028 : The Story
Ta. Sin. Mim.
These are Verses of the Book that makes (things) clear.
We rehearse to thee some of the story of Moses and Pharaoh in
Truth, for people who believe.
Truly Pharaoh elated himself in the land and broke up its
people into sections, depressing a small group among them: their sons he
slew, but he kept alive their females: for he was indeed a maker of
And We wished to be Gracious to those who were being depressed
in the land, to make them leaders (in Faith) and make them heirs,
To establish a firm place for them in the land, and to show
Pharaoh, Haman, and their hosts, at their hands, the very things against
which they were taking precautions.
So We sent this inspiration to the mother of Moses: "Suckle
(thy child), but when thou hast fears about him, cast him into the river,
but fear not nor grieve: for We shall restore him to thee, and We shall
make him one of Our messengers."
Then the people of Pharaoh picked him up (from the river): (It
was intended) that (Moses) should be to them an adversary and a cause of
sorrow: for Pharaoh and Haman and (all) their hosts were men of sin.
The wife of Pharaoh said: "(Here is) joy of the eye, for me
and for thee: slay him not. It may be that he will be use to us, or we may
adopt him as a son." And they perceived not (what they were doing)!
But there came to be a void in the heart of the mother of
Moses: She was going almost to disclose his (case), had We not strengthened
her heart (with faith), so that she might remain a (firm) believer.
And she said to the sister of (Moses), "Follow him" so she
(the sister) watched him in the character of a stranger. And they knew
And we ordained that he refused suck at first, until (His
sister came up and) said: "Shall I point out to you the people of a house
that will nourish and bring him up for you and be sincerely attached to
Thus did We restore him to his mother, that her eye might be
comforted, that she might not grieve, and that she might know that the
promise of Allah is true: but most of them do not understand.
When he reached full age, and was firmly established (in
life), We bestowed on him wisdom and knowledge: for thus do We reward those
who do good.
And he entered the city at a time when its people were not
watching: and he found there two men fighting,- one of his own religion,
and the other, of his foes. Now the man of his own religion appealed to him
against his foe, and Moses struck him with his fist and made an end of him.
He said: "This is a work of Evil (Satan): for he is an enemy that
He prayed: "O my Lord! I have indeed wronged my soul! Do Thou
then forgive me!" So (Allah) forgave him: for He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most
He said: "O my Lord! For that Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace on
me, never shall I be a help to those who sin!"
So he saw the morning in the city, looking about, in a state
of fear, when behold, the man who had, the day before, sought his help
called aloud for his help (again). Moses said to him: "Thou art truly, it
is clear, a quarrelsome fellow!"
Then, when he decided to lay hold of the man who was an enemy
to both of them, that man said: "O Moses! Is it thy intention to slay me as
thou slewest a man yesterday? Thy intention is none other than to become a
powerful violent man in the land, and not to be one who sets things
And there came a man, running, from the furthest end of the
City. He said: "O Moses! the Chiefs are taking counsel together about thee,
to slay thee: so get thee away, for I do give thee sincere advice."
He therefore got away therefrom, looking about, in a state of
fear. He prayed "O my Lord! save me from people given to wrong-doing."
Then, when he turned his face towards (the land of) Madyan, he
said: "I do hope that my Lord will show me the smooth and straight Path."
And when he arrived at the watering (place) in Madyan, he
found there a group of men watering (their flocks), and besides them he
found two women who were keeping back (their flocks). He said: "What is
the matter with you?" They said: "We cannot water (our flocks) until the
shepherds take back (their flocks): And our father is a very old man."
So he watered (their flocks) for them; then he turned back to
the shade, and said:"O my Lord! truly am I in (desperate) need of any good
that Thou dost send me!"
Afterwards one of the (damsels) came (back) to him, walking
bashfully. She said: "My father invites thee that he may reward thee for
having watered (our flocks) for us." So when he came to him and narrated
the story, he said: "Fear thou not: (well) hast thou escaped from unjust
Said one of the (damsels): "O my (dear) father! engage him on
wages: truly the best of men for thee to employ is the (man) who is strong
He said: "I intend to wed one of these my daughters to thee,
on condition that thou serve me for eight years; but if thou complete ten
years, it will be (grace) from thee. But I intend not to place thee under a
difficulty: thou wilt find me, indeed, if Allah wills, one of the
He said: "Be that (the agreement) between me and thee:
whichever of the two terms I fulfil, let there be no ill-will to me. Be Allah
a witness to what we say."
Now when Moses had fulfilled the term, and was travelling
with his family, he perceived a fire in the direction of Mount Tur. He said
to his family: "Tarry ye; I perceive a fire; I hope to bring you from there
some information, or a burning firebrand, that ye may warm yourselves."
