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{ وَإِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُنَا قَالُواْ قَدْ سَمِعْنَا لَوْ نَشَآءُ لَقُلْنَا مِثْلَ هَـٰذَا إِنْ هَـٰذَآ إِلاَّ أَسَاطِيرُ ٱلأَوَّلِينَ }

And when Our verses namely the Qur’ān were being recited to them they said ‘We have already heard! If we wish we can speak the like of this — al-Nadr b. al-Hārith said this for he used to travel on trading business to al-Hīra where he would buy books containing the tales of the Persians and would recount these to the Meccans; this Qur’ān is nothing but the fables the lies of the ancients’.


Tafsir al-Jalalayn, trans. Feras Hamza
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