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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Edward Henry Palmer
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Edward Henry Palmer rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 T. S. M
26:2 Those are the signs of the perspicuous Book
26:3 haply thou art vexing thyself to death that they will not be believers
26:4 If we please we will send down upon them from the heaven a sign, and their necks shall be humbled thereto
26:5 But there comes not to them any recent Reminder from the Merciful One that they do not turn away from
26:6 They have called (thee) liar! but there shall come to them a message of that at which they mocked
26:7 Have they not looked to the earth, how we caused to grow therein of every noble kind
26:8 verily, in that is a sign; but most of them will never be believers
26:9 but, verily, thy Lord He is mighty and merciful
26:10 And when thy Lord called Moses (saying), 'Come to the unjust people
26:11 to the people of Pharaoh, will they not fear?
26:12 Said he, 'My Lord! verily, I fear that they will call me liar
26:13 and my breast is straitened, and my tongue is not fluent; send then unto Aaron
26:14 for they have a crime against me, and I fear that they may kill me.
26:15 Said He, 'Not so; but go with our signs, verily, we are with you listening
26:16 'And go to Pharaoh and say, "Verily, we are the apostles of the Lord of the world
26:17 (to tell thee to) send with us the children of Israel."
26:18 And he said, 'Did we not bring thee up amongst us as a child? and thou didst dwell amongst us for years of thy life
26:19 and thou didst do thy deed which thou hast done, and thou art of the ungrateful!
26:20 Said he, 'I did commit this, and I was of those who erred
26:21 'And I fled from you when I feared you, and my Lord granted me judgment, and made me one of His messengers
26:22 and this is the favour thou hast obliged me with, that thou hast enslaved the children of Israel!
26:23 Said Pharaoh, 'Who is the Lord of the worlds?
26:24 Said he, 'The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between the two, if ye are but sure.
26:25 Said he to those about him, 'Do ye not liste
26:26 Said he, 'Your Lord and the Lord of your fathers of yore!
26:27 Said he, 'Verily, your apostle who is sent to you is surely mad!
26:28 Said he, 'The Lord of the east and of the west, and of what is between the two, if ye had but sense!
26:29 Said he, 'If thou dost take a god besides Me I will surely make thee one of the imprisoned!
26:30 Said he, 'What, if I come to thee with something obvious?
26:31 Said he, 'Bring it, if thou art of those who tell the truth!
26:32 And he threw down his rod, and, behold, it was an obvious serpent
26:33 and he plucked out his hand, and, behold, it was white to the spectators
26:34 He said to the chiefs around him, 'Verily, this is a knowing sorcerer
26:35 he desires to turn you out of your land! what is it then ye bid?
26:36 They said, 'Give him and his brother some hope, and send into the cities to collec
26:37 and bring to thee every knowing sorcerer.
26:38 And the sorcerers assembled at the appointed time on a stated day
26:39 and it was said to the people, 'Are ye assembled
26:40 haply we may follow the sorcerers if we gain the upper hand.
26:41 And when the sorcerers came they said to Pharaoh, 'Shall we, verily, have a hire if we gain the upper hand?
26:42 Said he, 'Yes; and, verily, ye shall then be of those who are nigh (my throne).
26:43 And Moses said to them, 'Throw down what ye have to throw down.
26:44 So they threw down their ropes and their rods and said, 'By Pharaoh's might, verily, we it is who shall gain the upper hand!
26:45 And Moses threw down his rod, and, lo, it swallowed up what they falsely devised
26:46 And the sorcerers threw themselves down, adoring
26:47 Said they, 'We believe in the Lord of the worlds
26:48 the Lord of Moses and Aaron!
26:49 Said he, 'Do ye believe in Him ere I give you leave? Verily, he is your chief who has taught you sorcery, but soon ye shall know. I will surely cut off your hands and your feet from opposite sides, and I will crucify you all together!
26:50 They said, 'No harm; verily, unto our Lord do we return
26:51 verily, we hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, for we are the first of believers!
26:52 And we inspired Moses, 'Journey by night with my servants; verily, ye are pursued.
26:53 And Pharaoh sent into the cities to collect
26:54 'Verily, these are a small company
26:55 And, verily, they are enraged with us
26:56 but we are a multitude, wary
26:57 'Turn them out of gardens and springs
26:58 and treasuries, and a noble station!'
26:59 thus, - and we made the children of Israel to inherit them
26:60 And they followed them at dawn
26:61 and when the two hosts saw each other, Moses' companions said, 'Verily, we are overtaken!
