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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Rashad Khalifa
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Rashad Khalifa rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 T. S. M. (Ta, Seen, Mim)
26:2 These (letters) constitute proofs of this clarifying scripture.
26:3 You may blame yourself that they are not believers.
26:4 If we will, we can send from the sky a sign that forces their necks to bow.
26:5 Whenever a reminder from the Most Gracious comes to them, that is new, they turn away in aversion.
26:6 Since they disbelieved, they have incurred the consequences of their heedlessness.
26:7 Have they not seen the earth, and how many kinds of beautiful plants we have grown thereon?
26:8 This should be a sufficient proof for them, but most of them are not believers.
26:9 Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
26:10 Recall that your Lord called Moses: "Go to the transgressing people.
26:11 "Pharaoh's people; perhaps they reform."
26:12 He said, "My Lord, I fear lest they disbelieve me.
26:13 "I may lose my temper. My tongue gets tied; send for my brother Aaron.
26:14 "Also, they consider me a fugitive; I fear lest they kill me."
26:15 He said, "No, (they will not). Go with My proofs. We will be with you, listening.
26:16 "Go to Pharaoh and say, `We are messengers from the Lord of the universe.'
26:17 " `Let the Children of Israel go.' "
26:18 He said, "Did we not raise you from infancy, and you spent many years with us?
26:19 "Then you committed the crime that you committed, and you were ungrateful."
26:20 He said, "Indeed, I did it when I was astray.
26:21 "Then I fled, when I feared you, and my Lord endowed me with wisdom and made me one of the messengers.
26:22 "You are boasting that you did me a favor, while enslaving the Children of Israel!"
26:23 Pharaoh said, "What is the Lord of the universe?"
26:24 He said, "The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. You should be certain about this."
26:25 He said to those around him, "Did you hear this?"
26:26 He said, "Your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors."
26:27 He said, "Your messenger who is sent to you is crazy."
26:28 He said, "The Lord of the east and the west, and everything between them, if you understand."
26:29 He said, "If you accept any god, other than me, I will throw you in the prison."
26:30 He said, "What if I show you something profound?"
26:31 He said, "Then produce it, if you are truthful."
26:32 He then threw his staff, whereupon it became a profound snake.
26:33 And he took out his hand, and it was white to the beholders.
26:34 He said to the elders around him, "This is an experienced magician.
26:35 "He wants to take you out of your land, with his magic. What do you suggest?"
26:36 They said, "Respite him and his brother, and send summoners to every town.
26:37 "Let them summon every experienced magician."
26:38 The magicians were gathered at the appointed time, on the appointed day.
26:39 The people were told: "Come one and all; let us gather together here.
26:40 "Maybe we will follow the magicians, if they are the winners."
26:41 When the magicians came, they said to Pharaoh, "Do we get paid, if we are the winners?"
26:42 He said, "Yes indeed; you will even be close to me."
26:43 Moses said to them "Throw what you are going to throw."
26:44 They threw their ropes and sticks, and said, "By Pharaoh's majesty, we will be the victors."
26:45 Moses threw his staff, whereupon it swallowed what they fabricated.
26:46 The magicians fell prostrate.
26:47 They said, "We believe in the Lord of the universe.
26:48 "The Lord of Moses and Aaron."
26:49 He said, "Did you believe with him before I give you permission? He must be your teacher, who taught you magic. You will surely find out. I will sever your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you all."
26:50 They said, "This will not change our decision; to our Lord we will return.
26:51 "We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, especially that we are the first believers."
26:52 We inspired Moses: "Travel with My servants; you will be pursued."
26:53 Pharaoh sent to the cities callers.
26:54 (Proclaiming,) "This is a small gang.
26:55 "They are now opposing us.
26:56 "Let us all beware of them."
26:57 Consequently, we deprived them of gardens and springs.
26:58 And treasures and an honorable position.
26:59 Then we made it an inheritance for the Children of Israel.
26:60 They pursued them towards the east.
26:61 When both parties saw each other, Moses' people said, "We will be caught."
26:62 He said, "No way. My Lord is with me; He will guide me."
26:63 We then inspired Moses: "Strike the sea with your staff," whereupon it parted. Each part was like a great hill.
26:64 We then delivered them all.
26:65 We thus saved Moses and all those who were with him.
26:66 And we drowned the others.
