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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Abdul Hye
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Abdul Hye rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 Ta-Seen-Mim.
26:2 These are the Verses of the clear book (the Qur’an).
26:3 It may be that you (O Muhammad) are going to kill yourself (with grief) because they don’t become believers.
26:4 If We will, We could send down a Verse to them from the heaven so their necks would bend to it in humility.
26:5 And never comes to them any reminder from the Gracious (Allah) as a recent revelation, but they have been turning away from it.
26:6 So they have denied (this Qur’an), then the news will come to them of what they were mocking at.
26:7 Don’t they observe the earth to see how much We have caused every good kind to grow in it?
26:8 Surely, in this is a Sign, yet most of them are not believers.
26:9 And surely, your Lord! He is truly the All-Mighty, the Merciful.
26:10 And (remember) when your Lord called Moses (saying): “You go to the people who are wrongdoers,
26:11 the people of Pharaoh. Will they not fear Allah?”
26:12 He said: “My Lord! Surely, I fear that they will deny me,
26:13 and my breast straitens, and my tongue does not express well. So send Aaron.
26:14 And they have a charge of crime (man-slaughter) against me, and I fear they will kill me.”
26:15 (Allah) said: “Nay! Go you both with Our Signs. Surely! We shall be with you, listening.
26:16 And go to Pharaoh both of you and say: We are the Messengers of the Lord of the worlds.
26:17 So (send to go) with us the children of Israel.”
26:18 (Pharaoh) said (to Moses): “Did we not bring you up among us as a child? You stayed with us many years of your life.
26:19 And you did what you did (crime of killing a man). You are one of the ungrateful.”
26:20 Moses said: “I did it then when I was from the misguided.
26:21 So I fled from you when I feared you. But my Lord has granted me right judgment, and made me one of the Messengers.
26:22 And this is a favor with which you admonish me, that you have enslaved the children of Israel.”
26:23 Pharaoh said: “And who is the Lord of the worlds?”
26:24 (Moses) said: “Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, if you are seeking to be convinced with certainty.”
26:25 (Pharaoh) said to those around him: “Don’t you hear (what he says)?”
26:26 (Moses) said: “(Allah is) your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers!
26:27 (Pharaoh) said: “Surely, your Messenger who has been sent to you is a madman!”
26:28 (Moses) said: “Lord of the east and the west, and all that is between them, if you did but understand!”
26:29 (Pharaoh) said: “If you choose one worthy of worship other than me, I will certainly put you among the prisoners.”
26:30 (Moses) said: “Even if I bring you something clear?”
26:31 (Pharaoh) said: “Bring it forth, if you are from the truthful!”
26:32 So (Moses) threw his stick, and behold, it was a clear serpent.
26:33 And then he drew out his hand, and behold, it became white (bright) to all beholders!
26:34 (Pharaoh) said to the chiefs around him: “Surely! This is indeed a well-Versed sorcerer,
26:35 he wants to drive you out of your land by his sorcery. Now what is it that you advice?”
26:36 They said: “Put him off and his brother (for a while), and send callers to the cities;
26:37 they will bring to you every well-Versed sorcerer.”
26:38 So the sorcerers were assembled at a fixed time on an appointed Day.
26:39 And it was said to the people: “Will you assemble?
26:40 So that we may follow the sorcerers if they are the winners.”
26:41 When the sorcerers arrived, they said to Pharaoh: “Is there a reward for us if we are the winners?”
26:42 (Pharaoh) said: “Yes, and surely then you will be of those brought near (to me).”
26:43 Moses said to them: “Throw what you are going to throw!”
26:44 So they threw their ropes and their sticks, and said: “By the might of Pharaoh, it is we who will be the winners!”
26:45 Then Moses threw his stick, and behold, it swallowed up all that they falsely showed!
26:46 And the sorcerers fell down prostrate,
26:47 saying: “We believe in the Lord of the worlds,
26:48 the Lord of Moses and Aaron.”
26:49 (Pharaoh) said: “You have believed in him before I give permission to you. Surely, he is your chief who has taught you magic! So surely, you shall come to know. I will cut off your hands and your legs on opposite sides, and I will crucify you all.”
26:50 They said: “No harm (don’t care)! Surely, we are going to return to our Lord (anyway).
26:51 Surely! We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, as we are the first of the believers (in Moses).”
26:52 And We revealed to Moses saying: “Depart by night with My servants, surely, you will be pursued.”
26:53 Then Pharaoh sent callers to the cities,
26:54 (saying): “Surely! These are (indeed but) a small band,
26:55 and surely, they have enraged us;
26:56 and surely we are all assembled, well prepared.”
26:57 So, We made them leave from their gardens, water springs,
26:58 treasures, and honorable places.
26:59 Thus We caused the children of Israel to inherit such things.
26:60 So they (people of Pharaoh) pursued them at sunrise.
26:61 And when the 2 hosts saw (each other), the companions of Moses said: “Surely we are to be overtaken.”
