Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

it is the same to you whether you call them
or whether you are silent.
194 Indeed those whom you invoke besides Allah
are creatures like you.
So invoke them:
they should answer you,
if you are truthful.
195 Do they have any feet to walk with?
Do they have any hands to grasp with?
Do they have any eyes to see with?
Do they have any ears to hear with?
Say, ‘Invoke your partners [that you ascribe to Allah]
and try out your stratagems 1 against me
without granting me any respite.
196 My guardian is indeed Allah
who sent down the Book,
and He takes care of the righteous.
197 Those whom you invoke besides Him
can neither help you,
nor help themselves.’
198 If you call them to guidance, they will not hear.
You see them observing you,
but they do not perceive.
199 Adopt [a policy of] excusing [the faults of people],
bid what is right,
and turn away from the ignorant.
200 Should a temptation from Satan disturb you,
invoke the protection of Allah;
indeed He is all-hearing, all-knowing.

1 Or ‘try out your guile against me.’ Cf. 11:55.

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 24 Sep. 2023: