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AYAH an-Nisa` 4:119 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic وَلَأُضِلَّنَّهُمْ وَلَأُمَنِّيَنَّهُمْ وَلَآمُرَنَّهُمْ فَلَيُبَتِّكُنَّ آذَانَ الْأَنْعَامِ وَلَآمُرَنَّهُمْ فَلَيُغَيِّرُنَّ خَلْقَ اللَّهِ وَمَن يَتَّخِذِ الشَّيْطَانَ وَلِيًّا مِّن دُونِ اللَّهِ فَقَدْ خَسِرَ خُسْرَانًا مُّبِينًا zoom
Transliteration Walaodillannahum walaomanniyannahum walaamurannahum falayubattikunna athana al-anAAami walaamurannahum falayughayyirunna khalqa Allahi waman yattakhithi alshshaytana waliyyan min dooni Allahi faqad khasira khusranan mubeenan zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
  "And I will surely mislead them and surely arouse desires in them, and surely I will order them so they will surely cut off (the) ears (of) the cattle and surely I will order them so they will surely change (the) creation (of) Allah." And whoever takes the Shaitaan (as) a friend besides Allah, then surely he (has) lost - a loss manifest. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad and shall lead them astray, and fill them with vain desires; and I shall command them - and they will cut off the ears of cattle [in idolatrous sacrifice]; and I shall command them - and they will corrupt God's creation!" But all who take Satan rather than God for their master do indeed, most clearly, lose all: zoom
M. M. Pickthall And surely I will lead them astray, and surely I will arouse desires in them, and surely I will command them and they will cut the cattle' ears, and surely I will command them and they will change Allah's creation. Whoso chooseth Satan for a patron instead of Allah is verily a loser and his loss is manifest. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) "I will mislead them, and I will create in them false desires; I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and to deface the (fair) nature created by Allah." Whoever, forsaking Allah, takes satan for a friend, hath of a surety suffered a loss that is manifest. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) "I will mislead them, and I will create in them false desires; I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and to deface the (fair) nature created by God." Whoever, forsaking God, takes satan for a friend, hath of a surety suffered a loss tha t is manifest. zoom
Shakir And most certainly I will lead them astray and excite in them vain desires, and bid them so that they shall slit the ears of the cattle, and most certainly I will bid them so that they shall alter Allah's creation; and whoever takes the Shaitan for a guardian rather than Allah he indeed shall suffer a manifest loss. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan and shall lead them astray, and fill them with vain desires and order them to slit the ears of cattle. I shall order them to tamper with Gods creation. Whoever chooses Satan as a patron instead of God is utterly ruined: zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar and I will cause them to go astray. And I will fill them with false desires. And I will command them, then they will slit the ears of the flocks. And I will command them, and they will alter the creation of God. And whoever takes Satan to himself for a protector other than God, then, surely, he lost, a clear loss. zoom
T.B.Irving I will lead them astray and urge them on. I will order them to slit the ears on livestock and order them to alter what God has created. Anyone who adopts Satan as a patron instead of God has obviously lost out. zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab I will certainly mislead them and delude them with empty hopes. Also, I will order them and they will slit the ears of cattle and alter Allah’s creation.” And whoever takes Satan as a guardian instead of Allah has certainly suffered a tremendous loss. zoom
Safi Kaskas and will lead them astray and fill them with vain desires. I will command them, and they will slit the ears of cattle. I will command them to corrupt God's creation." Whoever chooses Satan as their master, as opposed to God, is utterly ruined. zoom
[Al-Muntakhab] "I will lead them wrong," he said, "and I will lead them by the nose to an evil line of conduct and arouse in them vain desires and stir up their sinful sensuous appetite." "I will command them to receive the pagan superstition and slit and cut the ears of cattle and I will command them to change the course and order of things wherein they were set at the creation." And he who puts himself under the tutelage of AL-Shaytan besides Allah, shall have been a great loser. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) "And I will misguide them and make them desire, and I will command them, so that they will mark the ears of the livestock, and I will command them so they will make change to God's creation." Whoever takes the devil as a supporter other than God, then he has indeed lost a great loss. zoom
