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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Talal A Itani
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Talal A. Itani (new translation) rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 Ta, Seen, Meem
26:2 These are the Verses of the Clarifying Book
26:3 Perhaps you will destroy yourself with grief, because they do not become believers
26:4 If We will, We can send down upon them a sign from heaven, at which their necks will stay bent in humility
26:5 No fresh reminder comes to them from the Most Merciful, but they turn their backs at it
26:6 They have denied the truth, but soon will come to them the news of what they ridiculed
26:7 Have they not seen the earth, and how many beautiful pairs We produced therein
26:8 Surely in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:9 Most surely, your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful
26:10 Your Lord called to Moses, 'Go to the tyrannical people
26:11 The people of Pharaoh. Will they not fear?'
26:12 He said, 'My Lord, I fear they will reject me
26:13 And I become stressed, and my tongue is not fluent, so send Aaron too
26:14 And they have a charge against me, so I fear they will kill me.'
26:15 He said, 'No. Go, both of you, with Our proofs. We will be with you, listening
26:16 Go to Pharaoh, and say, 'We are the Messengers of the Lord of the Worlds
26:17 Let the Children of Israel go with us.''
26:18 He said, 'Did we not raise you among us as a child, and you stayed among us for many of your years
26:19 And you committed that deed you committed, and you were ungrateful.'
26:20 He said, 'I did it then, when I was of those astray
26:21 And I fled from you when I feared you; but my Lord gave me wisdom, and made me one of the messengers
26:22 Is that the favor you taunt me with, although you have enslaved the Children of Israel?'
26:23 Pharaoh said, 'And what is the Lord of the Worlds?'
26:24 He said, 'The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, if you are aware.'
26:25 He said to those around him, 'Do you not hear?'
26:26 He said, 'Your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors of old.'
26:27 He said, 'This messenger of yours, who is sent to you, is crazy.'
26:28 He said, 'Lord of the East and the West, and everything between them, if you understand.'
26:29 He said, 'If you accept any god other than me, I will make you a prisoner.'
26:30 He said, 'What if I bring you something convincing?'
26:31 He said, 'Bring it, if you are being truthful.'
26:32 So he cast his staff; and it was a serpent, plain to see
26:33 And he pulled his hand; and it was white, for all to see
26:34 He said to the dignitaries around him, 'This is a skilled magician
26:35 He intends to drive you out of your land with his magic, so what do you recommend?'
26:36 They said, 'Delay him and his brother, and send recruiters to the cities
26:37 To bring you every experienced magician.'
26:38 So the magicians were gathered for the appointment on a specified day
26:39 And it was said to the people, 'Are you all gathered
26:40 That we may follow the magicians, if they are the winners.'
26:41 When the magicians arrived, they said to Pharaoh, 'Is there a reward for us, if we are the winners?'
26:42 He said, 'Yes, and you will be among those favored.'
26:43 Moses said to them, 'Present what you intend to present.'
26:44 So they threw their ropes and their sticks, and said, 'By the majesty of Pharaoh, we will be the winners.'
26:45 Then Moses threw his staff, and behold, it began swallowing their trickery
26:46 And the magicians fell down prostrating
26:47 They said, 'We have believed in the Lord of the Worlds
26:48 The Lord of Moses and Aaron.'
26:49 He said, 'Did you believe in Him before I have given you permission? He must be your chief, who taught you magic. You will soon know. I will cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will crucify you all.'
26:50 They said, 'No problem. To our Lord we will return
26:51 We are eager for our Lord to forgive us our sins, since we are the first of the believers.'
26:52 And We inspired Moses: 'Travel with My servants by night. You will be followed.'
26:53 Pharaoh sent heralds to the cities
26:54 'These are a small gang
26:55 And they are enraging us
26:56 But we are a vigilant multitude.'
26:57 So We drove them out of gardens and springs
26:58 And treasures and noble dwellings
26:59 So it was. And We made the Children of Israel inherit them
26:60 And they pursued them at sunrise
26:61 When the two groups sighted each other, the followers of Moses said, 'We are being overtaken.'
26:62 He said, 'No; my Lord is with me, He will guide me.'
