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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Bilal Muhammad 2018
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A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 Taa, Siin, Miim
26:2 These are verses of the Book that makes things clear
26:3 It may be that you stress your soul with grief that they do not become believers
26:4 If it were Our will, We could send down to them from the sky, a sign to which they would bend their necks in humility
26:5 And there has not come to them a reminder from God the Merciful Benefactor, from which they do not turn away
26:6 They have indeed rejected the message. So they will know, soon enough, the truth of what they mocked
26:7 Do they not look at the earth, and how many noble things of all kinds We have produced therein
26:8 Indeed in this is a sign, but most of them do not believe
26:9 And indeed your Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful Redeemer
26:10 Behold, your Lord called to Moses, “Go to the people of iniquity
26:11 “The People of Pharaoh. Will they not be conscious?
26:12 He said, “O my Lord, I fear that they will charge me with falsehood
26:13 “My heart will be right, but my speech may not go smoothly, so send Aaron also
26:14 “And further, they have a warrant out on me, and I fear they may kill me.
26:15 God said, “Never, go both of you with Our signs, We are with you, and will listen to your call
26:16 “So go forward, both of you, to Pharaoh and say, ‘We have been sent by the Lord of all the worlds
26:17 “ ‘Send with us the Children of Israel.’
26:18 Pharaoh said, “Did we not cherish you while you were a child among us, and did you not stay with us for many years of your life
26:19 “And you did the deed which you did, and you were of the rejecters.
26:20 Moses said, “I did it when I was of those who go astray
26:21 “So I fled from you all when I feared you, but my Lord has since invested me with judgment and wisdom, and appointed me as one of the messengers
26:22 “And this is the favor with which you blame me, that you have enslaved the Children of Israel.
26:23 Pharaoh said, “And what is the ‘Lord of all the worlds”
26:24 Moses said, “The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all between, if you are to be convinced.
26:25 Pharaoh said to those around, “Did you not hear what he says?
26:26 Moses said, “Your Lord, and the Lord of your ancestors from the beginning.
26:27 Pharaoh said, “Truly your messenger, who has been sent to you, is certainly crazy.
26:28 Moses said, “Lord of the East and the West, and all between, if you only had sense.
26:29 Pharaoh said, “If you put forward any god other than me, I will certainly throw you in prison.
26:30 Moses said, “Even if I showed you something convincing?
26:31 Pharaoh said, “Show it then, if you tell the truth.
26:32 So Moses threw his staff, and behold, it was a serpent, plain for all to see
26:33 And he drew out his hand, and behold, it was white to all beholders
26:34 Pharaoh said to the advisors around him, “This is indeed an illusionist well-versed
26:35 “His plan is to get you out of your land by his illusions, so what is it you advise?
26:36 They said, “Keep him and his brother in suspense for a while, and dispatch to the cities, gatherers to collect
26:37 “And bring up to you, all of our illusionists well-versed.
26:38 So the illusionists were gathered together for the appointment of a day well-known
26:39 And the people were asked, “Are you assembled
26:40 “So that we may follow the illusionists’ way if they win?
26:41 So when the illusionists arrived they said to Pharaoh, “Will there be for us a suitable reward if we win
26:42 He said, “Yes, that and more, for you will in that case be raised to posts nearest to me.
26:43 Moses said to them, “Throw what you came to throw.
26:44 So they threw their ropes and their staffs and said, “By the power of Pharaoh, it is we who will certainly win.
26:45 Then Moses threw his staff, and behold, it instantly swallowed up all the falsehood they faked
26:46 Then the illusionists fell down, prostrate in adoration
26:47 Saying, “We believe in the Lord of all the worlds
26:48 “The Lord of Moses and Aaron.
26:49 Pharaoh said, “Believe in Him before I give you permission? Surely he is your leader, who has taught you illusions, but soon will you know. “Be sure I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and I will cause you all to die on the cross.
26:50 They said, “No matter, for us, we will but return to our Lord
26:51 “Our only desire is that our Lord will forgive us our faults, so that we may become foremost among the believers.
26:52 By inspiration we told Moses, “Travel by night with my servants, for surely you will be pursued.
26:53 Then Pharaoh sent heralds to all the cities
26:54 Saying, “These Israelites are only a small group
26:55 “Though they are raging furiously against us
26:56 “We are still a multitude, amply fore-warned.
26:57 So We expelled them from gardens, springs
26:58 Treasures, and an honorable position
26:59 And We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things
26:60 So they pursued them at sunrise
26:61 And when the two groups saw each other, the people of Moses said, “We will surely be overtaken.
26:62 Moses said, “By no means, for my Lord is with me, and soon He will guide me.
