Ayah

Word by Word
أَلَمۡ
Do not
تَرَ
you see
إِلَى
[towards]
ٱلَّذِينَ
those who
أُوتُواْ
were given
نَصِيبٗا
a portion
مِّنَ
of
ٱلۡكِتَٰبِ
the Book
يُؤۡمِنُونَ
They believe
بِٱلۡجِبۡتِ
in the superstition
وَٱلطَّـٰغُوتِ
and the false deities
وَيَقُولُونَ
and they say
لِلَّذِينَ
for those who
كَفَرُواْ
disbelieve[d]
هَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ
These
أَهۡدَىٰ
(are) better guided
مِنَ
than
ٱلَّذِينَ
those who
ءَامَنُواْ
believe[d]
سَبِيلًا
(as to the) way
أَلَمۡ
Do not
تَرَ
you see
إِلَى
[towards]
ٱلَّذِينَ
those who
أُوتُواْ
were given
نَصِيبٗا
a portion
مِّنَ
of
ٱلۡكِتَٰبِ
the Book
يُؤۡمِنُونَ
They believe
بِٱلۡجِبۡتِ
in the superstition
وَٱلطَّـٰغُوتِ
and the false deities
وَيَقُولُونَ
and they say
لِلَّذِينَ
for those who
كَفَرُواْ
disbelieve[d]
هَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ
These
أَهۡدَىٰ
(are) better guided
مِنَ
than
ٱلَّذِينَ
those who
ءَامَنُواْ
believe[d]
سَبِيلًا
(as to the) way

Translation

Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who were given a portion of the Book? they believe in sorcery and Evil, and say to the Unbelievers that they are better guided in the (right) way Than the believers!

Tafsir

The following was revealed regarding Ka'b ibn al-Ashraf and other such scholars from among the Jews, when they came to Mecca and saw those killed at Badr, and began to incite the idolaters to avenge them [their dead] by waging war against the Prophet may peace and salutation be upon him: Have you not seen those who were given a share of the Book, how they believe in al-Jibt and al-Taaghoot, two idols belonging to Quraysh, and say to the disbelievers, to Aboo Sufyaan and his companions, when they [the latter] said to them: 'Are we, who are the guardians of the House, who give drink to the pilgrim, offer hospitality to the guest, set free the captive, and do such and such . not more rightly guided than Muhammad, he who has contravened the religion of his forefathers, severed the ties of kinship, and abandoned the Sanctuary?', 'These, in other words, you, are more rightly guided, upon a more upright way, than the believers'?

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