Sura 26: The Poets (Al-Shu`ara’)

Sura 26:  The Poets (Al-Shu`ara’)

Number of verses in sura: 227

Order of revelation: 47

 

[26:0]  In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

 

[26:1]  T. S. M.* (Ta, Seen, Mim)

 

*26:1 See Appendix 1 for the significance of these previously mysterious letters.

 

[26:2]  These (letters) constitute proofs of this clarifying scripture.

 

[26:3]  You may blame yourself that they are not believers.

 

[26:4]  If we will, we can send from the sky a sign that forces their necks to bow.

 

The Quran’s Mathematical Code

 

[26:5]  Whenever a reminder from the Most Gracious comes to them, that is new, they turn away in aversion.

 

[26:6]  Since they disbelieved, they have incurred the consequences of their heedlessness.

 

[26:7]  Have they not seen the earth, and how many kinds of beautiful plants we have grown thereon?

 

[26:8]  This should be a sufficient proof for them, but most of them are not believers.

 

[26:9]  Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

Moses

 

[26:10]  Recall that your Lord called Moses: “Go to the transgressing people.

 

[26:11]  “Pharaoh’s people; perhaps they reform.”

 

[26:12]  He said, “My Lord, I fear lest they disbelieve me.

 

[26:13]  “I may lose my temper. My tongue gets tied; send for my brother Aaron.

 

[26:14]  “Also, they consider me a fugitive; I fear lest they kill me.”

 

[26:15]  He said, “No, (they will not). Go with My proofs. We will be with you, listening.

 

[26:16]  “Go to Pharaoh and say, `We are messengers from the Lord of the universe.’

 

[26:17]  ” `Let the Children of Israel go.’ “

 

[26:18]  He said, “Did we not raise you from infancy, and you spent many years with us?

 

[26:19]  “Then you committed the crime that you committed, and you were ungrateful.”

 

[26:20]  He said, “Indeed, I did it when I was astray.

 

[26:21]  “Then I fled, when I feared you, and my Lord endowed me with wisdom and made me one of the messengers.

 

[26:22]  “You are boasting that you did me a favor, while enslaving the Children of Israel!”

 

[26:23]  Pharaoh said, “What is the Lord of the universe?”

 

[26:24]  He said, “The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. You should be certain about this.”

 

[26:25]  He said to those around him, “Did you hear this?”

 

[26:26]  He said, “Your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors.”

 

[26:27]  He said, “Your messenger who is sent to you is crazy.”

 

[26:28]  He said, “The Lord of the east and the west, and everything between them, if you understand.”

 

[26:29]  He said, “If you accept any god, other than me, I will throw you in the prison.”

 

[26:30]  He said, “What if I show you something profound?”

 

[26:31]  He said, “Then produce it, if you are truthful.”

 

[26:32]  He then threw his staff, whereupon it became a profound snake.

 

[26:33]  And he took out his hand, and it was white to the beholders.

 

[26:34]  He said to the elders around him, “This is an experienced magician.

 

[26:35]  “He wants to take you out of your land, with his magic. What do you suggest?”

 

[26:36]  They said, “Respite him and his brother, and send summoners to every town.

 

[26:37]  “Let them summon every experienced magician.”

 

[26:38]  The magicians were gathered at the appointed time, on the appointed day.

 

[26:39]  The people were told: “Come one and all; let us gather together here.

 

[26:40]  “Maybe we will follow the magicians, if they are the winners.”

 

[26:41]  When the magicians came, they said to Pharaoh, “Do we get paid, if we are the winners?”

 

[26:42]  He said, “Yes indeed; you will even be close to me.”

 

[26:43]  Moses said to them “Throw what you are going to throw.”

 

[26:44]  They threw their ropes and sticks, and said, “By Pharaoh’s majesty, we will be the victors.”

 

[26:45]  Moses threw his staff, whereupon it swallowed what they fabricated.

 

The Experts See the Truth

 

[26:46]  The magicians fell prostrate.

 

[26:47]  They said, “We believe in the Lord of the universe.

 

[26:48]  “The Lord of Moses and Aaron.”