But when he came to the (fire), a voice was heard from the
right bank of the valley, from a tree in hallowed ground: "O Moses! Verily
I am Allah, the Lord of the Worlds....
"Now do thou throw thy rod!" but when he saw it moving (of its
own accord) as if it had been a snake, he turned back in retreat, and
retraced not his steps: O Moses!" (It was said), "Draw near, and fear not:
for thou art of those who are secure.
"Move thy hand into thy bosom, and it will come forth white
without stain (or harm), and draw thy hand close to thy side (to guard)
against fear. Those are the two credentials from thy Lord to Pharaoh and
his Chiefs: for truly they are a people rebellious and wicked."
He said: "O my Lord! I have slain a man among them, and I fear
lest they slay me.
"And my brother Aaron - He is more eloquent in speech than I:
so send him with me as a helper, to confirm (and strengthen) me: for I fear
that they may accuse me of falsehood."
He said: "We will certainly strengthen thy arm through thy
brother, and invest you both with authority, so they shall not be able to
touch you: with Our Sign shall ye triumph,- you two as well as those who
When Moses came to them with Our clear signs, they said: "This
is nothing but sorcery faked up: never did we hear the like among our
fathers of old!"
Moses said: "My Lord knows best who it is that comes with
guidance from Him and whose end will be best in the Hereafter: certain it
is that the wrong-doers will not prosper."
Pharaoh said: "O Chiefs! no god do I know for you but myself:
therefore, O Haman! light me a (kiln to bake bricks) out of clay, and build
me a lofty palace, that I may mount up to the god of Moses: but as far as I
am concerned, I think (Moses) is a liar!"
And he was arrogant and insolent in the land, beyond reason,-
He and his hosts: they thought that they would not have to return to Us!
So We seized him and his hosts, and We flung them into the
sea: Now behold what was the end of those who did wrong!
And we made them (but) leaders inviting to the Fire; and on
the Day of Judgment no help shall they find.
in this world We made a curse to follow them and on the Day of
Judgment they will be among the loathed (and despised).
We did reveal to Moses the Book after We had destroyed the
earlier generations, (to give) Insight to men, and guidance and Mercy, that
they might receive admonition.
Thou wast not on the Western side when We decreed the
Commission to Moses, nor wast thou a witness (of those events).
But We raised up (new) generations, and long were the ages
that passed over them; but thou wast not a dweller among the people of
Madyan, rehearsing Our Signs to them; but it is We Who send messengers (with
Nor wast thou at the side of (the Mountain of) Tur when we
called (to Moses). Yet (art thou sent) as Mercy from thy Lord, to give
warning to a people to whom no warner had come before thee: in order that
they may receive admonition.
If (We had) not (sent thee to the Quraish),- in case a
calamity should seize them for (the deeds) that their hands have sent
forth, they might say: "Our Lord! why didst Thou not sent us a messenger? We
should then have followed Thy Signs and been amongst those who believe!"
But (now), when the Truth has come to them from Ourselves,
they say, "Why are not (Signs) sent to him, like those which were sent to
Moses?" Do they not then reject (the Signs) which were formerly sent to
Moses? They say: "Two kinds of sorcery, each assisting the other!" And they
say: "For us, we reject all (such things)!"
Say: "Then bring ye a Book from Allah, which is a better guide
than either of them, that I may follow it! (do), if ye are truthful!"
But if they hearken not to thee, know that they only follow
their own lusts: and who is more astray than one who follow his own lusts,
devoid of guidance from Allah? for Allah guides not people given to
Now have We caused the Word to reach them themselves, in order
that they may receive admonition.
Those to whom We sent the Book before this,- they do believe
in this (revelation):
And when it is recited to them, they say: "We believe therein,
for it is the Truth from our Lord: indeed we have been Muslims (bowing to
Allah's Will) from before this.
Twice will they be given their reward, for that they have
persevered, that they avert Evil with Good, and that they spend (in
charity) out of what We have given them.
And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and
say: "To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the
It is true thou wilt not be able to guide every one, whom thou
lovest; but Allah guides those whom He will and He knows best those who
They say: "If we were to follow the guidance with thee, we
should be snatched away from our land." Have We not established for them a
secure sanctuary, to which are brought as tribute fruits of all kinds,- a
provision from Ourselves? but most of them understand not.
And how many populations We destroyed, which exulted in their
life (of ease and plenty)! now those habitations of theirs, after them, are
deserted,- All but a (miserable) few! and We are their heirs!
Nor was thy Lord the one to destroy a population until He had
sent to its centre a messenger, rehearsing to them Our Signs; nor are We
going to destroy a population except when its members practise iniquity.
