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وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَا مُوسَى ٱلْكِتَابَ فَٱخْتُلِفَ فِيهِ وَلَوْلاَ كَلِمَةٌ سَبَقَتْ مِن رَّبِّكَ لَقُضِيَ بَيْنَهُمْ وَإِنَّهُمْ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِّنْهُ مُرِيبٍ
-Fussilat ( فصلت )

Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs

(And We verily gave Moses the Scripture) i.e. the Torah, (but there hath been dispute concerning it) concerning the Scripture of Moses; some believed in it while others rejected it; (and but for a Word) to postpone the chastisement of this nation (that had already gone forth from your Lord, it would ere now have been judged between them) the Jews, Christians and idolaters would have been destroyed; it is also said that this means: they would have already been punished for disbelieving, just as were destroyed before them the people who disbelieved their messengers; (but lo! They) the Jews, Christians and idolaters (are in hopeless doubt concerning it) are in manifest doubt concerning the Qur'an; it is also said: concerning the Scripture of Moses.

Tafsir Ibn 'Abbas, trans. Mokrane Guezzou
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