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Sura 10
Aya 38
أَم يَقولونَ افتَراهُ ۖ قُل فَأتوا بِسورَةٍ مِثلِهِ وَادعوا مَنِ استَطَعتُم مِن دونِ اللَّهِ إِن كُنتُم صادِقينَ

Muhammad Asad

And yet,1 they [who are bent on denying the truth] assert, "[Muhammad] has invented it!" Say [unto them]: "Produce, then, a surah of similar merit; and [to this end] call to your aid whomever you can, other than God, if what you say is true!2
  • According to the great philologist Abu 'Ubaydah Ma'mar ibn al-Muthanni (as quoted by Baghawi), the particle am which introduces this sentence has no interrogative connotation, but is - as in several other places in the Qur'an - synonymous with the conjunction wa ("and"), which in this case can be suitably rendered as above.
  • Cf. 2:23 and the corresponding note 15.