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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by T.B.Irving
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T.B.Irving rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 T.S.M.
26:2 These are verses from the Clear Book.
26:3 Perhaps you are fretting your soul away because they are not believers.
26:4 If We so wished, We might send a sign down to them from Heaven so they would bow their heads submissively before it.
26:5 No Reminder ever comes to them as a renewal from the Mercy-giving except they shun it.
26:6 They have just rejected [it], so news of what they have been ridiculing will soon come to them.
26:7 Have they not looked at the earth [to see] how many generous species We have grown on it?
26:8 In that is a sign; though most of them are not believers.
26:9 Yet your Lord is the Powerful, the Merciful.
26:10 So your Lord summoned Moses: "Go to the wrongdoing folk,
26:11 Pharaoh´s folk! Will they not heed?"
26:12 He said: "My Lord, I fear they will reject me,
26:13 and my breast feels cramped while my tongue will not loosen up. Send for Aaron!
26:14 They have [laid] a charge against me; so I fear they will kill me."
26:15 He said; "Indeed not; let both of you go off with Our signs, We will be listening along with you.
26:16 Go to Pharaoh and say: "We are messengers from the Lord of the Universe.
26:17 Send the Children of Israel off with us!"´
26:18 He said: "Did we not rear you as a child among us and you spent several years of your life with us?
26:19 Yet you committed the deed you did: You are so ungrateful!"
26:20 He said: "I did it while I was misguided.
26:21 I fled from you (all) because I feared you. Still my Lord has bestowed discretion on me and set me up as an emissary.
26:22 Is this some favor you have shown me-that you have enslaved the Children of Israel?"´
26:23 Pharaoh said: "What is the Lord of the Universe?"
26:24 He said: "The Lord of Heaven and Earth and whatever [lies] in between them, if you will be convinced."
26:25 He said to those around him: "Aren´t you listening?"
26:26 He said: "Your Lord and the Lord of your very first forefathers,"
26:27 He said: "Your messenger who has been sent to you is crazy!"
26:28 He said: "[He comes from] the Lord of the East and West, and whatever lies in between them, if you know how to reason."
26:29 He said: "If you should adopt any god besides me, I shall make you a prisoner."
26:30 He said: "Even if I bring you something obvious?"
26:31 He said: "Bring it, if you a telling the truth!"
26:32 So he cast his staff down and imagine, it was clearly a snake!
26:33 He pulled out his hand [from his shirtfront], and imagine, it was white to the spectators!
26:34 He told the councilmen around him: "This is some clever magician
26:35 who wants to drive you out of your land through his magic. What do you order?"
26:36 They said: "Make him and his brother wait, and send recruiters out into the cities
26:37 who will bring you in every clever magician."
26:38 So the magicians were gathered for the appointment on a certain day,
26:39 and the people were told: "Are you assembling
26:40 so that we may follow the sorcerers once they have won out?"
26:41 When the sorcerers came, they said to Pharaoh: "Will we have payment if we are the winners?"
26:42 He said: "Yes, you will then become courtiers."
26:43 Moses told them: "Throw down whatever you are going to throw.´
26:44 So they threw their ropes and their staffs, and said: " By Pharaoh´s majesty, we will be the winners!" ´
26:45 So Moses cast his staff and imagine, it swallowed up what they were shamming about!
26:46 The sorcerers dropped down on their knees;
26:47 they said: "We believe in the Lord of the Universe,
26:48 the Lord of Moses and Aaron!"
26:49 He said. "Have you believed in Him before I permit you to? He is your chief who has taught you magic. You will know! I´ll cut your hands and feet off on opposite sides and crucify you all!"
26:50 They said: ´It won´t hurt! We will be sent home to our Lord;
26:51 we long for our Lord to forgive us our mistakes so we may be the first among believers."
26:52 We inspired Moses as follows: "Travel with My servants at night: you will be pursued!"
26:53 Pharaoh sent recruiters into the cities:
26:54 "Those are a few dissidents;
26:55 they are agitating against us.
26:56 We are completely forewarned."
26:57 Yet We drove them out of (their) gardens and springs,
26:58 treasures and a splendid position.
26:59 The same We let the Children of Israel fall heirs to.
26:60 They followed after them at sunrise.
26:61 When both groups sighted each other, Moses´ companions said: "We have been overtaken!"
26:62 said: "Not at all! My Lord stands by me; He will guide me!"
26:63 So We inspired Moses as follows: "Strike the sea with your staff!" If opened up and each section was like a huge cliff.
26:64 We brought the others up next,
26:65 and saved Moses and all those who were with him.
26:66 Then We let the rest drown.
26:67 In that is a sign; though most of them are not believers.
