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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Amatul Rahman Omar
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Amatul Rahman Omar rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
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26:1 Ta Sin Mim - Allah is Benign, All-Hearing and All-Knowing.
26:2 These are the verses of the perfect Book which tells the right from the wrong (and which also makes the meaning and significance of the verses clear).
26:3 Perhaps you will consume yourself away (with anxiety) because they do not become believers.
26:4 If We so please We can send down upon them such a sign from above that their necks would bend (and heads bow down) in submission to it.
26:5 There never comes to them a fresh Reminder (in a new form and with new details) from the Most Gracious (God) but they turn away from it.
26:6 Now, when they have cried lies (to the Messages of their Lord and denied the Qur'an), there will soon come to them the great tidings (about their own doom and predominance of Islam) which they used to take lightly.
26:7 Do they not see the earth, how many excellent and useful things of all species We have caused to grow on it?
26:8 Indeed, there is a sign in this, yet most of them would not believe.
26:9 And your Lord, of course, He is the All-Mighty, the Ever Merciful.
26:10 And (recall the time) when your Lord called to Moses (directing him ), `Go to the wrongdoing people,
26:11 `The people of Pharaoh (and say to them), "Will they not guard against evil?'"
26:12 (Moses) said, `My Lord! I am afraid they will cry me lies.
26:13 `And my bosom straitens, (and my heart fails me), and my tongue is not fluent (for feeling inadequate to deliver the message I am entrusted with), therefore send to Aaron (to help me).
26:14 `Moreover, they have a charge (of the murder of an Egyptian) against me, so I fear they will kill me (before I am able to deliver Your Message to them).'
26:15 (The Lord) said, `That shall not be, go then both of you, with Our Messages and We are assuredly with you listening (to your prayers).
26:16 `Go to Pharaoh both of you and say, "We are bearers of a Message from the Lord of the worlds.
26:17 "(Who commands you) to send the Children of Israel with us".'
26:18 (So when Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh) he said (to Moses), `Did we not bring you up among us when you were a mere babe? And you stayed with us many years of your life.
26:19 `And you have surely committed an act (of homicide), and you are of the ungrateful.'
26:20 (Moses) said, `Indeed I did it (then inadvertently and) as I was lost (for the love of my people and was in a perplexed state of mind).
26:21 `So I fled from you when I apprehended (injustice from) you; then (it came to pass that) my Lord granted me knowledge and (right) judgment and made me (one) of the Messengers.
26:22 `And this insignificant favour (of your bringing me up) that you (so tauntingly) remind me of (can be no reasonable excuse) for you have enslaved (the whole community of) the Children of Israel (for no fault of theirs).'
26:23 Pharaoh (was confounded and turning the topic of the conversation) said, `What is (this) Lord of the world (by whom you claim to be sent?)'
26:24 (Moses) said, `(In respect of apace) He is the Lord of the heavens and the earth and of all that lies between the two; if you (and your companions) be convinced (of this true knowledge and have faith in Him).'
26:25 (Thereupon Pharaoh) said to those around him, `Do you not hear (what is being said)?'
26:26 (Moses continued, `He is the same Who is) your Lord and the Lord of your fathers of yore.'
26:27 (Pharaoh) said, `Most surely, this Messenger of yours who has been sent to you is a mad man indeed.'
26:28 (Moses) said (continuing his speech), `(In respect of time the Lord of the worlds is the same as) the Lord of the east and of the west and of all that lies between the two. (You can be rightly guided) if you could only use your senses.'
26:29 (Pharaoh) said, `If you worship any god other than me, I will certainly make you one of the imprisoned.'
26:30 (Moses) said, `(Will you do this,) even though I bring to you something that makes (the truth of my statement) clear to you?'
26:31 (Pharaoh) said, `Bring it then, if you are of the truthful.'
26:32 So he put his staff (on the ground) and behold, it was a serpent plainly visible.
26:33 And he stuck his hand out and lo! it was (shining) white to the beholders.