26:63 Then We told Moses by inspiration, “Strike the sea with your staff.” So it divided, and each separate part became like a huge, solid mass of a mountain
26:64 And We made the other group approach in the same direction
26:65 We delivered Moses and all who were with him
26:66 But We drowned the others
26:67 Indeed in this is a sign, but most of them do not believe
26:68 And indeed your Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful Redeemer
26:69 And rehearse to them something of Abraham’s story
26:70 Behold, he said to his father and his people, “What do you worship?
26:71 They said, “We worship idols, and we remain constantly in attendance to them.
26:72 He said, “Do they listen to you when you call on them
26:73 Or do you good or harm?
26:74 They said, “No, but we found our fathers doing what we do.
26:75 He said, “Do you then see what you have been worshipping
26:76 “You and your forefathers before you
26:77 “Indeed they are enemies to me, but not the Lord of the all the systems knowledge
26:78 “He created me, and it is He Who guides me
26:79 “Who gives me food and drink
26:80 “And when I am sick, it is He Who makes me healthy
26:81 “He will cause me to die, and then bring me to life again
26:82 “And who I hope will forgive me my faults on the Day of Accountability
26:83 “O my Lord, bestow wisdom on me, and join me with the righteous
26:84 “Grant me a mention of honor on the tongue of truth among the next generations
26:85 “Make me one of the inheritors of the garden of bliss
26:86 “Forgive my father, for he is among those astray
26:87 “And let me not be in disgrace on the day they will be resurrected
26:88 “The day when neither wealth nor sons will be of benefit
26:89 “But only he will flourish who brings to God a heart at peace
26:90 “To the righteous, the garden will be brought near
26:91 “And to those straying in evil, the fire will be placed in full view
26:92 “And it will be said to them, ‘where are the gods you worshipped
26:93 “ ‘Besides God? Can they help you or help themselves?
26:94 “Then they will be thrown headlong into the fire, they and those straying in evil
26:95 “Including the party of Lucifer all together
26:96 “They will say in their conversation
26:97 “ ‘By God, we were truly in manifest error
26:98 “ ‘When we held you as equals with the Lord of the worlds
26:99 “ ‘And no one misguided us except the wrong-doers
26:100 “ ‘Now, we have none to intercede for us
26:101 “ ‘Nor a single friend to feel for us
26:102 “But now, if we only had the chance to return, we will truly be of those who believe.
26:103 Indeed in this is a sign, but most of them do not believe
26:104 And indeed your Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful Redeemer
26:105 The People of Noah rejected the messengers
26:106 Behold, their brother Noah said to them, “Will you not be conscious
26:107 “I am to you a trustworthy messenger
26:108 “So be conscious of God, and follow me
26:109 “No reward do I ask of you for it, my reward is only from the Lord of the worlds
26:110 “So be conscious of God, and follow me.
26:111 They said, “Shall we believe in you when it is the worst who follow you?
26:112 He said, “What do I know as to what they do
26:113 “Their judgment is only with my Lord, if you can understand
26:114 “I am not one to drive away those who believe
26:115 “I am sent only to advise clearly.
26:116 They said, “If you do not desist, O Noah, You will be stoned to death.
26:117 He said, “O my Lord, truly my people have rejected me
26:118 “Judge then, between them and me openly, and save me and the believers who are with me.
26:119 So We delivered him and those with him, in the Ark filled with all creatures
26:120 Thereafter We drowned those who stayed behind
26:121 Indeed in this is a sign, but most of them do not believe
26:122 And indeed your Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful Redeemer
26:123 The ‘Ad rejected the messengers
26:124 Behold, their brother Hud said to them, “Will you not be conscious of God
26:125 “I am to you a trustworthy messenger
26:126 “So be conscious of God and follow me
26:127 “No reward do I ask of you for it. My reward is only from the Lord of the worlds
26:128 “Do you build a landmark on every high place to amuse yourselves
26:129 “And do you build for yourselves great edifices, in the hope of living therein forever
26:130 “And when you rule, you rule as dictators
26:131 “Now be conscious of God, and follow me
26:132 “Yes, fear Him Who has bestowed on you freely all that you know
26:133 “He has bestowed on you livestock and children
26:134 “And gardens and springs
26:135 “Truly I fear for you the penalty of a great day.
26:136 They said, “It is the same to us whether you advise us or are not among our advisors
26:137 “This is no other than a custom of those who came before
26:138 “And we are not the ones to receive pains and penalties.
26:139 So they rejected him, and We caused them to perish, indeed in this is a sign, but most of them do not believe
26:140 And indeed your Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful Redeemer
26:141 The Thamud people rejected the messengers
26:142 Behold, their brother Salih said to them, “Will you not be conscious
26:143 “I am to you a trustworthy messenger
26:144 “So be conscious of God, and follow me
26:145 “No reward do I ask of you for it. My reward is only from the Lord of the worlds
26:146 “Will you be left secure, in the enjoyment of all that you have here
26:147 “Gardens and springs
26:148 “And corn-fields and date palms, with spathes near breaking from the weight of the fruit
26:149 “And you carve houses out of mountains, with great skill
26:150 “But be conscious of God and follow me
26:151 “And follow not the influence of those who are extravagant
26:152 “Who do wrong in the land, and do not correct their ways.
