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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Abdel Haleem
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Abdel Haleem rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
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26:1 Ta Sin Mim
26:2 These are the verses of the Scripture that makes things clear:
26:3 [Prophet], are you going to worry yourself to death because they will not believe?
26:4 If We had wished, We could have sent them down a sign from heaven, at which their necks would stay bowed in utter humility.
26:5 Whenever they are brought a new revelation from the Lord of Mercy, they turn away:
26:6 they deny it, but the truth of what they scorned will soon hit them.
26:7 Do they not see the earth, and what noble kinds of thing We grow in it?
26:8 There truly is a sign in this, though most of them do not believe:
26:9 your Lord alone is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:10 Your Lord called to Moses: ‘Go to those wrongdoers,
26:11 the people of Pharaoh. Will they not take heed?’
26:12 Moses said, ‘My Lord, I fear they will call me a liar,
26:13 and I will feel stressed and tongue-tied, so send Aaron too;
26:14 besides, they have a chargeagainst me, and I fear they may kill me.’
26:15 God said, ‘No [they will not]. Go, both of you, with Our signs––We shall be with you, listen-ing.
26:16 Go, both of you, to Pharaoh and say, “We bring a message from the Lord of the Worlds:
26:17 let the Children of Israel leave with us.” ’
26:18 Pharaoh said, ‘Did we not bring you up as a child among us? Did you not stay with us for many years?
26:19 And then you committed that crime of yours: you were so ungrateful.’
26:20 Moses replied, ‘I was misguided when I did it
26:21 and I fled from you in fear; later my Lord gave me wisdom and made me one of His messengers.
26:22 And is this- that you have enslaved the Children of Israel- the favour with which you reproach me?’
26:23 Pharaoh asked, ‘What is this “Lord of the Worlds”?’
26:24 Moses replied, ‘He is the Lord of the heavens and earth and everything between them. If you would only have faith!’
26:25 Pharaoh said to those present, ‘Do you hear what he says?’
26:26 Moses said, ‘He is your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers.’
26:27 Pharaoh said, ‘This messenger who has been sent to you is truly possessed.’
26:28 Moses continued, ‘Lord of the East and West and everything between them. If you would only use your reason!’
26:29 But Pharaoh said [to him], ‘If you take any god other than me, I will throw you into prison,’
26:30 and Moses asked, ‘Even if I show you something convincing?’
26:31 ‘Show it then,’ said Pharaoh, ‘if you are telling the truth.’
26:32 So Moses threw down his staff and- lo and behold!- it became a snake for everyone to see.
26:33 Then he drew out his hand and- lo and behold!- it was white for the onlookers to see.
26:34 Pharaoh said to the counsellors around him, ‘This man is a learned sorcerer!
26:35 He means to use his sorcery to drive you out of your land! What do you suggest?’
26:36 They answered, ‘Delay him and his brother for a while, and send messengers to all the cities
26:37 to bring every accomplished sorcerer to you.’
26:38 The sorcerers were [to be] assembled at the appointed time on a certain day
26:39 and the people were asked,
26:40 ‘Are you all coming? We may follow the sorcerers if they win!’
26:41 When the sorcerers came, they said to Pharaoh, ‘Shall we be rewarded if we win?’
26:42 and he said, ‘Yes, and you will join my inner court.’
26:43 Moses said to them, ‘Throw down whatever you will.’
26:44 They threw their ropes and staffs, saying, ‘By Pharaoh’s might, we shall be victorious.’
26:45 But Moses threw his staff and- lo and behold!- it swallowed up their trickery
26:46 and the sorcerers fell down on their knees,
26:47 exclaiming, ‘We believe in the Lord of the Worlds,
26:48 the Lord of Moses and Aaron.’
26:49 Pharaoh said, ‘How dare you believe in him before I have given you permission? He must be the master who taught you sorcery! Soon you will see: I will cut off your alternate hands and feet and then crucify the lot of you!’
26:50 ‘That will do us no harm,’ they said, ‘for we are sure to return to our Lord.
26:51 We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, as we were the first to believe.’
26:52 Then We revealed Our will to Moses, ‘Leave with My servants by night, for you will be pursued!’
26:53 Pharaoh sent messengers into the cities, proclaiming,
26:54 ‘These people are a puny band––
26:55 they have enraged us-
26:56 and we are a large army, on the alert.’
26:57 So it was that We made them leave their gardens and their springs,
26:58 their treasures and their noble dwellings-
26:59 We gave [such] things [later]to the Children of Israel.
26:60 Pharaoh and his people pursued them at sunrise,
26:61 and as soon as the two sides came within sight of one another, Moses’ followers said, ‘We shall definitely be caught.’
