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AYAH al-Isra` 17:85 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الرُّوحِ قُلِ الرُّوحُ مِنْ أَمْرِ رَبِّي وَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِّنَ الْعِلْمِ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا zoom
Transliteration Wayas-aloonaka AAani alrroohi quli alrroohu min amri rabbee wama ooteetum mina alAAilmi illa qaleelan zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
  And they ask you concerning the soul. Say, "The soul (is) of (the) affair (of) my Lord. And not you have been given of the knowledge except a little." zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad AND THEY will ask thee about [the nature of] divine inspiration. Say: "This inspiration [comes] at my Sustainer's behest; and [you cannot understand its nature, O men, since] you have been granted very little of [real] knowledge." zoom
M. M. Pickthall They are asking thee concerning the Spirit. Say: The Spirit is by command of my Lord, and of knowledge ye have been vouchsafed but little. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) They ask thee concerning the Spirit (of inspiration). Say: "The Spirit (cometh) by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)" zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) They ask thee concerning the Spirit (of inspiration). Say: "The Spirit (cometh) by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)" zoom
Shakir And they ask you about the soul. Say: The soul is one of the commands of my Lord, and you are not given aught of knowledge but a little. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan They question you about the Spirit. Say, The Spirit is at my Lords command, and you have been granted but little knowledge. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar And they will ask thee about the spirit. Say: The spirit is of the command of my Lord. And you were not given the knowledge but a little. zoom
T.B.Irving They will ask you about the Spirit. SAY: "The Spirit [operates] at my Lord´s command, while you have been given only a smattering of knowledge." zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab They ask you ˹O Prophet˺ about the spirit. Say, “Its nature is known only to my Lord, and you ˹O humanity˺ have been given but little knowledge.” zoom
Safi Kaskas And they will ask you about the spirit. Say, "The spirit is within my Lord's domain, and you have been given but little knowledge zoom
[Al-Muntakhab] And they ask you O Muhammad about the spirit: zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) And they ask you concerning the Spirit. Say: "The Spirit is from the command on my Lord, and the knowledge you were given was but very little." zoom
Abdel Haleem [Prophet], they ask you about the Spirit. Say, ‘The Spirit is part of my Lord’s domain. You have only been given a little knowledge.’ zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi And they ask thee regarding the spirit, Say thou: the spirit is by the command of my Lord, and ye have not been vouchsafed of knowledge save a little. zoom
Ahmed Ali They ask you about revelation. Say, revelation is by the command of your Lord, and that you have been given but little knowledge. zoom
Aisha Bewley They will ask you about the Ruh. Say: ´The Ruh is my Lord´s concern. You have only been given a little knowledge.´ zoom
Ali Ünal They ask you about the spirit. Say: "The spirit is of my Lord’s Command, and of knowledge, you have been granted only a little." zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i They question you concerning the Spirit. Say, ‘The Spirit is of the command of my Lord, and you have not been given of the knowledge except a few [of you].’ zoom
Hamid S. Aziz They will ask you about the Spirit. Say, "The Spirit is (or comes) by the command of my Lord, and you are given but a little knowledge (or control) thereof." zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali And they ask you about the Spirit. Say, "The Spirit is of the Command of my Lord; and in no way have you been brought of knowledge except a little." zoom
Muhammad Sarwar They ask you about the Spirit. Say, "The Spirit comes by the command of my Lord. You have been given very little knowledge. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani And they ask you about the soul. Say, .The soul is something from the command of my Lord, and you are not given from the knowledge but a little. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed (O Messenger) They ask you about the (Spirit, the Soul), the Revelation. Tell them, "Revelation is from your Lord's World of Command, of which you have been given little knowledge." The Spirit is the Divine Energy, something from which has been given to humans in the form of free will. The Soul is your "Self". zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed And they ask you about the Spirit; Say: "The Spirit (comes) by the command of my Lord: Of the knowledge, it is only a little that is made known to you," zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about the soul. Say, "The soul is of the affair of my Lord. And mankind have not been given of knowledge except a little." zoom
