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26:1  T.S.M. Toor-e-Sina and Moses - Recall Mount Sinai where Moses was given the Statute Book
26:2  Now these are verses of the Final Statute Book, clear in itself and clearly showing the Truth
26:3  (O Prophet) Will you, (in your compassion), torment yourself to death because they refuse to believe in it
26:4  Had We so Willed, We could have sent down to them a Sign from the sky, to which they would have bent their necks in humility. (But, that is not Our Design. We expect them to use their reason (12:108))
26:5  And so whenever a Reminder comes to them from the Beneficent, they turn away from it
26:6  Thus indeed have they rejected this Message. But in time they will come to understand what it was that they ridiculed
26:7  Do they not see the earth how much of every fruitful kind We cause to grow therein
26:8  This is indeed a Sign, yet most of them are not believers (in the Almightiness of their Lord)
26:9  But, verily, your Lord is Almighty, Merciful. (Whether they believe or not He provides them with means of sustenance)
26:10  And recall when your Lord called Moses, "Go to the nation of the oppressors
26:11  To the people of Pharaoh so that they may walk aright."
26:12  Moses said, "My Lord! I am afraid they will accuse me of lying
26:13  I shall be embarrassed and I might not speak confidently, so send for Aaron to help me
26:14  And they stick a charge against me, so I fear they will kill me." (28:15)
26:15  Allah said, "Nay! Both of you go with Our Messages. We are with you."
26:16  Go together to Pharaoh and say, "We are Messengers from the Lord of the Worlds."
26:17  And, "Let the Children of Israel go with us." (20:47)
26:18  Pharaoh said to Moses, "Did we not rear you as a child among us? And you lived with us many years of your life
26:19  And you did what you did, killing a man from our nation. You are of the ungrateful."
26:20  Moses said, "Indeed I did it but I am lost how it happened!" (I only struck him once with a fist and he died (28:15))
26:21  Then I fled from you in fear. Now Allah has given me a Command and appointed me one of His Messengers
26:22  And this, the past favor you so tauntingly remind me! Yes, you raised me in your palaces. But it was so since you enslaved the Children of Israel."
26:23  Pharaoh said, "What is the Lord of the Worlds?" (20:49)
26:24  Moses said, "Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them; if you allow yourselves to be convinced." (43:51, 79:24)
26:25  Pharaoh said to the people around him, "Don't you hear what he says?"
26:26  Moses said, "Yes, He is your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors."
26:27  Pharaoh said, "Your Messenger that has been sent to you is a crazy man."
26:28  Moses said, "He is the Lord of the East and the West and everything in between. You would know if you use reason."
26:29  Pharaoh said, "If you choose a god other than me, I will put you in prison."
26:30  Moses responded, "Even if I bring to you all evidence of the Truth?"
26:31  He said, "Bring your signs if you are truthful."
26:32  Moses presented the Absolute Truth, vibrant with life. (7:107-108), (20:17-25), (28:31-32)
26:33  He presented his powerful logic that shone bright
26:34  Pharaoh said to his chiefs, "He is a magical debater
26:35  He intends to make you ineffective in your own land by causing a popular rebellion. What do you advise?" (7:110)
26:36  They said, "Put him and his brother on hold and send couriers into cities
26:37  That they bring all expert religious debaters to you." ('Sahir' = spellbinding speaker)
26:38  The debaters got together at the appointed day and time
26:39  People were given an open invitation to assemble there, "Are you all gathering?"
26:40  Pharaoh continued, "So that when the debaters win, we carry them in a procession."
26:41  When they came, they said to Pharaoh, "Will there be a reward for us if we are the winners?"
26:42  He said, "Yes, and you will have high ranks in my court." (7:113)
26:43  Moses said, "Begin however you wish to begin."
26:44  They put forward their logic and swore, "By Pharaoh's majesty! We will be the victors."
26:45  Moses responded with the mighty Truth, and right away it swallowed their false logic
26:46  The debaters fell prostrate in awe
26:47  Saying, "We believe in the Lord of the Worlds
26:48  The Lord of Moses and Aaron."
26:49  Pharaoh said, "You believe in him before I grant my permission? He is surely your chief who has taught you spellbinding eloquence. You shall find out soon. I will cut off your hands and feet alternately and verily I will crucify you everyone."
26:50  They said, "We have nothing to lose, we will turn to our Lord and return to Him anyway
26:51  We hope that our Lord will forgive our faults, since we are the foremost of the believers."
26:52  We revealed to Moses, "Take away My servants by night, for, behold, you will be pursued."