26:34 (Pharaoh) said to the courtiers around him, `This (man) is surely a skilled sorcerer,
26:35 `Who seeks to turn you out of your country by dint of his sorcery. Now, what do you advise?'
26:36 They said, `Detain him and his brother for a while and send heralds into the cities to collect;
26:37 `And bring to you all skilled and very expert sorcerers.'
26:38 So the sorcerers were gathered together at the appointed time and place on a fixed day.
26:39 And it was said to the people, `Will you (also) assemble together (in the field of contest);
26:40 `So that we may follow the sorcerers if they win clear supremacy.'
26:41 So when all the sorcerers came they said to Pharaoh, `Shall we be really and richly rewarded if we gain clear supremacy?'
26:42 He said, `Yes, and surely you will in that case be among my close companions.'
26:43 Moses said to them, `(Now) put forward (of your things of sorcery), what you have to put forward.'
26:44 So they put down (on the ground) their ropes and their staffs and said, `By Pharaoh's honour and might it is we who will certainly be the winners.'
26:45 Then Moses put down (on the ground) his staff; lo! it instantly destroyed all that they had fabricated.
26:46 Thereupon the sorcerers were impelled to fall down prostrating;
26:47 And they said, `We believe in the Lord of the worlds;
26:48 `The Lord of Moses and Aaron.'
26:49 (Pharaoh) said, `Have you believed in him before I gave you leave? Indeed he is your chief, the same who taught you sorcery. So you will soon know (your horrible end). I will most surely cut off your hands and your feet on alternate sides for (your this) opposition (to me); and I will crucify you to death one and all.'
26:50 They said, `It does not matter at all. We have, after all, to return to our Lord.
26:51 `We do hope that our Lord will forgive us our offences, since we are the first to believe.'
26:52 And We revealed to Moses (directing him), `Take away My servants by night for you shall certainly be pursued.'
26:53 Pharaoh (when he came to know of the exodus) sent heralds to the towns to collect (troops and announce saying),
26:54 `These (Israelites) are indeed a despicable party, a few in number,
26:55 `Yet they have offended us (by defying us and making good their escape),
26:56 `And we are, (as compared with them,) a united multitude, fully equipped and vigilant.'
26:57 So We made them (- Pharaoh and his troops) leave the land of gardens and springs,
26:58 As well as (every place with) treasures and every abode of honour (and grandeur).
26:59 That is what We did (for their wrong- doings). And We gave (the like of) these (- gardens and springs) as a free gift to the Children of Israel.
26:60 And they (- the hosts of Pharaoh) pursued them at sunrise.
26:61 And when the two hosts sighted each other the companions of Moses said, `We are surely overtaken.'
26:62 (Moses) said, `No, not at all, my Lord is with me, He will lead me out of the impasse (and to safety).'
26:63 Then We revealed to Moses (saying), `Strike the sea with your staff. (And as he did) so it parted, and each part (of the two hosts) looked like a huge mound.
26:64 And We caused the others (the pursuers, the people of Pharaoh,) draw near the same place.
26:65 And We saved Moses and those who were with him all together.
26:66 Then We drowned the others.
26:67 Behold! there is a (marvelous) sign in this (episode), yet most of them would not be believers.
26:68 And indeed your Lord, He is the All-Mighty (to crush His enemies), the Ever Merciful (towards His servants).
26:69 And narrate to them the important event (of the life) of Abraham.
26:70 When he said to his sire and his people, `What things are those which you worship?'
26:71 `We worship idols and will remain constantly devoted to them,' said they.
26:72 Abraham said, `Can they listen to you when you call (on them)?
26:73 `Or can they do you good or avert harm from you?'
26:74 They said, `Nay, it is not so, but we found our fathers doing likewise.'
26:75 (Abraham) said, `But have you (ever) considered what you have been worshipping,
26:76 `You and your fathers before you,
26:77 `They are (all) enemies to me. Different however is the case of the Lord of the world (Who is kind to me).
26:78 `He has created me and it is He Who will guide me to reach the goal.
