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wamā
وَمَا
And what
manaʿa
مَنَعَ
prevented
l-nāsa
ٱلنَّاسَ
the people
an
أَن
that
yu'minū
يُؤْمِنُوٓا۟
they believe
idh
إِذْ
when
jāahumu
جَآءَهُمُ
came to them
l-hudā
ٱلْهُدَىٰٓ
the guidance
illā
إِلَّآ
except
an
أَن
that
qālū
قَالُوٓا۟
they said,
abaʿatha
أَبَعَثَ
"Has Allah sent
l-lahu
ٱللَّهُ
"Has Allah sent
basharan
بَشَرًا
a human
rasūlan
رَّسُولًا
Messenger?"

Wa maa mana'an naasa any yu'minooo iz jaaa'ahumul hudaaa illaaa an qaalooo aba'asal laahu basharar Rasoolaa

Sahih International:

And what prevented the people from believing when guidance came to them except that they said, "Has Allah sent a human messenger?"

1 A. J. Arberry

And naught prevented men from believing when the guidance came to them, but that they said, 'Has God sent forth a mortal as Messenger?'

2 Abdul Haleem

The only thing that kept these people from believing, when guidance came to them, was that they said, ‘How could God have sent a human being as a messenger?’

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And naught hath prevented men from believing when the guidance came Unto them except that they said: hath God sent a human being as apostle?

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

What kept men back from belief when Guidance came to them, was nothing but this; they said, "Has Allah sent a man (like us) to be (His) Messenger?"

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Whenever Guidance came to people, nothing prevented them from believing except that they said: "Has Allah sent a human being as a Messenger?"

6 Ahmed Ali

Nothing prevented men from believing when guidance came to them, other than (what) they said: "Has God sent (only) a man as messenger?"

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And what prevented people from believing when the guidance came to them, except their saying that, “What! Allah has sent a human as a Noble Messenger?”?

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Nothing has kept these people from believing when guidance came to them, but their saying, ‘Has Allah sent a human as an apostle?!’

9 Ali Ünal

And what has kept people from believing when guidance has come to them, except that they said: "Has God sent a mortal man as the Messenger?"

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And nothing has prevented the people from believing when the guidance came to them except their sayings, `Has Allâh raised a human being (like us) as a Messenger?´

11 English Literal

And what prevented/forbid the people that (E) they believe when the guidance came to them, except that (E) they said: "Did God send a human, messenger?"

12 Faridul Haque

And what prevented people from believing when the guidance came to them, except their saying that, "What! Allah has sent a human as a Noble Messenger?"?

13 Hamid S. Aziz

Naught prevents men from believing when the guidance came to them, save their saying, "Has Allah sent a mortal for a messenger?"

14 Hilali & Khan

And nothing prevented men from believing when the guidance came to them, except that they said: "Has Allah sent a man as (His) Messenger?"

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Or thou have a house of gold, or thou ascend into heaven. And we will not believe in thy ascending till thou bring down to us a book we can read. Say: Glory to my Lord! am I aught but a mortal messenger?

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And nothing prevented people from believing when the guidance came to them except that they said: What! has Allah raised up a mortal to be an apostle?

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

And naught prevented mankind from believing when the guidance came unto them save that they said: Hath Allah sent a mortal as (His) messenger?

18 Muhammad Sarwar

What keeps people from belief that guidance has come to them, but they question, "Why has God sent a mortal Messenger?"

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Nothing prevented people from believing when guidance came to them but (the excuse): 'Has Allah sent a human as a Messenger'

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And nothing prevented men from believing when the guidance came to them, except that they said: "Has Allah sent a man as (His) Messenger"

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Nothing has prevented men from believing whenever guidance came to them, save their query, "Has God sent a human being as a messenger?"

22 Talal Itani

Nothing prevented the people from believing, when guidance has come to them, except that they said, “Did God send a human messenger?”

23 Tafsir jalalayn

And nothing prevented mankind from believing when guidance came to them, but that they said, that is, [except] their saying in denial; `Has God sent a human as a messenger [from Him]?', instead of sending an angel.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

The refusal of the Idolators to believe because the Messenger was a Human -- and its refutation

Allah says,

وَمَا مَنَعَ النَّاسَ

And nothing prevented men,

means, most of them,

أَن يُوْمِنُواْ

from believing,

and following the Messengers, except the fact that they found it strange that human beings would be sent as Messengers, as Allah says;

أَكَانَ لِلنَّاسِ عَجَبًا أَنْ أَوْحَيْنَأ إِلَى رَجُلٍ مِّنْهُمْ أَنْ أَنذِرِ النَّاسَ وَبَشِّرِ الَّذِينَ ءامَنُواْ أَنَّ لَهُمْ قَدَمَ صِدْقٍ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ

Is it a wonder for mankind that We have sent Our revelation to a man from among themselves (saying);"Warn mankind, and give good news to those who believe that they shall have with their Lord the rewards of their good deeds." (10;2)

إِذْ جَاءهُمُ الْهُدَى إِلاَّ أَن قَالُواْ أَبَعَثَ اللّهُ بَشَرًا رَّسُولاً



when the guidance came to them, except that they said;"Has Allah sent a man as (His) Messenger!"

Allah says;

ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّهُ كَانَت تَّأْتِيهِمْ رُسُلُهُم بِالْبَيِّنَـتِ فَقَالُواْ أَبَشَرٌ يَهْدُونَنَا

That was because there came to them their Messengers with clear proofs, but they said;"Shall mere men guide us!" (64;6)

Fira`wn and his people said;

أَنُوْمِنُ لِبَشَرَيْنِ مِثْلِنَا وَقَوْمُهُمَا لَنَا عَـبِدُونَ

They said;"Shall we believe in two men like ourselves, and their people are obedient to us with humility!" (23;47)

Similarly, the nations said to their Messengers;

إِنْ أَنتُمْ إِلاَّ بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُنَا تُرِيدُونَ أَن تَصُدُّونَا عَمَّا كَانَ يَعْبُدُ ءَابَأوُنَا فَأْتُونَا بِسُلْطَـنٍ مُّبِينٍ

"You are no more than human beings like us! You wish to turn us away from what our fathers used to worship. Then bring us a clear authority." (14;10)

And there are many other similar Ayat.

Then Allah says, pointing out His kindness and mercy towards His servants, that He sends to them Messengers of their own kind so that they will understand what he says and will be able to speak to him directly. If He sent to mankind a Messenger from among the angels, they would not be able to deal with him face to face and learn from him, as Allah says;

لَقَدْ مَنَّ اللَّهُ عَلَى الْمُومِنِينَ إِذْ بَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رَسُولاً مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ

Indeed, Allah conferred a great favor on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from among themselves. (3;164)

لَقَدْ جَأءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ

Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger from among yourselves. (10;128)

كَمَأ أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولاً مِّنْكُمْ يَتْلُواْ عَلَيْكُمْ ايَـتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ الْكِتَـبَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُم مَّا لَمْ تَكُونُواْ تَعْلَمُونَ

فَاذْكُرُونِى أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ

Similarly, We have sent among you a Messenger of your own, reciting to you Our verses (the Qur'an) and purifying you, and teaching you the Book and the Hikmah, and teaching you that which you used not to know. Therefore remember Me. I will remember you, and be grateful to Me and never be ungrateful to Me. (2;151-152)

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