31.21. Wa-idha qiila lahumu ittabiAAuu maanzala Allahu qaluu bal nattabiAAu ma wadschadnaAAalayhi abaana awa law kana alschschaytanuyadAAuuhum ila AAadhabi alssaAAiiri
31.21. And if it be said unto them: Follow that which Allah hath revealed, they say: Nay, but we follow that wherein we found our fathers. What! Even though the devil were inviting them unto the doom of flame? (Pickthall)
31.21. Und wenn zu ihnen gesagt wird: "Folgt dem, was Allah herabgesandt hat", sagen sie: "Vielmehr folgen wir dem, worauf wir unsere Väter vorgefunden haben." Und wenn der Teufel sie zur Strafe der Feuerflamme ruft? (Ahmad v. Denffer)
31.21. Und wenn zu ihnen gesagt wird: "Folgt dem, was Allah herabgesandt hat", sagen sie: "Nein! Vielmehr folgen wir dem, worin wir unsere Väter vorgefunden haben." Was denn, auch wenn der Satan sie zur Strafe der Feuerglut einlädt? (Bubenheim)
31.21. Wenn ihnen gesagt wird: "Folgt dem, was Gott herabgesandt hat!" sagen sie: "Wir folgen dem, woran unsere Väter glaubten." Tun sie das auch, wenn der Satan sie zu solcher Irrlehre einlädt, die in die qualvolle Strafe der Hölle führt? (Azhar)
31.21. Und wenn ihnen gesagt wird: „Folgt dem, was ALLAH hinabsandte.“ Sagen sie: „Nein, sondern wir folgen dem, woran wir unsere Ahnen fanden.“ Auch dann wenn der Satan sie zur Peinigung der Gluthitze ruft?! (Zaidan)
31.21. Und wenn man zu ihnen sagt, sie sollen dem folgen, was Allah (als Offenbarung) herabgesandt hat, sagen sie: "Nein, wir folgen dem, was wir als Brauch unserer Väter vorgefunden haben." Wenn nun aber der Satan (indem er sie zum Götzendienst verführt) sie zur Strafe des Höllenbrandes ruft? (Paret)
31.21. Und wenn zu ihnen gesagt wird: "Folgt dem, was Allah herniedergesandt hat", dann sagen sie: "Nein, wir wollen dem folgen, wobei wir unsere Väter vorfanden." Wie? Selbst dann, wenn Satan sie zu der Strafe des brennenden Feuers lädt? (Rasul)
Tafsir von Maududi für die Ayaat 20 bis 21
Do you not see that Allah has subjected to you whatever is in the earth and the heavens, ( 35 ) and has bestowed on you all His favours, visible as well as invisible? ( 36 ) Yet there are some among the people who wrangle about Allah, ( 37 ) without any knowledge, or guidance, or an enlightening Book. ( 38 ) And when it is said to them, "Follow what Allah has sent down," they say, "We shall only follow that upon which we found our forefathers." What !will they still be following them even if Satan had been calling them to the raging Fire? ( 39 )
Desc No: 35 A thing can be subjected to somebody in two ways: (11 The thing may be made subordinate to him and he may be authorised to use and exploit it as he likes, and 12) the thing may be subjected to a law and system so that it becomes useful for him and serves his interests accordingly. Allah has not subjected everything in the earth and heavens to man in one and the same sense, but has subjected certain things in the first sense and certain others in the second sense. For example, He has subjected the air, water, earth, fire, vegetation, minerals, cattle and many other things in the first sense, and the sun, the moon, etc. in the second sense.
Desc No: 36 "Visible favours" imply those favours which are perceived by man in one way or the other, or arc known to him. And the "invisible favours" arc those which are neither perceived by him nor arc known to him. There are countless things in mans own body and in the world outside him, which are working in his interest, but man is utterly unaware of the means which his Creator has provided for his protection and safety, for his development and provision of sustenance to him, and for his well-being and happiness. Research of man in the different branches of science is revealing many such favours of God as were hidden from him before. And the favours and blessings which have so far been revealed are insignificant as against those which still lie hidden froth man.
Desc No: 37 ¦Who wrangle about Allah": Who wrangle and dispute aborts questions such as these: Dces Allah exist or not? Is He One God alone, or are there other gods also? What are His attributes and what is their nantre? What is the nantre of His relationship with His creations etc.?
Desc No: 38 That is, `They neither have any means of knowledge by which they might themselves have observed or experienced the reality directly, nor do they have the guidance of a guide available to them, who might have guided them after observing the reality, nor do they possess a Divine Book, which might be the basis of their belief."
Desc No: 39 That is, It is not at all necessary that the forefathers of every person and every family and nation should have been on the right path. The mere argument that a particular way of life had been bequeathed by the elders cannot be a proof of its being right also. No sane person can commit the folly that he should blindly go on following the way of his forefathers even if they were not rightly guided, and should never bother to find out where the way is leading him." "