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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 TA SIN MIM.
26:2 These are the verses of the perspicuous Book.
26:3 You may perhaps wear out your heart because they do not come to belief.
26:4 We could send down from the heavens a sign to them if We pleased, before which their heads would remain bowed.
26:5 Never does a new reminder come to them from Ar-Rahman but they turn away from it.
26:6 Surely they have done with denying; soon will come to them the news of what they were laughing at.
26:7 Do they not see the earth, how We grow all kinds of noble things upon it?
26:8 Verily there are signs in this; yet many of them do not believe.
26:9 Your Lord is surely mighty and merciful.
26:10 When your Lord called upon Moses: "Go to the wicked people,
26:11 The people of Pharaoh. Will they not fear and take heed?"
26:12 : He said: "O Lord, I fear that they will deny me.
26:13 My heart is constrained, my tongue falters, so delegate Aaron;
26:14 And they have a charge (of murder) against me. So I fear that they will kill me."
26:15 (It was) said: "By no means. Go with My signs, both of you. I am verily with you and I hear.
26:16 Go to the Pharaoh and tell him: 'We bring a message from the Lord of all the worlds
26:17 That you should send the children of Israel with us.'
26:18 (The Pharaoh) said: "Did we not bring you up as a child? And you lived a number of years of your life with us.
26:19 And you commited what you did, and you are ungrateful!"
26:20 (Moses) replied: "I did do that and I was in the wrong,
26:21 So I ran away from you out of fear. But my Lord has given me wisdom, and made me an apostle.
26:22 But the favour you oblige me with is that you have enslaved the children of Israel."
26:23 The Pharaoh asked: "And what is the Lord of all the worlds?"
26:24 (Moses) said: "The Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, if you can believe."
26:25 (The Pharaoh) said to those around him: "Do you hear?"
26:26 (Moses continued): "Your Lord and the Lord of your fathers before you."
26:27 (The Pharaoh) said (to his nobles): "Your apostle who has been sent to you, is certainly mad."
26:28 (Moses) said: "The Lord of the East and the Lord of the West and all that lies between them, if you have sense."
26:29 (The Pharaoh) said: "If you took another god apart from me I will have you incarcerated."
26:30 (Moses) said: "Even though I have brought to you something convincing?"
26:31 (The Pharaoh) said: "Then bring it, if you speak the truth."
26:32 So (Moses) cast his staff, and lo, it turned into a living serpent.
26:33 And he drew forth his hand, and lo, it looked white to the beholders.
26:34 The Pharaoh said to the chiefs around him: "He is certainly a clever magician.
26:35 He wants to drive you out of your land by his magic. So, what do you bid?"
26:36 They said: "Put him and his brother off awhile, and send summoners to the cities to gather
26:37 And bring the ablest magicians to you."
26:38 So the magicians were assembled at a stated time and place on an appointed day.
26:39 And the people were also asked to assemble.
26:40 (They said): "We may haply follow the magicians if they are victorious."
26:41 When the magicians arrived, they said to the Pharaoh: "Is there a reward for us if we are victorious?" --
26:42 "Yes," he replied. "You 'will be among the honoured."
26:43 Moses said to them: "Cast what you have to cast."
26:44 So they cast their ropes and rods, and said: "By the glory of Pharaoh, we shall be victorious."
26:45 Then Moses threw down his staff, and lo, it swallowed up their conjurations.
26:46 Then the magicians fell prostrating in adoration,
26:47 And said: "We (affirm and) believe in the Lord of all the worlds,
26:48 The Lord of Moses and Aaron."
26:49 Said (the Pharaoh): "You have come to believe in him before I gave you leave. He is surely your chief, who taught you magic. You will soon come to know: I will have your hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, and have every one of you crucified."
26:50 They said: "There will be no harm. We shall return to our Lord.
26:51 We certainly hope our Lord will forgive our sins as we are the first to believe."
26:52 We said to Moses: "Travel by night with My creatures. You will surely be pursued."
26:53 Then the Pharaoh sent announcers to the cities,
26:54 (Proclaiming): "Surely they are a small band (of fugitives).
26:55 They are always harassing us.
26:56 But we are a fully accounted army."
26:57 So We made them leave the gardens and springs of water,
26:58 And treasures and agreeable mansions.
26:59 Thus it was; and We made the children of Israel possess them.
26:60 But they pursued them at sunrise.
26:61 When the two forces drew within seeing distance of each other, the people of Moses said: "We shall certainly be overtaken."
26:62 Moses replied: "By no means. My Lord is with me. He will show me the way."
26:63 We commanded Moses: "Smite the sea with your staff." And it parted, and every parting was like a lofty mountain.
26:64 Then We brought the others to that place.
