Al-Quran Surah 3. Al-i'Imran, Ayah 137

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قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ سُنَنٌ فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانْظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

Asad : [MANY] WAYS of life have passed away before your time.98 Go, then, about the earth and behold what happened in the end to those who gave the lie to the truth:
Khattab :

Similar situations came to pass before you, so travel throughout the land and see the fate of the deniers.

Malik : As for those who rejected the Divine Revelations, there have been many examples before you; therefore, travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who rejected the truth.
Pickthall : Systems have passed away before you. Do but travel in the land and see the nature of the consequence for those who did deny (the messengers).
Yusuf Ali : Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who rejected truth. 456
Transliteration : Qad khalat min qablikum sunanun faseeroo fee alardi faonthuroo kayfa kana AAaqibatu almukaththibeena
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Asad 98 The word sunnah (of which sunan is the plural) denotes a "way of life" or "conduct" (hence its application, in Islamic terminology, to the way of life of the Prophet as an example for his followers). In the above passage, the term sunan refers to the "conditions (ahwal) characteristic of past centuries" (Razi), in which, despite all the continuous changes, an ever-recurring pattern can be discerned: a typically Qur'anic reference to the possibility, and necessity, of learning from man's past experiences.

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Yusuf Ali 456 Cf. Tennyson (In Memoriam): "Our little systems have their day. They have their day and cease to be: They are but broken lights of Thee, And Thou, 0 Lord! art more than they." Only Allah's Truth will last, and it will gain the mastery in the end. If there is defeat, we must not be dejected, lose heart, or give up the struggle. Faith means hope, activity, striving steadfastly on to the goal. Sunan: different ways by which the ancient people like Ad, Thamud, the people of the Prophet Nuh were treated because of their arrogance, disobedience and rejection of faith.

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