2. We have not sent down
the Qur'an to thee to be (an occasion) for thy distress,
3. But only as an admonition
to those who fear ((Allah)),-
4. A revelation from
Him Who created the earth and the heavens on high.
5. ((Allah)) Most Gracious
is firmly established on the throne (of authority).
6. To Him belongs what
is in the heavens and on earth, and all between them, and all beneath
7. If thou pronounce
the word aloud, (it is no matter): for verily He knoweth what is
secret and what is yet more hidden.
8. Allah. there is no
god but He! To Him belong the most Beautiful Names.
9. Has the story of Moses
10. Behold, he saw a
fire: So he said to his family, "Tarry ye; I perceive a fire; perhaps
I can bring you some burning brand therefrom, or find some guidance
at the fire."
11. But when he came
to the fire, a voice was heard: "O Moses!
12. "Verily I am thy
Lord! therefore (in My presence) put off thy shoes: thou art in
the sacred valley Tuwa.
13. "I have chosen thee:
listen, then, to the inspiration (sent to thee).
14. "Verily, I am Allah.
There is no god but I: So serve thou Me (only), and establish regular
prayer for celebrating My praise.
15. "Verily the Hour
is coming - My design is to keep it hidden - for every soul to receive
its reward by the measure of its Endeavour.
16. "Therefore let not
such as believe not therein but follow their own lusts, divert thee
therefrom, lest thou perish!"..
17. "And what is that
in the right hand, O Moses?"
18. He said, "It is
my rod: on it I lean; with it I beat down fodder for my flocks;
and in it I find other uses."
19. ((Allah)) said,
"Throw it, O Moses!"
20. He threw it, and
behold! It was a snake, active in motion.
21. ((Allah)) said,
"Seize it, and fear not: We shall return it at once to its former
22. "Now draw thy hand
close to thy side: It shall come forth white (and shining), without
harm (or stain),- as another Sign,-
23. "In order that We
may show thee (two) of our Greater Signs.
24. "Go thou to Pharaoh,
for he has indeed transgressed all bounds."
25. (Moses) said: "O
my Lord! expand me my breast;
26. "Ease my task for
27. "And remove the
impediment from my speech,
28. "So they may understand
what I say:
29. "And give me a Minister
from my family,
30. "Aaron, my brother;
31. "Add to my strength
32. "And make him share
33. "That we may celebrate
Thy praise without stint,
34. "And remember Thee
35. "For Thou art He
that (ever) regardeth us."
36. ((Allah)) said:
"Granted is thy prayer, O Moses!"
37. "And indeed We conferred
a favour on thee another time (before).
38. "Behold! We sent
to thy mother, by inspiration, the message:
39. "'Throw (the child)
into the chest, and throw (the chest) into the river: the river
will cast him up on the bank, and he will be taken up by one who
is an enemy to Me and an enemy to him': But I cast (the garment
of) love over thee from Me: and (this) in order that thou mayest
be reared under Mine eye.
40. "Behold! thy sister
goeth forth and saith, 'shall I show you one who will nurse and
rear the (child)?' So We brought thee back to thy mother, that her
eye might be cooled and she should not grieve. Then thou didst slay
a man, but We saved thee from trouble, and We tried thee in various
ways. Then didst thou tarry a number of years with the people of
Midian. Then didst thou come hither as ordained, O Moses!
41. "And I have prepared
thee for Myself (for service)"..
42. "Go, thou and thy
brother, with My Signs, and slacken not, either of you, in keeping
Me in remembrance.
43. "Go, both of you,
to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds;
44. "But speak to him
mildly; perchance he may take warning or fear ((Allah))."
45. They (Moses and
Aaron) said: "Our Lord! We fear lest he hasten with insolence against
us, or lest he transgress all bounds."
46. He said: "Fear not:
for I am with you: I hear and see (everything).
47. "So go ye both to
him, and say, 'Verily we are apostles sent by thy Lord: Send forth,
therefore, the Children of Israel with us, and afflict them not:
with a Sign, indeed, have we come from thy Lord! and peace to all
who follow guidance!
48. "'Verily it has
been revealed to us that the Penalty (awaits) those who reject and
49. (When this message
was delivered), (Pharaoh) said: "Who, then, O Moses, is the Lord
of you two?"
50. He said: "Our Lord
is He Who gave to each (created) thing its form and nature, and
further, gave (it) guidance."
51. (Pharaoh) said:
"What then is the condition of previous generations?"
52. He replied: "The
knowledge of that is with my Lord, duly recorded: my Lord never
errs, nor forgets,-
53. "He Who has, made
for you the earth like a carpet spread out; has enabled you to go
about therein by roads (and channels); and has sent down water from
the sky." With it have We produced diverse pairs of plants each
separate from the others.
54. Eat (for yourselves)
and pasture your cattle: verily, in this are Signs for men endued
55. From the (earth)
did We create you, and into it shall We return you, and from it
shall We bring you out once again.
56. And We showed Pharaoh
all Our Signs, but he did reject and refuse.
57. He said: "Hast thou
come to drive us out of our land with thy magic, O Moses?