26:62 Said he, 'Not so; verily, with me is my Lord, He will guide me.
26:63 And we inspired Moses, 'Strike with thy rod the sea;' and it was cleft asunder, and each part was like a mighty mountain
26:64 And then we brought the others
26:65 And we saved Moses and those with him all together
26:66 then we drowned the others
26:67 and that is a sign: but most of them will never be believers
26:68 And, verily, thy Lord He is mighty, merciful
26:69 And recite to them the story of Abraham
26:70 when he said to his father and his people, 'What do ye serve?
26:71 They said, 'We serve idols, and we are still devoted to them
26:72 He said, 'Can they hear you when ye call
26:73 or profit you, or harm?
26:74 They said, 'No; but we found our fathers doing thus.
26:75 He said, 'Have ye considered what ye have been serving
26:76 ye and your fathers before you
26:77 Verily, they are foes to me, save only the Lord of the worlds
26:78 who created me and guides me
26:79 and who gives me food and drink
26:80 And when I am sick He heals me
26:81 He who will kill me, and then bring me to life
26:82 and who I hope will forgive me my sins on the day of judgment
26:83 Lord, grant me judgment, and let me reach the righteous
26:84 and give me a tongue of good report amongst posterity
26:85 and make me of the heirs of the paradise of pleasure
26:86 and pardon my father, verily, he is of those who err
26:87 and disgrace me not on the day when they are raised up again
26:88 the day when wealth shall profit not, nor sons
26:89 but only he who comes to God with a sound heart
26:90 And paradise shall be brought near to the pious
26:91 and hell shall be brought forth to those who go astray
26:92 and it shall be said to them, "Where is what ye used to worshi
26:93 beside God? can they help you, or get help themselves? "
26:94 And they shall fall headlong into it, they and those who have gone astray
26:95 and the hosts of Iblis all together
26:96 'They shall say, while they quarrel therein
26:97 "By God! we were surely in an obvious error
26:98 when we made you equal to the Lord of the worlds
26:99 but it was only sinners who led us astray
26:100 But we have no intercessor
26:101 and no warm friend
26:102 but had we a turn we would be of the believers."'
26:103 Verily, in that is a sign, but most of them will never be believers
26:104 and, verily, thy Lord He is mighty and merciful
26:105 The people of Noah said the apostles were liars
26:106 when their brother Noah said to them, 'Will ye not fear
26:107 verily, I am a faithful apostle to you
26:108 then fear God and obey me
26:109 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds
26:110 So fear God and obey me.
26:111 They said, 'Shall we believe in thee, when the reprobates follow thee?
26:112 He said, 'I did not know what they were doing
26:113 their account is only with my Lord, if ye but perceive
26:114 And I am not one to drive away the believers
26:115 I am only a plain warner.
26:116 They said, 'Verily, if thou desist not, O Noah! thou shalt surely be of those who are stoned!
26:117 Said he, 'My Lord! verily, my people call me liar
26:118 open between me and between them an opening, and save me and those of the believers who are with me!
26:119 So we saved him and those with him in the laden ark
26:120 then we drowned the rest
26:121 verily, in that is a sign, but most of them will never be believers
26:122 and, verily, thy Lord He is mighty and merciful
26:123 And 'Ad called the apostles liars
26:124 when their brother Hud said to them, 'Will ye not fear
26:125 Verily, I am to you a faithful apostle
26:126 then fear God and obey me
26:127 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds
26:128 Do ye build on every height a landmark in sport
26:129 and take to works that haply ye may be immortal
26:130 'And when ye assault ye assault like tyrants
26:131 but fear God and obey me
26:132 and fear Him who hat
26:133 given you an extent of cattle and sons
26:134 and gardens and springs
26:135 Verily, fear for you the torment of a mighty day!
26:136 They said, 'It is the same to us if thou admonish or art not of those who do admonish
26:137 this is nothing but old folks' fictions, for we shall not be tormented!
26:138 And they called him liar
26:139 but we destroyed them. Verily, in that is a sign, but most of them will never be believers
26:140 And, verily, thy Lord is mighty, merciful
26:141 Thamud called the apostles liars
26:142 when their brother Zalih said to them, 'Do ye not fear
26:143 verily, I am to you a faithful apostle
26:144 so fear God and obey me
26:145 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds
26:146 Shall ye be left here in safet
26:147 with gardens and springs
26:148 and corn-fields and palms
26:149 the spathes whereof are fine? and ye hew out of the mountains houses skillfully
26:150 But fear God and obey me
26:151 and obey not the bidding of the extravagant
26:152 who do evil in the earth and do not act aright!
