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Surah Qamar Ayat 2 in Arabic Text

وَإِن يَرَوْا۟ ءَايَةًۭ يُعْرِضُوا۟ وَيَقُولُوا۟ سِحْرٌۭ مُّسْتَمِرٌّۭ
Wa iny yaraw aayatany yu’ridoo wa yaqooloo sihrun mustamirr

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 2

Sahih International
And if they see a miracle, they turn away and say, “Passing magic.”

Yusuf Ali
But if they see a Sign, they turn away, and say, “This is (but) transient magic.”

Abul Ala Maududi
(Regardless of any Signs these people see), they turn away and say: “This is an ongoing sorcery.”

Muhsin Khan
And if they see a sign, they turn away, and say: “This is continuous magic.”

Pickthall
And if they behold a portent they turn away and say: Prolonged illusion.

Dr. Ghali
And in case they see a sign, they veer away and say, “A continuous sorcery!”

Abdel Haleem
Whenever the disbelievers see a sign, they turn away and say, ‘Same old sorcery!’

Quran 54 Verse 2 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Qamar ayat 2, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(54:2) (Regardless of any Signs these people see), they turn away and say: “This is an ongoing sorcery.”[2]


2. The words sihr-um mustamirr of the text can have several meanings:

(1) That, God forbid, this magical illusion also is one of those magical performances that Muhammad (peace be upon him) has been performing day and night.

(2) That this certainly is a work of magic which has been performed with great expertise.

(3) That just as other works of magic have passed, so will this also pass without leaving any lasting effect behind.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Qamar verse 2 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Qamar ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 5.

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