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Rashad Khalifa (R. Khalifa)

(Fr) Submitter (Fr. Sub.)

(Fr) M. Hamidullah (Fr. Ham.)

(Fr) M. Chiadmi (Fr. Chiadmi)

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Ahmed Ali (A. Ali)

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Faridul Haque (Haque)

Maulana Ali (Maulana. A.)

Bijan Moeinian (B. M.)

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Surah The Heifer (Al-Baqarah), verse 255

Qur'an 2:255

اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
اللَّهُ
al-lahu
Allah -
 
(there is) no
إِلَٰهَ
ilāha
God
إِلَّا
illā
except
 
huwa
Him,
الْحَيُّ
l-ḥayu
the Ever-Living,
الْقَيُّومُ
l-qayūmu
the Sustainer of all that exists.
 
Not
تَأْخُذُهُ
takhudhuhu
overtakes Him
سِنَةٌ
sinatun
slumber
 
walā
[and] not
نَوْمٌ
nawmun
sleep.
 
lahu
To Him (belongs)
 
what(ever)
 
(is) in
السَّمَاوَاتِ
l-samāwāti
the heavens
 
wamā
and what(ever)
 
(is) in
الْأَرْضِ
l-arḍi
the earth.
 
man
Who
 
dhā
(is) the one
الَّذِي
alladhī
who
يَشْفَعُ
yashfaʿu
can intercede
عِنْدَهُ
ʿindahu
with Him
إِلَّا
illā
except
بِإِذْنِهِ
bi-idh'nihi
by
يَعْلَمُ
yaʿlamu
He knows
 
what
بَيْنَ
bayna
(is)
أَيْدِيهِمْ
aydīhim
before them
 
wamā
and what
خَلْفَهُمْ
khalfahum
(is) behind them.
 
walā
And not
يُحِيطُونَ
yuḥīṭūna
they encompass
بِشَيْءٍ
bishayin
anything
 
min
of
عِلْمِهِ
ʿil'mihi
His Knowledge
إِلَّا
illā
except
 
bimā
[of] what
شَاءَ
shāa
He willed.
وَسِعَ
wasiʿa
Extends
كُرْسِيُّهُ
kur'siyyuhu
His Throne
السَّمَاوَاتِ
l-samāwāti
(to) the heavens
وَالْأَرْضَ
wal-arḍa
and the earth.
 
walā
And not
يَئُودُهُ
yaūduhu
tires Him
حِفْظُهُمَا
ḥif'ẓuhumā
(the) guarding of both of them.
 
