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AYAH al-Hajj 22:45 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic فَكَأَيِّن مِّن قَرْيَةٍ أَهْلَكْنَاهَا وَهِيَ ظَالِمَةٌ فَهِيَ خَاوِيَةٌ عَلَىٰ عُرُوشِهَا وَبِئْرٍ مُّعَطَّلَةٍ وَقَصْرٍ مَّشِيدٍ zoom
Transliteration Fakaayyin min qaryatin ahlaknaha wahiya thalimatun fahiya khawiyatun AAala AAurooshiha wabi/rin muAAattalatin waqasrin masheedin zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
  And how many of a township We have destroyed it, while it was doing wrong, so it fell on its roofs, and well abandoned, and castle lofty. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad And how many a township have We destroyed because it had been immersed in evildoing - and now they [all] lie deserted, with their roofs caved in! And how many a well lies abandoned, and how many a castle that [once] stood high! zoom
M. M. Pickthall How many a township have We destroyed while it was sinful, so that it lieth (to this day) in ruins, and (how many) a deserted well and lofty tower! zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) How many populations have We destroyed, which were given to wrong-doing? They tumbled down on their roofs. And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, and castles lofty and well-built? zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) How many populations have We destroyed, which were given to wrong- doing? They tumbled down on their roofs. And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, and castles lofty and well-built? zoom
Shakir So how many a town did We destroy while it was unjust, so it was fallen down upon its roofs, and (how many a) deserted well and palace raised high. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan How many a town We destroyed which was given to wrongdoing, so that its roofs fell down, and how many a well is deserted and how many a lofty castle is in ruins. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar And how many a town We caused to perish while they are ones who are unjust so that it be one that had fallen down in ruins and how much well water ignored and a tall palace! zoom
T.B.Irving How many towns have We wiped out while they were doing wrong?. Their rafters have fallen in, their wells have been abandoned, and [many an] impressive palace as well, zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab Many are the societies We have destroyed for persisting in wrongdoing, leaving them in total ruin. ˹Many are˺ also the abandoned wells and lofty palaces! zoom
Safi Kaskas And how many a town did We destroy while it was committing wrong, so It is [now] fallen into ruin, and [how many] an abandoned well, and [how many] a lofty palace? zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) So how many a town have We destroyed while it was doing wrong, so that it is lying in ruins with its wells abandoned, and empty palaces. zoom
Abdel Haleem How many towns steeped in wrongdoing We have destroyed and left in total ruin; how many deserted wells; how many lofty palaces! zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi How many a city have We destroyed, while it was a wrong- doer--and it lieth overturned on its roofs, -and how many a well abandoned and how many a castle fortifred! zoom
Ahmed Ali How many a habitation given to wickedness have We destroyed, whose roofs tumbled down, which fell into ruins. How many a well and fortress reinforced lie abandoned! zoom
Aisha Bewley How many wrongdoing cities We destroyed, and now all their roofs and walls are fallen in; how many abandoned wells and stuccoed palaces! zoom
Ali Ünal How many a township have We destroyed because it was given up to wrongdoing: so they all lie in ruins, with their roofs caved in, wells and fountains deserted, and towering, lofty castles collapsed. zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i How many towns We have destroyed while they were wrongdoers! So they lie fallen on their trellises, their wells neglected and their lofty palaces [desolate]! zoom
Hamid S. Aziz And how many a city (community) have We destroyed while it was guilty (did wrong), and it tumbled down on its roof, lying ruined to this day, and how many a deserted well and lofty palace! zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali So, (similarly) many a town We have caused to perish (while) it was unjust; so it is (now) devastated upon its turrets! (Literally: trellises) And many a well (lies) untended and (many) an (imposingly) constructed palace (is left vacant)! zoom
Muhammad Sarwar How many were the unjust dwellers of the towns that We destroyed. From their trellises to their lofty mansions, all were toppled and their wells were abandoned. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani How many towns have We destroyed, as they were wrongdoers! So, they are fallen down on their roofs, and (how many a) deserted well and (how many a) well-built castle! zoom
Shabbir Ahmed And how many a township have We (Our Law of Requital) annihilated, for they oppressed people and violated human rights! And now they lie deserted, with their roofs caved in! And how many a well lies abandoned, and how many a castle in ruins that once stood high! zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed And how many townships (or populations) have We destroyed, which were used to doing wrong? They fell down on their tops. And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, and the tall and well-built castles? zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) And how many a city did We destroy while it was committing wrong - so it is [now] fallen into ruin - and [how many] an abandoned well and [how many] a lofty palace. zoom
Farook Malik How many townships, teaming with wrong doings, have We utterly destroyed! Today they lie with their roofs fallen in, their wells abandoned, and their lofty castles deserted. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey In this manner, We destroyed many towns because of their evil ways. They are (in total ruin) turned upside down on their roofs. (So are) their abandoned wells and their lofty castles. zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And how many of the townships We have destroyed while it is given to wrong-doing in transgression. So over its roofs it stands in ruins, and a deserted well (here and there), and fortified castle (gone underground). zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) How many a town have We destroyed while it was doing wrong? They lie in ruins; with stilled wells, and lofty mansions. zoom
