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Ta Ha (Ta Ha)
as rendered by Bijan Moeinian
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Bijan Moeinian rendition of Surah Ta Ha(Ta Ha)
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20:1 T.H.
20:2 I (God) have not sent you Qur’an to make your life miserable.
20:3 The main reason for sending down Qur’an has been to be used as a reminder for those who are at awe with the might of God.
20:4 This (Qur’an) is a revelation from God, the creator of earth and high heavens.
20:5 The Merciful is ruling his realm of creation and has power over everything in the heaven and earth…
20:6 and whatever is above and under the earth.
20:7 God hears your supplication no matter how loud or in a low voice you speak to him as He knows every secret thought of yours.
20:8 God is the One to Whom belongs all good names
20:9 Have you ever heard the story of Moses?
20:10 When he saw a fire afar, he said to his family: “Wait a little so that I bring a bit of that fire (to make a fir) for us or get a guidance (knowledge about what it is, where we are, etc.) from it (if he knew that he is going to get the guidance of his life from that fire.)”
20:11 When he reached the fire, a voice called out: “O Moses.”
20:12 “I am your Lord. Take off your sandals. You are in the sacred valley of Tuwa”
20:13 “I have chosen you; listen to what is going to be revealed to you.”
20:14 “It is I Who am God. There is no other God beside Me. Therefore, obey Me and worship me on regular basis so that you always keep me in mind.”
20:15 “Know that there is such thing as the time of Resurrection. I have not revealed when it will take place (to provide a peaceful environment) so that every soul work towards earning his reward.”
20:16 Therefore, do not let this (peaceful environment before the hurricane) turn your thoughts away from it and make you join the one who does not believe in it, has become a slave of his lust, and will perish.
20:17 “Tell Me Moses, what do you carry in your right hand?”
20:18 Moses said: “This is my staff: I lean upon it, beat down branches for my sheep, and use it for anything else that it may become handy for.”
20:19 I said: “Fine Moses; now throw it down!”
20:20 When he threw it down, the staff turned into an active snake.
20:21 I said: “Do not be afraid. Pick it up, I will turn it back into what it was.”
20:22 “Now put your hand under your arm-pit. When you take it out, it will shine (like a fire) without hurting you.”
20:23 “This is the second miracle that I let you perform.”
20:24 “Now go to Pharaoh. He has become rebellious.”
20:25 Moses said: “Lord, bless me with absolute belief.”
20:26 “Make it easy for me to accomplish my mission.”
20:27 “Please give my power of speech (which has been impeded as he put fire in his mouth when he was a child)….
20:28 back to me so that people understand me.”
20:29 “I beg you…..
20:30 to appoint Aaron (my brother) as my assistant….
20:31 to make me stronger.”
20:32 “Let Aaron be a part of my mission….
20:33 so that we glorify you together and….
20:34 worship you frequently.”
20:35 “Lord, I trust that you always watch over us.”
20:36 I said: “Moses, your wishes are granted.”
20:37 “I want you to know that this is not the first time that I shower you with My blessings.”
20:38 “When you were a baby (and Pharaoh of the time was killing all new born Jews,) I inspired your mother.”
20:39 “I told your mother: “put baby Moses in a box and let the river carry him to our mutual enemy (Pharaoh.)” I made you a lovely child and brought you up under My personal supervision.”
20:40 “Your sister (who was working in the palace) said: “May I recommend someone to take care of the baby?” Thus I reunited you with your mother so that she should not cry any more. Later you killed a man; I saved you from its consequences. What a trial you went through. Then you spent a few years with the people of Midian and here you are; exactly when I had pre-destined you to be here. Moses.”
20:41 “I have molded you for your mission.”
20:42 “Now you and your brother may leave, armed with My miracles, and never keep Me out of your mind.”
20:43 “Go to Pharaoh as he has become rebellious.”
20:44 “Talk to him in a nice manner so that he may listen to your admonition and mind the consequences of his rebellion.”
