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20. Ta Ha

Surah 20 - TA HA

020.001 Ta-Ha.

020.002 We have not sent down the Qur'an to thee to be (an occasion) for thy distress,

020.003 But only as an admonition to those who fear (God),-

020.004 A revelation from Him Who created the earth and the heavens on high.

020.005 (God) Most Gracious is firmly established on the throne (of authority).

020.006 To Him belongs what is in the heavens and on earth, and all between them, and all beneath the soil.

020.007 If thou pronounce the word aloud, (it is no matter): for verily He knoweth what is secret and what is yet more hidden.

020.008 God! there is no god but He! To Him belong the most Beautiful Names.

020.009 Has the story of Moses reached thee?

020.010 Behold, he saw a fire: So he said to his family, "Tarry ye; I perceive a fire; perhaps I can bring you some burning brand therefrom, or find some guidance at the fire."

020.011 But when he came to the fire, a voice was heard: "O Moses!

020.012 "Verily I am thy Lord! therefore (in My presence) put off thy shoes: thou art in the sacred valley Tuwa.

020.013 "I have chosen thee: listen, then, to the inspiration (sent to thee).

020.014 "Verily, I am God: There is no god but I: So serve thou Me (only), and establish regular prayer for celebrating My praise.

020.015 "Verily the Hour is coming - My design is to keep it hidden - for every soul to receive its reward by the measure of its Endeavour.

020.016 "Therefore let not such as believe not therein but follow their own lusts, divert thee therefrom, lest thou perish!"..

020.017 "And what is that in thy right hand, O Moses?"

020.018 He said, "It is my rod: on it I lean; with it I beat down fodder for my flocks; and in it I find other uses."

020.019 (God) said, "Throw it, O Moses!"

020.020 He threw it, and behold! It was a snake, active in motion.

020.021 (God) said, "Seize it, and fear not: We shall return it at once to its former condition"..

020.022 "Now draw thy hand close to thy side: It shall come forth white (and shining), without harm (or stain),- as another Sign,-

020.023 "In order that We may show thee (two) of our Greater Signs.

020.024 "Go thou to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds."

020.025 (Moses) said: "O my Lord! expand me my breast;

020.026 "Ease my task for me;

020.027 "And remove the impediment from my speech,

020.028 "So they may understand what I say:

020.029 "And give me a Minister from my family,

020.030 "Aaron, my brother;

020.031 "Add to my strength through him,

020.032 "And make him share my task:

020.033 "That we may celebrate Thy praise without stint,

020.034 "And remember Thee without stint:

020.035 "For Thou art He that (ever) regardeth us."

020.036 (God) said: "Granted is thy prayer, O Moses!"

020.037 "And indeed We conferred a favour on thee another time (before).

020.038 "Behold! We sent to thy mother, by inspiration, the message:

020.039 "'Throw (the child) into the chest, and throw (the chest) into the river: the river will cast him up on the bank, and he will be taken up by one who is an enemy to Me and an enemy to him': But I cast (the garment of) love over thee from Me: and (this) in order that thou mayest be reared under Mine eye.

020.040 "Behold! thy sister goeth forth and saith, 'shall I show you one who will nurse and rear the (child)?' So We brought thee back to thy mother, that her eye might be cooled and she should not grieve. Then thou didst slay a man, but We saved thee from trouble, and We tried thee in various ways. Then didst thou tarry a number of years with the people of Midian. Then didst thou come hither as ordained, O Moses!

020.041 "And I have prepared thee for Myself (for service)"..

020.042 "Go, thou and thy brother, with My Signs, and slacken not, either of you, in keeping Me in remembrance.

020.043 "Go, both of you, to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds;

020.044 "But speak to him mildly; perchance he may take warning or fear (God)."

020.045 They (Moses and Aaron) said: "Our Lord! We fear lest he hasten with insolence against us, or lest he transgress all bounds."

020.046 He said: "Fear not: for I am with you: I hear and see (everything).

020.047 "So go ye both to him, and say, 'Verily we are apostles sent by thy Lord: Send forth, therefore, the Children of Israel with us, and afflict them not: with a Sign, indeed, have we come from thy Lord! and peace to all who follow guidance!

020.048 "'Verily it has been revealed to us that the Penalty (awaits) those who reject and turn away.'"

