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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
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Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 Ta, Sin, Mim. (Only Allah and the Messenger [blessings and peace be upon him] know the real meaning.)
26:2 These are the Verses of the Book that makes clear (the truth).
26:3 (O Esteemed Beloved!) You will perhaps risk your (dearest) life, (grieving) that they do not accept faith.
26:4 If We intend, We should send down upon them (such) a sign from heaven as their necks would not but bow down before it.
26:5 And there does not come to them any new admonition from the Most Kind (Lord) but they turn away from it.
26:6 Thus they have indeed denied (the truth), so the news of what they used to make fun of will reach them soon.
26:7 And have they not discerned the earth—what a variety of excellent vegetation We have caused to grow in it?
26:8 Surely, there is a sign in it (of Allah’s might), but most of them are not the ones to believe.
26:9 And assuredly, your Lord alone is the Almighty, Ever-Merciful.
26:10 And (recall) when your Lord called to Musa (Moses): ‘Go to the wrongdoing people;
26:11 (That is) the people of Pharaoh. Do they not fear (Allah)?’
26:12 Musa (Moses) submitted: ‘O my Lord, I fear that they will reject me.
26:13 And my breast constricts (under such adverse circumstances) and my tongue does not express (fluently), so send (Gabriel with revelation) to Harun ([Aaron] as well so that he becomes my helper).
26:14 And they also have a charge against me (of killing a Copt), so I fear they may kill me.’
26:15 (Allah) said: ‘By no means, so go both of you, with Our signs. Surely, We are with you, hearing (everything).
26:16 So go, both of you, to Pharaoh and say: We are the Messengers (sent) by the Lord of all the worlds.
26:17 (Our aim is that) you send the Children of Israel with us (setting them free).’
26:18 Pharaoh said: ‘Did we not bring you up amongst us as a child, and you spent many years of your life with us?’
26:19 And (then) you committed that deed which you committed (i.e., you killed a Copt), and you are one of the ungrateful (you have forgotten our guardianship and favours).
26:20 (Musa [Moses]) said: ‘When I did that deed, I was unaware (that even a single blow would take his life).
26:21 So (at that time), I went out of your (line of control) when I feared your (designs). Then my Lord bestowed on me the commandment (of Prophethood) and (finally) made me one of the Messengers.
26:22 And is that (any) favour of which you are reminding me? (That happened also because) you had enslaved (all my people) the Children of Israel.’
26:23 (Pharaoh) said: ‘What is the Lord of all the worlds?’
26:24 (Musa [Moses]) said: ‘(He) is the Lord of all the heavens and the earth and the (whole universe) between the two if you are a firm believer.’
26:25 He said to those seated around him: ‘Are you not listening?’
26:26 (Musa [Moses]) added: ‘(The One Who) is your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers (too).’
26:27 (Pharaoh) said: ‘Surely, your Messenger that has been sent to you is but insane.’
26:28 (Musa [Moses]) said: ‘(He) is the Lord of the east and the west, and (the whole universe) between the two if you have (some) sense.’
26:29 (Pharaoh) said: ‘(O Musa [Moses,]) if you take a god other than me, I will certainly (arrest and) put you amongst the prisoners.’
26:30 (Musa [Moses]) said: ‘Even if I bring you something manifest (also as a miracle)?’
26:31 (Pharaoh) said: ‘Bring it if you are truthful.’
26:32 So Musa (Moses) put his staff down (on the ground) and that, at once, became a serpent, evidently clear.
26:33 And (Musa [Moses]) brought out his hand (after putting it under his armpit) and there it became radiant white to the viewers.
26:34 (Pharaoh) said to the chiefs (sitting) around him: ‘Undoubtedly, he is a (highly) learned sorcerer.
26:35 He seeks to drive you out of your land by (the force of) his magic. So what is your opinion (about him now)?’
26:36 They said: ‘Put off (the announcement of sentence for) him and his brother (Harun [Aaron]) and send callers to (all) the cities (to summon the sorcerers).
