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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by M. Farook Malik
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Farook Malik rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
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26:1 Tua Sin M'im.
26:2 These are verses of the Glorious Book.
26:3 O Muhammad, you will perhaps fret yourself to death with grief because they do not believe.
26:4 If We wanted, We could send down upon them a sign from the heaven before which they would bend their necks in submission, but that is not what We want.
26:5 They have been turning their backs on each fresh warning that comes to them from the Compassionate (Allah).
26:6 But now that they have neglected the warning, they will soon come to know the reality of what they have been mocking at.
26:7 Have they not looked at the earth to see how We have caused all kinds of noble pairs to grow in it?
26:8 Surely in this there is a sign; yet most of them do not believe.
26:9 In fact your Lord is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.
26:10 Remind them of the story when your Lord called Moses and said: "Go to the wicked people
26:11 the people of Pharoah (Pharaoh). Have they no fear?"
26:12 Moses submitted, saying: "My Lord! I fear that they will reject me.
26:13 My breast feels cramped and my tongue is not eloquent; send Haroon (Aaron).
26:14 They have a charge of manslaughter against me and I fear they may put me to death."
26:15 Allah said: "Indeed not! Proceed, both of you, with Our signs; surely We are with you, listening.
26:16 Go to Pharoah and tell him: "We are the Messengers from the Lord of the Worlds.
26:17 You should send with us the Children of Israel."
26:18 When they went to Pharoah and conveyed the Message of Allah, he said: "Did we not cherish you when you were a child? Did you not stay several years of your life among us?
26:19 Then you did what you did; you are so ungrateful!"
26:20 Moses replied: "I did that when I was a misguided youth.
26:21 I fled from you all because I feared you; but now my Lord has granted me wisdom and appointed me as one of His Messengers.
26:22 Is it a favor with which you taunt me, that you have enslaved the Children of Israel?"
26:23 Pharoah said: "Who is this Lord of the Worlds?"
26:24 Moses replied: "He is the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, if you really care to believe."
26:25 Pharoah said to those around him, "Do you hear that?"
26:26 Moses continued: "He is your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers."
26:27 Pharoah interjected: "This Messenger of yours, who has been sent to you, is crazy."
26:28 Moses continued:" He is the Lord of the east and west, and all that lies between them. If you would only care and try to understand."
26:29 At this, Pharoah, who did not want to listen any more said: "If you serve any other god besides me, I shall have you thrown into prison."
26:30 At this, Moses said: "What if I show you a convincing sign?"
26:31 Pharoah said: "Go ahead, show it if you are of the truthful."
26:32 Hearing this, Moses threw down his staff, and thereupon it changed into a veritable serpent.
26:33 Then he drew forth his hand and it became shining bright for the spectators.
26:34 After witnessing both the miracles, Pharoah (Pharaoh) said to the chiefs around him: "This fellow is certainly a skilled magician,
26:35 who seeks to drive you out from your land by the force of his magic. Now what is your advice?"
26:36 They submitted: "Put him and his brother off for a while, and dispatch heralds to the various cities
26:37 to bring you every skilled magician."
26:38 So the magicians were brought together at the appointed time on a fixed day.
26:39 The people were motivated through saying: "Would you come to the gathering?
26:40 So that we may follow the magicians if they are dominant."
26:41 When the magicians arrived, they asked Pharoah: "Shall we get a reward if we are dominant?"
26:42 Pharoah replied: "Yes of course! You will even be made my courtiers."
26:43 Moses said to them: "Cast down what you are going to cast."
26:44 Thereupon they cast down their ropes and staffs, saying: "By the glory of Pharoah, we shall be the winners."
26:45 Then Moses threw down his staff, and lo! It swallowed their false devices.
26:46 At this, all the magicians prostrated themselves,
26:47 saying: "We believe in the Lord of the Worlds,
26:48 the Lord of Moses and Haroon (Aaron)."
26:49 Pharoah shouted: "How dare you believe in him before I give you permission? He must be your master who taught you the witchcraft. But soon you shall find out. I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides and crucify you all."
26:50 They replied: "We don’t care! We are going to return to our Lord anyway.
26:51 We only desire that our Lord may forgive us our sins, as we are the first to believe."
26:52 We revealed to Moses, saying: "Set off with my servants by night and beware that you will be pursued."
26:53 Pharoah (Pharaoh) sent heralds to all the cities,
26:54 and to mobilize his people he said: "These Israelites are but a handful of people,
26:55 who have provoked us much;
26:56 while we have a large army, well prepared."
26:57 Thus did We make them leave their gardens and their water springs,
26:58 their treasures and sumptuous dwellings.
26:59 This is how they were made to lose, while on the other hand We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things.
26:60 At sunrise the Egyptians pursued them.
26:61 When the two hosts came face to face, the companions of Moses cried out: "We are surely overtaken."
26:62 Moses said: "Not at all! My Lord is with me; He will show me a way out."
