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falammā
فَلَمَّا
But when
jāahum
جَآءَهُم
came to them
mūsā
مُّوسَىٰ
Musa
biāyātinā
بِـَٔايَٰتِنَا
with Our Signs
bayyinātin
بَيِّنَٰتٍ
clear,
qālū
قَالُوا۟
they said,
مَا
"Not
hādhā
هَٰذَآ
(is) this
illā
إِلَّا
except
siḥ'run
سِحْرٌ
a magic
muf'taran
مُّفْتَرًى
invented,
wamā
وَمَا
and not
samiʿ'nā
سَمِعْنَا
we heard
bihādhā
بِهَٰذَا
of this
فِىٓ
among
ābāinā
ءَابَآئِنَا
our forefathers."
l-awalīna
ٱلْأَوَّلِينَ
our forefathers."

Falammaa jaaa'ahum Moosaa bi Aayaatinaa baiyinaatin qaaloo maa haazaaa illaa sihrum muftaranw wa maa sami'naa bihaazaa feee aabaaa'inal awwaleen

Sahih International:

But when Moses came to them with Our signs as clear evidences, they said, "This is not except invented magic, and we have not heard of this [religion] among our forefathers."

1 A. J. Arberry

So when Moses came to them with Our signs, clear signs, they said, 'This is nothing but a forged sorcery. We never heard of this among our fathers, the ancients.'

2 Abdul Haleem

But when Moses came to them with Our clear signs, they said, ‘These are mere conjuring tricks; we never heard this from our forefathers.’

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Then when Musa came unto them with Our manifest signs, they said: this is naught but magic fabricated; and we heard not of this among our fathers of old.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

When Moses came to them with Our clear signs, they said; "This is nothing but sorcery faked up; never did we head the like among our fathers of old!"

5 Abul Ala Maududi

But when Moses came to them with Our Clear Signs, they said: "This is nothing but a magic that has been contrived. We never heard anything like it from our ancestors of yore."

6 Ahmed Ali

But when Moses came to them with Our clear signs they said: "This is nothing but magic he has contrived, for we have not heard of this from our fathers of old."

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

Therefore when Moosa came to them with Our clear signs they said, “This is nothing but invented magic, and we never heard anything like this among our forefathers.”

8 Ali Quli Qarai

When Moses brought them Our manifest signs, they said, ‘This is nothing but concocted magic. We never heard of such a thing among our forefathers.’

9 Ali Ünal

When Moses came to them (the Pharaoh and his chiefs) with Our manifest signs, they said: "This (that you show as miracles to prove your Messengership) is nothing but sorcery contrived. And we never heard this (the call to Him Whom you call the Lord of the worlds) in the time of our forefathers of old."

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

So when Moses came to them (- the people of Pharaoh) with Our clear signs they said, `This is but a forged and unprecedented fraud. We never heard such a thing in the time of our forefathers.´

11 English Literal

So when Moses came to them with Our evidences/signs evidences, they said: "What (is) that except magic/sorcery fabricated/cut and split, and We did not hear with that in our fathers/forefathers, the first/beginning."

12 Faridul Haque

Therefore when Moosa came to them with Our clear signs they said, “This is nothing but invented magic, and we never heard anything like this among our forefathers.”

13 Hamid S. Aziz

He said, "We will strengthen your arm with your brother; and We give you both authority (or power), and they shall not reach (touch) you for Our signs (they will make you triumphant). You two and those who follow you shall gain the upper hand."

14 Hilali & Khan

Then when Musa (Moses) came to them with Our Clear Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they said: "This is nothing but invented magic. Never did we hear of this among our fathers of old."

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

And my brother, Aaron, he is more eloquent in speech than I, so send him with me as a helper to confirm me. Surely I fear that they would reject me.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

So when Musa came to them with Our clear signs, they said: This is nothing but forged enchantment, and we never heard of it amongst our fathers of old.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

But when Moses came unto them with Our clear tokens, they said: This is naught but invented magic. We never heard of this among our fathers of old.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

When Moses came to them with Our miracles, they said, "These are only invented magic. We have never heard of such things from our fathers".

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

And when Moses came to them with Our clear signs, they said: 'This is nothing but forged sorcery. We have never heard of this among our fathers, the ancients.'

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Then when Musa came to them with Our Clear Ayat, they said: "This is nothing but invented magic. Never did we hear of this among our fathers of old."

21 Wahiduddin Khan

When Moses came to them with Our clear signs, they said, "This is nothing but contrived magic. We never heard of this among our forefathers."

22 Talal Itani

But when Moses came to them with Our signs, clear and manifest, they said, “This is nothing but fabricated magic, and We never heard of this from our ancestors of old.”

23 Tafsir jalalayn

But when Moses brought them Our clear signs (bayyintin, a circumstantial qualifier) they said, `This is nothing but concocted, invented, sorcery. And we never heard of such [a thing], to have [ever] existed, in, the days of, our forefathers'.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

Musa before Fir`awn and His People

Allah tells;

فَلَمَّا جَاءهُم مُّوسَى بِأيَاتِنَا بَيِّنَاتٍ قَالُوا

Then when Musa came to them with Our Clear Ayat, they said;

Allah tells us how Musa and his brother Harun came before Fir`awn and his chiefs, and showed them the clear miracles and overwhelming proof that Allah had given them to confirm the truth of what they were saying about Allah being One and that His commandments were to be followed.

Fir`awn and his chiefs saw that with their own eyes and realized that it was certainly from Allah, but because of their disbelief and sin they resorted to stubbornness and false arguments. This was because they were too evil and arrogant to follow the truth. They said;

مَا هَذَا إِلاَّ سِحْرٌ مُّفْتَرًى

This is nothing but invented magic.

meaning, fabricated and made up. They wanted to oppose him by means of their own tricks and their position and power, but this did not work.

وَمَا سَمِعْنَا بِهَذَا فِي ابَايِنَا الاَْوَّلِينَ



Never did we hear of this among our fathers of old.

They were referring worshipping Allah Alone, with no partner or associate. They said;"We have never seen anyone among our forefathers following this religion; we have only ever seen people associating other gods in worship with Allah