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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Safi Kaskas
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Safi Kaskas rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
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26:1 Ta Seen Meem,
26:2 these are the verses of the Book that makes everything clear.
26:3 Perhaps, [Prophet] you punish yourself with grief because they will not believe.
26:4 If We so will, We can send down from heaven a miracle that will force their necks to remain bowed in humility.
26:5 Whenever a new revelation comes to them from the Merciful-to-all, they turn away.
26:6 They have already denied the truth, but the news of what they used to ridicule will come back to [hunt] them.
26:7 Do not they see the earth, and how many kinds of noble pairs of plants, We have caused to grow in it?
26:8 There is a sign in this, but most of them will not believe.
26:9 Truly your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all.
26:10 When your Lord called on Moses, [saying], "Go to the unjust people,
26:11 the people of Pharaoh. Will they not be mindful of Me?"
26:12 He said, "My Lord, I fear that they will call me a liar,
26:13 and that my breast will tighten, and my tongue will be tied, so send for Aaron.
26:14 Besides, they have a charge against me, so I fear that they will kill me."
26:15 [God] said, "No. Go both of you with Our signs; We are with you, listening.
26:16 Go to Pharaoh and say, "We are messengers from the Lord of the worlds,
26:17 let the Children of Israel go with us."
26:18 [Pharaoh] said, "Did we not raise you among us as a child, and did you not live among us for many years?
26:19 [Then] you committed that crime of yours, you were so ungrateful."
26:20 [Moses] said, "At the time I did it, I was of the misguided.
26:21 So I fled from you because I feared you. Then my Lord gave me wisdom and made me one of the Messengers.
26:22 As for that favor of which you remind me, was it not because you enslaved the Children of Israel?"
26:23 Pharaoh said, "But what is the Lord of the worlds?"
26:24 He said, "The Lord of the heavens and earth and all that is between them, if you only knew."
26:25 [Pharaoh] said to those around him, "Do you hear [what he said]?"
26:26 [Moses went on], "Your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers."
26:27 [Pharaoh] said, "This messenger who has been sent to you is really mad."
26:28 [Moses] said, "Lord of the east and the west and that between them, if you [would just use your] reason."
26:29 [Pharaoh] said, "If you take a god other than me, I will surely imprison you."
26:30 [Moses] said, "Even if I show you undeniable proof?"
26:31 [Pharaoh] said, "Bring it, then, if you are telling the truth."
26:32 So [Moses] threw down his staff; and behold, it was an undeniable snake.
26:33 Then he drew out his hand, and-behold- it was [shining] white for all to see.
26:34 [Pharaoh] said to the notables around him, "This is a skilled magician.
26:35 He wants to drive you out of your land with his magic, so what do you recommend?"
26:36 They said, "Let him and his brother wait for a while, and [meanwhile] send marshals to all the cities
26:37 to bring every skilled magician."
26:38 So the magicians were assembled at the appointed time on the appointed day.
26:39 It was said to the People, "Have you assembled
26:40 so that we might follow the magicians if they win?"
26:41 When the magicians arrived, they said to Pharaoh, "Is there a reward for us if we win?"
26:42 He said, "Yes. You will be in my inner circle."
26:43 Moses said to them, "Throw whatever you will throw."
26:44 So they threw their ropes and their staffs, and said, "By the might of Pharaoh, We will surely win."
26:45 Then Moses threw down his staff, and it devoured their deceptions.
26:46 And down fell the magicians in prostration [to God],
26:47 saying, "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 [Moses] must be your leader who has taught you magic. But soon you will know. I will cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will crucify all of you."
26:50 They said, "We do not care! We will be returning to our Lord.
26:51 We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, because we were the first believers."
26:52 We later revealed to Moses, "Travel by night with My worshipers, for you will be pursued."
26:53 Then Pharaoh sent his marshals to the cities,
26:54 [ saying], "[The Children of Israel] are a small band,
26:55 but they are offending us,
26:56 and we are a vigilant society."
26:57 So We expelled them from [their] gardens and springs
26:58 treasures and honored estates.
26:59 Thus it was. [In time], We caused the Children of Israel to inherit all of this.
26:60 So, they [the Egyptians] pursued them at sunrise,
26:61 and when the two sides sighted one another, Moses' companions' said, "We will be overtaken!"
26:62 [Moses] said, "No! my Lord is with me; He will guide me."
26:63 Then, We revealed to Moses, "Strike with your staff the sea." It parted, and each part looked like a mountain.
