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qad
قَدْ
Verily
khalat
خَلَتْ
passed
min
مِن
from
qablikum
قَبْلِكُمْ
before you
sunanun
سُنَنٌ
situations,
fasīrū
فَسِيرُوا۟
then travel
فِى
in
l-arḍi
ٱلْأَرْضِ
the earth
fa-unẓurū
فَٱنظُرُوا۟
and see
kayfa
كَيْفَ
how
kāna
كَانَ
was
ʿāqibatu
عَٰقِبَةُ
(the) end
l-mukadhibīna
ٱلْمُكَذِّبِينَ
(of) the deniers.

Qad khalat min qablikum sunanum faseeroo fil ardi fanzuroo kaifa kaana 'aaqiba tul mukazzibeen

Sahih International:

Similar situations [as yours] have passed on before you, so proceed throughout the earth and observe how was the end of those who denied.

1 A. J. Arberry

Divers institutions have passed away before you; journey in the land, and behold how was the end of those that cried lies.

2 Abdul Haleem

God’s ways have operated before your time: travel through the land, and see what was the end of those who disbelieved.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Dispensations have gone forth before you go about then on the earth, and behold what wise hath been the end of the beliers!

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you; travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Many eras have passed before you. Go about, then, in the land and behold the end of those who gave the lie to (the directives and ordinances of Allah).

6 Ahmed Ali

There have been many dispensations before you; so travel in the land and see what befell those who denied the truth.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

Some traditions have been tried before you – therefore travel in the land and see what sort of fate befell those who denied.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Certain [Divine] precedents have passed before you. So travel through the land and observe how was the fate of the deniers.

9 Ali Ünal

Assuredly, before you have passed many ways of life and practices (that illustrate the law God has established for the life of human societies). Go about, then, on the earth and behold how the outcome was for those who denied (God’s manifest signs and Messengers).

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

Surely, there have been diverse dispensations before you, so travel in the land and see how evil was the fate of those who cried lies (to the Prophets).

11 English Literal

Laws/ways had past/left from before you, so move/walk in the earth/Planet Earth, so look/consider how was the liars`/denier`s end (result) .

12 Faridul Haque

Some traditions have been tried before you - therefore travel in the land and see what sort of fate befell those who denied.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

This is an explanation unto men, and a guidance and a warning unto those who fear evil.

14 Hilali & Khan

Many similar ways (and mishaps of life) were faced by nations (believers and disbelievers) that have passed away before you (as you have faced in the battle of Uhud), so travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who disbelieved (in the Oneness of Allah, and disobeyed Him and His Messengers).

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Their reward is protection from their Lord, and Gardens wherein flow rivers, to abide in them. And excellent is the reward of the workers!

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

Indeed there have been examples before you; therefore travel in the earth and see what was the end of the rejecters.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Systems have passed away before you. Do but travel in the land and see the nature of the consequence for those who did deny (the messengers).

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Different traditions existed in the past. Travel in the land and find out about the fate of those who rejected the Truth.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

There have been examples before you. Journey in the land and see what was the fate of the liars.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Many similar ways (and mishaps of life) were faced [by nations (believers and disbelievers) that have passed away] before you, so travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who denied.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

There are many examples [of the communities] that have passed away before you: travel through the land, and see what was the end of those who rejected the Truth.

22 Talal Itani

Many societies have passed away before you. So travel the earth and note the fate of the deniers.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

The following was revealed regarding the defeat at Uhud; Ways of life have passed away before you, all manner of unbelief has preceded, where they have been given respite but are then seized [with punishment]; so travel in the land, O believers, and behold how was the end of those who denied, the messengers, that is, how their affair ended in destruction. So do not grieve on account of their victory, I am only giving them respite until their appointed time.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

The Wisdom Behind the Losses Muslims Suffered During Uhud

Allah states to His believing servants who suffered losses in the battle of Uhud, including seventy dead,

قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ سُنَنٌ

Many similar ways (and mishaps of life) were faced before you,

for the previous nations who followed their Prophets before you, they too suffered losses. However, the good end was theirs, and the ultimate defeat was for the disbelievers.

This is why Allah said,

فَسِيرُواْ فِي الَارْضِ فَانْظُرُواْ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذَّبِينَ



so travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who denied.

Allah said next