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wala-in
وَلَئِنْ
And surely if
aṭaʿtum
أَطَعْتُم
you obey
basharan
بَشَرًا
a man
mith'lakum
مِّثْلَكُمْ
like you,
innakum
إِنَّكُمْ
indeed, you
idhan
إِذًا
then
lakhāsirūna
لَّخَٰسِرُونَ
surely (will be) losers.

Wa la'in at'atum basharam mislakum innakum izal lakhaasiroon

Sahih International:

And if you should obey a man like yourselves, indeed, you would then be losers.

1 A. J. Arberry

If you obey a mortal like yourselves, then you will be losers.

2 Abdul Haleem

and you will really be losers if you obey a mortal like yourselves.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And were ye to obey a human being like you, ye are forthwith to be losers.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

"If ye obey a man like yourselves, behold, it is certain ye will be lost.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

If you were to obey a human being like yourselves, you will certainly be losers.

6 Ahmed Ali

So if you follow a man like yourself you will certainly be doomed.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

“If you were to obey a human like yourselves, then surely you are losers!”

8 Ali Quli Qarai

If you obey a human being like yourselves, you will indeed be losers.

9 Ali Ünal

"If you obey a mortal like yourselves, then you will surely be the losers.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

`And, surely, if you obey a human being like yourselves you will then be the losers indeed.

11 English Literal

And if (E) you obeyed a human equal to you , that you are then losers (E).

12 Faridul Haque

"If you were to obey a human like yourselves, then surely you are losers!"

13 Hamid S. Aziz

Said the chiefs of the people who disbelieved, and denied the meeting in the Hereafter, and to whom We gave enjoyment in the life of this world, "This is only a mortal like yourselves, who eats of what you eat, and drinks of what you drink;

14 Hilali & Khan

"If you were to obey a human being like yourselves, then verily! You indeed would be losers.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

And the chiefs of His people who disbelieved and called the meeting of the Hereafter a lie, and whom We had given plenty to enjoy in this world’s life, said: This is only a mortal like you, eating of that whereof you eat and drinking of what you drink.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And if you obey a mortal like yourselves, then most surely you will be losers:

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

If ye were to obey a mortal like yourselves, then, lo! ye surely would be losers.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

If you follow a mortal like yourselves you will certainly be lost.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

If you obey a mortal like yourselves, you shall be lost.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

"If you were to obey a human being like yourselves, then verily, you indeed would be losers."

21 Wahiduddin Khan

if you obey a human being just like yourselves, then you will surely be lost.

22 Talal Itani

If you obey a human being like yourselves, then you will be losers.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

And, by God, if you obey a human being like yourselves (this [clause] contains both an oath and a conditional; the response belongs to the former [the oath], which [at the same time] suffices in place of a response for the latter [the conditional]) you will surely then, that is, should you obey them, be losers, you will have been duped.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

Then, after them, We created another generation. And We sent to them a Messenger from among themselves (saying);"Worship Allah! You have no other God but Him. Will you not then have Taqwa!"

And the chiefs of his people who disbelieved and denied the meeting in the Hereafter, and whom We had given the luxuries and comforts of worldly life, said;"He is no more than a human being like you, he eats of that which you eat, and drinks of what you drink. If you were to obey a human being like yourselves, then verily, you indeed would be losers."

Allah tells us that after the people of Nuh, He created another nation.

It was said that this was `Ad, because they were the successors of the people of Nuh.

Or it was said that they were Thamud, because Allah says;
فَأَخَذَتْهُمُ الصَّيْحَةُ بِالْحَقِّ
(So, the Sayhah overtook them in truth).

Allah sent to them a Messenger from among themselves, and he called them to worship Allah Alone with no partner or associate, but they belied him, opposed him and refused to follow him because he was a human being like them, and they refused to follow a human Messenger. They did not believe in the meeting with Allah on the Day of Resurrection and they denied the idea of physical resurrection.

They said;

أَيَعِدُكُمْ أَنَّكُمْ إِذَا مِتُّمْ وَكُنتُمْ تُرَابًا وَعِظَامًا أَنَّكُم مُّخْرَجُونَ