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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Ali Ãœnal
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Ali Ünal rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
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26:1 Ta. Sin. Mim.
26:2 These are the Revelations of the Book clear in itself and clearly showing the truth.
26:3 It may be that you (O Messenger) will torment yourself to death because they refuse to believe.
26:4 If We will, We can send down a (compelling) sign on them from heaven, so that they are forced to bow their necks before it (in humility).
26:5 Whenever a new Revelation comes to them from the All-Merciful (to warn and enlighten them), they but turn away from it in aversion.
26:6 So they have obstinately denied (this Message). But soon they will come to understand what it was that they were mocking.
26:7 Have they not considered the earth, how many of every noble kind We have caused to grow therein in pairs?
26:8 Surely in this there is a sign, but most of them are not believers.
26:9 And surely your Lord is indeed the All-Glorious with irresistible might (able to punish whoever goes against His Glory), the All-Compassionate (especially towards His believing servants).
26:10 (Remember) when your Lord called Moses, saying: "Go to the wrongdoing people,
26:11 "The people of the Pharaoh. Will they not give up their way in fear of Me and take the way of piety?"
26:12 Moses replied: "My Lord! I fear that they will deny me,
26:13 "And my breast will be constricted (so that I fail to show the necessary perseverance and tolerance), and my tongue will not be free (to convey Your Message with the right fluency), so appoint Aaron as a Messenger beside me.
26:14 "They also have a charge of crime against me, so I fear that they will kill me (and not let me convey Your Message)."
26:15 (God) said: "Not so, indeed! Go forth, then, the two of you, with Our miraculous signs (with which I have provided you). We will surely be with you all (you and them), listening attentively (to all that is to happen between you).
26:16 "So go, both of you, to the Pharaoh and say: ‘We have come with a message from the Lord of the worlds (He Who has created and sustains everything):
26:17 ‘Let the Children of Israel go with us!’ "
26:18 (When Moses delivered his message, the Pharaoh) said: "Did we not bring you up among us (in our palace) when you were a child? And you spent many years of your life among us!
26:19 "Then you committed that heinous deed of yours which you did, (proving thereby that) you are indeed one of the ungrateful."
26:20 (Moses) said: "I committed that deed unintentionally when I did not know (it would end in the way it did.)
26:21 "Then I fled from you when I feared (living together with) you (any longer), but (since then) my Lord has granted to me sound, wise judgment, and has made me one of His Messengers.
26:22 "As for that favor you taunt me with: (it is owed to the fact) that you have enslaved the Children of Israel."
26:23 (The Pharaoh) said: "What (and who) is that, ‘the Lord of the worlds’?"
26:24 (Moses) answered: "The Lord (Creator, Sustainer, and sole Ruler) of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, if you would but (let yourselves be) convinced!"
26:25 (The Pharaoh) said to those around him: "Do you not hear (what he is saying)?"
26:26 (Moses) continued: "Your Lord, and the Lord of your forefathers."
26:27 (The Pharaoh) exclaimed: "See! This Messenger of yours who has been sent to you is assuredly a madman."
26:28 (Moses) went on: "He is the Lord of the east and the west and all that is between them, if you would but reason and understand!"
26:29 (The Pharaoh) threatened: "If you, (O Moses,) take any deity other than me (to worship, to offer your prayer and sacrifices to, and to seek help from), I will most certainly make you one of those imprisoned."
26:30 (Moses) said: "Even if I have brought you something clear (which demonstrates that I am speaking the truth)?"
26:31 (The Pharaoh) answered: "Then, produce it if you are truthful (in your claim)!"
26:32 Thereupon Moses threw down his staff, and it was manifestly a serpent.
26:33 And he drew forth his (right) hand (from his armpit where he had put it), and thereupon it was shining white to those looking on.
26:34 (The Pharaoh) said to the chiefs around him: "This is indeed a learned, skillful sorcerer,
26:35 "Who seeks to drive you out from your land by his sorcery. What, then, do you advise (me to do)?"
26:36 They said: "Put him and his brother off for a while, and (in the meantime) send forth heralds to all cities,
26:37 "To bring to your presence every learned, skillful sorcerer."
