Sura Ta-Ha
Sheikh / Mahmoud AlHosary

  • In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    20:1-5 Ta. Ha. We have not revealed to you (O Muhammad) this Quran that you should be distressed, but as a reminder to him who fears, a revelation from Him Who created the earth and the high heavens , the Beneficent One, Who is established on the Throne.

    20:6-8 To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and whatever is between them, and whatever is beneath the sod. And if you speak aloud, then Lo! He knows the secret (thought) and (that which is yet) more hidden. God! None should be worshipped but God alone. His are the most beautiful names.

    20:9-14 Has there come to you the story of Moses? When he saw a fire and said to his folk: Wait! I see a fire far off. Perhaps I may bring you a brand from there, or may find guidance at the fire. And when he reached it, he was called by name: O Moses! Lo! I indeed am your Lord. So take off your shoes, for Lo! You are in the holy valley of Tuwa. And I have chosen you, so hearken to that which is inspired. Lo! Indeed I am God. None should be worshipped but Me. So worship Me and establish worship for My remembrance.

    20:15-16 Lo! The Hour is surely coming. But I will, to keep it hidden, that every soul may be rewarded for that which it strives (to achieve). Therefore, let not him turn you aside from (the thought of) it who believes not therein but follows his own desire, lest you perish.

    20:17-24 And what is that in your right hand, O Moses? He said: This is my staff whereon I lean, and wherewith I beat down branches for my sheep, and wherein I find other uses. He said: Cast it down, O Moses! So he cast it down, and Lo! It was a serpent, gliding. He said: Grasp it and fear not. We shall return it to its former state. And thrust your hand within your armpit, it will come forth white without hurt, (that will be) another sign. That We may show you (some) of Our greater signs, go you to Pharaoh! Lo! He has transgressed (the bounds).

    20:25-35 (Moses) said: My Lord! Open my chest, and ease my task for me; and loose a knot from my tongue, that they may understand my saying. Appoint for me a henchman from my folk, Aaron, my brother. Confirm my strength with him. And let him share my task, that we may glorify You much. And much remember You. Lo! You are ever Seeing us.

    20:36-37 He said: You are granted your request, O Moses. And indeed, another time, already We have shown you favor:

    20:38-39 When We inspired in your mother that which is inspired, saying: Throw him into the ark, and throw it into the river, then the rivers hall throw it onto the bank, and there an enemy to Me and an enemy to him shall take him. And I endued you with love from Me that you might be trained according to My will.

    20:40-41 When your sister went and said: Shall I show you one who will nurse him? And We restored you to your mother that her eyes might be refreshed and might not sorrow. And you did kill a man and We delivered you from great distress, and tried you with a heavy trial. And you did tarry years among the folk of Midian. Then come you (hither) by (My) providence, O Moses, and I have attached you to Myself.

    20:42-44 Go, you and your brother, with My signs, and be not faint in remembrance of Me. Go, both of you, to Pharaoh. Lo! He has transgressed (the bounds). And speak to him a gentle word that perhaps he may heed or fear.

    20:45 They said: Our Lord! Lo! We fear that he may be beforehand with us or that he may play the tyrant.

    20:46-48 He said: Fear not. Lo! I am with you twain, Hearing and Seeing. So go you to him and say: Lo! We are two Messengers of your Lord. So let the Children of Israel go with us, and torment them not. We bring you a sign from your Lord. And peace will be for him who follows right guidance. Lo! It has been revealed to us that the punishment will be for him who denies and turns away.

    20:49-54 (Pharaoh) said: Who then is the Lord of you twain, O Moses? He said: Our Lord is He Who gave to everything its nature, and then guided it aright. He said: What then is the state of the generations of old? He said: The knowledge thereof is with my Lord in a Record. My Lord neither errs nor forgets. Who has appointed the earth as a bed and has threaded roads for you therein and has sent down water from the sky and thereby We have brought forth diverse kinds of vegetation, (saying): Eat you and feed your cattle. Lo! Herein verily are signs for those endowed with understanding.

    20:55-56 Thereof We created you, and thereto we return you and then We bring you forth a second time. And We verily did show him all Our signs, but he denied them and refused.

