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wa-aṣḥābu
وَأَصْحَٰبُ
And the inhabitants
madyana
مَدْيَنَۖ
(of) Madyan.
wakudhiba
وَكُذِّبَ
And Musa was denied,
mūsā
مُوسَىٰ
And Musa was denied,
fa-amlaytu
فَأَمْلَيْتُ
so I granted respite
lil'kāfirīna
لِلْكَٰفِرِينَ
to the disbelievers,
thumma
ثُمَّ
then
akhadhtuhum
أَخَذْتُهُمْۖ
I seized them,
fakayfa
فَكَيْفَ
and how
kāna
كَانَ
was
nakīri
نَكِيرِ
My punishment.

Wa as haabu Madyana wa kuzziba Moosaa fa amlaitu lilkaafireena summa akhaztuhum fakaifa kaana nakeer

Sahih International:

And the inhabitants of Madyan. And Moses was denied, so I prolonged enjoyment for the disbelievers; then I seized them, and how [terrible] was My reproach.

1 A. J. Arberry

and the men of Midian; to Moses also they cried lies. And I respited the unbelievers, then I seized them; and how was My horror!

2 Abdul Haleem

Midian. Moses too was called a liar. I gave the disbelievers time, but in the end I punished them. How I condemned them!

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And the denizens of Madyan. And belied was Musa. I gave rein to the infidels; then took hold of them; so how hath been My wrath!

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

And the Companions of the Madyan People; and Moses was rejected (in the same way). But I granted respite to the Unbelievers, and (only) after that did I punish them; but how (terrible) was my rejection (of them)!

5 Abul Ala Maududi

and so did the dwellers of Midian, and Moses too was branded a liar. Initially I granted respite to the unbelievers for a while and then seized them. How dreadful was My punishment!

6 Ahmed Ali

And the people of Midian too. Moses was also accused of lies. So I allowed the infidels respite and then seized them. How was My reprobation then!

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And the people of Madyan; and Moosa was belied, so I gave the disbelievers respite and then seized them, so how (dreadful) was My punishment!

8 Ali Quli Qarai

and the inhabitants of Midian, and Moses was also impugned. But I gave the faithless a respite, then I seized them and how was My rebuttal!

9 Ali Ünal

And the dwellers of Midian, and Moses too was denied (by the Pharaoh and his clan). Every time I granted respite to the unbelievers and then seized them (when they persisted in unbelief and injustices), how awesome was My disowning them!

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And the inhabitants of Midian. And Moses (also) was cried lies to. But I granted respite the disbelievers for long, then I took them to task. (Imagine) how (terrible) was (the result of their) denial of Me! and how (awful) the change I effected (in them).

11 English Literal

And Madya`s owners/company/friends, and Moses was denied , so I extended to the disbelievers in time/life , then I punished/took them, so how was My severity/change (anger)?

12 Faridul Haque

And the people of Madyan; and Moosa was belied, so I gave the disbelievers respite and then seized them, so how (dreadful) was My punishment!

13 Hamid S. Aziz

And the people of Abraham, and the people of Lot,

14 Hilali & Khan

And the dwellers of Madyan (Midian); and belied was Musa (Moses), but I granted respite to the disbelievers for a while, then I seized them, and how (terrible) was My Punishment (against their wrong-doing).

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

And the people of Abraham and the people of Lot,

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

As well as those of Madyan and Musa (too) was rejected, but I gave respite to the unbelievers, then did I overtake them, so how (severe) was My disapproval.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

(And) the dwellers in Midian. And Moses was denied; but I indulged the disbelievers a long while, then I seized them, and how (terrible) was My abhorrence!

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Midian, and Moses had also called their Prophets liars. I gave respite to the unbelievers, then sized them with torment. How terrible was that torment!

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

and the inhabitants of Midian, to Moses they also belied. I respited the unbelievers, then I seized them, and how was My disapproval!

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And the dwellers of Madyan; and denied was Musa. But I granted respite to the disbelievers for a while, then I seized them, and how (terrible) was My punishment!

21 Wahiduddin Khan

and the inhabitants of Midian also charged their prophets with falsehood. Moses was also rejected. I gave respite to those who denied the truth, but then I seized them. Consider then, how terrible My repudiation of them was.

22 Talal Itani

And the inhabitants of Median. And Moses was denied. Then I reprieved those who disbelieved, but then I seized them. So how was My rejection?

23 Tafsir jalalayn

and the inhabitants of Midian, the people of Shu`ayb, and Moses was also denied; he was denied by the [native] Egyptians (al-qibt), and not by his people, the Children of Israel. In other words, [all of] those [people] denied their messengers, so take them [these messengers] as a good example [of constancy]. And I granted the disbelievers respite, I postponed [dealing with] them by deferring their requital, then I seized them, with chastisement, and how [terrible] was My abhorrence! (nakr), that is to say, My rebuke (inkr) of them for their denial, by My destroying them (the interrogative is meant as an affirmative, in other words,; it [My chastisement] was well-placed).

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

وَأَصْحَابُ مَدْيَنَ وَكُذِّبَ مُوسَى

And if they deny you, so did deny before them the people of Nuh, `Ad and Thamud. And the people of Ibrahim and the people of Lut, And the dwellers of Madyan; and denied was Musa.

means, despite all the clear signs and evidence that they brought.

فَأَمْلَيْتُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ

But I granted respite to the disbelievers for a while,

means, `I delayed and postponed.'

ثُمَّ أَخَذْتُهُمْ فَكَيْفَ كَانَ نَكِيرِ



then I seized them, and how (terrible) was My punishment!

means, `how great was My vengeance against them and My punishment of them!'

In the Two Sahihs it is reported from Abu Musa that the Prophet said;

إِنَّ اللهَ لَيُمْلِي لِلظَّالِمِ حَتَّى إِذَا أَخَذَهُ لَمْ يُفْلِتْه

Allah lets the wrongdoer carry on until, when He seizes him, He will never let him go.

Then he recited;

وَكَذلِكَ أَخْذُ رَبِّكَ إِذَا أَخَذَ الْقُرَى وَهِىَ ظَـلِمَةٌ إِنَّ أَخْذَهُ أَلِيمٌ شَدِيدٌ


Such is the punishment of your Lord when He seizes the towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His punishment is painful (and) severe. (11;102)

Then Allah says