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26:1  Ta. Seen. Meem.
26:2  These are the verses of the Book that makes things clear.
26:3  You may be grieving because they don’t believe.
26:4  If We will, We could send down upon them a sign from the heavens, making their necks bow in humility.
26:5  Whenever a new revelation comes to them from the Most Merciful, they turn away in denial.
26:6  They denied the truth, but soon, the news of what they mocked will reach them.
26:7  Don’t they observe the earth and the myriad of diverse and unique species We produced upon it?
26:8  In this are signs, but most of them aren’t believers.
26:9  Your Lord is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful.
26:10  When your Lord called Moses: “Go to the oppressive people.
26:11  The people of Pharaoh. Won’t they fear and reform?”
26:12  He replied, “My Lord, I fear they might reject me.
26:13  And my chest constricts, and my speech stutters. Therefore, send Aaron with me.
26:14  They also have a claim against me, and I’m afraid they might kill me.”
26:15  “No,” He responded, “Go, both of you, with Our signs. We are with you, listening.
26:16  Go to Pharaoh and say, ‘We are the messengers of the Lord of the worlds.
26:17  Release the Children of Israel with us.’”
26:18  He responded, “Didn’t we raise you among us as a child, and you stayed among us for years of your life?
26:19  And yet, you performed your action, and you were ungrateful.”
26:20  “I did it,” he confessed, “when I was misguided.
26:21  I fled from you when I feared you. But my Lord gave me wisdom and appointed me as one of the messengers.
26:22  Is this the favor of which you remind me—that you’ve enslaved the Children of Israel?”
26:23  Pharaoh questioned, “And who is this ‘Lord of the worlds’?”
26:24  He replied, “The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, if you could be certain.”
26:25  He then addressed those around him, “Did you hear this?”
26:26  He said, “Your Lord, and the Lord of your ancient ancestors.”
26:27  He said, “Your messenger who was sent to you is delusional.”
26:28  He responded, “The Lord of the East and the West and all that’s between, if you would use reason.”
26:29  He threatened, “If you take a god other than me, I will surely imprison you.”
26:30  He countered, “What if I brought you something convincing?”
26:31  He challenged, “Then bring it, if you are truthful.”
26:32  So he threw down his staff, and it instantly transformed into a striking serpent.
26:33  Then drew out his hand, and lo and behold, it was radiant to the observers.
26:34  He said to the chiefs around him, “This man is a proficient magician.
26:35  He seeks to expel you from your land with his magic. What do you command?”
26:36  They suggested, “Delay him and his brother and send gatherers into the cities.
26:37  To summon to you every accomplished magician.”
26:38  The magicians were thus gathered at the appointed time on the designated day.
26:39  And the people were notified, “Are you going to assemble?
26:40  Perhaps we will follow the magicians if they are the victors.”
26:41  Upon their arrival, the magicians asked Pharaoh, “Will we be rewarded if we prevail?”
26:42  He replied, “Indeed, and you will be counted among those near me.”
26:43  Moses then said to them, “Present whatever you’re going to present.”
26:44  And they threw their ropes and staffs, proclaiming, “By Pharaoh’s might, it is us who will prevail.”
26:45  Then Moses threw his staff, and behold, it started swallowing what they had fabricated.
26:46  The sorcerers fell down in prostration.
26:47  Declaring, “We have believed in the Lord of the worlds.
26:48  The Lord of Moses and Aaron.”
26:49  He said, “How dare you believe in Him before I gave you permission! He is your chief who taught you magic. But you will soon know. I will cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will crucify you all.”
26:50  They said, “No harm, we are returning to our Lord anyway.
26:51  We aspire that our Lord will forgive our sins, as we are among the first believers.”
26:52  We then revealed to Moses: “Depart with My servants at night, and expect pursuit.”
26:53  Pharaoh then dispatched messengers throughout the cities:
26:54  “These people are just a small gang.
26:55  Yet, they provoked our wrath.
26:56  But we are a united and vigilant multitude.”
26:57  Thus, We drove them out of gardens and springs.
26:58  And from treasured, luxurious homes.
26:59  Thus it was, and We passed it to the Children of Israel.
26:60  And they pursued them towards the east.
26:61  When the two groups sighted each other, Moses’ companions said, “We are certainly being overtaken!”
26:62  He replied, “Never! My Lord is with me, He will guide me.”
26:63  We then revealed to Moses, “Strike the sea with your staff.” And it parted, and each side was like a towering mountain.
26:64  We then drew the others near.
