كَأَن لَّمۡ يَغۡنَوۡاْ فِيهَآ ۗ أَلَآ إِنَّ ثَمُودَاْ كَفَرُواْ رَبَّهُمۡ ۗ أَلَا بُعۡدًا لِّثَمُودَ
As if they had never dwelt and flourished there. Ah! Behold! for the Thamud rejected their Lord and Cherisher! Ah! Behold! removed (from sight) were the Thamud!<br/>
as if (ka-an had been softened and its subject omitted, in other words [understand it as] ka'annahum) they had not dwelt there, in their dwelling-place: 'Lo! Thamood disbelieved in their Lord, lo! away with Thamood!' (this may be read, declined, li-Thamoodan, or left, as indeclinable, li-Thamooda, referring to the district or the tribe).