26:53  In the meantime, Pharaoh sent couriers to the cities
26:54  "This is a low contemptible gang
26:55  And indeed they are offenders against us
26:56  And, we are indeed a ready army."
26:57  Thus We drove them (Pharaoh and his chiefs) out of the gardens and springs
26:58  And treasures, lofty positions and beautiful estate. (Destined to be drowned in hateful pursuit of Moses and his followers)
26:59  Thus were those things taken away from them and We caused the Children of Israel to inherit such blessings. (Instead of returning to Egypt they would rule the land including Sinai, Jordan, Palestine, Northern Arabian Peninsula until their zenith during the times of David and Solomon about 940 B.C. (7:136), (7:137), (20:76-80))
26:60  And they (Pharaoh's armies) overtook them at sunrise
26:61  When both parties saw each other, the companions of Moses said, "Behold, We are indeed caught."
26:62  He answered, "Nay indeed! My Lord is with me and He will guide me."
26:63  Then We revealed to Moses, "Strike the sea with your staff. (Seek for them a dry path with confidence. Cross over the dried up Sea of Reeds (20:77), (44:24)). The morning found the two parties apart like two hills with a basin in between
26:64  And We caused the pursuers to draw near to that place
26:65  And We saved Moses and those with him, every one of them
26:66  (And as the high tide came), We drowned the others
26:67  Herein is indeed a lesson. Yet, most people are not believers in the Law of Requital
26:68  And verily, your Lord! He is indeed Almighty, Merciful
26:69  And convey to them of the history of Abraham
26:70  When he said to his father and his people, "What is it that you worship?"
26:71  They said, "We worship idols and we are very devoted to them."
26:72  He said, "Do they hear when you call them
26:73  Or do they benefit or harm you?"
26:74  They said, "Nay, but we found our forefathers doing this."
26:75  He said, "Have you, then ever considered what it is that you have been worshiping
26:76  You and your forefathers
26:77  Now verily, they (all kinds of idols) are enemies to me, for I am devoted only to the Lord of the Worlds
26:78  The One who created me, and He guides me
26:79  And is the One Who provides food and drink to me (and to you)
26:80  And when I get sick, then He is the One who restores me to health
26:81  And Who will cause me to die and then bring me back to life
26:82  And Who I ardently hope, will absolve my imperfections on the Day of Judgment
26:83  My Lord! Grant me wisdom and good judgment, and count me among those who have perfected their "Self"
26:84  And grant me the ability to convey the Truth even to those who will come after me
26:85  And include me among those who will inherit the Garden of Bliss
26:86  And forgive my father (by letting him become worthy of it). For, verily he is of those who go astray. (9:114), (14:41), (19:47), (60:4)
26:87  And put me not to embarrassment the Day when people are raised
26:88  The Day when wealth and children will not avail anyone
26:89  And when only he will prosper that brings to Allah a noble heart." (37:85)
26:90  And the Garden will be brought close for those who walk aright
26:91  Whereas the blazing Fire will appear plainly before those who had lost themselves in error
26:92  And it will be said, "Where is all that you used to worship and obey
26:93  Instead of Allah? Can they help you or help themselves?"
26:94  Then they will be hurled into Hell, the leaders and their straying followers
26:95  And the party of Iblis, all together
26:96  And right away, blaming one another, they will exclaim
26:97  "By God, we were in manifest error
26:98  When we ranked you with the Lord of the Worlds
26:99  It is these guilty leaders who misled us
26:100  Now we have no intercessors
26:101  Nor a close friend
26:102  Oh, if only we could have another chance that we could be among the believers." (23:99-100), (39:58)
26:103  In all this, behold, there is lesson but, most of them still are not believers (in the Law of Requital)
26:104  And verily, your Lord! He is Almighty, Merciful. (He gives you sustenance for body and mind)
26:105  The people of Noah too denied the Messengers
26:106  When their brother Noah said to them, "Will you not walk aright
26:107  Behold, I am a Messenger to you, worthy of your trust
26:108  Be mindful of Allah and pay heed to me
26:109  And no reward, whatever, do I ask for it. My reward rests with none but the Lord of the Worlds
26:110  So be mindful of Allah and pay heed to me."
26:111  They answered, "Shall we put our faith in you even though the low class people are following you?"
26:112  Said he, "I do not care what their professions are and what they have been doing before
26:113  Their accountability is up to my Lord. If only you understood (that the most honored in the Sight of Allah is the one who is best in conduct (49:13))
26:114  Hence, I shall not drive away the believers
26:115  I am only a plain Warner."