26:65 We delivered Moses and every one with him,
26:66 And We drowned the others.
26:67 Verily there is a sign in this, but most of them do not believe.
26:68 Indeed your Lord is mighty and merciful.
26:69 Relate the news of Abraham to them.
26:70 When he asked his father and his people: "What do you worship?"
26:71 They replied: "We worship idols and are devoted to them."
26:72 (Abraham) asked: "Do they hear when you call them?
26:73 Or do they benefit you, or do you harm?"
26:74 They said: "No. But we found our fathers doing so."
26:75 He said: "Have you considered what you have been worshipping,
26:76 You and your fathers?
26:77 Yet they are my enemies except the Lord of all the worlds
26:78 Who created me and showed me the way,
26:79 Who gives me food and drink,
26:80 And heals me when I am sick,
26:81 Who will make me die, then give me life again,
26:82 And who, I hope, will condone my faults on the Day of Judgement.
26:83 O Lord, give me wisdom and admit me among the righteous,
26:84 And uphold my name with posterity,
26:85 And put me among the inheritors of Paradise.
26:86 Forgive me and my father: He was surely among those who went astray.
26:87 And do not disgrace me on the day when they are raised from the graves,
26:88 The day when neither wealth nor children will be of any avail
26:89 But to him who comes to God with a tranquil heart."
26:90 Paradise will be brought near those who take heed for themselves and follow the straight path;
26:91 And Hell made visible to those who had gone astray.
26:92 They will be asked: "Where are those you worshipped
26:93 Other than God? Can they save you or even save themselves?"
26:94 They will then be thrown into Hell with those who had gone astray
26:95 Together with the hordes of Iblis.
26:96 Disputing among themselves they will say:
26:97 "By God, we were plainly in error
26:98 In equating you with the Lord of all the worlds;
26:99 No one but the sinners led us astray.
26:100 Now we have none to intercede for us,
26:101 Nor any sincere friend.
26:102 If only we could return and be among the believers!"
26:103 Verily there is a sign in this, but many of them do not believe.
26:104 Verily your Lord is mighty and merciful.
26:105 The people of Noah accused the apostles of lies.
26:106 When their brother Noah said to them: "Will you not take heed?
26:107 I have been sent as a trusted messenger to you.
26:108 So be fearful of God and listen to me.
26:109 I ask no recompense of you for it. My reward is due from none but the Lord of all the worlds.
26:110 So fear God and follow me."
26:111 They said: "Should we place our trust in you when only the condemned follow you?"
26:112 He said: "It is not for me to know what they were doing.
26:113 It is for my Lord to bring them to book, if you can understand.
26:114 I am certainly not one to drive away the believers.
26:115 I am only a plain admonisher."
26:116 They said: "If you do not desist, O Noah, you will be stoned to death."
26:117 He prayed: "O Lord, verily my people accuse me of lies.
26:118 So adjudge between me and them conclusively, and save me and the believers who are with me."
26:119 So We delivered him and those with him in the loaded ark,
26:120 And drowned the rest of them.
26:121 Verily there is a sign in this, yet many of them do not believe.
26:122 But surely your Lord is mighty and merciful.
26:123 The people of 'Ad accused the messengers of lies.
26:124 When their brother Hud said to them: "Will you not take heed?
26:125 I have been sent as a trusted messenger to you.
26:126 So fear God and listen to me.
26:127 I ask no recompense of you for it. My reward is due from none but the Lord of all the worlds.
26:128 You construct monuments on every hill in vain,
26:129 Erect palaces (thinking) that you will live for ever,
26:130 And whenever you apply force become tyrannical.
26:131 So be fearful of God and follow me.
26:132 Fear Him who has bestowed on you what you know,
26:133 Gave you increase of cattle and sons,
26:134 And orchards and springs.
26:135 I fear the punishment of a terrible day for you.
26:136 They said: "It is the same to us if you warn us or do not warn.
26:137 This is just a habit of antiquated people.
26:138 We are not going to be damned."
26:139 Then they accused him of lies; so We annihilated them. Verily there is a sign in this, but most of them do not believe.
26:140 Yet surely your Lord is mighty and merciful.
26:141 The Thamud accused the messengers of lies.
26:142 When their brother Saleh said to them: "Will you not take heed?"
26:143 I have been sent as a trusted messenger to you.
26:144 So fear God and follow me.
26:145 I do not ask any recompense of you for this. My reward is due from none but the Lord of all the worlds.
26:146 (Do you think) you will be left secure here
26:147 In these gardens and these springs,
26:148 The fields of corn and date-palm trees with soft and tender spathes,
26:149 And dwellings hewed out of mountains ingeniously?
26:150 So be mindful of God and listen to me.