20:45 [When the two brothers joined together and wanted to pay a visit to Pharaoh,] they said: “Lord, we are afraid that he may subject us to an excessive punishment or that he may rebel (and harm all Jews.)
20:46 I replied: “Do not worry. I am with you and see and hear everything.”
20:47 “Go to Pharaoh and say: “We are two Messengers of your Lord. Let the Israelites leave with us. Do not persecute them. Your Lord has sent us with undeniable miracles. Know that peace is the reward of those who follows the guidance of the Lord.”
20:48 “It has been revealed to us that the punishment awaits the one who chooses the disbelief and turns his back to the truth.”
20:49 Pharaoh asked: “Who is this Lord of yours Moses?”
20:50 Moses said: “Our Lord is the One who originates everything and then guide them on the path of growth.”
20:51 Pharaoh said: “What about the past generations (who were not as fortunate as me to have the Messengers of God like you)?”
20:52 Moses said: “It is the Lord’s business. I simply know that my Lords records everything and that He forgets nothing.”
20:53 “He is the One Who has made the earth habitable for you, has put roads in it, and sends down water from the sky so that all kind of vegetations grow up.”
20:54 “You eat such plants and grow your cattle with. The functioning of the whole system is a good enough reason for those who are intelligent.”
20:55 I have created you from the earth, I will return you into it, and I will raise you once again from it.
20:56 I presented many proofs to Pharaoh; yet he denied them all and chose the disbelief.
20:57 Finally he said: “Moses, have you come back to snatch my kingdom by the means of sorcery?”
20:58 “I can also come up with a few tricks of ours. Let us then set up an unbreakable appointment in an open field.”
20:59 Moses replied: “Let our meeting take place in the day of the festival at sunrise.
20:60 So Pharaoh withdrew, organized his show, and came back to the meeting as planned.
20:61 Moses said: “I warn you, do not come up with fabricated lies meant to deny the Lord; He may destroy you painfully. Know that the one who tries to distort the truth about God will fail miserably.
20:62 Then they started to talk among themselves (and co-ordinate their activities.)
20:63 They said: “These are only two magicians who would like to take your properties and destroy your way of life.”
20:64 “Let us get together and face them and face them as a united front. whoever wins today has really made it.”
20:65 They said: “O.K. Moses, who should start first?”
20:66 Moses replied: “Go ahead.” Their ropes and sticks put a live show on the scene.
20:67 Moses was overcome with fear.
20:68 I said to him: “Do not be afraid; you will have the upper hand.”
20:69 “Throw your staff and it will swallow up all their sham fabrications. What they have come up with is only an illusion, and the magicians will never succeed, no matter how much of an impressive show they put on the scene.
20:70 The magicians {were so impressed with the truth that they] fell down prostrate and said: “We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses.”
20:71 Pharaoh said: “How dare you to believe in Moses before getting my permission? It is obvious that he is your master (and you have got together to take my kingdom.) Therefore, I am going to cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides and crucify you on the trunks of the palms so that you know who can inflict a more sever punishment (Moses’ Lord or me.)
20:72 They replied: “We are not going to choose you over the undeniable miracles of the One Who created us. Do whatever you want. The most you can do is to torture us (for a short period of time) in this world.”
20:73 “We declare that we have believed in our Lord. We beg Him to forgive our shortcomings and organizing this magic show that you commissioned us to do. God’s reward is much better than yours and last longer (and is worth to submit ourselves to your short term punishment.)”
20:74 Anyone who comes back to His Lord (from the battle of life) as a criminal, He will find himself in the Hell; therein he will neither die (and has to suffer continuously) nor live (after all, what kind of life is it if one has to suffer continuously?)
20:75 As for the one who come backs to Him as a believer with the accomplished good deeds, he will find himself among those who have received high ranks.
20:76 They will live forever in the gardens of Eden under which rivers flow. Such is the reward for the one who strives to purify himself.
