< Surah 20:77-98


Surah 20


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Absurdity Injustice Cruelty 20:77-84

77 And verily We inspired Moses, saying: Take away My slaves by night and strike for them a dry path in the sea, fearing not to be overtaken, neither being afraid (of the sea).

We [Allah] inspired Moses, saying,

Leave with your slaves at night through a dry patch in the sea.

78 Then Pharaoh followed them with his hosts and there covered them that which did cover them of the sea.

79 And Pharaoh led his folk astray, he did not guide them.

The Pharaoah and his army followed and were drowned. [1]

80 O Children of Israel! We delivered you from your enemy, and we made a covenant with you on the holy mountain's side, and sent down on you the manna and the quails,

81 (Saying): Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you, and transgress not in respect thereof lest My wrath come upon you: and he on whom My wrath cometh, he is lost indeed.

82 And lo! verily I am Forgiving toward him who repenteth and believeth and doeth good, and afterward walketh aright.

83 And (it was said): What hath made thee hasten from thy folk, O Moses?

84 He said: They are close upon my track. I hastened unto Thee, my Lord, that Thou mightest be well pleased.

We sent manna and quails. [2]

As-Samiri's saffron calf
Absurdity 20:85-98

85 He said: Lo! We have tried thy folk in thine absence, and As-Samiri hath misled them.

86 Then Moses went back unto his folk, angry and sad. He said: O my people! Hath not your Lord promised you a fair promise? Did the time appointed then appear too long for you, or did ye wish that wrath from your Lord should come upon you, that ye broke tryst with me?

87 They said: We broke not tryst with thee of our own will, but we were laden with burdens of ornaments of the folk, then cast them (in the fire), for thus As-Samiri proposed.

As-Samiri mislead your people. [3]

88 Then he produced for them a calf, of saffron hue, which gave forth a lowing sound. And they cried: This is your god and the god of Moses, but he hath forgotten.

89 See they not, then, that it returneth no saying unto them and possesseth for them neither hurt nor use?

90 And Aaron indeed had told them beforehand: O my people! Ye are but being seduced therewith, for lo! your Lord is the Beneficent, so follow me and obey my order.

91 They said: We shall by no means cease to be its votaries till Moses return unto us.

92 He (Moses) said: O Aaron! What held thee back when thou didst see them gone astray,

93 That thou followedst me not? Hast thou then disobeyed my order?

As-Samiri made a saffron-colored calf,

which made a lowing sound.

94 He said: O son of my mother! Clutch not my beard nor my head! I feared lest thou shouldst say: Thou hast caused division among the Children of Israel, and hast not waited for my word.

When Moses returned from the mountain, Aaron said to him,

Don't grab my beard or head.

95 (Moses) said: And what hast thou to say, O Samiri?

96 He said: I perceived what they perceive not, so I seized a handful from the footsteps of the messenger, and then threw it in. Thus my soul commended to me.

97 (Moses) said: Then go! and lo! in this life it is for thee to say: Touch me not! and lo! there is for thee a tryst thou canst not break. Now look upon thy god of which thou hast remained a votary. Verily we will burn it and will scatter its dust over the sea.

98 Your God is only Allah, than Whom there is no other God. He embraceth all things in His knowledge.