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al-Qasas (The Story, Stories, The Narrative)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi
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Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Story, Stories, The Narrative(al-Qasas)
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28:1 Ta. Sin. Mim.
28:2 These are Verses of the Book that gives clear guidance.
28:3 We narrate to you from the story of Moses and Pharaoh with truth, for people who believe.
28:4 Indeed, Pharaoh had acquired great power on earth and had divided its people into sects. He persecuted a group among them, killing their sons and sparing their women. He was indeed of those who perpetrated injustice.
28:5 And We desired to favour the downtrodden on earth, and make them leaders and make them the inheritors,
28:6 And to make them strong and stable on earth, and to show Pharaoh and Haman and their hosts the very thing they feared from them (destruction of Pharaoh and his people).
28:7 And We sent a secret communication to the mother of Moses, "Suckle him! And, when you fear for him, then put him into the river and fear not nor grieve. We shall indeed bring him back to you and shall make him one of Our Messengers."
28:8 And the family of Pharaoh picked him up to become for them a source of enmity and sorrow. Pharaoh and Haman and their hosts did indeed err!
28:9 And the wife of Pharaoh said, "He will be — for me and for you — a solace of our eyes. Kill him not! He may be of use to us, or we may adopt him as a son." And they knew not!
28:10 And Moses' mother became agitated in her heart! And she would have betrayed him had We not calmed her heart down so as for her to be of those who believe.
28:11 And she said to his sister, "Follow his (infant Moses') track." So she kept a watch on him from a distance, and they knew it not.
28:12 And We had forbidden foster-mothers for him beforehand. So she (Moses' sister) said, "May I show you a household that will rear him for you and take good care of him?"
28:13 And then We restored him to his mother that she might be comforted and not grieved and that she might know that the promise of Allah is true. But most of them know not.
28:14 And when he reached adulthood and maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge. And thus do We reward the good.
28:15 And he entered the city at a time when its people were in a state of slumber, and he found therein two men fighting, one of his own sect, and the other of his enemies. And he who was of his sect asked him for help against him who was of his enemies. Moses then struck him with his fist and caused his death. He said, "This is a work of the devil. He is an enemy, an open misleader."
28:16 Moses said, "My Lord! I have indeed wronged my own self, so forgive me. HE then forgave him. HE is indeed the One forgiving, merciful.
28:17 He said, "My Lord! Inasmuch as You have favoured me, I shall never again be a supporter of the guilty."
28:18 Then, next morning, as he was looking about apprehensively in the city, the same man who had sought Moses' help the day before was again crying out to him for help. Moses said to him, "You are certainly indeed a clear instigator."
28:19 And when he (Moses) intended to attack the man who was an enemy to them both, that man said, "O Moses! Would you kill me as you did kill a person yesterday? You intend nothing but to be a tyrant in the land. And you intend not to be a reformer."
28:20 And a man came running from the city suburbs. He said, "O Moses! The chiefs are conferring against you to kill you. So, get away! I am indeed a well-wisher to you."
28:21 So he went away from there, fearful and wary. He said, "My Lord! Save me from the wicked people."
28:22 And when he turned toward Midian, he said, "My Lord may guide me in the right direction."
28:23 And when he arrived at the watering place of Midian he found there a lot of men watering their animals. And he found two women, apart from the men, holding their flocks back. He asked, "What is the matter with you two?" The two said, "We cannot water our flocks till the shepherds lead theirs' away from the water. And our father is a very old man."
28:24 So he (Moses) watered their flock for them. Then he turned for rest under the shade and said, "My Lord! I am in dire need of whatever good You send down to me."
28:25 Then one of the two women came walking bashfully to him and said, "My father is inviting you so that he may repay you for watering our animals for us." Then, when Moses came to the old man and recounted his story to him, the latter said, "Fear not! You are now safe from the wicked people."
28:26 One of the two women said, "O my father! Hire him. It is indeed better to hire the strong, the trustworthy."
28:27 He said, "I would like to give one of these two daughters of mine in marriage to you on condition that you work for me for eight years. And then you may voluntarily extend your service to ten years; for, I would not make it hard for you. You shall find me of the righteous, Allah willing."
28:28 Moses said, "That is between you and me. Whichever of the two terms I fulfil, there shall be no compulsion on me to serve more. And Allah is Guarantor over what we say.
28:29 Then, when Moses had fulfilled the term, and was travelling with his family, he visualised a fire in the direction of the mountain and said to his family, "Wait here! It does indeed appear to me that there is a fire there. Perhaps I can bring you some information from there or a brand from the fire that you may warm yourselves."
