Ayah

Word by Word
وَقَالُوٓاْ
And they say
أَسَٰطِيرُ
Tales
ٱلۡأَوَّلِينَ
(of) the former people
ٱكۡتَتَبَهَا
which he has had written
فَهِيَ
and they
تُمۡلَىٰ
are dictated
عَلَيۡهِ
to him
بُكۡرَةٗ
morning
وَأَصِيلٗا
and evening
وَقَالُوٓاْ
And they say
أَسَٰطِيرُ
Tales
ٱلۡأَوَّلِينَ
(of) the former people
ٱكۡتَتَبَهَا
which he has had written
فَهِيَ
and they
تُمۡلَىٰ
are dictated
عَلَيۡهِ
to him
بُكۡرَةٗ
morning
وَأَصِيلٗا
and evening

Translation

And they say: "Tales of the ancients, which he has caused to be written: and they are dictated before him morning and evening."

Tafsir

And they say, that it [Al-Qur'an] is also, 'Fables, their lies (asaatir is the plural of ustoora) of the ancients which he has had written down, that he has had someone from among those people copy it down for him, so that they are read to him, for him to memorise, morning and evening'. God, exalted be He, responds to them saying:

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