26:68 Yet your Lord is the Powerful, the Merciful.
26:69 Recite Abraham´s news to them
26:70 when he said to his father and his folk: "What are you worshipping?"
26:71 They said; "We worship idols, and are utterly devoted to them."
26:72 He said; "Do they hear you when you call
26:73 "or benefit you or harm [you]?"
26:74 They said: "Rather we found our fathers doing so."
26:75 He said: "Have you ever seen what you have been worshipping
26:76 "you and your forefathers, the oldtimers?
26:77 "They are enemies of mine, except for the Lord of the Universe
26:78 "Who created me. He guides me
26:79 "and is the One Who feeds me and gives me something to drink.
26:80 "Whenever I fall ill, He heals me;
26:81 "[He is] the One Who will cause me to die, then bring me back to life [again];
26:82 "the One Who I expect will forgive me my mistakes on the Day for Repayment.
26:83 "My Lord, bestow discretion on me and acquaint me with honorable men!
26:84 "Grant me a truthful reputation among later men,
26:85 "Grant me an inheritance in the Garden of Bliss.
26:86 "Forgive my father even though he may be [considered] lost.
26:87 "Do not disgrace me on the day they are raised up again,
26:88 "the day when neither wealth nor children will benefit anyone
26:89 "except for someone who comes to God with a sound heart."
26:90 "The Garden will be brought near for those who did their duty;
26:91 "while Hades will appear for the straying
26:92 and someone will say to them: "Where is whatever you were serving
26:93 instead of God? Will they support you, or even support themselves?
26:94 So they will be toppled into it, both they and the misguided ones,
26:95 as well as all of Diabolis´ armies.
26:96 They will say while they quarrel away in it:
26:97 "By God, we were in such obvious error
26:98 when we put you (all) on the same footing as the Lord of the Universe!
26:99 It has only been criminals who have led us astray;
26:100 We have no intercessors
26:101 nor any bosom friend.
26:102 If we had another chance, we would then be believers!"
26:103 In that is a sign, though most of them are not believers.
26:104 Yet your Lord is the Powerful, the Merciful.
26:105 Noah´s folk rejected the emissaries
26:106 when their brother Noah said to them: "Will you not do your duty?
26:107 I am a trustworthy messenger for you,
26:108 so heed God and obey me.
26:109 I do not ask you for any payment for it; my payment only concerns the Lord of the Universe.
26:110 So heed God and obey me!"
26:111 They said: "Are we to believe in you while the meanest people follow you?"
26:112 He said: "What knowledge do I have about what they have been doings
26:113 Their reckoning only concerns my Lord, if you will only notice it!
26:114 I do not intend to drive any believers away;
26:115 I am merely a plain warner."
26:116 They said: "If you do not stop, Noah, you will become an outcast."
26:117 He said: "My Lord, my folk have rejected me!
26:118 Decide the case between me and them, and rescue me as well as any believers who may be with me!"
26:119 So We rescued him and anyone who was with him on the laden ship.
26:120 Then later on We let those who remained drown.
26:121 In that is a sign, though most of them are not believers.
26:122 Yet your Lord is the Powerful, the Merciful!
26:123 Ad rejected the emissaries
26:124 when their brother Hud said to them; "Will you not do our duty?
26:125 I am a trustworthy messenger for you,
26:126 so heed God and obey me.
26:127 I do not ask you for any payment for it; my payment only concerns the Lord of the Universe.
26:128 "Are you building a sign on every hill just so you may fool around?
26:129 Are you setting up workshops so that you may live forever?
26:130 Whenever you assault anyone, you pounce on them like bullies.
26:131 So heed God and obey me;
26:132 heed the One Who has furnished you with whatever you know.
26:133 He has furnished you with livestock and children,
26:134 gardens and springs.
26:135 Yet I fear the torment of a terrible day for you!"
26:136 They said: "It´s all the same for us whether you lecture [us] or are not lecturing.
26:137 This is only a fabrication [made up] by primitive men;
26:138 we are not going to be punished.
26:139 They rejected him, so We wiped them out. In that is a sign; though most of them are not believers.
26:140 Yet your Lord is the Powerful, the Merciful!"
26:141 Thamud rejected the emissaries
26:142 when their brother Salih said to them: "Will you not do your duty?
26:143 I am a trustworthy messenger for you,
26:144 so heed God and obey me.
26:145 I do not ask you for any payment for it; my payment only concerns the Lord of the Universe.
26:146 "Will you be left securely in what you have here,
26:147 among gardens and springs,
26:148 crops and datepalms with slender stalks?
26:149 You skillfully hew houses out of the mountains.
