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AYAH al-`Ankabut 29:31 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic وَلَمَّا جَاءَتْ رُسُلُنَا إِبْرَاهِيمَ بِالْبُشْرَىٰ قَالُوا إِنَّا مُهْلِكُو أَهْلِ هَٰذِهِ الْقَرْيَةِ إِنَّ أَهْلَهَا كَانُوا ظَالِمِينَ zoom
Transliteration Walamma jaat rusuluna ibraheema bialbushra qaloo inna muhlikoo ahli hathihi alqaryati inna ahlaha kanoo thalimeena zoom
Transliteration-2 walammā jāat rusulunā ib'rāhīma bil-bush'rā qālū innā muh'likū ahli hādhihi l-qaryati inna ahlahā kānū ẓālimīna zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 And when came Our (to) Ibrahim with the glad tidings they said, "Indeed, we (are) going to destroy (the) people (of) this town. Indeed, its people are wrongdoers." zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad And so, when Our [heavenly] messengers came to Abraham with the glad tiding [of the birth of Isaac], they [also] said, “Behold, we are about to destroy the people of that land, for its people are truly evildoers!” zoom
M. M. Pickthall And when Our messengers brought Abraham the good news, they said: Lo! we are about to destroy the people of that township, for its people are wrong-doers. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) When Our Messengers came to Abraham with the good news, they said: "We are indeed going to destroy the people of this township: for truly they are (addicted to) crime." zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) When Our Messengers came to Abraham with the good news, they said: "We are indeed going to destroy the people of this township: for truly they are (addicted to) crime." zoom
Shakir And when Our messengers came to Ibrahim with the good news, they said: Surely we are going to destroy the people of this town, for its people are unjust. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan When Our messengers brought Abraham the good news [of the birth of Isaac] they [also] said, We are indeed going to destroy the people of this city, for the people of this city are truly wrongdoers. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar And when Our messengers drew near Abraham with the good tidings. They said: Truly, We are ones who will cause to perish the people of this town. Truly, its people had been ones who are unjust. zoom
T.B.Irving When Our messengers brought Abraham the good news, they said: "We´ll destroy the people of this town. Its people have been doing wrong." zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab When Our messenger-angels came to Abraham with the good news ˹of the birth of Isaac˺, they said, “We are going to destroy the people of this city ˹of Sodom˺, for its people have persisted in wrongdoing.” zoom
Safi Kaskas And when Our Messengers came to Abraham with the good news, [of Isaac's birth] they also said, "We will destroy the people of that town. Its people have been wicked." zoom
Abdul Hye  And when Our Messengers (angels) came to Abraham with the glad tidings, they said: “Surely, we are going to destroy the people of this town, truly its people are wrongdoers.” zoom
The Study Quran And when Our envoys came unto Abraham with glad tidings, they said, “We shall surely destroy the people of this town; truly its people are wrongdoers.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) And when Our messengers came to Abraham with good news, they then said: "We are to destroy the people of such a town, for its people have been wicked." zoom
Abdel Haleem When Our mes-sengers brought the good news [of the birth of a son] to Abraham,they told him, ‘We are about to destroy the people of that town. They are wrongdoers.’ zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi And when Our messengers came unto Ibrahim with the glad tidings, they said: verily we are about to destroy the inhabitants of that city: verily the inhabitants thereof have been wrong-doers. zoom
Ahmed Ali When Our messengers came to Abraham with good news, they said: "We have to destroy this city as its inhabitants have become sinful." zoom
Aisha Bewley When Our messengers came with the good news to Ibrahim, they said, ´We are going to destroy the people of this city. Truly its inhabitants are wrongdoers.´ zoom
Ali Ünal And so, when Our (heavenly) envoys came to Abraham with the glad tidings (of the birth of Isaac), they said to him: "We are going to destroy the people of that township. For its people are wrongdoers (who exceed all bounds in indecency)." zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i And when Our messengers came to Abraham with the good news, they said, ‘We are indeed going to destroy the people of this town. Its people are indeed wrongdoers.’ zoom
Hamid S. Aziz And when Our messengers came to Abraham with the glad tidings, they said, "We are about to destroy the people of these cities. Verily, the people thereof are evil-doers." zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali And as soon as Our Messengers came to Ibrahim with the good tidings, they said, "Surely we will cause the population of this town to perish; surely its population have been unjust." zoom
Muhammad Sarwar When Our angelic Messengers brought glad news to Abraham, they told him, "We are about to destroy the people of this town for their injustice". zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani And when Our messengers came to Ibrahim with the good news, they said, .We are going to destroy the people of this town. Surely its people have been transgressors. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed When Our Messengers brought the glad news to Abraham (of a son Isaac), they also said, "We are appointed to herald the annihilation of that town, for its people are wrongdoers." (Abraham lived in Hebron, Palestine about 1800 B.C. From the heights in Hebron they could see the Valley of Sodom by the Dead Sea). zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed And when Our messengers (Allah’s angels) came to Ibrahim (Abraham) with the good news, they said: "Truly, we are going to ruin the people of this town: Surely, its people have been the wrongdoers. zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) And when Our messengers came to Abraham with the good tidings, they said, "Indeed, we will destroy the people of that Lot's city. Indeed, its people have been wrongdoers." zoom
