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AYAH Luqman 31:19 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ zoom
Transliteration Waiqsid fee mashyika waoghdud min sawtika inna ankara al-aswati lasawtu alhameeri zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
  And be moderate in your pace and lower [of] your voice. Indeed, (the) harshest (of all) sounds (is) surely (the) voice (of) the donkeys." zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad “Hence, be modest in thy bearing, and lower thy voice: for, behold, the ugliest of all voices is the [loud] voice of asses…” zoom
M. M. Pickthall Be modest in thy bearing and subdue thy voice. Lo! the harshest of all voices is the voice of the ass. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) "And be moderate in thy pace, and lower thy voice; for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass." zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) "And be moderate in thy pace, and lower thy voice; for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass." zoom
Shakir And pursue the right course in your going about and lower your voice; surely the most hateful of voices is braying of the asses. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Walk modestly and lower your voice, for the ugliest of all voices is the braying of the ass. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar And be moderate in thy walking and lower thy voice. Truly the most horrible of voices is, certainly, the voice of the donkey. zoom
T.B.Irving Act modestly in the way you walk, and lower your voice: The ugliest sound is a donkey´s voice! zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab Be moderate in your pace. And lower your voice, for the ugliest of all voices is certainly the braying of donkeys.” zoom
Safi Kaskas And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; the most disagreeable sound is the braying of donkeys." zoom
[Al-Muntakhab] "And walk forth" he said, " with moderate steps and with regular pace comformable to a standard recognized as formally correct". "And .lower your voice when you give utterance or expression to an emotion, opinion, feeling, thought, or discussion and in your natural action, for the most repulsive, objectionable and displeasing sound produced by the vocal organs is the braying or the loud harsh sound of asses". zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) "And be humble in how you walk and lower your voice. For the harshest of all voices is the donkey's voice." zoom
Abdel Haleem Go at a moderate pace and lower your voice, for the ugliest of all voices is the braying of asses.’ zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi And be modest in thy gait and lower thy voice; verily the most abominable of voices is the voice of the ass. zoom
Ahmed Ali Be moderate in your bearing, and keep your voice low. Surely the most repulsive voice is the donkey's." zoom
Aisha Bewley Be moderate in your tread and lower your voice. The most hateful of voices is the donkey´s bray.´ zoom
Ali Ünal "Be modest in your bearing, and subdue your voice. For certain the most repugnant of voices is braying of donkeys." zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i Be modest in your bearing, and lower your voice. Indeed the ungainliest of voices is the donkey’s voice.’ zoom
Hamid S. Aziz "But be modest in your bearing and subdue your voice; lo! The harshest of all voices is the voice of the ass." zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali And be moderate in your walk, and tone down your voice; surely the most repugnant of voices is indeed that of the asses." zoom
Muhammad Sarwar Be moderate in your walking and your talking. The most unpleasant sound is the braying of donkeys." zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani and be moderate in your walk, and lower your voice. Surely, the ugliest of voices is the voice of the donkeys. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed "Hence, be modest in your pace and in your bearing, and lower your voice, for, behold the harshest voice is the braying of a donkey." zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed "And be moderate in your walking (and actions) and lower your voice, verily, (without a doubt), the harshest of sounds is the call (braying) of an ass." zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys." zoom
Farook Malik Be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; for the harshest of voices is the braying of a donkey." zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey Rather, be modest when you walk and keep your voice subdued when you talk. Indeed, the harshest of all voices is that of a donkey. zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri And adopt moderation whilst walking and keep your voice low. Surely, the worst voice is the bray of a donkey.’ zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And be moderate in your gait and control from your voice — surely the harshest of the voices is definitely the voice (braying) of the ass.” zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) And moderate your stride, and lower your voice. The most repulsive of voices is the donkey's voice.' zoom
Bilal Muhammad (2013 Edition) “And be moderate in your pace, and lower your voice, for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the donkey.”  zoom
Maududi Be moderate in your stride and lower your voice. Verily the most disgusting of all voices is the braying of the donkey." zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad And be modest in your walking and lower your voice, for the most awful voice is certainly voice of the donkey. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) "And be humble in how you walk and lower your voice. For the harshest of all voices is the voice of the donkeys." zoom
Mohammad Shafi "And be modest in your walk and lower your voice. The most hateful of voices is certainly indeed the ass's bray." zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian “Walk in a humble manner and do not talk loud; the most disgraceful of all voices is the loud voice of a donkey.” zoom
Faridul Haque “And walk moderately and soften your voice; indeed the worst voice is the voice of the donkey.” zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah Walk modestly, and lower your voice; the most hideous of voices is the braying of the donkey. zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali And pursue the right curse in thy going about and lower thy voice. Surely the most hateful of voices is braying of asses. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira And be moderate in your walking, and lower/humble from your voice/noise , that truly the sounds'/noises' most awful/obscene (is) the donkeys' sound/noise . zoom
Sher Ali `And walk thou at a moderate pace, and lower thy voice; verily, the most hateful of voices is the braying of the ass.' zoom
Rashad Khalifa "Walk humbly and lower your voice - the ugliest voice is the donkey's voice." zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) And walk moderately and lower your voice to some extent. Undoubtedly in all voices, the most hideous voice is of an ass. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar `Rather walk with modest pace and talk in soft gentle tone. Surely, the most repugnant of voices is the braying of the donkey.' zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali "And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the voice (braying) of the ass." zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry Be modest in thy walk, and lower thy voice; the most hideous of voices is the ass's.' zoom
Edward Henry Palmer but be moderate in thy walk, and lower thy voice; verily, the most disagreeable of voices is the voice of asses!' zoom
George Sale And be moderate in thy pace: And lower thy voice; for the most ungrateful of all voices surely is the voice of asses. zoom
John Medows Rodwell But let thy pace be middling; and lower thy voice: for the least pleasing of voices is surely the voice of asses." zoom
N J Dawood (draft) Rather let your stride be modest and your voice low: the most hideous of voices is the braying of the ass.' zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb Be of modest bearing in your walk, and lower your voice; for the most hideous of voices is the braying of the ass.' zoom
Ahmed Hulusi “Know your boundaries in life, with balance, and lower your voice! Indeed, the ugliest of sounds is the voice of donkeys.” zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli And be moderate in your pace; and lower your voice; verily the most unpleasant of voices is the braying of the asses. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin And be moderate in your walk and lower your voice, the harshest of voices is certainly the voice of the ass.” zoom

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