26:79 `And Who gives me food and drink,
26:80 `And Who restores me to health, (through His grace and mercy), whenever I am taken ill (due to some fault of mine),
26:81 `And Who will call me to death and then will raise me to life (again).
26:82 `And Who, I eagerly hope, will protect me from (the undesirable consequences of) my faults on the Day of Requital.'
26:83 (Abraham then turned to his Lord and said,) `My Lord! grant me strong and right judgment and make me follow and join the righteous.
26:84 `And ordain for me a noble, true and lasting reputation among posterity;
26:85 `And make me one of the heirs of the Garden of Great Bliss.
26:86 `And protect my sire (- azar against his faults), he is of course of the erring ones.
26:87 `And do not put me to shame and disgrace on the day when people will be resurrected,
26:88 `The day when wealth will not avail, nor sons (be of any good),
26:89 `But (he alone will be saved) who comes to Allah with a sound and pure heart.'
26:90 (The day when) Paradise will be brought near to those who guard against evil,
26:91 And Gehenna shall be unveiled and placed in full view to those (wretched ones) who had deviated from the right path;
26:92 And who shall be asked, `Where are (your deities) that you worshipped,
26:93 `Apart from Allah? Can they come to your help or inflict punishment?'
26:94 Then they (- the false deities) shall all be hurled headlong into the depths of it (- the Hell), again and again, and along with them all those (wretched fellows) who had deviated from the right path.
26:95 And the supporters of Iblis all together.
26:96 They will say disputing therein (- in the Hell) among themselves,
26:97 `By Allah! we were certainly in manifest (and deep) error,
26:98 `In holding you (- deities) as equal with the Lord of the worlds,
26:99 `And none but those who cut off their ties with Allah led us astray,
26:100 `So that (now) we have none of the intercessors,
26:101 `Nor any warm-hearted true friend.
26:102 `Could we have but another (chance to) return (to the world) then we would surely become of the (true) believers.'
26:103 Verily, there is a remarkable sign in this (episode of Abraham's life), yet most of the people would not be believers.
26:104 And of course your Lord, He is the All-Mighty (to crush and obliterate His enemies and), the Ever Merciful (to the supporters of true faith).
26:105 The people of Noah cried lies to the Messengers.
26:106 (Recall the time) when their kinsman Noah said to them, `Will you not guard against evil?
26:107 `Surely, I am to you a Messenger, faithful to (my) trust.
26:108 `So take Allah as a shield and obey me.
26:109 `And I ask no reward from you for it (- the delivery of the Message of God). My reward lies with the Lord of the worlds alone.
26:110 `So take Allah as a shield and obey me.'
26:111 They (- the disbelievers) said, `Shall we believe in you whereas (we see that) only the people of a very low status follow you?'
26:112 He said, `I have no knowledge what (good) deeds they did (in the past that now they have the honour to accept the truth).
26:113 `It is only up to my Lord to call them to account; if you could but perceive.
26:114 `I cannot drive away the believers (thinking them to be of low status).
26:115 `I am but a plain Warner.'
26:116 `Noah!' they said, `If you do not desist, you shall be excommunicated or done away with.'
26:117 (Noah) said (praying), `My Lord! my people have treated me as a liar,
26:118 `So judge between me and them, a decisive judgment, and deliver me and the believers who are with me.'
26:119 So We delivered him and all those who were with him by means of the fully-laden Ark.
26:120 Then after that We drowned the remaining ones.
26:121 Behold! there is a great sign in this (episode), yet most of them would not be believers.
26:122 And indeed your Lord, He is the All-Mighty, the Ever Merciful.
26:123 (The tribe of) `ad (too) cried lies to the Messengers (sent to them).
26:124 (Recall the time) when their kinsman Hud said to them, `Will you not guard against evil?
26:125 `Surely, I am to you a Messenger; faithful to (my) trust.
26:126 `Therefore take Allah as a shield and obey me.
26:127 `I ask no reward from you for this (service I render). My reward lies only with the Lord of the worlds.
26:128 `What is (wrong with you)? You build a monument on every prominent place, in vain you do it.
