Pharaoh demanded, “Bring me every skilled magician.”
When the magicians came, Moses said to them, “Cast whatever you wish to cast!”
When they did, Moses said, “What you have produced is mere magic, Allah will surely make it useless, for Allah certainly does not set right the work of the corruptors.
And Allah establishes the truth by His Words—even to the dismay of the wicked.”
But no one believed in Moses except a few youths of his people, while fearing that Pharaoh and their own chiefs might persecute them. And certainly Pharaoh was a tyrant in the land, and he was truly a transgressor.
Moses said, “O my people! If you do believe in Allah and submit ˹to His Will˺, then put your trust in Him.”
They replied, “In Allah we trust. Our Lord! Do not subject us to the persecution of the oppressive people,
and deliver us by Your mercy from the disbelieving people.”
We revealed to Moses and his brother, “Appoint houses for your people in Egypt. Turn these houses into places of worship, establish prayer, and give good news to the believers!”
Moses prayed, “Our Lord! You have granted Pharaoh and his chiefs luxuries and riches in this worldly life, ˹which they abused˺ to lead people astray from Your Way! Our Lord, destroy their riches and harden their hearts so that they will not believe until they see the painful punishment.”
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