Ayah

Word by Word
فَٱسۡتَفۡتِهِمۡ
Then ask them
أَهُمۡ
Are they
أَشَدُّ
a stronger
خَلۡقًا
creation
أَم
or
مَّنۡ
(those) whom
خَلَقۡنَآۚ
We have created
إِنَّا
Indeed We
خَلَقۡنَٰهُم
created them
مِّن
from
طِينٖ
a clay
لَّازِبِۭ
sticky
فَٱسۡتَفۡتِهِمۡ
Then ask them
أَهُمۡ
Are they
أَشَدُّ
a stronger
خَلۡقًا
creation
أَم
or
مَّنۡ
(those) whom
خَلَقۡنَآۚ
We have created
إِنَّا
Indeed We
خَلَقۡنَٰهُم
created them
مِّن
from
طِينٖ
a clay
لَّازِبِۭ
sticky

Translation

Just ask their opinion: are they the more difficult to create, or the (other) beings We have created? Them have We created out of a sticky clay!

Tafsir

So ask them, in other words, inquire of the people of Mecca for affirmation or by way of rebuke: Are they stronger as a creation, or those [others] whom We created?, of angels, skies, the two earths and all that is in them (the use of man, 'those whom' [in man khalaqnaa] indicates that the reference is predominantly to [other] rational creatures). Indeed We created them, that is, their origin, Adam, from a viscous clay, that sticks to the hand. The [intended] meaning is that their physical make-up is fragile so let them not behave arrogantly by rejecting the Prophet and Al-Qur'an, a fact which will result in their - easily accomplished - destruction.

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