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Muhammad Asad
[Ask them:] “Would you, perchance, after having turned away [from God’s commandment, prefer to revert to your old ways, and] spread corruption on earth, and [once again] cut asunder your ties of kinship?&rdquo
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Now if you ˹hypocrites˺ turn away, perhaps you would then spread corruption throughout the land and sever your ˹ties of˺ kinship!
Safi Kaskas
Would you prefer to turn away and go spreading corruption on earth and sever your ties of kinship?

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فَهَلْ عَسَيْتُمْ إِن تَوَلَّيْتُمْ أَن تُفْسِدُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَتُقَطِّعُوا أَرْحَامَكُم
Transliteration
Fahal AAasaytum in tawallaytum an tufsidoo fee al-ardi watuqattiAAoo arhamakum
Transliteration-2
fahal ʿasaytum in tawallaytum an tuf'sidū fī l-arḍi watuqaṭṭiʿū arḥāmaku
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Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
Then would you perhaps, if you are given authority that you cause corruption in the earth and cut off your ties of kinship.

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad
[Ask them:] “Would you, perchance, after having turned away [from God’s commandment, prefer to revert to your old ways, and] spread corruption on earth, and [once again] cut asunder your ties of kinship?&rdquo
M. M. Pickthall
Would ye then, if ye were given the command, work corruption in the land and sever your ties of kinship
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
Then, is it to be expected of you, if ye were put in authority, that ye will do mischief in the land, and break your ties of kith and kin
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Now if you ˹hypocrites˺ turn away, perhaps you would then spread corruption throughout the land and sever your ˹ties of˺ kinship!
Safi Kaskas
Would you prefer to turn away and go spreading corruption on earth and sever your ties of kinship?
Wahiduddin Khan
Then if you turn away, you are likely to spread corruption on the earth and sever your ties of kinship
Shakir
But if you held command, you were sure to make mischief in the land and cut off the ties of kinship
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
Will it be that if you turned away, you would make corruption in the earth and cut off your ties with blood relations?
T.B.Irving
Would you by any chance, if you assumed power, cause havoc on earth and fight with your own flesh and blood?
Abdul Hye
Would you might then, if you were given the authority, do mischief in the land, and sever your ties of kinship?
The Study Quran
Were you to turn away, would you perchance work corruption upon the earth and break your family relations
Dr. Kamal Omar
Would you then be tempted if you gained authority, that you may create mischief on the earth and cut off your wombs (i.e., sever your ties of kinship)
Farook Malik
Now what can be expected of you if you are put in authority, other than to do evil in the land and violate the ties of blood
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
If you turn away, you are likely to make mischief on earth, and sever your family ties
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
Then, in case you turn away, might it be that you corrupt in the earth and sever your bonds of kin
Muhammad Sarwar
If you ignore the commands of God would you then also spread evil in the land and sever the ties of kinship
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
So, (O hypocrites,) do you not apprehend that, in case you turn away (from Jihad ), you will spread disorder in the land and will sever your ties of kinship
Shabbir Ahmed
Would you then, rather turn back (to the old ways of Ignorance) and work corruption in the land, and break the common bond of humanity and your ties of mutual relationships
Dr. Munir Munshey
If given authority in the land, you would disobey (Allah), spread mischief, and violate the family ties
Syed Vickar Ahamed
Then, is it to be expected of you, if you were put in authority, that you will do mischief in the land, and break your ties with (people and) relatives
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
So would you perhaps, if you turned away, cause corruption on earth and sever your [ties of] relationship
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
So do you plan that when you turn away, that you will corrupt the land and sever your family tie
Abdel Haleem
‘If you turn away now, could it be that you will go on to spread corruption all over the land and break your ties of kinship?&rsquo
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
Then, belike ye are, if ye turn to cause corruption in the earth away, and to sever your kinship
Ahmed Ali
Is it possible that if placed in authority you will create disorder in the land and sever your bonds of relationship
Aisha Bewley
Is it not likely that, if you did turn away, you would cause corruption in the earth and sever your ties of kinship?
Ali Ünal
But is it to be expected of you (O hypocritical ones), that you will break your promise and turn away (from God’s commandments), and cause disorder and corruption in the land, and sever the ties of kinship
Ali Quli Qara'i
May it not be that if you were to wield authority you would cause corruption in the land and ill-treat your blood relations
Hamid S. Aziz
But if you held command, would you make mischief in the land and cut off the ties of kinship
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
So if you take over, would you perhaps commit corruption on the earth and cut off your blood relatives (and your close relatives)
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
Then is it to be expected of you, that if you were put in authority, that you will commit crimes in the land, and break your ties with friends and family
Musharraf Hussain
So if you turn away now perhaps you would create corruption on the land and sever your blood ties.
Maududi
Now, if you were to turn away, what else can be expected but that you will work corruption in the land and fly at each other´s throats
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
So do you plan that when you turn away, that you will corrupt the land and sever your family ties
Mohammad Shafi
"If you turn away, would you, then, spread corruption on earth, and cut asunder your ties of kinship!?"