20:77 I revealed to Moses: “Set forth with My servants at night and open for them a path across the sea. Do not be neither afraid (of Pharaoh) nor overtaken (by the greatness of the miracle of Passover.)
20:78 When Pharaoh realized that they have left, he went after them with his army, but the see swallowed them all up.
20:79 What a shame that Pharaoh led his people to the darkness instead of the guidance.
20:80 Children of Israel! I am the One Who saved you from your enemy. I am the One Who took a promise from you on the eastern side of the Mount Sinai. I am the One Who sent down to you manna & quails.
20:81 Eat of (and enjoy) the pure things that I have provided for you and do not pass the limits set by the law. Otherwise, you will be subjected to My Anger; the one who is subjected to My Anger, is indeed destroyed.
20:82 Know that I am Forgiver. The one who repents, chooses to believe, and does good things is a guided person. Moses rushes to meet the Lord after Passover:
20:83 “What made you to come here in hurry, Moses?” [Asked the Lord.]
20:84 “They are right behind me,” said Moses. “I rushed to this appointed place of ours to please you (in obedience.)”
20:85 The Lord said: “I have let your people go through a trial at your absence. Unfortunately, Samarian has succeeded in misleading them.”
20:86 Moses returned to his people in rage and disappointment. He said: “Was your Lord not fair with you in keeping His Promise? Could you not wait? Perhaps you wish to be subjected to the anger of the Lord that you broke your promise to me (to worship none but God)?
20:87 They [came with a ridiculous excuse and] said: “We did not break our promise to you. The fact of the matter is: we wanted to get rid of our jewelry and melt them down, as suggested by Samarian!”
20:88 Thus Sumerian made for them a statue of a calf which would make a sound. Then people cried: “This is your Lord and the Lord of Moses; how senile of Moses!”
20:89 Were they not able to see that the statue could neither communicate with them nor had the power to do something (good or bad) for them?
20:90 Aaron had warned them saying: “This is a trial for you. Your Lord is the Most Kind; follow me and listen to what I say.”
20:91 Their response was: “We will not stop worshipping the cow until Moses comes back.”
20:92 Moses told to Aaron: “What is the matter with you that you did not prevent them of worshipping the cow?”
20:93 “Why did you disobey my commands?”
20:94 Aaron replied: “Brother, please do not pull my beard and my hair. I was simply afraid that you accuse me of causing a division among the children of Israel as you had strictly ordered me against.”
20:95 Moses turned to Samarian and said: “What do you say for yourself?”
20:96 He replied: “Well, I saw angel Gabriel (that the others did not see) and I was inspired to take a handful of his foot print’s dust and throw upon the statue [making it sacred!]”
20:97 Moses said: “Get out of my sight; now for the rest of your life you should say: “Do not touch me (in account of leprosy as explained in Leviticus 45-46.” The time is appointed for you to receive your sentence. Look at your god for the last time as we are going to burn it and scatter its ashes all over the sea.”
20:98 Know that your God is the One beside Who there is no other lord and He has knowledge over everything.
20:99 Thus I tell you about some events of the past to serve as a reminder.
20:100 Whoever turns his back to these reminders, he will carry a heavy burden on the Day of Resurrection.
20:101 What a miserable luggage to carry (on their back) on the Day of Resurrection, towards an eternal life in the Hell.
20:102 When the horn on that Day is blown, the criminals will be resurrected blue (like the cadavers who have lost their natural color due to lack of blood circulation.)
20:103 They will whisper among themselves asking: “How long ago was it? Ten (days?)
20:104 I am fully aware of what they are saying. The most learned one among them will say: “It was only a day!”
20:105 They will ask: “What will happen to the mountains (which in their eyes are so huge.)?” Respond: “My Lord will pull them out of their roots and scatter them into dust.”
20:106 “Making them flat.”
20:107 “You will see neither a dip nor a bump where they were (absolutely flat.)”
