كَأَن لَّمۡ يَغۡنَوۡاْ فِيهَآ ۗ أَلَا بُعۡدًا لِّمَدۡيَنَ كَمَا بَعِدَتۡ ثَمُودُ
As if they had never dwelt and flourished there! Ah! Behold! How the Madyan were removed (from sight) as were removed the Thamud!<br/>
as if (ka-an is softened, in other words [understand it as] ka-annahum) they had never dwelt there: 'Lo! Away with Midian, just as Thamood was done away with!'