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Muhammad Asad
Why, then, when [the last breath] comes up to the throat [of a dying man]
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Why then ˹are you helpless˺ when the soul ˹of a dying person˺ reaches ˹their˺ throat,
Safi Kaskas
Why then, when the soul at death reaches the throat,

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Arabic
فَلَوْلَا إِذَا بَلَغَتِ الْحُلْقُوم
Transliteration
Falawla itha balaghati alhulqooma
Transliteration-2
falawlā idhā balaghati l-ḥul'qūm
Word for Word
Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
Then why not when it reaches the throat,

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad
Why, then, when [the last breath] comes up to the throat [of a dying man]
M. M. Pickthall
Why, then, when (the soul) cometh up to the throat (of the dying
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
Then why do ye not (intervene) when (the soul of the dying man) reaches the throat,
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Why then ˹are you helpless˺ when the soul ˹of a dying person˺ reaches ˹their˺ throat,
Safi Kaskas
Why then, when the soul at death reaches the throat,
Wahiduddin Khan
Why, then, when the soul of the dying man reaches the throat
Shakir
Why is it not then that when it (soul) comes up to the throat
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
Then, why not intervene when it reached the wind-pipe
T.B.Irving
Why not -when [your soul] leaps to your throat [at death]
Abdul Hye
Then why do you not (intervene) when (the soul of a dying person) reaches the throat
The Study Quran
Why, then, when it reaches the throat
Dr. Kamal Omar
Then why don’t (you intervene) when (the soul of a dying person) has reached the throat
Farook Malik
Why is it not then that when you see a dying person’s soul come up to his throa
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
So when it has reached the throat
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
Then had it been that, when (the self) (i.e., the self of the dying person) reaches the gullet (of the dying)
Muhammad Sarwar
Why can you not help a soul dyin
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
So why (do you) not (intervene) when the soul (of a dying person) reaches the throat
Shabbir Ahmed
Why, then, as the last breath comes up to the throat
Dr. Munir Munshey
How about when (the soul of the dying) heaves up into the throat
Syed Vickar Ahamed
Then why do you not (intervene) when (the soul of the dying man) reaches the throa
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
Then why, when the soul at death reaches the throa
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
So when the time comes and it reaches your throat
Abdel Haleem
When the soul of a dying man comes up to his throa
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
Wherefore then - when the soul cometh up to the wind-pipe
Ahmed Ali
Then how is it that when the (dying) breath is withdrawn into the throat (and rattles)
Aisha Bewley
Why then, when death reaches his throat
Ali Ünal
Then, how is it you do not – when the soul comes up to the throat (of a dying human)
Ali Quli Qara'i
So when it reaches the throat [of the dying person]
Hamid S. Aziz
Why then do you not (intervene) when the soul comes up to the throat (of a dying person)
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
So why not when it (life) reaches the throa
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
Then why do you not intervene when the soul reaches the throat
Musharraf Hussain
Why, then, when a dying person’s last breath comes to the throat, you can’t return it?
Maududi
Why, then, when the soul leaps up to the throat
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
So when the time comes and it reaches your throat.
Mohammad Shafi
Why not then, when the last breath [of a dying man] comes up to the throat

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
Why then it was not when the soul reaches to the throat.
Rashad Khalifa
When the time comes and it (your soul) reaches your throat -
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
Why, then, when the soul leaps up to the throat of the dyin
Maulana Muhammad Ali
Why is it not then that when it comes up to the throat
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira
So if only that the throat/pharynx (the death) reached
Bijan Moeinian
When [the moment of death arrive and] the soul reaches the throat
Faridul Haque
So why was it not, when the soul reaches up to the throat,
Sher Ali
Why, then, when the soul of the dying man reaches the throat
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
Then why do you not (make the soul return) when it reaches the throat (to pass away)
Amatul Rahman Omar
Why, then, when the soul (of the dying person) reaches the throat
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
Then why do you not (intervene) when (the soul of a dying person) reaches the throat

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry
Why, but when the soul leaps to the throat of the dyin
George Sale
When the soul of a dying person cometh up to his throat
Edward Henry Palmer
Why then - when it comes up to the throat
John Medows Rodwell
Why, at the moment when the soul of a dying man shall come up into his throat
N J Dawood (2014)
When under your very eyes a dying man‘s soul leaps up to his throa

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto
Then why do you not act when (the soul) reaches the throat,…
Ahmed Hulusi
And when the soul reaches the throat (at the time of death)!
Mir Aneesuddin
So why is it not that when the (soul) reaches the throat,
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim
So, what about the moment of the encounter with death when the soul is on its way out and it makes a rattle in the throat

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)
Then why do ye not (intervene) when (the soul of the dying man) reaches the throat,
OLD Literal Word for Word
Then why not when it reaches the throat