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“As for the ship, it belonged to some poor people, working at sea. So I intended to damage it, for there was a ˹tyrant˺ king ahead of them who seizes every ˹good˺ ship by force.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

As for the ship, it belonged to poor people working at sea. So I intended to cause defect in it as there was after them a king who seized every [good] ship by force.

— Saheeh International

“And as for the boy, his parents were ˹true˺ believers, and we1 feared that he would pressure them into defiance and disbelief.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared that he would overburden them by transgression and disbelief.

— Saheeh International

So we hoped that their Lord would give them another, more virtuous and caring in his place.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

So we intended that their Lord should substitute for them one better than him in purity and nearer to mercy.

— Saheeh International

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“And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city, and under the wall was a treasure that belonged to them, and their father had been a righteous man. So your Lord willed that these children should come of age and retrieve their treasure, as a mercy from your Lord. I did not do it ˹all˺ on my own. This is the explanation of what you could not bear patiently.”1 

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city, and there was beneath it a treasure for them, and their father had been righteous. So your Lord intended that they reach maturity and extract their treasure, as a mercy from your Lord. And I did it not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of that about which you could not have patience."

— Saheeh International

They ask you ˹O Prophet˺ about Ⱬul-Qarnain. Say, “I will relate to you something of his narrative.”1

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

And they ask you, [O Muḥammad], about Dhul-Qarnayn. Say, "I will recite to you about him a report."

— Saheeh International

Surely We established him in the land, and gave him the means to all things.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Indeed, We established him upon the earth, and We gave him from everything a way [i.e., means].

— Saheeh International

So he travelled a course,

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

So he followed a way

— Saheeh International

until he reached the setting ˹point˺ of the sun, which appeared to him to be setting in a spring of murky water, where he found some people. We said, “O Ⱬul-Qarnain! Either punish them or treat them kindly.”

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Until, when he reached the setting of the sun [i.e., the west], he found it [as if] setting in a body of dark water,1 and he found near it a people. We [i.e., Allah] said, "O Dhul-Qarnayn, either you punish [them] or else adopt among them [a way of] goodness."

— Saheeh International

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He responded, “Whoever does wrong will be punished by us, then will be returned to their Lord, Who will punish them with a horrible torment.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

He said, "As for one who wrongs,1 we will punish him. Then he will be returned to his Lord, and He will punish him with a terrible punishment [i.e., Hellfire].

— Saheeh International

As for those who believe and do good, they will have the finest reward, and we will assign them easy commands.”

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

But as for one who believes and does righteousness, he will have a reward of the best [i.e., Paradise], and we [i.e., Dhul-Qarnayn] will speak to him from our command with ease."

— Saheeh International

Then he travelled a ˹different˺ course

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Then he followed a way

— Saheeh International

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