26:63 Then We revealed Our will to Moses: "Strike the sea with your staff," and the sea was cleft asunder, each part stood like a mighty mountain.
26:64 We made the other party (Pharoah and his army) follow them.
26:65 We delivered Moses and all who were with him;
26:66 and drowned the others.
26:67 Surely there is a lesson in this: yet most of these people do not learn this lesson to become believers.
26:68 The fact is that your Lord is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.
26:69 Narrate to them the story of Abraham,
26:70 when he asked his father and his people: "What is that which you worship?"
26:71 They replied: "We worship idols, and sit beside them with all devotion."
26:72 Abraham asked: "Do they hear you when you call on them?
26:73 Can they help you or harm you?"
26:74 They replied: "No! But we found our forefathers doing so."
26:75 Abraham said: "Have you ever seen with open eyes these which you have been worshipping
26:76 - you and your forefathers?
26:77 They are all enemies to me; except the Lord of the Worlds,
26:78 Who created me, then He gave me guidance.
26:79 He is the One Who gives me food and drink,
26:80 Who gives me health when I get sick,
26:81 Who will cause me to die and then bring me back to life,
26:82 Who, I hope, will forgive me my mistakes on the Day of Judgment."
26:83 After this, Abraham prayed: "O my Lord! Bestow wisdom upon me and admit me among the righteous,
26:84 grant me a reputation of truthfulness on the tongue of later generations,
26:85 count me among the inheritors of the paradise of Bliss;
26:86 forgive my father, for he is from among those who have gone astray,
26:87 do not hold me up in shame on the Day when everybody will be raised back to life
26:88 - the Day when neither wealth nor sons will avail anyone,
26:89 and when none shall be saved except him who will come before Allah with a pure heart,
26:90 when paradise shall be brought in the sight of the righteous;
26:91 while hell shall be spread open to the straying
26:92 and they will be asked: "Now, where are those whom you worshipped
26:93 besides Allah? Can they help you or even help themselves?"
26:94 Then they will be toppled into it, both they and those who misled them,
26:95 together with all the armies of Iblees,
26:96 wherein they will argue with one another
26:97 saying: " By Allah, we were indeed in manifest error,
26:98 when we made you equals with the Lord of the Worlds.
26:99 It was the criminals who led us astray.
26:100 Now we have no intercessors,
26:101 and no loving friends.
26:102 If we could but once return to our worldly life, we would be of the true believers."
26:103 Surely in this narration there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson to become believers.
26:104 The fact is that your Lord is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.
26:105 The people of Noah, also, rejected the Messengers.
26:106 Remember when their brother Noah asked them: "Have you no fear of Allah?
26:107 Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Messenger of Allah towards you,
26:108 so fear Allah and obey me.
26:109 I do not ask you for any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Lord of the Worlds,
26:110 so fear Allah and obey me."
26:111 They replied: "Should we believe in you, whereas your followers are but the lowest of the low?"
26:112 He said: "I have no knowledge as to what they have been doing;
26:113 their account is the concern of my Lord, if you could use your common sense!
26:114 I am not going to drive away any believer.
26:115 I am nothing but a plain Warner."
26:116 They said: "O Noah! If you do not stop, you shall be stoned to death."
26:117 Noah prayed: "O Lord! My people have disobeyed me.
26:118 Decide the case between me and them openly. Deliver me and the believers who are with me."
26:119 So We granted his prayer, delivered him and those with him in the laden ark,
26:120 and drowned the rest in the flood.
26:121 Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.
26:122 The fact is that your Lord is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.
26:123 The people of 'Ad, too, disbelieved their Messengers.
26:124 Remember when their brother Hud asked them: "Have you no fear of Allah?
26:125 Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Messenger of Allah towards you.
26:126 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:127 I do not ask you any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Lord of the Worlds.
26:128 Are you erecting a monument on every high place for fun?
26:129 Are you building strong fortresses as if you are going to live here forever?
26:130 Whenever you lay your hands on anyone, you act like cruel tyrants.
26:131 Have fear of Allah and obey me.
26:132 Fear the One Who has given you all the things that you know.
26:133 He has given you flocks and children,
26:134 gardens and fountains.
26:135 Truly I fear for you the torment of a dreadful Day."
26:136 They replied: "It is the same to us whether you preach us or you are not one of the preachers.
26:137 Such preaching is nothing but an ancient myth.
26:138 We are not going to be punished."
26:139 So they disbelieved him and We utterly destroyed them. Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.
26:140 The fact is that your Lord is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.
26:141 The people of Thamud also disbelieved their Messengers.
26:142 Remember when their brother Saleh asked them: "Have you no fear of Allah?
26:143 Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Messenger of Allah towards you.
26:144 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:145 I do not ask you for any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Lord of the Worlds.
26:146 Will you be left in peace to enjoy all that you have here forever?
26:147 Gardens and fountains,
26:148 cornfields and palm-trees laden with juicy fruit,
26:149 carving your dwellings in the mountains and leading a happy life?