26:63 We inspired Moses: 'Strike the sea with your staff.' Whereupon it parted, and each part was like a huge hill
26:64 And there We brought the others near
26:65 And We saved Moses and those with him, all together
26:66 Then We drowned the others
26:67 In that there is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:68 Surely, your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful
26:69 And relate to 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 remain devoted to them.'
26:72 He said, 'Do they hear you when you pray
26:73 Or do they benefit you, or harm you?'
26:74 They said, 'But we found our ancestors doing so.'
26:75 He said, 'Have you considered what you worship
26:76 You and your ancient ancestors
26:77 They are enemies to me, but not so the Lord of the Worlds
26:78 He who created me, and guides me
26:79 He who feeds me, and waters me
26:80 And when I get sick, He heals me
26:81 He who makes me die, and then revives me
26:82 He who, I hope, will forgive my sins on the Day of the Reckoning.'
26:83 'My Lord! Grant me wisdom, and include me with the righteous
26:84 And give me a reputation of truth among the others
26:85 And make me of the inheritors of the Garden of Bliss
26:86 And forgive my father—he was one of the misguided
26:87 And do not disgrace me on the Day they are resurrected
26:88 The Day when neither wealth nor children will help
26:89 Except for him who comes to God with a sound heart.'
26:90 And Paradise will be brought near for the righteous
26:91 And the Blaze will be displayed to the deviators
26:92 And it will be said to them, 'Where are those you used to worship?'
26:93 Besides God? Can they help you, or help themselves?'
26:94 Then they will be toppled into it, together with the seducers
26:95 And the soldiers of Satan, all of them.
26:96 They will say, as they feud in it
26:97 'By God, We were in evident error
26:98 For equating you with the Lord of the Worlds
26:99 No one misled us except the sinners
26:100 Now we have no intercessors
26:101 And no sincere friend
26:102 If only we could have another chance, we would be among the faithful.'
26:103 Surely in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:104 Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful
26:105 The people of Noah disbelieved the messengers
26:106 Their brother Noah said to them, 'Do you not fear
26:107 I am to you a faithful messenger
26:108 So fear God, and obey me
26:109 I ask of you no payment for this. My payment is only from the Lord of the Worlds
26:110 So fear God, and obey me.'
26:111 They said, 'Shall we believe in you, when it is the lowliest who follow you?'
26:112 He said, 'What do I know about what they do
26:113 Their account rests only with my Lord, if you have sense
26:114 And I am not about to drive away the believers
26:115 I am only a clear warner.'
26:116 They said, 'If you do not refrain, O Noah, you will be stoned.'
26:117 He said, 'My Lord, my people have denied me
26:118 So judge between me and them decisively, and deliver me and the believers who are with me
26:119 So We delivered him and those with him in the laden Ark
26:120 Then We drowned the rest
26:121 In that is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:122 Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful
26:123 Aad disbelieved the messengers
26:124 When their brother Hud said to them, 'Do you not fear
26:125 I am to you a faithful messenger
26:126 So fear God, and obey me
26:127 I ask of you no payment for this. My payment is only from the Lord of the Worlds
26:128 Do you build a monument on every height for vanity's sake
26:129 And you set up fortresses, hoping to live forever
26:130 And when you strike, you strike mercilessly
26:131 So fear God, and obey me
26:132 And reverence Him, who supplied you with everything you know.
26:133 He supplied you with livestock and children
26:134 And gardens and springs
26:135 I fear for you the punishment of an awesome Day.'
26:136 They said, 'It is the same for us, whether you lecture us, or do not lecture
26:137 This is nothing but morals of the ancients
26:138 And we will not be punished.'
26:139 So they denied him, and We destroyed them. Surely in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:140 Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful
26:141 Thamood disbelieved the messengers
26:142 When their brother Saleh said to them, 'Do you not fear
26:143 I am to you a faithful messenger
26:144 So fear God, and obey me
26:145 I ask of you no payment for it. My payment is only from the Lord of the Worlds
26:146 Will you be left secure in what is here
26:147 In gardens and springs
26:148 And fields, and palm-trees whose fruits are delicious
26:149 And you skillfully carve houses in the mountains
26:150 So fear God, and obey me
26:151 And do not obey the command of the extravagant
26:152 Who spread turmoil on earth, and do not reform.'