26:38 So the sorcerers were assembled (to contend with Moses) at the appointed time on a day (made) well-known (to all),
26:39 And it was said to the people: "Will you not assemble (and attend also)?
26:40 "We are expecting that the sorcerers will triumph and we will follow them (in their religion)."
26:41 So then the sorcerers came forth (for the encounter) and said to the Pharaoh: "We shall surely have a reward, if we are the victors, shall we?"
26:42 (The Pharaoh) answered: "Yes, indeed. And you will then be among those near-stationed to me."
26:43 Moses said to them (the sorcerers): "Throw whatever you are going to throw!"
26:44 So they threw their ropes and staffs, saying: "By the might and glory of Pharaoh, we will surely be the victors."
26:45 Thereafter, Moses threw his staff, and behold, it swallowed up their false devices.
26:46 The sorcerers threw themselves down, prostrating,
26:47 And they said: "We have come to believe in the Lord of the worlds,
26:48 "The Lord of Moses and Aaron!"
26:49 (The Pharaoh) said: "What! Do you believe in Him before I give you permission? For sure he is your chief who has taught you sorcery. But in time you will certainly come to know. I will most certainly have your hands and feet cut off alternately, and then I will most certainly have you crucified all together."
26:50 They responded: "There is no hurt (in what you threaten us with). For surely to our (true and everlasting) Lord we are bound to return."
26:51 "We ardently desire that our Lord will forgive us our sins for we are the first to believe."
26:52 (Events developed to the point that) We revealed to Moses: "Set forth with My servants by night: surely, you will be pursued."
26:53 Then the Pharaoh sent heralds to the cities (to mobilize his troops),
26:54 (Saying:) "Those people are indeed a paltry band;
26:55 "And (forgetting their lack in numbers and power), they have offended against us (and so provoked our wrath).
26:56 "As for us, we are assuredly a numerous host, ever on guard."
26:57 Thus did We drive them out of (all that they had enjoyed of) gardens and springs,
26:58 And treasures, excellent dwellings, and noble status.
26:59 Things happened thus, and We made the Children of Israel survive them and inherit (the same kind of bounties).
26:60 At sunrise, the Pharaoh set off in pursuit of them. tyrant tyrannical
26:61 When the two hosts came in view of each other, the companions of Moses said: "We are certainly overtaken!"
26:62 He replied: "Certainly not. My Lord is surely with me; He will guide me (to deliverance)."
26:63 We revealed to Moses: "Strike the sea with your staff." Thereupon the sea split, and each part became like a towering mountain.
26:64 We brought the others (the Pharaoh and his host) close to the same spot.
26:65 And We saved Moses and all those who were with him.
26:66 Afterwards, We caused the others to drown.
26:67 Surely in that (which took place between Moses and Pharaoh) there is a sign (a great, important lesson). Most of them (the Pharaoh’s people) were not believers.
26:68 And surely your Lord is indeed the All-Glorious with irresistible might (able to punish whoever goes against His Glory), the All-Compassionate (especially towards His believing servants).
26:69 Now recite to them this exemplary history of Abraham.
26:70 When he said to his father and his people: "What is it that you worship?"
26:71 They said: "We worship idols; and (even though they are made of wood and stone) we are ever devoted to them (as they are our deities)."
26:72 (Abraham) said: "Do they hear you when you invoke them?
26:73 "Or do they benefit you (when you worship them) or harm (you when you do not)?
26:74 They replied: "But we found our forefathers doing the same."
26:75 (Abraham) said: "So, have you considered what you have been worshipping?
26:76 "You and all your forefathers that have passed (before you)?
26:77 "I see that they (all that you worship) are enemies to me, but the Lord of the worlds is not.
26:78 "He Who has created me and so guides me (to whatever is to my benefit in both this world and the next).
26:79 "And He it is Who gives me food and drink;
26:80 "And Who, when I fall ill, heals me.
26:81 "And Who will make me die and then will give me life again.
26:82 "And Who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on Judgment Day."
26:83 "My Lord! Grant me true, wise judgment, and join me with the righteous.
26:84 "And grant me a most true and virtuous renown among posterity.
26:85 "And make me one of the inheritors of the Garden of bounty and blessing.
26:86 "And forgive my father, for he is among those who have gone astray.
