Ayah

فَأَعۡرَضُواْ فَأَرۡسَلۡنَا عَلَيۡهِمۡ سَيۡلَ ٱلۡعَرِمِ وَبَدَّلۡنَٰهُم بِجَنَّتَيۡهِمۡ جَنَّتَيۡنِ ذَوَاتَىۡ أُكُلٍ خَمۡطٍ وَأَثۡلٍ وَشَىۡءٍ مِّن سِدۡرٍ قَلِيلٍ

Translation

But they turned away (from Allah), and We sent against them the Flood (released) from the dams, and We converted their two garden (rows) into "gardens" producing bitter fruit, and tamarisks, and some few (stunted) Lote-trees.<br/>

Tafsir

But they were disregardful, of giving thanks to Him and became disbelievers, so We unleashed upon them the flood of the Dam (al-'arim is the plural of 'arima, which is a structure or something similar that holds water back [to be stored] for when it is needed), in other words, [We unleashed upon them] the floodwaters of their valley which had been held back by the mentioned [structure] so that they engulfed their two the Paradises together with all their property. And We gave them in place of their two the Paradises two the Paradises bearing (dhawaatay, a dual form of [feminine plural] dhawaat; usually [the form dhaatay from] the singular [would have been used]) bitter fruit, bitter and vile (ukul may be read as a genitive annexation [ukulin khamtin] in the sense of 'that which is eaten [thereof being bitter]; or it may be read without [as ukuli khamtin]; and this [phrase] is supplemented [by the following, wa-athlin wa-shay'in min sidrin qaleel) and tamarisk and sparse lote trees.

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