26:62 Moses said, ‘No, my Lord is with me: He will guide me,’
26:63 and We revealed to Moses: ‘Strike the sea with your staff.’ It parted- each side like a mighty mountain-
26:64 and We brought the others to that place:
26:65 We saved Moses and all his companions,
26:66 and drowned the rest.
26:67 There truly is a sign in this, though most of them do not believe:
26:68 your Lord alone is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:69 Tell them the story of Abraham,
26:70 when he asked his father and his people, ‘What do you worship?’
26:71 They said, ‘We worship idols, and are constantly in attendance on them.’
26:72 He asked, ‘Do they hear you when you call?
26:73 Do they help or harm you?’
26:74 They replied, ‘No, but this is what we saw our fathers doing.’
26:75 Abraham said, ‘Those idols you have worshipped,
26:76 you and your forefathers,
26:77 are my enemies; not so the Lord of the Worlds,
26:78 who created me. It is He who guides me;
26:79 He who gives me food and drink;
26:80 He who cures me when I am ill;
26:81 He who will make me die and then give me life again;
26:82 and He who will, I hope, forgive my faults on the Day of Judgement.
26:83 My Lord, grant me wisdom; join me with the righteous;
26:84 give me a good name among later generations;
26:85 make me one of those given the Garden of Bliss-
26:86 forgive my father, for he is one of those who have gone astray-
26:87 and do not disgrace me on the Day when all people are resurrected:
26:88 the Day when neither wealth nor children can help,
26:89 when the only one who will be saved is the one who comes before God with a heart devoted to Him.’
26:90 When the Garden is brought near to the righteous
26:91 and the Fire is placed in full view of the misguided,
26:92 it will be said to them, ‘Where are those you worshipped
26:93 beside God? Can they help you now, or even help themselves?’
26:94 and then they will all be hurled into Hell, together with those that misled them,
26:95 and all Iblis’s supporters.
26:96 There they will say to their gods, as they bicker among themselves,
26:97 ‘We were clearly misguided
26:98 when we made you equal with the Lord of the Worlds.
26:99 It was the evildoers who led us astray,
26:100 and now we have no intercessor
26:101 and no true friend.
26:102 If only we could live our lives again, we would be true believers!’
26:103 There truly is a sign in this, though most of them do not believe:
26:104 your Lord alone is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:105 The people of Noah, too, called the messengers liars.
26:106 Their brother Noah said to them, ‘Will you not be mindful of God?
26:107 I am a faithful messenger sent to you:
26:108 be mindful of God and obey me.
26:109 I ask no reward of you, for my only reward is with the Lord of the Worlds:
26:110 be mindful of God and obey me.’
26:111 They answered, ‘Why should we believe you when the worst sort of people follow you?’
26:112 He said, ‘What knowledge do I have of what they used to do?
26:113 It is for my Lord alone to bring them to account- if only you could see-
26:114 I will not drive believers away.
26:115 I am here only to give people a clear warning.’
26:116 So they said, ‘Noah, if you do not stop this, you will be stoned.’
26:117 He said, ‘My Lord, my people have rejected me,
26:118 so make a firm judgement between me and them, and save me and my believing followers.’
26:119 So We saved him and his followers in the fully laden ship,
26:120 and drowned the rest.
26:121 There truly is a sign in this, though most of them do not believe:
26:122 your Lord alone is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:123 The people of Ad, too, called the messengers liars.
26:124 Their brother Hud said to them, ‘Will you not be mindful of God?
26:125 I am a faithful messenger sent to you:
26:126 be mindful of God and obey me.
26:127 I ask no reward of you, for my only reward is with the Lord of the Worlds.
26:128 How can you be so vain that you set up monuments on every high place?
26:129 Do you build fortresses because you hope to be immortal?
26:130 Why do you act like tyrants whenever you attack someone?
26:131 Be mindful of God and obey me;
26:132 be mindful of Him who has provided you with everything you know-
26:133 He has given you livestock, sons,
26:134 gardens, springs-
26:135 for I truly fear that the torment of a grievous day will overtake you.’
26:136 They replied, ‘It makes no difference to us whether you warn us or not,
26:137 for we only do what our forefathers used to do:
26:138 we shall not be punished.’
26:139 They denounced him as a liar, and so We destroyed them. There truly is a sign in this, though most of them do not believe:
26:140 your Lord alone is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:141 The people of Thamud, too, called the messengers liars.
26:142 Their brother Salih said to them, ‘Will you not be mindful of God?
26:143 I am a faithful messenger to you:
26:144 be mindful of God and obey me.
26:145 I ask no reward from you, for my only reward is with the Lord of the Worlds.
26:146 [Do you think] you will be left secure for ever in what you have here-
26:147 gardens, springs,
26:148 fields, palm trees laden with fruit-
26:149 carving your fine houses from the mountains?
