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16. Wa-itha aradna an nuhlika qaryatan amarna mutrafeeha fafasaqoo feeha fahaqqa

AAalayha alqawlu fadammarnaha tadmeera


16. When We decide to destroy a population, We (first) send a definite order to those

among them who are given the good things of this life and yet transgress; so that the

word is proved true against them: then (it is) We destroy them utterly.

17. Wakam ahlakna mina alqurooni min baAAdi noohin wakafa birabbika bithunoobi

AAibadihi khabeeran baseera


17. How many generations have We destroyed after Noah? and enough is thy Lord to

note and see the sins of His servants.

18. Man kana yureedu alAAajilata AAajjalna lahu feeha ma nashao liman nureedu

thumma jaAAalna lahu jahannama yaslaha mathmooman madhoora


18. If any do wish for the transitory things (of this life), We readily grant them - such

things as We will, to such person as We will: in the end have We provided Hell for them:

they will burn therein, disgraced and rejected.