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Muhammad Asad   
Nay, but they say, “Behold, We found our forefathers agreed on what to believe - and, verily, it is in their footsteps that we find our guidance!”
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
In fact, they say, “We found our forefathers following a ˹particular˺ way, and we are following in their footsteps.”
Safi Kaskas   
No they say, but "We found our fathers following this path, and we are guided by their footsteps."

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Arabic   
‏بَلْ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّا وَجَدْنَآ ءَابَآءَنَا عَلَىٰٓ أُمَّةٍۢ وَإِنَّا عَلَىٰٓ ءَاثَرِهِم مُّهْتَدُونَ ‎
Transliteration (2021)   
bal qālū innā wajadnā ābāanā ʿalā ummatin wa-innā ʿalā āthārihim muh'tadūn
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Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
  
Nay, they say, "Indeed, we [we] found our forefathers upon a religion and indeed, we on their footsteps (are) guided."

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad   
Nay, but they say, “Behold, We found our forefathers agreed on what to believe - and, verily, it is in their footsteps that we find our guidance!”
M. M. Pickthall   
Nay, for they say only: Lo! we found our fathers following a religion, and we are guided by their footprints
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)   
Nay! they say: "We found our fathers following a certain religion, and we do guide ourselves by their footsteps."
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
In fact, they say, “We found our forefathers following a ˹particular˺ way, and we are following in their footsteps.”
Safi Kaskas   
No they say, but "We found our fathers following this path, and we are guided by their footsteps."
Wahiduddin Khan   
No indeed! They say, We have found our fathers following a certain course, and we are guided by their footsteps
Shakir   
Nay! they say: We found our fathers on a course, and surely we are guided by their footsteps
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar   
Nay! They said: We found our fathers in a community holding to a way of life and we are, truly, in their footsteps ones who are truly guided.
T.B.Irving   
Moreover they say: "We found our forefathers following such a community and we are merely being guided along their tracks."
Abdul Hye   
Nay! They said: “We found our forefathers following on a certain way and religion, and we guide ourselves on their footsteps.”
The Study Quran   
Nay! They say, “We found our fathers upon a creed, and surely we are rightly guided in their footsteps.
Dr. Kamal Omar   
Nay! They have said: “Surely we, we found our ancestors with a certain concept, and truly we in their foot-steps are those who have received guidance.”
Farook Malik   
The only argument they have is to say: "We found our forefathers practicing this faith and we are walking in their footsteps."
Talal A. Itani (new translation)   
But they say, 'We found our parents on a course, and we are guided in their footsteps.'
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali   
No indeed, (but) they have said, "Surely we found our fathers upon a course, (Literally: a nation: a community; following a leadership or a religion) and surely we are guided upon their tracks."
Muhammad Sarwar   
In fact, they say, "We found our fathers following a certain belief and we now follow in their footsteps for our guidance"
Muhammad Taqi Usmani   
Instead, they say, .We have found our fathers on a certain way, and we are on their footprints, fully guided
Shabbir Ahmed   
Nay, but they say, "Behold, we found our fathers following a certain religion, and we find our way in their footprints."
Dr. Munir Munshey   
No! Rather they say, "We found our parents adhering to a particular way (of life). And now we are following their footsteps."
Syed Vickar Ahamed   
No, they say: "We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we follow their footsteps."
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)   
Rather, they say, "Indeed, we found our fathers upon a religion, and we are in their footsteps [rightly] guided."
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)   
The fact is, they have said: "We found our fathers following a certain way, and we are following in their footsteps."
Abdel Haleem   
No indeed! They say, ‘We saw our fathers following this tradition; we are guided by their footsteps.’
Abdul Majid Daryabadi   
Nay! they say: verily we have found our fathers on a certain way, and verily by their footsteps we are guided
Ahmed Ali   
In fact they say: "We found our fathers following a certain way, and are guided by their footprints."
Aisha Bewley   
No, in fact they say, ´We found our fathers following a religion and we are simply guided in their footsteps.´
Ali Ünal   
Not at all! (Indeed, their only argument is that) they say: "We have found our forefathers following a certain religion, and we are led in their footsteps."
Ali Quli Qara'i   
Rather they say, ‘We found our fathers following a creed, and we are indeed guided in their footsteps.’
Hamid S. Aziz   
Nay! They say, "We found our fathers in a religion, and surely we are guided by their footsteps."
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad   
No, but they said: we found our fathers on a course, and we are guided by their footsteps
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)   
No, they say, “We found our fathers following a certain way, and we guide ourselves by their footsteps.
Musharraf Hussain   
Nay; they say, “We found our forefathers on this path and we are guided by their footsteps.”
Maududi   
Nay; they simply claim: "We found our forefathers on a way, and we continue to find guidance in their footsteps."
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)   
The fact is, they have said: "We found our fathers following a certain way, and we are following in their footsteps.
Mohammad Shafi   
But they say, "We did find our fathers following certain community rites, and we do indeed follow in their footsteps."

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)   
But rather they said, 'We found our forefathers on one religion and we are going on their footsteps'.
Rashad Khalifa   
The fact is that: they said, "We found our parents carrying on certain practices, and we are following in their footsteps."
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah   
No, but they say: 'We found our fathers following a creed, and by following in their footsteps we are guided
Maulana Muhammad Ali   
Nay, they say: We found our fathers on a course, and surely we are guided by their footprints
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira   
But they said: "We (E), we found our fathers on a constitution (set example) , and We (E) on their tracks are guided."
Bijan Moeinian   
Their only argument is, “We follow the footsteps of our forefathers [even if they are wrong.]&rdquo
Faridul Haque   
Rather they said, “We found our forefathers upon a religion, and we are following their footsteps.”
Sher Ali   
Nay, but they say, `We found our fathers following a certain course, and we are guided by their footsteps.
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri   
(No,) but they say: ‘Indeed, we found our fathers following a course (and a religion), and surely we are rightly guided (following) in their footsteps.
Amatul Rahman Omar   
Nay, but they go on saying, `We have found our forefathers on a certain course, and we (while walking) in their footsteps, are following the right course (of true guidance)
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali   
Nay! They say: "We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we guide ourselves by their footsteps."

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry   
Nay, but they say, 'We found our fathers upon a community, and we are guided upon their traces.
George Sale   
But they say, verily we found our fathers practising a religion; and we are guided in their footsteps
Edward Henry Palmer   
Nay; they say, 'We found our fathers (agreed) upon a religion, and, verily, we are guided by their traces.
John Medows Rodwell   
But say they: "Verily we found our fathers of that persuasion, and verily, by their footsteps do we guide ourselves."
N J Dawood (2014)   
Indeed, they say: ‘This was the faith our fathers practised; and we are merely guided by their footsteps.‘

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto   
No! They say, “We saw our ancestors following a religion, and we are following in their footsteps.”
Irving & Mohamed Hegab   
Moreover they say: "We found our forefathers following such a community and we are merely being guided along their tracks."
Ahmed Hulusi   
On the contrary, they said, “We found our forefathers upon this religious understanding and we are guided to the reality upon their footsteps (conditionings – genes).
Mir Aneesuddin   
No, they say, “We found our fathers on ( these ) religious procedures and we are guided by their footsteps.”
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim   
In effect they projected their own cause so as to say: "We have found our fathers bent on a particular system of faith and worship and we walk in their foot steps."

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)   
Nay! they say: "We found our fathers following a certain religion, and we do guide ourselves by their footsteps."
OLD Literal Word for Word   
Nay, they say, "Indeed, we [we] found our forefathers upon a religion and indeed, we on their footsteps (are) guided.