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20:88 Samari

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“Then he brought out (of the fire) before the (people) the image of a calf: It seemed to low: so they said: This is your god, and the god of Moses, but (Moses) has forgotten!”

The interpolation “it came to pass” is necessary because of the
change from the direct speech in the preceding verse to the indirect in
this one and in the sequence. Sâmarî symbolizes those who are astray
and who lead others astray. Sâmarî in his vision thinks that he has
recognized God in the shape of a bull, and he chose to worship him
instead of the Real One. When Sâmarî said, “I perceived that which
they did not perceive, ,he spoke from his false
visionary certainty. It is just such visionary certainty that even today
drags along the idol-worshipper.

References:

NOORUDDÎN ,ALLÂMAH. (2015). Exegesis of The Holy Qur’ân Commentary and Reflections. http://www.islamicweblibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Exegesis-of-the-Holy-Quran-Commentary-and-Reflections.pdf

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