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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Wahiduddin Khan
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Wahiduddin Khan rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 Ta Sin Mim
26:2 These are the verses of the Book that makes things clear.
26:3 It may be that you will destroy yourself with grief because they will not believe.
26:4 But if We had so willed, We could have sent down to them a sign from the heavens so that their heads would be bowed down before it in utter humility.
26:5 Whenever there comes to them any fresh warning from the Merciful, they always turn their backs on it:
26:6 they have indeed rejected the message. But the truth of what they laughed to scorn will dawn upon them before long.
26:7 Do they not see the earth, and what beneficial kinds of things We have caused to grow in it?
26:8 Surely in this there is a sign, yet most of them would not believe:
26:9 truly, your Lord is the Mighty One, the Merciful.
26:10 When your Lord called out to Moses, saying, Go to the wrongdoing people,
26:11 the people of Pharaoh, will they not fear God?
26:12 Moses replied, My Lord, I fear they will reject me,
26:13 and my breast is straitened and my tongue is not fluent; so send Aaron as well;
26:14 besides, they accuse me of a crime, and I fear that they may put me to death.
26:15 God said, Indeed not; go both of you with Our signs, We shall be with you, listening [to your call].
26:16 Go to Pharaoh, both of you, and say, We are messengers from the Lord of the Worlds:
26:17 let the Children of Israel go with us!
26:18 Pharaoh said to Moses, Did we not bring you up among us as a child? And you spent several years of your life with us.
26:19 Yet you committed the deed you did, surely you are one of the ingrates.
26:20 Moses replied, I did that when I was one of the misguided,
26:21 and I fled from you because I feared you. Then my Lord granted me wisdom and made me one of the messengers.
26:22 And this is the favour with which you taunt methat you have enslaved the Children of Israel?
26:23 Pharaoh said, What is this: Lord of the Universe?
26:24 Moses said, Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, if only you would be convinced.
26:25 Pharaoh said to those around him, Did you hear?
26:26 Moses went on, He is your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers.
26:27 Pharaoh said, This messenger who has been sent to you is surely possessed!
26:28 Moses said, He is the Lord of the East and the West, and all that lies between them, if only you could understand.
26:29 Pharaoh said, If you take any deity other than myself, I will throw you into prison,
26:30 and Moses asked, Even if I show you a clear sign?
26:31 Pharaoh said, Show it then, if you are telling the truth!
26:32 So Moses threw down his staff and suddenly it appeared as a serpent, plainly visible.
26:33 And he drew out his hand, and it appeared [shining] white to the beholders.
26:34 Pharaoh said to the chiefs around him, Surely this man is a skilful sorcerer.
26:35 Who wants to drive you out of your land by his sorcery. Now what do you advise?
26:36 They said, Let him and his brother wait a while, and send heralds into the cities,
26:37 who shall bring to you every skilful sorcerer.
26:38 So the sorcerers were gathered on the appointed day
26:39 and the people were told, Will you also gather together,
26:40 so that we may follow the magicians, if they be the winners.
26:41 When the magicians came, they asked Pharaoh, Shall we have a reward, if we are the winners?
26:42 He replied, Certainly, in that case you will join my inner circle.
26:43 Moses said to the magicians, Throw down whatever you are going to throw.
26:44 So they cast down their ropes and staffs, and said, By Pharaohs honour, we shall surely win.
26:45 Then Moses threw down his staff, and it swallowed up all that they had conjured into being.
26:46 The magicians 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, Have you come to believe in him, before I have given you permission? He is surely your master who has taught you magic. But you shall see. I will cut off your hands and feet on alternate sides and crucify you all.
26:50 They said, There is no harm. To our Lord we shall return.
26:51 We hope our Lord will forgive us, as we are the first of the believers.
26:52 Then We revealed Our will to Moses, saying, Set forth with My servants, in the night, for you will surely be pursued.
26:53 And Pharaoh sent forth heralds to all the cities.
26:54 These, they said, are only a small band
26:55 and they have enraged us
26:56 we are a large and watchful force.
26:57 So We made them leave their gardens and springs,
26:58 their treasures and their noble dwellings
26:59 and We made the Children of Israel inheritors of these bounties.
26:60 Pharaoh and his people pursued them at sunrise,
26:61 and when the two groups saw each other, Moses companions said, We are sure to be overtaken.
26:62 Moses replied, No, My Lord is with me, and He will guide me.
26:63 Then We bade Moses strike the sea with his staff. And it parted, and each part was like a huge mountain.
26:64 In the meantime We made the others approach that place.
26:65 We delivered Moses and all those who were with him,
26:66 then We drowned the others.
