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Ta Ha (Ta Ha)
as rendered by Maududi
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Maududi rendition of Surah Ta Ha(Ta Ha)
20:1 Ta´ Ha´
20:2 We did not reveal the Qur´an to you to cause you distress;
20:3 it is only a reminder for him who fears Allah;
20:4 a revelation from Him Who created the earth and the high heavens.
20:5 The Most Compassionate Lord is settled on the Throne (of the Universe).
20:6 To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, and all that is in between, and all that is beneath the soil.
20:7 Whether you speak out aloud (or in a low voice), He knows what is said secretly, and even that which is most hidden.
20:8 Allah - there is no god but He. His are the most excellent names.
20:9 Has the story of Moses reached you?
20:10 When he saw a fire and said to his family: "Hold on! I have just perceived a fire; perhaps I will bring a brand from it for you, or I will find some guidance at the fire about the way to follow."
20:11 When he came to it, a voice called out: "Moses!
20:12 Verily I am your Lord! Take off your shoes. You are in the sacred valley, Tuwa!
20:13 I Myself have chosen you; therefore, give ear to what is revealed.
20:14 Verily I am Allah. There is no god beside Me. So serve Me and establish Prayers to remember Me.
20:15 The Hour of Resurrection is coming. I have willed to keep the time of its coming hidden so that everyone may be recompensed in accordance with his effort.
20:16 Let him who does not believe in it and follows his lust not turn your thought away from it, lest you are ruined.
20:17 And what is in your right hand, O Moses?"
20:18 Moses answered: "This is my staff. I lean on it (when I walk), and with it I beat down leaves for my flock, and I have many other uses for it."
20:19 He said: "Moses, throw it down."
20:20 So he threw it down, and lo! it was a rapidly moving snake.
20:21 Then He said: "Seize it and have no fear. We shall restore it to its former state.
20:22 And place your hand in your armpit, it will come forth shining white, without blemish. This is another Sign of Allah,
20:23 for We shall show you some of Our greatest Signs.
20:24 And go to Pharaoh now for he has transgressed all bounds."
20:25 Moses said: "Lord! Open my breast for me;
20:26 and ease my task for me,
20:27 and loosen the knot from my tongue
20:28 so that they may understand my speech;
20:29 and appoint for me, from my household, someone who will help me bear my burden -
20:30 Aaron, my brother.
20:31 Strengthen me through him
20:32 and let him share my task
20:33 that we may abundantly extol Your glory;
20:34 and may remember You much.
20:35 Verily, You have always watched over us."
20:36 He said: "Moses, your petition is granted.
20:37 We have again bestowed Our favour upon you.
20:38 Recall, when We indicated to your mother through inspiration:
20:39 ´Put the baby into a chest and then throw him in the river. The river will throw him up on the shore, and then an enemy of Mine and an enemy of his will take him.´ And I spread My love over you in order that you might be reared in My sight.
20:40 Recall, when your sister went along, saying: ´Shall I direct you to one who will take charge of him?´ Thus We brought you back to your mother so that her heart might be gladdened and she might not grieve. Moses, recall when you slew a person. We delivered you from distress and made you go through several trials. Then you stayed for several years among the people of Midian, and now you have come at the right moment as ordained.
20:41 I have chosen you for My service.
20:42 So go forth, both you and your brother, with My Signs, and do not slacken in remembering Me.
20:43 Go both of you to Pharaoh, for he has transgressed all bounds,
20:44 and speak to him gently, perhaps he may take heed or fear (Allah)."
20:45 The two said:" Lord! We fear he may commit excesses against us, or transgress all bounds."
20:46 He said: "Have no fear. I am with you, hearing and seeing all.
20:47 So, go to him, and say: ´Behold, both of us are the Messengers of your Lord. Let the Children of Israel go with us, and do not chastise them. We have come to you with a sign from your Lord; and peace shall be for him who follows the true guidance.
20:48 It has been revealed to us that chastisement awaits those who called the lie to the truth and turned away from it.´ "
20:49 Pharaoh said:" Moses! Who is the Lord of the two of you?"
20:50 He said: "Our Lord is He Who gave everything its form and then guided it."
20:51 Pharaoh asked: "Then, what is the state of the former generations?"
20:52 Moses said: "Its knowledge is with my Lord, recorded in the Book. My Lord does not err, nor does He forget."
20:53 He it is Who spread the earth for you; and made in it paths for you, and sent down water from the sky, and then through it We brought forth many species of diverse plants.
20:54 So eat yourself and pasture your cattle. Surely there are many Signs in this for people of understanding.
20:55 From this very earth We created you and to the same earth We shall cause you to return, and from it We shall bring you forth to life again.
20:56 Indeed We showed Pharaoh Our Signs, all of them, but he declared them to be false and rejected them.
20:57 He said: "Have you come to us to drive us out of our land by your sorcery?
20:58 We shall confront you with a sorcery like your own. So appoint a day when both of us might meet face to face in an open space; an appointment which neither we nor you shall fail to keep."
20:59 Moses said: "The appointment to meet you is on the Day of the Feast and let all people come together before noon."
20:60 Pharaoh went back and concerted all his stratagem and returned for the encounter.
20:61 (At the time of the encounter) Moses said to them: "Woe to you! Do not invent falsehoods against Allah lest He destroy you with a scourge. Surely those who invent lies shall come to grief."
20:62 Thereupon they wrangled among themselves about the matter and conferred in secret.
20:63 Some of them said: "These two are magicians, who want to drive you out of your land with their magic and to destroy your excellent way of life.
20:64 So muster all your stratagem and come forth in a row. Whoever prevails today shall triumph."
20:65 The magicians said: "Moses, will you throw down or shall we be the first to throw?"
20:66 Moses replied: "No, let it be you to throw first." Then suddenly it appeared to Moses, owing to their magic, as if their ropes and staffs were running.
20:67 So Moses´ heart was filled with fear.
20:68 We said to him: "Have no fear; for it is you who will prevail.
20:69 And throw down what is in your right hand; it will swallow up all that they have wrought. They have wrought only a magician´s stratagem. A magician cannot come to any good, come whence he may."
20:70 Eventually the magicians were impelled to fall down prostrate and said: "We believe in the Lord of Moses and Aaron."
20:71 Pharaoh said: "What! Did you believe in Him even before I permitted you to do so? Surely, he must be your chief who taught you magic. Now I will certainly cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and will crucify you on the trunks of palm-trees, and then you will come to know which of us can inflict sterner and more lasting torment."
20:72 The magicians answered: "By Him Who has created us, we shall never prefer you to the Truth after manifest Signs have come to us. So decree whatever you will. Your decree will pertain, at the most, to the present life of the world.
20:73 We believe in our Lord that He may forgive us our sins and also forgive us the practice of magic to which you had compelled us. Allah is the Best and He alone will abide."
20:74 The truth is that Hell awaits him who comes to his Lord laden with sin; he shall neither die in it nor live.
20:75 But he who comes to Him with faith and righteous works shall be exalted to high ranks,
20:76 and shall live for ever in everlasting Gardens beneath which rivers flow. Such will be the reward of those who purify themselves.
20:77 Most certainly We revealed to Moses: "Proceed with My servants in the night and strike for them a dry path in the sea. Have no fear of being overtaken, nor be afraid of treading through the sea."
20:78 Pharaoh pursued them with his hosts, but they were fully overwhelmed by the sea.
20:79 Pharaoh led his people astray; he did not guide them aright.
20:80 Children of Israel! We saved you from your enemy and made a covenant with you on the right side of the Mount and sent down on you manna and quails,
20:81 saying: "Partake of the good things that We have provided for you, but do not transgress lest My wrath fall upon you; for he upon whom My wrath falls is ruined.
20:82 But I am indeed Most Forgiving to him who repents and believes and does righteous works and keeps to the Right Way."
20:83 "But, O Moses, what has made you come in haste from your people?"
20:84 He said: "They are close behind me, and I hastened to You, Lord, that You may be pleased with me."
20:85 Said He: "Verily We tested your people in your absence and the Samiri led them astray."
20:86 Moses returned to his people full of wrath and grief, and said: "My people! Has your Lord not made good an excellent promise He made to you? And has a long time passed since those promises were fulfilled? Or was it to incur the wrath of your Lord that you broke your promise with me?"
20:87 They answered: "We did not break our promise with you out of our own volition; but we were laden with the load of people´s ornaments, and we simply threw them down (into the fire), and the Samiri also threw down something,
20:88 and brought out of there (from the molten gold) the effigy of a calf that lowed." The people cried out: "This is your deity and the deity of Moses, whom Moses has forgotten."
20:89 Did they not see that it did not return a word to them, and had no power either to hurt them or to cause them any benefit?
20:90 Certainly Aaron had said to them even before (the return of Moses): "My people, you were fallen into error because of the calf. Surely your Lord is Most Compassionate; so follow me and obey my command."
20:91 But they answered: "By no means shall we cease to worship it until Moses returns to us."
20:92 (After rebuking his people) Moses turned to Aaron and said: "Aaron! What prevented you, when you saw them going astray,
20:93 from following my way? Have you disobeyed my command?"
20:94 Aaron answered: "Son of my mother! Do not seize me with my beard, nor by (the hair of) my head. I feared that on returning you might say: ´You sowed discord among the Children of Israel, and did not pay heed to my words.´"
20:95 Moses said: "What, then, is your case, O Samiri?"
20:96 He answered: "I saw what the people did not see. So I took a handful of dust from the trail of the Messenger, and I flung it (into the fire). Thus did my mind prompt me."