26:153 They said, “You are only one of those possessed
26:154 “You are no more than a human being like us. Or bring us a sign, if you tell the truth.
26:155 He said, “Here is a she-camel, who has a right to water, as you have a right to water on a day appointed
26:156 “Touch it not with harm, lest the penalty of a great day seize you.
26:157 Still they hamstrung it, but then they became full of regrets
26:158 And the penalty seized them, indeed in this is a sign, but most of them do not believe
26:159 And indeed your Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful Redeemer
26:160 The people of Lot rejected the messengers
26:161 Behold, their brother Lot said to them, “Will you not be conscious
26:162 “I am to you a trustworthy messenger
26:163 “So be conscious of God and follow me
26:164 “No reward do I ask of you for it. My reward is only from the Lord of all the worlds
26:165 “Of all the creatures in the world, will you approach males
26:166 “And abandon those whom God has created for you to be your mates? No, you are a people transgressing all limits.
26:167 They said, “If you do not pull back, O Lot, you will surely be driven out.
26:168 He said, “I detest your doings.
26:169 “O my Lord, save me and my family from the things they do.
26:170 So We delivered him and his family, all
26:171 Except an old woman who lingered behind
26:172 But the rest We caused to perish
26:173 We rained down on them a shower of brimstone, and terrible was the shower on those who were advised but did not listen
26:174 Indeed in this is a sign, but most of them do not believe
26:175 And indeed your Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful Redeemer
26:176 The Companions of the Wood rejected the messengers
26:177 Behold, Shu’aib said to them, “Will you not be conscious
26:178 “I am to you a trustworthy messenger
26:179 “So be conscious of God and follow me
26:180 “No reward do I ask of you for it. My reward is only from the Lord of all worlds
26:181 “Give just measure, and cause no loss to others by fraud
26:182 “And weigh with scales true and upright
26:183 “And do not withhold things justly due to people, nor do wrong in the land, spreading corruption
26:184 “And be conscious of Him Who created you and Who created the generations before you.
26:185 They said, “You are merely one of those possessed
26:186 “You are no more than a human being like us, and indeed we think you are a liar
26:187 “Now cause a piece of the universe to fall on us if you are right.
26:188 He said, “My Lord knows best what you do.
26:189 But they rejected him. Then came the punishment of a day of the shadow, and that was the penalty of a great day
26:190 Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them do not believe
26:191 And indeed your Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful Redeemer
26:192 Indeed this is a revelation from the Lord of all worlds
26:193 With it came down the spirit of faith and truth
26:194 To your heart and mind, that you may advise
26:195 In the clear Arabic tongue
26:196 Without doubt it is announced in the scripture of former peoples
26:197 Is it not a sign to them, that the learned of the Children of Israel knew it as true
26:198 Had We revealed it to any of the non-Arabs
26:199 And had he recited it to them, they would not have believed in it
26:200 We caused it to enter the hearts of those who are corrupt
26:201 But they will not believe in it, until they see the terrible penalty
26:202 But the penalty will come to them all of a sudden, when they least expect it
26:203 Then they will say, “Shall we have respite?
26:204 Do they also ask for Our penalty to be hastened on
26:205 Do you see that We let them enjoy this life for a few years
26:206 Yet eventually, there must come to them the punishment which they were promised
26:207 It will not profit them, that they enjoyed this life
26:208 Never did We destroy a population, except those who had been warned
26:209 By way of reminder, and We are never unjust
26:210 No devils have brought down this revelation
26:211 It would neither suit them nor would they be able to produce it
26:212 Indeed they have been removed far from even the chance of hearing it
26:213 So do not call on any other god with God, or you will be among those under the penalty
26:214 And advise your nearest relatives
26:215 And lower your wing to the believers who follow you
26:216 Then if they ignore you say, “I am free from responsibility for what you do.
26:217 And put your trust in the Exalted in Might, the Merciful Redeemer
26:218 The One who sees you standing in prayer
26:219 And your movements among those who prostrate themselves
26:220 For it is He Who hears and knows all things
26:221 Shall I inform you, O people, on whom it is that the devils descend
26:222 They descend on every unethical, immoral deceiver
26:223 They repeat what they hear, though most of the deny it
26:224 And of the poets, it is the misguided who follow them
26:225 Do you not see that they roam in every lowland
26:226 And that they say what they do not do
26:227 Except those who believe, work righteousness, engage much in the remembrance of God, and defend themselves after they are unjustly attacked, and soon the assailants will know at what misfortune they will arrive


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