wahuwa
And He
الْعَلِيُّ
l-ʿaliyu
(is) the Most High,
الْعَظِيمُ
l-ʿaẓīmu
the Most Great.
Translations
R. Khalifa GOD: there is no other god besides Him, the Living, the Eternal. Never a moment of unawareness or slumber overtakes Him. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Who could intercede with Him, except in accordance with His will? He knows their past, and their future. No one attains any knowledge, except as He wills. His dominion encompasses the heavens and the earth, and ruling them never burdens Him. He is the Most High, the Great.
Fr. Sub. DIEU : il n’y a aucun autre dieu en plus de Lui, le Vivant, l’Éternel. Jamais un moment d’inconscience ou de sommeil ne s’empare de Lui. À Lui appartient tout dans les cieux et tout sur la terre. Qui pourrait intercéder auprès de Lui, si ce n’est selon Sa volonté ? Il connaît leur passé et leur futur. Nul n’acquiert le moindre savoir, si ce n’est comme Il veut. Son règne embrasse les cieux et la terre, et les gouverner n’est jamais un fardeau pour Lui. Il est le Plus Haut, le Grand.
Fr. Ham. Dieu ! Point de divinité à part Lui, le Vivant, Celui qui subsiste par lui-même "al-Qayyum". Ni somnolence ni sommeil ne Le saisissent. A lui appartient tout ce qui est dans les cieux et sur la terre. Qui peut intercéder auprès de Lui sans Sa permission ? Il connaît leur passé et leur futur. Et, de Sa science, ils nʼembrassent que ce quʼIl veut. Son Tròne "Kursiy" déborde les cieux et la terre, dont la garde ne Lui coûte aucune peine. Et Il est le Très Haut, le Très Grand..
Fr. Chiadmi Dieu ! Il n’y a point de divinité que Lui, le Vivant, l’Immuable ! Ni l’assoupissement ni le sommeil n’ont de prise sur Lui, et tout ce qui est dans les Cieux et sur la Terre Lui appartient. Aucune intercession auprès de Lui ne peut être tentée sans Sa permission. Il connaît le passé et l’avenir des hommes, alors que ces derniers n’appréhendent de Sa science que ce qu’Il veut bien leur enseigner. Son Trône s’étend sur les Cieux et la Terre qu’Il tient sous Sa puissance sans difficulté. Il est le Très-Haut, Il est le Tout-Puissant.
Pickthall Allah! There is no deity save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.
Arberry God there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting. Slumber seizes Him not, neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. Who is there that shall intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows what lies before them and what is after them, and they comprehend not anything of His knowledge save such as He wills. His Throne comprises the heavens and earth; the preserving of them oppresses Him not; He is the All-high, the All-glorious.
Palmer God, there is no god but He, the living, the self-subsistent. Slumber takes Him not, nor sleep. His is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth. Who is it that intercedes with Him save by His permission? He knows what is before them and what behind them, and they comprehend not aught of His knowledge but of what He pleases. His throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and it tires Him not to guard them both, for He is high and grand.
Rodwell God! There is no God but He; the Living, the Eternal; Nor slumber seizeth Him, nor sleep; His, whatsoever is in the Heavens and whatsoever is in the Earth! Who is he that can intercede with Him but by His own permission? He knoweth what hath been before them and what shall be after them; yet nought of His knowledge shall they grasp, save what He willeth. His Throne reacheth over the Heavens and the Earth, and the upholding of both burdeneth Him not; and He is the High, the Great!
Shakir Allah is He besides Whom there is no god, the Everliving, the Self-subsisting by Whom all subsist; slumber does not overtake Him nor sleep; whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His; who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot comprehend anything out of His knowledge except what He pleases, His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them both tires Him not, and He is the Most High, the Great.
H. K. Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber, nor sleep overtake Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. [This Verse 2:255 is called Ayat-ul-Kursi.]
A. Ali God: There is no god but He, the living, eternal, self-subsisting, ever sustaining. Neither does somnolence affect Him nor sleep. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth: and who can intercede with Him except by His leave? Known to Him is all that is present before men and what is hidden (in time past and time future), and not even a little of His knowledge can they grasp except what He will. His seat extends over heavens and the earth, and He tires not protecting them: He alone is all high and supreme.
A. S. God, no God except He, the live/alive, the of no beginning and self sufficient , no drowsiness/slumber ,and nor sleep takes Him, for Him what (is) in the skies/space and what (is) in the earth/Planet Earth. Who (is) that who mediates at Him, except with His permission ? He knows what (is) between their hands and what (is) behind them, and they do not comprehend/envelope with a thing from His knowledge, except with what He wills/wants. His throne/knowledge extended/contained/enriched the skies/space and the earth/Planet Earth, and (it) does not tire/burden Him their (B)ʼs protection/observation , and He (is) the high/dignified , the great .