26:116  They said, "O Noah! If you do not refrain, you will surely be stoned to death."
26:117  Thereupon he prayed, "My Lord! Behold, my people are accusing me of lying
26:118  Hence, judge between me and them openly, and save me and my company of believers."
26:119  And We saved him and those who accompanied him in the laden Ark
26:120  Then afterward We drowned the others
26:121  In this, behold, there is a sign, even though most of them are not believers (in the Law of Requital)
26:122  But, verily, your Lord is Almighty, Merciful (His Rule is the Rule of Law, and not that of dictatorial whims)
26:123  Aad also rejected the Messengers
26:124  When their brother Hud said to them, "Will you not walk aright
26:125  I am a Messenger to you, worthy of your trust
26:126  Be mindful of Allah and pay heed to me
26:127  And no reward, whatever, do I ask for it. My reward rests with none but the Lord of the Worlds
26:128  You build on every height monuments of vanity
26:129  And make for yourselves mighty castles; will you thus become immortal
26:130  And you seize people cruelly, without any restraint. (Oppressing people into slavery to build these gorgeous buildings for you)
26:131  Be mindful of Allah and heed me
26:132  Be mindful of Him Who helped you with good things you know and the know-how and skills
26:133  He Who has helped you with, livestock and human resources
26:134  And gardens, and water springs
26:135  Verily, I fear for you the requital of an awesome day."
26:136  But they answered, "It is the same for us whether you counsel us or not
26:137  This has been our life-style for generations
26:138  And we shall never be doomed."
26:139  So, they rejected him and We destroyed them. Therein, behold, is a sign, even though most people are not believers (in the Law of Requital)
26:140  But, verily, your Lord is Almighty, Merciful. (His Mighty Rule is the Rule of Law)
26:141  Thamud also denied the Messengers
26:142  When their brother Saleh said to them, "Will you not walk aright
26:143  Behold, I am a Messenger to you, worthy of your trust
26:144  Be mindful of Allah and heed me
26:145  I ask you no reward, whatever, for it. My reward rests with none but the Lord of the Worlds
26:146  Do you suppose that you could continue in security as it is (with your unjust system) forever
26:147  In gardens and water springs
26:148  And fields, and these palm trees and delicious fruits
26:149  And that you will always skillfully carve out of the mountains luxurious mansions
26:150  Be mindful of Allah and heed me
26:151  And obey not the command of those who trespass the bounds of justice and equity
26:152  Those who spread corruption in the land, and reform not."
26:153  But they replied, "You are but one of the bewitched
26:154  You are just a mortal like us. So bring us a miracle if you are a man of truth."
26:155  He said, "Behold, this she-camel. (She represents the weak and poor). She being (ownerless) has the right to drink at the well, just as you have the right to water (your flock) at the time of watering
26:156  Do not harm her, or the retribution will seize you on an awesome day."
26:157  But they killed her and made way for their own humiliation. (The usual rendering here of FAASBAHOO NADIMEEN that they regretted, repented or became penitent seems to be incorrect, since in that case the Most Gracious might have forgiven them)
26:158  So, the Retribution seized them. Herein is indeed a sign, yet most people are not believers (in the Law of Requital)
26:159  And, verily, your Lord! He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful. (He is Merciful that His Rule is the Rule of Law)
26:160  And the people of Lot also denied Messengers
26:161  When their brother Lot said to them, "Will you not walk aright
26:162  Behold, I am a Messenger to you, worthy of your trust
26:163  Be mindful of Allah and heed me
26:164  And no reward whatever do I ask you for it. My reward rests with none but with the Lord of the Worlds
26:165  Of all the creatures in the Worlds, you approach males
26:166  And leave those whom your Lord has created for you to be your mates. You are people who cross all bounds of decency."
26:167  They said, "O Lot! If you desist not, you will be driven out of the town."
26:168  He said, "Behold, I am of those who deplore your actions."
26:169  "O My Lord! Save me, my family and my followers from the consequences of what they do."
