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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Hamid S. Aziz
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Hamid S. Aziz rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:2 26:2.These are the verses of the Book that clarifies (illuminates)
26:3 It may be that you are tormenting your soul that they will not be believers
26:4 If We will, We can send down upon them from heaven a sign which would bend their necks in humility
26:5 But there comes not to them a fresh Reminder from the Beneficent that they did not turn away from
26:6 They have indeed rejected the message, but soon enough will come to them the truth 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 indeed a sign; but most of them are not believers
26:9 Lo! Your Lord, He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful
26:10 And when your Lord called Moses, saying, "Go to the iniquitous people
26:11 To the people of Pharaoh. Will they not fear (Allah or doing evil)?"
26:12 Said he, "My Lord! Verily, I fear that they will call me liar
26:13 "And my breast will be straitened, and my tongue is not fluent; so send then unto Aaron (or send them 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, both, with Our signs; verily, We are with you listening
26:16 "And go to Pharaoh and say, ´Verily, we bear a message from the Lord of the World
26:17 "(saying) Send you with us the children of Israel.´"
26:18 And he said, "Did we not cherish you as a child amongst us? And did you not dwell amongst us for many years of your life
26:19 "And you did do a deed which you know you did do (he slew an Egyptian), and you are of the ungrateful!"
26:20 Moses said, "I did commit this, and I was of those who erred
26:21 "And I fled from you when I feared you. But my Lord granted me better judgment, and made me one of His messengers
26:22 "And this is the favour you have reproached me with, that you have 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 you want certainty."
26:25 Said he (Pharaoh) to those about him, "Do you not hear?"
26:26 Moses said, "(He is) your Lord and the Lord of your fathers from the beginning."
26:27 Said he (Pharaoh), "Verily, the messenger who is sent to you is surely mad!"
26:28 Moses said, "(He is) The Lord of the East and of the West, and of all that is between the two, if you did but understand."
26:29 Said he (Pharaoh), "If you do take a god besides me I will surely place you among the prisoners."
26:30 Moses said, "What, if I come to you with something obvious (to the senses)?"
26:31 Said he, "Bring it, if you are 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 (Pharaoh) said to the chiefs around him, "Verily, this is a knowing (expert) magician (sorcerer, wizard)
26:35 "He desires to turn you out of your land. What is it then you counsel (advise, suggest)"
26:36 They said, "Put him off a while, him and his brother, and send into the citie
26:37 "To collect and bring to you every knowing (expert) magician."
26:38 And the magicians assembled at the appointed time on a well-known day (a festival day)
26:39 And it was said to the people, "Are you assembling?"
26:40 (They said), "Aye, so that we may follow the magicians if they win."
26:41 And when the sorcerers came they said unto Pharaoh, "Will we have a sure reward if we win?"
26:42 He said, "Yes; and, verily, you shall then be of those who are brought nigh to me (or to my throne in affection and rank)."
26:43 And Moses said to them, "Throw down what you have to throw."
26:44 So they threw down their ropes and their rods and said, "By Pharaoh´s might, verily, it is we who shall be the winners."
26:45 And Moses threw down his rod, and, lo, it swallowed up what they had falsely devised
26:46 And the magicians threw themselves down, in obeisance
26:47 Saying, "We believe in the Lord of the Worlds
26:48 "The Lord of Moses and Aaron."
26:49 Said Pharaoh, "Do you believe in Him ere I give you permission? Surely, he is your leader (in a conspiracy) who has taught you sorcery. But soon you shall know. I will surely cut off your hands and your feet from opposite sides, and I will crucify y
26:50 They said, "No matter! Verily, unto our Lord do we (or "will we" or "in any case") return
26:51 "Verily, we ardently hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, for we are the foremost of believers!"
26:52 And We inspired Moses, saying, "Journey by night with my servants; verily, you are pursued."
26:53 And Pharaoh sent into the cities summoners
26:54 (Who said) "Verily, these are a small company
26:55 "And, verily, they are offenders against us
26:56 "But we are a multitude and wary
26:57 (") So we (or We) expelled them out of gardens and springs
26:58 (") And treasures, and noble positions.("
26:59 Thus it was, but We made the children of Israel inheritors of these things
26:60 And they pursued them at dawn
26:61 And when the two hosts saw each other, the companions of Moses said, "Verily, we are overtaken!"
26:62 Said he, "Not so; verily, my Lord is with me. He will guide me."
26:63 And We inspired Moses, saying, "Strike the sea with your rod." And it was cleft asunder, and each part was like a mighty mountain
26:64 And then We brought the others thither
26:65 And We saved Moses and those with him, every one
26:66 We drowned the others
26:67 Lo! Herein is indeed a sign: but most of them are not believers
26:68 And, verily, your Lord, He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful
26:69 And recite unto them the story of Abraham
26:70 When he said to his father and his people, "What do you worship?"
