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Surah Ar-Rum Ayat 42 in Arabic Text

قُلْ سِيرُوا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ فَٱنظُرُوا۟ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَـٰقِبَةُ ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلُ ۚ كَانَ أَكْثَرُهُم مُّشْرِكِينَ
Qul seeroo fil ardi fanzuroo kaifa kaana ‘aaqibatul lazeena min qabl; kaana aksaruhum mushrikeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 42

Sahih International
Say, [O Muhammad], “Travel through the land and observe how was the end of those before. Most of them were associators [of others with Allah].

Yusuf Ali
Say: “Travel through the earth and see what was the end of those before (you): Most of them worshipped others besides Allah.”

Abul Ala Maududi
(O Prophet), say: “Traverse in the earth and see what was the end of those who went before you: most of them associated others with Allah in His Divinity.”

Muhsin Khan
Say (O Muhammad SAW): “Travel in the land and see what was the end of those before (you)! Most of them were Mushrikun (the disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, polytheists, idolaters, etc.).”

Pickthall
Say (O Muhammad, to the disbelievers): Travel in the land, and see the nature of the consequence for those who were before you! Most of them were idolaters.

Dr. Ghali
Say, “Travel in the earth, then look into how was the end of the ones who were earlier; most of them were associators.” (Those who associate others with Allah).

Abdel Haleem
Say, ‘Travel through the land, and see how those before you met their end- most of them were idolaters.’

Quran 30 Verse 42 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ar-Rum ayat 42, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(30:42) (O Prophet), say: “Traverse in the earth and see what was the end of those who went before you: most of them associated others with Allah in His Divinity.”[65]


65. That is, “The disastrous war between Byzantium and Iran is not a new thing of its kind. The past history of mankind is full of the accounts of the destruction of great nations. The root cause of the evils that caused the destruction of those nations was shirk which you are today being admonished to avoid.”

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ar-Rum verse 42 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Rum ayat 41 which provides the complete commentary from verse 41 through 42.

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