Farook Malik They put you questions about Ar-Ruh (the Spirit). Tell them: "The Spirit is at my Lord’s command and I am not given any knowledge of it but a little." zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey They ask your opinion about the ´Rooh´ (the soul)! Say, "The ´Rooh´ (the soul) is by the command of your Lord. The knowledge imparted to you is just so scanty!" zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri And they (the disbelievers) ask you about the spirit. Say: ‘The spirit is from my Lord’s command, and you have been given but a very little knowledge.’ zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And they ask you concerning Ar-Ruh (‘The Spirit’). Say: “Ar-Ruh is something out of the order and ordainment of my Nourisher-Sustainer. And you have not been given out of knowledge, but very little." zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) And they ask you about the Spirit. Say, 'The Spirit belongs to the domain of my Lord; and you were given only little knowledge.' zoom
Bilal Muhammad (2013 Edition) They ask you concerning the Spirit. Say, “The Spirit comes by command of my Lord. Of knowledge, there is only a little that is communicated to you.”  zoom
Maududi They ask you about "the spirit". Say: "The spirit descends by the command of my Lord, but you have been given only a little knowledge." zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad And they ask you about the spirit (of the revelation). Say: the spirit (of the revelation) is my Master’s affair, and you are only given a little knowledge. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) And they ask you concerning the Spirit. Say: "The Spirit is from the authority of my Lord; and the knowledge you were given was but very little." zoom
Mohammad Shafi And they ask you about the soul. Say, "The soul is one of the commands of my Lord. And you are not given knowledge but a little thereof." zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian They ask you about the nature of the spirit. Reply: “Only God knows about it and he will not let you more than a little bit about this subject.” zoom
Faridul Haque They ask you concerning the soul; proclaim "The soul is an entity by the command of my Lord, and you have not received knowledge except a little." zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah They question you about the spirit. Say: 'The spirit is from the command of my Lord. Except for a little knowledge you have been given nothing. ' zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali And they ask thee about the revelation. Say: The revelation is by the commandment of my Lord, and of knowledge you are given but a little. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira And they ask/question you about the Soul/Spirit , say: "The Soul/Spirit (is) from my Lord's matter/affair, and you were not given from the knowledge except little ." zoom
Sher Ali And they ask thee concerning the soul. Say, `The soul has been created by the command of my Lord; and of the knowledge thereof you have been given but a little. zoom
Rashad Khalifa They ask you about the revelation. Say, "The revelation comes from my Lord. The knowledge given to you is minute." zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) And they ask you about the spirit. Say, 'The spirit is a thing by the command of my Lord and you did not receive knowledge but a little. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar And they question you about the revelation, and the human soul. say, `The revelation and the soul is by the command of my Lord, (because) little is the knowledge there of that you have been given.' zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali And they ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning the Rooh (the Spirit); Say: "The Rooh (the Spirit): it is one of the things, the knowledge of which is only with my Lord. And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little." zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry They will question thee concerning the Spirit. Say: 'The Spirit is of the bidding of my Lord. You have been given of knowledge nothing except a little.' zoom
Edward Henry Palmer They will ask thee of the spirit. Say, 'The spirit comes at the bidding of my Lord, and ye are given but a little knowledge thereof.' zoom
George Sale They will ask thee concerning the spirit: Answer, the spirit was created at the command of my Lord: But ye have no knowledge given unto you, except a little. zoom
John Medows Rodwell And they will ask thee of the Spirit. SAY: The Spirit proceedeth at my Lord's command: but of knowledge, only a little to you is given. zoom
N J Dawood (draft) They put questions to you about the Spirit. Say: 'The Spirit is at my Lord's command. Little indeed is the knowledge vouchsafed to you.' zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb They question you about the spirit. Say, 'The [knowledge of the nature of the] spirit belongs to my Lord alone. You, [mankind], have been granted but little knowledge.' zoom
Ahmed Hulusi And they (the Jews) ask you, (O Muhammad) about the spirit. Say, “The spirit is from the command (amr; the manifestation of the Names) of my Rabb. And you have been given little of this knowledge (this answer is for the Jews who asked this question).” zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli And they ask you about the spirit, say: 'The spirit is of the command of my Lord, and you are not given of the knowledge but a little'. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin And they ask you about the Spirit (Ruh), say, “The Spirit (comes) with the command of my Fosterer$, and you have been given little knowledge,”(therefore you cannot understand everything). $ Or, the Sprit is from one of the affairs of my Fosterer. zoom

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