26:64 We brought the pursuers right into it,
26:65 and We saved Moses and all who were with him,
26:66 and We drowned the others.
26:67 There is a sign in this, but most of them will not believe.
26:68 Truly your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all.
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 we always attend to them."
26:72 He asked, "Do they hear you when you call on them?
26:73 Or do they benefit you, or harm you?"
26:74 They said, "But this is what we found our fathers doing."
26:75 He said, "Have you really thought about what You have been worshipping,
26:76 you and your forefathers?
26:77 They are enemies to me. [I worship none] except the Lord of the worlds,
26:78 Who created me. It is He Who guides me.
26:79 and He who feeds me and gives me drink,
26:80 and He who heals me when I am ill,
26:81 and He who will cause me to die and then bring me back to life,
26:82 and who, I hope, will forgive my sins on the Day of Judgment."
26:83 [Abraham then said], "My Lord, grant me wisdom and allow me to join with the righteous,
26:84 and grant me a lasting mention as one who told the truth among later generations.
26:85 And make me among those who will inherit the Garden of Bliss.
26:86 Forgive my father, for he has been of those who were misguided,
26:87 and do not disgrace me on the Day they are [all] resurrected,
26:88 the Day when neither wealth nor children will benefit [anyone]
26:89 except the one who comes to God with a flawless heart."
26:90 [On that day], Paradise will be brought near to those who were mindful of God,
26:91 and Hell will be brought forth for those who were misled.
26:92 It will be said to them, "Where are those you used to worship
26:93 other than God? Can they help you or help themselves?"
26:94 So They will be hurled into Hell with those who misled them
26:95 with Iblis' helpers, all together.
26:96 While bickering with each other they will say,
26:97 "By God, we were obviously misguided
26:98 when we equated you with the Lord of the worlds.
26:99 No one misguided us except those who forced us to reject God's messages.
26:100 So now we have no intercessors,
26:101 nor a devoted friend.
26:102 If we can only go back [to the world) , we will be believers."
26:103 There is a sign in this, but most of them will not believe.
26:104 Truly your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all.
26:105 The people of Noah denied the Messengers
26:106 when their brother Noah said to them, "Will you not be mindful of God?
26:107 I am a trustworthy messenger to you.
26:108 So be mindful of God and obey me.
26:109 I ask no reward from you for doing this; my reward comes only from the Lord of the worlds.
26:110 So be mindful of God, and obey me."
26:111 They said, "How can we believe you when you are followed mostly by the lowest [class of People]?"
26:112 He said, "What do I know about what they have been doing?
26:113 It is for my Lord alone to bring them to account, if you [could] only understand.
26:114 I am not one to drive away the believers.
26:115 I am only a clear warner."
26:116 They said, "If you do not desist, Noah, you will surely be stoned."
26:117 He said, "My Lord, my people have denied me.
26:118 Judge between us decisively, and save me and those believers with me."
26:119 So We saved him and those with him in the laden ark,
26:120 and then We drowned the rest.
26:121 There is a sign in this, but most of them will not believe.
26:122 Truly your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all.
26:123 [The people of] Aad denied the Messengers
26:124 when their brother Hud said to them, "Will you not be mindful of God?
26:125 I am a trustworthy messenger to you,
26:126 so be mindful of God, and obey me.
26:127 I ask no reward from you for doing this; my reward is only from the Lord of the worlds.
26:128 Do you build a tower on every hill just to amuse yourselves,
26:129 and construct for yourselves mighty castles hoping to live there eternally?
26:130 And when you attack, why do you attack like tyrants.
26:131 So be mindful of God, and obey me,
26:132 and be mindful of Him Who provided you with everything you know-
26:133 grazing livestock and children,
26:134 gardens and springs.
26:135 I fear for you the punishment of a terrible day."
26:136 They said, "It is all the same to us whether you preach or not;
26:137 this is only what our forefathers used to do.
26:138 We will not be punished."
26:139 They denied him, so We destroyed them. There is a sign in this, but most of them will not believe.
26:140 Truly your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all.
26:141 [The people of] Thamud denied the Messengers
26:142 when their brother Salih said to them, "Will you not be mindful of God?
26:143 I am a trustworthy messenger to you,
26:144 so be mindful of God, and obey me.
26:145 I ask no reward from you for doing this; my reward [comes) only from the Lord of the worlds.
26:146 Do you think that you will be left secure in what you have here,
26:147 [your] gardens and springs,
26:148 fields of crops and palm trees with softened fruit?
26:149 And your fine homes that you skillfully carve out of the mountains?