26:37 They will bring you every high ranking, expert sorcerer.’
26:38 So all the sorcerers were assembled at the appointed time on the fixed day.
26:39 And it was said to the people (from Pharaoh’s side): ‘You will assemble together (on this occasion),
26:40 So that we may follow (the din [religion] of) the sorcerers if they overmaster (Musa [Moses] and Harun [Aaron]).’
26:41 Then when the sorcerers arrived, they said to Pharaoh: ‘Is there (also) any reward (fixed) for us if we gain the upper hand (in the contest)?’
26:42 (Pharaoh) said: ‘Yes indeed! (Instead of the rewarded ones,) you will straight away join (my) closer circle (and intimate relationship is far higher in grade than reward).’
26:43 (Musa [ Moses]) said to those (sorcerers): ‘Throw down the (magic) items which you are about to throw.’
26:44 So they cast down their strings and sticks and said: ‘By the honour of Pharaoh, we shall certainly win.’
26:45 Then Musa (Moses) cast down his staff which, (changing into a serpent,) began swallowing up those things which they had made look different (from reality) through trickery.
26:46 So, all the magicians fell down prostrating themselves.
26:47 They said: ‘We believe in the Lord of all the worlds,
26:48 The Lord of Musa (Moses) and Harun (Aaron).’
26:49 (Pharaoh) said: ‘You have believed in Him before I granted you permission. Surely, it is he (Musa [Moses]) who is your chief (coach) and who has taught you magic. You will soon come to know (your end). I will definitely cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides and will surely crucify you all.’
26:50 They said: ‘There is no harm (in it). Surely, we are to return to our Lord.
26:51 We have strong hope that our Lord will forgive our sins since it is we who are the first to believe (now).’
26:52 And We revealed to Musa (Moses): ‘Take away My servants (from here) by night; you will certainly be chased.’
26:53 Then Pharaoh sent callers to the cities.
26:54 (And he conveyed:) ‘Surely, these (Children of Israel) are but a small party.
26:55 And undoubtedly, they are provoking us.
26:56 And verily, we all are (also) alert and vigilant.’
26:57 Then We drove them (Pharaoh’s people) out of gardens and springs,
26:58 And (also expelled them) from treasures and refined dwellings.
26:59 So (We did) and made the Children of Israel inheritors of all (those bounties).
26:60 Then at sunrise, they (Pharaoh’s people) chased them.
26:61 So when the two parties came face to face, the companions of Musa (Moses) said: ‘(Now) we are sure to be caught.’
26:62 (Musa [Moses]) said: ‘Never! Surely, my Lord is with me. He will show me the way (to deliverance) just now.’
26:63 Then We revealed to Musa (Moses): ‘Strike the sea with your staff.’ So the sea split (into twelve parts) and each part became like a huge mountain.
26:64 And We brought the other party (Pharaoh and his companions) closer to that place.
26:65 And We saved Musa (Moses) and (also) all those who were with him.
26:66 Then We drowned the others (i.e., Pharaoh and his people).
26:67 Surely, in this (incident), there is a great sign (of Allah’s Infinite Power). And most of them were not believers.
26:68 And verily, your Lord alone is Almighty, Ever-Merciful indeed.
26:69 And also recite to them the story of Ibrahim (Abraham).
26:70 When he said to his father* and his people: ‘What do you worship?’
26:71 They said: ‘We worship idols and remain stuck to their (worship and care).’
26:72 (Ibrahim [Abraham]) said: ‘Do they hear you when you call (them)?
26:73 Or do they bring you any profit or loss?’
26:74 They said: ‘(We do not know that) but we found our fathers doing the same.’
26:75 (Ibrahim [Abraham]) said: ‘Have you (ever) thought (of their reality) you worship?’
26:76 (Did) you or (any of) your forefathers (ever realize)?
26:77 So (all) these (idols) are enemies to me except the Lord of all the worlds. (He is the One Who is my God.)