26:87 "And do not disgrace me on the Day when all people will be raised up to life.
26:88 "The Day when neither wealth will be of any use, nor offspring,
26:89 "But only he (will prosper) who comes before God with a sound heart (free of all kinds of unbelief, hypocrisy, and associating partners with God)."
26:90 And Paradise (on that Day) will be brought near for the God-revering, pious;
26:91 And the Blazing Flame will be laid open before those who rebelled (against God) and went astray.
26:92 They will be asked: "Where are all those (idols or revered human beings, or angels, or jinn) that you used to worship
26:93 "Apart from God? Can they be of any help to you, or even to themselves?"
26:94 Then they will be hurled into the Flame headlong, one upon another – they (the idols), and the rebellious (who worship them).
26:95 And so too the hosts of Iblis, all together.
26:96 Blaming one another therein, they (the rebellious) will say (to the others):
26:97 "By God, assuredly, we were lost in obvious error,
26:98 "When we held you as equals (in worship and obedience) to the Lord of the worlds.
26:99 "It is none but the criminals (the leaders in associating partners with God) who led us astray.
26:100 "And now we have none to intercede (on our behalf),
26:101 "Nor any intimate friend.
26:102 "If only we had a second chance (in the world), so that we might be among the believers!"
26:103 Surely in that (which took place between Abraham and his people) there is a sign (a great, important lesson). Most of them were not believers.
26:104 And surely your Lord is indeed the All-Glorious with irresistible might (able to punish whoever goes against His Glory), the All-Compassionate (especially towards His believing servants).
26:105 The people of Noah denied (Noah and thereby meant to deny all) the Messengers.
26:106 (Recall) when their brother Noah said to them (by way of timely warning): "Will you not keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and seek refuge with His protection?
26:107 "Surely I am a Messenger to you, trustworthy.
26:108 "So keep form disobedience to God in reverence for Him, and obey me.
26:109 "I ask of you no wage for that (for conveying God’s Message); my wage is due only from the Lord of the worlds.
26:110 "So keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him, and obey me."
26:111 They responded: "Shall we believe in you, when the lowliest (among the people) follow you!"
26:112 (Noah) said: "What knowledge could I have about what they were engaged in doing (before they became believers)?
26:113 "Indeed their reckoning rests with none but my Lord; if only you could understand!
26:114 "And it is not expected of me that I should repel the believers.
26:115 "I am but a plain warner (responsible for no other duty than the duty to warn)."
26:116 They said: "If you do not desist, O Noah, you will certainly be stoned to death in utter abjection."
26:117 (After ages of struggle) he said (in supplication): "My Lord! Indeed, my people have denied me.
26:118 "So judge between me and them a conclusive (and everlasting) separation, and save me and the believers in my company."
26:119 So We saved him and those who were with him in the laden Ark.
26:120 And then, following their rescue, We caused the rest to drown.
26:121 Surely in that (which took place between Noah and his people) there is a sign (a great, important lesson). Most of them were not believers.
26:122 And surely your Lord is indeed the All-Glorious with irresistible might (able to punish whoever goes against His Glory), the All-Compassionate (especially towards His believing servants).
26:123 The ‘Ad denied (Hud and thereby meant to deny all) the Messengers.
26:124 (Recall) when their brother Hud said to them (by way of timely warning): "Will you not keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and seek refuge with His protection?
26:125 "Surely I am a Messenger to you, trustworthy.
26:126 "So keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and obey me.
26:127 "I ask of you no wage for that (for conveying God’s Message); my wage is only due from the Lord of the worlds.
26:128 "Will you continue to build on every high spot monumental buildings for fun and show;
26:129 "And make for yourselves great castles (as if) hoping that you might live for ever;
26:130 "And when you strike and seize (others and their goods), strike and seize in the style of tyrants?
26:131 "So keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and obey me.
26:132 "Keep from disobedience to Him Who has amply provided you with (all that) you are well-aware of;
26:133 "Amply provided you with flocks and herds and children,
26:134 "And gardens and springs.
26:135 "Indeed I fear for you the punishment of an awesome Day."
26:136 They responded: "It is all the same to us whether you preach or are not of those who preach.
