Imam Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi (may Allah have mercy on him) said in his Tafseer, under the verse:

{But the chiefs of those who disbelieved among his people said: "He is no more than a human being like you, he seeks to make himself superior to you. Had Allah willed, He surely could have sent down angels; never did we hear such a thing among our fathers of old} Al-Moeminun 23:24

Ibn Juzayy said: {He is no more than a human} They thought it far fetched that Prophethood could be in a human, so how astonishing of them that they believed that divinity could be in a stone!


[1] Al-Tasheel Li Uloom al-Tanzeel Chapter 24, 1/1170

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فَقَالَ الْمَلَأُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْ قَوْمِهِ مَا هَذَا إِلَّا بَشَرٌ مِثْلُكُمْ يُرِيدُ أَنْ يَتَفَضَّلَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَلَوْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ لَأَنْزَلَ مَلَائِكَةً مَا سَمِعْنَا بِهَذَا فِي آبَائِنَا الْأَوَّلِينَ (24)

قال ابن جزي رحمه الله:{ مَا هذا إِلاَّ بَشَرٌ } استبعدوا أن تكون النبوّة لبشر؛ فيا عجباً منهم إذ أثبتوا الربوبية لحجر!ـ