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Muhammad Asad
Or [do they think] that the hidden reality [of all that exists] is 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 do they know the future, and they write what is going to happen?

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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 (is) with them the unseen, so they write it?

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad
Or [do they think] that the hidden reality [of all that exists] is within their grasp, so that [in time] they can write it down
M. M. Pickthall
Or is the Unseen theirs that they can write (thereof)
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
Or that the Unseen is in their hands, so that 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 do they know the future, and they write what is going to happen?
Wahiduddin Khan
Is the unseen within their grasp so that they write it down
Shakir
Or have they (the knowledge of) the unseen, so that they write (it) down
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
Or have they knowledge of the unseen with them so that they write it down?
T.B.Irving
Or do they hold the Unseen which they are writing down?
Abdul Hye
Or do they have the (knowledge of the) unseen with them, so they can write it down?
The Study Quran
Or do they possess the Unseen, such that they write it down
Dr. Kamal Omar
Or with them is al-ghaib [‘the unseen’ (source of the Divine Knowledge)] so they write down (with their own hands ‘religious verdicts’, and giving them the title of hadees, associate them to Allah and the Prophet)
Farook Malik
Or do they have the knowledge of the unseen and they are writing it down
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
Or do they know the future, and so they write it down
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
Or even is the Unseen in their presence so they are writing (it down)
Muhammad Sarwar
Do they possess the knowledge of the unseen which confirms the truthfulness of their belief
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Or do they have the (knowledge of the) Unseen, and they write it down
Shabbir Ahmed
Or is it that theirs is the future that they have written down
Dr. Munir Munshey
Or, do they have the knowledge of the unseen so they may write (their own fate)
Syed Vickar Ahamed
Or that the unseen (Ghaib) is in their hands, so that they can write it 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 So they have it recorde
Abdel Haleem
Do they have knowledge of the unseen that enables them to write it down
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
Is with them the unseen, so that they write down
Ahmed Ali
Or do they have knowledge of the unknown which they copy down
Aisha Bewley
Or is the Unseen in their hands, so they can write out what is to happen?
Ali Ünal
Or is the Unseen within their reach that they write down (prescribing and stipulating what is to come, and how they are to be judged)
Ali Quli Qara'i
Do they possess [access to] the Unseen so that they write it down
Hamid S. Aziz
Or have they the knowledge of the unseen, so that they write it down
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
Or is the unseen with them, so they write it
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
Or that the unknown is in their hands, so that they can write it down
Musharraf Hussain
Or do they have knowledge of the unseen that they write down
Maududi
Or do they have any knowledge of the Unseen which they are now writing down
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
Or do they know the future? So they have it recorded?
Mohammad Shafi
Or, do they possess the knowledge of the unseen which they write down

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
Or is the unseen with them so that they are writing?
Rashad Khalifa
Do they know the future? Do they have it recorded?
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
Or, is the Unseen with them, and they are writing it down
Maulana Muhammad Ali
Or is the unseen with them so that they write (it) down
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira
Or at them (is) the unseen/absent/(future) , so they are writing/dictating/ordering
Bijan Moeinian
Mohammad, do they have any knowledge of unseen that they accuse you of being a fraud
Faridul Haque
Or that they possess the hidden, so they are writing it
Sher Ali
Have they the 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 (their judgments on the basis of that)
Amatul Rahman Omar
Or have they (the knowledge of) the unseen so that they write it down (to judge things in its light)
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
Or that the Ghaib (unseen here in this Verse it means Al-Lauh Al-Mahfooz) is in their hands, so that they can 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 knowledge of the unseen, so that they write
John Medows Rodwell
Are the secret things within their ken? Do they copy them from the Book of God
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
Or is the unseen [Word] in their own hands, so that they can write it themselves?
Ahmed Hulusi
Or do they have (knowledge of) the unknown (the unperceivable) which they write?
Mir Aneesuddin
Or is (the knowledge of) the unseen with them, so that they write (it) down?
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim
Or do they, of all people, apprehend and comprehend what is by nature not an object of sight and they commit it to writing

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