26:153 They said, 'You are surely one of the bewitched
26:154 You are nothing but a man like us. So bring us a sign, if you are truthful
26:155 He said, 'This is a she-camel; she has her turn of drinking, and you have your turn of drinking—on a specified day
26:156 And do not touch her with harm, lest the punishment of a great day seizes you.'
26:157 But they slaughtered her, and became full of remorse
26:158 So the punishment overtook them. Surely in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:159 Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful
26:160 The people of Lot disbelieved the messengers
26:161 When their brother Lot said to them, 'Do you not fear
26:162 I am to you a faithful messenger
26:163 So fear God, and obey me
26:164 I ask of you no payment for it. My payment is only from the Lord of the Worlds
26:165 Do you approach the males of the world
26:166 And forsake the wives your Lord created for you? Indeed, you are intrusive people.'
26:167 They said, 'Unless you refrain, O Lot, you will be expelled.'
26:168 He said, 'I certainly deplore your conduct.'
26:169 'My Lord, save me and my family from what they do.'
26:170 So We saved him and his family, altogether
26:171 Except for an old woman among those who tarried
26:172 Then We destroyed the others
26:173 And We rained down on them a rain. Dreadful is the rain of those forewarned
26:174 Surely in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:175 Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful
26:176 The People of the Woods disbelieved the messengers
26:177 When Shuaib said to them, 'Do you not fear
26:178 I am to you a trustworthy messenger
26:179 So fear God, and obey me
26:180 I ask of you no payment for it. My payment is only from the Lord of the Worlds
26:181 Give full measure, and do not cheat
26:182 And weigh with accurate scales
26:183 And do not defraud people of their belongings, and do not work corruption in the land
26:184 And fear Him who created you and the masses of old.'
26:185 They said, 'You are one of those bewitched
26:186 And you are nothing but a man like us; and we think that you are a liar
26:187 So bring down on us pieces from the sky, if you are truthful.'
26:188 He said, 'My Lord is Well Aware of what you do.'
26:189 But they denied him. So the punishment of the day of gloom gripped them. It was the punishment of a great day
26:190 Surely in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:191 Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful
26:192 It is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds
26:193 The Honest Spirit came down with it
26:194 Upon your heart, that you may be one of the warners
26:195 In a clear Arabic tongue
26:196 And it is in the scriptures of the ancients
26:197 Is it not a sign for them that the scholars of the Children of Israel recognized it
26:198 Had We revealed it to one of the foreigners
26:199 And he had recited it to them, they still would not have believed in it
26:200 Thus We make it pass through the hearts of the guilty
26:201 They will not believe in it until they witness the painful punishment
26:202 It will come to them suddenly, while they are unaware
26:203 Then they will say, 'Are we given any respite?'
26:204 Do they seek to hasten Our punishment
26:205 Have you considered: if We let them enjoy themselves for some years
26:206 Then there comes to them what they were promised
26:207 Of what avail to them will be their past enjoyments?
26:208 Never did We destroy a town, but it had warners
26:209 As a reminder—We are never unjust
26:210 It was not the devils that revealed it
26:211 It is not in their interests, nor in their power
26:212 They are barred from hearing
26:213 So do not pray to another god with God, else you will be of those tormented
26:214 And warn your close relatives
26:215 And lower your wing to those of the believers who follow you
26:216 And if they disobey you, say, 'I am innocent of what you do.'
26:217 And put your trust in the Almighty, the Merciful
26:218 He Who sees you when you rise
26:219 And your devotions amidst the worshipers
26:220 He is indeed the Hearer, the Aware
26:221 Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend
26:222 They descend upon every sinful liar
26:223 They give ear, and most of them are liars
26:224 And as for the poets—the deviators follow them
26:225 Do you not see how they ramble in every style
26:226 And how they say what they do not do
26:227 Except for those who believe, and do good deeds, and remember God frequently, and defend themselves after they are wronged. As for those who do wrong, they will know by what overturning they will be overturned


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