Al-Quran Surah 26. Ash-Shu'araa, Ayah 128

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أَتَبْنُونَ بِكُلِّ رِيعٍ آيَةً تَعْبَثُونَ


Asad : "Will you, in your wanton folly, build [idolatrous] altars on every height,56
Khattab :

˹Why˺ do you build a landmark on every high place in vanity,

Malik : Are you erecting a monument on every high place for fun?
Pickthall : Build ye on every high place a monument for vain delight?
Yusuf Ali : "Do ye build a landmark on every high place to amuse yourselves? 3196
Transliteration : Atabnoona bikulli reeAAin ayatan taAAbathoona
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Asad   
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Asad 56 The noun ayah, which primarily denotes "a sign" or "a token", evidently refers here to the ancient Semitic custom of worshipping the tribal gods on hilltops, which were crowned to this end by sacrificial altars or monuments, each of them devoted to a particular deity: hence my rendering of ayah, in this particular context, as "altars" (in the plural).

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Yusuf Ali   
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Yusuf Ali 3196 Any merely material civilisation prides itself on show and parade. Its votaries scatter monuments for all sorts of things in conspicuous places-monuments which commemorate deeds and events which are forgotten in a few generations! Cf. Shelley's poem on Ozymandias: "I am Ozymandias, King of Kings! Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! .... Boundless and bare the lonely and level sands stretch far away!"

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