Qaaloo maaa antum illaa basharum mislunaa wa maaa anzalar Rahmaanu min shai'in in antum illaa takziboon
They said, "You are not but human beings like us, and the Most Merciful has not revealed a thing. You are only telling lies."
1 A. J. Arberry
They said, 'You are naught but mortals like us; the All-merciful has not sent down anything. You are speaking only lies.'
2 Abdul Haleem
They said, ‘Truly, we are messengers to you,’
3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi
They said: ye are but human beings like ourselves; the Compassionate hath not sent down aught; ye are only lying.
4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali
The (people) said; "Ye are only men like ourselves; and (Allah) Most Gracious sends no sort of revelation; ye do nothing but lie."
5 Abul Ala Maududi
They said: “We have been sent to you as Messengers.” The people of the town said: “You are only human beings like ourselves, and the Merciful Lord has revealed nothing. You are simply lying.”
6 Ahmed Ali
"You are only men like us," they replied; "Ar-Rahman has not sent down any thing. You are speaking only lies."
7 Ahmed Raza Khan
They said, “You are nothing but mortals like us; the Most Gracious has not sent down anything – you are nothing but liars.”
8 Ali Quli Qarai
They said, ‘You are no other than human beings like us, and the All-beneficent has not sent down anything, and you are only lying.’
9 Ali Ünal
They said: "You are but mortals like us. The All-Merciful has never sent down anything (by way of Book, as you claim). You are only telling lies."
10 Amatul Rahman Omar
They (- the contemporaries of the Messengers) gave (a general) reply, `You are only human beings like ourselves. The Most Gracious (God) has revealed nothing (to you). You are simply telling lies.´
11 English Literal
They said: "You are not except humans equal/alike to us , and the merciful did not descend from a thing, that truly you are except lying/denying/falsifying."
12 Faridul Haque
They said, “You are nothing but mortals like us; the Most Gracious has not sent down anything - you are nothing but liars.”
13 Hamid S. Aziz
When We sent to them two, they rejected both of them, then We strengthened (them) with a third, and they said, "Surely we are messengers to you."
14 Hilali & Khan
They (people of the town) said: "You are only human beings like ourselves, and the Most Beneficent (Allah) has revealed nothing, you are only telling lies."
15 Maulana Mohammad Ali
When We sent to them two, they rejected them both; then We strengthened (them) with a third, so they said: Surely we are sent to you.
16 Mohammad Habib Shakir
They said: You are naught but mortals like ourselves, nor has the Beneficent Allah revealed anything; you only lie.
17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall
They said: Ye are but mortals like unto us. The Beneficent hath naught revealed. Ye do but lie!
18 Muhammad Sarwar
The people said, "You are mere mortals like us and the Beneficent God has sent nothing. You are only liars."
19 Qaribullah & Darwish
But they said: 'You are only humans like ourselves. The Merciful has not sent down anything, your speech is but lies'
20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri
They said: "You are only human beings like ourselves, and the Most Gracious has revealed nothing. You are only telling lies."
21 Wahiduddin Khan
They replied, "You are nothing but mortal men like us and the Merciful God has not revealed anything. You are surely lying."
22 Talal Itani
They said, “You are nothing but humans like us, and the Gracious did not send down anything; you are only lying.”
23 Tafsir jalalayn
They said, `You are nothing but humans like us, and the Compassionate One has revealed nothing. You are only lying!'
24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir
قَالُوا مَا أَنتُمْ إِلاَّ بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُنَا
They said;"You are only human beings like ourselves..."
means, `so how could you receive revelation when you are human beings and we are human beings, so why do we not receive revelation like you If you are Messengers, you should be angels.'
This is like what many of the nations said who disbelieved, as Allah has told us in the Ayah;
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)
meaning that they were amazed by that and they denied it.
And Allah says;
قَالُواْ إِنْ أَنتُمْ إِلاَّ بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُنَا تُرِيدُونَ أَن تَصُدُّونَا عَمَّا كَانَ يَعْبُدُ ءَابَأوُنَا فَأْتُونَا بِسُلْطَـنٍ مُّبِينٍ
They said;"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 Allah tells us that they said;
وَلَيِنْ أَطَعْتُمْ بَشَراً مِّثْلَكُمْ إِنَّكُمْ إِذاً لَّخَـسِرُونَ
"If you were to obey a human being like yourselves, then verily, you indeed would be losers." (23;34)
And Allah says;
وَمَا مَنَعَ النَّاسَ أَن يُوْمِنُواْ إِذْ جَأءَهُمُ الْهُدَى إِلاَّ أَن قَالُواْ أَبَعَثَ اللَّهُ بَشَرًا رَّسُولاً
And nothing prevented men from believing when the guidance came to them, except that they said;"Has Allah sent a man as (His) Messenger!" (17;94)
These people said;
قَالُوا مَا أَنتُمْ إِلاَّ بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُنَا وَمَا أَنزَلَ الرَّحْمن مِن شَيْءٍ إِنْ أَنتُمْ إِلاَّ تَكْذِبُونَ
قَالُوا رَبُّنَا يَعْلَمُ إِنَّا إِلَيْكُمْ لَمُرْسَلُونَ