    20:57-59 He said: Have you come to drive us out from our land by your magic, O Moses? But we surely can produce magic the like thereof; so appoint a meeting between us and you, which neither we nor you shall fail to keep, at a place convenient (to us both). (Moses) said: Your meeting shall be on the day of the feast, and let the people assemble when the sun has risen high.

    20:60-61 Then Pharaoh went and gathered his strength, then came (to the appointed meeting). Moses said to them: Woe to you! Invent not a lie against God, lest He extirpate you by some punishment. He who lies fails miserably.

    20:62-64 Then they debated one with another what they must do, and they kept their counsel secret. They said: Lo! These are two wizards who would drive you out from your country by their magic, and destroy your best traditions; so arrange your plan, and come in battle line. Whoever is uppermost this day will be indeed successful.

    20:65-67 They said: O Moses! Either throw first, or let us be the first to throw? He said: Nay, do you throw! Then Lo! Their cords and their staves, by their magic, appeared to him as though they ran. And Moses conceived a fear in his mind.

    20:68-70 We said: Fear not! Lo! You are the higher. Throw that which is in your right hand! It will eat up that which they have made. Lo! That which they have made is but a wizard's artifice, and a wizard shall not be successful to whatever point (of skill) he may attain. Then the wizards were (all) flung down prostrate, crying: We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses.

    20:71 (Pharaoh) said: You put faith in him before I give you leave. Lo! He is your chief who taught you magic. Now surely I shall cut off your hands and your feet alternately, and I shall crucify you on the trunks of palm trees, and you shall know for certain, which of us has a sterner and more lasting punishment.

    20:72-73 They said: We choose you not above the clear proofs that have come to us, and above Him Who created us. So decree what you will decree. You will end for us only the life of the world. Lo! We believe in our Lord, that He may forgive us our sins and the magic to which you did force us. God is better and more lasting.

    20:74-76 Lo! Whoever comes guilty to his Lord, verily for him is Hell. There he will neither die nor live. But whoever comes to Him a believer, having done good works, for such are the high stations; Gardens of Eden underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever. That is the reward of them who purify themselves.

    20:77-79 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). Then Pharaoh followed with his hosts and there covered them that which did cover them of the sea. And Pharaoh, led his folk astray, he did not guide them.

    20:80-82 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 (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 comes, he is lost indeed. And lo! Verily I am Forgiving toward him who repents and believes and does good, and afterward walks aright.

    20:83-85 And (it was said): What has made you hasten from your folk, O Moses? He said: They are close upon my track. I hastened to You that You might be well pleased. He said: Lo! We have tried your folk in your absence, and As-Samiri has misled you.

    20:86 Then Moses went back to his folk, angry and sad. He said: O my people! Has not your Lord promised you a fair promise? Did the time appointed then appear too long for you, or did you wish that wrath from your Lord should come upon you, that you broke promise with me?

    20:87 They said: We broke not promise with you of our own will, but we were laden with burdens of ornaments of the folk, and then cast them (in the fire), for thus As-Samiri proposed.

    20:88-89 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 has forgotten. See they not, that it returns no saying to them, and possesses for them neither hurt nor use?

    20:90-91 And Aaron indeed had told them beforehand: O my people! You are but being seduced therewith, for lo! Your Lord is the Beneficent, so follow me and obey my order. They said: We shall by no means cease to be its votaries till Moses returns to us.

    20:92-94 He (Moses) said: O Aaron! What held you back when you did see them gone astray, that you followed me not? Have you then disobeyed my order? He said: O son of my mother! Clutch not my beard nor my head! I feared lest you should say: You have caused division among the Children of Israel, and have not waited for my word.

    20:95-96 (Moses) said: And what has you to say, O Samiri? 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.

    20:97 (Moses) said: Then go! And lo! In this life it is for you to say: Touch me not! And lo! There is for you a promise you cannot break. Now look upon your god of which you have remained a votary. Verily we will burn it and will scatter its dust over the sea.

    20:98 Your God is only God, either than Whom there is no other God He embraces all things in His knowledge.

