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wamā
وَمَا
And not
kāna
كَانَ
would
rabbuka
رَبُّكَ
your Lord,
liyuh'lika
لِيُهْلِكَ
destroy
l-qurā
ٱلْقُرَىٰ
the cities
biẓul'min
بِظُلْمٍ
unjustly
wa-ahluhā
وَأَهْلُهَا
while its people
muṣ'liḥūna
مُصْلِحُونَ
(were) reformers.

Wa maa kaana Rabbuka liyuhlikal quraa bizulminw wa ahluhaa muslihoon

Sahih International:

And your Lord would not have destroyed the cities unjustly while their people were reformers.

1 A. J. Arberry

Yet thy Lord would never destroy the cities unjustly, while as yet their people were putting things right.

2 Abdul Haleem

Your Lord would not destroy any town without cause if its people were acting righteously.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And thy Lord is not one to destroy cities wrongously while the inhabitants thereof are rectifiers.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Nor would thy Lord be the One to destroy communities for a single wrong-doing, if its members were likely to mend.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

And your Lord is not such as would wrongfully destroy human habitations while their inhabitants are righteous.

6 Ahmed Ali

Your Lord would not surely destroy unjustly human habitations so long as the people are righteous.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And your Lord is not such as to destroy townships without reason, while their people are righteous.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Your Lord would never destroy the townships unjustly while their inhabitants were bringing about reform.

9 Ali Ünal

And it has never been the way of your Lord to destroy the townships unjustly while their people were righteous, dedicated to continuous self-reform and setting things right in the society.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And your Lord is not the One Who would destroy the townships unjustly (simply for their disbelief) while the inhabitants thereof (live in peace and) set things right.

11 English Literal

And your Lord was not to destroy the villages/urban cities with injustice/oppression and its people (are) correcting/repairing .

12 Faridul Haque

And your Lord is not such as to destroy townships without reason, while their people are righteous.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

If only there had been, among the generations before you, men endowed with a remnant of virtue (balance, sobriety, righteousness, good sense) forbidding (warning, preventing) men from corruption in the earth, as did the few whom We saved from them. But the evildoers followed that by which they made (or were made) sapless (they enjoyed, drained and became drained), and were guilty.

14 Hilali & Khan

And your Lord would never destroy the towns wrongfully, while their people were right-doers.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Why were there not then among the generations before you those possessing understanding, forbidding mischief in the earth, except a few among them whom We delivered? And the unjust pursued the enjoyment of plenty, and they were guilty.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And it did not beseem your Lord to have destroyed the towns tyrannously, while their people acted well.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

In truth thy Lord destroyed not the townships tyrannously while their folk were doing right.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Your Lord would not have destroyed those people (of the towns) for their injustice if they had tried to reform themselves.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Your Lord would never destroy the villages unjustly, whilst their people were reforming.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And your Lord would never destroy the towns wrongfully, while their people were doers of good.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Your Lord would never unjustly destroy communities while their people were trying to reform.

22 Talal Itani

Your Lord would never destroy the towns wrongfully, while their inhabitants are righteous.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

Yet your Lord would never destroy the towns through injustice, on His part, against them, while their inhabitants were righteous, that is, believers.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

And your Lord would never destroy the towns wrongfully, while their people were doers of good.

Allah informs that he does not destroy any town, except that it has wronged itself. No correctional punishment or torment comes to any town, except that its people were wrongdoers. This is as Allah says,

وَمَا ظَلَمْنَـهُمْ وَلَـكِن ظَلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ

We wronged them not, but they wronged themselves. (11;101)

Allah also says,

وَمَا رَبُّكَ بِظَلَّـمٍ لِّلْعَبِيدِ

And your Lord is not at all unjust to (His) servants. (41;46)