18 The Cave
Al-Kahf
10 of 12
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Hizb 31
Juz 16
And so the two went on their way, till [they reached the seashore; and] when they disembarked from the boat [that had ferried them across,] the sage made a hole in it - [whereupon Moses] exclaimed: "Hast thou made a hole in it in order to drown the people who may be [travelling] in it? Indeed, thou hast done a grievous thing!" (71) He said, “Did I not say that you will never be able to patiently stay with me?” (72) (Moses) said: "Do not hold me for having forgotten, and do not reprove me and make my task difficult." (73) So they departed; until, when they met a lad, he slew him. He said, 'What, hast thou slain a soul innocent, and that not to retaliate for a soul slain? Thou hast indeed done a horrible thing.' (74) ۞ He said: "Did I not tell you that you will not be able to patiently bear with me?" (75) He said, 'If I question thee on anything after this, then keep me company no more; thou hast already experienced excuse sufficient on my part.' (76) So they went on until they came to a town. They asked its people for food, but were refused hospitality. They found a wall in the town which was about to fall down. His companion buttressed it and Moses said, "Had you wished, you could have demanded payment for your labours." (77) He answered, "This is where you and I must part company. But first I will tell you the meaning of the things you could not bear with patiently. (78) As for the boat it belonged to some poor people who worked on the river, and I desired to damage it for beyond them lay the dominion of a king who was wont to seize every boat by force. (79) As for the youth, his parents were believers and we feared that he would trouble them by rebellion and denial of truth. (80) and so we desired that their Sustainer grant them in his stead [a child] of greater purity than him, and closer [to them] in loving tenderness. (81) "And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was under it a treasure belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did it not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of those (things) over which you could not hold patience." (82)
18 The Cave
Al-Kahf
10 of 12
۞
Hizb 31
Juz 16