#28. Qasa *SURAH*
In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful
1. Ta Sin Mim.
2. These are Verses of the Book that makes (things) clear
3. We rehearse to thee some of the story of Moses and Pharaoh in
Truth for people who believe
4. 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 mischief
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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 apostles."
8. 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
9. The wife of Pharaoh said: "(Here is) a joy of the eye for me
and for thee:slay him not. It may be that he will be of use to us
or we may adopt him as a son." And they perceived not (what they
10. 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
11. And she said to the sister of (Moses) "Follow him." So she
(the sister) watched him in the character of a stranger and they
12. 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 him?"
13. 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
14. 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
15. 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 manifestly misleads!"
16. 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 Merciful.
17. He said: "O my Lord! for that Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace on
me never shall I be a help to those who sin!"
18. 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!"
19. 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 right!"
20. 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
21. He therefore got away therefrom looking about in a state of
fear. He prayed: "O my Lord! save me from people given to
22. 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
23. 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."
24. 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!"
25. 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 people."
26. 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 and trusty"
27. He said: "I intended 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 righteous."
28. 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."
29. 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."
30. 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
31. "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
32. "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
33. He said: "O my Lord! I have slain a man among them and I fear
lest they slay me
34. "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."
35. 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 Signs shall ye triumph you two as
well as those who follow you."
36. 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!"
37. 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 wrongdoers will not prosper."
38. Pharaoh said: "O Chiefs! no god do I know for you but myself:
therefore 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!"
39. 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
40. 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!
41. And We made them (but) leaders inviting to the Fire; and on
the Day of Judgment no help shall they find
42. In this world We made a Curse to follow them: and on the Day
of Judgment they will be among the loathed (and despised)
43. 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
44. Thou wast not on the Western Side when We decreed the
commission to Moses nor wast thou a witness (of those events)
45. 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 apostles (with inspiration)
46. Nor wast thou at the side of (the Mountain of) Tur when We
called (to Moses) Yet (art thou sent) as a 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
47. 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 send us an
apostle? We should then have followed the Signs and been amongst
those who believe!"
48. 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
49. 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
50. But if they hearken not to thee know that they only follow
their own lusts: and who is more astray than one who follows his
own lusts devoid of guidance from Allah? For Allah guides not
people given to wrongdoing
51. Now have We caused the word to reach them themselves in order
that they may receive admonition
52. Those to whom We sent the Book before this they do believe in
53. 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."
54. 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
55. 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 ignorant."
56. It is true thou wilt not be able to guide everyone whom thou
lovest: but Allah guides those whom He will and He knows best
those who receive guidance
57. 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
58. 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
59. Nor was thy Lord the one to destroy a population until He had
sent to its Center an apostle rehearsing to them Our Signs: nor
are We going to destroy a population except when its members
60. 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
61. Are (these two) alike? one to whom We have made a goodly
promise and who is going to reach its (fulfillment) 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)?
62. That Day Allah will call to them and say: "Where are my
`partners' whom ye imagined (to be such)?"
63. 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."
64. 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!'
65. That Day (Allah) will call to them and say: "What was the
answer ye gave to the apostles?"
66. 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 other
67. But any that (in this life) had repented believed and worked
righteousness will have hopes to be among those who achieve
68. 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)!
69. And thy Lord knows all that their hearts conceal and all that
70. 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
71. 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?
72. 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?
73. 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
74. The Day that He will call on them He will say: "Where are My
`partners' whom ye imagined (to be such)?"
75. 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 the lurch."
76. 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)
77. "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."
78. He said: "This has been given to me because of a certain
knowledge which have." Did he not know that Allah had destroyed
before him (whole) generations which were superior to him in
strength and greater in amount (of riches) they had collected?
But the wicked are not called (immediately) to account for their
79. So he went forth among his people in the (pride of his
worldly) 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 fortune."
80. 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)."
81. Then We caused the earth to swallow him up and his house; and
he had not (the least little) party to help him against Allah nor
could he defend himself
82. 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."
83. That House of the Hereafter We shall give to those who intend
not high-handedness or mischief on earth: and the End is (best)
for the righteous
84. 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
85. 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."
86. 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)
87. 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
88. 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