Ayah

Word by Word
قَالَ
He said
ذَٰلِكَ
That
مَا
(is) what
كُنَّا
we were
نَبۡغِۚ
seeking
فَٱرۡتَدَّا
So they returned
عَلَىٰٓ
on
ءَاثَارِهِمَا
their footprints
قَصَصٗا
retracing
قَالَ
He said
ذَٰلِكَ
That
مَا
(is) what
كُنَّا
we were
نَبۡغِۚ
seeking
فَٱرۡتَدَّا
So they returned
عَلَىٰٓ
on
ءَاثَارِهِمَا
their footprints
قَصَصٗا
retracing

Translation

Moses said: "That was what we were seeking after:" So they went back on their footsteps, following (the path they had come).

Tafsir

Said he, Moses, 'That, namely, our losing the fish, is what we have been seeking!', what we have been after, for it is a sign for us of the presence of the one whom we seek. So they turned back, retracing their footsteps, until they reached the rock.

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