26 - Ash-Shu'ara (The Poets) - الشعراء

Ta Sin Mim.

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

Perhaps you will kill yourself with grief because they do not believe.

If We please, We should send down upon them a sign from the heaven so that their necks should stoop to it.

And there does not come to them a new reminder from the Beneficent Allah but they turn aside from it.

So they have indeed rejected (the truth), therefore the news of that which they mock shall soon come to them.

Do they not see the earth, how many of every noble kind We have caused to grow in it?

Most surely there is a sign in that, but most of them will not believe.

And most surely your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.

And when your Lord called out to Musa, saying: Go to the unjust people,

The people of Firon: Will they not guard (against evil)?

He said: O my Lord! surely I fear that they will reject me;

And by breast straitens, and my tongue is not eloquent, therefore send Thou to Haroun (to help me);

And they have a crime against me, therefore I fear that they may slay me.

He said: By no means, so go you both with Our signs; surely We are with you, hearing;

Then come to Firon and say: Surely we are the messengers of the Lord of the worlds:

Then send with us the children of Israel.

(Firon) said: Did we not bring you up as a child among us, and you tarried among us for (many) years of your life?

And you did (that) deed of yours which you did, and you are one of the ungrateful.

He said: I did it then while I was of those unable to see the right course;

So I fled from you when I feared you, then my Lord granted me wisdom and made me of the messengers;

And is it a favor of which you remind me that you have enslaved the children of Israel?

Firon said: And what is the Lord of the worlds?

He said: The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, if you would be sure.

(Firon) said to those around him: Do you not hear?

He said: Your Lord and the Lord of your fathers of old.

Said he: Most surely your Messenger who is sent to you is mad.

He said: The Lord of the east and the west and what is between them, if you understand.

Said he: If you will take a god besides me, I will most certainly make you one of the imprisoned.

He said: What! even if I bring to you something manifest?

Said he: Bring it then, if you are of the truthful ones.

So he cast down his rod, and lo! it was an obvious serpent,

And he drew forth his hand, and lo! it appeared white to the onlookers.

(Firon) said to the chiefs around him: Most surely this is a skillful magician,

Who desires to turn you out of your land with his magic; what is it then that you advise?

They said: Give him and his brother respite and send heralds into the cities

That they should bring to you every skillful magician.

So the magicians were gathered together at the appointed time on the fixed day,

And it was said to the people: Will you gather together?

Haply we may follow the magicians, if they are the vanquishers.

And when the magicians came, they said to Firon: Shall we get a reward if we are the vanquishers?

He said: Yes, and surely you will then be of those who are made near.

Musa said to them: Cast what you are going to cast.

So they cast down their cords and their rods and said: By Firon's power, we shall most surely be victorious.

Then Musa cast down his staff and lo! it swallowed up the lies they told.

And the magicians were thrown down prostrate;

They said: We believe in the Lord of the worlds:

The Lord of Musa and Haroun.

Said he: You believe in him before I give you permission; most surely he is the chief of you who taught you the magic, so you shall know: certainly I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and certainly I will crucify you all.

They said: No harm; surely to our Lord we go back;

Surely we hope that our Lord will forgive us our wrongs because we are the first of the believers.

And We revealed to Musa, saying: Go away with My servants travelling by night, surely you will be pursued.

So Firon sent heralds into the cities;

Most surely these are a small company;

And most surely they have enraged us;

And most surely we are a vigilant multitude.

So We turned them out of gardens and springs,

And treasures and goodly dwellings,

Even so. And We gave them as a heritage to the children of Israel.

Then they pursued them at sunrise.

So when the two hosts saw each other, the companions of Musa cried out: Most surely we are being overtaken.

He said: By no means; surely my Lord is with me: He will show me a way out.

Then We revealed to Musa: Strike the sea with your staff. So it had cloven asunder, and each part was like a huge mound.

And We brought near, there, the others.

And We saved Musa and those with him, all of them.

Then We drowned the others.

Most surely there is a sign in this, but most of them do not believe.

And most surely your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.

And recite to them the story of Ibrahim.

When he said to his father and his people: What do you worship?

They said: We worship idols, so we shall be their votaries.

He said: Do they hear you when you call?

Or do they profit you or cause you harm?

They said: Nay, we found our fathers doing so.

He said: Have you then considered what you have been worshipping:

You and your ancient sires.

Surely they are enemies to me, but not (so) the Lord of the worlds;

Who created me, then He has shown me the way:

And He Who gives me to eat and gives me to drink:

And when I am sick, then He restores me to health

And He Who will cause me to die, then give me life;

And Who, I hope, will forgive me my mistakes on the day of judgment.

My Lord: Grant me wisdom, and join me with the good

And ordain for me a goodly mention among posterity

And make me of the heirs of the garden of bliss

And forgive my father, for surely he is of those who have gone astray;

And disgrace me not on the day when they are raised

The day on which property will not avail, nor sons

Except him who comes to Allah with a heart free (from evil).

And the garden shall be brought near for those who guard (against evil),

And the hell shall be made manifest to the erring ones,

And it shall be said to them: Where are those that you used to worship;

Besides Allah? Can they help you or yet help themselves?

So they shall be thrown down into it, they and the erring ones,

And the hosts of the Shaitan, all.

They shall say while they contend therein:

By Allah! we were certainly in manifest error,

When we made you equal to the Lord of the worlds;

And none but the guilty led us astray;

So we have no intercessors,

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