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135
PAGES
312-321

Source: Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Quran

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20:53

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[It is He] who has made for you the earth as a bed [spread out] and inserted therein for you roadways and sent down from the sky, rain and produced thereby categories of various plants.

20:54

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Eat [therefrom] and pasture your livestock. Indeed, in that are signs for those of intelligence.

20:55

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From the earth We created you, and into it We will return you, and from it We will extract you another time.

20:56

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And We certainly showed Pharaoh Our signs - all of them - but he denied and refused.

20:57

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He said, "Have you come to us to drive us out of our land with your magic, O Moses?

20:58

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Then we will surely bring you magic like it, so make between us and you an appointment, which we will not fail to keep and neither will you, in a place assigned."

20:59

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[Moses] said, "Your appointment is on the day of the festival when the people assemble at mid-morning."

20:60

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So Pharaoh went away, put together his plan, and then came [to Moses].

20:61

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Moses said to the magicians summoned by Pharaoh, "Woe to you! Do not invent a lie against Allah or He will exterminate you with a punishment; and he has failed who invents [such falsehood]."

20:62

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So they disputed over their affair among themselves and concealed their private conversation.

20:63

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They said, "Indeed, these are two magicians who want to drive you out of your land with their magic and do away with your most exemplary way.

20:64

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So resolve upon your plan and then come [forward] in line. And he has succeeded today who overcomes."

20:65

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They said, "O Moses, either you throw or we will be the first to throw."

20:66

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He said, "Rather, you throw." And suddenly their ropes and staffs seemed to him from their magic that they were moving [like snakes].

20:67

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And he sensed within himself apprehension, did Moses.

20:68

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Allah said, "Fear not. Indeed, it is you who are superior.

20:69

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And throw what is in your right hand; it will swallow up what they have crafted. What they have crafted is but the trick of a magician, and the magician will not succeed wherever he is."

20:70

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So the magicians fell down in prostration. They said, "We have believed in the Lord of Aaron and Moses."

20:71

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[Pharaoh] said, "You believed him before I gave you permission. Indeed, he is your leader who has taught you magic. So I will surely cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and I will crucify you on the trunks of palm trees, and you will surely know which of us is more severe in [giving] punishment and more enduring."

20:72

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They said, "Never will we prefer you over what has come to us of clear proofs and [over] He who created us. So decree whatever you are to decree. You can only decree for this worldly life.

20:73

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Indeed, we have believed in our Lord that He may forgive us our sins and what you compelled us [to do] of magic. And Allah is better and more enduring."

20:74

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Indeed, whoever comes to his Lord as a criminal - indeed, for him is Hell; he will neither die therein nor live.

20:75

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But whoever comes to Him as a believer having done righteous deeds - for those will be the highest degrees [in position]:

20:76

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Gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally. And that is the reward of one who purifies himself.

20:77

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And We had inspired to Moses, "Travel by night with My servants and strike for them a dry path through the sea; you will not fear being overtaken [by Pharaoh] nor be afraid [of drowning]."

20:78

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So Pharaoh pursued them with his soldiers, and there covered them from the sea that which covered them,

20:79

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And Pharaoh led his people astray and did not guide [them].

20:80

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O Children of Israel, We delivered you from your enemy, and We made an appointment with you at the right side of the mount, and We sent down to you manna and quails,

20:81

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[Saying], "Eat from the good things with which We have provided you and do not transgress [or oppress others] therein, lest My anger should descend upon you. And he upon whom My anger descends has certainly fallen."

20:82

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But indeed, I am the Perpetual Forgiver of whoever repents and believes and does righteousness and then continues in guidance.

20:83

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[ Allah ] said, "And what made you hasten from your people, O Moses?"

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