26:153 They said, 'Thou art only of the infatuated
26:154 thou art but mortal like ourselves; so bring us a sign, if thou be of those who speak the truth!
26:155 He said, 'This she-camel shall have her drink and you your drink on a certain day
26:156 but touch her not with evil, or there will seize you the torment of a mighty day!
26:157 But they hamstrung her, and on the morrow they repented
26:158 and the torment seized them; verily, in that is a sign; but most of them will never be believers
26:159 but verily, thy Lord He is mighty, merciful
26:160 The people of Lot called the apostles liars
26:161 when their brother Lot said to them, 'Do ye not fear
26:162 verily, I am to you a faithful apostle
26:163 then fear God and obey me
26:164 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds
26:165 Do ye approach males of all the worl
26:166 and leave what God your Lord has created for you of your wives? nay, but ye are people who transgress!
26:167 They said, 'Surely, if thou dost not desist, O Lot! thou shalt be of those who are expelled!
26:168 Said he, 'Verily, I am of those who hate your deed
26:169 my Lord! save me and my people from what they do.
26:170 And we saved him and his people all together
26:171 except an old woman amongst those who lingered
26:172 Then we destroyed the others
26:173 and we rained down upon them a rain; and evil was the rain of those who were warned
26:174 Verily, in that is a sign; but most, of them will never be believers
26:175 And, verily, thy Lord He is mighty, merciful, compassionate
26:176 The fellows of the Grove called the apostles liars
26:177 Sho'haib said to them, 'Will ye not fear
26:178 verily, I am to you a faithful apostle
26:179 then fear God and obey me
26:180 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds
26:181 Give good measure, and be not of those who diminish
26:182 and weigh with a fair balance
26:183 and do not cheat men of their goods; and waste not the land, despoiling it
26:184 and fear Him who created you and the races of yore!
26:185 Said they, 'Thou art only of the infatuated
26:186 and thou art only a mortal like ourselves; and, verily, we think that thou art surely of the liars
26:187 so make a portion of the heaven to fall down upon us, if thou art of those who tell the truth!
26:188 Said he, 'My Lord knows best what ye do!
26:189 but they called him liar, and the torment of the day of the shadow seized them; for it was the torment of a mighty day
26:190 verily, in that is a sign; but most of them will never be believers
26:191 but, verily, thy Lord He is mighty, merciful
26:192 And, verily, it is a revelation from the Lord of the worlds
26:193 the Faithful Spirit came down with i
26:194 upon thy heart, that thou shouldst be of those who warn;
26:195 in plain Arabic language
26:196 and, verily, it is (foretold) in the scriptures of yore
26:197 Have they not a sign, that the learned men of the children of Israel recognise it
26:198 Had we sent it down to any barbarian
26:199 and he had read it to them, they would not have believed therein
26:200 Thus have we made for it a way into the hearts of the sinners
26:201 they will not believe therein until they see the grievous woe
26:202 and it shall come to them suddenly while they do not perceive
26:203 They will say, 'Shall we be respited?
26:204 What! do they wish to hasten on our torment?
26:205 What thinkest thou? if we let them enjoy themselves for years
26:206 and then there come to them what they are threatened
26:207 that will not avail them which they had to enjoy
26:208 But we do not destroy any city without its having warner
26:209 as a reminder, for we are never unjust
26:210 The devils did not descend therewith
26:211 it is not fit work for them; nor are they able to do it
26:212 Verily, they are deposed from listening
26:213 call not then with God upon other gods, or thou wilt be of the tormented
26:214 but warn thy clansmen who are near of kin
26:215 And lower thy wing to those of the believers who follow thee
26:216 but if they rebel against thee, say, 'Verily, I am clear of what ye do,
26:217 and rely thou upon the mighty, merciful One
26:218 who sees thee when thou dost stand up
26:219 and thy posturing amongst those who adore'
26:220 Verily, He both bears and knows
26:221 Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend
26:222 they descend upon every sinful liar
26:223 and impart what they have heard; but most of them are liars
26:224 And the poets do those follow who go astray
26:225 Dost thou not see that they wander distraught in every vale
26:226 and that they say that which they do not do
26:227 save those who believe, and do right, and remember God much, and defend themselves after they are wronged; but those who do wrong shall know with what a turn they shall be turned


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