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26. Al Shu'ara'

Surah 26 - Al Shu'ara' THE POETS

026.001 Ta. Sin. Mim.

026.002 These are verses of the Book that makes (things) clear.

026.003 It may be thou frettest thy soul with grief, that they do not become Believers.

026.004 If (such) were Our Will, We could send down to them from the sky a Sign, to which they would bend their necks in humility.

026.005 But there comes not to them a newly-revealed Message from (Allah) Most Gracious, but they turn away therefrom.

026.006 They have indeed rejected (the Message): so they will know soon (enough) the truth of what they mocked at!

026.007 Do they not look at the earth,- how many noble things of all kinds We have produced therein?

026.008 Verily, in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe.

026.009 And verily, thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

026.010 Behold, thy Lord called Moses: "Go to the people of iniquity,-

026.011 "The people of the Pharaoh: will they not fear Allah?"

026.012 He said: "O my Lord! I do fear that they will charge me with falsehood:

026.013 "My breast will be straitened. And my speech may not go (smoothly): so send unto Aaron.

026.014 "And (further), they have a charge of crime against me; and I fear they may slay me."

026.015 Allah said: "By no means! proceed then, both of you, with Our Signs; We are with you, and will listen (to your call).

026.016 "So go forth, both of you, to Pharaoh, and say: 'We have been sent by the Lord and Cherisher of the worlds;

026.017 "'Send thou with us the Children of Israel.'"

026.018 (Pharaoh) said: "Did we not cherish thee as a child among us, and didst thou not stay in our midst many years of thy life?

026.019 "And thou didst a deed of thine which (thou knowest) thou didst, and thou art an ungrateful (wretch)!"

026.020 Moses said: "I did it then, when I was in error.

026.021 "So I fled from you (all) when I feared you; but my Lord has (since) invested me with judgment (and wisdom) and appointed me as one of the messengers.

026.022 "And this is the favour with which thou dost reproach me,- that thou hast enslaved the Children of Israel!"

026.023 Pharaoh said: "And what is the 'Lord and Cherisher of the worlds'?"

026.024 (Moses) said: "The Lord and Cherisher of the heavens and the earth, and all between,- if ye want to be quite sure."

026.025 (Pharaoh) said to those around: "Did ye not listen (to what he says)?"

026.026 (Moses) said: "Your Lord and the Lord of your fathers from the beginning!"

026.027 (Pharaoh) said: "Truly your messenger who has been sent to you is a veritable madman!"

026.028 (Moses) said: "Lord of the East and the West, and all between! if ye only had sense!"

026.029 (Pharaoh) said: "If thou dost put forward any god other than me, I will certainly put thee in prison!"

026.030 (Moses) said: "Even if I showed you something clear (and) convincing?"

026.031 (Pharaoh) said: "Show it then, if thou tellest the truth!"

026.032 So (Moses) threw his rod, and behold, it was a serpent, plain (for all to see)!

026.033 And he drew out his hand, and behold, it was white to all beholders!

026.034 (Pharaoh) said to the Chiefs around him: "This is indeed a sorcerer well-versed:

026.035 "His plan is to get you out of your land by his sorcery; then what is it ye counsel?"

026.036 They said: "Keep him and his brother in suspense (for a while), and dispatch to the Cities heralds to collect-

026.037 "And bring up to thee all (our) sorcerers well-versed."

026.038 So the sorcerers were got together for the appointment of a day well-known,

026.039 And the people were told: "Are ye (now) assembled?-

026.040 "That we may follow the sorcerers (in religion) if they win?"

026.041 So when the sorcerers arrived, they said to Pharaoh: "Of course - shall we have a (suitable) reward if we win?

026.042 He said: "Yea, (and more),- for ye shall in that case be (raised to posts) nearest (to my person)."

026.043 Moses said to them: "Throw ye - that which ye are about to throw!"

026.044 So they threw their ropes and their rods, and said: "By the might of Pharaoh, it is we who will certainly win!"

026.045 Then Moses threw his rod, when, behold, it straightway swallows up all the falsehoods which they fake!

026.046 Then did the sorcerers fall down, prostrate in adoration,

026.047 Saying: "We believe in the Lord of the Worlds,

026.048 "The Lord of Moses and Aaron."