 

[26:49]  He said, “Did you believe with him before I give you permission? He must be your teacher, who taught you magic. You will surely find out. I will sever your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you all.”

 

[26:50]  They said, “This will not change our decision; to our Lord we will return.

 

[26:51]  “We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, especially that we are the first believers.”

 

[26:52]  We inspired Moses: “Travel with My servants; you will be pursued.”

 

[26:53]  Pharaoh sent to the cities callers.

 

[26:54]  (Proclaiming,) “This is a small gang.

 

[26:55]  “They are now opposing us.

 

[26:56]  “Let us all beware of them.”

 

The Inevitable Retribution

 

[26:57]  Consequently, we deprived them of gardens and springs.

 

[26:58]  And treasures and an honorable position.

 

[26:59]  Then we made it an inheritance for the Children of Israel.

 

[26:60]  They pursued them towards the east.

 

[26:61]  When both parties saw each other, Moses’ people said, “We will be caught.”

 

[26:62]  He said, “No way. My Lord is with me; He will guide me.”

 

[26:63]  We then inspired Moses: “Strike the sea with your staff,” whereupon it parted. Each part was like a great hill.

 

[26:64]  We then delivered them all.

 

[26:65]  We thus saved Moses and all those who were with him.

 

[26:66]  And we drowned the others.

 

[26:67]  This should be a sufficient proof, but most people are not believers.

 

[26:68]  Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

Abraham

 

[26:69]  Narrate to them Abraham’s history.

 

[26:70]  He said to his father and his people, “What is this you are worshiping?”

 

[26:71]  They said, “We worship statues; we are totally devoted to them.”

 

[26:72]  He said, “Can they hear you when you implore?

 

[26:73]  “Can they benefit you, or harm you?”

 

[26:74]  They said, “No; but we found our parents doing this.”

 

[26:75]  He said, “Do you see these idols that you worship.

 

[26:76]  “You and your ancestors.

 

[26:77]  “I am against them, for I am devoted only to the Lord of the universe.

 

[26:78]  “The One who created me, and guided me.

 

[26:79]  “The One who feeds me and waters me.

 

[26:80]  “And when I get sick, He heals me.

 

[26:81]  “The One who puts me to death, then brings me back to life.

 

[26:82]  “The One who hopefully will forgive my sins on the Day of Judgment.

 

[26:83]  “My Lord, grant me wisdom, and include me with the righteous.

 

[26:84]  “Let the example I set for the future generations be a good one.

 

[26:85]  “Make me one of the inheritors of the blissful Paradise.

 

[26:86]  “And forgive my father, for he has gone astray.

 

[26:87]  “And do not forsake me on the Day of Resurrection.”

 

[26:88]  That is the day when neither money, nor children, can help.

 

[26:89]  Only those who come to GOD with their whole heart (will be saved).

 

[26:90]  Paradise will be presented to the righteous.

 

[26:91]  Hell will be set up for the strayers.

 

They Will Disown Their Idols

 

[26:92]  They will be asked, “Where are the idols you had worshiped

 

[26:93]  “beside GOD? Can they help you now? Can they help themselves?”

 

[26:94]  They will be thrown therein, together with the strayers.

 

[26:95]  And all of Satan’s soldiers.

 

[26:96]  They will say as they feud therein,

 

[26:97]  “By GOD, we were far astray.

 

[26:98]  “How could we set you up to rank with the Lord of the universe?

 

[26:99]  “Those who misled us were wicked.

 

[26:100]  “Now we have no intercessors.

 

[26:101]  “Nor a single close friend.

 

[26:102]  “If only we could get another chance, we would then believe.”

 

[26:103]  This should be a good lesson. But most people are not believers.

 

[26:104]  Your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

Noah

 

[26:105]  The people of Noah disbelieved the messengers.

 

[26:106]  Their brother Noah said to them, “Would you not be righteous?

 

[26:107]  “I am an honest messenger to you.

 

[26:108]  “You shall reverence GOD and obey me.

 

[26:109]  “I do not ask you for any wage. My wage comes from the Lord of the universe.

 

[26:110]  “You shall reverence GOD and obey me.”