26:150 Be mindful of God and obey me,
26:151 and do not obey those given to excess,
26:152 who spread corruption on earth and do not set things right."
26:153 They said, "You are bewitched.
26:154 You are only a man like us, so bring a sign, if you are telling the truth."
26:155 He said, "This is a camel. She will have a time to drink, and you will have a time, [each) on an appointed day.
26:156 Do not harm her, unless you want to be seized by the punishment of a terrible day."
26:157 But they hamstrung her and woke up fully regretful,
26:158 and the punishment seized them. There is a sign in this, but most of them will not believe.
26:159 Truly your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all.
26:160 The People of Lot denied the Messengers
26:161 When their brother Lot said to them, "Will you not be mindful of God?
26:162 I am a trustworthy messenger to you,
26:163 So be mindful of God, and obey me.
26:164 I ask no reward from you for doing this; my reward comes only from the Lord of the worlds.
26:165 Why do you get intimate with men
26:166 and leave the mates your Lord has created for you? You people have transgressed all bounds."
26:167 They said, "If you do not stop this, Lot, you will surely be kicked out."
26:168 He said, "I despise your actions.
26:169 My Lord, save me and my family from (the consequence of] what they do."
26:170 So We saved him and his family, all of them,
26:171 except for an old woman who stayed behind.
26:172 Then, We destroyed the others.
26:173 We poured upon them a rain of destruction. How terrible is such rain on those who had been forewarned.
26:174 There is a sign in this, but most of them will not believe.
26:175 Truly, your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all.
26:176 The woods-dwellers denied the Messengers
26:177 When Shu'ayb said to them, "Will you not be mindful of God?
26:178 I am a trustworthy messenger to you,
26:179 so be mindful of God, and obey me.
26:180 I ask no reward from you for doing this; my reward comes only from the Lord of the worlds.
26:181 Give full measure, and do not cheat.
26:182 Weigh with an even scale,
26:183 and do not mislead people into thinking that their goods are worth less than their real value, and do not spread corruption on earth.
26:184 Fear Him who created you and the former generations."
26:185 They said, "You are surely bewitched.
26:186 You are a man like us, and we think you are a liar.
26:187 Make a fragment of the sky fall on us, if you are telling the truth."
26:188 He said, "My Lord knows best what you are doing."
26:189 But they did not believe him, and the punishment of the day of shadow seized them truly, the punishment of a terrible day.
26:190 There is a sign in this, but most of them will not believe.
26:191 Truly your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all.
26:192 This [Qur'an] is the revelation sent as you received it from the Lord of the worlds,
26:193 and brought down by The Trustworthy Spirit
26:194 to your heart, that you may (Prophet] be of the warners
26:195 in a clear perfected [Arabic] tongue.
26:196 It is mentioned in the scriptures of the ancients.
26:197 Is it not a sign that the scholars of the Children of Israel knew it?
26:198 Yet even if We had revealed it to a non-Arab,
26:199 and he had recited it to them, they would still not believe in it.
26:200 This is how We make it go unheeded through the hearts of those who force others to reject Our messages;
26:201 they will not believe until they see the painful punishment
26:202 that will come upon them suddenly, when they do not expect it.
26:203 They will say, "May we have more time?"
26:204 Why do they ask that we hasten Our punishment?
26:205 Do you see that, if We gave them years of enjoyment,
26:206 then inflicted the punishment as promised,
26:207 what good would the years of enjoyment be to them?
26:208 We have never destroyed a town without sending messengers to warn
26:209 and remind it, for We have never been unjust.
26:210 The devils did not bring it [this Qur'an] down.
26:211 They are not able, nor are they capable.
26:212 As they are indeed barred from hearing [what goes on around the throne of His majesty].
26:213 So do not invoke another deity beside God, or you will incur punishment.
26:214 Warn your closest relatives,
26:215 and be humble and kind to the believers who follow you,
26:216 but, if they disobey you, then say, "I am not responsible for what you are doing."
26:217 And rely upon the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all,
26:218 Who sees you when you arise
26:219 and when you move among those who prostrate themselves.
26:220 He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
26:221 Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend?
26:222 They descend upon every sinful liar
26:223 who readily lends an ear, but most of them are liars.
26:224 As for the poets, [only] the perverse follow them;
26:225 Do you not see that they wander aimlessly in every valley
26:226 and say what they do not do?
26:227 But except those [poets) who believe, do righteous deeds, remember God often, and defend themselves after they were wronged. Those who do wrong will soon know the kind of reversal they will receive!


   


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