Ayah

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وَإِذَا
And when
رَأَوۡاْ
they saw
تِجَٰرَةً
a transaction
أَوۡ
or
لَهۡوًا
a sport
ٱنفَضُّوٓاْ
they rushed
إِلَيۡهَا
to it
وَتَرَكُوكَ
and left you
قَآئِمٗاۚ
standing
قُلۡ
Say
مَا
What
عِندَ
(is) with
ٱللَّهِ
Allah
خَيۡرٞ
(is) better
مِّنَ
than
ٱللَّهۡوِ
the sport
وَمِنَ
and from
ٱلتِّجَٰرَةِۚ
(any) transaction
وَٱللَّهُ
And Allah
خَيۡرُ
(is the) Best
ٱلرَّـٰزِقِينَ
(of) the Providers
وَإِذَا
And when
رَأَوۡاْ
they saw
تِجَٰرَةً
a transaction
أَوۡ
or
لَهۡوًا
a sport
ٱنفَضُّوٓاْ
they rushed
إِلَيۡهَا
to it
وَتَرَكُوكَ
and left you
قَآئِمٗاۚ
standing
قُلۡ
Say
مَا
What
عِندَ
(is) with
ٱللَّهِ
Allah
خَيۡرٞ
(is) better
مِّنَ
than
ٱللَّهۡوِ
the sport
وَمِنَ
and from
ٱلتِّجَٰرَةِۚ
(any) transaction
وَٱللَّهُ
And Allah
خَيۡرُ
(is the) Best
ٱلرَّـٰزِقِينَ
(of) the Providers

Translation

But when they see some bargain or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave thee standing. Say: "The (blessing) from the Presence of Allah is better than any amusement or bargain! and Allah is the Best to provide (for all needs)."

Tafsir

On one occasion the Prophet may peace and salutation be upon him was delivering the Friday sermon when a caravan arrived and so, as was the custom, drums were beaten to announce its arrival, whereat the people began to leave the mosque [to go to it], all except for twelve men. The following [verse] was then revealed: But when they sight some [opportunity for] business or a diversion, they scatter off towards it, that is, towards the business, since it is what they seek more than diversion, and leave you, during the sermon, standing. Say: 'That which is with God, in the way of reward, is better, for those who believe, than diversion and commerce. And God is the best of providers'. They say that every person 'provides for' (yarzuqu) his dependants, [by which they mean that such a person does so] by means of the provision given by God (min rizqi'Llaahi), exalted be He.

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