Ayah

Word by Word
إِلَّآ
Except
أَن
If
يَشَآءَ
Allah wills
ٱللَّهُۚ
Allah wills
وَٱذۡكُر
And remember
رَّبَّكَ
your Lord
إِذَا
when
نَسِيتَ
you forget
وَقُلۡ
and say
عَسَىٰٓ
Perhaps
أَن
[that]
يَهۡدِيَنِ
will guide me
رَبِّي
my Lord
لِأَقۡرَبَ
to a nearer (way)
مِنۡ
than
هَٰذَا
this
رَشَدٗا
right way
إِلَّآ
Except
أَن
If
يَشَآءَ
Allah wills
ٱللَّهُۚ
Allah wills
وَٱذۡكُر
And remember
رَّبَّكَ
your Lord
إِذَا
when
نَسِيتَ
you forget
وَقُلۡ
and say
عَسَىٰٓ
Perhaps
أَن
[that]
يَهۡدِيَنِ
will guide me
رَبِّي
my Lord
لِأَقۡرَبَ
to a nearer (way)
مِنۡ
than
هَٰذَا
this
رَشَدٗا
right way

Translation

Without adding, "So please Allah!" and call thy Lord to mind when thou forgettest, and say, "I hope that my Lord will guide me ever closer (even) than this to the right road."

Tafsir

without [adding], 'If God will', in other words, unless [firmly] adhering to the will of God, exalted be He, by saying, 'If God will' (inshaa'a'Llaah). And remember your Lord, that is, [remember] His will, making [things] conditional on it, if you forget, to make [things] conditional on it: mentioning it after forgetting [it] is the equal [in validity] to mentioning it at the time of the statement - as al-Hasan [al-Basree] and others have said - as long as the person is still in the [same] place [in which he made the statement]. And say, 'May be my Lord will guide me to [something] closer [in time] than this, [closer] than the story of the People of the Cave, as an indication of [the truth of] my prophethood, by way of guidance, and God indeed did so.

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