26:67 This should be a sufficient proof, but most people are not believers.
26:68 Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
26:69 Narrate to them Abraham's history.
26:70 He said to his father and his people, "What is this you are worshiping?"
26:71 They said, "We worship statues; we are totally devoted to them."
26:72 He said, "Can they hear you when you implore?
26:73 "Can they benefit you, or harm you?"
26:74 They said, "No; but we found our parents doing this."
26:75 He said, "Do you see these idols that you worship.
26:76 "You and your ancestors.
26:77 "I am against them, for I am devoted only to the Lord of the universe.
26:78 "The One who created me, and guided me.
26:79 "The One who feeds me and waters me.
26:80 "And when I get sick, He heals me.
26:81 "The One who puts me to death, then brings me back to life.
26:82 "The One who hopefully will forgive my sins on the Day of Judgment.
26:83 "My Lord, grant me wisdom, and include me with the righteous.
26:84 "Let the example I set for the future generations be a good one.
26:85 "Make me one of the inheritors of the blissful Paradise.
26:86 "And forgive my father, for he has gone astray.
26:87 "And do not forsake me on the Day of Resurrection."
26:88 That is the day when neither money, nor children, can help.
26:89 Only those who come to GOD with their whole heart (will be saved).
26:90 Paradise will be presented to the righteous.
26:91 Hell will be set up for the strayers.
26:92 They will be asked, "Where are the idols you had worshiped
26:93 "beside GOD? Can they help you now? Can they help themselves?"
26:94 They will be thrown therein, together with the strayers.
26:95 And all of Satan's soldiers.
26:96 They will say as they feud therein,
26:97 "By GOD, we were far astray.
26:98 "How could we set you up to rank with the Lord of the universe?
26:99 "Those who misled us were wicked.
26:100 "Now we have no intercessors.
26:101 "Nor a single close friend.
26:102 "If only we could get another chance, we would then believe."
26:103 This should be a good lesson. But most people are not believers.
26:104 Your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
26:105 The people of Noah disbelieved the messengers.
26:106 Their brother Noah said to them, "Would you not be righteous?
26:107 "I am an honest messenger to you.
26:108 "You shall reverence GOD and obey me.
26:109 "I do not ask you for any wage. My wage comes from the Lord of the universe.
26:110 "You shall reverence GOD and obey me."
26:111 They said, "How can we believe with you, when the worst among us have followed you?"
26:112 He said, "How do I know what they did?
26:113 "Their judgment rests only with my Lord, if you could perceive.
26:114 "I will never dismiss the believers.
26:115 "I am no more than a clarifying warner."
26:116 They said, "Unless you refrain, O Noah, you will be stoned."
26:117 He said, "My Lord, my people have disbelieved me.
26:118 "Grant me victory against them, and deliver me and my company of believers."
26:119 We delivered him and those who accompanied him in the loaded ark.
26:120 Then we drowned the others.
26:121 This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.
26:122 Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
26:123 `Aad disbelieved the messengers.
26:124 Their brother Hood said to them, "Would you not be righteous?
26:125 "I am an honest messenger to you.
26:126 "You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.
26:127 "I do not ask you for any wage; my wage comes from the Lord of the universe.
26:128 "You build on every hill a mansion for vanity's sake.
26:129 "You set up buildings as if you last forever.
26:130 "And when you strike, you strike mercilessly.
26:131 "You shall reverence GOD and obey me.
26:132 "Reverence the One who provided you with all the things you know.
26:133 "He provided you with livestock and children.
26:134 "And gardens and springs.
26:135 "I fear for you the retribution of an awesome day."
26:136 They said, "It is the same whether you preach, or do not preach.
26:137 "That affliction was limited to our ancestors.
26:138 "No retribution will ever befall us."
26:139 They thus disbelieved and, consequently, we annihilated them. This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.
26:140 Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
26:141 Thamoud disbelieved the messengers.
26:142 Their brother Saaleh said to them, "Would you not be righteous?
26:143 "I am an honest messenger to you.
26:144 "You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.
26:145 "I do not ask you for any wage; my wage comes only from the Lord of the universe.
26:146 "Do you suppose you will be left forever, secure in this state?
26:147 "You enjoy gardens and springs.
26:148 "And crops and date palms with delicious fruits.
26:149 "You carve out of the mountains luxurious mansions.
