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

that they might know that Allah’s promise is true,
and that there is no doubt in the Hour.
As they were disputing among themselves
about their matter,
they said, ‘Build a building over them.
Their Lord knows them best.’
Those who had the say in their matter said,
‘We will set up a place of worship over them.’

22 They will say, ‘[They are] three;
their dog is the fourth of them.
They will say, ‘[They are] five,
their dog is the sixth of them,’
taking a shot at the invisible.1
They will say, ‘[They are] seven,
their dog is the eighth of them.’
Say, ‘My Lord knows best their number,
and none knows them except a few.’
So do not dispute concerning them,
except for a seeming dispute,
and do not question about them
any of them.

23 Do not say about anything,
‘I will indeed do it tomorrow,’
24 without [adding], ‘if Allah wishes.’
And when you forget, remember your Lord,
and say, ‘Maybe my Lord will guide me
to [something] more akin to rectitude than this.’

1 That is, making a wild guess.

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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 13 Jun. 2024: