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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 Ta. Sin. Mim.
26:2 These are the signs of the lucid Book.
26:3 Haply thou wearest thyself away with grief because they will not believe.
26:4 Were it our will we could send down to them a sign from Heaven, before which they would humbly bow.
26:5 But from each fresh warning that cometh to them from the God of Mercy they have only turned aside,
26:6 And treated it as a lie: But tidings shall reach them which they shall not laugh to scorn.
26:7 Have they not beheld the earth - how we have caused every kind of noble plant to spring up therein?
26:8 Verily, in this is a sign: but most of them believe not.
26:9 And assuredly, thy Lord! - He is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:10 And remember when thy Lord called to Moses, "Go to the wicked people,
26:11 The people of Pharaoh. What! will they not fear me?"
26:12 He said, "My Lord, in sooth I fear lest they treat me as a liar:
26:13 And my breast is straitened, and I am slow of speech: send therefore to Aaron to be my helpmate.
26:14 For they have a charge against me, and I fear lest they put me to death."
26:15 He said, "Surely not. Go ye therefore with our signs: we will be with you and will hearken.
26:16 And go to Pharaoh and say: 'Verily we are the messengers of the Lord of the worlds -
26:17 Send forth with us the children of Israel."'
26:18 He said, "Did we not rear thee among us when a child? And hast thou not passed years of thy life among us?
26:19 And yet what a deed is that which thou hast done! Thou art one of the ungrateful."
26:20 He said, "I did it indeed, and I was one of those who erred:
26:21 And I fled from you because I feared you; but my Lord hath given me wisdom and hath made me one of his Apostles.
26:22 And is this the favour thou hast conferred on me, that thou hast enslaved the children of Israel?"
26:23 Said Pharaoh, "Who then is the Lord of the Worlds?"
26:24 He said, "The Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth and of all that is between them, if only ye believe it."
26:25 Said Pharaoh to those around him, "Hear ye this?"
26:26 "Your Lord," said Moses, "and the Lord of your sires of old."
26:27 "In sooth, your Apostle whom He hath sent to you," said Pharaoh, "is certainly possessed."
26:28 He said, "Lord is He of the East and of the West, and of all that is between them, if ye can understand."
26:29 He said, "If ye take any God beside me, I will surely put thee in ward."
26:30 Said Moses, "What! if I shew thee that which shall be a proof of my mission?"
26:31 He said, "Forth with it then, if thou speakest truth."
26:32 Then threw he down his staff, and lo! an undoubted serpent:
26:33 And he drew out his hand, and lo! it was white to the beholders.
26:34 He said to his nobles around him. "This truly is a right cunning sorcerer:
26:35 Fain would he drive you out of your land by his Sorcery. But what do ye suggest?"
26:36 They said, "Put him and his brother off awhile, and send summoners to all the cities,
26:37 Who shall bring to thee every cunning magician."
26:38 So the magicians were mustered at a set time, on a solemn day:
26:39 And it was said to the people, "Are ye all assembled?"
26:40 -"Yes! and we will follow the magicians if they gain the day."
26:41 And when the magicians were arrived they said to Pharaoh, "Shall we have a reward if we gain the day?"
26:42 He said, "Yes. And verily in that case ye shall be of those who are near my person."
26:43 Moses said to them, "Throw down what ye have to throw."
26:44 So they cast down their ropes and rods, and said, "By Pharaoh's might we shall surely win."
26:45 Then Moses threw down his rod, and lo! it swallowed up their cheating wonders.
26:46 Then the magicians threw themselves down in worship:
26:47 They said, "We believe on the Lord of the Worlds,
26:48 The Lord of Moses and of Aaron."
26:49 Said Pharaoh, "Have ye then believed on him ere I gave you leave? He truly is your master who hath taught you magic. But bye and bye ye shall surely know my power. I will cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will have you all crucified."
26:50 They said, "It cannot harm us, for to our Lord shall we return:
26:51 Assuredly we trust that our Lord will forgive us our sins, since we are of the first who believe."
26:52 Then revealed we this order to Moses: "Go forth by night with my servants, for ye will be pursued."
26:53 And Pharaoh sent summoners through the cities: -
26:54 "These Israelites," said they, "are a scanty band;
26:55 Yet are they enraged against us -
26:56 But we truly are numerous, wary."
26:57 Thus we caused them to quit gardens and fountains,
26:58 And treasures and splendid dwellings;
26:59 So was it; and we gave them to the children of Israel for an heritage.
26:60 Then at sunrise the Egyptians followed them:
26:61 And when the hosts came in view of one another, the comrades of Moses said, "We are surely overtaken."
26:62 He said, "By no means: - for my Lord is with me - He will guide me."
26:63 And we revealed this order to Moses, "Strike the sea with thy rod." And it clave asunder, and each part became like a huge mountain.
26:64 Then made we the others to draw on;
26:65 And we saved Moses, and those who were with him, all;
26:66 But we drowned the others.
26:67 Truly in this was a sign; but most of them did not believe.
26:68 But verily thy Lord, - He is the Mighty, the Merciful!
26:69 And recite to them the story of Abraham
26:70 When he said to his Father and to his people, "What worship ye?"
26:71 They said, "We worship idols, and constant is our devotion to them."
26:72 He said, "Can they hear you when ye cry to them?
26:73 Or help you or do you harm?"
26:74 They said, "But we found our Fathers do the like."
26:75 He said, "How think ye? They whom ye worship,
26:76 Ye and your fathers of early days,
26:77 Are my foes: but not so the Lord of the Worlds,
26:78 Who hath created me, and guideth me,
26:79 Who giveth me food and drink;
26:80 And when I am sick, he healeth me,
26:81 And who will cause me to die and again quicken me,
26:82 And who, I hope, will forgive me my sins in the day of reckoning.
26:83 My Lord! bestow on me wisdom and join me to the just,
26:84 And give me a good name among posterity,
26:85 And make me one of the heirs of the garden of delight,
26:86 And forgive my father, for he was one of the erring,
26:87 And put me not to shame on the day when mankind shall be raised up,
26:88 The day when neither wealth nor children shall avail,
26:89 Save to him who shall come to God with a sound heart:
26:90 When Paradise shall be brought near the pious,
26:91 And Hell shall lay open for those who have gone astray.
26:92 And it shall be said to them, 'Where are they whom ye worshipped
26:93 Beside God? Can they harm you or help themselves?'
26:94 And they shall be cast into it - the seducers and the seduced,
26:95 And all the host of Eblis.
26:96 They shall say, as they wrangle therein together,
26:97 'By God, we were in a plain error,
26:98 When we equalled you with the Lord of the Worlds:
26:99 And none misled us but the wicked,
26:100 And we have none to plead for us,
26:101 Nor friend who careth for us.
26:102 Could we but return, we would be of the believers."'
26:103 Verily, in this was a sign: but most of them believed not.
26:104 And truly thy Lord! - He is the Mighty, the Merciful!
26:105 The people of Noah gainsaid the Apostles,
26:106 When their brother Noah said to them, "Will ye not fear God?
26:107 Of a truth am I your faithful Apostle;
26:108 Fear God then and obey me.
26:109 I ask of you no reward for this, for my reward is of the Lord of the Worlds alone:
26:110 Fear God then and obey me."
26:111 They said, "Shall we believe on thee when the meanest only are thy followers?"
26:112 He said, "But I have no knowledge of that they did:
26:113 To my Lord only must their account be given: would that ye understood this!
26:114 And I will not thrust away those who believe,
26:115 For I am only one charged with plain warnings."
26:116 They said, "Now unless thou desist, O Noah, one of the stoned shalt thou surely be."
26:117 He said, "Lord! my people treat me as a liar:
26:118 Decide thou therefore a decision between me and them, and rescue me and the faithful who are with me."
26:119 So we saved him and those who were with him in the fully-laden ark,
26:120 And afterwards we drowned the rest.
26:121 Herein truly was a sign, but most of them believed not.
26:122 But thy Lord! - He is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:123 The Adites treated their Apostles as liars,
26:124 When their brother Houd said to them, "Will ye not fear God?
26:125 I am your Apostle, worthy of all credit;
26:126 Fear God then and obey me:
26:127 I ask for no reward for this; for my reward is of the Lord of the Worlds alone.
26:128 What! build ye landmarks on all heights in mere pastime?
26:129 And raise ye structures to be your lasting abodes?
26:130 And when ye put forth your power do ye put it forth with harshness?
26:131 Fear ye God then and obey me;
26:132 And fear ye Him who hath plenteously betowed on you ye well know what:
26:133 Plenteously bestowed on you flocks and children,
26:134 And gardens and fountains;
26:135 Indeed I fear for you the punishment of a tremendous day."
26:136 They said, "It is the same to us whether thou warn or warn us not.
26:137 This is but a tale of the ancients,
26:138 And we are not they who shall be punished."
26:139 And they charged him with imposture; and we destroyed them. In this was a sign: but most of them believed not.
26:140 But thy Lord! - He is the Mighty, the Merciful!
26:141 The Themoudites also treated their Apostles as liars,
26:142 When their brother Saleh said to them, "Will ye not fear God?
26:143 I am your Apostle worthy of all credit:
26:144 Fear God, then, and obey me.
26:145 I ask of you no reward for this: my reward is of the Lord of the Worlds alone.
26:146 Shall ye be left secure amid these things here?
26:147 Amid gardens and fountains,
26:148 And corn-fields and palm-trees, with flower-sheathing branches?
26:149 And, insolent that ye are, will ye hew out your dwellings in the mountains?
