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Muhammad Asad
And what could make thee conceive what it is, that steep uphill road
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
And what will make you realize what ˹attempting˺ the challenging path is?
Safi Kaskas
And how would you know what is the difficult path?

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Arabic
وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْعَقَبَة
Transliteration
Wama adraka ma alAAaqabatu
Transliteration-2
wamā adrāka mā l-ʿaqabat
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Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
And what can make you know what the steep path (is)?

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad
And what could make thee conceive what it is, that steep uphill road
M. M. Pickthall
Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Ascent is!
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
And what will make you realize what ˹attempting˺ the challenging path is?
Safi Kaskas
And how would you know what is the difficult path?
Wahiduddin Khan
What will explain to you what the ascent is
Shakir
And what will make you comprehend what the uphill road is
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
What will cause thee to recognize what the steep ascent is?
T.B.Irving
What will make you realize what the Obstacle is?
Abdul Hye
And what will make you know what the steep path is?
The Study Quran
And what will apprise thee of the steep pass
Dr. Kamal Omar
And what has made you realise what Al-Aqaba (the difficult terrain) is
Farook Malik
And what will explain to you what the Aqabah is
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
And what will explain to you what the ascent is
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
And what makes you realize what the uneven track is
Muhammad Sarwar
Would that you knew what Aqaba is
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
__ And what may let you know what the steep course is
Shabbir Ahmed
Ah, what will convey unto you what that Ascent is
Dr. Munir Munshey
And how would you know what the harder course (of action) is
Syed Vickar Ahamed
And what will explain to you the path that is hard
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
Do you know which is the difficult pat
Abdel Haleem
What will explain to you what the steep path is
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
And what shall make thee understand that which the steep is
Ahmed Ali
How will you comprehend what the Steep ascent is? -
Aisha Bewley
What will convey to you what the steep ascent is?
Ali Ünal
What enables you to perceive what the ascent is
Ali Quli Qara'i
And what will show you what is the uphill task
Hamid S. Aziz
And what will explain to you the ascent
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
And do you know what the winding mountain road is
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
And what will explain to you the path that is steep
Musharraf Hussain
What can explain to you the mountain track?
Maududi
And what do you know what that difficult steep is
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
Do you know which is the better path?
Mohammad Shafi
And what do you understand what the steep road is

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
And what did you know what that valley is?
Rashad Khalifa
Which one is the difficult path
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
What could let you know what the height is
Maulana Muhammad Ali
And what will make thee comprehend what the uphill road is
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira
And what made you know/informed you what the high mountain path/road (is)
Bijan Moeinian
If you want to know.
Faridul Haque
And what have you understood, what the valley is
Sher Ali
And what should make thee know what the steep ascent is
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
And what have you thought of the steep ascent (of the rigours of the Din [Religion] of truth)
Amatul Rahman Omar
And what should make you know what the uphill path of steep and difficult ascent is
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
And what will make you know the path that is steep

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry
and what shall teach thee what is the steep
George Sale
What shall make thee to understand what the cliff is
Edward Henry Palmer
And what shall make thee know what the steep is
John Medows Rodwell
And who shall teach thee what the steep is
N J Dawood (2014)
Would that you knew what the Height is

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto
What will explain what is meant by “the road that is high”?
Sayyid Qutb
Would that you knew what the Ascent is.
Ahmed Hulusi
Do you know what that steep hill is?
Torres Al Haneef (partial translation)
and what will make you understand what the steep path is
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim
And you just do not know what the difficult path of overcoming self- interest
Mir Aneesuddin
And what will make you realize what the uphill (road) is?

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)
And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?
OLD Literal Word for Word
And what can make you know what the steep path (is)