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AYAH Ta Ha 20:128 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic أَفَلَمْ يَهْدِ لَهُمْ كَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا قَبْلَهُم مِّنَ الْقُرُونِ يَمْشُونَ فِي مَسَاكِنِهِمْ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّأُولِي النُّهَىٰ zoom
Transliteration Afalam yahdi lahum kam ahlakna qablahum mina alqurooni yamshoona fee masakinihim inna fee thalika laayatin li-olee alnnuha zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
  Then has not it guided [for] them how many We (have) destroyed before them, of the generations, (as) they walk in their dwellings? Indeed, in that surely (are) Signs for possessors (of) intelligence. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad CAN, THEN, they [who reject the truth] learn no lesson by recalling how many a generation We have destroyed before their time? - [people] in whose dwelling-places they [themselves now] walk about? In this, behold, there are messages indeed for those who are endowed with reason! zoom
M. M. Pickthall Is it not a guidance for them (to know) how many a generation We destroyed before them, amid whose dwellings they walk? Lo! therein verily are signs for men of thought. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) Is it not a warning to such men (to call to mind) how many generations before them We destroyed, in whose haunts they (now) move? Verily, in this are Signs for men endued with understanding. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) Is it not a warning to such men (to call to mind) how many generations before them We destroyed, in whose haunts they (now) move? Verily, in this are Signs for men endued with understanding. zoom
Shakir Does it not then direct them aright how many of the generations In whose dwelling-places they go about We destroyed before them? Most surely there are signs in this for those endowed with understanding. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Do they not learn a lesson from Our destruction of many generations before them in whose dwelling-places they walk about? Surely in this are signs for men of understanding. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar Guide He not them? How many generations We caused to perish before them amidst whose dwellings they walk. Truly, in this are signs for the people imbued with sense. zoom
T.B.Irving Did it not guide them [to see] how many generations We had wiped out before them whose dwellings they walk around in? In that are signs for persons who are wary. zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab Is it not yet clear to them how many peoples We destroyed before them, whose ruins they still pass by? Surely in this are signs for people of sound judgment. zoom
Safi Kaskas Has it not become clear to them how many generations We destroyed before them, in whose ruined dwellings they now walk? There are signs in this for those with understanding. zoom
[Al-Muntakhab] Do they not perceive O Muhammad mentally and by sight the significance of Allah's penalties! and have they failed to realize how many generations before them did We reduce to a useless form? They tread their dwellings they once occupied and they see with their own eyes the consequence of disobeying Allah. Indeed such outcome is emblematic of Allah's signs recognized by people of insight. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) Is it not a guide to them how many generations We had destroyed before them, which they are walking now in their homes In that are signs for the people of understanding. zoom
Abdel Haleem Do they not draw a lesson from the many generations We destroyed before them, through whose dwelling places they now walk? There truly are signs in this for anyone with understanding! zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi Hath it not served as guidance to them how many a generation We have destroyed before them, amidst whose dwellings they Walk! Verily therein are signs for men of sagacity. zoom
Ahmed Ali Did they not learn from the many generations that We destroyed before them, whose habitations they now frequent? Verily there are signs in this for men of understanding. zoom
Aisha Bewley Are they not guided by the many generations We have destroyed before them, among whose dwelling places they walk about? There are Signs in that for people of sound intellect. zoom
Ali Ünal Is it not a guidance for them how many a generation We have destroyed before them, in whose ruined dwelling-places they walk about (in the present)? Surely in that there are signs (manifesting the truth) for people of discernment. zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i Does it not dawn upon them how many generations We have destroyed before them, amid [the ruins of] whose dwellings they walk? There are indeed signs in this for those who have reason. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz Is it not guidance for them to know how many generations We have destroyed before them, amidst whose dwelling-places they walk? Verily, in that are signs to men of thought (or intelligence). zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali So, is it not (a sign) to guide them, how many generations We have caused to perish before them, in whose dwellings they walk? Surely in that are indeed signs for the ones endowed with intelligence. zoom
Muhammad Sarwar Is it not a warning for them to see how many generations living before them We destroyed and how they are now walking in their ruins? In this there is the evidence (of the Truth) for the people of reason. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani Did it give them no guidance (to realize) how many generations We have destroyed prior to them in whose dwellings they (often) walk around? Surely, in this there are signs for the men of reason. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed Is it not a guidance for them to know how many a generation Our Law destroyed before them, amid whose dwelling-places they now walk? In this, behold, are Signs for men and women of thought. zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed Is it not a warning to those men (to remember) how many peoples We destroyed before them, in whose shadows they (now) move? Surely, in this are Signs for men blessed with understanding. [ zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) Then, has it not become clear to them how many generations We destroyed before them as they walk among their dwellings? Indeed in that are signs for those of intelligence. zoom