Abdel Haleem I will mislead them and incite vain desires in them; I will command them to slit the ears of cattle; I will command them to tamper with God’s creation.’ Whoever chooses Satan as a patron instead of God is utterly ruined: zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi And surely I will lead them and will fill them with vain desires, and I will command them so that they will slit the ears of the cattle, and I will command them so that they will alter the creation of Allah. And whosoever taketh Satan for a patron, instead of Allah, shall surely suffer a manifest loss. zoom
Ahmed Ali And mislead them and tempt them, and order them to slit the ears of animals; and order them to alter God's creation." He who holds Satan as friend in place of God will assuredly be damned to perdition. zoom
Aisha Bewley I will lead them astray and fill them with false hopes. I will command them and they will cut off cattle´s ears. I will command them and they will change Allah´s creation.´ Anyone who takes Shaytan as his protector in place of Allah has clearly lost everything. zoom
Ali Ünal I will surely lead them astray and surely engross them in vain desires (superstitious fancies and false conceptions); and I will surely command them, and they will surely slit the ears of cattle (to mark them out as meant for their idols and as forbidden to themselves to eat, thus making a lawful thing unlawful); and also I will surely command them and they will surely alter God’s creation." Whoever takes Satan for a confidant and guardian instead of God has indeed suffered a manifest loss. zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i and I will lead them astray and give them [false] hopes, and prompt them to slit the ears of cattle, and I will prompt them to alter Allah’s creation.’ Whoever takes Satan as a guardian instead of Allah has certainly incurred a manifest loss. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz And surely I will lead them astray; and I will stir up vain desires within them; and I will order them and they shall surely crop the ears of cattle (superstitious practices); and I will order them and they shall surely alter (or corrupt) Allah´s cr zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali And indeed I will definitely lead them into error, and indeed I will definitely arouse (vain) covetings in them, and indeed I will definitely command them (and) so indeed they will definitely cut off the cattle's ears; (One of the superstitions of the pagans) and indeed I will definitely command them (and) so indeed they will definitely change the creation of Allah." And whoever takes Ash-Shaytan (An all-vicious one, i.e., satan) to himself for a constant patron apart from Allah, then he has already suffered (Literally: lost) evidently the greatest loss. zoom
Muhammad Sarwar I will lead them astray, induce in their hearts prolonged, worldly desires, command them to pierce the ears of their animals, sacrificed for the idols, and order them to change the religion of God." One who accepts Satan as his guardian, instead of God, has certainly incurred a great loss upon himself. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani and I will lead them astray, and I will tempt them with false hopes, and I will command them, whereby they shall slit the ears of cattle, and I will command them, whereby they shall alter the creation of Allah. Whoever takes the Satan for friend, instead of Allah, incurs an obvious loss. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed Satan (Iblis) in allegorical terms had said, "I surely will lead them astray, I will entice them, confound them." (2:34-36), (7:11), (15:30-32), (17:62), (18:50), (20:116), (38:74). According to Satan's promise, these representatives of his mislead men and women away from the Qur'an, and confound them with ritualism and superstitions, such as magic, dreams, astrology, amulets, numerology, ghoul, exorcism, and vain beliefs. Marking cattle's ears, choosing red cows or black goats for specific sacrifices, are superstitions that the clergy propagates. They try to present the Laws of Allah operative in the World of Creation in a distorted fashion. They assign miracles to living or dead "saints" ignoring the Law of Cause and Effect (4:51), (4:60). Whoever befriends this handiwork of Satan, has ignored Allah. Such a person is verily a loser and his loss is manifest. zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed "Verily, I will mislead them, and surely, I will create in them false desires; And certainly, I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and surely, I will order them to spoil the (fair) nature created by Allah." Whoever, by rejecting Allah, takes Satan for a friend, instead of (taking) Allah, (he) has surely suffered a clear loss. zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) And I will mislead them, and I will arouse in them [sinful] desires, and I will command them so they will slit the ears of cattle, and I will command them so they will change the creation of Allah ." And whoever takes Satan as an ally instead of Allah has certainly sustained a clear loss. zoom
