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AYAH at-Taubah 9:23 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا آبَاءَكُمْ وَإِخْوَانَكُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ إِنِ اسْتَحَبُّوا الْكُفْرَ عَلَى الْإِيمَانِ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ zoom
Transliteration Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo la tattakhithoo abaakum wa-ikhwanakum awliyaa ini istahabboo alkufra AAala al-eemani waman yatawallahum minkum faola-ika humu alththalimoona zoom
Transliteration-2 yāayyuhā alladhīna āmanū lā tattakhidhū ābāakum wa-ikh'wānakum awliyāa ini is'taḥabbū l-kuf'ra ʿalā l-īmāni waman yatawallahum minkum fa-ulāika humu l-ẓālimūna zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 O you who believe! (Do) not take your fathers and your brothers (as) allies if they prefer [the] disbelief over [the] belief. And whoever takes them as allies among you, then those [they] (are) the wrongdoers. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad O YOU who have attained to faith! Do not take your fathers and your brothers for allies if a denial of the truth is dearer to them than faith: for those of you who ally themselves with them-it is they, they who are evildoers! zoom
M. M. Pickthall O ye who believe! Choose not your fathers nor your brethren for friends if they take pleasure in disbelief rather than faith. Whoso of you taketh them for friends, such are wrong-doers. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love infidelity above Faith: if any of you do so, they do wrong. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love infidelity above Faith: if any of you do so, they do wrong. zoom
Shakir O you who believe! do not take your fathers and your brothers for guardians if they love unbelief more than belief; and whoever of you takes them for a guardian, these it is that are the unjust. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Believers, do not take your fathers and your brothers for allies if they choose denial of truth in preference to faith. Those among you who ally themselves with them are wrongdoers. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar O those who believed! Take not to yourselves your fathers and brothers/sisters as protectors if they embraced disbelief instead of belief. And whoever of you turns away to them, then, those, they are the ones who are unjust. zoom
T.B.Irving You who believe, do not take your fathers and your brothers on as sponsors if they prefer disbelief rather than faith. Anyone of you who enlists them as sponsors are wrongdoers. zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab O believers! Do not take your parents and siblings as trusted allies if they choose disbelief over belief. And whoever of you does so, they are the ˹true˺ wrongdoers. zoom
Safi Kaskas Believers, do not take your fathers and brothers for allies if unbelief is dearer to them than faith; those of you who do so are unjust. zoom
Abdul Hye  O you who believe! Don’t take your fathers and your brothers as protectors if they prefer disbelief to belief. Whoever of you takes them, those will be the wrongdoers. zoom
The Study Quran O you who believe! Take not your fathers and your brothers as protectors if they prefer disbelief to belief. As for those among you who take them as protectors, it is they who are the wrongdoers. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) O you who believe, do not take your fathers nor brothers as allies if they prefer rejection to belief. And whoever of you takes them as such, then these are the wicked. zoom
Abdel Haleem Believers, do not take your fathers and brothers as allies if they prefer disbelief to faith: those of you who do so are doing wrong. zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi O Ye who believe! take not your fathers and your brothers for friends if they love infidelity above faith. Whosoever of you then befriendeth them then those! they are the wrong-doers. zoom
Ahmed Ali O you who believe, do not hold your fathers and brothers as friends if they hold disbelief more dear than faith; and those of you who do so are iniquitous. zoom
Aisha Bewley You who have iman, do not befriend your fathers and brothers if they prefer kufr to iman. Those among you who do befriend them are wrongdoers. zoom
Ali Ünal O you who believe! Do not take your fathers and your brothers for confidants and guardians (to whom you can entrust your affairs), if they choose unbelief in preference to belief. Whoever of you takes them for confidants and guardians, those are wrongdoers (who have wronged themselves by committing a great error). zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i O you who have faith! Do not befriend your fathers and brothers if they prefer faithlessness to faith. Those of you who befriend them —it is they who are the wrongdoers. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz O you who believe! Choose not your fathers, nor your brothers for patrons if they love disbelief rather than faith; for whoever amongst you takes them for patrons these are the wrong-doers. zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali O you who have believed, do not take to yourselves your fathers and your brethren to be (your) patrons, in case they show love to disbelief (rather) than belief. And whoever of you patronizes them, then, those are they (who) are the unjust.. zoom
Muhammad Sarwar Believers, do not accept your fathers and brothers as your guardians if they prefer disbelief to faith, lest you be unjust. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani O you who believe, do not take your fathers and your brothers as your friends, if they prefer infidelity to Faith. Those of you who have friendship with them are the wrongdoers. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Even if your parents and siblings take pleasure in disbelief rather than faith, take not them as allies. Whoever does that, does wrong to himself. (The Divine Ideology shall take precedence over all other bonds). zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed O you who believe! Do not have for protectors (and helpers) your fathers and your brothers if they choose Disbelief above Faith: If any of you do so, they do wrong. zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) O you who have believed, do not take your fathers or your brothers as allies if they have preferred disbelief over belief. And whoever does so among you - then it is those who are the wrongdoers. zoom