26:137 "This (what we do) is the pattern of conduct of (all our) predecessors.
26:138 "And (so) we are not going to be subject to any punishment."
26:139 So they denied him and, in consequence, We destroyed them. Surely in that (which took place between Hud and his people) there is a sign (a great, important lesson). Most of them were not believers.
26:140 And surely your Lord is indeed the All-Glorious with irresistible might (able to punish whoever goes against His Glory), the All-Compassionate (especially towards His believing servants).
26:141 The Thamud denied (Salih and thereby meant to deny all) the Messengers.
26:142 (Recall) when their brother Salih said to them (by way of timely warning): "Will you not keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and seek refuge with His protection?
26:143 "I am indeed a Messenger to you, trustworthy.
26:144 "So keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and obey me.
26:145 "I ask of you no wage for that (for conveying God’s Message); my wage is only due from the Lord of the worlds.
26:146 "(Do you think) you will be left secure forever in what is here before us,
26:147 "Amidst gardens and springs,
26:148 "Cornfields and date-palms with heavy bunches (of dates);
26:149 "And that you will (continue to) skillfully hew dwellings out of mountains?
26:150 "So keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and obey me;
26:151 "And do not follow the commands of those who are wasteful (of God-given faculties) and commit excesses,
26:152 "Those who cause disorder and corruption on the earth, without setting things right."
26:153 They responded: "You are only one of those who are bewitched.
26:154 "You are but a mortal like us, so produce a sign if you are truthful (in your claim of Messengership)."
26:155 (Salih) said: "This is a she-camel, one day is for her to drink and one day is for you to get water.
26:156 "Do not touch her with evil lest the punishment of an awesome Day should seize you."
26:157 But (after a time, being unable to put up with it any longer,) they cruelly slaughtered her, and then became regretful,
26:158 For the (shocking) punishment seized them. Surely in that (which took place between Salih and his people) there is a sign (a great, important lesson). Most of them were not believers.
26:159 And surely your Lord is indeed the All-Glorious with irresistible might (able to punish whoever goes against His Glory), the All-Compassionate (especially towards His believing servants).
26:160 The people of Lot denied (Lot and thereby meant to deny all) the Messengers.
26:161 (Recall) when their brother Lot said to them (by way of timely warning): "Will you not keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and seek refuge with His protection?
26:162 "I am indeed a Messenger to you, trustworthy.
26:163 "So keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and obey me.
26:164 I ask of you no wage for that (for conveying God’s Message); my wage is only due from the Lord of the worlds.
26:165 "What! Do you, of all the world’s people, approach men (with lust),
26:166 "And leave aside what your Lord has created (and made lawful) for you in your wives? No, indeed! you are a people exceeding all bounds (of decency)."
26:167 They responded: "If you do not desist, you will most certainly be cast out (from our land)."
26:168 (Lot) said: "I am indeed one who abhors your practice."
26:169 (And he prayed:) "My Lord! Save me and my family from (the consequences of) what they have been doing."
26:170 So We saved him and his family, all of them,
26:171 Except an old woman, who was among those who stayed behind (and were destroyed).
26:172 Then We annihilated the others.
26:173 We poured upon them a (destructive) rain (of stones). How evil was the rain of those who had been warned!
26:174 Surely in that (which took place between Lot and his people) there is a sign (a great, important lesson). Most of them were not believers.
26:175 And surely your Lord is indeed the All-Glorious with irresistible might (able to punish whoever goes against His Glory), the All-Compassionate (especially towards His believing servants).
26:176 The dwellers of al-Aykah denied (Shu‘ayb and thereby meant to deny all) the Messengers.
26:177 (Recall) when Shu‘ayb said to them (by way of timely warning): "Will you not keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and seek refuge with His protection?
26:178 "I am indeed a Messenger to you, trustworthy.
26:179 "So keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and obey me.
26:180 "I ask of you no wage for that (for conveying God’s Message); my wage is only due from the Lord of the worlds.
26:181 "Give full measure (in all your dealings) and be not one of those who (by cheating and giving less) cause loss to others.
26:182 "And weigh with the straighta true, accurate balance.
26:183 "Do not wrong people by depriving them of what is rightfully theirs, and do not go about acting wickedly in the land, causing disorder and corruption.