26:78 He Who created me and He is the One Who guides me.
26:79 And He is the One Who provides me with food and drink.
26:80 And when I fall ill, He is the One Who cures me.
26:81 And He is the One Who will cause me to die and then He alone will give me life (again),
26:82 And Who, I hope, will forgive me my misdeeds on the Day of Judgment.
26:83 O my Lord! Bless me with excellence in knowledge and deeds, and include me amongst those who deserve Your exceptional intimacy.
26:84 And ordain for me virtuous remembrance and acceptance amongst the coming generations (too).
26:85 And include me amongst the inheritors of the Garden of Bliss.
26:86 And forgive my father. Surely, he was of the misguided.
26:87 And disgrace me not on the Day (when) people will be raised up (from the graves),
26:88 The Day when neither wealth nor sons will profit.
26:89 But he alone (will be the gainer) who appears before the presence of Allah with a heart protected (from) and pure (of all evils).’
26:90 And (on that Day) Paradise will be brought closer to the Godfearing (and self-protecting).
26:91 And Hell will be uncovered before the misguided.
26:92 And it will be said to them: ‘Where are those (idols) which you used to worship,
26:93 Besides Allah? Can they help you, or can they help themselves (to protect themselves from Hell)?’
26:94 So into Hell will be thrown headlong (the idols as well as) the people who lost the straight road.
26:95 And all the troops of Iblis (too will be hurled into Hell).
26:96 Those (misguided people) will say whilst disputing amongst themselves (in the Hell):
26:97 ‘By Allah, we were in manifest error,
26:98 When we held you equal to the Lord of all the worlds.
26:99 And no other than (these) evildoers led us astray.
26:100 So we do not have any intercessor (Today).
26:101 Nor do we have any passionate friend.
26:102 Alas! If once we could have (a chance to) return (to the world), we would become believers.’
26:103 Surely, in this (incident), there is a great sign (of Allah’s Infinite Power). And most of them were not the believers.
26:104 And verily, your Lord alone is Almighty, Ever-Merciful.
26:105 The people of Nuh (Noah also) rejected the Messengers.
26:106 When their (kinship) brother Nuh (Noah) said to them: ‘Do you not fear (Allah)?
26:107 Indeed, I (have come as) a trustworthy Messenger to you.
26:108 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:109 And I do not demand of you any wages for this (preaching of the truth). My reward is only with the Lord of all the worlds.
26:110 So fear Allah and obey me.’
26:111 They said: ‘Should we believe in you whilst the people of the lowest and most worthless (classes of society) are following you?’
26:112 (Nuh [Noah]) said: ‘What has my knowledge to do with their (professional) tasks?
26:113 Their account is only with my Lord. If you could but understand (what the real honour and dishonour is)!
26:114 And I am not the one who casts out the believers.
26:115 I am only a clear Warner.’
26:116 They said: ‘O Nuh (Noah), if you do not stop (saying these things), then surely you will be stoned to death.’
26:117 (Nuh [Noah]) submitted: ‘O my Lord, my people have rejected me.
26:118 So judge between me and them, and deliver me and the believers who are in my company.’
26:119 So We delivered him and those who were (aboard) with him in the fully loaded Ark.
26:120 Then thereafter We drowned all the rest.
26:121 Surely, in this (incident), there is a great sign (of Allah’s Infinite Power) and most of them were not the believers.
26:122 And verily, your Lord alone is Almighty, Ever-Merciful.
26:123 (The people of) ‘Ad (too) rejected the Messengers.
26:124 When their (kinship) brother Hud said to them: ‘Do you not fear (Allah)?
26:125 Verily, I (have come as) a trustworthy Messenger to you.
26:126 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:127 And I do not demand of you any wages for this (preaching of the truth). My reward is only with the Lord of all the worlds.
26:128 Do you build a monument on every high point (merely) for vanity and vain pursuits?
26:129 And do you erect strongly-built palaces (having pools) with the hope of living (in the world) forever?
