Surah al-Qasas (The Stories) 28 : 48
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came to them
he was given
Two magic (works)
supporting each other
And they said
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Now when the truth has come to them from Us, they say: “Why has he not been given the like of what Moses was given?’ But did they not deny the truth of what Moses was formerly given? Indeed they said: ‘These are two kinds of sorcery, each supporting the other’ And they add: ‘We reject both of them.’ They would not admit the truth. On the contrary, they continued to give false excuses so as to justify their rejection. They also asked why this Messenger was not given the like of what Moses was given, referring to both the physical miracles and the tablets.
Clearly, their objections were dishonest. Hence, the Qur’ān puts the following question to them: “But did they not deny the truth of what Moses was formerly given?” There were Jews in Arabia who had the Torah, but the Arabs neither accepted this nor believed in it. They were also aware that the Torah gives a clear description of Muhammad (peace be upon him). They also sought the advice of some followers of earlier religions asking them about Muhammad’s message. In turn, those learned ones answered them that it was true, fully consistent with their own revelations. Yet still the idolaters would not accept such assertions. They claimed that both the Torah and the Qur’ān were magic; hence, each confirmed the other: “Indeed they said: ‘These are two kinds of sorcery, each supporting the other:’ And they add: ‘We reject both of them.’“ It is all, then, argument for argument’s sake. It has nothing to do with the proper pursuit of the truth, nor with proper evidence to confirm it.
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According to Ibn Abbas (a great companion of the Prophet) the Surah 26: ash-Shu’ara’ (The Poets), Surah 27: an-Naml (The Ants) and Surah 28: al-Qasas (The Story) were sent down one after the other. The language, the style and the theme also show that the period of the revelation of these three Surahs is nearly the same. Another reason for their close resemblance is that the different parts of the story of Prophet Moses are mentioned in these Surahs together to make up a complete story.