Farook Malik O believers! Do not take your fathers and your brothers as your friends if they prefer Kufr (unbelief) over Iman (belief); for those who turn away from this commandment shall be considered wrongdoers. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey Oh you who believe! Do not accept as allies (even) your father and your brother, if they prefer disbelief to faith. Those of you who befriend them are really the wrong doers. zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar O you who have Believed! Take not your fathers and your brothers as auliya if they preferred disbelief over Faith. And whoever would accept them as wali from amongst you, then those people: they are the transgressors. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) O you who believe! Do not ally yourselves with your parents and your siblings if they prefer disbelief to belief. Whoever of you allies himself with them—these are the wrongdoers. zoom
Maududi Believers, do not take your fathers and your brothers for your allies if they choose unbelief in preference to belief. Whosoever of you takes them as allies those are wrong-doers. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad You who believe, do not take your fathers and your brothers as your protector (or guardian) if they preferred the disbelief over the belief. And those among you who take them as protectors (or guardians) are the wrongdoers. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) O you who believe, do not take your parents and your siblings for protectors, if they love unbelief above faith. If any of you do so, they do wrong. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) O you who believe, do not take your fathers nor brothers as allies if they prefer rejection to belief. And whoever of you takes them as such, then these are the wicked. zoom
Mohammad Shafi O you who believe! Do not take your fathers and your brothers as awliya if they love suppression of the Truth more than faith in the Truth. And those of you who take them as awliya, those it is that do wrong. zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian O’ believers, do not ally with your fathers or brothers, if they have chosen to disbelieve. Whoever allies himself with the disbelievers, has done a great injustice [to his soul.] zoom
Faridul Haque O People who Believe! Do not consider your fathers and your brothers as your friends if they prefer disbelief over faith; and whoever among you befriends them - then it is he who is the unjust. zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah Believers, do not take your fathers or your brothers for a guide if they love disbelief rather than belief. Whosoever of you takes them for guides are the harmdoers. zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali O you who believe, take not your fathers and your brothers for friends if they love disbelief above faith. And whoever of you takes them for friends, such are the wrongdoers. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira You, you those who believed, do not take your fathers and your brothers (as) guardians/allies if they loved/liked the disbelief more (preferred) over the belief, and who follows them from you, so those, those are the unjust/oppressors. zoom
Sher Ali O ye who believe ! take not your fathers and brothers for friends if they prefer disbelieve to faith. And whoso of you takes them for friends, such are the wrongdoers. zoom
Rashad Khalifa O you who believe, do not ally yourselves even with your parents and your siblings, if they prefer disbelieving over believing. Those among you who ally themselves with them are transgressing. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) 'O Believers! Take not your fathers and brothers for friends, if they prefer infidelity over faith. And who so of you will be-friend them, then they are they who are unjust. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar O you who believe! take not your fathers and brothers for allies, if they prefer disbelief to belief. And whoever of you ally themselves with them, it is then these who are the real wrong doers. zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri O believers! Do not take your fathers (and forefathers) and brothers for friends if they love disbelief more than belief. And whoever of you befriends them, it is they who are the wrongdoers. zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali O you who believe! Take not for Auliya (supporters and helpers) your fathers and your brothers if they prefer disbelief to Belief. And whoever of you does so, then he is one of the Zalimoon (wrong-doers, etc.). zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry O believers, take not your fathers and brothers to be your friends, if they prefer unbelief to belief; whosoever of you takes them for friends, those -- they are the evildoers. zoom
Edward Henry Palmer O ye who believe! take not your fathers and your brothers for patrons if they love misbelief rather than faith; for whosoever amongst you takes them for patrons these are the unjust. zoom
George Sale O true believers, take not your fathers or your brethren for friends, if they love infidelity above faith; and whosoever among you shall take them for his friends, they will be unjust doers. zoom
John Medows Rodwell O Believers! make not friends of your fathers or your brethren if they love unbelief above faith: and whoso of you shall make them his friends, will be wrong doers. zoom
N J Dawood (2014) Believers, do not befriend your fathers or your brothers if they choose unbelief in preference to faith; wrongdoers are those of you that befriend them. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb Believers, do not take your fathers and brothers for allies if they choose unbelief in preference to faith. Those of you who take them for allies are indeed wrongdoers. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi O believers! Do not befriend your fathers and brothers if they prefer denial of the reality over belief... And whoever among you befriends them, they are the very wrongdoers. zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli O� you who have Faith! Do not take your fathers and your brothers for guardians if they prefer unbelief to belief, and whoever of you takes them for a guardian, those � they are the unjust. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim O you who have conformed to Islam: Do not favour the tutelage of your fathers nor of your sons if they prefer infidelity to Allah's system of faith and worship, and he who takes them as tutelary friends, protectors or guardians shall he and such persons be wrongful of actions. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin O you who believe ! do not take your fathers and your brothers as your friends if they love infidelity instead of belief, and whoever of you takes them as a friend then those are the unjust persons. zoom

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