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wamā
وَمَا
And not
khalaqnā
خَلَقْنَا
We created
l-samāa
ٱلسَّمَآءَ
the heaven
wal-arḍa
وَٱلْأَرْضَ
and the earth
wamā
وَمَا
And not
baynahumā
بَيْنَهُمَا
(is) between them
bāṭilan
بَٰطِلًاۚ
without purpose.
dhālika
ذَٰلِكَ
That
ẓannu
ظَنُّ
(is the) assumption
alladhīna
ٱلَّذِينَ
(of) those who
kafarū
كَفَرُوا۟ۚ
disbelieve.
fawaylun
فَوَيْلٌ
So woe
lilladhīna
لِّلَّذِينَ
to those
kafarū
كَفَرُوا۟
disbelieve,
mina
مِنَ
from
l-nāri
ٱلنَّارِ
the Fire.

Wa ma khalaqnas samaaa'a wal arda wa maa bainahumaa baatilaa; zaalika zannul lazeena kafaroo; fawi lul lillazeena kafaroo minan Naar

Sahih International:

And We did not create the heaven and the earth and that between them aimlessly. That is the assumption of those who disbelieve, so woe to those who disbelieve from the Fire.

1 A. J. Arberry

We have not created the heavens and earth, and what between them is, for vanity; such is the thought of the unbelievers, wherefore woe unto the unbelievers because of the Fire!

2 Abdul Haleem

It was not without purpose that We created the heavens and the earth and everything in between. That may be what the disbelievers assume- how they will suffer from the Fire!-

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And We have not created the heaven and the earth and whatsoever is in-between the twain in vain." That is the opinion of those who disbelieve. And woe Unto those who disbelieve the Fire."

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Not without purpose did We create heaven and earth and all between! that were the thought of Unbelievers! but woe to the Unbelievers because of the Fire (of Hell)!

5 Abul Ala Maududi

We did not create this heaven and earth and all that lies between them in vain. That is the fancy of those who denied the Truth. So woe from the Fire to all who deny the Truth.

6 Ahmed Ali

We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, all for nothing. Only those who deny imagine so. So for the unbelievers there is woe from the fire.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And We have not created the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose; this is what the disbelievers assume; therefore ruin is for the disbelievers, by the fire.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

We did not create the sky and the earth and whatever is between them in vain. That is a conjecture of the faithless. So woe to the faithless for the Fire!

9 Ali Ünal

We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in vain (so that people should think themselves at liberty to act each according to his own desires and inclinations). That is the mere conjecture of those who disbelieve. Woe to those who disbelieve because of the Fire!

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And We have not created the heaven and the earth and all that lies between them in vain. That is the view of the disbelievers only. Therefore woe to those who disbelieve because of (the punishment by means of) the Fire (that awaits them).

11 English Literal

And We did not create the skies/space and the earth/Planet Earth and what (is) between them (B) wastefully/falsely , that is those who disbelieved`s doubt/suspicion, so calamity/scandal to those who disbelieved from the fire .

12 Faridul Haque

And We have not created the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose; this is what the disbelievers assume; therefore ruin is for the disbelievers, by the fire.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

And We create not the heaven and the earth and that which is between them in vain; that is the opinion of those who disbelieve; then woe to those who disbelieve because of the Fire.

14 Hilali & Khan

And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose! That is the consideration of those who disbelieve! Then woe to those who disbelieve (in Islamic Monotheism) from the Fire!

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

O David, surely We have made thee a ruler in the land; so judge between men justly and follow not desire, lest it lead thee astray from the path of Allah. Those who go astray from the path of Allah, for them is surely a severe chastisement because they forgot the day of Reckoning.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And We did not create the heaven and the earth and what is between them in vain; that is the opinion of those who disbelieve then woe to those who disbelieve on account of the fire.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them in vain. That is the opinion of those who disbelieve. And woe unto those who disbelieve, from the Fire!

18 Muhammad Sarwar

We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them without purpose, even though this is the belief of the disbelievers. Woe to the disbelievers; they will suffer the torment of fire

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

It was not in falsehood that We created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. That is the thought of the unbelievers. But woe to the unbelievers because of the Fire!

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose! That is the consideration of those who disbelieve! Then woe to those who disbelieve from the Fire!

21 Wahiduddin Khan

We did not create heaven and earth and all that is between them in vain. That is the opinion of those who deny the truth. Woe betide those who deny the truth, when they are cast into the Fire --

22 Talal Itani

We did not create the heaven and the earth and everything between them in vain. That is the assumption of those who disbelieve—so woe to those who disbelieve because of the Fire.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

And We did not create the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in vain, frivolously. That, namely, the creation of what has been mentioned as being for no [particular] purpose, is the supposition of those who disbelieve, from among the people of Mecca. So woe -- a valley [in hell-fire] -- to the disbelievers from the Fire!

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

The Wisdom behind the Creation of This World

Allah tells us that He did not create the creatures in vain; He created them to worship Him Alone, then He will gather them on the Day of Gathering and will reward the obedient and punish the disbelievers.

Allah says;

وَمَا خَلَقْنَا السَّمَاء وَالاَْرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا بَاطِلً ذَلِكَ ظَنُّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا

And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose! That is the consideration of those who disbelieve!

meaning, those who do not think that the resurrection and the place of return will occur, but they think that there is nothing after this world.

فَوَيْلٌ لِّلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنَ النَّارِ



Then woe to those who disbelieve from the Fire!

means, woe to them on the Day when they will be resurrected, from the Fire that is prepared for them.

Then Allah explains that because of His justice and wisdom, He does not treat the believers and the disbelievers equally.

Allah says;

أَمْ نَجْعَلُ الَّذِينَ امَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ كَالْمُفْسِدِينَ فِي الاَْرْضِ أَمْ نَجْعَلُ الْمُتَّقِينَ كَالْفُجَّارِ