26:184 "Keep from disobedience to Him in reverence for Him Who has created you and all the earlier generations."
26:185 They responded: "You are only one of those who are bewitched.
26:186 "You are but a mortal like us, and we have become convinced that you are certainly one of the liars.
26:187 "So cause lumps from the sky to fall down upon us, if you are truthful in your claim (of Messengership)."
26:188 (Shu‘ayb) said: "My Lord knows well all that you do." (Thus he referred their matter to God.)
26:189 So they denied him and in consequence, the punishment of the Day of the Overshadowing seized them. It surely was the punishment of an awesome day.
26:190 Surely in that (which took place between Shu‘ayb and his people) there is a sign (a great, important lesson). Most of them were not believers.
26:191 And surely your Lord is indeed the All-Glorious with irresistible might (able to punish whoever goes against His Glory), the All-Compassionate (especially towards His believing servants).
26:192 This (Qur’an) is indeed the Book of the Lord of the worlds being sent down by Him (in parts).
26:193 The Trustworthy Spirit brings it down
26:194 On your heart, so that you may be one of the warners (entrusted with the Divine Revelation),
26:195 In clear Arabic tongue.
26:196 It has certainly been (prefigured) in the previous Scriptures.
26:197 Is it not an evidence enough for them that the scholars of the Children of Israel know it (to be so)?
26:198 But even if We had sent it down on any of the non-Arabs,
26:199 And he had recited it to them, they would still not have believed in it .
26:200 Thus (because of their willful persistence in unbelief and injustices) have We caused it (the Qur’an) to pass unheeded through the hearts of the disbelieving criminals:
26:201 (Despite irrefutable proofs of its truth,) they will not believe in it until they see the painful punishment.
26:202 So it will come on them all of a sudden, when they are unaware (and incapable of awareness) of its coming.
26:203 Then they say: "Are we to be granted some respite (so that we might reform ourselves?"
26:204 (This being so,) do they still wish for Our punishment to be hastened?
26:205 Have you considered that, if We let them enjoy life for many (more) years (– something they will desperately wish for when they face the punishment),
26:206 And the punishment they were promised comes upon them after that,
26:207 It will be of no avail to them at all (that their lives of enjoyment were prolonged).
26:208 We have never destroyed any township except that it had warners (sent to it),
26:209 To remind and admonish them. We have never been unjust.
26:210 It is not the satans who have brought down this (Book).
26:211 It is neither (permitted nor proper) for them, nor is it within their power (to do that).
26:212 Indeed they are utterly debarred even from hearing it (during its Revelation).
26:213 Hence, never take to you any other deity to invoke besides God, lest you should become of those condemned to the punishment.
26:214 And (O Messenger) warn your nearest kinsfolk.
26:215 Spread your wings (to provide care and shelter) over the believers who follow you (in practicing God’s commandments in their lives).
26:216 But if they disobey you (your kinsfolk by refusing your call, or those who have newly believed by not giving up their former way of life), then say (to them): "I am free of (responsibility for) what you do."
26:217 And (taking no account of any earthly power in performing your mission) put your trust in the All-Glorious with irresistible might (able to do whatever He wills), the All-Compassionate (especially towards His believing servants),
26:218 He Who sees you when you rise (in the Prayer, and in readiness to carry out Our commands),
26:219 As well as your strenuous efforts in prostration among those who prostrate (to be able to fulfill your duty of servanthood and help the believer to reform their lives).
26:220 Surely, He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
26:221 (O people!) Shall I inform you upon whom the satans descend?
26:222 They descend upon everyone addicted to inventing falsehoods, addicted to sinning.
26:223 They (the satans) give ear eagerly (to the conversations of the angels, and whisper to every forger lost in sin as if they received something), but they (both the satans and their sinful agents) are liars in most of their words.
26:224 As for poets, only the misguided follow them.
26:225 Do you not see that they roam confusedly through all the valleys (of falsehoods, thoughts, and currents).
26:226 And they say what they themselves do not do.
26:227 Except those who believe and do good, righteous deeds, and remember God much, and vindicate themselves when they have been wronged. The wrongdoers will come to know by what a (great) reverse they will be overturned.


   


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