26:62 (Moses) said: “Nay, surely! With me is my Lord, He will guide me.”
26:63 Then We revealed to Moses (saying): “Strike the sea with your stick.” It parted, and each part (of the sea water) became like the huge mountain.
26:64 Then We brought near (to that sea) the others (Pharaoh and his army).
26:65 and We saved Moses and all those with him,
26:66 then We drowned the others.
26:67 Surely! In this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
26:68 and surely, your Lord! He is truly the All-Mighty, the Merciful.
26:69 And recite to them the story of Abraham,
26:70 when he (Abraham) said 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 call (on them)?
26:73 Or do they benefit you or do they harm you?”
26:74 They said: “Nay, but we found our forefathers doing so.”
26:75 He said: “Do you observe which you have been worshipping,
26:76 you and your forefathers?
26:77 Surely! They are enemies to me, except the Lord of the worlds;
26:78 who has created me, and it is He who guides me
26:79 And it is He Who feeds me and gives me to drink
26:80 and when I am ill, it is He Who cures me;
26:81 Who will cause me to die, then will bring me to life (again);
26:82 and Who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on the Day of Recompense.”
26:83 (Abraham prayed): “My Lord! Bestow wisdom on me, join me with the righteous,
26:84 and grant me an honorable mention in later generations,
26:85 and make me one of the inheritors of the Paradise of Delight,
26:86 and forgive my father, surely he is of the erring,
26:87 and don’t disgrace me on the Day when all creatures will be resurrected,
26:88 the Day when neither wealth nor sons will avail,
26:89 except the one who will bring a clean heart to Allah,
26:90 and Paradise will be brought near to the pious,
26:91 and the hellfire will be placed in full view for the erring,
26:92 and it will be said to them: “Where are those (false deities) that you used to worship,
26:93 instead of Allah? Can they help you or help themselves?”
26:94 Then they will be thrown on their faces into it (fire), they are those who were in error,
26:95 and the hosts (soldiers) of Satan together,
26:96 they will say while they argue in it,
26:97 (saying): “by Allah, we were truly in a clear error,
26:98 when We held you (false deities) as equals (in worship) with the Lord of the worlds
26:99 And none has brought us into error except the criminals.
26:100 Now we have no intercessors,
26:101 nor a close friend (to help us).
26:102 If we had a chance (to return to the world), we would be among the believers!”
26:103 Surely! In this narration there is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
26:104 And surely, your Lord, He is truly the All-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?
26:107 Surely I am a trustworthy Messenger to you,
26:108 so fear Allah, and obey me.
26:109 I don’t ask you any reward for it (my message), my reward is not but from the Lord of the worlds,
26:110 so fear Allah and obey me.”
26:111 They said: “Shall we believe in you, when the lowest (of the people) follow you?”
26:112 He said: “And what knowledge have I of what they used to do?
26:113 Their account is with my Lord, if you could know.
26:114 And I am not going to drive away the believers.
26:115 I am not but a plain Warner.”
26:116 They said: “If you don’t cease, O Noah! You will surely be among those stoned (to death).”
26:117 He said: “My Lord! Surely, my people have denied me.
26:118 Therefore judge between me and them with fair judgment, and save me and those of the believers who are with me.”
26:119 And We saved him and those with him in the laden ship
26:120 then We drowned the rest (disbelievers) thereafter.
26:121 Surely, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
26:122 And surely! Your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Merciful.
26:123 Ad (people) denied the Messengers.
26:124 When their brother Hud said to them: “Will you not fear Allah?
26:125 Surely! I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.
26:126 So fear Allah, and obey me.
26:127 I don’t ask you any reward for it, my reward is from the Lord of the worlds.
26:128 Do you build landmark on every high palace to play for fun?
26:129 And do you take for yourselves palaces (fine buildings) as if you will reside therein forever
26:130 And when you seize anyone, you seize him as tyrants.
26:131 So fear Allah, and obey me.
26:132 And Fear Him Who has aided you with all (good things) that you know.
26:133 He has aided you with cattle, children,
26:134 and gardens, and springs.
26:135 Surely, I fear for you the punishment of a Great Day.”
26:136 They said: “It is the same to us whether you preach or you are not of those who preach.
26:137 This is nothing but the customs of the ancients.
26:138 And we are not going to be punished.”
26:139 So they denied him, and We destroyed them. Surely! In this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
26:140 And surely! Your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Merciful.
26:141 Thamud (people) denied the Messengers.
26:142 When their brother Saleh said to them: “Will you not fear Allah?
26:143 Surely I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.
26:144 So fear Allah, and obey me.
26:145 I don’t ask any reward for it (my message); my reward is from the Lord of the worlds.
26:146 Will you be left secure in that which you have here (forever)?
26:147 In gardens, springs,
26:148 and cornfields, and date-palms with its soft flowering branches,
26:149 and you carve houses in the mountains skillfully?