    20:99-101 Thus relate We to you (Muhammad) some tidings of that which happened of old, and We have given you from Us a Reminder. Whoever turns away from it, he verily will bear a burden on the Day of Resurrection, abiding under it – an evil burden for them on the Day of Resurrection.

    20:102-104 The Day when the Trumpet is blown. On that Day we assemble the guilty white-eyed (with terror), murmuring among themselves: You have tarried but ten (days). We are best aware of what they utter when their best in conduct say: You have tarried but a day.

    20:105-107 They will ask you of the mountains (on that Day). Say: My Lord will break them into scattered dust. And leave it as an empty plain, wherein you see neither curve nor ruggedness.

    20:108-111 On that Day they follow the summoner that deceives not, and voices are hushed for the Beneficent, and you hear but a faint murmur. On that Day no intercession avails except (that of) him to whom the Beneficent has given leave and whose word He accepts. He knows (all) that is before them and (all) that is behind them, while they cannot compass it in knowledge. And faces humble themselves, before the Living, the Eternal. And he who bears (a burden of) wrongdoing is indeed a failure (on that Day).

    20:112-113 And he who has done some good works, being a believer, he fears neither injustice nor begrudging (of his wage). Thus We have revealed it as a lecture in Arabic, and have displayed therein certain threats, that perhaps they may fear (God) or that it may cause them to take heed.

    20:114 Then exalted be God, the True King! And hasten not (O Muhammad) with the Quran ere its revelation has been perfected to you, and say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.

    20:115-121 And verily We made a covenant of old with Adam, but he forgot, and We found no constancy in him. And when We said to the angels: Fall prostrate before Adam, they fell prostrate (all) except Iblis; he refused. Therefore We said: O Adam! This is an enemy to you and to your wife, so let him not drive you both out of the Garden so that you come to toil. It is (given) to you that you hunger not therein nor are naked, and you thirst not therein nor are exposed to the sun's heat. But Satan whispered to him, saying: O Adam! Shall I show you the tree of immortality and power that wastes not away? Then they twain ate thereof, so that their shame became apparent to them, and they began to hide by heaping on themselves some of the leaves of the Garden. And Adam disobeyed his Lord, and went astray.

    20:122-123 Then his Lord chose him, and forgave him, and guided him. He said: Go down hence, both of you, one of you a foe to the other. But if there come to you from Me a guidance, then whoever follows My guidance, he will not go astray nor come to grief.

    20:124-127 But he who turns away from remembrance of Me, his will be a narrow life, and I shall bring him blind to the assembly on the Day of Resurrection. He will say: My Lord! Wherefore have You gathered me (hither) blind, when I was wont to see? He will say: So (it must be). Our revelations came to you but you did forget them. In like manner you are forgotten this Day. Thus do We reward him who is prodigal and believes not the revelations of his Lord; and verily the punishment of the Hereafter will be sterner and more lasting.

    20:128-129 Is it not a guidance for them (to know) how many a generation We destroyed before them, amid whose dwellings they walk? Lo! Therein verily are signs for those endowed with understanding. And but for a decree that had already gone forth from your Lord, and a term already fixed, the judgment would (have) been inevitable (in this world).

    20:130-132 Therefore (O Muhammad), have patience with what they say, and celebrate the praises of your Lord ere the rising of the sun and ere the going down thereof. And glorify Him some hours of the night and at the two ends of the day, so that you may find acceptance. And strain not your eyes toward that which We cause some wedded pairs among them to enjoy, the flower of the life of the world, that We may try them thereby. The provision of your Lord is better and more lasting. And enjoin upon your people worship, and be constant therein. We ask not of you a provision: We provide for you. And (the fruit of) the Hereafter is for righteousness.

    20:133-134 And they say: If only he would bring us a miracle from his Lord! Has there not come to them the proof of what is in the former Scriptures? And if We had destroyed them with some punishment before it, they would assuredly have said: Our Lord! If only You had sent to us a Messenger, so that we might have followed Your revelations before we were (thus) humbled and disgraced!

    20:135 Say: Each is waiting; so await you! You will come to know who are the owners of the path of equity, and who is right.