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20 TA HA (1 – 50)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Ta Ha

We have not sent down the Koran upon thee for thee to be unprosperous, but only as a reminder to him who fears, a revelation from Him who created the earth and the high heavens; the All-merciful sat Himself upon the Throne; to Him belongs 5all that is in the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and all that is underneath the soil.

Be thou loud in thy speech, yet surely He knows the secret and that yet more hidden. God— there is no god but He. To Him belong the Names Most Beautiful.

Hast thou received the story of Moses? When he saw a fire, and said to his family, ‘Tarry you here; I observe a fire. 10Perhaps I shall bring you a brand from it, or I shall find at the fire guidance.’ When he came to it, a voice cried, ‘Moses, I am thy Lord; put off thy shoes; thou art in the holy valley, Towa. I Myself have chosen thee; therefore give thou ear to this revelation. Verily I am God; there is no god but I; therefore serve Me, and perform the prayer of My remembrance. 15The Hour is coming; I would conceal it that every soul may be recompensed for its labours. Let none bar thee from it, that believes not in it but follows after his own caprice, or thou wilt perish. What is that, Moses, thou hast in thy right hand?’ ‘Why, it is my staff,’ said Moses. ‘I lean upon it, and with it I beat down leaves to feed my sheep; other uses also I find in it.’ 20Said He, ‘Cast it down, Moses!’ and he cast it down, and behold it was a serpent sliding. Said He, ‘Take it, and fear not; We will restore it to its first state. Now clasp thy hand to thy arm-pit; it shall come forth white, without evil. That is a second sign. So We would show thee some of Our greatest signs. 30Go to Pharaoh; he has waxed insolent.’ ‘Lord, open my breast,’ said Moses, ‘and do Thou ease for me my task. Unloose the knot upon my tongue, that they may understand my words. 35Appoint for me of my folk a familiar, Aaron, my brother; by him confirm my strength, and associate him with me in my task. So shall we glorify Thee, and remember Thee abundantly. Surely Thou seest into us.’ Said He, ‘Thou art granted, Moses, thy petition. Already another time We favoured thee, when We revealed what was revealed unto thy mother: “Cast him into the ark, and cast him into the river, and let the river throw him up on the shore. An enemy of Mine and his shall take him.” And I loaded on thee love from Me, 40and to be formed in My sight, when thy sister went out, saying, “Shall I point you to one to have charge of him?” So We returned thee to thy mother that she might rejoice, and not sorrow. Then thou slewest a living soul, and We delivered thee out of grief, and We tried thee with many trials. Many years among the people of Midian thou didst sojourn, then camest hither, Moses, according to a decree. I have chosen thee for My service; go therefore, thou and thy brother, with My signs, and neglect not 45to remember Me. Go to Pharaoh, for he has waxed insolent; yet speak gently to him, that haply he may be mindful, or perchance fear.’ ‘O our Lord,’ said Moses and Aaron, ‘truly we fear he may exceed against us, or wax insolent.’ ‘Fear not,’ said He. ‘Surely I shall be with you, hearing and seeing. So go you both to Pharaoh, and say, “We are the Messengers of thy Lord, so send forth with us the Children of Israel and chastise them not; we have brought thee a sign from thy Lord; and peace be upon him who follows the guidance! It has been revealed to us that 50chastisement shall light upon him who cries lies and turns his back.”

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