026.049 Said (Pharaoh): "Believe ye in Him before I give you permission? surely he is your leader, who has taught you sorcery! But soon shall ye know!

026.050 "Be sure I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and I will cause you all to die on the cross!"

026.051 They said: "No matter! for us, we shall but return to our Lord!

026.052 "Only, our desire is that our Lord will forgive us our faults, that we may become foremost among the believers!"

026.053 By inspiration we told Moses: "Travel by night with my servants; for surely ye shall be pursued."

026.054 Then Pharaoh sent heralds to (all) the Cities,

026.055 (Saying): "These (Israelites) are but a small band,

026.056 "And they are raging furiously against us;

026.057 "But we are a multitude amply fore-warned."

026.058 So We expelled them from gardens, springs,

026.059 Treasures, and every kind of honourable position;

026.060 Thus it was, but We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things.

026.061 So they pursued them at sunrise.

026.062 And when the two bodies saw each other, the people of Moses said: "We are sure to be overtaken."

026.063 (Moses) said: "By no means! My Lord is with me! Soon will He guide me!"

026.064 Then We told Moses by inspiration: "Strike the sea with thy rod." So it divided, and each separate part became like the huge, firm mass of a mountain.

026.065 And We made the other party approach thither.

026.066 We delivered Moses and all who were with him;

026.067 But We drowned the others.

026.068 Verily in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe.

026.069 And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

026.070 And rehearse to them (something of) Abraham's story.

026.071 Behold, he said to his father and his people: "What worship ye?"

026.072 They said: "We worship idols, and we remain constantly in attendance on them."

026.073 He said: "Do they listen to you when ye call (on them), or do you good or harm?"

026.074 They said: "Nay, but we found our fathers doing thus (what we do)."

026.075 He said: "Do ye then see whom ye have been worshipping,-

026.076 "Ye and your fathers before you?-

026.077 "For they are enemies to me; not so the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds;

026.078 "Who created me, and it is He Who guides me;

026.079 "Who gives me food and drink,

026.080 "And when I am ill, it is He Who cures me;

026.081 "Who will cause me to die, and then to life (again);

026.082 "And who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on the Day of Judgment...

026.083 "O my Lord! Bestow wisdom on me, and join me with the righteous;

026.084 "Grant me honourable mention on the tongue of truth among the latest (generations);

026.085 "Make me one of the inheritors of the Garden of Bliss;

026.086 "Forgive my father, for that he is among those astray;

026.087 "And let me not be in disgrace on the Day when (men) will be raised up;-

026.088 "The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail,

026.089 "But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart;

026.090 "To the righteous, the Garden will be brought near,

026.091 "And to those straying in Evil, the Fire will be placed in full view;

026.092 "And it shall be said to them: 'Where are the (gods) ye worshipped-

026.093 "'Besides Allah? Can they help you or help themselves?'

026.094 "Then they will be thrown headlong into the (Fire),- they and those straying in Evil,

026.095 "And the whole hosts of Iblis together.

026.096 "They will say there in their mutual bickerings:

026.097 "'By Allah, we were truly in an error manifest,

026.098 "'When we held you as equals with the Lord of the Worlds;

026.099 "'And our seducers were only those who were steeped in guilt.

026.100 "'Now, then, we have none to intercede (for us),

026.101 "'Nor a single friend to feel (for us).

026.102 "'Now if we only had a chance of return we shall truly be of those who believe!'"

026.103 Verily in this is a Sign but most of them do not believe.

026.104 And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

026.105 The people of Noah rejected the messengers.

026.106 Behold, their brother Noah said to them: "Will ye not fear (Allah)?

026.107 "I am to you a messenger worthy of all trust:

026.108 "So fear Allah, and obey me.
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