26:67 Surely in that there is a sign; yet most of them do not believe:
26:68 truly, your Lord is the Mighty One, the Merciful.
26:69 Tell them the story of Abraham,
26:70 when he asked his father and his people, What is that which you worship?
26:71 They said, We worship idols and will continue to cling to them.
26:72 He asked, Do they hear you when you call to them?
26:73 Do they help or harm you?
26:74 They replied, But we found our fathers doing the same.
26:75 Abraham said, Have you really thought about what you have been worshipping,
26:76 you and your forefathers
26:77 they are all my enemies, not so the Lord of the Universe,
26:78 who created me. It is He who guides me;
26:79 He who gives me food and drink;
26:80 He who cures me when I am ill;
26:81 He who will cause me to die and bring me back to life;
26:82 and He who will, I hope, forgive me my faults on the Day of the Judgement.
26:83 My Lord, bestow wisdom upon me; unite me with the righteous;
26:84 give me a good name among later generations;
26:85 and make me one of the inheritors of the Garden of Bliss;
26:86 and forgive my father; for he is one of the misguided;
26:87 and do not disgrace me on the Day when all people are resurrected,
26:88 the Day when wealth and sons will be of no avail,
26:89 and when he alone will be saved who comes to God with a sound heart.
26:90 When Paradise shall be brought near to the God-fearing
26:91 and Hell shall be revealed to the misguided,
26:92 they will be asked, Where are those whom you worshipped
26:93 besides God? Can they help you or even help themselves?
26:94 Then they will be thrown headlong into Hell, both they and the misguided ones,
26:95 and Satans legions, all together.
26:96 They will dispute between themselves therein, and will say,
26:97 We were clearly misguided
26:98 when we made you equal with the Lord of the Universe.
26:99 It was the evildoers who led us astray,
26:100 and we have no intercessors now,
26:101 and no sincere friend.
26:102 If we could only return to the world and be among the believers.
26:103 There is certainly a sign in that, but most of them would not believe:
26:104 surely, your Lord is the Mighty One, the Merciful.
26:105 The people of Noah also rejected the messengers.
26:106 When their brother Noah said to them, Will you have no fear of God?
26:107 I am a trustworthy messenger for you:
26:108 fear God, and obey me.
26:109 I ask of you no recompense for it, for my only reward is with the Lord of the Universe,
26:110 so fear God and obey me.
26:111 They replied, Are we to believe in you when your followers are but the lowest of the low?
26:112 He said, What knowledge do I have of their doings?
26:113 My Lord alone can bring them to accountif only you could understand
26:114 I am not going to drive away any believers.
26:115 I am only a plain warner.
26:116 They said, Noah, if you do not desist, you will be stoned.
26:117 Noah said, My Lord, my people have rejected me,
26:118 therefore, judge decisively between me and them; and save me and the believers who are with me.
26:119 So We saved him, and those who were with him in the laden ark,
26:120 and drowned the rest.
26:121 There is certainly a sign in that; but most of them do not believe:
26:122 surely your Lord is the Mighty One, the Merciful.
26:123 The people of Ad, too, rejected the messengers.
26:124 Their brother Hud said to them, Will you not fear God?
26:125 I am a trustworthy messenger for you:
26:126 fear God, then, and obey me.
26:127 I ask no recompense of you; my reward is only with the Lord of the Universe.
26:128 Do you build monuments on every high place in vanity,
26:129 and erect castles hoping that you will live forever.
26:130 When you lay hands upon anyone, you do so as tyrants.
26:131 So fear God, and obey me;
26:132 fear Him who has aided you with all that you know
26:133 He has bestowed on you cattle, and sons,
26:134 and gardens, and springs
26:135 indeed, I fear for you the torment of an awful day.
26:136 They replied, It makes no difference to us whether you preach or do not preach,
26:137 this is nothing but a habit of the ancients:
26:138 and we shall not be punished.
26:139 So they rejected him; and We destroyed them. There is certainly a sign in that; but most of them would not believe.
26:140 Surely your Lord is the Mighty One, the Merciful.
26:141 The tribe of Thamud also rejected the messengers.
26:142 When their brother Salih said to them, Will you not fear God?
26:143 Truly, I am a trustworthy messenger for you,
26:144 so fear God and obey me.
26:145 For this I demand no recompense from you; my reward is only with the Lord of the Universe.
26:146 Do you think that you will be left secure [forever]
26:147 in the midst of gardens and fountains,
26:148 and cornfields, and palm-trees laden with fruit
26:149 hewing out houses in the mountains and taking pride in your skill?
26:150 So fear God and obey me:
26:151 do not obey the bidding of those who are given to excesses,
26:152 those who spread corruption in the land instead of putting things right.
