< Surah 26:69-103


Surah 26

THE POETS (Al-Shu'ara)

Abraham (and his idol-worshiping father)
Absurdity Boring Stuff 26:69-103
Cf. 6:74-83, 9:35-55, 19:35-33

69 Recite unto them the story of Abraham:

70 When he said unto his father and his folk: What worship ye?

71 They said: We worship idols, and are ever devoted unto them.

72 He said: Do they hear you when ye cry?

73 Or do they benefit or harm you?

74 They said: Nay, but we found our fathers acting on this wise.

75 He said: See now that which ye worship,

76 Ye and your forefathers!

77 Lo! they are (all) an enemy unto me, save the Lord of the Worlds,

78 Who created me, and He doth guide me,

79 And Who feedeth me and watereth me.

80 And when I sicken, then He healeth me,

Tell the story of Abraham.

Abraham said to his father and his people,

What do you worship?

They said,

We worship idols. We're really devoted to them.

Abraham said,

Do they hear you when you cry to them?

They said, "No, but our fathers worshiped them."

Abraham said,

Well, they are all my enemy,

except for the Lord of the Worlds.

81 And Who causeth me to die, then giveth me life (again),

82 And Who, I ardently hope, will forgive me my sin on the Day of Judgment.

83 My Lord! Vouchsafe me wisdom and unite me to the righteous.

84 And give unto me a good report in later generations.

85 And place me among the inheritors of the Garden of Delight,

Who causes me to die,

and then brings me back to life again.

86 And forgive my father. Lo! he is of those who err.

87 And abase me not on the day when they are raised,

88 The day when wealth and sons avail not (any man)

89 Save him who bringeth unto Allah a whole heart.

90 And the Garden will be brought nigh for those who ward off (evil).

Oh Lord, forgive my father.

91 And hell will appear plainly to the erring.

Those who err will go to hell.

92 And it will be said unto them: Where is (all) that ye used to worship

93 Instead of Allah? Can they help you or help themselves?

94 Then will they be hurled therein, they and the seducers

95 And the hosts of Iblis, together.

96 And they will say, when they are quarrelling therein:

97 By Allah, of a truth we were in error manifest

98 When we made you equal with the Lord of the Worlds.

99 It was but the guilty who misled us.

100 Now we have no intercessors

101 Nor any loving friend.

Where they'll be asked,

Where are the gods you worshiped?

Cant they help you now?

Then they'll be hurled in with the seducers

and the hosts of Iblis.

Then they'll say,

Yeah, we were wrong.

We shouldn't have made you equal to the Lord of the Worlds.

Now we have no intercessors or friends.

102 Oh, that we had another turn (on earth), that we might be of the believers!

103 Lo! herein is indeed a portent, yet most of them are not believers!

104 And lo, thy Lord! He is indeed the Mighty, the Merciful.

We wish we had another chance on earth.

Maybe then we would be believers!