26:151 Do not follow those who are extravagant,
26:152 Who corrupt the land and do not reform it."
26:153 They said: "Surely you are deluded.
26:154 You are nothing but a man like us. Bring us a token if you speak the truth."
26:155 (Saleh) said: "Here is a she-camel. She has a right of drinking water, and you have a right of drinking it on appointed turns.
26:156 Do not treat her unkindly or the punishment of a grievous day will fall on you."
26:157 But they hamstrung her; and on the morrow were repentant,
26:158 For they were seized by the torment. Verily there was a sign in this, but most of them did not believe.
26:159 Yet verily your Lord is mighty and merciful.
26:160 The people of Lot accused the messengers of lies.
26:161 When their brother Lot said to them: "Will you not take heed?
26:162 I have been sent as a trusted messenger to you.
26:163 So fear God and listen to me.
26:164 I ask no recompense of you for this. My reward is due from none but the Lord of all the worlds.
26:165 Why do you go for males unlike all other creatures
26:166 Leaving the consorts your Lord has made for you? But you are a people who exceed the bounds."
26:167 They said: "If you do not desist, O Lot, you will be expelled (from the city)."
26:168 (Lot) said: "I am disgusted with your actions,"
26:169 (And prayed:) "O Lord, save me and my family from what they do."
26:170 So We saved him and his whole family
26:171 Except one old woman who remained behind.
26:172 Then We destroyed the rest of them,
26:173 And rained on them a shower (of Stones). How terrible was the rain (that fell) on those who had been warned!
26:174 Verily in this was a sign, but most of them do not believe.
26:175 Yet surely your Lord is mighty and powerful.
26:176 The people of the Wood too called the messengers liars.
26:177 When Shu'aib said to them: "Will you not take heed?
26:178 I have been sent as a trusted messenger to you.
26:179 So fear God and follow me.
26:180 I ask no recompense of you for this. My reward is due from none but the Lord of all the worlds.
26:181 Give full measure and do not cheat;
26:182 Weigh on an even balance.
26:183 And do not withhold from people what belongs to them, and do not corrupt the land;
26:184 And fear Him who created you and all the earlier people."
26:185 They said: "Surely you are deluded.
26:186 You are nothing but a man like us, and we think you are a liar.
26:187 But in case you are speaking the truth, then make a segment of the sky to fall upon us."
26:188 (Shu'aib) said: "My Lord knows well what you are doing."
26:189 But they denied him, and We seized them with the torment of the Day of Shadowing (when the cloud had rained down fire). It was indeed the torment of a terrible day!
26:190 Verily in this was a sign, but most of them do not believe.
26:191 Yet verily your Lord is mighty and merciful.
26:192 And this (Qur'an) is a revelation from the Lord of all the worlds,
26:193 Which the trusted spirit descended with
26:194 To (communicate) to your heart that you may be a warner
26:195 In eloquent Arabic.
26:196 This is (indicated) in the Books of earlier people.
26:197 Was it not a proof for them that the learned men of Israel knew about this?
26:198 Had We revealed it to a man of obscure tongue
26:199 And he had recited it to them, and they had not believed (it would have been different).
26:200 Thus do We cause (unbelief) to enter the hearts of sinners.
26:201 They will not believe it until they behold the painful punishment.
26:202 It will come upon them unawares, and they will not comprehend it.
26:203 Then will they say: "Can we be given respite?"
26:204 Do they wish Us then to hasten the punishment?
26:205 Just think: If We let them enjoy (the good things of life) for a few years more,
26:206 And then what they were promised comes upon them,
26:207 Of what avail shall their enjoyment be to them?
26:208 Never have We destroyed a habitation till We had sent admonishers to them
26:209 To warn. For We are never unjust.
26:210 The devils did not bring it down:
26:211 They are not worthy of it, nor have they power.
26:212 They have been precluded from hearing it.
26:213 So call on no other god but God, lest you are condemned to torment;
26:214 And warn your near relations,
26:215 And take those believers under your wing who follow you.
26:216 If they do not obey you, tell them: "I am not responsible for what you do."
26:217 Have trust in the Mighty, the Merciful,
26:218 Who watches you when you get up,
26:219 And your movements among those who bow in homage to God.
26:220 He is all-hearing and all-knowing.
26:221 Should I tell you on whom the devils descend?
26:222 They come down to every mendacious sinner,
26:223 Who listens to you (for spreading rumours); but most of them are liars.
26:224 As for the poets, only those who go astray follow them.
26:225 Have you not seen that they wander distract in every valley,
26:226 And they say what they do not do,
26:227 Except those who believe and do the right, and remember God a great deal, who retaliate only when they have been wronged. Yet the oppressors will now come to know through what reversals they will be overthrown!


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