20b. Taha (51 to 100)
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He said : What then is the state of the generations of old?
He said : The knowledge thereof is with my Lord in a Record . My Lord neither erreth nor forgetteth ,
Who hath appointed the earth as a bed and hath threaded roads for you therein and hath sent down water from the sky and thereby We have brought forth divers kinds of vegetation ,
( Saying ) : Eat ye and feed your cattle . Lo! herein verily are portents for men of thought .
Thereof We created you , and thereunto we return you and thence We bring you forth a second time .
And We verily did show him all Our tokens , but he denied them and refused .
He said : Hast come to drive us out from our land by thy magic , O Moses?
But we surely can produce magic the like thereof ; so appoint a tryst between us and you , which neither we nor thou shall fail to keep , at a place convenient ( to us both ) .
( Moses ) said : Your tryst shall be the day of the feast , and let the people assemble when the sun hath risen high .
Then Pharaoh went and gathered his strength came ( to the appointed tryst ) .
Moses said unto them : Woe unto you! Invent not a lie against Allah , lest He extirpate you by some punishment . He who lieth faileth miserably .
Then they debated one with another what they must do , and they kept their counsel secret .
They said : Lo! these are two wizards who would drive you out from your country by their magic , and destroy your best traditions ;
So arrange your plan , and come in battle line . Whoso is uppermost this day will be indeed successful .
They said : O Moses! Either throw first , or let us be the first to throw?
He said : Nay , do ye throw! Then Lo! their cords and their staves , by their magic , appeared to him as though they ran .
And Moses conceived a fear in his mind
We said : Fear not! Lo! thou art the higher .
Throw that which is in thy right hand! It will eat up that which they have made . Lo! that which they have made but a wizards artifice , and a wizard shall not be successful to whatever point ( of skill ) he may attain .
Then the wizards were ( all ) flung down prostrate , crying : We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses .
( Pharaoh ) said : Ye put faith in him before I give you leave . Lo! he is your chief who taught you magic . Now surely I shall cut off your hands and your feet alternately , and I shall crucify you on the trunks of palm trees , and ye shall know for certain which of us hath sterner and more lasting punishment .
They said : We choose thee not above the clear proofs that have come unto us , and above Him Who created us . So decree what thou wilt decree . Thou wilt end for us only the life of the world .
Lo! we believe in our Lord , that He may forgive us our sins and the magic unto which thou didst force us . Allah is better and more lasting .
Lo! whoso cometh guilty unto his Lord , verily for him is hell . There he will neither die nor live .
But whoso cometh unto Him a believer , having done good works , for such are the high stations ;
Gardens of Eden underneath which rivers flow , wherein they will abide for ever . That is the reward of him who groweth .
And verily We inspired Moses , saying : Take away My slaves by night and strike for them a dry path in the sea , fearing not to be overtaken , neither being afraid ( of the sea ) .
Then Pharaoh followed with his hosts and there covered them that which did cover them of the sea .
And Pharaoh led his folk astray , he did not guide them .
O Children of Israel! We delivered you from your enemy , and We made a covenant with you on the holy mountain ' s side , and sent down on you the manna and the quails ,
( Saying ) : Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you , and transgress not in respect thereof lest My wrath come upon you ; and he on whom My wrath cometh , he is lost indeed .
And lo! verily I am Forgiving toward him who repenteth and believeth and doeth good , and afterward walketh aright .
And ( it was said ) : What hath made thee hasten from thy folk , O Moses?
He said : They are close upon my track . I hastened unto Thee that Thou mightest be well pleased .
He said : Lo! We have tried thy folk in thine absence , and As-Samiri hath misled thee
Then Moses went back unto his folk , angry and sad He said : O my people! Hath not your Lord promised you a fair promise? Did the time appointed then appear too long for you , or did ye wish that wrath from your Lord should come upon you , that ye broke tryst with me?
They said : We broke not tryst with thee of our own will , but we were laden with burdens of ornaments of the folk , then cast them ( in the fire ) , for thus As-Samiri proposed
Then he produced for them a calf , of saffron hue , which gave forth a lowing sound . And they cried : This is your God and the God of Moses , but he hath forgotten .
See they not , then , that it returneth no saying unto them and possesseth for them neither hurt nor use?
And Aaron indeed had told them beforehand : O my people! Ye are but being seduced therewith , for lo! your Lord is the Beneficent , so follow me and obey my order .
They said : We shall by no means cease to be its votaries till Moses return unto us .
He ( Moses ) said : O Aaron! What held thee back when thou didst see them gone astray ,
That thou followedst me not? Hast thou then disobeyed my order?
He said : O son of my mother! Clutch not my beard nor my head! I feared lest thou shouldst say : Thou hast caused division among the Children of Israel , and hast not waited for my word .
( Moses ) said : And what has thou to say , O Samiri?
He said : I perceived what they perceive not , so I seized a handful from the footsteps of the messenger , and then threw it in . Thus my soul commended to me .
( Moses ) said : Then go! And lo! in this life it is for thee to say : Touch me not! and lo! there is for thee a tryst thou canst not break . Now look upon thy god of which thou hast remained a votary . Verily we will burn it and will scatter its dust over the sea .
Your God is only Allah , than Whom there is no other God He embraceth all things in His knowledge .
Thus relate Who unto thee ( Muhammad ) some tidings of that which happened of old , and We have given thee from Our presence a Reminder .
Whoso turneth away from it , he verily will bear a burden on the Day of Resurrection ,