Ayah

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وَخُذۡ
And take
بِيَدِكَ
in your hand
ضِغۡثٗا
a bunch
فَٱضۡرِب
and strike
بِّهِۦ
with it
وَلَا
and (do) not
تَحۡنَثۡۗ
break (your) oath
إِنَّا
Indeed We
وَجَدۡنَٰهُ
[We] found him
صَابِرٗاۚ
patient
نِّعۡمَ
an excellent
ٱلۡعَبۡدُ
slave
إِنَّهُۥٓ
Indeed he
أَوَّابٞ
repeatedly turned
وَخُذۡ
And take
بِيَدِكَ
in your hand
ضِغۡثٗا
a bunch
فَٱضۡرِب
and strike
بِّهِۦ
with it
وَلَا
and (do) not
تَحۡنَثۡۗ
break (your) oath
إِنَّا
Indeed We
وَجَدۡنَٰهُ
[We] found him
صَابِرٗاۚ
patient
نِّعۡمَ
an excellent
ٱلۡعَبۡدُ
slave
إِنَّهُۥٓ
Indeed he
أَوَّابٞ
repeatedly turned

Translation

"And take in thy hand a little grass, and strike therewith: and break not (thy oath)." Truly We found him full of patience and constancy. How excellent in Our service! ever did he turn (to Us)!

Tafsir

And [We said to him], 'Take in your hand a bunch of twigs, or some blades of grass, and smite therewith, your wife - for he had sworn to smite her a hundred times on one occasion when she was late in coming to him - and do not break [your] oath', by not smiting her: so he took a hundred rushes and smote her with them once [and that sufficed to fulfil his oath]. Truly We found him to be steadfast. What an excellent servant!, [was] Joibn Indeed he was a penitent [soul], always returning to God, exalted be He.

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