Al-Quran Surah 37. As-Saffat, Ayah 168

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لَوْ أَنَّ عِنْدَنَا ذِكْرًا مِنَ الْأَوَّلِينَ


Asad : "If only we had a tradition Ito this effectl from our forebears,72
Malik : "If we had received a reminder which the earlier people had received,
Mustafa Khattab :

“If only we had a Reminder like ˹those of˺ earlier peoples,1

Pickthall : If we had but a reminder from the men of old
Yusuf Ali : "If only we had had before us a message from those of old.
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Asad 72 Lit., "a reminder (dhikr) from those of old": see note [27] on verses {69-70} above. Most of the commentators assume that the term dhikr connotes here, as so often in the Qur'an, a "divine writ". In my opinion, however, it is far more probable - because more in tune with the context - that in this case it signifies an ancestral tradition bearing on the (to them astonishing) message of God's oneness and uniqueness as promulgated by the Qur'an.

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 The “Reminder” mentioned here refers to Scriptures such as the Torah and the Gospel. It is commonly used in the Quran as another name for Islam’s holy book.

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