upon other than God" Say: "I will not follow your desires, otherwise I would go astray and I would not be of those guided." zoom
Mohammad Shafi Say, "I am indeed forbidden to worship those, other than Allah, whom you pray to." Say, "I follow not your desires. I should be gone astray otherwise, and I should not be of those who are guided." zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian Say: "I am forbidden to worship those (beside the Lord) that you are worshipping. Say: "{I will not follow your whims and vain desires. If I do so, I will be deviated from the straight path and will find myself far from those who are being guided [by the Lord.]" zoom
Faridul Haque Say, “I have been forbidden to worship those whom you worship other than Allah”; say, “I do not follow your desires - if it were, I would then go astray and not be on the right path.” zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah Say: 'I am forbidden to worship whom you call upon instead of Allah. ' Say: 'I will not yield to your wishes, for then I should have strayed and should not be of those guided. ' zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali Say: I am forbidden to serve those whom you call upon besides Allah. Say: I follow not your low desires, for then indeed I should go astray and should not be of the guided ones. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira Say: "That I, I was forbidden/prevented that I worship those who you call from other than God." Say: "I do not follow your self attractions for desires I had then become misguided, and I am not from the guided." zoom
Sher Ali Say, `I am forbidden to worship those on whom you call besides ALLAH.' Say, `I will not follow your low desires. In that case, I shall have gone astray and I shall not be of the rightly guided.' zoom
Rashad Khalifa Say, "I am forbidden from worshiping what you worship besides GOD." Say, "I will not follow your opinions. Otherwise, I will go astray, and not be guided." zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) Say you, 'I have been for bidden to worship those whom you worship besides Allah. 'Say you, 'I follow not your vain desires, if it be so then I would go astray and would not remain, on the path'. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar Say, `I am strictly forbidden to worship those (false gods) whom you call upon besides Allah.' Say, `I do not follow your caprices. In that case I would have certainly become lost, and I would not have been of the guided ones.' zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Say: ‘I am forbidden to worship those (false gods) that you worship apart from Allah.’ Say: ‘I cannot follow your desires, for if I did, I would certainly lose the right path; nor would I be one of the rightly guided (which is impossible).’ zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali Say (O Muhammad SAW): "I have been forbidden to worship those whom you invoke (worship) besides Allah." Say: "I will not follow your vain desires. If I did, I would go astray, and I would not be one of the rightly guided." zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry Say: 'I am forbidden to serve those you call on apart from God.' Say: 'I do not follow your caprices, or else I had gone astray, and would not be of the right-guided.' zoom
Edward Henry Palmer Say, 'I am forbidden to worship those ye call upon beside God;' say, 'I will not follow your lusts, for then should I err and not be of the guided.' zoom
George Sale Say, 'I am forbidden to worship those on whom you call besides God.' Say, 'I will not follow your low desires. In that case, I shall have gone astray and I shall not be of the rightly guided.' zoom
John Medows Rodwell SAY: Forbidden am I to worship those whom ye call on beside God. SAY: I will not follow your wishes; for then should I have gone astray, and should not be of the guided. zoom
N J Dawood (2014) Say: ‘I am forbidden to worship the deities you invoke besides God.‘ Say: ‘I will not yield to your wishes, for then I would have strayed and ceased to be on the right path.‘ zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb Say: I am forbidden to worship those beings whom you invoke instead of God. Say: I do not follow your whims, for then I would have gone astray, and would not be on the right path. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi Say, “Indeed I have been forbidden to worship the deities you have taken besides Allah!”... Say, “I will never follow your empty fantasies! For then I will surely become corrupted and deviate from the way of the guided ones; those who realize their essential reality.” zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli Say: ' I am forbidden to worship those whom you call besides Allah', Say: ' I do not follow your low desires, for then indeed I should have gone astray and I will not be of the (rightly) guided. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim Say to them O Muhammad: "I have been forbidden to worship those deities whom you invoke in prayer or appeal to for aid and protection besides Allah. " And say to them: "Should I be tempted to follow your wishes or act upon your desires, then I will have missed the path of righteousness and failed to be one of those who have the world all before them and Providence their guide". zoom
Mir Aneesuddin Say, "I am forbidden to serve, those whom you pray to, besides Allah," Say, "I will not follow your desires, (and in case I did) then indeed I would go astray and I would not be of those who are guided." zoom

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