Ayah

Word by Word
بَلۡ
Nay
قَالُوٓاْ
they say
إِنَّا
Indeed we
وَجَدۡنَآ
[we] found
ءَابَآءَنَا
our forefathers
عَلَىٰٓ
upon
أُمَّةٖ
a religion
وَإِنَّا
and indeed we
عَلَىٰٓ
on
ءَاثَٰرِهِم
their footsteps
مُّهۡتَدُونَ
(are) guided
بَلۡ
Nay
قَالُوٓاْ
they say
إِنَّا
Indeed we
وَجَدۡنَآ
[we] found
ءَابَآءَنَا
our forefathers
عَلَىٰٓ
upon
أُمَّةٖ
a religion
وَإِنَّا
and indeed we
عَلَىٰٓ
on
ءَاثَٰرِهِم
their footsteps
مُّهۡتَدُونَ
(are) guided

Translation

Nay! they say: "We found our fathers following a certain religion, and we do guide ourselves by their footsteps."

Tafsir

Nay, but they say, 'Lo! we found our fathers following a [certain] creed and we are indeed, proceeding, in their footsteps to be guided', by them, for they used to worship other than God.

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