26:150 Be mindful of God and obey me:
26:151 do not obey those who are given to excess
26:152 and who spread corruption in the land instead of doing what is right.’
26:153 They said, ‘You are bewitched!
26:154 You are nothing but a man like us. Show us a sign, if you are telling the truth.’
26:155 He said, ‘Here is a camel. She should have her turn to drink and so should you, each on a specified day,
26:156 so do not harm her, or the punishment of a terrible day will befall you.’
26:157 But they hamstrung her. In the morning they had cause to regret it:
26:158 the punishment fell upon them. There truly is a sign in this, though most of them will not believe:
26:159 your Lord alone is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:160 The people of Lot, too, called the messengers liars.
26:161 Their brother Lot said to them, ‘Will you not be mindful of God?
26:162 I am a faithful messenger to you:
26:163 be mindful of God and obey me.
26:164 I ask no reward from you, for my only reward is with the Lord of the Worlds.
26:165 Must you, unlike [other] people, lust after males
26:166 and abandon the wives that God has created for you? You are exceeding all bounds,’
26:167 but they replied, ‘Lot! If you do not stop this, you will be driven away.’
26:168 So he said, ‘I loathe what you do:
26:169 Lord, save me and my family from what they are doing.’
26:170 We saved him and all his family,
26:171 except for an old woman who stayed behind,
26:172 then We destroyed the others,
26:173 and poured a rain of destruction down upon them. How dreadful that rain was for those who had been forewarned!
26:174 There truly is a sign in this, though most of them will not believe:
26:175 your Lord alone is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:176 The forest-dwellers, too, called the messengers liars.
26:177 Shuayb said to them, ‘Will you not be mindful of God?
26:178 I am a faithful messenger to you:
26:179 be mindful of God and obey me.
26:180 I ask no reward of you, for my only reward is with the Lord of the Worlds.
26:181 Give full measure: do not sell others short.
26:182 Weigh with correct scales:
26:183 do not deprive people of what is theirs. Do not spread corruption on earth.
26:184 Be mindful of God who created you and former generations,’
26:185 but they replied, ‘You are bewitched!
26:186 You are nothing but a man like us. In fact we think you are a liar.
26:187 Make bits of the heavens fall down on us, if you are telling the truth.’
26:188 He said, ‘My Lord knows best what you do.’
26:189 They called him a liar, and so the torment of the Day of Shadow came upon them- it was the torment of a terrible day.
26:190 There truly is a sign in this, though most of them will not believe:
26:191 your Lord alone is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:192 Truly, this Quran has been sent down by the Lord of the Worlds:
26:193 the Trustworthy Spirit brought it down
26:194 to your heart [Prophet], so that you could bring warning
26:195 in a clear Arabic tongue.
26:196 This was foretold in the scriptures of earlier religions.
26:197 Is it not proof enough for them that the learned men of the Children of Israel have recognized it?
26:198 If We had sent it down to someone who was not an Arab,
26:199 and he had recited it to them, they still would not have believed in it.
26:200 So We make it pass straight through the hearts of the guilty:
26:201 they will not believe in it until they see the grievous torment,
26:202 which will suddenly hit them when they are not expecting it,
26:203 and then they will say, ‘Can we have more time?’
26:204 How can they ask that Our punishment be brought to them sooner?
26:205 Think, if we let them enjoy this life for some years
26:206 and then the promised torment came upon them,
26:207 what good would their past enjoyment be to them?
26:208 Never have We destroyed a town without sending down messengers to warn it,
26:209 as a reminder from Us: We are never unjust.
26:210 It was not the jinn who brought down this Quran:
26:211 it is neither in their interests nor in their power,
26:212 indeed they are prevented from overhearing it.
26:213 So [Prophet] do not invoke any gods beside God, or you will incur punishment.
26:214 Warn your nearest kinsfolk
26:215 and lower your wing tenderly over the believers who follow you.
26:216 If they disobey you, say, ‘I bear no responsibility for your actions.’
26:217 Put your trust in the Almighty, the Merciful,
26:218 who sees you when you stand up [for prayer]
26:219 and sees your movements among the worshippers:
26:220 He is the All Hearing, the All Knowing.
26:221 Shall I tell you who the jinn come down to?
26:222 They come down to every lying sinner
26:223 who readily lends an ear to them, and most of them are liars:
26:224 only those who are lost in error follow the poets.
26:225 Do you not see how they rove aimlessly in every valley;
26:226 how they say what they do not do?
26:227 Not so those [poets] who believe, do good deeds, remember God often, and defend themselves after they have been wronged. The evildoers will find out what they will return to.


   


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