Reading the Koran. 53

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.

CHAPTER 5 (continued) Noah

10:71 Tell them the history of Noah when he said to his people, “Oh, my people, if my stay and my reminding you of the signs of Allah are grievous to you, I still trust Allah. So choose a course of action—you and your false gods. Do not let your plans be uncertain to you. Then come to some decision about me, and do not delay. If you turn your backs on me, I ask no reward from you. My reward is with Allah alone, and I am commanded to submit to Allah’s will.” But they treated him as a liar, and We rescued him and those with him in the ark, and We made them to inherit the earth while We drowned those who rejected Our signs. See what was the end of those who were warned?

10:74 Then after him, We sent messengers to their peoples, and they brought them clear signs, but they would not believe in what they had denied earlier. So We seal up the hearts of the transgressors. After them We sent Moses and Aaron with Our signs to Pharaoh and his nobles, but they were arrogant and a guilty people. When the truth came to them from Us, they said, “This is clear sorcery.”

10:77 Moses said, “What do you say of the truth when it has come to you, ‘Is this sorcery?’ but sorcerers will not prosper.”

10:78 They said, “Have you come to us to turn us away from the faith of our fathers so that you and your brother will have greatness in this land? We are not going to believe in you.”

10:79 Pharaoh said, “Fetch me every skilled magician.” When the magicians arrived, Moses said to them, “Cast down what you have to cast.”

10:81 And when they had cast them down, Moses said, “What you have brought is sorcery, and Allah will render them vain. Allah does not uphold the work of mischief-makers. Allah will verify the truth by his words, though the guilty may be averse to it.” And none believed in Moses except some of the children of his people because they feared that Pharaoh and his nobles would persecute them. Pharaoh was a tyrant in the land and one who committed excesses.

10:84 And Moses said, “Oh, my people, if you believe in Allah, put your trust in Him and submit.”

10:85 They said, “In Allah we put our trust. Oh, our Lord, do not make us subject to the persecution of unjust people, and deliver us by Your mercy from the unbelieving people.”

10:87 Then We revealed to Moses and to his brother this message: “Provide houses for your people in Egypt, and in your houses, places of worship and proclaim good tidings to the believers.”

10:88 And Moses said, “Oh, our Lord, You have given the Pharaoh and his nobles splendor and riches in this present life. Oh, our Lord, they do lead people astray from Your way. Oh, our Lord, destroy their riches, and harden their hearts so they do not believe until they have seen the painful doom.”

10:89 Allah said, “Your prayer is heard, Moses and Aaron. Keep to the straight path, and do not follow the path of those who have no knowledge.”

10:90 We led the Children of Israel through the sea, and, due to spite and tyranny, Pharaoh and his hosts followed them until they drowned. Pharaoh said, “I believe there is no god but He in whom the Children of Israel believe, and I submit to Him.”

10:91 “Yes now, but just a little while before you were rebellious and one of the wrongdoers. But this day We will rescue you and your body so that you may be a sign to those who will come after you, but truly, most men disregard Our signs.”

10:93 We settled the Children of Israel in a beautiful home and provided them with good things, but they fell into disagreements when the knowledge (the Law) came to them. The Lord will decide between them on Resurrection Day concerning their differences.

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