26:65  Thus, We rescued Moses and all those with him.
26:66  Then We drowned the others.
26:67  There is a lesson in this, but most of them aren’t believers.
26:68  Certainly, your Lord is the Almighty, the Most Merciful.
26:69  Relate to them the story of Abraham.
26:70  When he asked his father and his people, “What do you worship?”
26:71  They replied, “We worship idols, to which we are fervently devoted.”
26:72  He asked, “Can they hear you when you pray to them?
26:73  Can they benefit you or harm you?”
26:74  They responded, “But this is what we found our ancestors doing.”
26:75  He then challenged, “Did you ever consider what you worship?
26:76  You and your ancient forefathers?
26:77  They are enemies to me; but not so the Lord of the Worlds.
26:78  He who created me, and it is He who guides me.
26:79  He who provides me with food and drink.
26:80  And when I fall ill, it’s He who heals me.
26:81  He who will cause me to die, then revives me.
26:82  And He, in whom I aspire, will forgive my sins on Judgment Day.”
26:83  “My Lord, grant me sound judgment and include me among the righteous.
26:84  And grant me a reputation of truthfulness among the later generations.
26:85  And grant me a place among the inheritors of the Garden of Bliss.
26:86  And forgive my father; he was among those astray.
26:87  And don’t disgrace me on the Day they are resurrected.
26:88  The Day when neither wealth nor children will benefit anyone.
26:89  Except for those who come to God with a pure heart.”
26:90  And Paradise will be brought near to the righteous.
26:91  And Hellfire will be unveiled for the deviants.
26:92  And it will be asked, “Where are those you used to worship?
26:93  Besides God? Can they help you, or help themselves?”
26:94  They will be flung into it, they and the deceitful.
26:95  And all of the forces of evil.
26:96  Therein, they will engage in heated disputes, proclaiming.
26:97  “By God, we were in manifest error.
26:98  When we equated you with the Lord of the worlds.
26:99  It was only the transgressors who misled us.
26:100  Now, we have no intercessors.
26:101  And no loyal friend.
26:102  If only we had another chance, so that we could be believers.”
26:103  There is a lesson in this, but most of them aren’t believers.
26:104  Your Lord, indeed, is the Almighty, the Most Merciful.
26:105  The people of Noah denied the messengers.
26:106  When their brother Noah said to them, “Will you not embrace righteousness?
26:107  I am a trustworthy messenger to you.
26:108  So fear God, and obey me.
26:109  I ask no compensation from you; my recompense is only from the Lord of the worlds.
26:110  So Fear God, and obey me.”
26:111  They responded, “Should we believe in you, when the lowest class follows you?”
26:112  He replied, “I have no knowledge of what they’ve been doing.
26:113  Their account is only with my Lord, if you could perceive.
26:114  And I am not going to drive away the believers.
26:115  I am only a clear warner.”
26:116  They warned, “Noah, if you don’t stop, you will be stoned.”
26:117  He pleaded, “My Lord, my people have rejected me.
26:118  Judge decisively between me and them, and rescue me and the believers with me.”
26:119  So We saved him and those with him in the laden Ark.
26:120  Then, We drowned the others.
26:121  There is a lesson in this, but most of them aren’t believers.
26:122  Indeed your Lord—He is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:123  Aad denied the messengers.
26:124  When their brother Hud implored them, “Won’t you exercise restraint?
26:125  I am a trustworthy messenger to you.
26:126  So, revere God, and obey me.
26:127  I ask no reward from you; my recompense is only from the Lord of the worlds.
26:128  You erect monuments on every hill in vanity.
26:129  And you build strongholds, as if you will live forever.
26:130  And when you strike, you strike mercilessly.
26:131  So Fear God, and obey me.
26:132  Fear Him who supplied you with what you know.
26:133  He provided you with livestock and offspring.
26:134  And gardens and springs.
26:135  I fear for you the punishment of a tremendous day.”
26:136  They responded, “It makes no difference to us whether you lecture us or not.
26:137  This is nothing but the traditions of the ancients.
26:138  And we are not to be punished.”
26:139  They disbelieved him, and so We destroyed them. There is a lesson in this, but most of them aren’t believers.
26:140  Your Lord is the Exalted in Might, the Most Merciful.
26:141  Thamud denied the messengers.
26:142  When their brother Saleh urged them, “Will you not behave righteously?
26:143  I am a reliable messenger to you.
26:144  So, fear God and obey me.
26:145  I ask for no reward from you; my recompense is only from the Lord of the worlds.
26:146  Won’t you be secure in this?
