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وَإِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُنَا قَالُواْ قَدْ سَمِعْنَا لَوْ نَشَآءُ لَقُلْنَا مِثْلَ هَـٰذَا إِنْ هَـٰذَآ إِلاَّ أَسَاطِيرُ ٱلأَوَّلِينَ
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-Al-Anfâl ( الأنفال )

Tafsir al-Jalalayn

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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