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قَالَتْ يَٰوَيْلَتَىٰ ءَأَلِدُ وَأَنَاْ عَجُوزٌ وَهَـٰذَا بَعْلِي شَيْخاً إِنَّ هَـٰذَا لَشَيْءٌ عَجِيبٌ
-Hûd ( هود )

Tafsir al-Jalalayn

She said, ‘Woe to me! (yā waylatā is an expression used in [reaction to] a serious matter; the alif [suffixed in waylatā] substitutes for the yā’ of the genitive annexation [waylatī, ‘my woe’]). Shall I bear a child when I am an old woman, 99 years old, and this my husband is an old man?, 100 or 120 years old (shaykhan is in the accusative because it is a circumstantial qualifier, operated by the demonstrative import of dhā, ‘this’). Truly this is a strange thing’, that a child should be born to such an aged couple.

Tafsir al-Jalalayn, trans. Feras Hamza
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