26:147  In gardens and springs?
26:148  In fields and palm trees with tender and delicate shoots?
26:149  In skillfully carved homes within the mountains?
26:150  So Fear God, and obey me.
26:151  And don’t obey the command of the extravagant.
26:152  Those who spread corruption in the land and don’t reform.”
26:153  They replied, “You are under an enchantment.
26:154  You are just a man like us. So bring a sign, if you are truthful.”
26:155  He said, “This is a she-camel. She has her turn of drinking, and you have yours—each on a known day.
26:156  And don’t harm her, lest you be overtaken by the punishment of a terrible day.”
26:157  But they hamstrung her, and then they became remorseful.
26:158  So, the punishment seized them. There is a lesson in this, but most of them aren’t believers.
26:159  Your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:160  The people of Lot denied the messengers.
26:161  When their brother Lot exhorted them, “Won’t you behave righteously?
26:162  I am a credible messenger to you.
26:163  So fear God, and obey me.
26:164  I ask no reward from you; my reward is only from the Lord of the realms.
26:165  Do you approach the males of the world?
26:166  And abandon the wives that your Lord created for you? But you are a transgressing people.”
26:167  They replied, “If you don’t stop, O Lot, you will be among those expelled.”
26:168  He responded, “I am of those who disapprove of your conduct.”
26:169  “O my Lord, save me and my family from their deeds.”
26:170  And so, We rescued him and his entire family.
26:171  Except an old woman with those who stayed behind.
26:172  Then We destroyed the others.
26:173  And We rained down on them a downpour. How terrible was the rain of those who had been warned!
26:174  There is a sign in this, but most of them aren’t believers.
26:175  Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:176  The inhabitants of the Forest denied the messengers.
26:177  When Shuaib pleaded with them, “Will you not embrace righteousness?
26:178  I am a trustworthy messenger to you.
26:179  So fear God, obey me.
26:180  I ask no payment from you; my payment is only from the Lord of the cosmos.
26:181  Give full measure and don’t shortchange.
26:182  And weigh with an even scale.
26:183  And don’t defraud people of their rights or commit abuse on earth.
26:184  And fear the One who created you and the earlier generations.”
26:185  They responded, “You are certainly among those bewitched.
26:186  You are but a man like us, and we think you are a liar.
26:187  Bring down upon us chunks of the sky, if you are truthful.”
26:188  He responded, “My Lord is more aware of your actions.”
26:189  They disbelieved him, so the punishment of the Day of the Shadow befell them: a day of immense suffering.
26:190  Therein lies a lesson, yet most of them refuse to believe.
26:191  Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful.
26:192  This is a revelation from the Lord of the universes.
26:193  The Trustworthy Spirit came down with it.
26:194  Upon your heart, so you may be among the warners.
26:195  In a clear Arabic language.
26:196  And it was foretold in the scriptures of old.
26:197  Is it not a sign for them that the learned among the Children of Israel recognize it?
26:198  Even if We had revealed it to a foreigner.
26:199  And he had recited it to them, they still wouldn’t have believed it.
26:200  Thus have caused it to enter the hearts of the criminals.
26:201  They won’t believe it until they witness the severe torment.
26:202  It will come upon them unexpectedly, while they are unaware.
26:203  Then, they will exclaim, “Could we be given more time?”
26:204  Are they trying to expedite Our punishment?
26:205  Consider this: even if We were to grant them enjoyment for years.
26:206  Then, what they were promised will come upon them.
26:207  All their enjoyed comforts won’t avail them.
26:208  Never did We destroy a township but it had warners.
26:209  As a reminder, for We were never unjust.
26:210  It is not revealed by the devils.
26:211  It is neither in their interest nor within their power.
26:212  They are barred from hearing.
26:213  So don’t call upon any other god with God, lest you be among the tormented.
26:214  And warn your close kin.
26:215  And be lenient with your followers who are believers.
26:216  If they disobey you, say, “I am innocent of what you do.”
26:217  And rely on the Almighty, the Most Merciful.
26:218  Who sees you when you stand.
26:219  And your movement among those who bow down.
26:220  He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
26:221  Should I inform you upon whom the devils descend?
26:222  They descend upon every sinful liar.
26:223  They lend an ear, but most of them are liars.
26:224  As for the poets, those astray follow them.
26:225  Don’t you see how they ramble in every style?
26:226  And that they say what they don’t do?
26:227  Except for those who believe, perform righteous deeds, remember God often, and defend themselves after being wronged. Those who do wrong will soon know which way they will turn.