Ayah

Word by Word
إِنۡ
Not
هَٰذَآ
(is) this
إِلَّا
but
خُلُقُ
(the) custom
ٱلۡأَوَّلِينَ
(of) the former (people)
إِنۡ
Not
هَٰذَآ
(is) this
إِلَّا
but
خُلُقُ
(the) custom
ٱلۡأَوَّلِينَ
(of) the former (people)

Translation

"This is no other than a customary device of the ancients,

Tafsir

This, that you threaten us with, is merely the fabrication of the ancients, that is, their inventions and lies (a variant reading [for khalq, 'fabrication'] is khuluq, 'ethos', in other words, this denial of resurrection to which we adhere is merely 'the ethos of the ancients', in other words, their nature and wont);

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