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{ ذٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَالُواْ لَن تَمَسَّنَا ٱلنَّارُ إِلاَّ أَيَّاماً مَّعْدُودَاتٍ وَغَرَّهُمْ فِي دِينِهِمْ مَّا كَانُواْ يَفْتَرُونَ }

That turning away and rejection was because they said ‘the Fire shall not touch us except for a number of days’ that is for forty days only the length of time their forefathers worshipped the calf after which it would end; and the lies they used to invent in their saying this have deluded them in their religion wa-gharrahum fī dīnihim ‘it has deluded them in their religion’ is semantically connected to mā kānū yaftarūna ‘the lies which they used to invent’.


Tafsir al-Jalalayn, trans. Feras Hamza
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