28:30 Then when he arrived there, he was addressed by a voice from the right ridge of the valley in the blessed spot among the woods, "O Moses! I am indeed Allah, the Lord of the Worlds."
28:31 "Throw your staff down!" Then he saw it (staff) stir as if it were a serpent. And he took to flight and did not look back! "O Moses! Come back and fear not. You are indeed of those who are secure."
28:32 "Insert your hand into your pocket: it will come out blemish-less white, and steel yourself against fear. These are two evidential signs from your Lord for Pharaoh and his chieftains. They are indeed a depraved people!"
28:33 Moses said, "My Lord! I had killed one of their men and I fear that they will kill me."
28:34 "My brother Aaron can speak more clearly than me. Send him then with me as a suport to confirm what I would tell them. I am afraid they will disbelieve me."
28:35 Allah said, "We will strengthen your arm with your brother's. And We will create for you both a shield so that they cannot reach out to you. With Our signs, you two, and those who follow you, will be the winners."
28:36 Then as Moses came to them with Our clear signs, they said, "This is nothing but concocted magic. We had not heard of such a thing from our forefathers."
28:37 And Moses said, "My Lord knows as to who brings guidance from Him, and for whom will be the heavenly abode in the Hereafter. Indeed! The wicked shall not succeed."
28:38 And Pharaoh said, "O chieftains! I know of no god for you other than me. O Haman! Bake the mud for me and then set up for me a lofty tower in order that I may go up to Whom Moses worships. And, indeed, I think he is a liar!"
28:39 And he (Pharaoh) and his hosts had, without right, been haughty on the earth, and had thought that they would never be brought back to Us.
28:40 So We seized him and his hosts, and abandoned them in the sea. Just see what end the wicked people met with!
28:41 And We placed them as leaders inviting people to the Fire, and on the Day of Resurrection they will not be helped.
28:42 And We made a curse to follow them in this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they will be among those loathed.
28:43 And We did give the Scripture to Moses after what We had destroyed of the older generations — clear insights for mankind, and a guidance and a mercy, that they might reflect.
28:44 And you (Muhammad) were not there on the West Side when We decreed the Commandment upon Moses, and you were not among those present then.
28:45 But (between Moses' time and yours, O Muhammad!) We grew many generations, and the age prolonged over them. And you were not a dweller among the people of Midian reciting to them Our Verses, but We kept on sending other Messengers to those generations.
28:46 And you were not by the side of the Mount when We made the call. But you are now given this piece of knowledge from the Unseen as a mercy from your Lord that you may warn a people to whom no warner came before you. They may perhaps take heed.
28:47 Lest, if disaster should afflict them because of what their own hands have sent before them, they might say, "Our Lord! Why have you not sent a Messenger to us, that we might have followed your Verses and been of the believers?"
28:48 Then as the Truth came to them from Us, they said, "Why is he not given the like of what was given to Moses?" Did they not suppress the Truth in what was given to Moses before? They said, "Those are two delusions that back each other up." And they said, "We do ineed disbelieve both!"
28:49 Say, "Then bring a scripture from Allah that would give guidance clearer than these two. I shall follow it, if what you say is true."
28:50 And if they answer you not, then know that what they follow is their lusts. And who could go farther astray than he who follows his lust with no guidance from Allah? Indeed! Allah guides not the wicked people.
28:51 And verily We have caused the Word to contact them, that they may take heed.
28:52 Those whom We had given the Scripture before it (the Qur'aan), they too come to believe in it.
28:53 And when it is recited to them, they say, "We believe in it. It is indeed the Truth from our Lord. We were of those who surrender to Allah even before it (the Qur'aan) was revealed."
28:54 These will be given their reward doubled, because they are patient and repel evil with good, and spend from what We have provided them.
28:55 And when they hear vain talk they withdraw from it and say, "To us our deeds and to you yours. Peace to you! We do not wish to behave like ignorant people."
28:56 You (O Muhammad) guide not whom you love, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He knows who the rightly guided are.h
28:57 And they say, "If we were to follow the Guidance with you we should be exterminated from our land." Have We not established for them a secure sanctuary, produce of all kinds being brought to it as a provision from Us? But most of them know not.
28:58 And how many a civilisation We did destroy that was boastful of its means! And there are their dwellings, which have been but little inhabited after them. And We, We were the inheritors.
28:59 And never did your Lord destroy the civilisations, till He had raised up in the birth-place of that civilisation a Messenger reciting to them Our Verses. And never did We destroy the civilisation unless the people thereof did evil things.