26:150 "You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.
26:151 "Do not obey the transgressors.
26:152 "Who commit evil, not good works."
26:153 They said, "You are bewitched.
26:154 "You are no more than a human like us. Produce a miracle, if you are truthful."
26:155 He said, "Here is a camel that will drink only on a day that is assigned to her; a day that is different from your specified days of drinking.
26:156 "Do not touch her with any harm, lest you incur retribution on an awesome day."
26:157 They slaughtered her, and thus incurred sorrow.
26:158 The retribution overwhelmed them. This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.
26:159 Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
26:160 The people of Lot disbelieved the messengers.
26:161 Their brother Lot said to them, "Would you not be righteous?
26:162 "I am an honest messenger to you.
26:163 "You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.
26:164 "I do not ask you for any wage; my wage comes only from the Lord of the universe.
26:165 "Do you have sex with the males, of all the people?
26:166 "You forsake the wives that your Lord has created for you! Indeed, you are transgressing people."
26:167 They said, "Unless you refrain, O Lot, you will be banished."
26:168 He said, "I deplore your actions."
26:169 "My Lord, save me and my family from their works."
26:170 We saved him and all his family.
26:171 But not the old woman; she was doomed.
26:172 We then destroyed the others.
26:173 We showered them with a miserable shower; what a terrible shower for those who had been warned!
26:174 This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.
26:175 Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
26:176 The People of the Woods disbelieved the messengers.
26:177 Shu`aib said to them, "Would you not be righteous?
26:178 "I am an honest messenger to you.
26:179 "You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.
26:180 "I do not ask you for any wage; my wage comes only from the Lord of the universe.
26:181 "You shall give full measure when you trade; do not cheat.
26:182 "You shall weigh with an equitable scale.
26:183 "Do not cheat the people out of their rights, and do not roam the earth corruptingly.
26:184 "Reverence the One who created you and the previous generations."
26:185 They said, "You are bewitched.
26:186 "You are no more than a human being like us. In fact, we think you are a liar.
26:187 "Let masses from the sky fall on us, if you are truthful."
26:188 He said, "My Lord is the One who knows everything you do."
26:189 They disbelieved him and, consequently, they incurred the retribution of the Day of the Canopy. It was the retribution of an awesome day.
26:190 This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.
26:191 Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
26:192 This is a revelation from the Lord of the universe.
26:193 The Honest Spirit (Gabriel) came down with it.
26:194 To reveal it into your heart, that you may be one of the warners.
26:195 In a perfect Arabic tongue.
26:196 It has been prophesied in the books of previous generations.
26:197 Is it not a sufficient sign for them that it was known to the scholars among the Children of Israel?
26:198 If we revealed this to people who do not know Arabic.
26:199 And had him recite it (in Arabic), they could not possibly believe in it.
26:200 We thus render it (like a foreign language) in the hearts of the guilty.
26:201 Thus, they cannot believe in it; not until they see the painful retribution.
26:202 It will come to them suddenly, when they least expect it.
26:203 They will then say, "Can we have a respite?"
26:204 Did they not challenge our retribution?
26:205 As you see, we allowed them to enjoy for years.
26:206 Then the retribution came to them, just as promised.
26:207 Their vast resources did not help them in the least.
26:208 We never annihilate any community without sending warners.
26:209 Therefore, this is a reminder, for we are never unjust.
26:210 The devils can never reveal this.
26:211 They neither would, nor could.
26:212 For they are prevented from hearing.
26:213 Therefore, do not idolize beside GOD any other god, lest you incur the retribution.
26:214 You shall preach to the people who are closest to you.
26:215 And lower your wing for the believers who follow you.
26:216 If they disobey you, then say, "I disown what you do."
26:217 And put your trust in the Almighty, Most Merciful.
26:218 Who sees you when you meditate during the night.
26:219 And your frequent prostrations.
26:220 He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.
26:221 Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend?
26:222 They descend upon every guilty fabricator.
26:223 They pretend to listen, but most of them are liars.
26:224 As for the poets, they are followed only by the strayers.
26:225 Do you not see that their loyalty shifts according to the situation?
26:226 And that they say what they do not do?
26:227 Exempted are those who believe, lead a righteous life, commemorate GOD frequently, and stand up for their rights. Surely, the transgressors will find out what their ultimate destiny is.


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