Farook Malik Have these people not learned a lesson, that We have destroyed before them many generations in whose ruins they walk through? Certainly in these ruins there are Signs for people of understanding. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey Many towns have We destroyed before them. Did that fact not teach them? They walk through those ruins! There are surely signs in it for those with intellect. zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Has (this fact) not guided them as to how many people We destroyed before them in whose dwelling places they (now) walk about? Undoubtedly, in this are (many) signs for the wise. zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar Did it then not provide guidance to them: how many out of the generations We destroyed before them, they move in their residences? Verily, in this are indeed signs (lessons) for people of understanding. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) Is it not instructive to them, how many generations before them We destroyed, in whose settlements they walk? Surely in that are signs for people of understanding. zoom
Bilal Muhammad (2013 Edition) Is it not a warning to these people, the many generations before them We caused to perish, in whose buildings they tour? Indeed, in this are signs for people endued with understanding.  zoom
Maududi Did they not find any guidance in the fact that We destroyed many nations in whose ruined dwelling-places they now walk about? Surely there are many Signs in them for people endowed with wisdom. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad Was it not a guide for them that how many generations before them We destroyed, which they are walking in their habitat? Indeed there are signs in that for people of the intellect. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) Is it not a guide to them how many generations We had destroyed before them, which they are walking now in their homes? In that are signs for the people of understanding. zoom
Mohammad Shafi Do they not take a lesson from the fact that We had destroyed many a generation before theirs, in whose dwelling-places they now move about? Indeed, there are signs in this for those who are prudent. zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian Do they ever learn from the story of so many generations that I destroyed in the past? They walk over the ruins of their houses. What lessons to learn by those who use their brain and contemplate. zoom
Faridul Haque So did they not gain guidance from (knowing) how many generations We have destroyed before them, among whose dwellings they walk? Indeed in it are signs for men of intellect. zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah Is it not a guidance to them, how many generations We destroyed before them in whose dwelling places they walk? Surely, in this there are signs for thoseof reason. zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali Does it not manifest to them how many of the generations, in whose dwellings they go about, We destroyed before them? Surely there are signs in this for men of understanding. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira Did He not guide to them how many from the generations/peoples of eras before them We made die/destroyed , they walk in their residences, that (E) in that (are) verses/evidences/signs (E) to (owners) of the minds/reasoning powers. zoom
Sher Ali Does it not furnish guidance to them, how many a generation WE destroyed before them, amid whose dwellings they now walk? Therein, verily, are Signs for those who possess understanding. zoom
Rashad Khalifa Does it ever occur to them how many previous generations we have annihilated? They are now walking in the homes of those before them. These are signs for those who possess intelligence. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) Has then it not given guidance to them that how many a generation, We have destroyed before them that in whose dwellings they walk? Undoubtedly therein are signs for men of wisdom. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar Does it afford them no guidance that We destroyed before them many a generation in whose dwellings they now go about. Indeed, in this there are signs for those who possess understanding. zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali Is it not a guidance for them (to know) how many generations We have destroyed before them, in whose dwellings they walk? Verily, in this are signs indeed for men of understanding. zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry Is it not a guidance to them, how many generations We destroyed before them in whose dwelling-places they walk? Surely in that are signs for men possessing reason. zoom
Edward Henry Palmer Does it not occur to them how many generations we have destroyed before them?- they walk in their very dwelling-places; verily, in that are signs to those endued with intelligence. zoom
George Sale Are not the Meccans therefore acquainted how many generations we have destroyed before them; in whose dwellings they walk? Verily herein are signs unto those who are indued with understanding. zoom
John Medows Rodwell Are not they, who walk the very places where they dwelt, aware how many generations we have destroyed before them? Verily in this are signs to men of insight. zoom
N J Dawood (draft) Do they not see how many generations We have destroyed before them? They walk amidst the very ruins where once they dwelt. Surely in this there are signs for men of judgement. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb Can they not see how many generations We have destroyed before their time? They walk about in the very places where they dwelt. In this there are signs for people of wisdom. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi Even though they walk upon the remnants of the generations who were destroyed before them, do they not see the Truth? Indeed, there are many proofs for those who are intelligible enough to take a lesson. zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli Does it not then guide such men (to call to mind) how many of the generations We did destroy before them, amid whose dwellings they (today) walk abouta Verily there are signs in this for those (endowed) with understanding. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin And thus do We reward one who exceeds the limits and does not believe in the signs of his Fosterer and the punishment of the hereafter is more severe and more lasting. zoom

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