26:150 Have fear of Allah and obey me.
26:151 Do not follow the bidding of the extravagant,
26:152 who create corruption in the land and reform nothing."
26:153 They replied: "You are but one of the bewitched!
26:154 You are no more than a human being like us. Bring forth a sign if you are one of the truthful."
26:155 Saleh said: "Well, here is the she-camel (the sign that you asked for). She shall have her share of water as you all have yours, each drinking on an alternate appointed day.
26:156 Do not touch her with evil, lest the punishment of a dreadful Day may overtake you."
26:157 Yet they hamstrung her, then became full of regrets;
26:158 so the punishment overtook them. Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.
26:159 The fact is that your Lord is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.
26:160 The people of Lot, also, disbelieved their Messengers.
26:161 Remember when their brother Lot asked them: "Have you no fear of Allah?
26:162 Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Messenger of Allah towards you.
26:163 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:164 I do not ask you for any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Lord of the Worlds.
26:165 Will you fornicate with males from among the creatures of the worlds
26:166 and leave those whom your Lord has created for you to be your mates? Nay! You are a people who have transgressed all limits."
26:167 They replied: "If you do not stop, O Lot, you shall become one of the expelled."
26:168 Lot said: "I am certainly one of those who abhor your actions.
26:169 O Lord! Deliver me and my family from their wicked deeds."
26:170 So We delivered him and all his family
26:171 except an old woman who was left among those who remained behind.
26:172 Then We utterly destroyed the rest.
26:173 We rained down on them the rain of brimstones: and evil was the rain which fell on those who were forewarned.
26:174 Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.
26:175 The fact is that your Lord is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.
26:176 The people of Aiykah, also, disbelieved their Messengers.
26:177 Remember Shu‘aib asked them: "Have you no fear of Allah?
26:178 Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Messenger of Allah towards you.
26:179 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:180 I do not ask you for any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Lord of the Worlds.
26:181 Give full measure and be not of those who cause losses to others by fraud.
26:182 Weigh with even scales
26:183 and do not cheat your fellow men of what is rightly theirs: nor spread evil in the land.
26:184 Fear Him Who has created you and the generations before you."
26:185 They replied: "You are surely one of those who are bewitched.
26:186 You are no more than a human being like us and we think that you are lying.
26:187 Let a fragment fall out of the sky on us if you are telling the Truth."
26:188 Shu’aib said: "My Lord has full knowledge of all your actions."
26:189 So they disbelieved him, and the torment of the day of darkness (dark clouds carrying Allah's scourge) seized them, and indeed it was the torment of an extremely dreadful day.
26:190 Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.
26:191 The fact is that your Lord is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.
26:192 Surely this Qur’an is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
26:193 The trustworthy Spirit (Angel Gabriel) brought it down
26:194 upon your heart so that you may become one of those who are appointed by Allah to warn the people
26:195 in a plain Arabic language.
26:196 This fact was foretold in the scriptures of the former people.
26:197 Is it not sufficient proof for the people that the learned men of the children of Israel knew about it?
26:198 Even so that if We had revealed it to a non-Arab,
26:199 and he had recited it to them in fluent Arabic, they would still not have believed in it.
26:200 We have thus caused unbelief in the hearts of the guilty.
26:201 They are not going to believe in it until they see the painful scourge
26:202 which, in their heedlessness, will come to them suddenly.
26:203 Then they will ask: "Can we be given some respite?"
26:204 Do they wish to hurry on Our scourge?
26:205 Just think! If We let them enjoy this life for many years,
26:206 and then the scourge with which they are threatened falls upon them,
26:207 of what avail will their past enjoyments be to them?
26:208 Never have We destroyed a population to whom We did not send Warners;
26:209 they were forewarned, and We have never been unjust.
26:210 This Qur’an is not brought down by the Satans:
26:211 it is neither in their interest nor in their power to produce such a masterpiece.
26:212 They are kept too far off to even hear it.
26:213 So do not call on other gods besides Allah, lest you become one of those who incur His punishment.
26:214 Admonish your close relatives
26:215 and lower your wing of kindness to those of the believers who follow you,
26:216 but if they disobey, tell them: "I am not accountable for what you do."
26:217 Put your trust in the All-Mighty, the Merciful,
26:218 Who observes you when you get up
26:219 and when you walk among those who prostrate themselves in worship.
26:220 He is the One Who hears all and knows all.
26:221 Shall I tell you, O people, on whom the Satans descend?
26:222 They descend on every slandering sinner,
26:223 those who listen to hearsay - and most of them are liars
26:224 - and those poets who are followed by those who go astray.
26:225 Do you not see, how aimlessly they wander in every valley,
26:226 preaching what they do not practice themselves?
26:227 However, an exception is made for those (poets) who believe, do good deeds, engage much in the remembrance of Allah and defend themselves when wronged, showing no vindictiveness. The unjust oppressors will soon find out what vicissitudes their affairs will take.


   


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