26:130 And when you lay hand on someone, you do it like ruthless tyrants.
26:131 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:132 And fear Him (Allah) Who has helped you with the things which you know.
26:133 He has helped you with cattle and children,
26:134 And (also) with gardens and springs.
26:135 Surely, I fear the torment of a Terrible Day coming upon you.’
26:136 They said: ‘It is all the same to us whether you admonish, or do not become of those who admonish (we shall not believe).
26:137 It is nothing (else) but the habits (and customs) of the ancients (which we cannot abandon).
26:138 And we shall not be afflicted with the torment.
26:139 So they rejected him (Hud) and We destroyed them. Surely, in this (incident), there is a great sign (of Allah’s Infinite Power) and most of them were not the believers.
26:140 And verily, your Lord alone is Almighty, Ever-Merciful.
26:141 (The people of) Thamud (also) rejected the Messengers.
26:142 When Salih, their (kinship) brother, said to them: ‘Do you not fear (Allah)?
26:143 Verily, I (have come as) a trustworthy Messenger to you.
26:144 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:145 And I do not demand of you any wages for this (preaching of the truth). My reward is only with the Lord of all the worlds.
26:146 Will you be left in peace and contentment (forever) in these (bounties) which are (available to you) here?
26:147 (Here) in the gardens and springs?
26:148 And in crops and palm-trees which have soft and fine blossoms?
26:149 And, skilled (in stone-carving), you carve out houses in the mountains.
26:150 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:151 And do not obey the instructions of those who exceed limits,
26:152 Those who spread destructive activities in the land and do not do constructive works (for society).’
26:153 They said: ‘You are but of the magic-stricken people.
26:154 You are but a human being like us, so bring some sign if you are truthful.’
26:155 (Salih) said: ‘(That sign) is this she-camel. A time for water is (appointed) for her, and on an appointed day is your turn for water.
26:156 And do not touch her with evil (intention), or the torment of a (gravely) terrible day will seize you.’
26:157 But they hamstrung her (and killed her). Then they became remorseful (because of what they did).
26:158 So the torment seized them. Surely, in this (incident), there is a great sign and most of them were not the believers.
26:159 And verily, your Lord alone is Almighty, Ever-Merciful.
26:160 (The people of) Lut (Lot) also rejected the Messengers,
26:161 When Lut (Lot), their (kinship) brother, said to them: ‘Do you not fear (Allah)?
26:162 Verily, I (have come as) a trustworthy Messenger to you.
26:163 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:164 And I do not demand of you any wages for this (preaching of the truth). My reward is only with the Lord of all the worlds.
26:165 Do you approach only males (to satisfy your sexual desire) from amongst the people of the world;
26:166 And you leave your wives your Lord has created for you? You are rather of those who exceed bounds (in transgression).’
26:167 They said: ‘O Lut (Lot), if you do not stop (saying these things), you will surely become of the exiled.’
26:168 (Lut [Lot]) said: ‘No doubt I am of those who are disgusted by your practice.
26:169 O Lord! Deliver me and my family from (the consequent suffering of) this practice which they are doing.’
26:170 So We delivered him and his entire family,
26:171 Except for an old woman who was amongst those who stayed behind.
26:172 Then We destroyed the others.
26:173 And We rained on them (stones). So how devastating was that rain on the people who were stressed with horror!
26:174 Surely, in this (incident), there is a great sign and most of them were not believers.
26:175 And verily, your Lord alone is Almighty, Ever-Merciful.
26:176 The dwellers of al-Ayka (i.e., the People of the Wood also) rejected the Messengers,
26:177 When Shu‘ayb said to them: ‘Do you not fear (Allah)?
26:178 Verily, I (have come as) a trustworthy Messenger to you.
26:179 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:180 And I do not demand of you any wages for this (preaching of the truth). My reward is only with the Lord of all the worlds.
26:181 Always fill up full measure and do not become injurious (to the rights of the people).
26:182 And weigh with a straight balance.
