قَالَ بَلۡ فَعَلَهُۥ كَبِيرُهُمۡ هَٰذَا فَسۡـَٔلُوهُمۡ إِن كَانُواْ يَنطِقُونَ
He said: "Nay, this was done by - this is their biggest one! ask them, if they can speak intelligently!"<br/>
He said, concealing his deed: 'Rather it was this principal one among them did it. So question them, about the perpetrator of this, if they can speak!' (here the response to the conditional statement precedes [the conditional clause]; in the preceding clause there is an intimation for them that an idol, acknowledged as being incapable of action, cannot be a god).