When you ˹O Prophet˺ recite the Quran, We put a hidden barrier between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter.
We have cast veils over their hearts—leaving them unable to comprehend it—and deafness in their ears. And when you mention your Lord alone in the Quran, they turn their backs in aversion.
We know best how they listen to your recitation and what they say privately—when the wrongdoers say, “You would only be following a bewitched man.”
See how they call you names ˹O Prophet˺!1 So they have gone so ˹far˺ astray that they cannot find the ˹Right˺ Way.
And they say ˹mockingly˺, “When we are reduced to bones and ashes, will we really be raised as a new creation?”
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