26:170  So, We saved him and his followers, all of them
26:171  All but the old woman (the wife of Lot) who chose to stay behind
26:172  And then We utterly destroyed the others
26:173  And We rained on them a rain, the dreadful rain (from the volcano) on those who all had been warned
26:174  Herein indeed is a sign, but most of them were not believers in the Law of Requital
26:175  Your Lord is Almighty, Merciful. (His Mighty Rule is the Rule of Law)
26:176  And the dwellers in the wood dales (of Midyan) denied the Messengers. (The Nation of Midyan lived between Madinah and Damascus since around 2000 B.C. They were the descendants of Prophet Abraham's son MIDYAN from his third wife QATOORA. Prophet Shoaib was raised among them around 1300 B.C. 7:85)
26:177  When their brother Shoaib said to them, "Will you not walk aright
26:178  Behold, I am a Messenger to you, worthy of your trust
26:179  Be mindful of Allah and heed me
26:180  I ask you no reward whatever for it. My reward is with none but with the Lord of the Worlds
26:181  Always give full measure, and do not cause loss to people
26:182  And in all your dealings, weigh with a just balance
26:183  And do not deprive people of what is rightfully theirs. And desist from creating corruption and disorder in the land
26:184  Be mindful of Him Who created you and the generations before."
26:185  They said, "You are but of the bewitched
26:186  For, you are nothing but a mortal like us. And, behold, We think that you are one of the liars
26:187  If you are truthful, let fragments of the sky fall upon us."
26:188  He replied, "My Lord is best Aware of your actions."
26:189  But they persisted in denial. Then the Day of overshadowing gloom seized them. It was the suffering of an awesome day. (Historically, a dark extensive cloud rained upon them heavily and incessantly. It is sometimes referred to as the Day of the Canopy)
26:190  Herein, behold, is a sign, and most of them were not believers (in the Law of Requital)
26:191  Behold, your Lord! He is Almighty, Merciful. (His Rule is the Rule of Law)
26:192  Now, behold, this Qur'an is the Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds
26:193  The trustworthy Divine Energy (angel Gabriel) has brought it down. (2:97, 16:102)
26:194  Upon your heart (O Prophet), so that you may be of the Warners
26:195  (In a language that is clear and easy to understand.) In the plain Arabic tongue. (Universality of the Message 7:158, 25:1. Ishmael, Hud, Saleh, Shoaib, all of them preached in the Arabian Peninsula. And since Aramaic and Hebrew are ancient Arabic dialects, all the Hebrew Prophets, in this sense, conveyed the Divine Message in the Arabic tongue)
26:196  And verily, it (the Qur'an) has been announced in the previous Scriptures
26:197  Is it not an evidence enough for them that learned men among the Children of Israel have recognized it
26:198  But if We had revealed this to any of the non-Arabs
26:199  And had he read it to them, they would have had reason to disbelieve it
26:200  But to the guilty people, it just passes through their hearts (as a foreign tongue even though they might be Arabs). (41:44
26:201  They will not believe in it until they suffer the dire consequences
26:202  The Requital will come upon them suddenly, when they least expect it
26:203  Then they will say, "Could we have a respite?"
26:204  Do they wish that Our Requital come to them quickly
26:205  As you see, Our Law of Respite allows them to enjoy Our bounties for years
26:206  And then comes that which they were promised
26:207  Then, of what avail will be their past enjoyments
26:208  (It is Our Law that) We never annihilated a township but it had its Warners
26:209  Reminder! Therefore, this (Qur'an) is. We are never unjust
26:210  (Gabriel has come down with it (26:193).) It is not something that the mischievous diviners and clairvoyants bring
26:211  It is beyond their stature, nor is it in their power
26:212  (Soothsayers, diviners, fortunetellers etc., unless they reform), They are banished from hearing and understanding the Revelation. (15:17-18), (37:8), (67:5)
26:213  Hence, (O Human) Call not any other deity with Allah, or you will be of the doomed
26:214  And warn first those who are close to you
26:215  (O Prophet) Lower your wing in kindness to those who believe and follow you. (15:88)
26:216  To them who deny you, say, "I am free of responsibility from what you do."
26:217  Put your trust in the Almighty, the Merciful
26:218  Who sees you whenever you take a stand
26:219  And move among those who adore
26:220  Verily, He, only He is the Hearer, the Knower
26:221  Shall I inform you on whom the devils descend
26:222  They descend on every lying, self-deceiver
26:223  They listen for lies and rumors, and most of them make up lies
26:224  As for poets, the strayers follow them. (Poets claim that they speak out of intuition or inspiration. Their followers succumb to emotional deceit)
26:225  Haven't you seen how they stray in every valley of thought, like a camel with false thirst
26:226  And how they say what they practice not
26:227  Except those poets who believe in the Revelation. They (do what they say and) help create balance in the society. They engage much in the remembrance of Allah. They help create a social order in which oppression is requited and thus prevented. They stand up for human rights. The wrongdoers will soon find out how their plans would be reversed on themselves