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
Do you then have the sign that if you get the authority, spread disorder in the land and sever your ties of Kinship?
Rashad Khalifa
Is it also your intention that as soon as you leave you will commit evil and mistreat your relatives?
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
Could it be, that if you turn away, you might make corruption in the land and break the ties of kinship
Maulana Muhammad Ali
But if you turn away, you are sure to make mischief in the land and cut off the ties of kinship
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira
So did you maybe/perhaps (hope) if you turned away that (E) you corrupt/disorder in the earth/Planet Earth and cut off/sever your relations/wombs/uteruses? (Did you expect to get away with it?
Bijan Moeinian
[Now that you are questioning the Lord’s commands,] What else is next? Turning back to the days of ignorance, starting mischief on earth and mistreating your relatives
Faridul Haque
So do you * portray that if you get governance, you would spread chaos in the land and sever your relations? (* The hypocrites
Sher Ali
Would you not then, if you are placed in authority, create disorder in the land and sever your ties of kinship
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
So, (O hypocrites,) what is expected of you is that if you (escape fighting by dodging and) attain to power, you will spread only mischief in the land and break your ties of kinship (which Allah and His Messenger [blessings and peace be upon him] have commanded to strengthen with affection and care)
Amatul Rahman Omar
(Hypocrites!) it is more likely that if you are given authority and power, you will create disorder in the land and violate your ties of kinship
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
Would you then, if you were given the authority, do mischief in the land, and sever your ties of kinship

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry
If you turned away, would you then haply work corruption in the land, and break your bonds of kin
George Sale
Were ye ready therefore, if ye had been put in authority, to commit outrages in the earth, and to violate your ties of blood
Edward Henry Palmer
Would ye perhaps, if ye had turned back, have done evil in the land and severed the bonds of kinship
John Medows Rodwell
Were ye not ready, if ye had turned back from Him, to spread disorder in the land, and violate the ties of blood
N J Dawood (2014)
If you¹ renounced the Faith, would you not do evil in the land and violate the ties of blood

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto
What would happen if you [hypocrites] were put in charge? Would you spread corruption in the land and break your family ties?
Ahmed Hulusi
If you turn back, would you not be causing corruption on the earth and severing your ties of relations?
Mir Aneesuddin
But if you held command, is it not possible that you will cause corruption in the earth and cut off the ties of your relationships?
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim
And if you people fail to obey Allah's command, then do you have in mind, as a fixed purpose, to make mischief and create discord on earth and break the ties of a common blood and of uterine consanguinity

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)
Then, is it to be expected of you, if ye were put in authority, that ye will do mischief in the land, and break your ties of kith and kin
OLD Literal Word for Word
Then would you perhaps, if you are given that you cause corruption in the earth and cut off your ties of kinship