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˹Allah added,˺ “And what is that in your right hand, O  Moses?”
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He replied, “It is my staff! I lean on it, and with it I beat down ˹branches˺ for my sheep, and have other uses for it.”1
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Allah said, “Throw it down, O  Moses!”
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So he did, then—behold!—it became a serpent, slithering.
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Allah said, “Take it, and have no fear. We will return it to its former state.
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And put your hand under your armpit, it will come out ˹shining˺ white, unblemished,1 as another sign,
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so that We may show you some of Our greatest signs.
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Go to Pharaoh, for he has truly transgressed ˹all bounds˺.”
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Moses prayed, “My Lord! Uplift my heart for me,
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and make my task easy,
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and remove the impediment from my tongue
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so people may understand my speech,1
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and grant me a helper from my family,
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Aaron, my brother.
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Strengthen me through him,
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and let him share my task,
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so that we may glorify You much
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and remember You much,
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for truly You have ˹always˺ been overseeing us.”
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Allah responded, “All that you requested has been granted, O  Moses!
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And surely We had shown You favour before,
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