26:71 They said, "We worship idols, and we are devoted to them."
26:72 He said, "Can they hear you when you call
26:73 "Or benefit you, or harm you?"
26:74 They said, "No; but we found our fathers doing thus."
26:75 He said, "Have you considered that which you worship (or serve)
26:76 "You  and your forefathers
26:77 "Verily, they are foes unto me, save only the Lord of the Worlds
26:78 "Who created me and does guide me
26:79 "And who feeds me food and waters me
26:80 "And when I am sick He heals me
26:81 "He who causes me to die, and then gives me life again
26:82 "And who, I ardently hope, will forgive me my sins on the Day of Judgment
26:83 "My Lord, grant me wisdom (or judgment), and let me join the righteous
26:84 "And give me a good report amongst the later generations
26:85 "And place me among the heirs of the Garden of Delight
26:86 "And forgive my father. Verily, he is of those who err
26:87 "And disgrace me not on the Day when they are raised
26:88 "The Day when wealth shall profit not, nor sons
26:89 "But only he who comes to Allah with a whole (sound) heart
26:90 "And the Garden will be brought near to the righteous
26:91 "And Hell shall be brought forth plainly to those who go astray
26:92 "And it will be said unto them, ´Where is all that you used to worshi
26:93 "Beside Allah? Can they help you, or help themselves?´
26:94 "Then they shall be hurled therein, they and the seducers
26:95 "And the hosts of Iblis all together
26:96 "They shall say, while they quarrel therein
26:97 "´By Allah! In truth, we were in manifest error
26:98 "´When we made you equal to the Lord of the Worlds
26:99 "´It was only the guilty who led us astray
26:100 "´But now we have no intercessor
26:101 "´And no loving friend
26:102 "´Oh, that we had another turn on earth, that we might be of the believers.´"
26:103 Verily, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers
26:104 And, verily, your Lord, He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful
26:105 The people of Noah denied the messengers
26:106 When their brother Noah said to them, "Will you not fear (Allah and avoid evil)
26:107 "Verily, I am a faithful messenger to you
26:108 "So keep your duty to Allah, and obey me
26:109 "I ask you for it no wages; my wage is only the concern of the Lord of the Worlds
26:110 "So fear Allah and obey me."
26:111 They said, "Shall we believe in you, when the meanest follow you?"
26:112 He said, "What knowledge have I of what they were doing
26:113 "Their account is only with my Lord, if you but understood
26:114 "And I am not here to drive away the believers
26:115 "I am only a plain Warner."
26:116 They said, "Verily, if you desist not, O Noah! you shall surely be of those who are stoned!"
26:117 Said he, "My Lord! Verily, my own people reject me
26:118 "Judge you between us openly, and deliver 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 this indeed is a sign, yet most of them are not believers
26:122 And, verily, your Lord, He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful
26:123 And (the people of) A´ad denied the messengers
26:124 When their brother Hud said to them, "Will you not fear
26:125 "Verily, I am to you a faithful messenger
26:126 "So keep your duty to Allah and obey me
26:127 "I ask of you no fee for it; my wage is only the concern of the Lord of the Worlds
26:128 "Do you build on every height a monument of vain delight
26:129 "And build you fine strong buildings that per chance (or possibly) you may be immortal
26:130 "And when you seize by force, assault you like tyrants
26:131 "Rather fear Allah and obey me
26:132 And keep your duty to Him who has bestowed on you freely all that you know
26:133 And has aided you with cattle and son
26:134 And gardens and springs
26:135 Verily, I fear for you the retribution of an awful day!"
26:136 They said, "It is the same to us if you admonish or are not of those who admonish
26:137 "This is nothing but the fable of men of old
26:138 "For we are not the ones to be doomed (or tormented)."
26:139 And they denied him; therefore, We destroyed them. Verily, in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:140 And, verily, your Lord, He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful
26:141 (The tribe of) Thamud denied the messengers
26:142 When their brother Salih said to them, "Will you not fear
26:143 "Verily, I am to you a faithful messenger
26:144 "So keep your duty to Allah and obey me
26:145 "I ask not of you any wages; my wage is the concern only of the Lord of the Worlds
26:146 "Shall you be left here secure in that which is before u
26:147 "In gardens and springs
26:148 "And tilled fields and heavily sheathed palm
26:149 "Though you hew out dwellings in the mountain skillfully
26:150 "But keep your duty to Allah and obey me
26:151 "And obey not the bidding of the extravagant (profligate, wasters)
26:152 "Who spread corruption in the earth and mend not their ways."
26:153 They said, "You art only of the bewitched
26:154 "You art but mortal like us; so bring us a sign, if you are truthful."