The (material) things which ye are given are but the
conveniences of this life and the glitter thereof; but that which is with
Allah is better and more enduring: will ye not then be wise?
Are (these two) alike?- one to whom We have made a goodly
promise, and who is going to reach its (fulfilment), and one to whom We
have given the good things of this life, but who, on the Day of Judgment,
is to be among those brought up (for punishment)?
That Day (Allah) will call to them, and say "Where are my
'partners'?- whom ye imagined (to be such)?"
Those against whom the charge will be proved, will say: "Our
Lord! These are the ones whom we led astray: we led them astray, as we were
astray ourselves: we free ourselves (from them) in Thy presence: it was not
us they worshipped."
It will be said (to them): "Call upon your 'partners' (for
help)" :they will call upon them, but they will not listen to them; and
they will see the Penalty (before them); (how they will wish) 'if only they
had been open to guidance!'
That Day (Allah) will call to them, and say: "What was the
answer ye gave to the messengers?"
Then the (whole) story that Day will seem obscure to them
(like light to the blind) and they will not be able (even) to question each
But any that (in this life) had repented, believed, and worked
righteousness, will have hopes to be among those who achieve salvation.
Thy Lord does create and choose as He pleases: no choice have
they (in the matter): Glory to Allah! and far is He above the partners they
ascribe (to Him)!
And thy Lord knows all that their hearts conceal and all that
And He is Allah: There is no god but He. To Him be praise, at
the first and at the last: for Him is the Command, and to Him shall ye
(all) be brought back.
Say: See ye? If Allah were to make the night perpetual over you
to the Day of Judgment, what god is there other than Allah, who can give you
enlightenment? Will ye not then hearken?
Say: See ye? If Allah were to make the day perpetual over you to
the Day of Judgment, what god is there other than Allah, who can give you a
night in which ye can rest? Will ye not then see?
It is out of His Mercy that He has made for you Night and
Day,- that ye may rest therein, and that ye may seek of his Grace;- and in
order that ye may be grateful.
The Day that He will call on them, He will say: "Where are my
'partners'? whom ye imagined (to be such)?"
And from each people shall We draw a witness, and We shall
say: "Produce your Proof": then shall they know that the Truth is in Allah
(alone), and the (lies) which they invented will leave them in lurch.
Qarun was doubtless, of the people of Moses; but he acted
insolently towards them: such were the treasures We had bestowed on him
that their very keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men,
behold, his people said to him: "Exult not, for Allah loveth not those who
exult (in riches).
"But seek, with the (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on thee,
the Home of the Hereafter, nor forget thy portion in this world: but do
thou good, as Allah has been good to thee, and seek not (occasions for)
mischief in the land: for Allah loves not those who do mischief."
He said: "This has been given to me because of a certain
knowledge which I have." Did he not know that Allah had destroyed, before
him, (whole) generations,- which were superior to him in strength and
greater in the amount (of riches) they had collected? but the wicked are
not called (immediately) to account for their sins.
So he went forth among his people in the (pride of his wordly)
glitter. Said those whose aim is the Life of this World: "Oh! that we had
the like of what Qarun has got! for he is truly a lord of mighty good
But those who had been granted (true) knowledge said: "Alas
for you! The reward of Allah (in the Hereafter) is best for those who believe
and work righteousness: but this none shall attain, save those who
steadfastly persevere (in good)."
Then We caused the earth to swallow up him and his house; and
he had not (the least little) party to help him against Allah, nor could he
And those who had envied his position the day before began to
say on the morrow: "Ah! it is indeed Allah Who enlarges the provision or
restricts it, to any of His servants He pleases! had it not been that Allah
was gracious to us, He could have caused the earth to swallow us up! Ah!
those who reject Allah will assuredly never prosper."
That Home of the Hereafter We shall give to those who intend
not high-handedness or mischief on earth: and the end is (best) for the
If any does good, the reward to him is better than his deed;
but if any does evil, the doers of evil are only punished (to the extent)
of their deeds.
Verily He Who ordained the Qur'an for thee, will bring thee
back to the Place of Return. Say: "My Lord knows best who it is that brings
true guidance, and who is in manifest error."
And thou hadst not expected that the Book would be sent to
thee except as a Mercy from thy Lord: Therefore lend not thou support in
any way to those who reject (Allah's Message).
And let nothing keep thee back from the Signs of Allah after
they have been revealed to thee: and invite (men) to thy Lord, and be not
of the company of those who join gods with Allah.
And call not, besides Allah, on another god. There is no god but
He. Everything (that exists) will perish except His own Face. To Him
belongs the Command, and to Him will ye (all) be brought back.
028 : The Story