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{ وَقَالَ ٱلَّذِينَ لاَ يَرْجُونَ لِقَآءَنَا لَوْلاَ أُنْزِلَ عَلَيْنَا ٱلْمَلاَئِكَةُ أَوْ نَرَىٰ رَبَّنَا لَقَدِ ٱسْتَكْبَرُواْ فِيۤ أَنفُسِهِمْ وَعَتَوْا عُتُوّاً كَبِيراً }

(And those who look not for a meeting with Us) those who do not believe in resurrection after death, i.e. Abu Jahl and his host (say: Why are angels not sent down unto us) to inform us that Allah sent you to us (and (why) do we not see our Lord) to ask Him about you? (Assuredly they think too highly of themselves) to simply believe; it is also said that this means: they think too highly of themselves when they ask to see Allah, (and are scornful with great pride) refusing to believe; it is also said that they dared to ask for a tremendous thing when they asked for the angels to come to them.


Tafsir Ibn 'Abbas, trans. Mokrane Guezzou
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