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007.088 The leaders, the arrogant party among his people, said:"O Shu'aib! we shall certainly drive thee outof our city - (thee) and those who believe with thee; or else ye (thou and they) shall have to return to our ways and religion." He said: "What! even though we do detest (them)?
007.089 "We should indeed invent a lie against God, if we returned to your ways after God hath rescuedus therefrom; nor could we by any manner of means return thereto unless it be as in the will and plan of God, Our Lord. Our Lord can reach out to the utmost recesses of things by His knowledge. In God is our trust. Our Lord! decide Thou between us and our people in truth, for Thou art thebest to decide."
007.090 The leaders, the Unbelievers amonghis people, said: "If ye follow Shu'aib, be sure then ye are ruined!"
007.091 But the earthquake took them unawares, and they lay prostrate in their homes before the morning!
007.092 The men who reject Shu'aib became as if they had never been in the homes where they had flourished: the men who rejected Shu'aib - it was they who were ruined!
007.093 So Shu'aib left them, saying: "O my people! I did indeed convey to you the messages for which I was sent by my Lord: Igave you good counsel,but how shall I lament over a people who refuse to believe!" 007.094 Whenever We sent a prophet to a town, We took up its people in suffering and adversity, in order thatthey might learn humility.
007.095 Then We changed their sufferinginto prosperity, until they grew and multiplied, and began to say: "Our fathers (too) were touched by suffering and affluence" ... Behold! We called them to account of a sudden, while they realised not (their peril).
007.096 If the people of the towns had but believed and feared God, We should indeed have opened out to them (All kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth; but they rejected (the truth), and We brought them to book for their misdeeds.
007.097 Did the people of the towns feel secure against the coming of Our wrath by night while they were asleep?
007.098 Or else did they feel secure against its coming in broad daylight while they played about (carefree)?
007.099 Did they then feel secure against thePlan of God?- but no one can feel secure from the Plan of God, except those (doomed) to ruin!
007.100 To those who inherit the earth in succession to its (previous) possessors,is it not a guiding, (lesson) that, if We so willed, We could punish them (too) for their sins, and seal up their hearts so that they could not hear? 007.101 Such were the towns whose story We (thus) relate unto thee: There came indeed to them their messengers with clear(signs): But they wouldnot believe what they had rejected before. Thus doth God seal up the hearts of those who reject faith.
007.102 Most of them We found not men (true) to their covenant: but most of them We found rebellious and disobedient.
007.103 Then after them We sent Moses with Our Signs to Pharaoh and his chiefs,but they wrongfully rejected them: So see what was the end of those who made mischief.
007.104 Moses said: "O Pharaoh! I am a messenger from the Lord of the worlds,-
007.105 One for whom it is right to say nothing but truth about God. Now have I come unto you (people), from your Lord, with a clear (Sign): So let the Children of Israel depart along with me."
007.106 (Pharaoh) said:"If indeed thou hast come with a Sign, show it forth-- if thou tellest the truth."
007.107 Then (Moses) threw his rod, and behold! it was a serpent, plain (for all tosee)!
007.108 And he drew out his hand, and behold! it was white toall beholders!
007.109 Said the Chiefsof the people of Pharaoh: "This is indeed a sorcerer well-versed.
007.110 "His plan is to get you out of your land: then what is it yecounsel?" 007.111 They said:"Keep him and his brother in suspense (for a while); and send to the cities men to collect-
007.112 And bring up to thee all (our) sorcerers well-versed."
007.113 So there came the sorcerers to Pharaoh: They said, "Ofcourse we shall have a (suitable) reward if wewin!"
007.114 He said: "Yea, (and more)-- for ye shall in that case be (raised to posts) nearest (to my person)."
007.115 They said: "O Moses! wilt thou throw (first), or shall we have the (first) throw?"
007.116 Said Moses:"Throw ye (first)." So when they threw, they bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them: for they showeda great (feat of) magic.
007.117 We put it into Moses's mind by inspiration: "Throw (now) thy rod":and behold! it swallows up straight away all the falsehoods which they fake!
007.118 Thus truth was confirmed, and all that they did was made of no effect.
007.119 So the (great ones) were vanquishedthere and then, and were made to look small.
007.120 But the sorcerers fell down prostrate in adoration.

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