 

[26:111]  They said, “How can we believe with you, when the worst among us have followed you?”

 

[26:112]  He said, “How do I know what they did?

 

[26:113]  “Their judgment rests only with my Lord, if you could perceive.

 

[26:114]  “I will never dismiss the believers.

 

[26:115]  “I am no more than a clarifying warner.”

 

[26:116]  They said, “Unless you refrain, O Noah, you will be stoned.”

 

[26:117]  He said, “My Lord, my people have disbelieved me.

 

[26:118]  “Grant me victory against them, and deliver me and my company of believers.”

 

[26:119]  We delivered him and those who accompanied him in the loaded ark.

 

[26:120]  Then we drowned the others.

 

[26:121]  This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.

 

[26:122]  Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

Hood

 

[26:123]  `Aad disbelieved the messengers.

 

[26:124]  Their brother Hood said to them, “Would you not be righteous?

 

[26:125]  “I am an honest messenger to you.

 

[26:126]  “You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.

 

[26:127]  “I do not ask you for any wage; my wage comes from the Lord of the universe.

 

[26:128]  “You build on every hill a mansion for vanity’s sake.

 

[26:129]  “You set up buildings as if you last forever.

 

[26:130]  “And when you strike, you strike mercilessly.

 

[26:131]  “You shall reverence GOD and obey me.

 

[26:132]  “Reverence the One who provided you with all the things you know.

 

[26:133]  “He provided you with livestock and children.

 

[26:134]  “And gardens and springs.

 

[26:135]  “I fear for you the retribution of an awesome day.”

 

[26:136]  They said, “It is the same whether you preach, or do not preach.

 

[26:137]  “That affliction was limited to our ancestors.

 

[26:138]  “No retribution will ever befall us.”

 

[26:139]  They thus disbelieved and, consequently, we annihilated them. This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.

 

[26:140]  Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

Saaleh

 

[26:141]  Thamoud disbelieved the messengers.

 

[26:142]  Their brother Saaleh said to them, “Would you not be righteous?

 

[26:143]  “I am an honest messenger to you.

 

[26:144]  “You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.

 

[26:145]  “I do not ask you for any wage; my wage comes only from the Lord of the universe.

 

[26:146]  “Do you suppose you will be left forever, secure in this state?

 

[26:147]  “You enjoy gardens and springs.

 

[26:148]  “And crops and date palms with delicious fruits.

 

[26:149]  “You carve out of the mountains luxurious mansions.

 

[26:150]  “You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.

 

[26:151]  “Do not obey the transgressors.

 

[26:152]  “Who commit evil, not good works.”

 

[26:153]  They said, “You are bewitched.

 

[26:154]  “You are no more than a human like us. Produce a miracle, if you are truthful.”

 

[26:155]  He said, “Here is a camel that will drink only on a day that is assigned to her; a day that is different from your specified days of drinking.

 

[26:156]  “Do not touch her with any harm, lest you incur retribution on an awesome day.”

 

[26:157]  They slaughtered her, and thus incurred sorrow.

 

[26:158]  The retribution overwhelmed them. This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.

 

[26:159]  Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

Lot

 

[26:160]  The people of Lot disbelieved the messengers.

 

[26:161]  Their brother Lot said to them, “Would you not be righteous?

 

[26:162]  “I am an honest messenger to you.

 

[26:163]  “You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.

 

[26:164]  “I do not ask you for any wage; my wage comes only from the Lord of the universe.

 

[26:165]  “Do you have sex with the males, of all the people?

 

[26:166]  “You forsake the wives that your Lord has created for you! Indeed, you are transgressing people.”

 

[26:167]  They said, “Unless you refrain, O Lot, you will be banished.”

 

[26:168]  He said, “I deplore your actions.”

 

[26:169]  “My Lord, save me and my family from their works.”

 

[26:170]  We saved him and all his family.

 

[26:171]  But not the old woman; she was doomed.

 

[26:172]  We then destroyed the others.

 

[26:173]  We showered them with a miserable shower; what a terrible shower for those who had been warned!

 

[26:174]  This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.