020.049 (When this message was delivered), (Pharaoh) said: "Who, then, O Moses, is the Lord of you two?"

020.050 He said: "Our Lord is He Who gave to each (created) thing its form and nature, and further, gave (it) guidance."

020.051 (Pharaoh) said: "What then is the condition of previous generations?"

020.052 He replied: "The knowledge of that is with my Lord, duly recorded: my Lord never errs, nor forgets,-

020.053 "He Who has, made for you the earth like a carpet spread out; has enabled you to go about therein by roads (and channels); and has sent down water from the sky." With it have We produced diverse pairs of plants each separate from the others.

020.054 Eat (for yourselves) and pasture your cattle: verily, in this are Signs for men endued with understanding.

020.055 From the (earth) did We create you, and into it shall We return you, and from it shall We bring you out once again.

020.056 And We showed Pharaoh all Our Signs, but he did reject and refuse.

020.057 He said: "Hast thou come to drive us out of our land with thy magic, O Moses?

020.058 "But we can surely produce magic to match thine! So make a tryst between us and thee, which we shall not fail to keep - neither we nor thou - in a place where both shall have even chances."

020.059 Moses said: "Your tryst is the Day of the Festival, and let the people be assembled when the sun is well up."

020.060 So Pharaoh withdrew: He concerted his plan, and then came (back).

020.061 Moses said to them: Woe to you! Forge not ye a lie against God, lest He destroy you (at once) utterly by chastisement: the forger must suffer frustration!"

020.062 So they disputed, one with another, over their affair, but they kept their talk secret.

020.063 They said: "These two are certainly (expert) magicians: their object is to drive you out from your land with their magic, and to do away with your most cherished institutions.

020.064 "Therefore concert your plan, and then assemble in (serried) ranks: He wins (all along) today who gains the upper hand."

020.065 They said: "O Moses! whether wilt thou that thou throw (first) or that we be the first to throw?"

020.066 He said, "Nay, throw ye first!" Then behold their ropes and their rods -so it seemed to him on account of their magic - began to be in lively motion!

020.067 So Moses conceived in his mind a (sort of) fear.

020.068 We said: "Fear not! for thou hast indeed the upper hand:

020.069 "Throw that which is in thy right hand: Quickly will it swallow up that which they have faked what they have faked is but a magician's trick: and the magician thrives not, (no matter) where he goes."

020.070 So the magicians were thrown down to prostration: they said, "We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses".

020.071 (Pharaoh) said: "Believe ye in Him before I give you permission? Surely this must be your leader, who has taught you magic! be sure I will cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will have you crucified on trunks of palm-trees: so shall ye know for certain, which of us can give the more severe and the more lasting punishment!"

020.072 They said: "Never shall we regard thee as more than the Clear Signs that have come to us, or than Him Who created us! so decree whatever thou desirest to decree: for thou canst only decree (touching) the life of this world.

020.073 "For us, we have believed in our Lord: may He forgive us our faults, and the magic to which thou didst compel us: for God is Best and Most Abiding."

020.074 Verily he who comes to his Lord as a sinner (at Judgment),- for him is Hell: therein shall he neither die nor live.

020.075 But such as come to Him as Believers who have worked righteous deeds,- for them are ranks exalted,-

020.076 Gardens of Eternity, beneath which flow rivers: they will dwell therein for aye: such is the reward of those who purify themselves (from evil).

020.077 We sent an inspiration to Moses: "Travel by night with My servants, and strike a dry path for them through the sea, without fear of being overtaken (by Pharaoh) and without (any other) fear."

020.078 Then Pharaoh pursued them with his forces, but the waters completely overwhelmed them and covered them up.

020.079 Pharaoh led his people astray instead of leading them aright.

020.080 O ye Children of Israel! We delivered you from your enemy, and We made a Covenant with you on the right side of Mount (Sinai), and We sent down to you Manna and quails:

020.081 (Saying): "Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein, lest My Wrath should justly descend on you: and those on whom descends My Wrath do perish indeed!

020.082 "But, without doubt, I am (also) He that forgives again and again, to those who repent, believe, and do right, who,- in fine, are ready to receive true guidance."

020.083 (When Moses was up on the Mount, God said:) "What made thee hasten in advance of thy people, O Moses?"

020.084 He replied: "Behold, they are close on my footsteps: I hastened to thee, O my Lord, to please thee."

020.085 (God) said: ...
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