Farook Malik I will create in them false desires and order them to slit the ears of cattle. I will order them to tamper with Allah’s creation." Therefore, whoever takes Satan as a guardian instead of Allah, has indeed become a clear-cut loser. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey "I will definitely mislead them. I will certainly stir up vain and wanton desires in them. I will command them and they will split the ears of the cattle _ (a common practice of the idol worshippers). I will persuade them, and they will change and corrupt the nature (of the order) of things that Allah has created." Whoever takes Shaitan as his master instead of Allah, has indeed incurred a severe and significant loss! zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri I will, for sure, lead them astray, arouse in them foul aspirations and keep directing them. So they will definitely incise the ears of the cattle. And indeed, I shall command them persistently. So they will surely alter what Allah has created.’ And whoever forsakes Allah and takes Satan for a friend will most certainly suffer a perceptible loss. zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And verily, I will make them go astray, and surely I will arouse in them false desires; and certainly I will order them to slit the ears of cattle; and surely I will order them so they would alter and deface the nature of (a creation created by) Allah.” And whoever takes Satan as a wali besides Allah, then such a one has surely suffered an evident loss. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) 'And I will mislead them, and I will entice them, and I will prompt them to slit the ears of cattle, and I will prompt them to alter the creation of God.' Whoever takes Satan as a lord, instead of God, has surely suffered a profound loss. zoom
Bilal Muhammad (2013 Edition) “I will mislead them, and I will create in them false desires. I will order them to slit the ears of livestock, and to deface the fair nature created by God.” Whoever forsakes God, takes Satan for a friend, and has surely suffered a loss which is clear.  zoom
Maududi and shall lead them astray, and shall engross them in vain desires, and I shall command them and they will cut off the ears of the cattle, and I shall command them and they will disfigure Allah´s creation.´ He who took Satan rather than Allah for his guardian has indeed suffered a man-ifest loss. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad and I shall misguide them and I shall make them desire (excessively) and I shall instruct them to cut off the ears of livestock, and I shall instruct them to change God’s creation. And anyone who takes Satan as protector instead of God has lost, an obvious losing. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) "And I will misguide them and make them desire, and I will command them, so that they will mark the ears of the livestock, and I will command them so they will make changes to the creation of God." Whoever takes the devil as a supporter other than God, then he has indeed lost a great loss. zoom
Mohammad Shafi "And I will certainly lead them astray and arouse in them vain desires, and make them slit the ears of the cattle, and make them disfigure Allah's creation." And he, who takes the Satan instead of Allah as master, shall surely suffer a manifest loss. zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian The Satan said: “I will mislead men, make them to fall into vain desires, create pagan rituals for them and entice them to change the nature of God’s creation [to invent unnatural behaviors such as homosexuality].” The one who takes Satan (and not God) as his guide, is a big time looser. zoom
Faridul Haque "And I will surely lead them astray, and I will certainly arouse desires in them, and I will definitely order them so they will pierce animals’ ears, and I will definitely order them so they will alter Allah’s creation"; and whoever chooses the devil for a friend instead of Allah, has indeed suffered a manifest loss. zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah and lead them astray. I shall fill them with fancies and order them to cut off the ears of cattle. I shall order them to alter the creation of Allah. ' Indeed, whosoever chooses satan for a guide, instead of Allah, has surely suffered a clear loss. zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali And certainly I will lead them astray and excite in them vain desires and bid them so that they will slit the ears of the cattle, and bid them so that they will alter Allah’s creation. And whoever takes the devil for a friend, forsaking Allah, he indeed suffers a manifest loss. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira And I will misguide them (E), and I will make them desire (E), and I will order/command them (E), so they will cut (E) the animals'/livestock's ears, and I will order/command them (E), so they will change (E) God's creation. And who takes the devil (as) a guardian/ally from other than God, so he had lost an evident loss. zoom
