Aug 102017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.


Today’s selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 34-51. These verses continue the story of Prophet Moses’ encounter with Pharaoh wherein the latter took Moses’ miracles as magic and summoned his magicians. However, the magicians all converted upon seeing Prophet Moses’ miracles.

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Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.

After witnessing both the miracles, Pharaoh (Fir’on) said to the chiefs around him: “This fellow is certainly a skilled magician,[34] who seeks to drive you out from your land by the force of his magic. Now what is your advice?”[35] They submitted: “Put him and his brother off for a while, and dispatch heralds to the various cities[36] to bring you every skilled magician.”[37] So the magicians were brought together at the appointed time on a fixed day.[38] The people were motivated through saying: “Would you come to the gathering?[39] So that we may follow the magicians if they are dominant.”[40]

When the magicians arrived, they asked Pharaoh: “Shall we get a reward if we are dominant?”[41] Pharaoh replied: “Yes of course! You will even be made my courtiers.”[42] Moses said to them: “Cast down what you are going to cast.”[43] Thereupon they cast down their ropes and staffs, saying: “By the glory of Pharaoh, we shall be the winners.”[44]

Then Moses threw down his staff, and lo! It swallowed their false devices.[45] At this, all the magicians prostrated themselves,[46] saying: “We believe in the Lord of the Worlds,[47] the Lord of Moses (Musa) and Aaron (Haroon).”[48] Pharaoh shouted: “How dare you believe in him before I give you permission? He must be your master who taught you the witchcraft. But soon you shall find out. I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides and crucify you all.”[49] They replied: “We don’t care! We are going to return to our Lord anyway.[50] We only desire that our Lord may forgive us our sins, as we are the first to believe.”[51] 26:[34-51]


Note: The miracles references at the beginning of this passage are 1) Moses threw down his staff and it changed into a serpent and 2) Moses drew forth his hand and it became shining bright.

This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.

Thank you and be well.