58. "But we can surely
produce magic to match thine! So make a tryst between us and thee,
which we shall not fail to keep - neither we nor thou - in a place
where both shall have even chances."
59. Moses said: "Your
tryst is the Day of the Festival, and let the people be assembled
when the sun is well up."
60. So Pharaoh withdrew:
He concerted his plan, and then came (back).
61. Moses said to him:
Woe to you! Forge not ye a lie against Allah, lest He destroy you
(at once) utterly by chastisement: the forger must suffer frustration!"
62. So they disputed,
one with another, over their affair, but they kept their talk secret.
63. They said: "These
two are certainly (expert) magicians: their object is to drive you
out from your land with their magic, and to do away with your most
64. "Therefore concert
your plan, and then assemble in (serried) ranks: He wins (all along)
today who gains the upper hand."
65. They said: "O Moses!
whether wilt thou that thou throw (first) or that we be the first
66. He said, "Nay, throw
ye first!" Then behold their ropes and their rods-so it seemed to
him on account of their magic - began to be in lively motion!
67. So Moses conceived
in his mind a (sort of) fear.
68. We said: "Fear not!
for thou hast indeed the upper hand:
69. "Throw that which
is in thy right hand: Quickly will it swallow up that which they
have faked what they have faked is but a magician's trick: and the
magician thrives not, (no matter) where he goes."
70. So the magicians
were thrown down to prostration: they said, "We believe in the Lord
of Aaron and Moses".
71. (Pharaoh) said:
"Believe ye in Him before I give you permission? Surely this must
be your leader, who has taught you magic! be sure I will cut off
your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will have you crucified
on trunks of palm-trees: so shall ye know for certain, which of
us can give the more severe and the more lasting punishment!"
72. They said: "Never
shall we regard thee as more than the Clear Sings that have come
to us, or than Him Who created us! so decree whatever thou desirest
to decree: for thou canst only decree (touching) the life of this
73. "For us, we have
believed in our Lord: may He forgive us our faults, and the magic
to which thou didst compel us: for Allah is Best and Most Abiding."
74. Verily he who comes
to his Lord as a sinner (at Judgment),- for him is Hell: therein
shall he neither die nor live.
75. But such as come
to Him as Believers who have worked righteous deeds,- for them are
76. Gardens of Eternity,
beneath which flow rivers: they will dwell therein for aye: such
is the reward of those who purify themselves (from evil).
77. We sent an inspiration
to Moses: "Travel by night with My servants, and strike a dry path
for them through the sea, without fear of being overtaken (by Pharaoh)
and without (any other) fear."
78. Then Pharaoh pursued
them with his forces, but the waters completely overwhelmed them
and covered them up.
79. Pharaoh led his
people astray instead of leading them aright.
80. O ye Children of
Israel! We delivered you from your enemy, and We made a Covenant
with you on the right side of Mount (Sinai), and We sent down to
you Manna and quails:
81. (Saying): "Eat of
the good things We have provided for your sustenance, but commit
no excess therein, lest My Wrath should justly descend on you: and
those on whom descends My Wrath do perish indeed!
82. "But, without doubt,
I am (also) He that forgives again and again, to those who repent,
believe, and do right, who,- in fine, are ready to receive true
83. (When Moses was
up on the Mount, Allah said:) "What made thee hasten in advance
of thy people, O Moses?"
84. He replied: "Behold,
they are close on my footsteps: I hastened to thee, O my Lord, to
85. ((Allah)) said:
"We have tested thy people in thy absence: the Samiri has led them
86. So Moses returned
to his people in a state of indignation and sorrow. He said: "O
my people! did not your Lord make a handsome promise to you? Did
then the promise seem to you long (in coming)? Or did ye desire
that Wrath should descend from your Lord on you, and so ye broke
your promise to me?"
87. They said: "We broke
not the promise to thee, as far as lay in our power: but we were
made to carry the weight of the ornaments of the (whole) people,
and we threw them (into the fire), and that was what the Samiri
88. "Then he brought
out (of the fire) before the (people) the image of a calf: It seemed
to low: so they said: This is your god, and the god of Moses, but
(Moses) has forgotten!"
89. Could they not see
that it could not return them a word (for answer), and that it had
no power either to harm them or to do them good?
90. Aaron had already,
before this said to them: "O my people! ye are being tested in this:
for verily your Lord is ((Allah)) Most Gracious; so follow me and
obey my command."
91. They had said: "We
will not abandon this cult, but we will devote ourselves to it until
Moses returns to us."
92. (Moses) said: "O
Aaron! what kept thee back, when thou sawest them going wrong,
93. "From following
me? Didst thou then disobey my order?"
94. (Aaron) replied:
"O son of my mother! Seize (me) not by my beard nor by (the hair
of) my head! Truly I feared lest thou shouldst say, 'Thou has caused
a division among the children of Israel, and thou didst not respect
95. (Moses) said: "What
then is thy case, O Samiri?"
96. He replied: "I saw
what they saw not: so I took a handful (of dust) from the footprint
of the Messenger, and threw it (into the calf): thus did my soul
suggest to me."
