Ayah

وَأَقۡسَمُواْ بِٱللَّهِ جَهۡدَ أَيۡمَٰنِهِمۡ لَئِن جَآءَتۡهُمۡ ءَايَةٌ لَّيُؤۡمِنُنَّ بِهَا ۚ قُلۡ إِنَّمَا ٱلۡءَايَٰتُ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ ۖ وَمَا يُشۡعِرُكُمۡ أَنَّهَآ إِذَا جَآءَتۡ لَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ

Translation

They swear their strongest oaths by Allah, that if a (special) sign came to them, by it they would believe. Say: "Certainly (all) signs are in the power of Allah: but what will make you (Muslims) realise that (even) if (special) signs came, they will not believe."?<br/>

Tafsir

They, that is, the disbelievers of Mecca, have sworn by God the most earnest oaths that if there came to them a sign, of what they requested, they will believe in it. Say, to them: 'Signs are only with God', and He sends them down as [and when] He wills; I am but a warner. But what will make you realise?, how would you know if they have believed, if these [signs] did come [to them]? In other words, you would not know this; truly, when they come, they will not believe, because of what I already know (a variant reading [for laa yu'minoona, 'they will not believe'] has laa tu'minoona, 'you will not believe', making the address to the disbelievers; another [variant reading] has annahaa [instead of innahaa, 'that truly'] as meaning la'alla, 'that perhaps', or as governed by the preceding clause [la'in jaa'athum aayatun, 'if there came to them a sign').

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