Maududi How many towns have We destroyed because their people were steeped in iniquity: so they lie fallen down upon their turrets! How many wells lie deserted; and how many towering palaces lie in ruins! zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad And how many a town did We destroy while it was (filled with) wrongdoer, then it (was ruined and) fell on its roofs and abandoned wells and towering castles. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) How many populations have We caused to perish which were given to wrongdoing which tumbled down on their roofs? And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, as well as castles lofty and well-built? zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) So how many a town have We destroyed while it was doing wrong, so that it is lying in ruins with its wells abandoned, and empty palaces. zoom
Mohammad Shafi And many a town/village We did destroy when it committed injustices. And it lay in ruins with its roofs coming down.. And many a well and lofty castle were deserted. zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian I destroyed many townships in account of their inhabitants’ wickedness. Their ruins are lying upside down upon their roofs. How many wells are left useless and how many castles are abandoned. zoom
Faridul Haque And many a township did We destroy, for they were oppressors – so they now lie flat on their roofs, and many a well lying useless and many a palace in ruins. zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah How many a village We have destroyed in its harmdoing, so that it lies fallen upon its turrets, and how many an abandoned well, and empty palace! zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali How many a town We destroyed while it was iniquitous, so it is fallen down upon its roofs; and (how many) a deserted well and palace raised high! zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira So how many from a village/urban city We made it die/destroyed it, and it is unjust/oppressive, so it is empty/destroyed on its ceilings/structures , and a well abandoned/inactive , and an erected/plastered castle/palace ? zoom
Sher Ali And how many a city have WE destroyed, which was given to wrongdoing, so that it is fallen down on its roofs; and how many a well is deserted and how many a lofty castle lies in ruins ! zoom
Rashad Khalifa Many a community we have annihilated because of their wickedness. They ended up in ruins, stilled wells, and great empty mansions. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) And how many towns We destroyed that they were unjust, so now they are fallen down on their roofs, and how many wells are lying neglected and how many places are deserted. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar We have destroyed so many townships because (the people thereof) were given to wicked ways so that they have fallen down on their roofs, and how many a well is completely deserted: (similarly) many a strongly built lofty castles (met the same doom because We destroyed their occupants). zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Then how many a town was there which We annihilated because they were oppressors! They are fallen down on their roofs. And, (owing to their devastation,) how many a well (was) deserted, and how many a strongly built castle (is) lying ruined (as an archeological site)! zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali And many a township have We destroyed while it was given to wrong-doing, so that it lies in ruins (up to this day), and (many) a deserted well and lofty castles! zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry How many a city We have destroyed in its evildoing, and now it is fallen down upon its turrets! How many a ruined well, a tall palace! zoom
Edward Henry Palmer And how many a city have we destroyed while it yet did wrong, and it was turned over on its roofs, and (how many) a deserted well and lofty palace! zoom
George Sale How many cities have We destroyed, which were ungodly, and which are now fallen to ruin on their roofs? And how many wells have been abandoned, and lofty castles? zoom
John Medows Rodwell And how many cities which had been ungodly, and whose roofs are now laid low in ruin, have We destroyed! And wells have been abandoned and lofty castles! zoom
N J Dawood (2014) How many cities, teeming with sin, have We laid waste! They lie in desolate ruin, their wells abandoned and their proud palaces empty. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb How many a township have We destroyed because it had been immersed in evildoing. Now they lie in desolate ruin. How many a well lies abandoned, and how many a proud palace lies empty. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi There were many nations given to wrongdoing that We destroyed... Its roofs and walls collapsed upon itself... Only deserted wells and ruins of castles remain there now... zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli So how many of townships We did destroy while they were unjust, and (their walls) have fallen down over their roofs, and (how many a) well abandoned and (even) lofty castles (ruined). zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim Wherefore many were the towns We destroyed with their wrongful inhabitants that they stood desolate and empty but of dilapidated trellises over hills of ruin, and the wells and the spacious and the highly decorated buildings neglected, empty and abandoned! zoom
Mir Aneesuddin So how many a town did We destroy while it was unjust, so it fell down on its roofs with (many a) deserted well and lofty palace reduced in size. zoom

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