97. (Moses) said: "Get
thee gone! but thy (punishment) in this life will be that thou wilt
say, 'touch me not'; and moreover (for a future penalty) thou hast
a promise that will not fail: Now look at thy god, of whom thou
hast become a devoted worshipper: We will certainly (melt) it in
a blazing fire and scatter it broadcast in the sea!"
98. But the god of you
all is the One Allah. there is no god but He: all things He comprehends
in His knowledge.
99. Thus do We relate
to thee some stories of what happened before: for We have sent thee
a Message from Our own Presence.
100. If any do turn
away therefrom, verily they will bear a burden on the Day of judgment;
101. They will abide
in this (state): and grievous will the burden be to them on that
102. The Day when the
Trumpet will be sounded: that Day, We shall gather the sinful, blear-eyed
103. In whispers will
they consult each other: "Yet tarried not longer than ten (Days);
104. We know best what
they will say, when their leader most eminent in conduct will say:
"Ye tarried not longer than a day!"
105. They ask thee
concerning the Mountains: say, "My Lord will uproot them and scatter
them as dust;
106. "He will leave
them as plains smooth and level;
107. "Nothing crooked
or curved wilt thou see in their place."
108. On that Day will
they follow the Caller (straight): no crookedness (can they show)
him: all sounds shall humble themselves in the Presence of ((Allah))
Most Gracious: nothing shalt thou hear but the tramp of their feet
(as they march).
109. On that Day shall
no intercession avail except for those for whom permission has been
granted by ((Allah)) Most Gracious and whose word is acceptable
110. He knows what
(appears to His creatures as) before or after or behind them: but
they shall not compass it with their knowledge.
111. (All) faces shall
be humbled before (Him) - the Living, the Self-Subsisting, Eternal:
hopeless indeed will be the man that carries iniquity (on his back).
112. But he who works
deeds of righteousness, and has faith, will have no fear of harm
nor of any curtailment (of what is his due).
113. Thus have We sent
this down - an arabic Qur'an - and explained therein in detail some
of the warnings, in order that they may fear Allah, or that it may
cause their remembrance (of Him).
114. High above all
is Allah, the King, the Truth! Be not in haste with the Qur'an before
its revelation to thee is completed, but say, "O my Lord! advance
me in knowledge."
115. We had already,
beforehand, taken the covenant of Adam, but he forgot: and We found
on his part no firm resolve.
116. When We said to
the angels, "Prostrate yourselves to Adam", they prostrated themselves,
but not Iblis: he refused.
117. Then We said:
"O Adam! verily, this is an enemy to thee and thy wife: so let him
not get you both out of the Garden, so that thou art landed in misery.
118. "There is therein
(enough provision) for thee not to go hungry nor to go naked,
119. "Nor to suffer
from thirst, nor from the sun's heat."
120. But Satan whispered
evil to him: he said, "O Adam! shall I lead thee to the Tree of
Eternity and to a kingdom that never decays?"
121. In the result,
they both ate of the tree, and so their nakedness appeared to them:
they began to sew together, for their covering, leaves from the
Garden: thus did Adam disobey his Lord, and allow himself to be
122. But his Lord chose
him (for His Grace): He turned to him, and gave him Guidance.
123. He said: "Get
ye down, both of you,- all together, from the Garden, with enmity
one to another: but if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance
from Me, whosoever follows My Guidance, will not lose his way, nor
fall into misery.
124. "But whosoever
turns away from My Message, verily for him is a life narrowed down,
and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Judgment."
125. He will say: "O
my Lord! why hast Thou raised me up blind, while I had sight (before)?"
126. ((Allah)) will
say: "Thus didst Thou, when Our Signs came unto thee, disregard
them: so wilt thou, this day, be disregarded."
127. And thus do We
recompense him who transgresses beyond bounds and believes not in
the Sings of his Lord: and the Penalty of the Hereafter is far more
grievous and more enduring.
128. Is it not a warning
to such men (to call to mind) how many generations before them We
destroyed, in whose haunts they (now) move? Verily, in this are
Signs for men endued with understanding.
129. Had it not been
for a Word that went forth before from thy Lord, (their punishment)
must necessarily have come; but there is a Term appointed (for respite).
130. Therefore be patient
with what they say, and celebrate (constantly) the praises of thy
Lord, before the rising of the sun, and before its setting; yea,
celebrate them for part of the hours of the night, and at the sides
of the day: that thou mayest have (spiritual) joy.
131. Nor strain thine
eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to parties
of them, the splendour of the life of this world, through which
We test them: but the provision of thy Lord is better and more enduring.
132. Enjoin prayer
on thy people, and be constant therein. We ask thee not to provide
sustenance: We provide it for thee. But the (fruit of) the Hereafter
is for righteousness.
133. They say: "Why
does he not bring us a sign from his Lord?" Has not a Clear Sign
come to them of all that was in the former Books of revelation?
134. And if We had
inflicted on them a penalty before this, they would have said: "Our
Lord! If only Thou hadst sent us an apostle, we should certainly
have followed Thy Signs before we were humbled and put to shame."
135. Say: "Each one
(of us) is waiting: wait ye, therefore, and soon shall ye know who
it is that is on the straight and even way, and who it is that has