20:108 Everyone will silently follow the voice which will directly lead them to the Lord. All sound will be hushed before the Most Gracious. You will only hear the sound of their feet (as they march.)
20:109 No intercession will be accepted on that Day, except those that the Most Gracious has already given the permission and that echoes the will of God.
20:110 He knows their past and their future and none has His knowledge.
20:111 All faces will look down at the presence of the Living One, the Eternal One. What a failure is the one who has to carry the burden of his sins.
20:112 As for the one who has done good deeds and has been a believer, he will have no fear of injustice or a reduction in his reward.
20:113 Thus I have revealed this Qur’an in Arabic language (and not in a foreign language so that you understand it) with ample warnings so that people come to your senses and change their behavior.
20:114 Hi and above all is God, the true King. Do not be in hurry to see the whole Qur’an being revealed to you. Pray: “Lord, please bless me with more and more knowledge.”
20:115 I took a promise from Adam (to obey the Lord) but he forgot (and followed what Satan suggested him.) He proved to be weak in will power.
20:116 I commanded the angels: “Prostrate yourselves to Adam.” They all did, but Satan refused.
20:117 Then I reminded Adam: “this is an enemy to you and to your wife. Do not let him succeed in deporting you from the Heaven as you will be miserable.”
20:118 “Here you will never suffer from nor without cloths.”
20:119 “Here you will never suffer from thirst nor from the sun’s heat.”
20:120 The Satan, however, tempted them whispering: “Adam, may I show you a tree that (eating its fruit) will give you an eternal life and power?”
20:121 When they ate of that fruit, they found themselves naked and began to cover themselves with the leaves of the trees. This is how Adam disobeyed his Lord and fell.
20:122 Later (after going through a series of humiliating experiences) the Lord chose him (as His first Prophet for mankind) and gave him the guidance.
20:123 The Lord said: “Leave the Paradise. You will find out that some of you will become the enemies of each other! I will send you the guidance. Whoever follows it, will not get lost nor become miserable.”
20:124 “As for the one who refuses to worship me, he will have a miserable life and will be raised blind on the Day of Resurrection.”
20:125 Such a person will ask: “My Lord, how come you raised me blind while I had eye sight before?”
20:126 The Lord will say: “You disregarded My Message when it came to you; that is why you are disregarded now.”
20:127 Thus I punish the one who dares to go beyond the boundaries set by the Lord. Know that the one who does not choose to believe in the revelation of God will get an everlasting punishment in Hereafter, which is far worse (than any torture in the world.)”
20:128 Do they ever learn from the story of so many generations that I destroyed in the past? They walk over the ruins of their houses. What lessons to learn by those who use their brain and contemplate.
20:129 If it was not in account of a pre-determined plan of your Lord (to give man some time and try him in his freedom of choice,) they would have immediately been sentenced.
20:130 Therefore, be patient with them and worship your Lord before sunrise, before sunset, at night, as well as during the day; you will be pleased with your reward.
20:131 Never mind how I have showered different kind of people with so much worldly wealth. This is just a trial for them (to see how they behave in wealth.) Rest assured that What your Lord has for you is the best and will last forever.
20:132 Encourage your folk to Worship God on regular basis and strictly observe it. I am asking no offering (as the pagans were offering jewels to their idols) from you. On the contrary, I am the one who provides for you. Know that, at the end, it is the righteous who will have the upper hand.
20:133 They say: “If only he comes up with a sign.” Did they not receive enough signs from the previous Scriptures? (Why they did not believe in those signs then? These are just excuses.)
20:134 Had I destroyed them before (in account of their wrongdoings,) they would have said: “Our Lord, if you had sent any Prophet to us, we would have definitely followed him so that we would not be so ashamed and humiliated at your present.”
20:135 Say: “We are all waiting. You, too wait. Pretty soon you will find out who is in the right path and who has got the guidance.”


   


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