26:155 He said, "Behold this she-camel (a test of faith). She has the right to drink, and you have a right to drink, each on an appointed day
26:156 "Touch her not with evil, lest there seize you the retribution of an awful day."
26:157 But they hamstrung her, and on the morrow they repented
26:158 So the retribution seized them; verily, in this is a sign; but most of them are not believers
26:159 And verily, your Lord, He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful
26:160 The people of Lot denied the messengers
26:161 When their brother Lot said to them, "Will you not fear (Allah or evil)
26:162 "Verily, I am to you a faithful messenger
26:163 "So keep your duty to Allah and obey me
26:164 "I ask you not for it any wages; my wage is only the concern of the Lord of the Worlds
26:165 "Do you approach the males of all creatures of the world
26:166 "And leave the mates your Lord has created for you? Nay, but you are people who transgress."
26:167 They said, "Surely, if you do not desist, O Lot! you shall be of those who are expelled!"
26:168 Said he, "I am, in truth, of those who hate your conduct
26:169 "My Lord! Save me and my people from what they do."
26:170 So We saved him and his people, every one
26:171 Except an old woman (Lot´s wife) amongst those who lingered behind
26:172 Then We destroyed the others
26:173 We rained down upon them a shower (of brimstone); and dreadful was the rain for those who had been warned
26:174 Verily, in this is a sign; yet most of them are not believers
26:175 And, verily, your Lord, He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful
26:176 The Dwellers of the Grove (Midianites) denied the messengers
26:177 Shu´eyb said unto them, "Will you not fear
26:178 "Verily, I am to you a faithful messenger
26:179 "So do your duty to Allah and obey me
26:180 "I ask not of you for it any wages; my wage is only the concern of the Lord of the Worlds
26:181 "Give full measure, and be not of those who diminish (give less than due)
26:182 "And weigh with a true balance
26:183 "And wrong (or cheat) not mankind of their goods; and waste not the land, despoiling it
26:184 "And keep your duty unto Him who created you and the generations of the past!"
26:185 Said they, "You art only of the bewitched
26:186 "And you are only a mortal like ourselves; and, verily, we think that you are surely of the liars
26:187 "So make portions of the heaven fall down upon us, if you are of the truthful!"
26:188 Said he, "My Lord knows best what you do!"
26:189 But they rejected him, so the torment of the day of gloom (Ashes from a volcanic eruption?) seized them. Lo! It was the retribution of an awful day
26:190 Verily, in this is a sign; but most of them are not believers
26:191 26:191.Verily, your Lord, He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful
26:192 And, verily, it is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds
26:193 Which the Faithful Spirit of Truth (Gabriel) has brought dow
26:194 Upon your heart, that you may be one of the Warners
26:195 In plain Arabic language
26:196 And, verily, it is also in the scriptures of the past
26:197 26:197.Is it not a sign for them that the learned men of the children of Israel recognize it
26:198 Had We sent it down to any one of any other nation but the Arabs
26:199 And he had read it unto them, they would not have believed therein
26:200 26:200.Thus have We made for it a way into the heart of the guilty
26:201 But they will not believe therein until they see the painful doom
26:202 And it shall come to them suddenly when they perceive not
26:203 They will say, "Shall we be reprieved?"
26:204 What! Do they wish to hasten on Our penalty
26:205 What think you? If We let them enjoy life for years
26:206 And then there comes to them that which they are promised
26:207 That which they had to enjoy will avail them not
26:208 But We destroy not any population but it had its Warner
26:209 For reminder, for We are never unjust
26:210 No devils (or evil ones) brought down this revelation (the Quran)
26:211 It is not fit work for them; nor is it in their power to do so
26:212 Verily, they are banished from listening
26:213 Therefore, call not upon gods other than Allah, lest you be of the doomed
26:214 But warn your people who are near of kin
26:215 And lower your wing (in kindness and protection as the hen does over its chicks) to those of the believers who follow you
26:216 But if they rebel against you, say, "Verily, I am innocent of what you do,"
26:217 And put your trust (rely) upon the Mighty, the Merciful
26:218 Who sees you when you do stand up (to pray)
26:219 And your postures (or movements) among those who prostrate themselves (in obeisance)
26:220 Verily, He, only He, is the Hearer, the Knower
26:221 Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend
26:222 They descend upon every wicked liar
26:223 And impart what they have heard; but most of them are liars
26:224 As for poets, those follow them who are astray
26:225 Have you not seen how they wander confused in every valley (or by way)
26:226 And that they say that which they do not do
26:227 Save those who believe and do good works, and remember Allah much, and defend themselves after they are wronged. Those who do wrong will come to know with what a turn they shall be turned


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