Sher Ali `And assuredly I will lead them astray and assuredly I will arouse in them vain desires, and assuredly I will incite them and they will cut the ears of cattle; and assuredly I will incite them and they will alter ALLAH's creation.' And whoever takes Satan for a friend instead of ALLAH, he certainly suffers a manifest loss. zoom
Rashad Khalifa "I will mislead them, I will entice them, I will command them to (forbid the eating of certain meats by) marking the ears of livestock, and I will command them to distort the creation of GOD." Anyone who accepts the devil as a lord, instead of GOD, has incurred a profound loss. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) I swear, I will certainly lead them astray and certainly I will excite in them desires and will certainly say to them that they would cut the ears of cattle and will certainly bid to them that they would alter the creation of Allah. And he, who takes Satan for a friend beside Allah, has suffered a manifest loss. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar `And certainly, I will lead them astray and assuredly I will arouse vain desires in them, and I will incite them (to polytheistic practices) and they will slit the ears of cattle (as a mark of their dedication to their deities), and I will most assuredly make them change (for the worse,) the things created by Allah.' And he who takes this satan to him for a friend rather than Allah, has of course suffered an evident loss. zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali Verily, I will mislead them, and surely, I will arouse in them false desires; and certainly, I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allah." And whoever takes Shaitan (Satan) as a Walee (protector or helper) instead of Allah, has surely suffered a manifest loss. zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry and I will lead them astray, and fill them with fancies and I will command them and they will cut off the cattle's ears; I will command them and they will alter God's creation.' Whoso takes Satan to him for a friend, instead of God, has surely suffered a manifest loss. zoom
Edward Henry Palmer and I will lead them astray; and I will stir up vain desires within them; and I will order them and they shall surely crop the ears of cattle; and I will order them and they shall surely alter God's creation;' but he who takes the devil for his patron instead of God, he loses with a manifest loss. zoom
George Sale and I will seduce them, and will insinuate vain desires into them, and I will command them and they shall cut off the ears of cattle; and I will command them and they shall change God's creature. But whoever taketh Satan for his patron, besides God, shall surely perish with a manifest destruction. zoom
John Medows Rodwell and will lead them astray, and will stir desires within them, and will command them and they shall cut the ears of animals; and I will command them, and they shall alter the creation of God." He who taketh Satan rather than God for his patron, is ruined with palpable ruin: zoom
N J Dawood (2014) ‘I shall arouse in them vain desires and order them to slit the ears of cattle. I shall order them to tamper with God‘s creation.‘ Indeed, he that chooses Satan rather than God for his protector ruins himself beyond redemption. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb and shall certainly lead them astray, and fill them with vain desires; and I shall command them — and they will slit the ears of cattle [in idolatrous sacrifice]; and I shall command them — and they will corrupt God's creation.” But all who take Satan rather than God for their master do incur a manifest loss. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi “And I will surely mislead them, and I will arouse in them (sinful, bodily, empty) desires, and I will command them so they slit the ears of cattle (as sacrifice), and I will command them so they will alter the creation of Allah.” And whoever deserts Allah and takes Satan (bodily temptations; ego) as master has certainly suffered a great loss. zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli And most certainly I will lead them astray and certainly I will arouse desires in them, and certainly I will bid them that they split the ears of the cattle, and I will certainly command them that they alter the creation of Allah; and whoever takes Satan for a guardian rather than Allah, has indeed suffered a manifest loss. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin and I will definitely mislead them and I will definitely excite vain desires in them and I will definitely command them so they will slit the ears of cattle and I will definitely command them, so they will definitely alter Allah's creation." And whoever takes the devil as a friend besides Allah, then he indeed has incurred a loss, a manifest loss (it is). zoom

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