Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
[But] how shall this remembrance avail them [at the Last Hour], seeing that an apostle had previously come unto them, clearly expounding the truth
M. M. Pickthall
How can there be remembrance for them, when a messenger making plain (the Truth) had already come unto them
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
How shall the message be (effectual) for them, seeing that an Messenger explaining things clearly has (already) come to them,
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
How can they be reminded when a messenger has already come to them, making things clear,
But how can this sudden remembrance benefit them? When a messenger explaining things clearly has already come to them,
How can they benefit from admonition, seeing that a messenger had already come to them explaining things clearly
How shall they be reminded, and there came to them an Messenger making clear (the truth)
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
What will there be as a reminder for them? A clear Messenger drew near them.
Yet they had the Reminder, and an obvious messenger had already come to them.
How can there be an admonition (at the time when the punishment has reached) for them when a Messenger explaining things clearly has already come to them
The Study Quran
How can there be a reminder for them, when a clear messenger had come to them
Dr. Kamal Omar
How (could) the admonition (become beneficial) for them (at this stage)? And surely the Messenger did come to them — being one who was manifestly evident
M. Farook Malik
But how can the acceptance of Our Message at that time be beneficial to them? A Messenger (Muhammad), who makes the things clear, has already come to the
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
But how can they be reminded? An enlightening messenger has already come to them
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
However could they have the Reminding, and an evident Messenger has already come to them
How could this punishment bring them to their senses when a Messenger evidently had come to them
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
How will they take lesson, while there has already come to them a messenger making things clear
How can there be another Reminder for them seeing that a Messenger had already come to them, clearly expounding the Truth? (And this Qur'an is the Eternal Reminder)
Dr. Munir Munshey
Why this change of heart? (Earlier) the messenger had come to them, and had explained matters to them clearly. (But they rejected him)
Syed Vickar Ahamed
How shall the Message be (meaningful) for them, seeing that a Messenger (the Prophet) has (already) come to them— (And is) explaining things clearly
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
How will there be for them a reminder [at that time]? And there had come to them a clear Messenger
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
How is it that now they remember, while a clarifying messenger had come to the
How will this [sudden] faith benefit them? When a prophet came to warn them plainly
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
How can there be an admonition Unto them, when surely there came Unto them an apostle manifest
How can a warning benefit them? The Apostle who explained all things clearly had come to them
How can they expect a Reminder when a clear Messenger has already come to them?
How is a reminder possible for them (such that their profession of faith could be true), seeing that there has come to them a Messenger making the truth clear (and embodying it in every element of his life and character)
Ali Quli Qara'i
What will the admonition avail them, when a manifest apostle had already come to them
Hamid S. Aziz
How can they remember (or understand Allah or the message), when a Messenger making clear (the truth) had already come to them
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
How is the reminder (of any use) for them, while a clarifying messenger has come to them
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
How can there be a reminder for them, seeing that a messenger explaining things clearly has already come to them
They will not learn a lesson even when a Messenger has come to them,
But how will they take heed? Such are they that a Messenger came to them clearly expounding the Truth
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
How is it that now they remember, while a clarifying messenger had come to them
Was not there for them the Zikr [Qur'aan]? And surely a Messenger duly and clearly authorized had come to them therewith
Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
Whence they are to accept admonition, whereas there has already come a clear Messenger.
Now that it is too late, they remember! An enlightening messenger had come to them.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
But how will they avail themselves of the Reminder, when a clear Messenger had already come to the
Maulana Muhammad Ali
When will they be reminded? And a Messenger has indeed come, making clear
Muhammad Ahmed & Samira
From where/how the remembrance/reminder be for them, and a clear/evident messenger had come to them
It will be too late to believe then; God’s Prophet did already warned them
How is it possible for them to accept guidance, whereas a Noble Messenger who speaks clearly has already come to them
How can they benefit by admonition, when there has already come to them a Messenger explaining things clearly
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
How can their acceptance of the admonition now be (of any use), whereas there came to them a Messenger with a clear exposition
Amatul Rahman Omar
How shall they take heed (now in this condition) for there has already come to them a Great Messenger telling the right from the wrong
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
How can there be for them an admonition (at the time when the torment has reached them), when a Messenger explaining things clearly has already come to them
New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
How can this (deadly peril) awaken their hearts (at the last minute) when a Messenger has already come to them (with the Full Knowledge of Truth)?
Sahib Mustaqim Bleher
How can they have a reminder (now), when a clear messenger came to them before?
Linda “iLHam” Barto
How shall the message solidify for them, seeing that a message clearly explaining had come to them?
Fadel Soliman, Bridges‘ Translation
But how can the reminding benefit them when an evident messenger had already come to them,
Irving & Mohamed Hegab
How could the acceptance [of faith after facing torment] be beneficial, while an obvious messenger had already come to them.
How should they have the Reminder? And an apparent messenger has already come to them.
How is it possible for them to be contemplating and taking a lesson now? When a clear Rasul had already come to them...
How can their being mindful (be beneficial on that day), when a messenger who was clear (in his message) had come to them (earlier, but)
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur‘an al-Karim
But in what way and by what means will they be brought to their senses and keep their promise of submitting to Our Authority with hearts reflecting religious and spiritual virtues once they have been delivered from distress. They have denied Our Messenger who brought them the spirit of truth guiding people into all truth