26:183 And do not give to the people their things (weighing) less than what is due, nor provoke strife in the land (by such moral, economic and social corruption and fraud).
26:184 And fear Him (Allah) Who has created you and the former generations.’
26:185 They said: ‘(O Shu‘ayb,) you are but of the magic-stricken people.
26:186 And you are but a human being like us, and surely we consider you amongst the liars.
26:187 So, make a piece of heaven fall on us if you are truthful.’
26:188 (Shu‘ayb) said: ‘My Lord knows best these (frauds) which you are doing.’
26:189 So they rejected Shu‘ayb, and the torment of the Day of Shadow seized them. No doubt, that was the torment of a terrible day.
26:190 Surely, in this (incident), there is a great sign and most of them were not believers.
26:191 And verily, your Lord alone is Almighty, Ever-Merciful.
26:192 And indeed, this Qur’an has been revealed by the Lord of all the worlds.
26:193 The Trusted Spirit (Gabriel) has descended with it,
26:194 Upon your (most illumined) heart so that you may be a Warner (to the disobedient).
26:195 (It is sent down) in the plain Arabic language.
26:196 And verily, it is (also mentioned) in the scriptures of the former communities.
26:197 And is it not for them a (sufficient) proof (of the truth of the Qur’an and the truth of Muhammad’s Prophethood [blessings and peace be upon him]) that the learned scholars of the Children of Israel (also) recognize it?
26:198 And if We had sent it down to any of the non-Arabs,
26:199 And he had recited it to these people, (even then) they would not have believed in it.
26:200 Thus have We forced its (denial) firmly into the hearts of the sinners.
26:201 They will not believe in it until they see the painful torment.
26:202 So that (torment) will come upon them all of a sudden, and they will not (even) perceive it.
26:203 They will then say: ‘Shall we be given respite?’
26:204 Do they seek to hasten Our punishment?
26:205 Tell Me, if We provide them benefit for years,
26:206 Then comes to them that (torment) which they are being promised,
26:207 Then what will those resources which they were utilizing do (to drive that torment away from them)?
26:208 And We have not destroyed any town except those (towns) for which Warners had come,
26:209 (And that too) for direction and guidance. And We were not unjust.
26:210 And it is not satans who descended with this (Qur’an).
26:211 They are neither worthy nor capable (of it).
26:212 Surely, they have been debarred from hearing (this divine communication).
26:213 So, (O My servant,) do not call upon any other god besides Allah lest you become of those who are punished.
26:214 And, (O Esteemed Beloved,) warn your close relatives (of Our torment).
26:215 And extend your (merciful, kind and supporting) hand to those believers who follow you.
26:216 But, if they disobey you, then say: ‘I am disgusted by these (evil) deeds which you are doing.’
26:217 And put your trust in Almighty, Ever-Merciful (Lord),
26:218 Who sees you when you stand up (for Tahajjud Prayer in the solitary hours at night),
26:219 And Who (also keeps) seeing your turning movements amongst those who prostrate themselves in Prayer.
26:220 Verily, He is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
26:221 Shall I tell you upon whom the satans descend?
26:222 They descend on every lying sinner (who weaves false allegations),
26:223 Who pour (into their ears) hearsay and most of them are liars.
26:224 And only the digressers follow the poets.
26:225 Have you not seen that these (poets) wander distracted (purposelessly) in every valley (of reflections? They take little serious and true interest in reality. They rather remain happy and lost in verbal leaps and imaginative jumps).
26:226 And that they say (such things) that they do not (themselves) do,
26:227 Except for those (poets) who believe and do pious deeds persistently and remember Allah abundantly (i.e., they eulogize Allah and the Holy Prophet [blessings and peace be upon him] in their poetry), and avenge themselves after they are wronged (by means of poetic compositions, and defend Islam and the oppressed rather inspire them with zeal through their poetry. This type of poetry is not condemnable.) And those who do wrong will soon come to know to what place of turning they will turn back (after death).


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