28:60 And anything that is given to you is for the life of this world and its charm. And that which is with Allah is better and lasting. Why do you not understand?
28:61 Is he whom We have given a good promise, which he will find fulfilled, like him whom We have given the comfort of the life of this world, then on the Day of Resurrection he will be of those brought to justice?
28:62 And on the day when He will summon them and ask, "Where are My partners whom you imagined did exist?"
28:63 Those concerning whom the Word shall have come true will say, "Our Lord! These are they whom we led astray. We led them astray because we ourselves were astray. We declare our dissociation from them to You! They did not worship us."
28:64 And they will be told, "Call those whom you worshipped besides Allah." And they will call them, but they will give no answer to them! And they will see the punishment before them. Ah, had they but been guided!
28:65 And on the Day when He will summon them and ask, "What was your response to the Messengers?"
28:66 Then, that Day, they will be blind to all that the Messengers had told them. Nor will they question one another about it!
28:67 Then he who repents and believes and does right deeds — he may be among the successful ones.
28:68 And your Lord creates what He wills; and He chooses that which is good for them. Glorified is Allah and Exalted above all that they worship besides Him!
28:69 And your Lord knows what they conceal in their minds, and what they reveal.
28:70 And He is Allah; there is none to worship other than Him. His is the praise in this, and in the other world. And His is the Command, and to Him you all will be brought back.
28:71 Say, "Do you realize: had Allah made the night continue over you without any light till the Day of Resurrection, which god other than Allah could bring you light? Will you not then listen ?"
28:72 Say, "Do you realize: had Allah made the daylight continue over you till the Day of Resurrection, which god other than Allah could bring you night to rest therein? Will you not then see?"
28:73 And by His mercy He has made for you the night wherein to rest and the day to seek some of His provisions, and to be thankful.
28:74 And on the Day when He will summon them and ask, "Where are My partners whom you imagined did exist?"
28:75 And We shall take out from every community a witness and then say, "Produce your proof." They will then know that the Truth is for Allah, and all that they invented will have abandoned them.
28:76 Korah [Qaroon] was indeed of Moses' people, but then he behaved arrogantly with them. And We had given him so much of treasure that the keys thereof would certainly have been a burden for a company of strong men. His people once told him, "Exult not! Allah does indeed not love the exultant."
28:77 "And seek the abode of the Hereafter in what Allah has given you and forget not what you have got of this world. And be you kind even as Allah has been kind to you, and seek not the spread of corruption in the earth. Allah does not indeed love those who indulge in corruption."
28:78 Korah said, "I have been given it only becuse of my knowledge." Did he not know of the generations, before him, that Allah had already destroyed, who were mightier than him in strength and greater in manpower? The sinners are not questioned about their sins (before they are destroyed here in this world).
28:79 And so he went out before his people in his pomp. Those who were desirous of the life of this world said, "Ah! Would that we had the like of what Korah has been given. He does indeed possess an exceptionally great fortune."
28:80 But those who had been given knowledge said, "Woe to you! Allah's reward is better for him who believes and does good deeds. And none but those who are patient shall get it."
28:81 Then We sank the earth with him and his house. Then he had no force to help him against Allah, nor was he of those who are helped.
28:82 And those who had coveted his (Korah's) place but yesterday exclaimed the morning after (Korah's sinking), "Ah, well! Allah gives the provision for living in ample measure to whom He wills of His slaves and restricts it to whom He wills. Had Allah not been gracious to us, He would have sunk the earth with us. Ah, well! Those who suppress the Truth shall not attain salvation.
28:83 We have prepared this Home of the Hereafter for those who desire not an exalted position — nor corruption — on the earth. And the good end is for those who are Allah-fearing and pious.
28:84 He who comes with a good deed, he will have a reward better than what his deed deserved. And he who comes with an evil deed — those who do ill-deeds will be repaid with only what their deeds deserved.
28:85 Indeed! He Who has made the Qur'aan obligatory on you will surely bring you (Muhammad) back home. Say, "My Lord knows who brings guidance and who is in delusion manifest."
28:86 And you did not expect the Book to be thrown at you, but as a mercy from your Lord. So lend no support to the suppressors of the Truth.
28:87 And let them not hinder you from Allah's Verses after those have been sent down to you. And call them to your Lord, and be not of the polytheists.
28:88 And pray not to any other god besides Allah. There is no god but Him. Everything will perish save His Countenance/Self. His is the Command, and to Him you will all be brought back.


   


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