26:150 Heed God and obey me;
26:151 do not obey the order of extravagant people
26:152 who corrupt [things] on earth and never reform."
26:153 They said: "You are merely someone deluded;
26:154 you are only a human being like ourselves! Bring a sign if you are so truthful."
26:155 He said: "This is a she-camel. She has drinking rights while you have drinking rights on a fixed day.
26:156 Do not touch her so that you hurt her, lest the torment of an awful day may seize you!"
26:157 Yet they mistreated her, and one morning they felt remorseful about it.
26:158 Torment overtook them. In that is a sign, though most of them are not believers.
26:159 Yet your Lord is the Powerful, the Merciful.
26:160 Lot´s folk rejected the emissaries
26:161 when their brother Lot said to them: "Will you not do your duty?
26:162 I am a trustworthy messenger [sent] to you,
26:163 so heed God and obey me.
26:164 I do not ask you any payment for it; my payment only concerns the Lord of the Universe.
26:165 Do you approach males among [everyone in] the Universe,
26:166 and ignore any wives whom your Lord has created for you? Indeed you are such defiant folk!"
26:167 They said; "If you do not stop, Lot, you will become an exile."
26:168 He said: "I am someone who detests your behavior.
26:169 My Lord, save me and my family from what they are doing!"
26:170 So We saved him and his whole family
26:171 except for an old woman among those who stayed behind.
26:172 Then We annihilated the rest;
26:173 We sent a rain down upon them. How evil was such a rain for those who had been warned!
26:174 In that is a sign; though most of them are not believers.
26:175 Yet your Lord is the Powerful, the Merciful.
26:176 The dwellers in the Forest rejected the emissaries
26:177 when Shuayb said to them: "Will you not perform your duty?
26:178 I am a trustworthy messenger [sent] to you,
26:179 so heed God and obey me!
26:180 I do not ask you for any payment for it; my payment only concerns the Lord of the Universe.
26:181 "Give full measure and do not cause [people] any losses.
26:182 Weigh with honest scales;
26:183 do not undersell people to cheat them of their things nor storm around the earth in order to spoil matters.
26:184 Heed Him Who created you and the character of the earliest men."
26:185 They said: "You are merely someone bewitched.
26:186 You are only a human being like ourselves, and we think you are a liar.
26:187 Let a piece fall out of the sky on us if you are so truthful."
26:188 He said: "My Lord is quite Aware of what you are doing."
26:189 So they rejected him, and the torment of a gloomy day gripped them; it was the torment of a terrible day!
26:190 In that is a sign, though most of them are not believers.
26:191 Yet your Lord is the Powerful, the Merciful!
26:192 It is a revelation from the Lord of the Universe.
26:193 The Faithful Spirit has brought it down
26:194 for your heart, so may be a warner
26:195 in a clear Arabic tongue.
26:196 It [can be found] in the Psalms of early men.
26:197 Do they not have a sign since the scholars Children of Israel knew about it?
26:198 If We had sent it down to some outsider
26:199 and he had read it to them, they would never have believed in it.
26:200 Despite that, We slip it into criminals´ hearts.
26:201 They will not believe in it until they see painful torment;
26:202 it will come upon them suddenly while they least suspect it,
26:203 and so they say: "Will we be allowed to wait?"
26:204 Are they trying to hasten up Our torment?
26:205 Have you seen how We let them enjoy themselves for years,
26:206 then whatever they have been threatened with, comes to them?
26:207 Whatever they have been enjoying will never benefit them.
26:208 We never wipe out any town unless it has had its warners
26:209 to remind [it]. We have never been unfair.
26:210 The devils did not descend with it:
26:211 it does not suit them to, nor can they manage it;
26:212 they are too withdrawn to even hear it.
26:213 Do not appeal to any other deity along with God, lest you be tormented.
26:214 Warn your nearest kinfolk;
26:215 lower your [protecting] wing over any believers who may follow you.
26:216 I opposed to you, then SAY: "I am innocent of whatever doing."
26:217 Rely on the Powerful, the Merciful
26:218 Who sees you whenever you stand up [in prayer]
26:219 as well as how you move around among those who are bowing down on their knees.
26:220 He is the Alert, Aware.
26:221 Shall I tell you who are the ones on whom the devils descend?
26:222 They come down upon every bluffing sinner.
26:223 They even try to eavesdrop, since most of them are liars;
26:224 and poets are followed around by them bewildered.
26:225 Do you not see them staggering around in every river-valley?
26:226 They preach what they never practice,
26:227 except for those who believe and perform honorable deeds, remember God often, and protect themselves once they have been wronged. Those who do wrong shall know what sort of upsets they may expect to face!


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