26a. Ash-Shuara (1 to 50)
Ta . Sin . Mim ., These are revelations of the Scripture that maketh plain ., It may be that thou tormentest thyself ( O Muhammad )…
Ta . Sin . Mim .
These are revelations of the Scripture that maketh plain .
It may be that thou tormentest thyself ( O Muhammad ) because they believe not .
If We will , We can send down on them from the sky a portent so that their necks would remain bowed before it .
Never cometh there unto them a fresh reminder from the Beneficent One , but they turn away from it .
Now they have denied ( the Truth ) ; but there will come unto them tidings of that whereat they used to scoff .
Have they not seen the earth , how much of every fruitful kind We make to grow therein?
Lo! herein is indeed a portent ; yet most of them are not believers .
And lo! thy Lord! He is indeed the Mighty , the Merciful .
And when thy Lord called Moses , saying : Go unto the wrongdoing folk ,
The folk of Pharaoh . Will they not ward off ( evil ) ?
He said : My Lord! Lo! I fear that they will deny me ,
And I shall be embarrassed , and my tongue will not speak plainly , therefor send for Aaron ( to help me ) .
And they have a crime against me , so I fear that they will kill me .
He said : Nay , verily . So go ye twain with Our tokens . Lo! We shall be with you , Hearing .
And come together unto Pharaoh and say : Lo! we bear a message of the Lord of the Worlds ,
( Saying ) : Let the Children of Israel go with Us .
( Pharaoh ) said ( unto Moses ) : Did we not rear thee among us as a child? And thou didst dwell many years of thy life among us ,
And thou didst that thy deed which thou didst , and thou wast one of the ingrates ,
He said : I did it then , when I was of those who are astray .
Then I fled from you when I feared you , and my Lord vouchsafed me a command and appointed me ( of the number ) of those sent ( by Him ) .
And this is the past favor wherewith thou reproachest me : that thou hast enslaved the Children of Israel .
Pharaoh said : And what is the Lord of the Worlds?
( Moses ) said : Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them , if ye had but sure belief .
( Pharaoh ) said unto those around him : Hear ye not?
He said : Your Lord and the Lord of your fathers .
( Pharaoh ) said : Lo! your messenger who hath been sent unto you is indeed a madman!
He said : Lord of the East and the West and all that is between them , if ye did but understand .
( Pharaoh ) said : If thou choosest a god other than me , I assuredly shall place thee among the prisoners .
He said : Even though I show thee something plain?
( Pharaoh ) said : Produce it then , if thou art of the truthful!
Then he Sung down his staff and it became a serpent manifest ,
And he drew forth his hand and lo! it was white to the beholders .
( Pharaoh ) said unto the chiefs about him : Lo , this is verily a knowing wizard ,
Who would drive you out of your land by his magic . Now what counsel ye?
They said : Put him off , ( him ) and his brother , and send them into the cities summoners
Who shall bring unto thee every knowing wizard .
So the wizards were gathered together at a set time on a day appointed .
And it was said unto the people : Are ye ( also ) gathering?
( They said ) : Aye , so that we may follow the wizards if they are the winners .
And when the wizards came they said unto Pharaoh : Will there surely be a reward for us if we are the winners?
He said : Aye , and ye will then surely be of those brought near ( to me ) .
Moses said unto them : Throw what ye are going to throw!
Then they threw down their cords and their staves and said : By Pharaoh ' s might , lo! we verily are the winners .
Then Moses threw his staff and lo! it swallowed that which they did falsely show .
And the wizards were flung prostrate ,
Crying : We believe in the Lord of the Worlds ,
The Lord of Moses and Aaron .
( Pharaoh ) said , Ye put your faith in him before I give you leave . Lo! he doubtless is your chief who taught you magic! But verily ye shall come to know . Verily I will cut off your hands and your feet alternately , and verily I will crucify you everyone .
They said : It is no hurt , for lo! unto our Lord we shall return .