26:129 `And you raise fortresses in the hope that you will abide till long.
26:130 `And when you lay hold (on anyone), you do it like tyrants.
26:131 `You should take Allah as a shield and obey me.
26:132 `And take Him as a shield Who has helped you with all (the favours and blessings) that you know of.
26:133 `He has helped you with cattle and sons,
26:134 `And gardens and springs.
26:135 `Indeed, I fear lest the punishment of an awful day should befall you.'
26:136 They said, `It makes no difference with us whether you admonish us or be not of the admonishers.
26:137 `This way (of admonition) is merely the manner of the ancients.
26:138 `And we are not at all going to be punished.'
26:139 Thus they cried him lies and We destroyed them. There is indeed, a remarkable sign in this (episode), yet most of them would not be believers.
26:140 And infact your Lord, He is the All-Mighty (to crush and obliterate His enemies), and the Ever Merciful (towards His obedient servants).
26:141 (The tribe of) Thamud (too) cried lies to the Messengers.
26:142 (Recall the time) when their kinsman Salih said to them, `Will you not guard against evil?
26:143 `Surely, I am to you a Messenger, faithful to (my) trust.
26:144 `So take Allah as a shield and obey me.
26:145 `I ask no reward from you for this (service I render). My reward lies with the Lord of the worlds alone.
26:146 `(Do you think that) you will be left in peace amidst all (enjoyable things) which you have here,
26:147 `Amidst gardens and springs,
26:148 `And cornfields and date-palms having (fine and heavy) spathes near breaking.
26:149 `And you hew out houses in the mountains with great skill and elated with your greatness.
26:150 `Take Allah as a shield and obey me.
26:151 `And do not obey the biddings of those who exceed the bounds.
26:152 `Who create disorder in the country and set not (things) in order (to promote security and peace).'
26:153 They said, `You are merely one of those (mortals) who are (dependent on being) given food.
26:154 `You are nothing but a human being like ourselves. So bring (us) a sign if you are of the truthful.'
26:155 (Salih) said, `Here is a she-camel. She will have her share of water (at the water-course), while you will have your share of water at a time appointed (for you).
26:156 `And you shall do her no harm otherwise the punishment of an awful day shall befall you.'
26:157 Notwithstanding (all this warning) they hamstrung her and then they became regretful.
26:158 Consequently (the threatened) punishment overtook them. Behold! there is a remarkably great sign in this (episode); yet most of them would not be believers.
26:159 And indeed your Lord, He is the All-Mighty, the Ever Merciful.
26:160 And the people of Lot cried lies to the Messengers.
26:161 (Recall the time) when their kinsman Lot said to them, `Will you not guard against evil?
26:162 `Verily, I am to you a Messenger, faithful to (my) trust.
26:163 `So take Allah as a shield and obey me.
26:164 `And I ask no reward from you for this (service I render). My reward lies with the Lord of the worlds alone.
26:165 `(Is it not true that) of all people you alone approach males (for sexual satisfaction),
26:166 `And leave that (abode of love) which your Lord has created for you in your wives. `Nay, (the real fact is) you are a people who know no limits.'
26:167 They said, `If you desist not (of admonishing us for sodomy) O Lot! you shall indeed be of the banished ones.'
26:168 He said, `I surely abhor your practice (of going to males),
26:169 `My Lord! save me and my followers from (the evil consequences) of their deeds.'
26:170 So We saved him and his followers, all of them,
26:171 Except an old woman (- wife of Lot), who was among those who stayed behind,
26:172 Then We destroyed the others.
26:173 And We pelted them with a terrible rain (of stones). Look! how terrible was the rain (that descended) upon those who were warned.
26:174 There is a great sign in this (episode), yet most of them would not be believers.
26:175 And indeed your Lord, He is the All-Mighty, the Ever Merciful.
26:176 The dwellers of the Wood (in Midian) cried lies to the Messengers.
26:177 (Recall) when Shu`aib said to them, `Will you not guard against evil?
26:178 `Indeed, I am to you a Messenger, faithful to (my) trust.