26:153 They replied, Surely you are bewitched.
26:154 You are only a human being like ourselves. Show us a sign, if you are telling the truth.
26:155 He said, Here is a she-camel. She shall have her turn of drinking, as you have yours, each on an appointed day,
26:156 so do her no harm, or the punishment of an awful day will befall you.
26:157 Yet they hamstrung her, and then they became regretful:
26:158 so the punishment came down upon them. Surely in that there is a sign, but most of them would not believe.
26:159 Your Lord is the Mighty One, the Merciful.
26:160 Then the people of Lot rejected the messengers.
26:161 When their brother Lot said to them, Will you not fear God?
26:162 I am a trustworthy messenger to you:
26:163 so fear God and obey me.
26:164 I ask of you no recompense for this; my reward is only with the Lord of the Universe.
26:165 Do you, of all people, approach males,
26:166 and leave your wives whom your Lord has created for you? You are a people who transgress all bounds.
26:167 They said, If you do not desist, Lot, you will surely be banished.
26:168 He said, I am one of those who abhors your ways.
26:169 My Lord, save me and my family from their evil doings.
26:170 We saved him and all of his family,
26:171 except for an old woman who stayed behind,
26:172 then We totally destroyed the rest,
26:173 and We poured a rain [of destruction] down upon them and how evil was the rain which fell on those who were forewarned.
26:174 Surely in this there is a sign: but most of them would not believe:
26:175 your Lord is the Mighty One, the Merciful.
26:176 The dwellers of the forest also rejected the messengers.
26:177 Shuayb said to them, Will you not fear God?
26:178 I am a trustworthy messenger to you:
26:179 so fear God, and obey me.
26:180 I ask of you no recompense for this; my reward is only with the Lord of the Universe.
26:181 Give full measure, and cause no loss to others.
26:182 Weigh with correct scales:
26:183 do not defraud people of what is rightfully theirs; and do not spread corruption in the land.
26:184 Fear Him who created you and those who have gone before you.
26:185 They replied, You are bewitched.
26:186 You are only a human being like ourselves. Indeed we think you are a liar.
26:187 So cause a fragment of the sky to fall on us, if you are truthful.
26:188 He said, My Lord has full knowledge of all your actions.
26:189 They rejected him, and then had to suffer the punishment of a day of overshadowing gloom. That was indeed the punishment of an awful day.
26:190 Surely, in this is indeed a sign; but most of them would not believe:
26:191 your Lord is the Mighty One, the Merciful.
26:192 This surely is a revelation from the Lord of the Universe:
26:193 the Faithful Spirit has brought it down
26:194 into your heart, so that you may be a warner,
26:195 in clear Arabic speech.
26:196 Surely, it is foretold in the ancient scriptures.
26:197 Is it not evidence enough for them that the learned among the Children of Israel have recognized this [as true]?
26:198 Had We revealed it to any one of the non-Arabs,
26:199 and he had recited it to them, they would not have believed in it.
26:200 We have thus caused denial of truth to enter into the hearts of the sinners:
26:201 they will not believe in it until they see the grievous punishment.
26:202 It will come upon them suddenly when they are not expecting it.
26:203 Then they will exclaim, Could we have some respite?
26:204 Do they want to hasten Our punishment?
26:205 Think! If We let them enjoy life for some years,
26:206 and then the promised punishment fell upon them,
26:207 of what avail would their past enjoyment be to them?
26:208 Never have We destroyed a town without sending down messengers to warn it,
26:209 as a reminder from Us: We are never unjust.
26:210 It was not the devils who brought down the Quran:
26:211 neither are they worthy of it, nor are they capable of it,
26:212 indeed they are debarred from overhearing it.
26:213 So do not call on any deity besides God, lest you incur His punishment.
26:214 Warn your nearest kinsmen,
26:215 and extend kindness and affection to those of the believers who follow you.
26:216 If they disobey you, say, I bear no responsibility for what you do.
26:217 Put your trust in the Mighty One, the Merciful,
26:218 who sees you when you stand up [for prayer],
26:219 and sees your movements among those who prostrate themselves:
26:220 He is the All Hearing, the All Knowing.
26:221 Shall I tell you upon whom the devils descend?
26:222 They descend on every lying sinner,
26:223 who lends an ear to them, and most of them are liars.
26:224 And as for the poetsit is the misled who follow them.
26:225 Do you not see how they wander aimlessly in every valley,
26:226 preaching what they do not practice.
26:227 Not so the true believers who do good works and remember God with fervour and defend themselves only after they are wronged. The wrongdoers will soon know how evil a turn their affairs will take.


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