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wa-iḍ'rib
وَٱضْرِبْ
And set forth
lahum
لَهُم
to them
mathalan
مَّثَلًا
an example
aṣḥāba
أَصْحَٰبَ
(of the) companions
l-qaryati
ٱلْقَرْيَةِ
(of) the city,
idh
إِذْ
when
jāahā
جَآءَهَا
came to it
l-mur'salūna
ٱلْمُرْسَلُونَ
the Messengers,

Wadrib lahum masalan Ashaabal Qaryatih; iz jaaa'ahal mursaloon

Sahih International:

And present to them an example: the people of the city, when the messengers came to it -

1 A. J. Arberry

Strike for them a similitude -- the inhabitants of the city, when the Envoys came to it;

2 Abdul Haleem

Give them the example of the people to whose town messengers came.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And propound thou Unto them the similitude of the inhabitants of a town, When there came thereto the sent ones;

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Set forth to them, by way of a parable, the (story of) the Companions of the City. Behold!, there came messengers to it.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Recite to them, as a case in point, the story of the people of the town when the Messengers came to them.

6 Ahmed Ali

Narrate to them the example of the people of the city when the messengers came to it.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And relate to them the signs of the people of the city – when two emissaries came to them.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Cite for them the example of the inhabitants of the town when the apostles came to it.

9 Ali Ünal

Set out to them, by way of a parable, the (story of the) people of that township, when the Messengers came there;

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And set forth to them for their good a parable of a people of the town when the Messengers (of God) came to them.

11 English Literal

And give for them an example/proverb (of) the village`s/urban city`s owners/company , when the messengers came to them.

12 Faridul Haque

And relate to them the signs of the people of the city - when two emissaries came to them.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

Surely We give life to the dead, and We write down what they have sent before and their footprints, and We have recorded everything in a Clear Record.

14 Hilali & Khan

And put forward to them a similitude; the (story of the) dwellers of the town, [It is said that the town was Antioch (Antakiya)], when there came Messengers to them.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Surely We give life to the dead, and We write down that which they send before and their footprints, and We record everything in a clear writing.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And set out to them an example of the people of the town, when the apostles came to it.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

Coin for them a similitude: The people of the city when those sent (from Allah) came unto them;

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Tell them the story of the people of the town to whom Messengers came.

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Give to them a parable; to the people of the village there came Messengers,

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And put forward to them a similitude; the Dwellers of the Town, when there came Messengers to them.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Recount to them the example of the people to whose town Our messengers came.

22 Talal Itani

And cite for them the parable of the landlords of the town—when the messengers came to it.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

And strike for them as a similitude (mathalan is the first direct object) the inhabitants (ashba is the second direct object) of the town, [of] Antioch (Antkya), when the messengers, namely, Jesus's disciples, came to it (idh j'ah'l-mursalna is an inclusive substitution for ashba'l-qaryati, `the inhabitants of the town').

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

The Story of the Dwellers of the Town and Their Messengers, a Lesson that Those Who belied Their Messengers were destroyed

Allah says,

وَاضْرِبْ لَهُم

And put forward to them,

Allah says, `O Muhammad, tell your people who disbelieve in you,'

مَّثَلً أَصْحَابَ الْقَرْيَةِ إِذْ جَاءهَا الْمُرْسَلُونَ



a similitude; the Dwellers of the Town, when there came Messengers to them.

In the reports that he transmitted from Ibn Abbas, Ka`b Al-Ahbar and Wahb bin Munabbih - Ibn Ishaq reported that it was the city of Antioch, in which there was a king called Antiochus the son of Antiochus the son of Antiochus, who used to worship idols. Allah sent to him three Messengers, whose names were Sadiq, Saduq and Shalum, and he disbelieved in them.

It was also narrated from Buraydah bin Al-Husayb, Ikrimah, Qatadah and Az-Zuhri that it was Antioch.

Some of the Imams were not sure that it was Antioch, as we shall see below after telling the rest of the story, if Allah wills