Ayah

قَالَتۡ رُسُلُهُمۡ أَفِى ٱللَّهِ شَكٌّ فَاطِرِ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِ ۖ يَدۡعُوكُمۡ لِيَغۡفِرَ لَكُم مِّن ذُنُوبِكُمۡ وَيُؤَخِّرَكُمۡ إِلَىٰٓ أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى ۚ قَالُوٓاْ إِنۡ أَنتُمۡ إِلَّا بَشَرٌ مِّثۡلُنَا تُرِيدُونَ أَن تَصُدُّونَا عَمَّا كَانَ يَعۡبُدُ ءَابَآؤُنَا فَأۡتُونَا بِسُلۡطَٰنٍ مُّبِينٍ

Translation

Their messengers said: "Is there a doubt about Allah, The Creator of the heavens and the earth? It is He Who invites you, in order that He may forgive you your sins and give you respite for a term appointed!" They said: "Ah! ye are no more than human, like ourselves! Ye wish to turn us away from the (gods) our fathers used to worship: then bring us some clear authority."<br/>

Tafsir

Their messengers said, 'Can there be doubt concerning God (an interrogative meant as a denial), in other words, there can be no doubt concerning His Oneness, given the manifest proofs of it, the Originator, the Creator, of the skies and the earth? He calls you, to obedience of Him, so that He might forgive you your sins (min dhunoobikum: min is extra, since through submission [to the One God] all that may have been committed previously is forgiven (or else it [min, 'some of'] is partitive, intended to state that [forgiveness] which is due to [God's] servants) and defer you, without chastisement, to an appointed term', the term of death. They said, 'You are but mortals like us, desiring to bar us from that which our fathers used to worship, in the way of idols. So bring us a clear warrant', a manifest argument demonstrating your truthfulness.

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