 

[26:175]  Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

Shu`aib

 

[26:176]  The People of the Woods disbelieved the messengers.

 

[26:177]  Shu`aib said to them, “Would you not be righteous?

 

[26:178]  “I am an honest messenger to you.

 

[26:179]  “You shall reverence GOD, and obey me.

 

[26:180]  “I do not ask you for any wage; my wage comes only from the Lord of the universe.

 

[26:181]  “You shall give full measure when you trade; do not cheat.

 

[26:182]  “You shall weigh with an equitable scale.

 

[26:183]  “Do not cheat the people out of their rights, and do not roam the earth corruptingly.

 

[26:184]  “Reverence the One who created you and the previous generations.”

 

[26:185]  They said, “You are bewitched.

 

[26:186]  “You are no more than a human being like us. In fact, we think you are a liar.

 

[26:187]  “Let masses from the sky fall on us, if you are truthful.”

 

[26:188]  He said, “My Lord is the One who knows everything you do.”

 

[26:189]  They disbelieved him and, consequently, they incurred the retribution of the Day of the Canopy. It was the retribution of an awesome day.

 

[26:190]  This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.

 

[26:191]  Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

The Quran

 

[26:192]  This is a revelation from the Lord of the universe.

 

[26:193]  The Honest Spirit (Gabriel) came down with it.

 

[26:194]  To reveal it into your heart, that you may be one of the warners.

 

[26:195]  In a perfect Arabic tongue.

 

[26:196]  It has been prophesied in the books of previous generations.

 

[26:197]  Is it not a sufficient sign for them that it was known to the scholars among the Children of Israel?

 

The Quran Must Be Translated

 

[26:198]  If we revealed this to people who do not know Arabic.

 

[26:199]  And had him recite it (in Arabic), they could not possibly believe in it.

 

[26:200]  We thus render it (like a foreign language) in the hearts of the guilty.

 

[26:201]  Thus, they cannot believe in it; not until they see the painful retribution.

 

[26:202]  It will come to them suddenly, when they least expect it.

 

[26:203]  They will then say, “Can we have a respite?”

 

[26:204]  Did they not challenge our retribution?

 

[26:205]  As you see, we allowed them to enjoy for years.

 

[26:206]  Then the retribution came to them, just as promised.

 

[26:207]  Their vast resources did not help them in the least.

 

[26:208]  We never annihilate any community without sending warners.

 

[26:209]  Therefore, this is a reminder, for we are never unjust.

 

False Messengers Incapable of Preaching

the Worship of God ALONE*

 

[26:210]  The devils can never reveal this.

 

*26:210 A false messenger is a messenger of Satan, for he is the fabricator of the most horrendous lie. Such a messenger can never denounce idolatry, or preach the worship of God ALONE.

 

[26:211]  They neither would, nor could.

 

[26:212]  For they are prevented from hearing.

 

[26:213]  Therefore, do not idolize beside GOD any other god, lest you incur the retribution.

 

God’s Messenger of the Covenant*

 

[26:214]  You shall preach to the people who are closest to you.

 

*26:214-223 These verses refer to God’s Messenger of the Covenant: the sum of the gematrical value of “Rashad Khalifa” (1230), plus the verse number (214) is 1230+214=1444=19×76= 19x19x4, and the sum of the verse numbers from 214 through 223 is 2185=19×115 (Appendix 1).

 

[26:215]  And lower your wing for the believers who follow you.

 

[26:216]  If they disobey you, then say, “I disown what you do.”

 

[26:217]  And put your trust in the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

[26:218]  Who sees you when you meditate during the night.

 

[26:219]  And your frequent prostrations.

 

[26:220]  He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.

 

[26:221]  Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend?

 

[26:222]  They descend upon every guilty fabricator.

 

[26:223]  They pretend to listen, but most of them are liars.

 

[26:224]  As for the poets, they are followed only by the strayers.

 

[26:225]  Do you not see that their loyalty shifts according to the situation?

 

[26:226]  And that they say what they do not do?

 

[26:227]  Exempted are those who believe, lead a righteous life, commemorate GOD frequently, and stand up for their rights. Surely, the transgressors will find out what their ultimate destiny is.