In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
TA. SIN. MIM.1 These are the signs of the lucid Book.
Now Pharaoh lifted himself up in the earth, and divided his people into parties: one portion of them he brought low He slew their male children, and let their females only live; for he was one of those who wrought disorders.
And we were minded to shew favour to those who were brought low in the land, and to make them spiritual chiefs,2 and to make them Pharaohs heirs,
And to stablish them in the land;3 and to make Pharaoh and Haman and their hosts, the eye-witnesses of what they dreaded from them.
And we said by revelation to the mother of Moses, Give him suck; and if thou fearest for him, launch him on the sea; and fear not, neither fret; for we will restore him to thee, and make him one of the apostles.
And Pharaohs family took him up to be a foe and a sorrow to them, for sinners were Pharaoh and Haman and their hosts!
And Pharaohs wife said, Joy of the eye4 to me and thee! put him not to death: haply he will be useful to us, or we may adopt him as a son. But they knew not what they did.
And the heart of Moses mother became a blank through fear: and almost had she discovered him, but that we girt up her heart with constancy, in order that she might be one of those who believe.
And we caused him to refuse the nurses,5 until his sister came and said, Shall I point out to you the family of a house that will rear him for you, and will be careful of him?
So we restored him to his mother, to be the joy of her eyes, and that she might not fret, and that she might know that the promise of God was true. But most men knew it not.
And when he had reached his age of strength, and had become a man, we bestowed on him wisdom and knowledge; for thus do we reward the righteous.
And he entered a city at the time when its inhabitants would not observe him,6 and found therein two men fighting: the one, of his own people; the other, of his enemies. And he who was of his own people asked his help against him who was of his enemies. And Moses smote him with his fist and slew him. Said he, This is a work of Satan; for he is an enemy, a manifest misleader.
He said, O my Lord, I have sinned to mine own hurt:7 forgive me. So God forgave him; for He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.
He said, Lord, because thou hast showed me this grace, I will never again be the helper of the wicked.
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