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74:24 The Walids of all ages

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Then said he: “This is nothing but magic, derived from of old;

The Commentators understand the reference to
be to Walid ibn Mugaira, who was a wealthy Sybarite,
Pagan to the core, and an inveterate enemy to the holy
Prophet. He and Abu Jahl did all they could, from the
beginning of the preaching of Islam, to abuse and
persecute the Preacher, to run down his doctrine, and to
injure those who believed in it.

But the meaning for us is much wider. There are Walids
in all ages. They cannot understand divine inspiration,
and seek to explain its winterfed influence over the lives
of men by some such unmeaning formula as “magic”.
The eternal Hope is to them mere human delusion!


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 74 verse 24) Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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