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 :: Holy Quran: 18. Al-Kahf

18:51

 

I called them not to witness the creation of the heavens and the earth, nor (even) their own creation: nor is it for helpers such as Me to take as lead (men) astray!

18:52

 

One Day He will say, "Call on those whom ye thought to be My partners," and they will call on them, but they will not listen to them; and We shall make for them a place of common perdition.

18:53

 

And the Sinful shall see the fire and apprehend that they have to fall therein: no means will they find to turn away therefrom.

18:54

 

We have explained in detail in this Qur'an, for the benefit of mankind, every kind of similitude: but man is, in most things, contentious.

18:55

 

And what is there to keep back men from believing, now that Guidance has come to them, nor from praying for forgiveness from their Lord, but that (they ask that) the ways of the ancients be repeated with them, or the Wrath be brought to them face to face?

18:56

 

We only send the apostles to give Glad Tidings and to give warnings: But the unbelievers dispute with vain argument, in order therewith to weaken the truth, and they treat My Signs as a jest, as also the fact that they are warned!

18:57

 

And who doth more wrong than one who is reminded of the Signs of his Lord, but turns away from them, forgetting the (deeds) which his hands have sent forth? Verily We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this, and over their ears, deafness, if thou callest them to guidance, even then will they never accept guidance.

18:58

 

But your Lord is Most forgiving, full of Mercy. If He were to call them (at once) to account for what they have earned, then surely He would have hastened their punishment, but they have their appointed time, beyond which they will find no refuge.

18:59

 

Such were the populations we destroyed when they committed iniquities; but we fixed an appointed time for their destruction.

18:60

 

Behold, Moses said to his attendant, "I will not give up until I reach the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in travel."

18:61

 

But when they reached the Junction, they forgot (about) their Fish, which took its course through the sea (straight) as in a tunnel.

18:62

 

When they had passed on (some distance), Moses said to his attendant: "Bring us our early meal; truly we have suffered much fatigue at this (stage of) our journey."

18:63

 

He replied: "Sawest thou (what happened) when we betook ourselves to the rock? I did indeed forget (about) the Fish: none but Satan made me forget to tell (you) about it: it took its course through the sea in a marvellous way!"

18:64

 

Moses said: "That was what we were seeking after:" So they went back on their footsteps, following (the path they had come).

18:65

 

So they found one of Our servants, on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our own Presence.

18:66

 

Moses said to him: "May I follow thee, on the footing that thou teach me something of the (Higher) Truth which thou hast been taught?"

18:67

 

(The other) said: "Verily thou wilt not be able to have patience with me!"

18:68

 

"And how canst thou have patience about things about which thy understanding is not complete?"

18:69

 

Moses said: "Thou wilt find me, if Allah so will, (truly) patient: nor shall I disobey thee in aught."

18:70

 

The other said: "If then thou wouldst follow me, ask me no questions about anything until I myself speak to thee concerning it."

18:71

 

So they both proceeded: until, when they were in the boat, he scuttled it. Said Moses: "Hast thou scuttled it in order to drown those in it? Truly a strange thing hast thou done!"

18:72

 

He answered: "Did I not tell thee that thou canst have no patience with me?"

18:73

 

Moses said: "Rebuke me not for forgetting, nor grieve me by raising difficulties in my case."

18:74

 

Then they proceeded: until, when they met a young man, he slew him. Moses said: "Hast thou slain an innocent person who had slain none? Truly a foul (unheard of) thing hast thou done!"

18:75

 

He answered: "Did I not tell thee that thou canst have no patience with me?"

18:76

 

(Moses) said: "If ever I ask thee about anything after this, keep me not in thy company: then wouldst thou have received (full) excuse from my side."

18:77

 

Then they proceeded: until, when they came to the inhabitants of a town, they asked them for food, but they refused them hospitality. They found there a wall on the point of falling down, but he set it up straight. (Moses) said: "If thou hadst wished, surely thou couldst have exacted some recompense for it!"

18:78

 

He answered: "This is the parting between me and thee: now will I tell thee the interpretation of (those things) over which thou wast unable to hold patience.

18:79

 

"As for the boat, it belonged to certain men in dire want: they plied on the water: I but wished to render it unserviceable, for there was after them a certain king who seized on every boat by force.

18:80

 

"As for the youth, his parents were people of Faith, and we feared that he would grieve them by obstinate rebellion and ingratitude (to Allah and man).

18:81

 

"So we desired that their Lord would give them in exchange (a son) better in purity (of conduct) and closer in affection.

18:82

 

"As for the wall, it belonged to two youths, orphans, in the Town; there was, beneath it, a buried treasure, to which they were entitled: their father had been a righteous man: So thy Lord desired that they should attain their age of full strength and get out their treasure - a mercy (and favour) from thy Lord. I did it not of my own accord. Such is the interpretation of (those things) over which thou wast unable to hold patience."

18:83

 

They ask thee concerning Zul-qarnain. Say, "I will rehearse to you something of his story."

18:84

 

Verily We established his power on earth, and We gave him the ways and the means to all ends.

18:85

 

One (such) way he followed,

18:86

 

Until, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it set in a spring of murky water: Near it he found a People: We said: "O Zul-qarnain! (thou hast authority,) either to punish them, or to treat them with kindness."

18:87

 

He said: "Whoever doth wrong, him shall we punish; then shall he be sent back to his Lord; and He will punish him with a punishment unheard-of (before).

18:88

 

"But whoever believes, and works righteousness,- he shall have a goodly reward, and easy will be his task as We order it by our Command."

18:89

 

Then followed he (another) way,

18:90

 

Until, when he came to the rising of the sun, he found it rising on a people for whom We had provided no covering protection against the sun.

18:91

 

(He left them) as they were: We completely understood what was before him.

18:92

 

Then followed he (another) way,

18:93

 

Until, when he reached (a tract) between two mountains, he found, beneath them, a people who scarcely understood a word.

18:94

 

They said: "O Zul-qarnain! the Gog and Magog (People) do great mischief on earth: shall we then render thee tribute in order that thou mightest erect a barrier between us and them?

18:95

 

He said: "(The power) in which my Lord has established me is better (than tribute): Help me therefore with strength (and labour): I will erect a strong barrier between you and them:

18:96

 

"Bring me blocks of iron." At length, when he had filled up the space between the two steep mountain-sides, He said, "Blow (with your bellows)" Then, when he had made it (red) as fire, he said: "Bring me, that I may pour over it, molten lead."

18:97

 

Thus were they made powerless to scale it or to dig through it.

18:98

 

He said: "This is a mercy from my Lord: But when the promise of my Lord comes to pass, He will make it into dust; and the promise of my Lord is true."

18:99

 

On that day We shall leave them to surge like waves on one another: the trumpet will be blown, and We shall collect them all together.

18:100

 

And We shall present Hell that day for Unbelievers to see, all spread out,-

 

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