In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
TA. SAD.1 These are the signs (verses) of the Koran and of the lucid Book;
Guidance and glad tidings to the believers who observe prayer and pay the stated alms, and believe firmlydo they in the life to come.
As to those who believe not in the life to come, we have made their own doings fair seeming to them, and they are bewildered therein.
These are they whom the woe of chastisement awaiteth; and in the next life they shall sufferyes shall theygreatest loss;
But thou hast certainly received the Koran from the Wise, the Knowing.
Bear in mind when Moses said to his family, I have perceived a fire;
I will bring you tidings from it, or will bring you a blazing brand, that ye may warm you.
And when he came to it, he was called to, Blessed, He who is in the fire, and He who is about it; and glory be to God, the Lord of the worlds!
O Moses! verily, I am God, the Mighty, the Wise!
Throw down now thy staff. And when he saw that it moved itself as though it were a serpent, he retreated backward and returned not. O Moses, fear not; for the Sent Ones fear not in my presence,
Save he who having done amiss shall afterwards exchange the evil for good; for I am Forgiving, Merciful.
Put now thy hand into thy bosom: it shall come forth white, yet free from hurt:2 one of nine signs to Pharaoh and his people; for a perverse people are they.
And when our signs were wrought in their very sight,3 they said, This is plain magic.
And though in their souls they knew them to be true, yet in their wickedness and pride they denied them. But see what was the end of the corrupt doers!
And of old we gave knowledge to David and Solomon: and they said, Praise be to God, who hath made us to excel many of his believing servants!
And in knowledge Solomon was Davids heir. And he said, O men, we have been taught the speech of birds,4 and are endued with everything. This is indeed a clear boon from God.
And to Solomon were gathered his hosts of Djinn5 and men and birds, and they were marched on in bands,
Till they reached the Valley of Ants. Said AN ANT, O ye ants, enter your dwellings, lest Solomon and his army crush you and know it not.
Then smiled Solomon, laughing at her words, and he said, Stir me up, O Lord, to be thankful for thy favour which thou hast shewed upon me and upon my parents, and to do righteousness that shall be well pleasing to thee, and bring me in, by thy mercy, among thy servants the righteous.
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