Farook Malik When Our Messengers (angels) came to Abraham with the good news (the birth of a son in his old age), they said: "We are to destroy the people of that town, for its people are indeed wrongdoers." zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey When Our angels came and brought Ibraheem the good news (the prophecy of the two sons), they said, "We are going to destroy the members of that community. Indeed, its residents are evil!" zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And when Our messengers (angels) came to Ibrahim with the glad tidings (of the birth of a son), they (also) said: “Verily, we are (appointed as) destroyers to the residents of this town. Surely, its residents have turned transgressors. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) And when Our envoys brought Abraham the good news, they said, 'We are going to destroy the people of this town; its people are wrongdoers.' zoom
Maududi When Our emissaries brought the good news to Abraham, and said (to him): "We are surely going to destroy the inhabitants of this city; its inhabitants are immersed in wrong-doing." zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad And when Our messengers brought Abraham the good news, they said: indeed we are destroyers of this town's people, for its people are wrongdoers. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) When Our messengers came to Abraham with the good news they said, “We are indeed going to destroy the people of this township, for truly they are addicted to sin.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) And when Our messengers came to Abraham with good news, they said: "We are to destroy the people of such a town, for its people have been wicked." zoom
Mohammad Shafi And when Our Messengers (angels) came to Abraham with the glad tidings for him (of imminent birth of a son), they said, "We are going to destroy the inhabitants of that locality (to whom Lot was sent). Indeed, the inhabitants thereof have been wicked! zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian [In response to the Lot’s prayer,] God sent His messengers [passing through Abraham’s land] giving Abraham the good news [of the birth of Prophet Isaac as well as the prophet hood of Isaac’s unborn son, i.e., Jacob] saying: “We are in our way to destroy those people [of Sodom] who have gone too far in wickedness. zoom
Faridul Haque And when Our sent angels came with glad tidings to Ibrahim, they said, “We will surely destroy the people of that town; indeed its inhabitants are unjust.” zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah And when Our Messengers brought Abraham the glad tidings they said: 'We are destroying the people of this village, because its people are harmdoers. ' zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali And when Our messengers came to Abraham with good news, they said: We are going to destroy the people of this town, for its people are iniquitous. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira And when Our messengers, came (to) Abraham with the good news, they said: "We are (E), we are perishing/destroying , this the village's/urban cities' people , that (E) its people were unjust/oppressive." zoom
Sher Ali And when Our Messengers brought Abraham the tidings, they said, `The tidings is, `We were about to destroy the people of this town; surely, its people are wrongdoers.' zoom
Rashad Khalifa When our messengers went to Abraham with good news (about Isaac's birth), they also said, "We are on our way to annihilate the people of that town (Sodom), for its people have been wicked." zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) When Our angels came to Ibrahim with glad tiding, they said, 'We shall surely destroy the people of this city'. Undoubtedly, its inhabitants are oppressors'. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar And when Our messengers came to Abraham with important news, they said, `We are going to destroy people of this township for its inhabitants are certainly wrongdoers.' zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri And when Our messengers (angels) came to Ibrahim (Abraham) with good news (then, adding,) they (also) said: ‘We are going to destroy the dwellers of this town because its inhabitants are the wrongdoers.’ zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali And when Our Messengers came to Ibrahim (Abraham) with the glad tidings they said: "Verily, we are going to destroy the people of this (Louts (Lots)) town (i.e. the town of Sodom in Palestine) truly, its people have been Zalimoon (wrong-doers, polytheists and disobedient to Allah, and have also belied their Messenger Lout (Lot))." zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry And when Our messengers came to Abraham with the good tidings, they said, 'We shall destroy the people of this city, for its people are evildoers.' zoom
Edward Henry Palmer And when our messengers came to Abraham with the glad tidings, they said, 'We are about to destroy the people of this city. Verily, the people thereof are wrong-doers.' zoom
George Sale And when our messengers came unto Abraham with good tidings, they said, we will surely destroy the inhabitants of this city; for the inhabitants thereof are unjust doers. zoom
John Medows Rodwell And when our messengers came to Abraham with the tidings of a son, they said, "Of a truth we will destroy the in-dwellers in this city, for its in-dwellers are evil doers." zoom
N J Dawood (2014) And when Our emissaries brought Abraham the joyful tidings,² they said: ‘We are to destroy the people of this city, for its people have done wrong. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb When Our [angel] messengers came to Abraham with happy news, they [also] said: 'We are about to destroy the people of this town, for its people are truly wrongdoers.' zoom
Ahmed Hulusi When our Rasuls came to Abraham as good news, they said, “Indeed, we will destroy the people of this region... For they have become people who do wrong to themselves.” zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli And when Our messengers came to Abraham with the glad tidings (of a son unto him), they said: �Verily we are going to destroy the people of this town, for verily its people are unjust�. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim And when Our Messengers -The angels- visited Ibrahim and intimated to him the joyful tidings (of the birth of a son in that advanced age) they said to him; "we will be reducing this town and its inhabitants to a useless form, they have been wrongful of actions." zoom
Mir Aneesuddin And when Our messengers came to Ibrahim with good news, they said, “We are going to destroy the people of this town, its people are certainly unjust.” zoom

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