26:150 So fear Allah, and obey me.
26:151 And don’t follow the command of the wasters,
26:152 who make mischief in the land, and don’t reform.”
26:153 They said: “Surely you are only of those bewitched!
26:154 You are not but a human being like us. Then bring us a sign if you are of the truthful.”
26:155 He (Saleh) said: “This is a she-camel (Allah sent as you asked); it has a right to drink water and you have a right to drink water on a known day.
26:156 And don’t touch her with harm, lest the punishment of a great Day may seize you.”
26:157 But they killed her, and then they became regretful,
26:158 so the punishment overtook them. Surely, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
26:159 And surely! Your Lord, He is indeed the All-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?
26:162 Surely! I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.
26:163 So fear Allah, and obey me.
26:164 I don’t ask of you any reward for it (my message), my reward is from the Lord of the worlds.
26:165 And will you go into the males (to fornicate) of the mankind,
26:166 and leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your wives? Nay, you are a transgressing people!”
26:167 They said: “If you don’t cease, O Lot! Surely, you will be one of those who are expelled!”
26:168 He said: “I am, indeed of those who disapprove with severe anger and fury.
26:169 My Lord! Save me and my family from what they do.”
26:170 So We saved him and all his family,
26:171 except an old woman (his wife) among those who remained behind.
26:172 Then afterward We destroyed the others.
26:173 And We rained on them a rain (of punishment). Evil was the rain which fell on those who had been warned.
26:174 Surely, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
26:175 And surely! Your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Merciful.
26:176 The residents of Al-Aiyka (a garden with thick trees near Midian) denied the Messengers.
26:177 When Shuaib said to them: “Will you not fear Allah?
26:178 I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.
26:179 So fear Allah, and obey me.
26:180 I don’t ask of you any reward for it (my message), my reward is from the Lord of the worlds.
26:181 Give full measure, and don’t be among those who cause loss (to others by fraud).
26:182 And weigh with the just straight balance
26:183 and neither defraud people by reducing their things, nor do evil in the land making corruption.
26:184 And fear Him Who created you and the generations before you.”
26:185 They said: “Surely you are one of those bewitched!
26:186 You are not but a human being like us and surely, we think that indeed you are one of the liars!
26:187 So cause a piece of the heaven to fall on us, if you are of the truthful!”
26:188 He said: “My Lord is Best Knower of what you do.”
26:189 But they denied him, so the punishment of the Day of shadow (cloud carrying Allah’s punishment) seized them, indeed that was the punishment of a great Day.
26:190 Surely, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
26:191 And surely! Your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Merciful.
26:192 And truly, this (the Qur’an) is a revelation of the Lord of the worlds.
26:193 The trustworthy spirit (Gabriel) has brought down
26:194 upon your heart (O Muhammad) so that you may be one of the warners
26:195 in the plain Arabic language.
26:196 And surely, it (the Qur’an) has the Scriptures of former people.
26:197 Is it not a sign to them that the learned scholars knew it of the children of Israel?
26:198 And if We had revealed it (this Qur’an) to any of the non-Arabs,
26:199 and who had recited it (in Arabic) to them, they would still not have believed in it.
26:200 We have caused it (disbelief) to enter in the hearts of the criminals.
26:201 They will not believe in it until they see the painful punishment;
26:202 it will come to them suddenly while they don’t perceive it.
26:203 Then they will say: “Can we be given respite?”
26:204 Do they wish to hasten on Our Punishment?
26:205 Have you thought if We do let them enjoy for years,
26:206 and afterwards comes to them what (punishment) they are promised
26:207 all that which their past enjoyment be to them?
26:208 And We never destroyed a township without sending its warners,
26:209 by way of reminder (in advance), and We have never been unjust.
26:210 And it is not the devils who have brought it (this Qur’an) down,
26:211 neither it would suit them, nor they can produce it.
26:212 Surely, they have been removed far from hearing it.
26:213 So don’t invoke with Allah another one worthy of worship lest you be among those who receive punishment.
26:214 And warn your tribe (O Muhammad) of near relatives
26:215 and lower or put down your wing (be kind and humble) to those of the believers who follow you
26:216 if they disobey you, say: “Verily, I am not responsible for what you do.”
26:217 And put your trust in the Mighty, the Merciful,
26:218 Who sees you (O Muhammad) when you stand up (at night in prayers),
26:219 and see your movements among those who fall prostrate.
26:220 Surely! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.
26:221 Shall I inform you (O people!) upon whom the devils descend?
26:222 They descend on every liar, sinner
26:223 who gives ear (to the devils), most of them are liars,
26:224 as for the poets, the erring ones follow them.
26:225 Don’t you see how aimlessly they wander in every valley
26:226 and say what they don’t do
26:227 Except those who believe, do righteous deeds, remember Allah much, and vindicate themselves after they have wronged. Those who do wrong (will know) what overturning they will be overturned.


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