A. Unal God, there is no deity but He; the All-Living, the Self-Subsisting (by Whom all subsist). Slumber does not seize Him, nor sleep. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth. Who is there that will intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows what lies before them and what lies after them (what lies in their future and in their past, what is known to them and what is hidden from them); and they do not comprehend anything of His Knowledge save what He wills. His Seat (of dominion) embraces the heavens and the earth, and the preserving of them does not weary Him; He is the All-Exalted, the Supreme.
Daryabadi Allah! There is no God but he, the Living, the Sustainer Slumber taketh hold of Him not, nor sleep. His is whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth. Who is he that shall intercede With Him except with His leave! He knoweth that which was before them and that which shall he after them, and they encompass not aught of His knowledge save that which He willeth. His throne comprehendeth the heavens and the earth, and the guarding of the twain wearieth Him not. And He is the High, the Supreme.
Ghali Allah. There is no god except He, The Ever-Living, The Superb Upright Sustainer. Slumber does not overtake Him, nor sleep; to Him (belongs) whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. Who is there that intercedes for His Providence except by His Permission? He knows whatever is in front of them (Literally: between their hands) and whatever is behind them, and they do not encompass anything of His Knowledge except whatever He has decided. His Chair embraces the heavens and the earth; the preserving of them (Literally: them both) does not tire Him; and He is The Ever-Exalted, The Ever-Magnificent.
Haque Allah - there is no God except Him; He is Alive (eternally, on His own) and the Upholder (keeps others established); He never feels drowsy nor does He sleep; to Him only belongs all whatever is in the heavens and all whatever is in the earth; who is he that can intercede* with Him except by His command? He knows what is in front of them and what is behind them; and they do not achieve anything of His knowledge except what He wills; His Throne (of Sovereignty) encompasses the heavens and the earth; and it is not difficult for Him to guard them; and He is the Supreme, the Greatest. (This Verse is popularly known as Ayat Al-Kursi. It has a special status and reciting it carries great reward. *Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him – will be the first one to be granted the permission to intercede, others will follow.)
Maulana. A. Allah -- there is no god but He, the Ever-living, the Self-subsisting by Whom all subsist. Slumber overtakes Him not, nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them. And they encompass nothing of His knowledge except what He pleases. His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them both tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Great.
B. M. There is no deity beside God. He is Alive and Eternal. He never sleeps nor takes a recess. Anything that exists in the heavens and on earth belongs to Him. No body has the power of intercession in His Court except with His permission. He knows what have people done in the past and what is awaiting them. No one is as knowledgeable as God and He gives as much knowledge as He wills to whoever He decides to bless him with. His Kingship is spread all over the universe and includes the earth and the heavens. Ruling over such vast realm of existence does not bother Him a bit as He is The Most High, the Great.
O. O. Allâh, there is no other, cannot be and will never be One worthy of worship but He, the Ever Living, Self-Subsisting and All-Sustaining. Slumber overtakes Him not, nor sleep. Whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth belongs to Him. Who is there that will intercede with Him, save by His leave? He knows their future and their past; and they encompass nothing of His knowledge (of the things) except of such (things) as He (Himself) pleases (to tell). His knowledge and suzerainty extends over the heavens and the earth and the care of them both tires Him not. He is the Supreme, the Great.
Q. D. Allah, there is no god except He, the Living, the Everlasting. Neither dozing, nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. Who is he that shall intercede with Him except by His permission! He knows what will be before their hands and what was behind them, and they do not comprehend anything of His Knowledge except what He willed. His Seat embraces the heavens and the earth, and the preserving of them does not weary Him. He is the High, the Great.
Sale God! There is no God but he; the living, the self-subsisting: Neither slumber nor sleep seizeth him; to him belongeth whatsoever is in heaven, and on earth. Who is he that can intercede with him, but through his good pleasure? He knoweth that which is past, and that which is to come unto them, and they shall not comprehend any thing of his knowledge, but so far as he pleaseth. His throne is extended over heaven and earth, and the preservation of both is no burden unto him. He is the high, the mighty.
S. Ahmed These directions, tidings and warnings come from Allah, the One True God. There is no god but He, the Living, the Originator of life, the Self-Subsisting Sustainer of all creation. Neither slumber, nor sleep overtakes Him. All that exists in the Highs and the Lows, in the Heavens and the Earth, belongs to Him alone. Who can intercede in His Court, except as a witness of Law? His Knowledge transcends time and space. No one can encompass a trace of His Knowledge but through His Laws. The Throne of His Supreme Control extends over the Highs and the Lows. No fatigue touches Him as He benevolently guards His Dominion and creation. He is the Glorious, the Supreme.
Umm M. Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.

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