وَمَآ أَرۡسَلۡنَا مِن قَبۡلِكَ إِلَّا رِجَالًا نُّوحِىٓ إِلَيۡهِم مِّنۡ أَهۡلِ ٱلۡقُرَىٰٓ ۗ أَفَلَمۡ يَسِيرُواْ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ فَيَنظُرُواْ كَيۡفَ كَانَ عَٰقِبَةُ ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِهِمۡ ۗ وَلَدَارُ ٱلۡءَاخِرَةِ خَيۡرٌ لِّلَّذِينَ ٱتَّقَوۡاْ ۗ أَفَلَا تَعۡقِلُونَ
Nor did We send before thee (as messengers) any but men, whom we did inspire,- (men) living in human habitations. Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will ye not then understand?<br/>
And We did not send before you [any messengers] save men inspired by revelation (yoohaa ilayhim: a variant reading has noohee ilayhim, 'to whom We revealed') - and not angels - from among the people of the towns, the principal towns, since they are more knowledgeable and wiser than the people of the desert, who are crude and ignorant. Have they, the people of Mecca, not travelled in the land and seen the nature of the consequence for those who were before them?, that is, how they ended up, when they were destroyed for denying their messengers? And verily the abode of the Hereafter, that is, the Paradise, is better for those who are wary, of God. Will they not understand? (read a-fa-laa ya'qiloon, or a-fa-laa ta'qiloon. 'Will you not understand?'), this, O people of Mecca, and so have faith?