20:97 Moses said: "Be gone, then. All your life you shall cry: ´Untouchable.´ There awaits a term for your reckoning that you cannot fail to keep. Now look at your god that you devotedly adored: We shall burn it and scatter its remains in the sea.
20:98 Your God is none else than Allah, beside Whom there is no god. His knowledge embraces everything."
20:99 (O Muhammad), thus do We recount to you the events of the past, and We have bestowed upon you from Ourself an admonition.
20:100 He who turns away from it will surely bear a heavy burden on the Day of Resurrection,
20:101 and will abide under this burden for ever. Grievous shall be the burden on the Day of Resurrection,
20:102 the Day when the Trumpet shall be sounded and We shall muster the sinners, their eyes turned blue with terror.
20:103 They shall whisper among themselves: "You stayed on the earth barely ten days."
20:104 We know well what they will say to one another: We also know that even the most cautious in his estimate will say: "You lived in the world no more than a day."
20:105 They ask you concerning the mountains: "Where will they go?" Say: "My Lord will scatter them like dust,
20:106 and leave the earth a levelled plain
20:107 in which you shall find no crookedness or curvature.
20:108 On that Day people shall follow straight on to the call of the summoner, no one daring to show any haughtiness. Their voices shall be hushed before the Most Compassionate Lord, so that you will hear nothing but a whispering murmur.
20:109 On that Day intercession shall not avail save of him whom the Most Compassionate Lord permits, and whose word of intercession is pleasing to Him.
20:110 He knows all that is ahead of them and all that is behind them, while the others do not know.
20:111 All faces shall be humbled before the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting Lord, and he who bears the burden of iniquity will have failed;
20:112 but whosoever does righteous works, being a believer, shall have no fear of suffering wrong or loss."
20:113 (O Muhammad), thus have We revealed this as an Arabic Qur´an and have expounded in it warning in diverse ways so that they may avoid evil or become heedful.
20:114 Exalted is Allah, the True King! Hasten not with reciting the Qur´an before its revelation to you is finished, and pray: "Lord! Increase me in knowledge."
20:115 Most certainly We had given Adam a command before, but he forgot. We found him lacking in firmness of resolution.
20:116 Recall when We said to the angels: "Prostrate yourselves before Adam"; all prostrated themselves save Iblis. He refused.
20:117 Then We said: "Adam! He is an enemy to you and to your wife. So let him not drive both of you out of Paradise and plunge you into affliction,
20:118 (for in Paradise) neither are you hungry nor naked,
20:119 nor face thirst or scorching heat."
20:120 But Satan seduced him, saying: "Adam! Shall I direct you to a tree of eternal life and an abiding kingdom?"
20:121 Then the two of them ate the fruit of that tree and their shameful parts became revealed to each other, and they began to cover themselves with the leaves from the Garden. Thus Adam disobeyed his Lord and strayed into error.
20:122 Thereafter his Lord exalted him, accepted his repentance, and bestowed guidance upon him,
20:123 and said: "Get down, both of you, (that is, man and Satan), and be out of it; each of you shall be an enemy to the other. Henceforth if there comes to you a guidance from Me, then whosoever follows My guidance shall neither go astray nor suffer misery.
20:124 But whosoever turns away from this Admonition from Me shall have a straitened life; We shall raise him blind on the Day of Resurrection,"
20:125 where-upon he will say: "Lord! Why have You raised me blind when I had sight in the world?"
20:126 He will say: "Even so it is. Our Signs came to you and you ignored them. So shall you be ignored this Day."
20:127 Thus do We requite him who transgresses and does not believe in the signs of your Lord (during the life of the world); and surely the punishment of the Hereafter is even more terrible and more enduring.
20:128 Did they not find any guidance in the fact that We destroyed many nations in whose ruined dwelling-places they now walk about? Surely there are many Signs in them for people endowed with wisdom.
20:129 Were it not for a word already gone from your Lord, the decree (of their destruction) would have come to pass.
20:130 So bear patiently with what they say. Glorify your Lord, praising Him before sunrise and before sunset, and in the watches of the night, and glorify Him and at the ends of the day that you may attain to happiness.
20:131 Do not turn your eyes covetously towards the embellishments of worldly life that We have bestowed upon various kinds of people to test them. But the clean provision bestowed upon you by your Lord is better and more enduring.
20:132 Enjoin Prayer on your household, and do keep observing it. We do not ask you for any worldly provision; rather, it is We Who provide you, and ultimately the pious will end up the best.
20:133 They ask: "Why does he not bring us a (miraculous) sign from his Lord?" Has there not come to them a Book containing the teachings of the previous scriptures?
20:134 Had We destroyed them through some calamity before his coming, they would have said: "Our Lord! Why did You not send any Messenger to us that we might have followed Your signs before being humbled and disgraced?"
20:135 Tell them, (O Muhammad): "Everyone is waiting for his end. Wait, then, and you will soon know who are the people of the Right Way, and are rightly-guided."


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