26:179 `Therefore take Allah for (your) shield and obey me.
26:180 `And I ask no reward from you for it (- the services I render). Surely, my reward lies with the Lord of the worlds alone.
26:181 `Give full measure and be not of those who give short;
26:182 `And weigh with even and balanced scales.
26:183 `And do not defraud people of their things. Do not go about acting corruptly, creating disorder in the country.
26:184 `Take Him Who has created you and former generations as a shield.'
26:185 They said, `You are simply of those who stand in need of being given food.
26:186 `And you are but a human being like ourselves; as a matter of fact we believe you to be of the liars.
26:187 `So let a fragment of the cloud fall upon us (by way of punishment) if you are of the truthful.'
26:188 (Shu`aib thereupon) said, `My Lord knows best all that you do.'
26:189 Yet they cried him lies, so the punishment of the gloomy day with dark overshadowing clouds overtook them; it was indeed the punishment of an awful day.
26:190 Behold! there is a great sign in this (episode), yet most of them would not be believers.
26:191 Though infact your Lord, He is the All-Mighty, the Ever Merciful.
26:192 And verily this (Qur'an) is a revelation from the Lord of the worlds.
26:193 The Spirit, Faithful to the Trust (- Gabriel) has descended with it.
26:194 (Revealing it) to your heart with the result that you became of the Warners (- a Prophet of God);
26:195 (The Qur'an has been revealed) in plain and clear Arabic language.
26:196 Verily, it (is the Book which) finds mention in the Scriptures of the earlier peoples.
26:197 Is it not a sufficient proof for them that the learned among the Children of Israel recognize it (- the Qur'an)?
26:198 And if We had revealed it to one of the non-Arabs,
26:199 And he had recited this (eloquent word of God in Arabic) to them, (even then) they would never have believed in it.
26:200 That is how We cause it (- the disbelief) take root in the hearts of those who cut off their ties (with God),
26:201 (That) they will not believe in it until they see the grievous punishment.
26:202 So this (punishment) will come upon them all of a sudden (taking them unaware), while they do not perceive (and calculate it).
26:203 They will say then, `Shall we be given some respite?'
26:204 Is that why they seek to expedite Our punishment?
26:205 Do you not see that even if We let them enjoy (worldly bounties) for some more years,
26:206 And then that (punishment) with which they are threatened befalls them;
26:207 That (respite) which they were allowed to enjoy will be of no avail to them?
26:208 And never did We destroy (any people of) a township but it had (its) Warners;
26:209 So that they may be admonished and We are never unjust.
26:210 It was not the evil ones who have brought this (Qur'an) down.
26:211 It does neither suit them nor have they the power (to reveal it).
26:212 Infact, they (- the evil ones) are precluded from listening (to the Divine revelation).
26:213 Therefore call on no god beside Allah, for (if you do) you will become of those who are (severely) punished.
26:214 And (Prophet!) warn your nearest kinsmen,
26:215 And be gentle and affectionate to the believers who follow you.
26:216 But if they (- your kinsmen) disobey you, say (to them), `Surely, I am not responsible for what you do.'
26:217 And put your trust in the All-Mighty, the Ever Merciful (God),
26:218 Who sees you (at the time) when you stand up (in Prayer, and also for calling the people to the right path).
26:219 And (Who sees) your moving about among those (Companions) who prostrate themselves (before the All-Mighty Lord).
26:220 Verily, He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing
26:221 Shall I tell you to whom the evil ones appear?
26:222 They appear to every habitual and hardened liar (and) great sinner;
26:223 Who listen eagerly (to what the evil ones say), yet mostly they tell them lies.
26:224 And (as for) the poets, it is the erring ones who follow them.
26:225 Do you not see how they wander distracted in every valley,
26:226 And they say (such things) which they do not practice (themselves),
26:227 Except those (poets) who believe and do deeds of righteousness and who mention the greatness of Allah over and over again and who retaliate (and defend themselves) only after they are done injustice to. Behold! those who acted unjustly will soon know to what (a wretched) end they are heading for.


   


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