26:150 But fear God and obey me,
26:151 And obey not the bidding of those who commit excess,
26:152 Who act disorderly on the earth and reform it not."
26:153 They said, "Certainly thou art a person bewitched;
26:154 Thou art only a man like us: produce now a sign if thou art a man of truth."
26:155 He said, "This she-camel, then - drink shall there be for her, and drink shall there be for you, on a several day for each.
26:156 But harm her not, lest the punishment of a tremendous day overtake you."
26:157 But they ham-strung her, and repented of it on the morrow;
26:158 For the punishment overtook them. In this truly was a sign, but most of them believed not.
26:159 But thy Lord! - He is the Powerful, the Merciful!
26:160 The people of Lot treated their apostles as liars,
26:161 When their brother Lot said to them, "Will ye not fear God?
26:162 I am your Apostle worthy of all credit:
26:163 Fear God, then, and obey me.
26:164 For this I ask you no reward: my reward is of the Lord of the worlds alone.
26:165 What! with men, of all creatures, will ye have commerce?
26:166 And leave ye your wives whom your Lord hath created for you? Ah! ye are an erring people!"
26:167 They said, "O Lot, if thou desist not, one of the banished shalt thou surely be."
26:168 He said, "I utterly abhor your doings:
26:169 My Lord! deliver me and my family from what they do."
26:170 So we delivered him and his whole family -
26:171 Save an aged one among those who tarried -
26:172 Then we destroyed the rest -
26:173 And we rained a rain upon them, and fatal was the rain to those whom we had warned.
26:174 In this truly was a sign; but most of them did not believe.
26:175 But thy Lord! He is the Powerful, the Merciful!
26:176 The dwellers in the forest of Madian treated the Apostles as liars.
26:177 When Shoaib their brother said to them, "Will ye not fear God?
26:178 I truly am your trustworthy Apostle.
26:179 Fear God, then, and obey me:
26:180 No reward ask I of you for this: my reward is of the Lord of the Worlds alone.
26:181 Fill the measure, and be not of those who minish:
26:182 Weigh with exact balance:
26:183 And defraud not men in their substance, and do no wrong on the earth by deeds of licence;
26:184 And fear Him who made you and the races of old."
26:185 They said, "Certainly thou art a person bewitched.
26:186 Thou art but a man like us, and we deem thee liar -
26:187 Make now a part of the heaven to fall down upon us, if thou art a man of truth."
26:188 He said, "My Lord best knoweth your doings."
26:189 And when they treated him as a liar, the chastisement of the day of cloud overtook them. This truly was the chastisement of a dreadful day!
26:190 In this was a sign, but most of them believed not.
26:191 But thy Lord! - He is the Mighty, the Merciful!
26:192 Verily from the Lord of the Worlds hath this Book come down;
26:193 The faithful spirit hath come down with it
26:194 Upon thy heart, that thou mightest become a warner -
26:195 In the clear Arabic tongue:
26:196 And truly it is foretold in the Scriptures of them of yore.
26:197 Was it not a sign to them that the learned among the children of Israel recognised it?
26:198 If we had sent it down unto any foreigner,
26:199 And he had recited it to them, they had not believed.
26:200 In such sort have we influenced the heart of the wicked ones,
26:201 That they will not believe it till they see the grievous chastisement?
26:202 And it shall come upon them on a sudden when they look not for it:
26:203 And they will say, "Can we be respited?"
26:204 What! will they seek to hasten on our chastisement?
26:205 How thinkest thou? If after we have given them their fill for years,
26:206 That with which they are menaced come upon them at last,
26:207 Of what avail will their enjoyments be to them?
26:208 We never destroyed a city which had not first its warners
26:209 With admonition; nor did we deal unjustly.
26:210 The Satans were not sent down with this Koran:
26:211 It beseemed them not, and they had not the power,
26:212 For they are far removed from hearing it.
26:213 Call not thou on any other god but God, lest thou be of those consigned to torment:
26:214 But warn thy relatives of nearer kin,
26:215 And kindly lower thy wing over the faithful who follow thee.
26:216 And if they disobey thee, then say: "I will not be answerable for your doings;" -
26:217 And put thy trust in Him that is the Mighty, the Merciful,
26:218 Who seeth thee when thou standest in prayer,
26:219 And thy demeanour amongst those who worship;
26:220 For He heareth, knoweth all.
26:221 Shall I tell you on whom Satan descend?
26:222 They descend on every lying, wicked person:
26:223 They impart what they have heard; - but most of them are liars.
26:224 It is the POETS whom the erring follow:
26:225 Seest thou not how they rove distraught in every valley?
26:226 And that they say that which they do not?
26:227 Save those who believe and do good works, and oft remember God; And who defend themselves when unjustly treated. But they who treat them unjustly shall find out what a lot awaiteth them.


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